Arcade Fire are rumoured to be playing London’s Hyde Park on June 30. If confirmed, the show will be the band’s biggest UK headline gig to date – and due to its scheduling would fuel rumours that they will also be playing at Glastonbury.
White Lies have named Kings Of Leon as their role models in terms of career progression. Singer Harry McVeigh, speaking in this week’s NME, on UK newsstands now or available digitally, said that he’d love for the trio to follow in the footsteps of the Followills and become one of the biggest bands in the world.
Daft Punk’s management have denied that the French band are linked to DJ’s The Third Twin.Rumours that Daft Punk members Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have been covertly releasing music under the name The Third Twin have been circulating since mid-2010, although until now neither the band or their management have clarified the situation.
Blur look set to reconvene again in 2011 – according to drummer Dave Rowntree. However, he admitted any plans for any new material from the four-piece are still up in the air.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood will release his soundtrack to forthcoming film Norwegian Wood on March 7. The soundtrack, which accompanies the Japanese adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s 1987 novel of the same name, has been composed by Greenwood and was performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Emperor Quartet.
Glasvegas have announced details of two Scottish shows and one in London set for March.The band will play the Edinburgh Liquid Rooms on March 1, the Glasgow Queen Margaret Union on March 2 and London’s Heaven on March 3
Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme has told NME that he “died” in hospital last year due to complications during surgery. The frontman, speaking in the new issue of NME said that he went under the knife in 2010 to have a knee problem treated, but something went wrong.
Broadcast singer Trish Keenan died of pneumonia on January 14.The singer passed away this week, according to the band’s record label Warp. A statement on Warp.net read: “It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am (GMT) this morning in hospital.”
The Strokes have tentatively named their forthcoming fourth album ‘Angles’, which is expected to be released in the UK on March 21. The record’s lead single is likely to be named ‘Under Cover Of Darkness’.
Pete Doherty has failed to attend a scheduled court hearing over a charge of cocaine possession in London. The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman was due at Thames Magistrates’ Court along with his friends, musicians Alan Wass and Peter ‘Wolfman’ Wolfe, on Friday (January 14) for a committal hearing in the case, which relates to an investigation into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead.
La Roux’s Elly Jackson has revealed that she is writing her new album with an “established” indie band. Jackson, speaking in the new issue of NME, declined to name the band, although it is rumoured to be White Lies.
Lock up your singing daughters and sons – Marilyn Manson has supposedly agreed to be a guest judge on the Austrian version of The X Factor, we read. The show, which is officially-titled Helden von Morgan (Tomorrow’s Heroes), will be broadcast live on January 28 in the country. Past guest judges have included German rapper Sido and ’80s pop star Kim Wilde (Austrian Independent).
The Killers’ bassist Mark Stoermer has entered the studio with Howling Bells to produce their third album. The band have set up in The Killers’ Battle Born facility in Las Vegas for the sessions to make the follow-up to their 2009 album ‘Radio Wars’.
Nile Rodgers has announced he is fighting aggressive cancer. The Chic guitarist informed fans of his condition via his blog at Nilerodgers.com. Writing on the site, Rodgers, 58, said he has undergone surgery in an attempt to remove the disease.
Johnny Marr has said that he is set to sign a “serious” book deal to publish his autobiography. The Smiths legend, currently in The Cribs, broke the news on his Twitter page, Twitter.com/Johnny_marr. Marr suggested that work on the book would mean that he’d be able to dedicate less time to music.
The Black Keys have cancelled a series of tour dates – saying that they are too “drained” to play them. The blues-rock band have all but cleared their touring schedule until April, leaving only a couple of US tour dates after pulling shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, including Big Day Out festival appearances.
It’s been a while since Johnny Borrell popped up on NME’s radar, so it’s nice to know he’s still on the scene. Unfortunately for him, though, the self-assured frontman’s most recent newsworthy escapade involves an ex-girlfriend, her new beau and a drunken scrap at a Milan fashion party.
Kate Bush is likely to release new material in 2011, her spokesperson has told NME. The news comes after unsubstantiated reports about a new release from the fame-shunning musician recently surfaced on music blog Wotyougot.com.
Suede have announced their first festival appearance of 2011, scuppering the suggestion that that they wouldn’t be continuing after their 2010 reunion shows. Read the full story now.