4-1-1 Music News Minute w/Todd Michaels: Weekend Edition

Lorde has announced an international tour behind Melodrama, her new album out June 16. Starter September 26th in Manchester, UK @ O2 APOLLO and ends on November 26th in Melbourne, AU

As previously announced Liam Gallagher, participated in the Ariana-Grande-led One Love Manchester benefit concert this past weekend, performing a solo set and then collaborating with Coldplay on a version of “Live Forever.” Following Liam’s public shaming of his brother, it came out that Noel Gallagher had quietly decided to donate all royalties from Oasis’ song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (which Coldplay and Ariana Grande covered at the benefit show) to the Manchester Fund, which supports the families of victims of the bombing at Grande’s Manchester concert last month.

If you got the New York Times on On Tuesday, Lisa Loeb helped construct that days crossword puzzle. As part of the 75th anniversary of the publication’s crossword section, celebrity guests have periodically been collaborating with puzzlemakers on the day’s puzzle, and Loeb is the latest to do so. It was, of course, music themed.

Fans of the 1975 should get excited: Frontman Matty Healy has confirmed a debut record for Drive Like I Do, a “separate entity” from the 1975. He also confirmed that the 1975’s new album, Music For Cars, is still in the works, but the debut Drive Like I Do record is set for release “during spring time in the coming few years.”

Long-running indie-folk outfit Iron & Wine have announced a sixth studio album, Beast Epic, and shared a peaceful first single, “Call It Dreaming.” Beast Epic arrives August 25 from Sub Pop.

Democratic U.S. Senators Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada have written an open letter to the organizers of South by Southwest, asking them to consider moving the festival from its longtime Austin home to someplace outside of Texas. The reason is the state’s newly passed Senate Bill 4, signed by Governor Greg Abbott last month, which enlists local law enforcement agents to enforce federal immigration law and penalizes those departments and officials that don’t comply. SXSW has commented by stating they oppose SB4 and will not leave Austin.

Right now, U2 are touring behind the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree. This week, the band has extended the tour to add dates in North America and South America. Continues on September 3rd in Detroit, MI  end on October 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Zola Jesus was confirmed as a performer at this year’s Basilica Soundscape festival in upstate New York, and has now announced her new album Okovi. It’s out September 8 on Sacred Bones.