4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of June 11th

Alkaline Trio has announced North American tour dates for late summer and early fall. The tour begins August in Texas and ends with a series of West Coast dates in California. The pop-punk unit will also play Riot Fest in Chicago in mid-September. Tickets for the upcoming shows go on sale on June 11 here. The band’s last album, My Shame is True, was released in 2013. Matt Skiba is also currently a member of Blink-182.







Pearl Jam is excited to announce the Rock2Vote Festival at Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT. This community event is free and open to the public and is set to take place during the day on August 13th prior to Pearl Jam’s performance. You can join in the Grizzly tailgate area north of Washington-Grizzly Stadium for a variety of interactive art activities for all ages. Featuring progressive, Montana-led, non-profit organizations, local fare, and a stage showcasing a diverse array of local artists, musicians, activists, and speakers. On August 8th and 10th, Pearl Jam will play The Home Shows, two sold-out concerts at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA with one goal: banding together to fight homelessness.


Suicide is a growing public health crisis nationwide. In the past week alone, the world has lost Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to mental health struggles, and last night, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold spoke out about his own challenges with suicidal thoughts. Writing on Instagram, Pecknold clarified earlier comments that some saw as “unsympathetic toward the mentally ill or suicidal.” If you or someone you know needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org to chat with someone live online.


On their new album KIDS SEE GHOSTS, Kanye West and Kid Cudi sampled Kurt Cobain. Cobain’s “Burn the Rain” off of the Montage of Heck soundtrack appeared on “Reborn.” Courtney Love was also spotted at the listening party for the album on Thursday night with West. Love recently tweeted praise for West, calling him a ‘free thinker.’ Love and West connected in 2015 during an Uber strike in Paris and connecting via Twitter. 


Last weekend, a man was found dead in his car at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. A spokesperson from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily News that though the investigation is still underway, no foul play is suspected. The incident marks the first death at the festival since 2015….which I guess is good news?



Beartooth confirmed in an Instagram post that they have added two new members to the band. The band officially added a new guitarist, Zach Huston (formerly of Like Moths To Flames) and touring drummer Connor Denis, to their lineup. Huston is set to replace the band’s former guitarist Taylor Lumley, who announced his decision to leave the band back in April. He added the reason for his departure was to focus more “on my life and my art,” also adding that his decision to leave the band was amicable and that there were no issues with the band or the crew. Vocalist Caleb Shomo confirmed the news on Twitter, sharing that both Huston and Denis are official members of the band.


Dave Grohl and his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, are producing a documentary series. The show will be based on Virginia’s book From the Cradle to the Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Variety reports Live Nation Productions will lead the TV adaption of the book, while Virginia and Dave will serve as executive producers. The book, published last year, features interviews with mothers of other rock stars about raising famous musicians. She talked to the mothers of Beastie BoysMike D, REM’s Michael Stipe, Tom Morello and more. Foo Fighters are still currently on tour in support of their latest album Concrete And Gold.


The Cure frontman Robert Smith is talking about recording the iconic rock band’s first new studio album in 10 years. In an interview with The Guardian, Smith reveals his plans for the Cure’s first full-length record since 2008’s 4:13 Dream. Apparently, some album-making motivation was supplied by Smith’s curation of this year’s Meltdown Festival. And while the influential musician (and goth pioneer) says he also feels inspired by new bands he sees on the scene, the singer admits that he hasn’t written many new songs for the Cure since that forenamed 13th studio album a decade ago.