4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) – Week of May 8th

David Byrne participated in a Reddit AMA interview this week, and there are a couple of interesting takeaways. First off, he’s expecting to release a new solo album “early next year” — it’d be the first one he didn’t work on with a primary collaborator since 2004’s Grown Backwards. Byrne is also preparing a staged “variety show” inspired by a new chapter in the latest edition of his 2012 book How Music Works. Byrne will introduce musicians and performers whose work he enjoys personally. No performers have been announced in advance, but the show takes place on June 1 at the Town Hall in Manhattan and tickets are currently on sale.


The Southern-gothic crime thriller Let Me Make You a Martyr, which co-stars Marilyn Manson, has been advertised for a couple of years. Now, it’s finally getting a limited theatrical release later this month, followed by video-on-demand distribution on June 6.




The National have properly announced their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, which is due out
September 8 on 4AD. It’s their first studio LP since 2013’s
Trouble Will Find Me. They teased the project and lead single, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” with a series of trailers. The band has also announced a sprawling world tour, lasting throughout this summer and fall, in support of the album. As per 4AD’s order page, preorders of Sleep Well Beast will come with advance access to tickets.


Earlier this year, Depeche Mode announced that they would let a different fan take over their Facebook page every day for a year. This week, a Depeche Mode fan by the name of Tony Hawk (pro skater) had the honor of posting to their page, and he reached out to Trent Reznor to provide some words about the band. Head to the Depeche Mode Facebook page to read what Trent said.



The latest Top-40 singles by Linkin Park, featuring upcoming pop singer Kiiara, is probably a

surprise for fans who’ve been fans ever since “One Step Closer.” over a decade ago.

The band’s frontman–Chester Bennington–has no tolerance for being called a “sell out”. In an interview with Music Week, as NME reports, Bennington directed a few choice words toward a huge portion of his fanbase: “If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!” That statement, indeed, could well have been a classic-period Linkin Park lyric…back in the day.

Indie rockers Modest Mouse have announced an extended run of fall tour dates. The band is currently gearing up for a previously announced spring tour; the new dates add a second leg in the autumn, beginning at the Washington State Fair with fellow Northwesterners Built to Spill.



Attention politically-conscious West Coast aughts-indie-rock fans: Death Cab for Cutie and The
are holding an acoustic concert in support of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU at The Paramount in Seattle. The concert is taking place on June 9, and all proceeds from tickets will be split between the two organizations.



Against Me! recently wrapped a round of tour dates with Green Day, and now they’ve announced a headline tour of their own in support of last fall’s album Shape Shift With Me. The two-month outing kicks off in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September, hitting every region of the U.S. and most big cities in Canada. Los Angeles pop-punk band Bleached and Hamilton, Ontario’s the Dirty Nil will open almost every show.


Evanescence has a number of classic songs in their discography that we could listen to over and over again, but their new album Synthesis will allow us to listen to these classic songs in a whole new way—with full orchestration. Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee revealed the news of this new album through a video posted on Facebook, along with explaining how there will also be two new songs on this album.While this album will feature songs from Evanescence’s previous albums, Lee explains that these won’t be remixes. As if we couldn’t get any more excited, Lee also revealed the news that Evanescence will be touring with a complete orchestra coming this fall to support the release of the album.


Marilyn Manson confirmed in a recent interview that he has finished his new album, and he tells FabulousTV that not only is he going on tour this summer—but the record is no longer titled SAY10. In an interview with Rolling Stone in September, Manson drew comparisons between SAY10 and his iconic albums Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals. Manson’s tenth, and now unnamed, studio album is a follow-up to 2015’s The Pale Emperor.