The War on Drugs has announced three December concerts for their hometown Philadelphia fans. The shows will take place December 19, 20, and 21 at three currently-undisclosed locations and are being billed under the pun, “Drug-cember To Remember.” Proceeds will go to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, a nonprofit that coordinates investment into the city’s public schools. The band’s announcement promises “some big surprises.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was escorted away by security following an on-court argument between players for the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during a game in Los Angeles over the weekend. Video shared on social media shows Kiedis flipping the bird and shouting some heated words at Rockets point guard Chris Paul and the Rockets’ staff as Paul was led off the court following his skirmish with Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo.
Ty Segall released a new album last week, but it almost slipped by unnoticed. The prolific garage-rock singer-songwriter handed out 55 copies of a new tape entitled Orange Rainbow at the opening reception for his art exhibit of the same name in Los Angeles, which took place on October 18. A listing for the 13-track project is available on Discogs, and Pitchfork has officially confirmed the tape’s release. It was sold for $25 and released via Segall’s Drag City imprint God? Records, according to an intrepid Reddit poster.
Massive Attack’s landmark 1998 album Mezzanine celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the group is releasing a new version of the album encoded into DNA. The album is being released in the form of a can of matt black spray paint, each of which contains approximately one million copies of the release, according to a press release.
Trent Reznor recently sat down for an interview with Stereogum while in Brooklyn for Nine Inch Nails’ current tour with the Jesus and Mary Chain. The bandleader and composer discussed his various career pivots, his evolving approach to touring. Reznor also addressed Nine Inch Nails being left off the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot for the second straight year. He said he could care less. Nine Inch Nails was nominated for the first time in 2016, but not this year or last. Nine Inch Nails’ tour in the wake of their June LP Bad Witch extends into December, closing with six dates at the Palladium in Los Angeles. You can read Reznor’s full interview here.
Travis Barker will be making his return to the stage with Blink-182 at their Vegas residency next week. TMZ reports that Barker has been medically cleared from his June treatment for blood clots in both arms and a staph infection he got after a bus collided with his SUV. The ailments sidelined Barker for a number of months, forcing the band to postpone tour dates and an appearance at Riot Fest. He is reportedly suing the bus company and medical center where he was treated following the accident.
What’s Beirut been up to in the three years since their last album NoNoNo was released? The band’s frontman, Zach Condon, tells all in a new letter posted to the group’s official website. The letter chronicles everything from Condon’s attachment to an organ he acquired at his first job to the artist’s back and forth from Berlin to New York City, but here’s the key information: a new Beirut album is forthcoming. The album will be titled Gallipoli.
Michael Shawn Hunt, 43, of Hillsborough County, Florida was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading no contest to a stalking charge following an arrest near a Lana Del Rey show in Orlando last February, WESH reports. In exchange for the no contest plea, the aggravated stalking charge and weapons charges against Hunt were dropped. He will get credit for the 245 days he already spent in jail.
Sonic Youth are bringing more film events to major cities across North America. As part of Daydream Nation’s 30th anniversary this year, Sonic Youth announced a series of film screenings and “unseen gems from the band’s archives” premiered at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre this week. In December they’ll be in Austin, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Brooklyn, NY.
Back in May, Francis Bean Cobain’s ex-husband Isaiah Silva sued Courtney Love, Love’s manager Sam Lutfi, and several other men, whom Silva claimed participated in a conspiracy to break into his house in 2016 in an attempt to kill him and steal the acoustic guitar that Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance. Among the named alleged accomplices was Riverdale actor Ross Butler. In an October 9 court filing, Butler denies the wild allegations in Silva’s suit but admits he visited Silva’s house with Lutfi on the night in question. That’s about the only detail Butler’s version of the story shares with Silva’s account. The next hearing for the case is scheduled for December 7. Read a summary of the allegations in Silva’s original suit here.
Sharon Van Etten has announced a tour to support her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, which is due out early next year. The singer-songwriter hits the road in February 2019 playing North America, U.K., and Europe. Fred Armisen joins her as the special guest for her New York show on February 9.
Rock and metal star, as well as the APMAs 2016 Icon Award recipient Marilyn Manson, released a particularly interesting merch item on his website: a dildo. This is not just any toy: This 8 inch-tall, 1.5 inch-diameter toy is inscribed with the singer’s name and detailed with his face. The “Double Cross Dildo + Bag” merch item is made safe for all users with its silicone, hypoallergenic makeup. Additionally, the paint used to create Manson’s face on the toy is environmentally-friendly and may wear off with frequent use.
Coldplay is prepping a new concert film and live album to be released alongside their forthcoming career-spanning documentary. The complete set, which is being referred to as “the Butterfly package,” will arrive December 7th. The concert film and live album document two different stops on the South American leg of Coldplay’s world tour in support of their 2015 album, A Head Full of Dreams. The film chronicles the group’s November 8th, 2017 concert in São Paulo, Brazil, while the record captures the last gig of the trek, November 15th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.