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The Who recently hit its 50th anniversary and while many in the UK were excited to hear the band would be touring there again later this year, fans worldwide got something exciting to look forward to as well. Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend said at the press conference in London that he and singer Roger Daltrey would collaborate on a new record that Townshend has already provided three new demos for. The new album would be the first since The Who's 2006 release Endless Wire.

Townshend explained that the new album would be approached in a more "basic" way, but not as "basic," he said, as his recent collaboration Going Back Home with ex-Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, which was recorded in ten days. The band said the tour was equivalent to that of their "farewell," but they would continue to write and record. As well as give some insight to The Who's future plans, Townshend and Daltrey performed a four-song acoustic set at the press conference, before answering questions from the audience of journalists and running a short film showing the band performing through its half-century career.

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Any normal person driving past RCA Studio A, practically hidden on Music Row street corner, would imagine the place was an apartment complex rather than one of the most important buildings in country music history. Now Ben Folds, an anchor tenant at the Music Row building, is airing out about how he thinks Nashville should be kept as the musical city its known for and while he’s not opposed to progress, he’s urging the Nashville and the development crew “to take a moment to stand in silence between the grand walls of RCA Studio A and feel the history.”

Folds also urged the city to read his open letter expressing his passion for preserving the Nashville musical landmark and those like it. He then goes on with a lengthy list of the artists who made the studio so great. The full letter can be read below.

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In a recent interview with The Guardian Lana Del Ray offered comments about her idols in music, but is now getting backlash from the daughter of one of those idols. Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of late Kurt Cobain, took to Twitter yesterday to respond to Del Ray’s “I wish I was dead already” comment from a recent interview in which she discussed Cobain and late singer Amy Winehouse.

Frances Bean wrote last night in a series of tweets at Del Ray, "I'll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool.' Well, it's [deleted] not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don't be one of those people. You're too talented to waste it away." She later clarified she wasn’t attacking anyone by tweeting "I have no animosity towards Lana. I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."

In other Cobain family news, Courtney Love is still trying to diminish her late husband’s reputation, but this time saying Cobain "wanted [fame] bad," and his attitude against being in the spotlight was all a sham. "I’m too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars," Cobain said in an interview to be aired in National Geographic's upcoming documentary on the Nineties, The '90s: The Last Great Decade?

However, Love says Cobain was desperate to be the world’s biggest rock star saying “He wrote to every major [and] minor label, 'We’ll pay. Let us be on your label.'” Love also discussed Cobain’s life and death in a recent Vanity Fair profile pretty much solidifying how mad she still is at him. “If he came back right now I’d have to kill him, for what he did to us. I’d [deleted] kill him. I’d [deleted] him, and then I’d kill him,” she said.

 

In lighter news, Foo Fighters are getting more concerts as the band recently booked two gigs in South Africa, a country the band has never toured in its twenty years. Dave Grohl and the rest of his band will play December 10 at Cape Town stadium and Johannesburg's FNB Stadium the 13th with Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS providing support on both dates.

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The Icelandic pop-star Björk has made an impact as not only having great music, but integrating it with art, making for the unique visually exciting things she does. Now the singer is getting some recognition from the Museum of Modern Art in New York that will hold a full scale exhibition in March 2015 featuring Björk's many visual and musical works.

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If you didn't know Björk as much of a writer, you will also get a taste of that as the exhibit will also be presented with a biographical and fictitious piece co-written by Björk and Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's music videos, album art and live performances are a sight to behold, and as if all this wasn't enough for fans, the singer will also release a new, immersive music and film commission that Björk made with director Andrew Huang (Atoms for Peace's "Before Your Very Eyes," Björk's "Mutual Core") and 3-D design company Autodesk.

Check out the music video for Björk's song "Human Behaviour" from her first album Debut

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It's been almost forty years since Peter Gabriel quit Genesis and while the chances of him and the rest of the band reuniting anytime soon are pretty slim, there is reason to rejoice for a different kind of upcoming Genesis reunion. Gabirel's team confirmed today that the band's prog-rock era lineup (Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford) would begin work on a feature length BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart. No official air date has been confirmed.

The documentary will outline the band's history, it's evolution of sound, and the band's radio-friendly commercial success in the Eighties following Gabriel's departure from the band.

No official word on if any of this will lead to any touring, long awaited by fans, but this is the closest thing to a reunion that's been seen from the band in many years, so who knows what might happen.

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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was initially set to release a new album under the solo project name Sukierae, however the solo project isn't only the spark of Jeff's creativity, but someone who has been there all along. Jeff and his son, a drummer, Spencer will release their father/son album under the more fitting name Tweedy September 16 via Wilco's own label, dBpm Records.

“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said in a statement with Consequence of Sound. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”

The album will feature contributions from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, as well as Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus 5, The Baseball Project). Tweedy will also head out on tour this summer as they hit the road today and will perform June 6 at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, performing with bassist Darin Grey, guitarist Jim Elkington, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

The album's first single "I'll Sing It" is currently streaming on Soundcloud and gives a taste of what can come of these two equally musical minds as a simple acoustic guitar strums over the beat of Jeff's drumming prodigy Spencer.

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Andrew Bird will release a Handsome Family cover album June 3rd entitled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... The album will include songs from the Albuquerque based band including "Far From Any Road," also the theme of HBO's "True Detective," and "Tin Foil," which shows up on the album as"Tin Foiled."

Bird is quite fond of Handsome Family as he has covered the band many times in concert and even toured with the husband-and-wife duo last year.

Bird and his new band Hands of Glory, featuring guitarist Tift Merritt, will embark on an American tour in support of the album this summer.

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Saturday, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. On April 5th, 1994 Nirvana's front man took his life at 27 years old in his Seattle home. Had Cobain not taken his life, he would be 46 years old today. Sachs Media Group commissioned an age progression for Kurt Cobain of what he would look like:

This past weekend, various artists paid tribute to Cobain's death, performing live covers of Nirvana songs.

At Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paolo, Muse covered one of Nirvana's classic songs, "Lithium".

Coincidentally, this same night St. Vincent performed "Lithium" in Chicago

 

Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10 in New York City, an event that is open to the general public for the first time. Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic has brought up the fact that the remaining members of Nirvana may be performing at the ceremony.

 

Whether or not Nirvana plays together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will be interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, April 8th. This week The Tonight Show will also include guests such as Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), Stevie Nicks, Kiss, and John Oates of Hall and Oates.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.

The Baseball Project, “Box Scores” - With baseball fever rising high again in Pittsburgh, I had to play a brand-new one by The Baseball Project, a collective of seamheads whose roster includes R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills, and Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate. All their songs are about baseball legends and peculiarities of the National Pastime. Saw them perform at the 3 Rivers Arts Festival a few years ago, and they almost single-handedly renewed my interest in Major League Baseball with their collection of folk songs, Americana, and Bo Diddley-beat-ish baseball ditties. This one is about the simple joys of reading baseball box scores. The March 25 release also includes a quirky song about former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, and the day he purposely aimed beanballs at the starting lineup of the Cincinnati Reds.

1, 2, 3 “When the Levee Breaks at the County Fair” - The goldfish escape; the funnel cakes are ruined, and the Tilt-a-Whirl tilts in a way it shouldn’t after the climactic action in the title of this amusing tune off the May 27 double-album from 1, 2, 3 -- the low-fi/garage-rock Pittsburgh band that’s earned praise internationally from the likes of Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound and The Guardian. 1, 2, 3 lyricist Nicolas Snyder says he was inspired by 70’s dystopian movies and strange weather occurrences – like the Japanese tsunami and a tornado that ripped through his aunt’s Pennsylvania house. The band recorded storm sounds through a screen door in a house outside Monroeville, and used primitive instruments, later adding classic vinyl sampling and spoken-word interludes that are some of the album’s best philosophizing.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott.

Jimmer Podrasky, "She Has Good Records" - Jimmer wrote this song back in the late '70s when he formed The Rave-Ups here at CMU. He obviously had the Ramones on his mind, maybe even a little Phil Spector. The Rave-Ups never recorded it, but Jimmer, based in LA, has revived it for his first solo album, "The Would-Be Plans," and first new music in 24 years.

The Show, "One More Night" - Here's a Pittsburgh band that could fool you into thinking their Brits. The Show, which just released the new album "Until you know what it's like to stand where there is no ground ," takes its cues from bands like Oasis and The Verve and pours its love into the Britpop sound.

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