The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: the passing of a music legend, your Spring Boston Calling lineup, 3 of your BRU favorites announce a tour together, and new music from familiar faces.
Rock legend David Bowie passes away
On January 10, the world lost an icon. David Bowie, music legend and bona fide rock star, died from liver cancer. He was 69. Since his rise to fame in the 1970s, Bowie created daring, provocative work that defied and redefined the conventions of rock. With his ever-changing personas (like the larger-than-life Ziggy Stardust), songs like “Space Oddity,” and albums like Young Americans, Bowie altered the face of 70s popular music, both originating the glam rock genre and inspiring the punk rock movement. Bowie’s five-decade career and whopping 140 million albums sold reflect his immense influence on the music of today. Posthumously, Bowie is still breaking records. Just two days before his death, on his 69th birthday, Bowie released his final album, Blackstar; the LP is on track to be the late singer’s first number-one album in the USA. This week, he also surpassed Adele as the artist with the most views on Vevo in a 24-hour period. To celebrate Bowie’s life and legacy, numerous artists are arranging tributes: on January 16, Arcade Fire is headlining a parade in Bowie’s honor in New Orleans, and a March 31 tribute concert at Carnegie Hall sold out so quickly that performers set a second date at Radio City Music Hall (buy tickets here!). Bowie—musician, innovator, superstar—will be fondly remembered, and sorely missed.
Boston Calling Music Festival lineup released
Boston Calling is back and its lineup game is strong. The May iteration of Boston’s biannual music festival sports a bill that transcends genre; with acts as diverse as EDM duo Disclosure, folk singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, and indie pop crooner BORNS, the three-day fest offers something for everyone. You can also catch Elle King and the Front Bottoms at City Hall Plaza if you missed their stops at Lupo’s! You can buy tickets here and concertgoers who buy tickets within the first 24 hours of availability will receive a special discount! Feeling nostalgic for Boston Callings of yesteryear? Click here to stroll down memory lane with WBRU’s video interviews with artists from the September 2015 festival!
Florence + the Machine touring with Of Monsters and Men and Grimes
English indie rockers Florence + the Machine have just announced a North American tour in support of their latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, and they’ve chosen some killer opening acts. The How Beautiful Tour kicks off in May, and features Icelandic folk group Of Monsters and Men and Canadian singer Grimes as special guests. Check out the tour trailer above—warning: viewing may induce an intense desire to twirl around barefoot/dye one’s hair red/go to a Florence and the Machine show—and catch these acts on June 17, when they swing by our neck of the woods for a New England show that’s sure to be unforgettable. Tickets for the general public go on sale January 16 here!
Members of The National and Beirut create LNZNDRF
In 2011, the National's Scott and Bryan Devendorf and world-folk outfit Beirut’s Ben Lanz decided to start a new project together. Five years later, the artists have formed LNZNDRF, and plan to release their self-titled debut album on February 19. According to the band, the record’s sound is “rock minimalism meets sonic maximalism,” and each song was “improvised with a vital spirit harking back to the reason the members became musicians in the first place.” With such a passion for their art, LNZNDRF sounds like a group to watch! Click here to listen to three songs from the forthcoming LP.
Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara announces solo album
Jeremy Gara, drummer from Canadian indie-rock group Arcade Fire, has announced that he will release his debut solo album on March 11. The ten-song LP is entitled Limn, and multi-instrumentalist Gara both recorded it and served as its producer. It sounds like Gara’s solo career is set to take off! No need to worry, though, Arcade Fire fans—members’ side projects aside, the band remains intact. Check out the opening track, “Divinity,” above, and click here to pre-order Limn on iTunes!