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: Radiohead reboot, a highly anticipated return, music from the deceased, a brotherly new album, and a presidential announcement.
Radiohead announce 2016 world tour
After news of Radiohead playing several festivals this year had fans of the band wondering about the possibility of a tour, an announcement by the band this week satisfied supporters worldwide. Radiohead have released dates for a world tour, and many fans hope this means that the speculated arrival of their new album will finally come to fruition (maybe...hopefully...). Excited fans across the world are gunning for a chance to see the band, who haven’t performed live since 2012. Catch the band in the US playing Madison Square Garden and LA’s Shrine Auditorium, and catch BRU Radiohead fans sobbing from hours away in Rhode Island.
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to return to Pompeii this summer
45 years after the filming of the band’s highly acclaimed classic concert movie, former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will return to Pompeii to play two solo shows. Pink Floyd's 1971 Live in Pompeii concert film was shot in the ancient Roman ruins of a Pompeii theater without an audience, a groundbreaking and critically acclaimed piece of media that remains one of the most popular rock videos today. Gilmour, however, will most likely play in the theater’s smaller amphitheater to an actual audience, promoting his new album Rattle That Lock. Who else has been dying to visit Pompeii?
Jeff Buckley posthumous album released
By now Jeff Buckley fans have come to terms with the death of the alt-rock singer in 1997. Considered one of the greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone, Buckley’s allure lies in his soulful voice and lyrics. Buckley didn’t release much music while he was alive, but luckily fans will be able to hear more from him through the release of You and I, which features covers of artists, such as the Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and Sly And The Family Stone. So rest assured, the angelic voice of Jeff Buckley will keep on keeping on for (hopefully) albums to come.
The Avett Brothers announce new album 'True Sadness'
This week American folk rockers The Avett Brothers announced the arrival of their ninth studio album True Sadness, which is set to be released in June. The follow-up to 2013’s Magpie and the Dandelion is highly anticipated, with the band drawing influences from Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty and more, as described in an open letter penned by Seth Avett. The album’s first single “Ain’t No Man” will be released in the next few weeks and the band will begin to tour to promote the album later this year.
Michelle Obama promotes charity anthem
At her SXSW Keynote address a few days ago, First Lady Michelle Obama promoted the Let Girls Learn initiative, which seeks to break barriers to the education of girls, with the announcement of a new collaboration. Enlisting the voices of Missy Elliot, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monet, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michelle, Jadagrace, and Chloe & Halle with lyrics written by Dianne Warren, Obama’s empowerment anthem “This is For My Girls” will provide support for the program. Proceeds from the song go directly to fund Let Girls Learn, and the full version can be found via iTunes. Thanks, Obama!