Music News Round-Up | 10.14.13


Another week of music news is in the books. This week brings a new collaboration between Beach Boys alum Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck, who will hit the road and work together on an album that promises to recapture the quality of Pet Sounds. Elsewhere, Drake deals with a new dispute in the wake of his upcoming tour, Arcade Fire play a “secret” gig, Nirvana are close to another milestone, and a legendary band plays their first show in 15 years.

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck Get Friendly

Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys have had their issues in the past, but they’ve now culminated to the “firing” of Wilson from the iconic group. At 71, he now still has something to prove. Wilson dealt with severe anxiety and depression following the Beach Boys rise to fame, but through it all, Wilson was still able to release the brilliant Pet Sounds. He was truly the creative force behind the band’s best work, and now he hopes to work on something that will serve as a proper follow-up with guitar hero Jeff Beck. The two are set to embark on tour, see if they’re playing near you at Rukkus.

Read more on the story here.

Nirvana Are Shoe-Ins for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In the upcoming 29th induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nirvana currently lead the pack of 16 nominees. Among the grunge group are The Replacements, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, and Yes. In their first year of eligibility, Nirvana’s induction seems all but a formality at this point. Even though their career only lasted a few years, the reverberations of the shot that took Cobain’s life in 1994 are still felt today

The New York Times has more.

Neutral Milk Hotel Play First Show in 15 Years

Neutral Milk Hotel

The alt-folk band has earned a sizable cult-following since the release of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in 1997 (their last LP). Finally, after 15 years, they’ve reunited at a small venue in Baltimore, hot on the heels of an impending nationwide tour. Tickets come with endless bragging rights to all your friends. See if they’re playing near you with the click of a button.

Read more on the show at Gigwise.

Drake May Face Lawsuit for Kicking Future off Tour

As Drake’s “Would You Like a Tour?” sets to begin, it’s overshadowed by the dispute between him and rapper Future. The situation began when Future made disparaging comments to Billboard about Drake’s new album, claiming “Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.” Since making the comment, his management claimed he was misquoted, and the quote was removed, yet the damage was done. Drake kicked Future off the tour, and is now facing a lawsuit of 1.5 million dollars to make up for the money Future was set to earn. What a mess.

Vibe has the scoop.

Arcade Fire Play “Secret” Gigs in Brooklyn

Arcade Fire

Win Butler in the crowd. Photo courtesy of Spin.

In typical mysterious fashion, a gig poster appeared in Brooklyn, NY proclaiming a show by “The Reflektors” (Arcade Fire’s recent pseudonym). The Montreal band has gone full-on “Sgt. Pepper’s” as they played a show in a desolate warehouse in Bushwick, playing mostly new material and a few “Arcade Fire covers.” Fans attended the secret show in full-on Halloween costumes as instructed. The event sold out after a general sale of about 30 seconds. Look out for another one tonight! In the meantime, salivate over the recently released lyrics from their album, out on the 29th.

Billboard has a full write-up on the gig.

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Article by Nicolas White

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