The Roots will embark on a U.S. tour beginning April 29 and running through June 15 with an engagement on May 28 in Chicago at the Vic Theatre.

The New Pornographers third LP, Twin Cinema, is being wrapped up and will most likely hit U.S. shelves August 23 via Matador.

July 12 will see the release of a split EP between The Books and Prefuse 73 via Warp recordings, entitled Prefuse 73 reads The Books.

Mouse on Mars will be touring internationally this summer May 2 through August 18 with a stop June 9 at Sonotheque in Chicago.

What the hell? moment of the week

Andre 3000, one whacky, wonderful half of Outkast, has agreed to star in a modern day movie musical. Variety reports that Avenue Q writer Jeff Whitty will write the script, and Andre will compose the music as well as star in it portraying a character “with magical powers, who comes into the lives of a family.” A pop star dressed like a psychedelic golf pro from Saturn, writing some stanky funkadelic jams with your father in the family room, and all that “funny smoke” is in the air. Every child’s fantasy.

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