The line-up for Lollapalooza has been announced including performances by The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Death Cab for Cutie, The Arcade Fire, Liz Phair, The Black Keys, M83, Weezer, Widespread Panic, Blonde Redhead, Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Digable Planets, Kasabian and many others. Lollapalooza will be held July 23-24 in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Kanye West has announced his sophomore LP, Late Registration, will hit stores July 12 via Roc-A-Fella.
Wilco have announced a spate of North American tour dates beginning April 21 including four nights at the Vic Theatre in Chicago May 4-7.
Missy Elliot’s latest LP, entitled The Cookbook, will be out June 28 and will feature production by the Neptunes among others and guestspots from Tweet, Pharrel and Slick Rick.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s posthumous release A Son Unique will be released June 21 jointly via Damon Dash Music and Wu-Tang Records. ODB was working on A Son Unique at the time of his death last year. The album features contributions from RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, N.O.R.E., Clipse, DJ Premier and The Neptunes.
What the hell? moment of the week:
An upcoming book alleges that Brian Epstein, former manager of the Beatles, had a homosexual affair with a member of the greatest rock band ever. Creatively titled, There’s A Beatle in My Closet, it was written by Epstein’s former assistant, Joanne Peterson, who will not reveal which member of the Fab Four is allegedly more fabulous than the others until the book hits shelves. I know everyone is gonna say Ringo, but I’m listening to McCartney’s 1973 solo LP “Red Rose Speedway” right now. And I have to go with Sir Paul.