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Michigan‘s White Stripes to rock no more

Kristi Kates - February 14th, 2011
MODERN ROCK
By Kristi Kates
Michigan‘s White Stripes to Rock No More
Many have speculated over the past few years as to the “active status“ of Detroit‘s own White Stripes, aka Jack White and Meg White, with Jack White involved in a plethora of other projects and Meg White mostly off of the radar. But now, via Third Man Records, arrives the penultimate confirmation of just what the Stripes are - and that would officially be “broken up.“ A full letter from Jack and Meg was posted on the Third Man site, rendering them defunct after 15 years as a band. The reasons? Uncertain, really - although the duo say that they are not breaking up due to any “artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues...“ Hmm. Then what‘s left? Only time will tell if this breakup sticks, or if we‘ll be seeing a big White Stripes Reunion Tour in 2015...

More breakup news this week - this one from LCD Soundsystem, who have just announced what they‘re calling their final show via their website. The band say they‘ll be playing Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 2, and that it will be their last show ever - that they are, as they put it, “retiring from the game.“ They‘ve also asked that, since it‘s a band funeral of sorts, everyone attending arrive dressed in white or black (or black and white.) Presale tickets for that show are on sale now...

Black Devil Disco Club (aka Bernard Fevre and Jackie Giordano) are returning with a new album (their fourth), and have included a wide range of musical guests on the new set, including Afrika Bambaataa, Jo Apps, Nancy Sinatra, and Jon Spencer to. The album itself, which the pair have dubbbed *Circus,* will hit stores on April 12...

And this year‘s Academy Awards will feature several interesting musical performers, among them Mandy Moore and (as might be expected) Randy Newman. Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch will sing “If I Rise“ from the soundtrack of the James Franco movie *127 Hours* (“If I Rise* has been nominated for Best Song), and actress/singer Gwyneth Paltrow will hit the stage to perform the song “Coming Home“ from her country-western singer themed movie *Country Strong.* The Oscars will take place in L.A. on February 27...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
James Blake will drop his eponymously-titled new album this spring, and he‘s made the entire album streamable early (as in, right now) via this complex but worthy Dutch link: http://3voor12.vpro.nl/speler/luisterpaal/44437939#luisterpaal.44437939...

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Klaxons are going to be zipping from the U.S. East coast to the West coast in less than a month on a whirlwind tour; their stops will include Boston (3/28), Chicago (4/2), Madison WI (4/3), Seattle (4/9) and Indio CA (4/15) for the Coachella fest...
Hans-Peter Lindstrom just wrapped up a trio of live stateside dates, too, and may return for more this summer...
Architecture in Helsinki‘s fourth album is now set for release this May, so keep an eye out for the poppy Aussie band‘s *Moment Bends* this spring*...
The Apollo Theater will be honoring Stevie Wonder with an induction to its Hall of Fame on June 13; Wonder will take his place alongside the likes of James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Michigan‘s own Aretha Franklin...
The Decemberists are lending a song to hipster TV puppet show Yo Gabba Gabba!, namely their track “The Great Outdoors“...
he Foo Fighters documentary film will be premiered at this year‘s SXSW fest, as directed by James Moll; it chronicles the Foos as they prep to record their latest studio album...

And prepping to release their latest albums into your music collection are this week‘s new releases... Mogwai‘s *Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will*... Gruff Rhys‘ *Hotel Shampoo*... and Chamberlin‘s *Bitter Blood*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

*Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.*


 
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