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The members of U2 recently hinted at big 2017 plans in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of their landmark 1987 album The Joshua Tree, and on Monday the legendary band detailed the trek. A stadium tour, it’ll bring the band and alternating special guests Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers (in North America) and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds (overseas). https://twitter.com/U2/status/818379458969075712 Some background for The Joshua Tree album, widely considered one of the benchmarks of U2’s career: Released to universal acclaim on March 9th 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”…

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Earlier this week, one of those ‘only in Los Angeles’ moments took place at the intimate confines of the Hotel Cafe — as John Mayer booked a surprise acoustic gig as he prepares to release a flurry of new music in 2017. At the gig, which was obviously very sold-out, comedian Dave Chappelle happened to be in the room and joined Mayer onstage for a few spirited covers, one of which was Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”: #RG from @kenzdoyle – Let's talk about how I go to see #JohnMayer for $10 at the amazing Hotel Cafe and DAVE CHAPPELLE…

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James Mercer has found time to return to the Shins, and his revered indie band will release a new album title Heartworms on March 10. It’ll be the fifth studio album under the Shins moniker (as Mercer has released records with various projects including Broken Bells and others). In addition to the album announcement, the album’s lead single and opening track “Name For You” was also premiered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnQKb2lHGes The news comes after another track, “Dead Alive,” was released a few months back. Heartworms is the Shins’ first album to be self-produced by Mercer since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World. Here’s the…

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The Foo Fighters, historically, are one of the most active bands on the alt/rock scene. When it’s time for an album or ambitious miniseries project (or both!), the Foos tend to go all-out with the promotion and/or cryptic announcements. In recent weeks, while technically on another self-imposed “hiatus,” the band has posted mysterious teaser-type social media entries that basically serve to pre-announce a forthcoming announcement. Their latest was a map of the United States with Northern California tinted red: https://twitter.com/foofighters/status/816023576432111617 This turned out to be a pre-announcement tease of the band’s headlining slot at the 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley Music…

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The lineup and details for the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York City were announced on Wednesday. Headlining the three-day fest, which is scheduled for June 2 – 4 are the following: Tool Chance the Rapper Childish Gambino Phoenix With the following acts also on the bill: Lorde Flume Wu-Tang Clan Wiz Khalifa Cage the Elephant the Head and the Heart the Avalanches Beach House Franz Ferdinand Mondo Cozmo (recently profiled in a Turn Me On column) and many more: Visit the fest’s official site for full details!

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The official lineup and details for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival have been announced for April 2017. Headlining the mega-fest this year will be Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, with the following among the many acts to hit the polo fields: Bon Iver the xx Father John Misty Empire of the Sun Lorde Justice New Order Phantogram Mac DeMarco Glass Animals Mac Miller Future DJ Snake DJ Khaled Gucci Mane Guided By Voices Schoolboy Q The Head and the Heart Bastille Tycho Royksopp Local Natives Warpaint the Lemon Twigs (recently spotlighted here!) the Avalanches Grouplove Toots and the…

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The lineup and details for the 2017 BottleRock Napa Valley music festival were announced on Tuesday, and it’s quite an impressive group of musicians. The following will take part in the weekend fest, set for May 26 – 28: Foo Fighters Tom Petty + the Heartbreakers Maroon 5 Modest Mouse Ben Harper + the Innocent Criminals Macklemore + Ryan Lewis the Roots Band of Horses Live Fitz + the Tantrums Michael Franti + Spearhead House of Pain Catfish + the Bottlemen and many, many more — visit the festival’s website for the full lineup. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday,…

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Dan Auerbach, guitar/vocals component of the Black Keys, will be donning the ‘solo artist’ hat one more time with a new album due in spring 2017. The follow-up to his 2009 album Keep It Hid, this new collection of songs finds Auerbach working alongside some all-time greats: Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy, Gene Christman and Bobby Wood. As quoted by Rolling Stone, Auerbach calls this new record, “A whole history of everything I love about music.” There’s also going to be a song paying tribute to legendary rock producer Rick Rubin, which sounds fun. The Rolling Stone piece also points to…

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On January 4, 1967, Jim Morrison and the Doors announced their arrival with their landmark self-titled debut album. With that classic LP about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the city of Los Angeles has proclaimed that January 4, 2017 will be dubbed The Day of the Doors. That’s the day a special event will take place in Venice, California, specifically the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Windward Avenue, and will be attended by surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore as well as family members of Morrison and Ray Manzarek. A statement about the special day from Densmore: “Very…

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Actress, dancer, model and pop culture legend Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84, TMZ reported on Wednesday night. Reynolds had been rushed to the hospital earlier in the day after suffering a stroke at her son’s home. https://twitter.com/TMZ/status/814283850633408512 In addition to her numerous film roles including Singin’ in the Rain, Three Little Words, How the West Was Won, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and many others, Reynolds was known for her dancing, singing and business ventures — simply put, she did more than enough to earn her standing as one of the most beloved entertainers of all time.…

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