News Roundup: Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, The Strokes, Midlake, Shout Out Louds

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Robert Plant told the BBC he’s considering playing next year’s Glastonbury Festival, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. “”There is a chance yeah, but I don’t know with who,” said the singer. Let the Led Zeppelin reunion rumors commence.

Due to the death of Bruce Springsteen’s cousin, Lenny Sullivan, who had worked as the E Street band’s assistant road manager for the past 10 years, the band canceled their show in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday. According to a statement on Springsteen’s website, Sullivan died at 36 of unknown causes.

“A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family,” read the statement. “Bruce and the Band deeply appreciate the understanding of our Kansas City audience and look forward to returning at the earliest opportunity.”

Is this it? Julian Casablancas, who’s debut solo album is due November 2, says The Strokes are currently suffering from artistic differences.  “There is a disagreement as to whether the songs are ready,” he tells the Sun. “Some of the band think they are and others don’t. I’m somewhere in the middle.” “The problem is getting us together,” Cassablancas continued. “We’re scattered everywhere, and apart from when we’re rehearsing we don’t see each other. We’re not like people who go to the movies together. It’s weird with the band, a band is actually a great way to ruin a friendship.”

Listen to the first single from Them Crooked Vultures, dubbed “New Fang,” on the band’s YouTube page. Their self-titled debut drops November 17 via DGC/Interscope. Are you impressed?

Sweden’s Shout Out Louds will release their third album, Work, on Merge Records February 23. The album was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins, Built To Spill, Modest Mouse).

Singer Adam Olenius explains the thinking behind the album title:

“I am fascinated by the process of creating something and almost working yourself to death, the relief that comes when it is over and the ability to just shut off a part of one’s life. Work also means that something ‘does work,’ to reach a goal. A song from John Cale and Lou Reed’s Songs For Drella also inspired our album title choice.”

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Ambitious indie rockers Midlake will return after a three-and-a-half year hiatus on February 2, when they’ll release The Courage Of Others, the followup to their much lauded debut, The Trials of Van Ocupanther, on Bella Union. Check out the track list below.

The Courage of Others

Acts of Man
Winter Dies
Small Mountain
Core of Nature
Fortune
Rulers, Ruling All Things
Children of the Grounds
Bring Down
The Horn
The Courage of Others
In The Ground

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  1. Julian Casablancas’s solo album is coming out in the U.K. on November 2nd, and November 3rd in the U.S.

    It’s his “Luxury Edition Deluxe Set” that’s coming out on December 18th.

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