News Roundup: Monsters of Folk, Weezer, Merce Cunningham
--The Monsters of Folk will hit the road this fall. The band, consisting of Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, alongside M. Ward and My Morning Jacket's Jim James (got that?), will perform as a band, switching off instruments and vocal duties. They'll play New York twice: November 6 at the United Palace Theatre and November 8 at the Beacon. A Monsters of Folk album will be released Sept. 22nd on Shangri La Records. This band's, like, the Dirty Mac of indie music.
--Last time we heard from Weezer, they were showing some much-needed promise with their takes on MGMT and Lady GaGa. The band debuted two new songs last week at the Jison Valley Rock Festival in South Korea. The titles: "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl Got Hot." Yeah. The band's currently working on a follow-up to last year's The Red Album and a much-more-reliable deluxe reissue of 1996's Pinkerton.
--Avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham died last night in his sleep at his Manhattan apartment. He was 90. Cunningham's innovative, seemingly random routines found reverence in the rock world. He worked with Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and his longtime collaborator, John Cage. In April, Sonic Youth and John Paul Jones paid tribute to Cunningham in Brooklyn when they provided the music for an original piece for his dance company. For more on Cunningham, check our sister blog, Runnin' Scared.