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Music News: Radiohead announce world tour

Radiohead perform in Australia in 2012 (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Rumblings about a possible new Radiohead album increased as the band announced a 16-date world tour that will begin May 20 in the Netherlands. The band say these will be their only headlining shows this year. The tour’s three U.S. shows include two at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and one at Madison Square Garden. (Pitchfork)

Pitchfork pays tribute to First Ave

A Pitchfork history of First Avenue in the ’80s features comments from former manager Steve McClellan, former Replacements manager Peter Jesperson, former R.E.M. manager Jefferson Holt, and more. Among the moments remembered is the night in 1981 the Harlem Globetrotters came to the Mainroom to watch U2.

President Obama welcomes Secretary Hamilton

On Monday, Barack Obama welcomed the cast of Hamilton to the White House, where they gave a live-streamed performance. Michelle Obama had high praise for the hit musical: she called it her favorite work of art ever. (Billboard)

Today’s video news

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple have released a new video for their collaboration “Left Handed Kisses.” The song will appear on Bird’s album Are You Serious, due out April 1. (Pitchfork)

Today’s tour news

Cage the Elephant have announced a headlining U.S. tour that will stop at Target Center (in its “U.S. Bank Theater” configuration) on June 10. Portugal. The Man. and Twin Peaks will open in Minneapolis. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s album news

The Avett Brothers have announced their next album. True Sadness is due out June 24, and according to Seth Avett (via Billboard), “a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers.”

Today’s reissue news

Dolly PartonLinda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris will release a box set containing their two Trio albums along with a 20-track bonus disc featuring alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks. The Complete Trio Collection comes out Sept. 9. (Rolling Stone)

Today’s comeback news

Motion City Soundtrack may be breaking up, but here’s some news to soften the blow for pop-punk fans: Good Charlotte are ending a six-year hiatus to release a new album and go on a “mini-tour.” What’s the new album about? “It’s about being inspired and excited to be both who you are and who you want to be,” say the band. (Billboard)

Today’s Billy Corgan rant

Guess what, according to Billy Corgan, is “the dregs of the music business.” Spotify? Ticketmaster? Scalpers? L.A.? Nope, it’s bands who go on tour to play a single album front-to-back. That practice “smacks of consumerism,” says Corgan, by way of explaining why there wasn’t a Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 20th anniversary tour. (Rolling Stone)

Taylor dethroned by BFF

While Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian duked it out to become Instagram’s most-followed person, they were both surpassed by a challenger they might not have seen coming. Selena Gomez, a prominent member of Swift’s squad, now rules the Insta-roost with 69.4 million followers — eclipsing Swift’s 69.2 million, Kardashian’s 63.9 million, and The Current’s 0.01 million. (Billboard)

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