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Today’s Music News: Dead Weather announce new album, ‘Dodge & Burn’

art from the release of early songs from the new Dead Weather album

The Dead Weather—the hard-rocking band featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart—announced that they will release a third album, Dodge & Burn, in September. A specific date has not yet been revealed. Four tracks from the album have already been released, though not necessarily in the same versions that will appear on the album. (Billboard)

After a five-hour set with the Africa Express Project at the Roskilde Festival, Damon Albarn was on such a high that he refused to leave the stage and had to be literally carried off by security at 4:00 a.m. (Billboard)

Dave Grohl says that he designed his Foo Fighters throne while “high as a kite” on morphine and Oxycontin in the hospital after breaking his leg. (Pitchfork)

Electronic duo Disclosure have confirmed that Lorde will appear on their upcoming album, as will other “big names.” (NME)

NME, often called the Rolling Stone of the U.K., announced “a major brand transformation. As well as a new look NME.COM and new digital products, in September the famous NME weekly magazine will go free, with more than 300k copies distributed nationally through stations, universities and retail partners.”

Bassist Jon Burr has launched a MoveOn petition aimed at convincing Apple Music to display complete album credits. In the petition, Burr says he hopes Apple will lead the way in encouraging streaming music services to help credit the musicians who played on albums. (Billboard)

The Grateful Dead held a charity auction of memorabilia associated with their “Fare Thee Well” shows last weekend, and the top item was a signed guitar, which went for $526,000. (Rolling Stone)

Public Image Ltd. have released a new song called “Double Trouble,” inspired by an argument frontman John Lydon and his wife had over a toilet in need of repair. “I’m not Johnny Perfecto in the toilet department,” says Lydon. “I know how to break them.” (Rolling Stone)

Country music’s highest-paid star this year? No surprise: it’s Garth Brooks. Even Brooks, though, is trumped by Katy Perry. Riding high on revenues from her Prismatic Tour, Perry has made $135 million over the past 12 months; in that same period, Brooks has made $90 million. (Rolling Stone)

Three Canadian politicians have stopped using the Nine Inch Nails logo on shirts that were originally created as a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that their last names begin with N, I, and N. “We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist,” says Edmonton mayor Don Iveson—though it’s unclear whether the politicians actually received a cease-and-desist order from the band, or whether the politicians’ own lawyers simply advised them to cut it out. (Exclaim.ca)

A Consumer Disputes Board in Finland has ruled that promoters of a 2013 Chuck Berry concert in Helsinki need to refund 50% of ticket prices to concertgoers who were disappointed by the concert, at which an ailing Berry performed “well below reasonably expected standards,” ruled the court. Board chairman Pauli Ståhlberg clarified, though, that the ruling isn’t a precedent for consumers to demand refunds for any concerts they find disappointing: “What is significant is a generally agreed view that the concert was a failure, as it was in the Chuck Berry case.” (Consequence of Sound)

Here’s a study you can cite to justify your overindulgence on refreshments at your next rock festival: with all the walking and standing involved, festivalgoers can burn significantly more calories than in their everyday lives. Glastonbury festivalgoers can burn up to 3,400 calories a day—over twice as much as the average adult burns in a day. (NME)

A new 78-story skyscraper being constructed in Melbourne, Australia will have an aesthetic inspired by Beyoncé‘s “Ghost” video, say developers. (NME)