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Today’s Music News: Iggy Pop and Josh Homme secretly made an album together

Iggy Pop performs in Los Angeles in Oct. 2015 (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Even as surprise album announcements go, this one is a doozy: Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone AgeEagles of Death Metal) “wrote and recorded together with utmost secrecy and full independence,” reports the New York TimesPost Pop Depression will be released in March. Tune in Friday afternoon at 3:30 to hear Mary Lucia’s interview with Iggy Pop about the new album.

The City of Minneapolis has secured interim historic protection for the downtown Armory, pending a final decision on whether the building will be granted landmark status. The decision throws at least a temporary wrench into the slowly ongoing process of converting the building into a venue for concerts and other events. The building’s current owner plans sizable additions that “seemed very concerning” from a historic-preservation standpoint, says city historian John Smoley. (Star Tribune)

Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors has talked with Billboard about her claim of sexual misconduct against publicist Heathcliff Berru — a claim that inspired additional women in the music in the music business to come forward with similar claims, and quickly led to the effective dissolution of Berru’s company Life or Death PR. “I feel like what I did is just something that every woman should feel free to do,” says Coffman.

Radiohead have announced their first shows since 2012: three headlining dates at European festivals. The band have been working on a new album, and fans are expecting a release announcement soon. (Pitchfork)

Pet Shop Boys have announced a new album. Super, out April 1, will be the duo’s 13th studio album and first since 2013’s Electric. (Billboard)

PJ Harvey has also announced a new album. The Hope Six Demolition Project, out April 15, was partially created in public last year when Harvey recorded material in a London art museum. (Billboard)

Graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook has talked about his conversations with David Bowie around the design for Bowie’s album Blackstar. “It’s not just about the symbolism in it,” says Barnbrook, “it is as much about the emotional feel of it, in particular, the vinyl, the black record, the black packaging, and the fact that you can see the record as a physical thing that degrades, it get scratched as soon as it comes into being, that is a comment on mortality too.” (De Zeen)


Don McLean‘s wife has been granted a temporary order of protection from the singer-songwriter, saying that an incident leading to McLean’s recent arrest on domestic-violence charges is part of a pattern that stretches back three decades. (Billboard)

Hank Williams Jr. and new country hotness Chris Stapleton have announced a co-headlining summer U.S. tour that starts on Aug. 5 in Tampa and continues for eight more shows. (Billboard)

What major musical artists swear the most? According to lyrics website Musixmatch, it’s Lil WayneChief Keef, and Korn — with Green Day taking the honors as most foul-mouthed rock band. (Billboard)

The Cats are coming back: Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1982 musical — a record-holder for the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, and a special favorite of former president George W. Bush — will be revived on Broadway this fall. (Billboard)