Weekly Music News: Interpol, Beastie Boys, Spoon, and more

June 5, 2014

photo: Interpol New releases announced this week

Artists who announced new releases this week include:

  • Interpol, whose upcoming fifth studio album "El Pintor," is their first since 2010's self-titled record. It's out on Sept. 9 via Matador.
  • Spoon, who also have not released an album since 2010 ("Transference"). "They Want My Soul" is out Aug. 5; read their interview with NPR Music announcing the record.
  • Denver band Tennis, who will release third album "Ritual in Repeat" on Sept. 9.
  • Caribou; electronica producer Dan Snaith will put out "Our Love" on Oct. 9 via Merge.
  • My Brightest Diamond, Shara Worden's indie project whose "This is My Hand" is out Sept. 16.

photo: Beastie BoysBeastie Boys' Mike D says group will not put out new music, tour following member MCA's death

In a move that should surprise few given the group's relative silence over the past two years, Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond aka Mike D announced this week that the rap group will neither tour nor release new music due to the death of founding member Adam Yauch aka MCA in 2012. Surviving members Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz promised the late rapper such before his death, as Diamond clarified during a testimony for their trial against Monster Energy Drink, who used a Beastie Boys track without permission in a promotional video. The group has a long history of denying use of their music for films and ad campaigns. [via NME]

photo: The Whitest Boy Alive The Whitest Boy Alive break up

The Whitest Boy Alive, the German-Norwegian indie electronica group featuring producer and Kings of Convenience member Erlend Øye, is no more. The band announced via their Facebook page: "Dear Fans. We are no longer composing or playing together as The Whitest Boy Alive. The Rules we made for ourself became a Golden Cage. Thanks for all the support and love we have received during the years." The band put out two albums, 2006's "Dreams" and 2009's "Rules," in their 11-year life span.