The most guarded music icon is finally opening up. Prince will be auctioning off an impressive set of personal belongings on Thursday, none of which, unfortunately, include that little red corvette he’s always singing about. Meanwhile, The Avett Brothers announced a new album, Tegan and Sara released details about their upcoming full-length, Placebo will mark their 20th anniversary as a band with a massive world tour, and Andrew Bird sings to Fiona Apple in his “Left Handed Kisses” video.
This Thursday, a pile of possessions from Prince‘s life will be up for sale. Among the things being auctioned off are his handwritten proposal to his first wife, Mayte Garcia (which was written on five pink, heart-shaped notes), her diamond engagement ring, 36 lots of tableware from their wedding, two tapes of demos, unreleased recordings, and more. The first set of tapes starts at $6,500. The second start at $20,000. The proposal notes and ring start at a whopping $100,000. As for that little red corvette? Well, that may not be up for auction. [Pitchfork]
Grammy-nominated folk act The Avett Brothers are gearing up to release their next full-length, True Sadness. In a heartfelt letter, Seth Avett talks openly about his personal life, the band’s career over the past 16 years, and where the new album will land sonically. He compares the record to a patchwork quilt. More importantly, he says the record has cornerstone influences such as Queen, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Gillian Welch, and other surprising names that aren’t always the folkiest of the bunch. The record drops June 24th. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s been three years since indie pop duo Tegan and Sara have dropped a new album. Now the Canadian duo is ready to unveil Love You to Death, their follow-up to 2013’s Heartthrob. The record will arrive on June 3rd, but we’ll hear the debut single on April 8th. Greg Kurstin—the producer behind Heartthrob as well as records by Sia, Beck, Kelly Clarkson, and more—produced the release. Expect more glossy pop that uplifts your broken heart — or your already-happy heart! [Rolling Stone]
Now 20 years ago, Placebo dropped their debut self-titled album. To celebrate, the UK rock group announced a giant world tour that sees them playing dozens of shows. Better yet, they’ll be performing songs that haven’t heard the light of day in over a decade. ““Let’s just say there will be songs in the set that I’ve sworn never to play again,” says frontman Brian Molko. “I think it’s time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They’ve been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material. A 20-year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so.” The full list of tour dates can be seen here. [Consequence of Sound]
Andrew Bird – Left Handed Kisses (feat. Fiona Apple) [OFFICIAL…Watch Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple face-off in a duet about the struggle to write a simple love song in “Left Handed Kisses,” off the upcoming album ‘Are You Serious.’ “At first it was just my voice. Then another voice came creeping in and I thought ‘this should be a duet if I can find the right person.’ I needed to find someone really indicting. She was totally committed. I can’t write simple love songs. People are complex.” #AreYouSeriousPreorder now to receive “Capsized,” “Left Handed Kisses,” & “Roma Fade” instantly.iTunes: http://found.ee/AreYouSerious_iTDLXVinyl/CD/Merch: http://found.ee/AreYouSerious_StoreAmazon: http://found.ee/AreYouSerious_AmaGooglePlay: http://found.ee/AreYouSerious_GDLX
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Last month, Andrew Bird won us over with the endearing back-and-forth ballad called “Left Handed Kisses.” The song’s upbeat, coy lyrics were split with the one and only Fiona Apple. Now the song has itself a video directed by Phil Andelman. Lucky for you, both singers are in it. As they sit by a window singign to each other and playing instruments, the intensity grows, forming something too large to title until you’re left wanting more come the video’s end. It’s a great way to kick off an otherwise dreary Monday! [Pitchfork]
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