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Music Dispatch: Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync Are Making a Zombie Western Film

Music Dispatch: Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync Are Making a Zombie Western Film

We’re sad the weekend’s over, but a new week just means we can dive face first into rad music news!  Bon Iver debuted two mysterious new songs at their first live show in three years, Wavves released album details, our Comic-Con music panel is online, Thom Yorke crashed Portishead’s festival set, Run the Jewels shared their first Meow the Jewels cut, The Districts did a sweet cover of David Bowie, and Peaches wrote a gritty rock track that you can download for free. Oh yeah, and the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSynch are making a zombie western film, too.

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Boy band rivalry is sooo 2000. Everybody’s favorite groups the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSync are teaming up to dive into a different world of entertainment: film. They’re making a “zombie Western futuristic horror movie” with the movie studio behind Sharknado that’s tentatively titled Dead 7. As of now, Nick Carter is writing and staring in the drama along with Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean, both of Backstreet Boys, and Joey Fatone of ‘NSync. Cross your fingers Justin Timberlake will return to his “Bye Bye Bye” roots to hop onboard in due time. A nerd can dream. [Rolling Stone]

Bon Iver, Fall Creek Wisconsin, August, 2010. ..Photo by D.L. Anderson

Justin Vernon has been pretty confusing when describing the future of Bon Iver, from total disbandment to reunion shows to no new music ever. That last promise turned out to be false since the band’s set at Eaux Claires Music Festival had several new tracks. Bon Iver performed two new songs this weekend, neither of which were given names. Fan footage captured both songs in all their glory, though, so give them a spin and ruminate on the future of sad indie rock with us. [Vulture]

Looks like Nathan Williams’ angry tweets got his point across. Wavves announced their new album, V, will be out October 2 via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros. It was recorded in Los Angeles, so expect plenty of sunnysummer vibes. If you didn’t expect that, give a listen to their lead single “Way Too Much” and don your shades because it’s more ready for the beach than you are. [Nerdist]

Speaking of summer, we finally uploaded footage of our exclusive Nerdist Music Comic-Con panel! This year’s was particularly engaging with some help from Angels & Airwaves guitarist David Kennedy, Nerdcore icon MegaRan, and our gaming editor, Malik Forte, on hand. The panel offered a mesmerizing breakdown of what it means to be a “music nerd” in 2015 and plenty more. I would have defined it as “the coolest type of human being out there,” but I guess the panelists put it a bit more eloquently. [Nerdist]

Radiohead superfans already knew Thom Yorke would appear at UK’s Latitude Festival, but no one knew about his other live appearance. During Portishead‘s excellent show at the festival, Yorke showed up to join them for “The Rip” off their flawless 2008 album Third. It doesn’t get better than that for an encore. [SPIN]

Run the Jewels kept their word. Months ago, a Kickstarter joke became reality when El-P and Killer Mike agreed to follow-up on recreating their RTJ2 album using entirely cat sounds. On their Beats 1 radio show, the duo offered fans the world premiere of a finished album cut, “Meowrly”, produced by BOOTS. We won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say it’s purrrrrty purriffic. [Rolling Stone]

Tackling David Bowie is no easy feat, but The Districts were up to the challenge. The Pennsylvania indie rock group are young, and that youthful energy flows into their take of “Ashes to Ashes” perfectly. It’s a spin on his slap bass and synth-filled vision which opts for thick acoustic guitar chords and thin drums, creating an entirelty different world. Major Tom is certainly off to somewhere new.  [Consequence of Sound]

Adult Swim’s Singles program is our favorite freebie of the summer. This week we get another free track. Peaches offers up a quick punk track that’s perfect for working out at the gym or taking out troops in Call of Duty. “Bodyline” sees Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs offering extra oompf in the mix. Pick it up as a free download here or start spinning it right now above. [Adult Swim]

That’s it for today. Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday, though, for another packed Music Dispatch!

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