News Round-Up: John Lennon, Modest Mouse

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Our recap of the stories we featured during the past seven days a charity tribute to John Lennon and something brand new from Modest Mouse.

Maxi Jazz of Faithless and KT Tunstall are some of the artists who feature on a John Lennon tribute album which has been given a digital release of June 11th, raising money for War Child.

Sepp Osley and his band Blurred Vision led the concert when it was held last year, taking guests through some of Lennon’s best loved Beatles and solo work, such as Strawberry Fields Forever, Don’t Let Me Down and Instant Karma.

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Organisers of Roskilde Festival have confirmed ongoing pandemic restrictions mean the event will not be taking place this year.

“Finally, we received an official statement about this summer’s restrictions. As expected, we can’t conduct a Roskilde Festival this summer,” a statement reads. “Let us meet again in 2022.”

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Blossoms headlined a gig in front of 5,000 people, a slightly reduced capacity, at Sefton Park yesterday which was arranged to continue the gradual return of live music to the UK.

Those in attendance were not required to wear masks or socially distance, instead required to produce a negative COVID test 24 hours before the concert, and they will be asked to take another at a later date to monitor any possible transmission rates.

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Modest Mouse by James Joiner

Modest Mouse by James Joiner

Modest Mouse have confirmed the details of their first new album in six years, The Golden Casket.

Recorded between the band’s own studio in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles with producers Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee, it’s being previewed now with We Are Between, one of twelve tracks those sessions crafted.

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Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay have opened the second chapter of their collaborative project LUMP.

Animal is to be released on July 30th after sessions at Lindsay’s home studio in Margate, Kent which followed a similar process to that which resulted in the self-titled debut.

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Noel Gallagher has been unveiled as an ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day.

As in 2020, there will be two so-called ‘drop dates’ this year, and on the first of those, June 12th, Gallagher is releasing a special version of his recently announced High Flying Birds best of collection.

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