Quick Hits: Thirty Seconds To Mars, Depeche Mode, Free Press Summer Fest, Ottawa Bluesfest, Beale Street Music Festival, NME Awards, Questlove, Baauer & Danny Brown, The Temptations
February 28, 2013


Thirty Seconds To Mars
Thirty Seconds To Mars have announce the lead single from their upcoming new album, titled "Up In The Air." Before anyone on Earth hears the song, it will be launched into space tomorrow, as part of the second SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station. The first copy of "Up In The Air" will be along for the ride. The band will also visit Cape Canaveral for the launch. The band will visit Mission Control Houston for a Q&A with Tom Marshburn, one of the astronauts aboard the space station. The Q&A, scheduled for Monday, March 18, will be broadcast live online with details available shortly at thirtysecondstomars.com. "Up In The Air" will premiere worldwide that day and be commercially available at all digital retailers the following day, March 19. Thirty Seconds To Mars will release their fourth studio album later in 2013.

Depeche Mode will perform on the next Live At Letterman webcast, slated for March 11. The veteran British band will debut songs from their upcoming album Delta Machine. The webcast will air on CBS.com, VEVO, and the CBS JumboTron in Times Square. Delta Machine is due out March 26.

Festival season is coming up for 2013 across the country. The Free Press Summer Fest in Houston will take place June 1-2. Headliners include The Postal Service and Iggy And The Stooges. Other performers include Bassnectar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Of Monsters And Men, 2 Chainz, and indie bands like Passion Pit, Cat Power, TV On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

The Ottawa Bluesfest, taking place July 4-14, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, has announced their 2013 lineup. The lineup includes an eclectic variety of sounds, including Skrillex, Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Tegan & Sara, Weezer, The Joy Formidable, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Fitz & the Tantrums, Ra Ra Riot, Camera Obscura, Dixie Chicks, Rush, B.B. King, fun., Flogging Molly, The Tragically Hip, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cat Empire, and many more. Tickets go on sale today.

The Beale Street Music Festival has also announced their lineup for their 2013 festival, taking place May 3-5 in Memphis, TN. Performers include The Black Keys, Phoenix, The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Roots, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Deftones, Big Boi, The Black Crowes, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, Hall & Oates, Gary Clark Jr., Public Enemy, Govít Mule, Deer Tick, The Joy Formidable, Lucero, Jake Bugg, The Wallflowers, Davy Knowles, Jerry Lee Lewis, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

The NME handed out its 2013 NME Awards on Wednesday in London. The Rolling Stones were named Best Live Band, and won for Best Music Film as well. Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine was named Best Solo Artist and also won for Best Dancefloor Anthem for "Sweet Nothing," her collaboration with Calvin Harris. The Kills were named Best International Band with Biffy Clyro named Best British Band. Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was honored as the NME's 2013 "Godlike Genius."

Drummer Questlove is a man that just can't seem to stop. Other than recording a new album with The Roots and a joint album with Elvis Costello, and working as the house drummer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he's managed to find the time to write a memoir called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove. The memoir will be released June 18 with Grand Central Publishing. Along with his own life story, the book will also cover Questlove's observations and memories of pop culture. He will talk about growing up in West Philadelphia, working the with Roots, the current state of hip-hop and music journalism, and more. A press release stated that Questlove's first book will "question the nature of memory and the idea of a post modern Black man saddled with some post-modern Blues." It was co-written with journalist/novelist Ben Greenman.

Baauer, currently riding the massive success of the "Harlem Shake," will team with rapper Danny Brown for a co-headlining tour. Billboard reports the "Worst Of Both Worlds" trek begins April 9 in Houston and runs up to their appearances at Coachella on April 20.

Former Motown singer and member of the Temptations for 25 years, Richard Street, has died at age 70 of pulmonary embolism. "He was really fighting for his life," the Street's widow told CNN. "He's a fighter. They're dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon," she added. "I'm in disbelief right now." Another member of the group, Otis "Damon" Harris, died earlier this month after a long struggle with cancer.




 
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