Quick Hits: Elvis Costello & The Roots, Beyoncé & Madonna, Weezer, Flyleaf & P.O.D., John Mayer, O.A.R., Boston Calling Festival, Kanrocksas
May 29, 2013

Questlove & Elvis Costello (photo: Tamara Weber)
Elvis Costello and The Roots have revealed that their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, will be released by Blue Note Records on September 17. Both parties were rather elusive about the sound of the album, with Elvis describing the record as "the shortest distance between here and there" and Roots drummer Questlove saying: "It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies."

Beyoncé and Madonna will participate in the Sound of Change Live concert, being held in London on Saturday to raise funds for over a hundred worldwide charities that support women and girls. The event will be broadcast to 150 countries, and it will feature performances from Beyoncé, Florence + the Machine, Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Haim, John Legend and Timbaland. Madonna has signed on as a presenter. "Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls," Madonna said, according to Reuters. "Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this."

The second annual Weezer Cruise will set sail on February 13, 2014 from Jacksonville, FL and in addition to Weezer, the ship will be carrying Cat Power, Toro y Moi, Ash, Palma Violets, The Orwells, and other bands. Weezer will perform three sets over the span of the cruise, which returns to port on February 17 after making two stops in the Bahamas. Fans will also be treated to a Weezer Q&A, an "interactive Weezer Game Show," and activities involving other artists.

Flyleaf and P.O.D. are hitting the road together from July 13 in Kenosha, WI to August 10 in San Diego. "Flyleaf is very excited to hit the road this Summer with P.O.D.!  Opening for them in 2005 on the Fall Brawl Tour was a very special experience for me, being a fan of the band since the release of The Fundamental Elements of Southtown," said Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals. "P.O.D. live is always explosive and heartfelt - it will be a privilege to share the stage once again."

John Mayer announced on his Facebook page that he is back in the studio recording his sixth album. The singer/songwriter plans to release behind-the-scenes clips of the process each Tuesday, and the first video, "Studio Session No. 1," is already posted.

O.A.R. has announced their 34-date Sounds of Summer Tour, which begins on June 7 in Norfolk, VA and concludes in Arnolds Park, IA on August 16. Special guests Andrew McMahon and Allen Stone will join the band on the majority of tour dates. In addition to their headlining performances, O.A.R. will perform with the Dave Matthews Band in Cincinnati on July 12. O.A.R. is currently at work on their eighth studio album.

The first Boston Calling Music Festival was held over Memorial Day weekend, and organizers are already planning to bring back a fall edition. Set for September 7 and 8 at Boston's City Hall Plaza, the next festival will include Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Local Natives, Major Lazer, The Gaslight Anthem, Bat for Lashes, Solange, the Airborne Toxic Event, and others.

With such a crowded festival circuit in the summertime, it can be hard for some events to compete. That seems to be the case for Kanrocksas, and the 2013 edition has been canceled. A post on www.Kanrocksas.com reads: "Due to insufficient ticket sales, Midwest Music Festivals and Kansas Speedway have decided to cancel the 2013 Kanrocksas Music Festival scheduled for June 28 and 29. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time." The event was supposed to feature  The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, fun., Killer Mike, MGMT and many more.

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