Quick Hits: Drake, Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, Jason Mraz, NPR Music / SXSW, Kelis, David Crosby, Devo
February 18, 2014

Drake's 5th annual OVO Fest will take place on August 3 and 4, with Outkast headlining the first night and Drake topping the second night. Both dates will feature a number of special guests. The two-day concert will take place at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheater, and tickets go on sale this Friday, February 21.

Nine Inch Nails is set to head down under this March for a co-headlining tour with Queens of the Stone Age, so Trent Reznor spoke to New Zealand's 3 News to talk about the tour and some other projects he has in the works. He said that by bringing along a smaller band of only four people, NIN will be able to play more "aggressive and electronic music" that wouldn’t have worked with a larger band, specifically songs from Fragile and Year Zero. Reznor also said he has finished mixing a reissue of Fragile with "everything in surround, it sounds amazing... I just stumbled across 40-or-so demos that are from that era that didn't turn into songs, that range from sound effects to full-fledge pieces of music, and I kind of feel like something should happen with that." However, an exact release date for the reissue has not been set.

My Chemical Romance has released the track "Fake Your Death," the final song they recorded together, as a premiere on BBC Radio 1 and on its YouTube page. The song will be part of My Chem's greatest hits compilation, May Death Never Stop You, which is due on March 25. Also on the band's YouTube page fans can watch a trailer for the career-spanning compilation.

Jason Mraz will do an intimate acoustic tour on the west coast from March 15 in Santa Cruz, CA to March 31 in Redding, CA. Performing with Mraz will be Raining Jane. Tickets for all dates go onsale on February 21. Mraz is currently hard at work finishing his new album, slated for arrival later this year.

NPR Music has announced its signature opening-night showcase at the SXSW festival in Austin, this year featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis, and Perfect Pussy. The official showcase happens live at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 12, and kicks off NPR Music's marathon coverage of SXSW 2014, which will be available at www.npr.org/music, in NPR Music apps and from public radio station across the country.

R&B singer Kelis, known for food-themed songs like "Milkshake" and "Jerk Ribs," will host her own show on the Cooking Channel. Titled Saucy and Sweet, the new series will highlight her cooking style and give an inside look at how "she composes food with attitude." Saucy and Sweet premieres Wednesday, February 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, Kelis' new album, Food, is due on April 22.

David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his February live shows. Crosby underwent a cardiac catheterization and angiogram, and two stents were placed to provide blood flow to his heart muscle. He is expected to make a full recovery. "I am very glad that I listened to my doctors and my family. It seems I am once again a very lucky man," Crosby said in a statement on his website. "I'm sorry to have to move the dates, but I promise the music will be good when we do play them." All Crosby, Stills & Nash shows will continue as scheduled. The first show of CSN's 2014 tour kicks off in Richmond, VA on March 4.

Devo founding member Bob Casale passed away on Monday, February 17, at age 61 due to heart failure. A brief message posted on Facebook by his brother and fellow Devo member, Gerald Casale, reads: "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

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