Quick Hits: Coldplay, Lady Gaga / SXSW, Alicia Keys & Kendrick Lamar, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Keith Richards
March 12, 2014

Coldplay premiered four new songs during their gig at the iTunes Festival at SXSW on Tuesday night. The songs will appear on Coldplay's forthcoming album, Ghost Stories, which is due May 19. The band opened its 11-song set with the brand new tune "Always in My Head," and also included the new songs "Magic," "Another's Arms" and "Midnight." During the live-streamed gig, singer Chris Martin told the crowd: "We've been away a long time and I can't think of a better way to come back into the world than in the intimate surroundings of Austin and just a couple of hundred people, and the millions watching at home."

NPR Music is offering a live webcast and broadcast of Lady Gaga's keynote address from Austin's SXSW conference on Friday, March 14, at 11 a.m. (CT). The entire event streams live at the NPR Music website as well as www.SXSW.com. NPR Music also presents a strong lineup for its official SXSW showcase at Stubb's tonight, featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, Kelis and more.

Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar have tag-teamed for the lead track from the upcoming Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The song, "It's On Again," was also co-written by Pharrell Williams and film scorer Hans Zimmer. "I'm very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer," Keys said in a statement about the soundtrack, which is due on April 22. "This is the next chapter in the Spider-Man legacy and we really feel 'It's On Again' captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There's a little bit of a super hero in all of us."

Rob Zombie's first concert film, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, will be released on May 20. The concert film, recorded live over two nights in Texas, captures Zombie's multi-media live show of animatronic robots, pyrotechnics, LED screens and elaborate lighting. The Zombie Horror Picture Show, available on Blu-ray, DVD and longform digital video, also features 16 Zombie hits such as "Dragula," "Living Dead Girl" and "More Human Than Human."

Motörhead has unveiled the lineup for its Motörboat cruise, and it will feature the likes of Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, and more surprise guests. The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy ship will sail from September 22-26, 2014, leaving Miami and visiting Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at noon EST.

Keith Richards has collaborated with his artist daughter, Theodora Richards, on a children's picture book titled Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. The inspiration for the book came from Keith's grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree, who introduced Keith to music. "I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," the guitarist said in a statement about the book. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me." Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar will hit stores on September 9.

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