Quick Hits: Robert Plant, Jimmy Eat World, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jane's Addiction / Sunset Strip Music Festival, Rise Against, Paul McCartney
June 24, 2014

Robert Plant
Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/ Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar is Plant's first record since 2010's Band of Joy. "It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant explains. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music. I have been around awhile and I ask myself, 'do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart?' I see life and what's happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships, and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, color, and friendship." Plant and the band plan to tour the U.S. this fall.

Jimmy Eat World has announced a fall North American tour to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their lauded album, Futures. Slated to kick off October 2 in Ventura, CA, the tour will find the band performing its 2004 release from front to back. Jimmy Eat World will also reissue three titles on double LP via Universal Music Enterprises in partnership with SRCvinyl. Static Prevails will get the vinyl treatment on August 19, Clarity on September 2 and Futures on September 30.

Festival season rolls on with another big announcement: the lineup for this year's Music Midtown fest in Atlanta. Now in its fourth year, the two-day festival is set for September 19 & 20 at Piedmont Park. This year's lineup includes Jack White, Eminem, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Run DMC, Iggy Azalea, Banks, Zac Brown Band, Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Bastille, Fitz & the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthrone, B.o.B., Twenty One Pilots, NeedToBreathe, Bear Hands, and more acts still to be announced. All info is available at www.musicmidtown.com.

Jane's Addiction will headline the first day of L.A.'s Sunset Strip Music Festival on September 20. The band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album Nothing's Shocking, and they plan on playing it in its entirety at the event. Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun will top the second day of the street festival on Sunday, September 21. Others scheduled to perform at the fest include Failure, Cold War Kids, ††† (Crosses), Minus the Bear, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Birds of Satan.

Rise Against have announced the first set of dates of their world tour in support of their forthcoming new album, The Black Market. In the U.S. the band will be supported on all headline dates beginning on September 9 in St. Paul, MN by Touché Amoré and Radkey. Rise Against will then head overseas beginning on November 3 with Pennywise and Emily's Army supporting all European dates.

Some Paul McCartney fans may have been worried about the former Beatle's health after he postponed a string of tour dates due to a viral infection. However, Ringo Starr told Access Hollywood that his friend is doing much better now. "I spoke to him actually while he was in hospital," Starr recently told the news show. "Because not knowing the time, I just sort of dialed and – 'Hello?' And he picked up, and we said hi, and he said he's doing okay, that he was still in hospital. Now he's out and getting fit and he's getting ready to rock... He was actually out the night before with Barbara, my wife, and Joe Walsh and Marjorie [Walsh's wife], and Nancy [McCartney's wife]. They all say he's doing good."

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