Music News: Gorillaz detail new album 'Humanz,' release four tracks


'Humanz' art
'Humanz' art (Gorillaz)

Thursday was Damon Albarn’s 49th birthday, and it was also a banner day for fans of his cartoon band Gorillaz. We now have art, a title (Humanz), and a release date (April 28) for the next Gorillaz album. "They'll" perform the album in its entirety at an undisclosed London location — those who pre-order the album directly from Gorillaz' website by 6 a.m. GDT (that would be 1 a.m. Minnesota time, not that it particularly matters) have a chance to win tickets to the show. Gorillaz also dropped four tracks on various platforms Thursday. (Pitchfork)

Remembering Sib Hashian

Drummer Sib Hashian has died at age 67 after collapsing onstage on the Legends of Rock cruise. Hashian was best known as a member of the band Boston from 1975 to 1986. (Pitchfork)

What does it mean, Kendrick?

Kendrick Lamar has cleared his Instagram to make way for a single post with the Roman numeral "IV." What could it mean? A fourth album, perhaps? Yes, probably. But when? How? Where? Dunno. (Pitchfork)

Update: we have a new song. "The Heart Part 4" features the lyric, "'Y'all got till April 7 to get y'all shit together,' potentially teasing a new release," notes Pitchfork.

Red Bull Music Academy Festival will feature Prince tribute

The Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York (April 29 - May 21) will feature a Prince tribute from Detroit producer Moodymann on May 6. In the wake of Prince's death, Moodymann made headlines for converting his house into a memorial shrine. (New York Times)

Station 4 to become a brewery

The Lowertown space that was formerly home to Station 4 has been vacant since the rock club closed in 2013. Now, the building will house a new brewery founded by the owner of St. Paul's Sidhe Brewing Company. Kathleen Culhane will permanently close Sidhe at the end of the week and launch a crowdfunding campaign for the new brewery — which will feature food from a pub that will share the space, as well as live music performances. (Pioneer Press)

New Hennepin Theatre Trust leader named

Mark Nerenhausen, an experienced arts manager raised in Wisconsin, has been named the new leader of the Hennepin Theatre Trust — the Minneapolis nonprofit that owns the State Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre, the Pantages Theatre, and the New Century Theatre. "Nerenhausen is said to be an accomplished fundraiser attuned to issues of diversity and equity," reports the Star Tribune. Nerenhausen succeeds Tom Hoch, a co-founder of the organization who left to run for mayor of Minneapolis.

Out from under the wig

Sia has been seen in public with an unobscured face for the first time in years. The singer-songwriter was photographed in Dubai, and BuzzFeed’s reaction was typical. "ETHEREAL. GLOWING. STUNNING. AMAZEBALLS. TRANSCENDENT. I'M RUNNING OUT OF ADJECTIVES BUT YOU GET THE PICTURE."

The internet was also quick to joke that Sia had finally been released from "Beyoncé’s basement," a reference to a conspiracy theory that posited Sia never showed her face because she was a stand-in for the real Sia, who had been captured by Beyoncé and was trapped in a basement being forced to write songs like "Pretty Hurts" (which Sia did in fact co-write with Beyoncé and Ammo).

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