Music News: Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell dies


Keith Mitchell, Mazzy Star drummer
Keith Mitchell, Mazzy Star drummer (Mazzy Star)

Drummer Keith Mitchell, a founding member of Mazzy Star, has died of undisclosed causes. In a statement sharing the sad news, the band called Mitchell "a very talented and amazing drummer that we have had the privilege to work with for many years." Mitchell had been with bandmates Hope Sandoval and David Roback since they were all in Opal, the 1980s band that preceded Mazzy Star. (Rolling Stone)

Pioneering guitarist Corki Casey O'Dell has died at age 80. O'Dell came up in the Phoenix rock scene during the 1950s, a time when female guitarists were few and far between. Her most prominent gig was a stint in the Rebels, the band of "Rebel Rouser" hitmaker Duane Eddy. O'Dell and Eddy reunited onstage in 2014, when O'Dell was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone)

Bey and Bruno lead BET Award noms

Beyoncé and Bruno Mars lead nominees for the 2017 BET Awards. Chance the Rapper, Solange, and Migos also each landed multiple nominations for the awards, which will be presented in Los Angeles on June 25.

Beyoncé (Lemonade) will be competing against her sister (A Seat at the Table) for Album of the Year. Also in the mix for that award are Chance (Coloring Book) and Mars (24K Magic), along with J. Cole (4 Your Eyez Only). (Billboard)

Katy's coming

Katy Perry has announced her fifth studio album. Witness will be out June 9, followed by a North American tour that will include a stop at the Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 1. (Rolling Stone)

Unseen Help! footage surfaces

Previously unseen footage from the set of the Beatles movie Help! is going up for auction with an asking price of $45,000. The film was shot by actor Leo McKern, who appeared in the film as the evil swami Clang. The Beatles appear in approximately ten minutes of the footage, reportedly horsing around with their stunt doubles in the snowy Austrian Alps. Excerpts from the footage will screen Friday night on BBC1 in the U.K. (Rolling Stone)

Lana is troubled by global tensions too

What's on Lana Del Rey’s mind while she's dancing at Coachella? Mounting tensions with North Korea, it turns out. She sings about that tension in her song "Coachella — Woodstock In My Mind," which she teased on Instagram with comments about its inspiration before releasing the full track on Sunday. (Rolling Stone)

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