Music News: 'HIP & TRENDY' dress code for Arcade Fire record release show


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Arcade Fire wore their best duds for a 2014 show at Target Center. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

On Thursday, Arcade Fire are playing a free show at the ornate Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn to celebrate the impending release of their album Everything Now. They'll be locking phones and smart watches into signal-proof bags (the kind familiar to Paisley Park visitors), and attendees are being asked to honor a dress code described as "HIP & TRENDY."

An e-mail to ticket buyers asks fans, "PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing." That's not just for the benefit of the band: video of the show is going to be live-streamed on Apple Music. (Brooklyn Vegan)

Update: According to Arcade Fire leader Win Butler, the dress code "100 percent did not come from the band." The band say fans should "wear whatever you want to any show." (BBC)

In anticipation of the show, Butler tweeted this 1986 ad for the venue.

Biebs cancels tour, including Minneapolis show

Sorry, Justin Bieber fans: the Canadian superstar won't be coming to U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 18 after all. Nor will he be performing any of the other shows scheduled on his Purpose Tour, which was to extend into the fall. Why? An official statement cites "unforeseen circumstances," and Bieber assures fans that "everything's fine." Variety confirms a TMZ report that Bieber is "just over it" when it comes to this tour.

The Star Tribune notes that demand for the U.S. Bank Stadium show has been soft, with plenty of relatively affordable seats available on the resale market. Also, Bieber did just perform at Target Center last year. So.

Tegan and Sara announce Con cover album for charity

Monday was the ten-year anniversary of the release of Tegan and Sara’s acclaimed album The Con. To mark the date, the duo announced an album where 14 different artists will cover the album's various tracks. Proceeds from the album, to be released Oct. 13, will benefit the duo's foundation supporting "economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women." Participating artists have not yet been announced. Tegan and Sara are also celebrating the anniversary with a tour, which comes to Minneapolis's State Theatre on Nov. 3. (Pitchfork)

Peter Frampton storms at screens in Red Wing

During a concert on Sunday night, Peter Frampton wasn't thrilled that the camera operators at Treasure Island Resort and Casino kept showing shots of a fan holding his old albums aloft.

According to the Star Tribune, the rock star "let out a two-word expletive" before walking off stage. Only when the screens were deactivated did Frampton return to finish his set.

Frampton "apparently didn't like what was on the video board for one reason or another," said a casino spokesperson later. "That was obvious."

Linkin Park release statement on Chester Bennington's death

Linkin Park have released their first official statement since the death of frontman Chester Bennington last Thursday. "While we don't know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you," write the band in a note addressed to the late singer. In the wake of Bennington's death by suicide, the band have cancelled all scheduled performances. (Pitchfork)

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Motörhead to release covers album

Motörhead have announced the release of an 11-track album featuring cover versions of songs by other artists. While most of the album's tracks — covers of songs by artists including the Rolling Stones ("Sympathy for the Devil"), Metallica ("Whiplash"), and the Sex Pistols ("God Save the Queen") — have been previously released, the album will include a never-before-heard cover of David Bowie’s "Heroes" that was among the last tracks ever recorded by late frontman Lemmy Kilmister. (Rolling Stone)

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