Randall Bewley, founding guitarist of seminal Athens, Ga., band Pylon, passed away February 25. Bewley suffered a heart attack while driving two days earlier and lapsed into a coma. Download Pylon’s “Cool” here … Wilco is promising a new LP in June; don’t ask for a title because it doesn’t have one yet. Jeff Tweedy and Co. are playing a few U.S. shows in April, their only stateside gigs this spring. Download Wilco and Fleet Foxes doing Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” here … Pete Yorn’s Back And Fourth (Columbia) is scheduled for June 23. We’re telling you this now because the LP (his fourth, get it?) is being hailed “a classic.” (After the last two, wouldn’t it have to be?) Download Yorn’s “American Blues Vol. 1” here … Former Jayhawks Gary Louris and Mark Olson have added tour dates in support of Ready For The Flood (New West), the pair’s first new music since 1995. The concerts begin April 6 in Seattle and include stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin … Another band, another celebration of Record Store Day (April 18): Chicago’s legendary Jesus Lizard (pictured), re-forming for shows this year, will release Inch (Touch And Go), a collection of out-of-print seven-inch singles. Enclosed in foldable clear plastic (you know you geeks care about that), the set includes “Puss,” a split single with some obscure act called Nirvana. Download the Jesus Lizard’s “Swing Set” here … The Place And Time (Sundazed), a new release from another legendary band, ’60s psych-rockers Moby Grape, is out March 24. It contains rarities ranging from audition recordings and album outtakes to alternate versions and live material … Singer/songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil’s fifth platter, A Ways Away (K), hits stores May 5. O’Neil is currently in the middle of a 10-show tour. Download O’Neil’s “Drowning” here … Cincinnati’s stellar Wussy, led by former Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver, releases its third record, cleverly titled Wussy (Shake It), on April 20. The LP was produced by John Curley of the Afghan Whigs … ’80s hair farmers Spandau Ballet are re-forming. Details are forthcoming, we’re told, and presumably someone will answer the question, “Why?” … And in our continuing quest to keep you updated on everything Jane’s Addiction, be advised that on April 21, Rhino “celebrates” the band’s “legacy” with A Cabinet Of Curiosities, a three-CD, one-DVD boxed set of rarities, demos and live tracks. The cost of your participation in this celebration? $74.98 for a limited-edition package housed in a wooden cabinet. (A digital version will also be available.) Party on.
R.E.M. covers Pylon’s “Crazy”: