In The News: My Morning Jacket, R.E.M., The Decemberists, Tori Amos, Duncan Sheik And More

Award-winning director Todd Haynes will film My Morning Jacket’s performance at Louisville, Ky.’s Palace Theater on May 31 for the latest edition of Unstaged: An Original Series From American Express. This event coincides with the release of the band’s sixth full-length, Circuital, on ATO Records … The 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Life’s Rich Pageant will be commemorated by Capitol/I.R.S. with an expanded release featuring 19 previously unreleased demo recordings. It’s out July 12 … The Decemberists have announced that keyboardist Jenny Conlee will be unable to perform during the band’s tour this spring and summer due to her treatments for breast cancer. We wish her a full recovery … In September, Tori Amos is releasing Night Of Hunters (Deutsche Grammophon), which will feature songs inspired by select classical pieces spanning the last 400 years … Cover 80s is due out June 7 via Sneaky/MRI, featuring Duncan Sheik’s take on songs by Depeche Mode, the Cure, the Smith, Tears For Fears and others … MAGNET fave Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will honor the 100th birthday of Robert Johnson with Hellhound On My Ale, a small-quantity, limited-run beer. Drink it while listening to Robert Johnson: The Centennial Collection, out now via Legacy Recordings … Another artist cashing in on the music-and-alcohol mix is Rebecca Pidgeon, who has paired up with wine company Women Of The Vine for Wine, Women And Song, a U.S. tour that will feature performances by Pidgeon (also an actress who’s married to another MAGNET fave, writer/director David Mamet) along with wine tastings and book signings. A portion of the proceeds will go to Farm Aid … Viva Voce’s sixth studio album, The Future Will Destroy You, was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by the duo in its home studio. It’s out via Vanguard on June 21 … John Legend, Devendra Banhart, Beck, Jose Gonzalez, Beirut, Of Montreal, Eugene Hutz and many others teamed up to record Red Hot + Rio 2, a modern tribute to the late-‘60s Tropicalia movement. It’s part of a series of albums produced by the Red Hot Organization to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

—Emily Costantino