• Experience Vinyl curator George Clinton has been announced as the headliner (along with Parliament Funkadelic) of Macon, Georgia’s annual Cherry Blossom Street Party which runs from March 24th-April 2nd.
  • Coachella-bound music lovers were saddened last week to learn that Beyoncé cancelled her headlining performance due to her pregnancy. This week, Lady Gaga was announced as Queen B’s stand-in. Gaga saves the day again.
  • In new album news, you can now enjoy fresh records from Blanck Mass (World Eater), Sleaford Mods (English Tapas), and drummer Rondald Bruner Jr. (Triumph) across streaming platforms. Hey, some are even on vinyl.
  • The elusive New Zealand pop star Lorde has come out of hiding to release her new single “Green Light.” Of her hiatus the singer told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 radio show, “For me it was kind of about processing what I wanted to say next and I knew it just couldn’t be any old thing. It had to be really special and really singular and it couldn’t sound the same as the old stuff and there was a lot of discovery that went on.”

  • Jack White’s new vinyl endeavor Third Man Pressing Plant celebrated its opening over the weekend, but got to work this Monday manufacturing wax for a whole new generation – and right in the heart of Detroit, White’s native city.
  • In other grand openings, performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson opened a public archive to honor her late husband Lou Reed. Rolling Stone reported that “Anderson and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center announced the latter’s acquisition of Reed’s complete personal archive. It includes 300 linear feet of correspondence, business papers and photographs; more than 600 hours of concert, studio, demo and interview tapes; 1,300 video recordings; and extensive personal memorabilia, including his LP collection.”