• David Bowie‘s camp will release two special edition vinyl box sets for Record Store Day on April 22nd. The first, Cracked Actor, being a three-LP live album recorded in Los Angeles circa 1974. The second is called Bowpromo, which was originally a 1971 promo recording featuring songs by Bowie and Dana Gillespie.
  • Chance The Rapper is this week’s hero, garnering praise from the likes of Michelle Obama after he donated $1 million dollars to Chicago Public Schools, giving back to the public school system he came up in.
  • The Weeknd has dropped another music video graced with the presence (and production) of French duo Daft Punk. “I Feel It Coming” is a funked-out soul number for the future.

  • Seattle band Fleet Foxes has returned after a near six-year hiatus, dropping an epic song called “Third of May / Ōdaigahara.” The band also announced the release of Crack-Up, a new record on Nonesuch Records due out June 16.
  • Folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling has released a new album entitled Semper Femina, which focuses solely on the lives of women.
  • The Shins are back with a brand new LP as well; Heartworms is available on digital and vinyl platforms via Columbia Records.
  • New Zealand pop star Lorde has followed up last week’s single “Green Light” with the solemn ballad “Liability.”