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— The Strokes have announced their first American show in years. The Chicago Tribune confirms that the band will serve as headliners at this year’s Lollapalooza, which goes down in Chicago’s Grant Park August 6-8. Talking to the Trib, frontman Julian Casablancas says that he thinks the band’s new album, which they’re recording now, will be out in September. Other rumored Lolla artists include Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Soundgarden, Green Day, and Lady Gaga.
— Last month, the people who owned the rights to the musical Jesus Christ Superstar blocked electroclash shock-rapper Peaches from performing the one-woman version of it that she was planning to stage in Berlin. But Expatriarch reports that Peaches has successfully negotiated with those rights-holders, and now the musical is back on. She’ll perform it March 26-28 at Berlin’s HAU1. Sacrilege reigns!
— The Ether Festival will come to the venues of London’s Southbank Centre April 16-24. This year’s fest will include shows from Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio, Gil Scott-Heron, Broadcast, HEALTH, Micachu & the Shapes, Andrew Weatherall, video director Chris Cunningham, and Stereo MCs.