Roundup: Florence Goes Unplugged, Fender Files for IPO

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Florence the the Machine are releasing an MTV Unplugged live album, in which Florence duets with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on Johnny and June Carter Cash‘s “Jackson.”

Fender Musical Instruments has filed for a $200 million initial public offering, an effort to raise money to sell more guitars in China.

Jack White played his first solo show as Third Man Records celebrated its third birthday. The set: a mix of his new solo record, plus White Stripes, Dead Weather and Raconteurs material.  Meanwhile, the Raconteurs are releasing a live DVD from a 2008 show in Montreaux.

After seven years between albums Fiona Apple is finally back. And she’s apparently trying to make up for the lost time by adding words to her album title: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Expect it out in late June. Meanwhile, California punks Pennywise will be out with All or Nothing on May 1, their first album since 2008. And Garbage has announced track details for Not Your Kind of People, their first disc since 2005’s Bleed Like Me.

Adele has bested Muse and the Foo Fighters in an online poll that asked who should record the next James Bond theme song.

Per her will, Whitney Houston has left everything to her daughter.

Both Metallica and Katy Perry are poised to release 3D concert films.

Overlooked?: Casablanca Records, which had many of the 70s’ biggest disco bands, is back. They’ve signed Crystal Castles, Chace and Status, and Ladyhawke, among others.


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