Roundup: Ted Leo Hits The Road, Weird Beck Release, Ben Gibbard’s #1 Reason For Liking Obama

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Heard the new Stars yet? “Backlines” is from their sixth album, The North, due out September 4th on ATO.

Beck has confirmed details of the Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, to be released in December of this year.

From his website: In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track.

Ted Leo is taking a break from recording his next album to do a string of dates with Amiee Mann, who by the way is turning 52 next month. Leo kicks off his tour October 24th in Alexandria, VA at the Birchmere and ends Saturday November 17th at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Tom Waits is on David Letterman tonight, Nas is on Leno, Buddy Guy is on Tavis Smiley

Cat Power will be heading on the road this Fall in support of her September 4 release, The tour kicks off October 11th in Miami at Grand Central.

Les Claypool, of Primus, is auctioning off one of his prize base guitars to benefit his baby nephew Matthew. Two years ago, two-month old Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of infant leukemia. The auction is live here.

Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard has joined the 90 days, 90 reasons campaign to re-elect President Obama. Gibbard has cited the President’s support of gay marriage as one of the reasons he’d like to see him stay in the White House. Gibbard’s sister is a lesbian and married to her longtime partner Amber.

Following a their set at Lollapalooza, White Rabbits have added an additional nine headline dates to an ongoing world tour. The new dates begin October 4 in Charlotte NC and include stops in Norman OK, Athens, Milwaukee, Chicago and Indianapolis before wrapping up October 19 in Columbus OH.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.