by Adam Gold
* Music City-residing, arena-rockin’, tireless torch-carriers of commercially successful, blues-based trad rock, The Black Keys, are finally ready to unleash some new music. According to Revolt, dynamic duo Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney will release “Fever,” the first single from the as-yet-untitled full-length follow-up to their Grammy garnering, platinum-plus-selling 2011 LP El Camino next Monday, March 24. Expect more deets on the album, the band’s eighth long-player, to also hit news feeds on Monday. Lawyers for Pizza Hut and Home Depot are psyched. Are you?
* In other arena-rocking news, indie fave tUnE-yArDs (whose arty, worldbeat-y, college-friendly blog-rock is, thankfully, infinitely less obnoxious than her over-abused-caps stylization) will open Arcade Fire’s May 1 Bridgestone Arena show and formal-wear costume ball. This is good news, as tUnE-yArDs’ (nom de guerre for musical auteur Merrill Garbus) Bonnaroo 2012 set was a festival highlight that year. Purchase your Arcade Fire tickets here, or hold out for a likely Groupon closer to show time. That’s what the band’s been offering in other cities on The Reflektor Tour. Also, it still bothers me that the jaunt’s not called The Reflektour. tUnE-yArDs’ forthcoming full-length, Nikki Nack, drops just five days after the gig, on May 6. Pretty cool, huh?
* And lastly, it turns out Bonnaroo won’t be the only major music festival in Middle Tennessee to not feature Prince, Beck or OutKast come June. CMA Fest just announced its 2014 lineup, which, to the surprise of absolutely no one, will feature headliners the likes of Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and others. The stars will take to LP Field June 5-8 to sing about trucks and beer and stuff. Tickets are already sold out (here’s a link to event’s official site anyway), but most of these acts graced the festival in 2013, so revisit The Spin’s rip-roaring coverage of last year’s festive, stadium-sized CMA shenanigans (here and here, you’ll be glad you did).