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The Strokes Awaken From the Dead!

It’s been a little over two years since their last live performance in November 2011 in Brazil, but The Strokes are back for a much anticipated performance at this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Julian Casablancas will also be performing a separate show during the festival. 

The band released their fifth album, Comedown Machine, in 2013 but no tour came along with the new release.

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Other headliners for the Governor’s Ball music festival in New York City include Outkast, Jack White, and Vampire Weekend along with performances from Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Broken Bells, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, Grimes, Washed Out, Earl Sweatshirt, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Wild Belle, Tanlines, among others. 

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Record Store Day 2013 Ambassador

Record Store Day 2013 (April 20th) is quickly approaching. This year’s Record Store Day Ambassador is the one and only Jack White. Jack White seems to be the perfect representative for the cause. Not only has he released countless albums with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather as well as a solo album; he also runs his own record label and owns his own record store. Jack White is the “Jack of all trades” when it comes to the music industry. Not only has he produced and help released a lot of new music, he has also found the time to repress and re-release old blues records as well. You can check out his official Record Store Day Ambassador video as well as read his “Ambassadorial Wake Up Call” here.

In addition to all his Ambassador duties, Jack White has found time along with the rest of his Third Man crew to refurbish a 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that is currently the world’s only record booth of its kind that is operational and open to the public. The Third Man Record Booth will be debuted at the Nashville Third Man Record Store on Record Store Day.

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DJ Ones’ Five Music Facts from the past week

1. LCD Soundsystem has announced that they will follow-up their final show at Madison Square Garden on April2 with a national tour. When asked about the change in heart, frontman James Murphy said, “I don’t know. I thought it would be cool to go out with a bang. I was probably too hungover to realize what I was doing.” (via DerpSounds)

2. Jack White has announced the latest creation of Third Man Records. In following up with the Double Decker album, a 12 inch with a 7 inch record inside, White has announced the Triple Decker. This new concoction contains a 12 inch with a 7 inch on the inside with a CD within the 7 inch. White claimed, “We’re really bringing a new experience to music. This isn’t a gimmick. This is a revolution.” (Daily Speaker)

3. The New York band Yeah Yeah Yeahs have revealed a change in direction for their next release. The band, which has yet to announce their next album, will be renaming themselves. The No No No’s will be the next name for the trio. (PhonoFun)

4. Bjork is set to release a new album. The album, which will be heavy metal instead of Bjork’s usual pop sound, is set to released sometime, possibly never. Inspired in part by the work of Slayer, Bjork told reporters lots of words in a quiet and incoherent fashion, none of which the writers could decipher. (DeckCheck)

5. In an effort to confuse future fans, She and Him have confirmed that the follow-up to “Volume 2” will be titled “Volume 4.” (Rolling Herp)

April Fools!

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DJ Ones’ Five Music Facts from the past music week

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1. At SXSW Jack White unveiled his newest idea, the rolling record store. The record store on wheels, which sells Third Man Record albums, t-shirts, and other paraphernalia. (via Third Man Records)

2. Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz fame, is set to star in a musical that he himself wrote. The play will be performed in London and will be based around a 16th century spy, John Dee. (via BBC)

3. It has been confirmed that there will be a collaboration between Radiohead frontman, Thome Yorke, and Doom. Not much else is currently available about their upcoming project. (via Pitchfork)

4. The Mountain Goats are doing their part to help raise money for Japan following the tsunamis. The band, which is currently auctioning a one track demo on ebay. All proceeds go towards helping Doctors Without Boarders. (via Pitchfork)

5. TV on the Radio have announced that bassist and keyboardist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. (via TV on the Radio)

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DJ Ones’ Five Music Facts from the past week

1. After a bit of hysteria last week, it has since been confirmed that Gorillaz will not be breaking up. Representatives of the act have come out saying, “Despite rumours to the contrary, Gorillaz are alive and well and misbehaving in London W10.” (via Clash Music)

2. Danger Mouse and Jack White are set to work on a collaboration together called Rome. The work, which features Danger Mouse and a variety of other artist, is set to release on Capitol Records in May. (via Pitchfork)

3. The Fresh & Onlys lead, Tim Cohen, is readying an upcoming solo album titled Magic Trick. The album will be out on February 22. (via Exclaim!)

4. The music streaming website SoundCloud has recently hit the milestone of three million users. The site has grown by a third since the beginning of the year. “To see this kind of exponential increase is incredible,” said the founder of SoundCloud Alexander Ljung. (via NME)

5. After realizing that a fan ticket exchange site had been selling tickets to the final LCD Soundsystem show in New York at inflated prices, frontman James Murphy responded by telling those selling at inflated prices to “eat shit.” Pre-sale tickets for the Madison Square Garden show were showing up on Stub-Hub before the ticketing opened up to the general public at significantly higher prices. (via NME)

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SoundOff12 Tennis/The Decemberists

On this edition of SoundOff we return! DJ Shorty Shorts and DJ Ones breakdown the upcoming Grammys, the Gorillaz staying together, and the new collaboration between Danger Mouse and Jack White, while reviewing the latest from The Decemberists and Tennis.

Listen to episode 12.

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SoundOff10 Superchunk/Interpol

This week we talk about Superchunk’s move to Warner Bros, Jack White’s new triple decker record, and we review new albums from Superchunk and Interpol.

Listen to episode 10.

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Jack White Covers Beatles at White House Event

It’s one thing to play in front of the President of the United States at the White House. Last month, Jack White not only did that but he covered a Beatles’ song right in front of Paul McCartney. The reason for such an event came with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, which this year celebrated the musical career of Paul McCartney. White covered “Mother Nature’s Son” in front of a rather large audience, and the performance had yet to be seen by those outside of the East Room until PBS released a video of the performance July 21. White was one of several artists to perform that evening. Other performances included Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and more. The performances are set to air on PBS on July 28.

Watch the full episode. See more In Performance at The White House.

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DJ Ones Five Music Facts from the past week

1. Bloc Party’s front man Kele Okereke has admitted that he is unsure about the band’s future as he gets ready to release his debut album The Boxer. The band is currently on a year long break and plans for the band to reunite are currently uncertain. (via NME)

2. Bryce Dessner of The National has revealed that the band will be appearing on the next album by Sufjan Stevens. Stevens is currently recording his upcoming album in Brooklyn. Dessner added, “It’s going to be incredible. It’s going to probably blow people’s minds.” (via Exclaim!)

3. Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney has revealed plans for her first solo album. The album, which has yet to be named, will be released sometime this fall, and she is planning to complete a brief tour following the release. (via Pitchfork)

4. The Strokes played their first show in four years when they took the stage in London last week. Playing 18 songs, the band did not release any new material. The Strokes plan to hit the festival circuit in the summer. (via NME)

5. Jack White recently took the stage with Conan O’Brien, playing an intimate show to 300 people at White’s Third Man Record Studios in Nashville. The two played everything including White Stripes’ classic Seven “Nation Army,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” and many more. (via Spin)