1. Electric Wizard are finally touring North America again
The legendary stoner/doom metal band have not played on American soil since 2012 and have not toured here in almost a decade and a half, but in April they will embark on a 16-date trek across the U.S. and Canada, supported by Virginia punk/metal hybrid Satan’s Satyrs. The Wizard will only play two dates in the Midwest, but that includes Metro in Chicago on April 7. See the rest of the dates here.
2. Noisey released a star-studded 42-minute posse cut
“The Rap Monument” is the product of several sessions recorded in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. With beats by Hudson Mohawke, Nick Hook and X-Type, the hip-hop behemoth features verses from the likes of Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Heems, Young Thug, Prodigy and 30 others. This version is censored, but Noisey says the uncensored cut is coming soon.
3. The hidden single from Jack White’s old band has surfaced
No, not The White Stripes. Before Jack and Meg White were making music together, Jack and his friend Brian Muldoon had a band called The Upholsterers, named for their actual profession. According to Pitchfork, they sewed 100 singles inside couches back in 2004. Ten years later, two copies have been found. If you bought a couch in the Detroit area about a decade ago, you might want to check for one of the other 98.
4. Miguel dropped a surprise EP
D’Angelo isn’t the only R&B star to release an album with little warning just as you were finalizing your “Best of 2014” list. The singer put three songs up on Soundcloud last night, including one featuring the rapper Kurupt. There is no title for the collection, but you can stream it over at Stereogum.
5. Incubus will release two self-released EPs in 2015
According to Billboard, the veteran pop rockers have been missing from the public eye for the past year because they have been recording. After finishing up their contract with Epic in 2012, the band has been producing new material themselves. Guitarist Mike Einziger says that one EP should come near the end of winter and the other will come out during the summer. They have not announced any titles or tracklists.