MUSIC CHEAT SHEET: Murray king of lounge lizards
Famed lounge lizard Bill Murray is bringing his act to Toronto's Koerner Hall in October. GETTY
Murray transcends the lounge
We previously announced Bill Murray's Oct 13 date at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Yes, you read that right the guy who played Nick the Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live is now a touring music artist. New we can tell you a bit more about his new album, New Worlds, due in September. The disc features Murray reading Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain backed by an ensemble playing Bach, Schubert, and Piazzolla and singing selections from West Side Story, Van Morrison, and George Gershwin.
A tuxedo-clad Murray just played the Dresden Music Festival in Germany on Sunday, and backed by his album pals - cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez - tossed out roses from a bouquet to fans after the show. Love it.
U2 extend tour
Irish rockers U2 have extended their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour so if you didn't get tickets to the June 23 show at Toronto's Rogers Centre you can try the newly added (and drive-able dates) of Sept. 3 at Detroit's Ford Field or Sept. 5 at Buffalo's New Era Field. U2 launched their tour back on May 12 at B.C. Place in Vancouver with generally great reviews although getting into the venue with a disaster with long lineups. No repeat for Toronto please.
Arcade Fire's new single
The highly danceable Abba-esque Everything Now is not only the name of Montreal orchestral-rockers Arcade Fire's new single but also their album due July 28. The album sees the group, who also released a desert-set new video with them all wearing outfits emblazoned with 'EN,'on them, hook up new co-producers Thomas Bangalter, of French electronic-dance duo Daft Punk; and Steve Mackey from British band Pulp; and longtime collaborator Markus Dravs. Everything Now, which saw the band switch major label distribution from Universal (Capitol) to Sony (Columbia), was recorded at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris.
Cabello added to MMVAS
Fifth Harmony's newly solo Camila Cabello has been added to the June 18 IHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto which will be broadcast across the country (Much, CTV).
New presenters include Brampton YouTube comics 4YallEntertainment, singer Bea Miller, 13 Reasons Why's Brandon Flynn, Vancouver pop-rock band Hedley, actresssinger Keke Palmer, model Martha Hunt, and Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell.
Among those with new music out Friday include: Katy Perry, Witness; Lady Antebellum, Heart Break; Nickelback, Feed The Machine; Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie; Chuck Berry, CHUCK; Glen Campbell, Adiós (Final album); Ani DiFranco, Binary; Glen Matlock, The Anarchy Arias; Gov't Mule, Revolution Come... Revolution Go; London Grammar, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing; Phoenix, Ti Amo; Rancid, Trouble Maker.
Arcade Fire announced their Infinite Content tour that will hit several Canadian cities including Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on Oct. 14 and Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Nov. 3.
Toronto husband-and-wife duo Whitehorse are expanding to a five piece for their new tour with stops at Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on Oct. 19 and Toronto's Massey Hall on Dec. 8.