- The Hold Steady--aka World's Greatest Indie Rock & Roll Band --have new album due out May 4 on Vagrant. Front man Craig Finn calls Heaven Is Whenever "less anthemic and more complex," reports Pitchfork.
- The personal assistant of Linda S. Stein, a real estate agent for celebrities who managed the Ramones, found guilty for bludgeoning her boss to death and stealing thousands of dollars, reports NYTimes.
- Jennifer Lopez still makes music? She has split with Sony/Epic, reports Billboard, and plans to release upcoming album Love elsewhere--is rumored to be in talks with Def Jam.
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- Beck, Vampire Weekend and Julian Casablancas contributing to new Haiti benefit album Hear to Help, reports NME.