News Roundup: Wavves, Julian Casablancas, The Pixies, Miracle Legion Tribute Album


–Wavves’ Nathan Williams has been on a very bad streak. In May, his drummer dumped a bottle of beer on his head at Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival. (Williams later apologized, admitting he was on ecstacy, then deleted his apology.) Now, just before the band’s first shows since that “meltdown,” Williams broke his wrist while skateboarding. He’ll apparently go ahead with the band’s show tomorrow night at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets are still on sale), barring any bizarre gardening accidents.

–Julian Casablancas will release a solo disc this fall, making him the fourth Stroke to embark on a solo career. Phrazes for the Young was produced by Jason Lader and Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis. Check out NME for a short preview.

–We recently told you the Pixies are playing Doolittle in its entirety overseas to celebrate the disc’s twentieth anniversary. Now it looks like the band will also tour the disc in the US this fall with New York on the itinerary. Frank Black tells Spin the band will also play Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and “maybe Montreal.” Dates haven’t been announced. Black’s other band, Grand Duchy, play our very own Siren Music Festival Saturday at Coney Island.

–Mark Mulcahey, former frontman for defunct Connecticut college band Miracle Legion, has plenty of famous musical fans. A tribute album, Ciao My Shining Star: The Music of Mark Mulcahey, includes covers from Michael Stipe, Dinosaur Jr., Frank Black, Thom Yorke and The National. The disc arrives in September. It’s for a good cause: proceeds will go to Mulcahey, whose wife died unexpectedly last year.