Billboard Bits: Gnarls Barkley, Test Icicles, Malkmus
News on Gnarls Barkley, Test Icicles, MalkmusGnarls Barkley, the collaboration between rapper Cee-Lo and producer Danger Mouse, will release its debut album, "St. Elsewhere," May 2 via Downtown/Atlantic. Although the pair is still putting finishing touches on the set, first single "Crazy" will be commercially released April 10. Leaked versions of that cut have already garnered some U.K. airplay.
As previously reported, Gnarls Barkley will make its live debut in late April at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Additional performances are in the works but have yet to be confirmed.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
London trio Test Icicles called it quits Tuesday (Feb. 21) after a year-and-a-half of existence. "The band have just come off a European tour and are exhausted from the constant pressures of touring," a statement from the band's management says. "The band will play their final dates on their U.K. tour in April."
The rock outfit has cancelled all of its U.S. tour dates, which were to begin March 1 in New York. Despite the band's tongue-in-cheek nature, a spokesperson assures Billboard.com the break-up is not a hoax.
"I'm really sorry to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us playing at that NME show or catching us on tour in the US. I hope that anyone who bought a ticket manages to get their money back without too much hassle," says guitarist Rory Atwell. "The fact of the matter is that we played our 5-millionth gig the other day after a year of multiple tours and we're sick, tired and miserable, and to put it simply, it just isn't fun anymore and hasn't been for a very long time, so we've decided it's time to find something that does make us happy because unfortunately this isn't it."
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Stephen Malkmus has put off plans for a spring tour, according to a post on his official Web site. "Now it is dust -- can't find the right drummer," Malkmus wrote. Although longtime drummer John Moen played on Malkmus' 2005 Matador album "Face the Truth," he is now a full-time member of the Decemberists, who recently jumped from Kill Rock Stars to Capitol Records.
Malkmus was last seen on the live stage in January, when he played a solo acoustic show opening for singer/songwriter Rebecca Gates at the Knitting Factory Tap Bar in New York. "I'll let you know when more gigs [and a] new album are cooking," he said on his site.
The lone show on Malkmus' schedule at present is a June 18 appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.