Radiohead to Perform 'King of Limbs' on BBC

Also: My Morning Jacket team up with Todd Haynes; 'The X Factor' gets hacked

May 3, 2011 6:05 PM ET
Thom Yorke performs at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England, June 25th, 2010.
Thom Yorke performs at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England, June 25th, 2010.
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Radiohead to Play 'King of Limbs' Live for BBC
Radiohead are set to perform their latest album, The King of Limbs, in its entirety for the BBC television program From the Basement. The show, which is produced by regular Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, will present the band's only confirmed live performance for the foreseeable future and marks the first time the majority of the record will be played live for the public. The episode is scheduled to air internationally through the BBC on July 1st. [Paste]

Todd Haynes to Direct My Morning Jacket Webcast
Todd Haynes, the filmmaker behind I'm Not There, Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine, will direct the webcast of a forthcoming My Morning Jacket concert for Vevo and American Express' Unstaged series. The show, which will take place at the Louisville Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky on May 31st, is the latest in a series that has previously paired David Lynch with Duran Duran, Terry Gilliam with Arcade Fire and Spike Lee with the Roots and John Legend. [AV Club]

'X Factor' Gets Hacked
Representatives from Fox have admitted to prospective contestants for Simon Cowell's forthcoming American version of the singing competition The X Factor that computer hackers illegally accessed the information they submitted during auditions. The security breach includes the contestants' names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other sensitive information. [Vulture]

Decemberists Keyboardist to Miss Tour Dates
The Decemberists have announced that their longtime keyboard and accordion player Jenny Conlee will miss nine scheduled concerts in May and June as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. According to a statement by the band, Conlee was diagnosed early and the prognosis for her recovery is very good. [Press release]

Vin Diesel and Arthur Russell Collaboration Surfaces
Snippets from an aborted recording session featuring a young Vin Diesel and the late avant-garde musician and dance-music pioneer Arthur Russell have surfaced online. In the track, which you can listen to here, the teenage Diesel – known then as Mark Sinclair – struggles to rap over a tricky beat laid down by Russell. [Daily Swarm]

Taking Back Sunday Announce Summer Tour
Taking Back Sunday are about to embark on a headlining summer tour of North America following a string of U.K. dates this May. The recently reunited emo rockers will kick off their tour at the Summit Music Hall in Denver on June 14th and wrap up at the House of Blues in Chicago on July 31st. [Press release]

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