Weird Al Announces Summer Tour

Also: Lil Wayne and Drake headline Summer Jam 2011; Jonny Greenwood orchestral piece debuts in New York

May 3, 2011 11:05 AM ET
Weird Al in Los Angeles, April 28, 2011.
Weird Al in Los Angeles, April 28, 2011.
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"Weird Al" Plans Summer Tour
"Weird Al" Yankovic will be heading out on a summer tour in support of his new album, Alpocalypse, due out June 21st. Yankovic will kick things off with a performance at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey on May 19th and will wrap it up at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on June 16th. [Idolator]

Lil Wayne and Drake to Perform at Summer Jam 2011
Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross and Dipset have been confirmed as performers at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam festival. The event will be held on June 5th at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. [Hot 97]

Jonny Greenwood and Bowie Orchestral Pieces Debut in NYC
Wordless Music will present the U.S. premiere of Doghouse, the longest and most elaborate orchestral work yet by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood on May 20th and 21st. The program will also include the first New York City performance of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno's Symphony No. 4, based on the Bowie song "Heroes." [Press release]

Patti Smith Wins Polar Music Prize
Patti Smith and the Kronos Quartet have each won the 2011 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. As part of the honor, both will receive 1 million kronor, which is roughly equivalent to $166,000.  [Billboard]

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