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Lana Del Rey’s tale of redemption; Pearl Jam, Death Grips and Sleater Kinney have a Drumgasm

Lana makes a movie, Pearl Jam, Death Grips and Sleater Kinney make a supergroup, Kings of Leon make a return.

The Redemption of Lana Del Rey

Lady Gaga rival Lana Del Rey has announced that she’ll be starring in a short film with albino model Shaun Ross. Tropico is billed as “a tale of redemption” and will feature the songs ‘Body Electric’, ‘God’s and Monsters’ and ‘Bel Air’ from her recent Paradise EP. Sadly for fans hoping for a OMGWTFNSFW video, the controversial song ‘Cola’ won’t be part of the film’s soundtrack. Anthony Mandler who also directed Del Rey’s ‘Ride’, Beyoncé’s ‘Party’ and Katy Perry’s ‘ET’ is behind the camera.

Drumgasm trailer lacks drums

Matt Cameron from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden has teamed up with fellow drummers Zach Hill from Death Grips and Janet Weiss from Sleater Kinney and Wild Flag to form an all-star drum circle known as DRUMGASM. The debut album from the trio will feature to 20 minute tracks, both called ‘Drumgasm’. “Let’s get this out of the way – for the casual listener, the musical window shopper, there is just nothing for you here,” declares the band’s press release. “This music will confuse you, maybe annoy you, perhaps even cause a panic attack. Even reading about it will probably just confuse and annoy; so better just stop now and forget about it.” Drumgasm’s debut, which has been likened to a “Niagara Falls of sound”, will be released on August 27.

Ian Rubbish joins Kings of Leon

Steve Buscemi directed Vampire Weekend, Gary Oldman directed Jack White, Spike Lee teamed up with The Roots and John Legend, Arcade Fire worked with Terry Gilliam, and Duran Duran got weird with David Lynch. Now punk legend Ian Rubbish Portlandia star Fred Armisen is set to direct Kings of Leon for the latest instalment in the American Express Unstaged series of concerts.

Armisen recently ended his 11 year run as part of the Saturday Night Live cast performing as Ian Rubbish alongside Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, and Portlandia co-star/Sleater-Kinney guitarist and vocalist Carrie Brownstein. He also made a cameo appearance as Ian Rubbish during the Vampire Weekend performance film and will direct Kings of Leon’s show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on August 9. The band’s new album Mechanical Bull is due out on September 24.