Comic-Con: MGMT, Grimes to Perform on an Aircraft Carrier

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MGMT and Grimes are heading to San Diego’s 2014 Comic-Con International, where MGMT will play a live set and Grimes will DJ at a party for CraveOnline on July 25. The event will take place aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier docked adjacent to the Convention Center, and appropriately enough TNT’s «The Last Ship» will sponsor.

Though Comic-Con has primarily been a destination for movie studios and TV networks to hype their latest franchises in recent years, it’s become a rising priority for the music industry to capitalize on all the fan activity. Metallica played a surprise show last year in support of their pseudo-documentary «Metallica Through The Never,» while VH1 Classic recruited Rob Zombie to play the first-ever Opening Party in 2012. Also on tap for Comic-Con 2014 are G-Eazy and Linkin Park, who will perform at MTV’s Fan Fest on Thursday, July 24.

The CraveOnline event is produced and booked by Mirrored Media, an L.A.-based music marketing company that has previously paired Metric with Acura for a fall 2012 tour and mobile-charging brand Mophie with key festivals like Life Is Beautiful, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

MGMT are touring in support of their third album, «MGMT,» which was released last September. Grimes has started teasing new material for her upcoming second album, including the single «Go,» which was originally intended for Rihanna.

Josh Homme says it is a ‘misconception’ that he changed Arctic Monkeys sound

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Josh Homme has said that the idea that he was behind Arctic Monkeys’ change in sound since their debut album is a «misconception.»

Homme worked with the band on their third album ‘Humbug’ and also provided backing vocals on the song ‘Knee Socks’ on last year’s chart-topping ‘AM.’ However, in a new interview with BBC 6 Music due to air on Sunday (July 13), Homme disputes the idea that he had anything to do with the Sheffield band’s evolution.

«I think there’s a misconception that I slowed them down or weirded them out when we worked together,» Homme said. «They’ve been playing this dangerous game of changing on every record, reaching like a rock climber for their next grip. I just love them as people.»

Earlier this year Homme revealed that his band will record the follow-up to 2013’s ‘…Like Clockwork’ later this year, commenting that they have «more than enough songs» for a new LP.

Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014. It will be both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore’s only UK festival appearances of the summer.