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Gossip Wolf: Lollapalooza forecast

Hoping for Neil Young, expecting Marilyn Manson. Plus: Relapse Records scoops up Locrian, and Ben Clarke returns as Quarter Mile Thunder

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Early-bird tickets for Lollapalooza went on sale Tuesday, which means the fest will announce its lineup soon. This Wolf stands by previous Lolla pick At the Drive-In and adds the Shins, Odd Future, Alabama Shakes, nu-dubsteppers Korn, Leonard Cohen, and Sigur Ros to the list of predictions. As to the big-time headliners? Neil Young & Crazy Horse, M.I.A., or Bruce Springsteen would be sweet—though glammy-goth gus Marilyn Manson is probably more likely, considering the festival's well-known love for 90s alt-rock standbys.

Last week Reader music staffer Miles Raymer reported that heavy-drone trio Locrian had signed to metal label Relapse, which will release the two-CD set The Clearing/The Final Epoch this summer—a reissue of last fall's The Clearing plus a disc of odds and ends. Guitarist Andre Foisy tells Gossip Wolf he hopes Relapse will get the band's music distributed in malls: "We have pictures of dead malls on our albums, so we figured that would be prophetic," he says. Locrian will record a full-length at Electrical Audio late in 2012, and they've got other projects in the works—including a collaboration with H.N.A.S. cofounder Christoph Heemann, due in the fall on Handmade Birds.

In August this Wolf reported that Bloodiest bassist Ben Clarke was making a solo record and splitting for New Haven, Connecticut—but now he's back in town through the summer and shopping that album, Twist, to labels far and wide. Clarke calls the project Quarter Mile Thunder, and at quartermilethunderband.com he's posted a preview of the record; it includes contributions from Cairo Gang and Bonnie "Prince" Billy guitarist Emmett Kelly, Verma ax man Johnny Caluya, and Lindsay Powell of Fielded, among others. On Sun 4/8 at the Empty Bottle, Clarke will play his first set as QMT: "The band and live show will evolve over time," he says, but for now he's part of a trio, with Caluya and Jeremy Lemos (half of White/Light and a former Reader contributor) on synths.

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