Ted Leo Refutes Retirement Rumors and More [Unplugging]

Posted by Alison Bakker

For Ted Leo fans, this week was a lovely sigh of relief. Last week, Leo made several comments in an interview with Louisville's Velocity that seemed to suggest that the indie rocker would be retiring from the music business - but this is not the case.

Leo responded to all of the media buzz with a post on his website, explaining that he isn’t going to stop making music just yet, and he has “plenty of better songs to come.” Everything is right in the world once more. Band of Horses and The Glitch Mob both announced huge world tours this week that will span to several countries. Band of Horses will be touring in support of their new LP, Infinite Arms, and the Glitch Mob in support of their debut Drink the Sea. Also, Against Me! announced a Lollapalooza show and even more touring – on top of a new album and just finishing an European tour. New music this week includes Liz Phair’s first album release in 5 years. You can download the 11-track album, FunStyle, for a small price and listen to the first single for free. Janelle Monae, up and coming hip-hop diva, released a video for her song “Tightrope (Wondamix)”, and the Smashing Pumpkins released yet another new song, “Freak.”  Now, I’m going to blast some Ted Leo & The Pharmacists in celebration of crushed rumors and the love of music.

Ted Leo Refutes Retirement Rumors: In a recent interview with Velocity, Ted Leo made comments that led fans to believe that he was going to retire from the music business. However, Leo responded with a lengthy post on his website refuting all rumors.

Band Of Horses Announce Lengthy Fall World Tour: Band of Horses has announced a fall tour in support of their recently released LP Infinite Arms. The tour will be making stops across U.S, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. (So, pretty much the entire world.)

The Glitch Mob Set Off On Ambitious World Tour: With the release of their debut album, Drink the Sea, The Glitch Mob will also be embarking on a world tour. The tour will travel throughout Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

Against Me! Announce Lollapalooza Show, World Tour Dates: After a new album and their current tour, Against Me! has also announced that they will be hitting the stage at this year’s Lollapalooza, and also embarking on some more touring.

Liz Phair Releases First Album in Five Years: Songstress Liz Phair has just released her first album since 2005 entitled Funstyle. The 11-track LP can be downloaded for a small price, and you can listen to the first single for free on Phair’s website.

Janelle Monae Releases New Video Featuring B.o.B., Lupe Fiasco: Hip-hop diva Janelle Monae has just released her video for “Tightrope (Wondamix)”, a track featuring B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco. Follow the link to see the video.

Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song: As part of their 11-EP project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, the Smashing Pumpkins have released a new song “Freak.”