At the Apple Store in SoHo Friday: "Join musician Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend for a talk about his projects, including his score for the film "Sound of My Voice." March 4, 7:00 p.m."

Vampire Weekend's last release was an Apple iTunes session (recorded this past September at New York's Avatar Studios... "It includes a completely reworked rocksteady version of their hit "Holiday", plus "A-Punk", "Cousins" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". The session also includes two covers: Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down" and The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right". Three horn players joined the band for the sessions".).

At Drom Saturday: BAIO (aka Chris Baio of Vampire weekend) DJs with Alex English.

Monday, March 07, 2011 at 7:00 PM: "Alela Diane & Wild Divine in a live charity performance for Housing Works. Special preview show of her new album and band Alela Diane & Wild Divine (produced by Scott Litt) out on Rough Trade 4/5."

That's a picture of Alela Diane's new album above. More about it below....


Alela Diane's new album will be released on April 5th by Rough Trade

Rough Trade is pleased to announce the release of the third studio album by Alela Diane, titled Alela Diane & Wild Divine. A self-taught musician, Alela hails from northern California and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

Alela Diane & Wild Divine will be released on April 5th, 2010. Penned on the road whilst touring in 2009, it was completed in 2010 with husband and guitarist Tom Bevitori. Wild Divine refers to Bevitori and the rest of her band - father and guitarist Tom Menig, bassist Jonas Haskins and drummer Jason Merculief.

When producer /engineer Scott Litt (Nirvana, REM, The Replacements) caught wind of the circling demos he ceased his seven-year dormancy and invited the group to his home studio in Venice, CA to make the album.

Alela Diane & Wild Divine is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2009 album To Be Still, and her 2006 debut The Pirate's Gospel. Previously signed to Rough Trade in the US, Canada and Japan, she recently signed to the label for the world.

Alela has previously toured with The Decemberists and Iron and Wine. She and her band Wild Divine will be touring the US this summer.

1. To Begin
2. Elijah
3. Long Way Down
4. Suzanne
5. The Wind
6. Of Many Colors
7. Desire
8. Heartless Highway
9. White Horse
10. Rising Greatness

In other Beggars-related news, Esben & the Witch is touring and in NYC for two shows this weekend.

Here are all of Alela's tour dates:

Alela Diane - 2011 Tour Dates
March 7 - New York City: Housing Works
April 29 - Bergen, Norway: Bergenfest
May 1 - Brussels, Belgium: Flex
May 3 - Hamburg, Germany: Kampnagel
May 4 - Amsterdam, Holland: Paradiso
May 5 - Berlin, Germany: Babylon
May 7 - Lausanne, Switzerland: Docks
May 8 - Strasbourg, France: Laterie
May 9 - Paris, France: La Cigale
May 10 - Lille, France: Le Splendid
May 12 - London, England: Scala
May 13 - Manchester, England: Band On The Wall
May 14 - Brighton, England: The Great Escape