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COLDPLAY: Not Giving Up on Kids Center

 

Coldplay are hoping to save a kids therapy center in London that just lost its major sponsor.

The Treehouse provides education and therapeutic help for vulnerable children and was funded by Kids Company, a charity that shut down last week due to a lack of funds. It's been accused of financial mismanagement and is also being investigated by the Met Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

 

The band donated an estimated $15 million over the past six years to Treehouse, and Coldplay's manager Phil Harvey said the group is looking at ways to keep it open. He tells the BBC, "We're incredibly proud of Treehouse's work with children in great need over the past six years. We're not going to give up on the center without looking at all options for the future."


MY MORNING JACKET: First Webcast on Friday

 

My Morning Jacket will webcast one of their headlining shows for the first time on Friday.

The band's concert at Red Rocks in Colorado on Friday will stream at TourGigs.com starting at 10:00 p.m. ET and cost $12.99. If you purchase the webcast, you'll be able to watch it on a looped replay for 24 hours. The band is also offering a $20 bundle that includes the webcast and MP3 audio downloads of the show.


ARCADE FIRE: Reflektor Film Debut Set

 

The Reflektor Tapes, the film about Arcade Fire's last album, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

 

The first screening will be held on September 12th, and members of the band are expected to be on hand for the debut. The North American release of the film has been moved up to September 23rd -- cities and showtimes are posted at TheReflektorTapes.com.

 

SAM SMITH: Getting in His Licks
 
Sam Smith wanted to see if his just-made Madame Tussaud's wax figure could take a licking -- so he went to its unveiling and licked it!
 
Sam showed up at the San Francisco location of the wax museum chain to check out the figure, which he spent an afternoon posing for earlier this spring. Sporting a few days more stubble than his wax lookalike, Sam took a number of selfies, including shots where he was spotted smooching himself and even licking his own cheek.
 
He put a few of the shots up on Instagram, calling the experience "surreal" and telling fans "feel free to touch my wax bum." You don't necessarily need to go to the Bay Area to do so: Sam's life-size likeness will tour the country next year.
 
ALABAMA SHAKES: New Videos, Another ACL Taping
 
Alabama Shakes have a lot of new video-related things in the works.
 
Tonight (Tuesday) the group will be the musical guest on Conan on TBS. They've also confirmed they'll shoot their third appearance on the long-running PBS concert series Austin City Limits on October 2nd. The taping will happen the day before their set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas the next day.
 
Finally, the group has released two more official videos from Sound & Color. The clips for "Over My Head" and "Future People" were directed by Danny Clinch and shot at Capital Studios in Los Angeles.
 
 
LENNY KRAVITZ: Quality Piercing
 
One person who was quite pleased to see the recent photo of Lenny Kravitz and his wardrobe malfunction, in which he split his pants and exposed himself, is Elayne Angel -- who says she pierced his male member.
 
She tells Mashable.com, "The piercing still looks happy, healthy and very sturdy. I was proud to see it still alive and kicking... He's definitely into aesthetics and how it looks. But this one also had function. It was meant to please women... After I pierced his nipples, which he clearly enjoyed, he announced, 'I wish I had 10 nipples so I could have you pierce all of them.'"
 
While proud of her work, Kravitz would like to keep it private. His lawyers say that any posted image of his busted trousers breaches their client's "copyright, human rights, right-of-publicity and performer's rights.”