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Trent Reznor to Destroy Angels; Letterman starts a label; MGMT plays Merriweather

how to destroy angelsTrent Reznor's new musical project will be revealed this summer.

By David Malitz

- If I said to you, "Trent Reznor's got a new musical project - guess what it's called?" You'd probably go, "Oh, I don't know, probably something silly like How to Destroy Angels?" And I'd say, "Good job, that's exactly right!" (It's also the name of an album by '80s industrial band Coil.) The eternally angsty former Nine Inch Nailer is joined by his wife Mariqueen Maandig on the new project. There will be an EP at some point this summer; there is a 40-second video clip now.

- Worldwide Pants Pop-Punk? David Letterman is getting into the record label game because clearly it's a great industry to dive into these days. The label is called Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music., and the first band signed is California's Runner Runner. They sound absolutely nothing at all like Letterman's longtime favorite musical act, Warren Zevon.

- MGMT are officially amphitheater headliners. Just two albums into their career - and with a sophomore effort, "Congratulations," that seemed design to confuse rather than please fans - the neo-psychedelic kids are playing at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The show is Saturday, Aug. 14 and tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. This rules out any possibility that the band will be part of the 2010 edition of Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

By David Malitz  |  April 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: David Letterman, How to Destroy Angels, MGMT, Trent Reznor  
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