Perry Farrell to Premiere Precision Guided Musicians at Art Basel and More [Unplugging]

This week we’ll take a look at Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell’s Precision Guided Musicians project – which fuses music and technology to transcend the barriers of conventional art – and much more!

“It’s all about the music, and musicians who use precision guided instruments, like computers, synthesizers, mixing boards, drum machines etc,” wrote the legendary Perry Farrell of his new project, Precision Guided Musicians, which he will be premiering on Dec. 2 at Art Basal in Miami Beach, FL. In addition to premiering the project at the massive art show, Farrell will also be awarding one lucky artist with a $7,000 grant and a gallery series in several major cities courtesy of Lola Ink Media.

Dean Fertita of such prolific acts as Queens of the Stone Age and The Dead Weather also recently announced a new project, this time an outfit by the name of Hello=Fire. The new supergroup will consist of members of Queens of the Stone Age Afghan Wigs and featuring songwriting by Raconteur member Brendan Benson.

In live music news, we have big announcements from Nick Cave’s prolific garage rock outfit Grinderman, the always-evocative Ben Kweller and the organizers of the legendary Rock in Rio festival. Both Grinderman and Kweller kicked off a series of rare tour dates last week. Rock in Rio, however, confirmed that 90s alternative rock darlings the Red Hot Chili Peppers and metal god Metallica will serve as the headliners–along with Snow Patrol–at next year’s event.

To go out on a weird note, we have a video of Bruce Springsteen’s surreal duet with Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young covering Willow Smith’s hit “Whip My Hair.”Get in on the strange my clicking the link below.

Perry Farrell to Premiere Precision Guided Musicians at Art Basel: Farrell plans to use his new project to challenge and reverse engineer the concept of precision guided munitions into something positive and uplifting.

Dean Fertita Creates New Side Project: Fertita’s new outfit will release its debut solo album early next week via Cobraside Distribution.

Rock in Rio 2011 Makes Early Confirmations: RHCP and Metallica Headlining: Next year’s Rock in Rio will take place Sept. 23-25, 30 and Oct. 1-2 for a total of eight jam-packed days of music.

Grinderman Kicks Off US Tour: The group kicked off their current tour Nov. 13 in Boston, MA, but remaining stops include Memphis, TN, Chicago, IL San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Ben Kweller Kicks Off Rare Solo US Tour: There are still quite a few stops left Kweller’s tour, his first solo one in over eight years, though West Coast fans are out of luck—the remaining dates are all on the East Coast.

Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon Cover Willow Smith: The legendary rocker stopped by Fallon’s show this past Tuesday, Nov. 16 to unleash this gem.