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Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Of Love announced plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album MMXVI. On July 1st, they'll release a new compilation album MMXVI - Book Of Love - The 30th Anniversary Collection, featuring newly remastered versions of Book Of Love's greatest hits along with previously unreleased demos and two brand new songs. The new material is the band's first new material in over 15 years -- their last new song "Try" was released in 2001 on their greatest hits collection I Touch Roses: The Best Of Book Of Love. So far pre-orders and the tracklisting for MMXVI - Book Of Love - The 30th Anniversary Collection have not been announced.

All four original members of Book Of Love (Ted Ottaviano, Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee and Lauren Roselli) head out on the road to celebrate the release of the new album this summer. The band announced a 30th anniversary show in New York City to coincide with the release of new album, plus they've announced a handful of other U.S. shows. Aside from their recent May 20th gig in Chicago, these performances are the first shows to include all four original members since 2009 (the band performed a few one-off shows in 2013, however keyboardist Jade Lee was unavailable to participate at that time).

Ted Ottaviano confirms that though the band has written a few new songs, they'll be focusing on their old material, at least for the time being. He told webzine Chaos Control:

"What was really important to me was to go back and honor our music and our catalog. I had no problem writing new songs for it, but that [going back] was the goal. When the possibility of writing a new album surfaced, I had the mindset that we would write a new album when we felt like it...there’s no label or record deal that is being held over our heads where we almost have to, for better or worse, answer to any kind of boundary or timeline on anything. So we just go as we please."

Read the full interview with Ottaviano here.

Confirmed dates for the Book Of Love tour are posted below. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

For more on Book Of Love, visit their official site. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Jun 23 -- New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (30th anniversary show)
Jul 08 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Jul 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Jul 10 -- Charleston, SC @ Performing Arts Center (w/Culture Club)
Jul 15 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
Jul 31 -- Houston, TX @ Reinvention Center (w/Culture Club)
Aug 27 -- Austin, TX @ Austin Pride Fest

Published May 30th, 2016

This spring marked the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' debut self-titled album. To celebrate the milestone, Rhino is releasing a limited edition Ramones 3CD/1LP boxset on July 29th. The cd portion of the collection includes the album's original material ("superior new stereo version and mono mix" by Craig Leon, original producer and mixer of Ramones), single mixes, outtakes, demos, and two full live concert recordings captured in August 1976; the new mono mix of Ramones is also provided on vinyl.  Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is packaged with a hardcover book featuring pictures, essays and Leon's extensive production notes about the recording of the album. The set is limited to 19,760 copies and is available to pre-order from the official Ramones webstore.

View the tracklisting for Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition below:

Disc One: Original Album

Stereo Version

01. Blitzkrieg Bop
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Judy Is A Punk
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
05. Chain Saw
06. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
07. I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
08. Loudmouth
09. Havana Affair
10. Listen To My Heart
11. 53rd & 3rd
12. Let’s Dance
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

40th Anniversary Mono Mix

15. Blitzkrieg Bop
16. Beat On The Brat
17. Judy Is A Punk
18. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
19. Chain Saw
20. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
21. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
22. Loudmouth
23. Havana Affair
24. Listen To My Heart
25. 53rd & 3rd
26. Let’s Dance
27. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
28. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

Disc Two: Single Mixes, Outtakes, and Demos

01. Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Stereo Single Version)
02. Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono Single Version)
03. Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Original Stereo Single Version)
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Original Mono Single Version)
05. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Original Uncensored Vocals)*
06. I Don’t Care (Demo)
07. 53rd & 3rd (Demo)*
08. Loudmouth (Demo)*
09. Chain Saw (Demo)*
10. You Never Should Have Opened That Door (Demo)
11. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Demo)*
12. I Can’t Be (Demo)
13. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Demo)*
14. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You (Demo)*
15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Demo)
16. I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed (Demo)
17. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (Demo)*
18. What’s Your Name (Demo)

Disc Three: Live at The Roxy (8/12/76)

Set One

01. Loudmouth
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. I Remember You
05. Glad To See You Go
06. Chain Saw
07. 53rd & 3rd
08. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
09. Havana Affair
10. Listen To My Heart
11. California Sun
12. Judy Is A Punk
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
16. Let’s Dance

Set Two

17. Loudmouth*
18. Beat On The Brat*
19. Blitzkrieg Bop*
20. I Remember You*
21. Glad To See You Go*
22. Chain Saw*
23. 53rd & 3rd*
24. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend*
25. Havana Affair*
26. Listen To My Heart*
27. California Sun*
28. Judy Is A Punk*
29. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You*
30. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World*
31. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue*
32. Let’s Dance*

40th Anniversary Mono Mix
LP Track Listing

01. Blitzkrieg Bop*
02. Beat On The Brat*
03. Judy Is A Punk*
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend*
05. Chain Saw*
06. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue*
07. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement*
08. Loudmouth*
09. Havana Affair*
10. Listen To My Heart*
11. 53rd & 3rd*
12. Let’s Dance*
13. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You*
14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World*

* Previously Unreleased

Published May 30th, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kraftwerk are in town to headline Movement at Hart Plaza in Detroit tonight!  Fans also will have another opportunity to catch the German legends in the flesh after the show. According to reports, Kraftwerk will attend a Movement afterparty happening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (aka MOCAD). Juan Atkins and Salar Ansari performing at tonight's event at the MOCAD which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Derrick May's label Transmat. More info about the afterparty is posted here.  Tickets are available in advance here.

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Kraftwerk will be hobnobbing with techno royalty at MOCAD tonight. When Kraftwerk performed in Detroit back in October they hung out and spun with the Belleville 3 (Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May) at MOCAD's afterparty. Here's some video & photographic proof of that awesomeness!

Published May 28th, 2016
A David Bowie ballet tribute is set to make its world premiere at Music Hall in Detroit on Saturday June 18th!  Music Hall Commissions a World Premiere -- A Tribute to David Bowie by Complexions Contemporary Ballet is a rapturous theatrical homage to the legend and innovator.  Described as a Rock Opera-like production, the ballet interprets four decades of Bowie's iconic music with the help of artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.

According to the official press release from Music Hall:

"This new work takes an array of his hits over these 4 decades and lays a visual imprint of his - style, character, intensity, androgyny and his restless invention as an artist and creates a Rock Opera style production in his honor. The ballet takes the rebel spirit and creates an environment with a deft theatricality shaded with a luminous palette - that chronicles the heart of each song through dance wrought with emotion. The ballet will play from section to section like a rich tapestry that shows Bowie’s ability to conquer virtually any musical notion with ease. Conveyed with a loose narrative and a movement vocabulary that uses Contemporary Ballet, popular dance vernaculars, his singular idiosyncrasies and Inspirations from Bowie’s many personas, this premiere sets out to deliver a smooth, high voltage romp to highlight his truly original legacy."

The event will also feature the music of Metallica.

For more info on A Tribute to David Bowie by Complexions Contemporary Ballet and/or to purchase tickets, visit Music Hall on the web.

Published May 28th, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dinosaur Jr return with a new album Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not on August 5th. The official announcement came via a short video featuring Henry Rollins. Hank tells us he's heard the new Dinosaur Jr record which he describes as "fantastic" and he says he can't wait for us to hear it. View the album teaser below:

UPDATE (5/25): Dinosaur Jr's live premiere of new single "Tiny" from last night's Late Show With Jools Holland is also available to view below:

Fans can pre-order the 11 song album through the Dinosaur Jr store. Choose from the CD, purple vinyl, or one of many bundles here.

Dinosaur Jr hits the road in July for a handful of dates with Jane's Addiction, then they'll head out on a headline tour in September. The updated tour itinerary is posted below:

Jane's Addiction/Dinosaur Jr tour dates

Jul 15 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Coney Island Amphitheater
Jul 16 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Jul 17 -- Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
Jul 19 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Jul 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Jul 22 -- Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Jul 23 -- Cleveland, OH @ Jacob's Pavilion
Jul 25 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Center

Dinosaur Jr headline dates

Sep 07 -- New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Sep 08 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 09 -- Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Sep 10 -- Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
Sep 11 -- Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Sep 13 -- Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Sep 14 -- New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina's Uptown
Sep 15 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Sep 16 -- Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
Sep 17 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Sep 19 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Sep 20 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Sep 22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sep 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sep 24 -- Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's
Sep 26 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sep 28 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sep 29 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 30 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Oct 01 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Oct 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 08 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro

Dinosaur Jr w/ Steve Gunn

Oct 03 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Oct 04 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct 05 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Gimme Danger, the new documentary about the Stooges, premiered at Cannes on Friday. The film, directed by Jim Jarmusch, pays tribute to the Stooges and tells their story through new footage and previously unseen photos.

Iggy Pop was on hand for the premiere and took part in a question and answer session.  During the talk he discussed music and technology, revealing he's not a fan of electronic music and the digital music age:

"The digital age has made collecting money so incredibly efficient. When we started our band we didn’t know what publishing was. Now you can push a button and get rich quick."

Iggy also admitted to doing copious amounts of drugs back in the day, but he's since cut all that out and suggests others do the same:

"Drugs...everybody should just drop that shit.  For me, the best is a very good wine, but weed is OK for most people."

So far a North American premiere date for Gimme Danger has not been announced. 

Meanwhile, as previously reported a new book about the Stooges titled Total Chaos, will be released later this year via Third Man Books. Pre-order info is expected to be announced shortly.

Published May 22nd, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

An Oasis-approved documentary about the band's early days will see a theatrical release in the U.K. this October.  Supersonic chronicles the band's meteoric rise to fame from its first single "Supersonic" up through 1996's massive Knebworth gigs. The film was directed by Mat Whitecross; James Gay Rees and Asif Kapadia, the creative team behind the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy are also on board serving as producer and executive producer respectively.  The team is still in search of vintage Oasis photos and video (pre-1997), which can be submitted to the address listed here. So far a theatrical premiere for Supersonic in North America has not been announced.

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher has revealed on Twitter that he's up to something exciting. Today he tweeted that it's "time to get back in the ring," then posted three short videos of himself.  What does it all mean?!?  Watch below and decide for yourself:

Published May 19th, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Richard Ashcroft is about to release his highly anticipated solo album These People on May 20th. Last week Ashcroft took to the stage for gigs in Manchester and London to showcase new material from the album plus belt out fan favorites. Looking at some of the video that has emerged, Ashcroft is a man clearly enjoying his return to the live stage and he's sounding passionate, brilliant, and vital as ever! Swoon over fan filmed footage from Ashcroft's triumphant return below.

Note #1: the setlist for both shows were identical (same songs, same order) with a couple exceptions -- Ashcroft performed new track "Black Lines" and the classic "Space & Time" only in Manchester; in London he performed "A Song For The Lovers."

Note #2: During the London show Ashcroft wore the same suit he's rocking the on the These People album cover & "Hold On" music video , though he eventually peeled it off as the show progressed.

5/14 setlist

Out of My Body
This Is How It Feels
Science of Silence
They Don't Own Me
Music Is Power
Break the Night With Colour
These People
New York
Lucky Man
Black Lines
The Drugs Don't Work
Space and Time
Lonely Soul
Hold On
Bitter Sweet Symphony

5/16 setlist

Out of My Body
This Is How It Feels
Science of Silence
They Don't Own Me
Music Is Power
Break the Night With Colour
These People
New York
Lucky Man
The Drugs Don't Work
A Song for the Lovers
Lonely Soul
Hold On
Bitter Sweet Symphony

Pre-order These People from iTunes, Amazon, or Richard Ashcroft's official store.

Published May 18th, 2016

Morrissey is set to play Riot Fest Chicago in September. The festival unveiled the "first wave" of the lineup today, which also includes the Misfits, Social Distortion, Bob Mould, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, The Specials and more. Though the bulk of the lineup was announced today, there are several more acts that are still to be announced over the next few weeks/month.  Tickets for the Riot Fest Chicago, which takes place September 16 - 18 in Douglas Park, are on sale now. The lineup for Riot Fest Denver, which is NOT identical to the Chicago lineup, was also announced today and can be viewed here.

Published May 18th, 2016
Today marks the 36th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis -- the legendary and genius Joy Division frontman died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music from Joy Division.


Published May 18th, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Richard Ashcroft is about to release his new solo album These People on May 20th. The ex-Verve leader has previously issued "This Is How It Feels" and "Hold On" from the album, and today Ashcroft shared the low budget (and somewhat awkward) official video for "Hold On" which is available to view below.

On April 21st Ashcroft performed a live session for BBC 2. He performed his new singles "This Is How It Feels" and "Hold On," plus performed "Lucky Man" and "Bittersweet Symphony." Stream the glorious acoustic version of "This Is How It Feels" featuring Ashcroft covering Prince's "Purple Rain" near the end -- the session took place only hours news broke about Prince's death.

During the interview portion of the session it was clear that Ashcroft believes he is on a creative high -- he's excited to create new music and is looking forward to releasing his new album and going on tour to promote it. He said he's ALL about playing fan favorites and also revealed that he hopes to release an acoustic album someday. 

Stream the live session in full here.

Published May 16th, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and Orbital's Paul Hartnoll teamed up for a collaborative new album. The album, titled 2Square, is considered Home House, a sub genre of electronic music. 2Square will be released June 10th via Clarke's new download only label VeryRecords, which he launched earlier this year. Here's what to expect, according to the press release from VeryRecords:

"2Square is an electronic mish-mash of cut-up vocals, infectious house grooves and blippy, distorted synths; a weird union of Orbital Rave and Erasure Pop. From the atmospheric journey of intricate poly rhythms and mournful vocals featured in ‘The Echoes’ to precision machine rhythm underpinning a zany trumpet in ‘Do-A-Bong’, 2Square is an infectious Home House odyssey that will induce toe-tapping in all and even inspire some to get off their sofas to dance."

Stream "Better Have A Drink To Think" off of 2Square below and pre-order here.

Published May 15th, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Matt Johnson of The The did NOT disappoint at today's Radio Cineola broadcast. As promised, Johnson spent a good portion of the show discussing inertia and procrastination. He also took calls via Skype, and several musical guests including Tom Bright and Liz Horsman performed The The songs. But Johnson saved the very best for last -- he performed a breathtaking new The The song titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming." Earlier in the program he said he might (or might not) perform , but after overwhelming requests from fans worldwide, Johnson debuted the soulful, powerful, and inspirational track. Despite inertia and procrastination, Johnson proved he is still functioning creatively as ever. Truly Johnson's performance was impressive and brilliant.

Unfortunately for those who weren't listening, the archive of the show has not yet appeared online. It also seems that archives of previous Radio Cineola broadcasts are not online, which means those interested in hearing the song may be out of luck for the time being. On the other hand, The The fans have been pleading with Johnson on social media to post the broadcast and/or song, so it is very possible he'll eventually surrender to the will of the people and upload it soon. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: The archive of the broadcast will NOT be uploaded. However according to a posting on The The's website a documentary about The The which will include footage/audio of the broadcast is in the works:

"We've had hundreds of messages from people who missed the show and who are asking us to replay the 3 hour live broadcast again but the show was a one-off.

We tried hard to alert people with our dozens of posts via social media and our mailing list but it seems many were still unaware.

The 12 hour and 3 hour broadcasts were actually filmed for a documentary about THE THE so at some point in the near future you will certainly be able to see and hear at least part of these broadcasts."

View some pictures from today's broadcast below:

Today Matt Johnson of The The is holding a Radio Cineola live broadcast this afternoon. Johnson has held several of these events in the past, and today's event will feature music, a discussion about creativity, and special guests performing The The songs. The three hour Radio Cineola special airs from 5 to 8pm UK time (12pm to 3pm ET) and can be accessed via the official The The website. Johnson's announcement regarding the show is available to view below:

Radio Cineola will be broadcasting another live show..

But this time, instead of concentrating on politics, we’ll be playing music and discussing procrastination, apathy, inertia and the creative process.

The show features poetry, music, interviews and listener phone-ins plus some intimate live performances of THE THE songs by very special guests.

Published May 14th, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Stone Roses are releasing their first new music in YEARS today!!! The band confirmed a new single, their first since 1994's Second Coming, will debut at 8pm UK time (3pm ET).

Update: The new single is available to stream now!

Purchase digitally on iTunes (not on Amazon yet). The 7" will available to purchase through the band's official website tomorrow morning.

Published May 12th, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Cure kicked off its North American tour in New Orleans in fine form last night. Back in November the Cure told fans the tour would feature "hits, rarities, fan favorites, and some "as of yet previously unreleased material." True to their word, the show included 28 songs, four encores (one of them featuring 4 songs from Seventeen Seconds), tons of hits, fan favorites, a few songs that haven't been played in years, (notably "All I Want," last performed in 1987), and the live debut of two new songs! One of the songs, reportedly titled "It Can Never Be The Same," served as the band's final song of the night. It's uncommon for a band to end a concert with a brand new song, but fans have commented on social media that it was truly a fantastic ending to an epic evening.

View the tracklisting and stream the new songs below via fansite The Cure Mexico.   Audio of the full concert is also available below.


All I Want
In Between Days
From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
Step Into the Light
Sleep When I'm Dead
A Letter to Elise
The Walk
Just Like Heaven
The Hanging Garden
One Hundred Years


At Night
Play For Today
A Forest

Encore 2:

Dressing Up
Piggy in the Mirror
Shake Dog Shake
Give Me It

Encore 3:


Encore 4:

It Can Never Be the Same

The Cure -- North American tour

May 11 -- New Orleans, LA @ Uno Lakefront Arena
May 13 -- Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
May 14 -- Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 15 -- Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 17 -- El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
May 19 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea Theater/Cosmopolitan
May 20 -- Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
May 22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 26 -- Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
May 28 -- Ridgefield, WA** @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
May 29 -- George, WA @ Sasquatch
May 31 -- Vancouver, BC @ Festive Lawn/Deer Lake Park
Jun 02 -- Boise, ID @ Century Link Arena
Jun 03 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center
Jun 05 -- Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheater
Jun 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jun 08 -- Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Amphitheater
Jun 10 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion
Jun 11 -- Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavillion
Jun 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Bestival
Jun 14 -- Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jun 15 -- Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
Jun 18 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jun 19 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jun 20 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jun 22 -- Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jun 23 -- Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavillion
Jun 24 -- Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheater Lakewood
Jun 26 -- Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Jun 27 -- Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Jul 16 -- Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena
Jul 17 -- Honolulu, HI @ Neal S Blaisdell Arena

Published May 11th, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

James recently performed a live session for UK station Absolute Radio in promotion of the band's new studio album, Girl At The End Of The World.  Watch the Manchester legends perform three songs from their excellent new record along with the classic Laid track "Say Something" below:

1) Nothing But Love
2) Dear John
3) Say Something
4) Girl At The End Of The World

Published May 10th, 2016
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a new batch of Stone Roses posters have appeared on billboards in Manchester...

Yes, I know what you're thinking, and it's true -- the last time lemon posters appeared in Manchester it turned out to be a whole lot of hysteria over...well...nothing.  But THIS time it could be what the world is waiting for.  Certainly, it's no secret the Roses have been working on the follow up to 1994's Second Coming, and back in March Ian Brown told NME the recording sessions were "like a dream" and the new music they're creating sounds "glorious."  It's not a stretch to assume they'd want to unleash a taste of this glory before their world tour launches next month.

And now, to stoke the rumor mill further NME is reporting that a new single is imminent. From the report:

"Over the weekend, a fan named Lewis Jones allegedly ran into Stone Roses bassist Mani, who told him a single would be out "next week" (May 9-13). Mani also said to "stay tuned to the radio."

OK, we've all been duped before, and it's highly possible we're being duped again, but between Mani's (alleged) comments and the band's official logo appearing on legitimate billboards, it seems like we're so very close to finally hearing new music from the Manchester legends!

Stay tuned for the Third Coming!

Published May 10th, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

It certainly is a glorious day -- Radiohead made good on its word and released its ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool.  The record sees Radiohead mostly abandoning guitars and blippy moments, opting instead for for lush strings and symphonic/rhapsodic arrangements. Let's be honest here, this orchestral direction shouldn't be too surprising, especially considering that for the last few years Jonny Greenwood spent his time composing scores and film soundtracks, plus Radiohead's last release, rejected Bond theme "Spectre," seemed to indicate a move in this direction. Indeed A Moon Shaped Pool is a swoonworthy palette of enchanting auditory soundscapes combined with Thom Yorke's haunting vocals and unsettling lyrics. Phenomenal.

As for individual songs, fans will recognize that most of the songs on A Moon Shaped Pool are studio versions of material Radiohead debuted live over the years. Among them: "Ful Stop" and "Identikit" both made live debuts in 2012; "Present Tense" debuted in 2009; Yorke debuted "Desert Island Disk" and "The Numbers" (previously titled "Silent Spring") at a solo show in 2015; "Burn The Witch" has been a work in progress since the Kid A days; and album closer "True Love Waits" dates all the way back to 1995! [Radiohead first performed "True Love Waits" while on tour promoting the Bends, eventually releasing a stripped down live version on 2001's I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings.] Now a good 20 years from its inception, "True Love Waits" gets a stunning studio rework and serves as Radiohead's breathtaking closing statement.

Here's the full tracklisting -- notice that all the songs are in alphabetical order!

01. Burn The Witch
02. Daydreaming
03. Decks Dark
04. Desert Island Disk
05. Ful Stop
06. Glass Eyes
07. Identikit
08. The Numbers
09. Present Tense
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
11. True Love Waits

Bottom line: It's hard to stop gushing over this album, as this is Radiohead's best, most inspired work in years. Flawless, stellar, and brilliant. Everything In Its Right Place, indeed.

A Moon Shaped Pool is available to purchase (see options below) and stream on Apple Music & Tidal. So far the album is not on Spotify.

Purchase options:

  • Digital download from Radiohead's website, iTunes, and Amazon
  • Standard LP ships June 17th
  • Standard CD ships June 17th
  • Special edition LP -- packaged in case box with 32 pages of artwork, 2LP, 2CD (2 bonus tracks), and a piece of recording tape. Ships in September.

Please note that only the Special edition vinyl comes with an IMMEDIATE download; those who purchase the standard vinyl will have to wait until the vinyl arrives to redeem the download card.

Radiohead's world tour kicks off later this month. Catch 'em if you can!

May 20 -- Amsterdam @ Heineken Music Hall
May 21 -- Amsterdam @ Heineken Music Hall
May 23 -- Paris @ Le Zénith
May 24 -- Paris @ Le Zénith
May 26 -- London,UK @ Roundhouse
May 27 -- London, UK @ Roundhouse
May 28 -- London, UK @ Roundhouse
Jun 01 -- Lyon, France @ Les Nuits Des Fourvieres
Jun 03 -- Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
Jun 17 -- Reyjkavik, Iceland @ Secret Solstice
Jul 02 -- St Gallen, Switzerland @ Openair
Jul 08 -- Lisbon, Portugal @ Nos Alive Festival
Jul 26 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jul 27 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jul 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Jul 31 -- Montreal, QB @ Osheaga Music And Arts Festival
Aug 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Aug 06 -- San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
Aug 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Aug 20 -- Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
Aug 21 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
Sep 11 -- Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalooza
Sep 30 - Aug 2 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival
Oct 03 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Palacio de los Deportes
Oct 04 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Palacio de los Deportes
Oct 7 - 9 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival

Published May 8th, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

Ultravox announced the release of a four disc set Ultravox!: The Island Years. The collection includes the band's first three albums which were released on Island before the label unceremoniously dropped them in 1979. Included here are the Brian Eno/Steve Lillywhite produced Ultravox! (1977), Ha! Ha! Ha! (1977), and Systems Of Romance (1978), along with a fourth disc full of rarities, live versions, and studio sessions. Ultravox!: The Island Years arrives on May 20th and is available to pre-order here.

The tracklisting for the rarities collection is posted below:


01: Young Savage
02: Slip Away – Live
03: The Man Who Dies Every Day – Live at Huddersfield Polytechnic
04: Young Savage – Live at The Marquee, London
05: The Wild, The Beautiful and The Damned – Live at The Rainbow, London
06: My Sex – Live at Huddersfield Polytechnic
07: Young Savage – John Peel Session TX 28/11/77
08: The Man Who Dies Every Day – John Peel Session TX 28/11/77
09: My Sex – John Peel Session TX 28/11/77
10: Artificial Life – John Peel Session TX 28/11/77
11: ROckWrok – 7” version
12: Hiroshima Mon Amour – Alternate Version
13: Quirks
14: Modern Love – Live
15: The Man Who Dies Everyday – Remix
16: Slow Motion - OGWT 5/12/78
17: Hiroshima Mon Amour – OGWT
18. Quiet Men (Seven Inch Version)
19. Cross Fade
20. Quiet Men (Twelve Inch Version)

Published May 6th, 2016

Earlier this morning Radiohead posted a teaser of Thom Yorke walking around a parking garage. Turns out it was a trailer for the band's brand new song titled "Daydreaming." Radiohead has also revealed its 9th studio album will be released digitally on May 8th at 7pm BST (2pm EST).

Check out "Daydreaming" below:

A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on

Published May 6th, 2016

Midnight Oil announced plans to reunite and perform live shows in 2017. The band hasn't plotted out the full terms of their reunion, however they posted the following update for fans:

"We know it’s been a while but we wanted to tell you that the five of us are finally making plans to get together again for some gigs next year. We’re looking forward to hopefully playing overseas and touring our homeland for the first time since 2002.

We won’t know exactly when, where and what we’ll be doing before next January at the earliest so in the meantime please just ignore any rumours. Unless and until you hear about something from us you can safely assume that it’s not yet confirmed."

The band is also offering a free download of a live recording for fans who sign up for their newsletter. More details on that are posted here.

Published May 6th, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Garbage drops its sixth studio album Strange Little Birds on June 10th, and now the band has announced dates for a North American tour in promotion of the album. The tour includes a stop at the Fillmore Detroit on July 16th. The pre-sale kicks off May 5th, and the general onsale is Friday, May 6th. The full tour itinerary is posted below along with the new Garbage single "Empty." The band reports that they'll unleash the official video for "Empty" soon.

Garbage -- U.S. tour

May 14 -- Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
Jun 18 -- Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul 06 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Jul 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
Jul 08 -- Omaha, NE @ SumTur Amphitheater
Jul 10 -- Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
Jul 12 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Jul 13 -- Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
Jul 15 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
Jul 16 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Jul 17 -- Columbus, OH @ Promowest Fest
Jul 19 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
Jul 20 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Jul 22 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Jul 23 -- Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore Charlotte
Jul 25 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Jul 27 -- Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Jul 28 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues Boston
Jul 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly
Jul 31 -- Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Aug 01 -- New York, NY @ SummerStage
Aug 03 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater

Published May 4th, 2016
The classic punk rock episode of Quincy, has found its way online. Watch as Jack Klugman rages against evil punk rock music that was clearly corrupting the youth in 1982.  The episode, titled Next Stop Nowhere, originally aired December 1st, 1982 on NBC.  Good times.

Quincy - Next Stop Nowhere

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After toying with and/or taunting fans by erasing their presence from social media, Radiohead finally gave up the goods and debuted the song "Burn The Witch" today. Radiohead fans have been waiting for this day for a LONG time -- "Burn The Witch" has been in the works for years.  Though Radiohead performed the unfinished version in concert years ago, it took until today for the band to release the haunting and lush single. Additionally Radiohead premiered the accompanying official video for "Burn The Witch" which is said to be influenced by the BBC's classic children's show TV Trumpton. Enjoy "Burn The Witch" below and purchase a digital copy now from Radiohead's official site.

Published May 3rd, 2016