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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Verve will reissue their first two albums as 3CD deluxe expanded boxsets on September 9th. A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul include newly remastered original material, along with EP tracks, b-sides, live session tracks, and other rarities.  A Storm In Heaven features a bonus DVD with promo videos and live material.  Both boxsets are packaged with a book, photos, postcards and a poster.

Vinyl fans shouldn't feel left out --  A Storm In Heaven and A Northern Soul will also be released on 180 gm vinyl on September 9th.

View the tracklisting for both sets below and pre-order here.  Watch the trailer for the sets here.

A Storm In Heaven -- Boxset tracklisting

CD1: The Remastered Album

01. Star Sail
02. Slide Away
03. Already There
04. Beautiful Mind
05. The Sun, The Sea
06. Virtual World
07. Make it 'Til Monday
08. Blue
09. Butterfuly
10. See You In The Next One (Have A Good Time)

CD2: B-sides, E.P. Tracks

01. All In The Mind
02. One Way To Go
03. A Man Called Sun
04. She's A Superstar
05. Feel
06. Gravity Grave (extended version)
07. Endless Life
08. A Man Called Sun (live)
09. Gravity Grave (live encore)
10. Twilight
11. Where The Geese Go
12. No Come Down
13. Blue (USA mix)
14. 6 O'Clock

CD3: B-Side, Radio Sessions, Unreleased Studio Tracks

01. Make It 'Til Monday (acoustic)
02. Virtual World (acoustic)
03. Gravity Grave (live Glastonbury 1993)
04. Butterfly (acoustic)
05. Slide Away (BBC, 2/7/92)
06. She's A Superstar (BBC, 2/7/92)
07. Already There (BBC, 2/7/92)
08. Brake Lights (BBC, 2/7/92)
09. Star Sail (12/7/93)
10. A Man Called Sun (12/7/93)
11. Six O'Clock (12/7/93)
12. Gravity Grave (12/7/93)
13. Shoeshine Girl (Sawmills Studio Session)
14. South Pacific (Sawmills Studio Session)


Music videos:

01. All In The Mind
02. She's A Superstar
03. Gravity Grave
04. Blue
05. Slide Away

Live at Camden Town Hall 10/23/92

01. Slide Away
02. All In the Mind
03. She's A Superstar
04. Staring Stranger
05. A Man Called Sun
06. South Pacific
07. Already There
08. The Sun, The Sea
09. Gravity Grave

Bonus content:

01. A Man Called Sun (N.Y.C. Flatbed Truck – 1992
02. South Pacific (Sawmills footage filmed by John Leckie)
03. Blue (USA Mix (promo video)

A Northern Soul -- Boxset Tracklisting

CD1: The Remastered Album

01. A New Decade
02. This Is Music
03. On Your Own
04. So It Goes
05. A Northern Soul
06. Brainstorm Interlude
07. Drive You Home
08. History
09. No Knock On My Door
10. Life's An Ocean
11. Stormy Clouds

CD2: B-sides

01. Let The Damage Begin
02. You And Me
03. I See The Door
04. Little Gem
05. Dance On Your Bones
06. History (radio edit)
07. Back On My Feet Again
08. On Your Own (acoustic)
09. Monkey Magic (Brainstorm Mix)
10. Grey Skies
11. Life's Not a Rehearsal

CD3: Unreleased studio & BBC Sessions

01. Brake Lights
02. Mover
03. Funky Jam (aka the Rolling People)
04. Echo Bass
05. Muhammad Ali
06. Come On
07. King Riff (aka This Is Music)
08. On Your Own (BBC, 6/28/95)
09. So It Goes (BBC, 6/28/95)
10. A New Decade (BBC, 6/19/95)
11. This Is Music (BBC, 6/19/95)
12. Life's An Ocean (BBC, 6/19/95)
13. Come On (BBC, 6/19/95)

Published June 30th, 2016

Richard Ashcroft released his new solo album These People last month. During the weeks that followed the record launch, Ashcroft performed a few concerts and acoustic sessions in the U.K. Video from his May 27th appearance at HMV in London has appeared on You Tube. View the three song performance below -- beware, the final song "Lucky Man" includes audience participation:

Published June 30th, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

White Lies announced details today for their fourth studio album titled Friends. The album's ten tracks were recorded at Bryan Ferry's studio in London and musically "explores new sounds" according to the band. Friends, which arrives October 7th is preceded by the new single "Take It Out On Me," which the band debuted today.

Pre-order Friends here and stream "Take It Out On Me" below, along with their cover of "I Would Die 4 U," which they recorded recently as a tribute to Prince. (BTW, the cover is available as a free download to fans who sign up for the band's email list).

Published June 28th, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Order is releasing a new version of its 2005 singles collection this September. Singles will feature a slightly different tracklisting than the original version -- all the same songs are included with the exception of the Secret Machines' remix of "Temptation," which was axed and replaced with Lost Sirens' track "I'll Stay With You." Though most of the same songs are included, a few of the mixes are slightly different. The new version of Singles will be released September 9th as a 4LP vinyl boxset, double CD, and as a digital download. The tracklisting for Singles 2016 is posted below via NME.

Update: Rhino confirmed the material on Singles was remastered last year at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwrite (the veteran producer/engineer who has worked with The Smiths, Joy Division, The Chameleons, Oasis, Blur, Primal Scream, Arcade Fire, and many, many more). The new version of Singles has been described as "refined to become a greatly improved representation of the band's history."

Singles -- 2016 version

Disc 1

01 Ceremony
02 Procession
03 Everything's Gone Green (7" version)
04 Temptation (original 7" version)
05 Blue Monday
06 Confusion (UK 7" promo edit)
07 Thieves Like Us (7" promo edit)
08 The Perfect Kiss (7" edit)
09 Sub-Culture (7" version)
10 Shellshock (7" edit)
11 State of the Nation (7" edit)
12 Bizarre Love Triangle (7" remix edit)
13 True Faith (7" edit)
14 Touched by the Hand of God (7" edit)
15 Blue Monday '88 (7" version)

Disc 2

01 Fine Time (7" version)
02 Round and Round (7" version)
03 Run 2 (7" remix edit)
04 World in Motion
05 Regret
06 Ruined in a Day (radio edit)
07 World (The Price Of Love) (radio edit)
08 Spooky (minimix)
09 Nineteen63 (Arthur Baker radio remix)
10 Crystal (radio edit)
11 60 Miles An Hour (radio edit)
12 Here to Stay (radio edit)
13 Krafty (single edit)
14 Jetstream (radio edit)
15 Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Rich Costey radio version)
16 Turn (Stephen Street edit)
17 I'll Stay With You (Lost Sirens LP version)

Published June 25th, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ash announced a world tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of 1977, the band's second studio album. Ash will perform 1977 in full at shows in the U.K., Ireland, Europe, and North America this fall.  Tickets for the tour, including the September 30th date at the Shelter in Detroit, go on sale Friday, June 24th.

Ash -- North American leg

Sep 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
Sep 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ Independent
Sep 23 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Sep 24 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Rips
Sep 26 -- Austin, TX @ Stubb's Jr
Sep 28 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sep 30 -- Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Oct 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Oct 03 -- Boston, MA @ Middle East
Oct 04 -- Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Oct 05 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
Oct 06 -- New York, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Published June 22nd, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teenage Fanclub will return with a new studio album titled Here on September 9th. The band's 10th studio album features 12 songs, including the first single "I'm In Love," which the band debuted live at shows way back in 2014. Here will be released on LP, CD, cassette, and as a digital download and is available to pre-order now through the Merge webstore.

Stream "I'm In Love" and view the tracklist for Here below:

Here -- tracklist

01. I’m In Love
02. Thin Air
03. Hold On
04. The Darkest Part Of The Night
05. I Have Nothing More To Say
06. I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive
07. The First Sight
08. Live In The Moment
09. Steady State
10. It’s A Sign
11. With You
12. Connected To Life

Published June 21st, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dinosaur Jr premiered the video for their new single "Tiny" today. The video features the band, skateboarders, and...a very awesome bulldog (named "Beefy"). Enjoy below:

"Tiny" is taken from the new Dinosaur Jr album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not. The album arrives August 5th and is available to pre-order through the Dinosaur Jr store. Choose from the CD, purple vinyl, or one of many bundles here.

Don't miss Dinosaur Jr on tour -- the band heads out with Jane's Addiction for several dates this summer, then they'll do their own headline tour in the fall.

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

Published June 20th, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

According to a new report, Depeche Mode is back in the recording studio. This news comes from a fan who hung outside Martin Gore's studio in Santa Barbara and caught a glimpse of Gore, and later, Andrew Fletcher. The report has not been confirmed by the band, but the fan did capture a picture from outside the studio. View the report and pictures here.

Depeche Mode's last album Delta Machine was released in 2013. Since then, Martin Gore has released a solo album MG, and Dave Gahan was featured on Soulsavers' 2015 album Angels & Ghosts.

Published June 16th, 2016

Radiohead announced more details today regarding tomorrow's global streaming event for A Moon Shaped Pool. According to Radiohead:

"We have put together music for an audio stream into stores throughout release day. Jonny has selected 2 hours of live tracks taken from last month’s Roundhouse shows in London; there are playlist favourites from Colin & Ed, and Thom has created a long playlist based on his 'office charts'. Stanley Donwood has created an 'inconsequential pamphlet' (his words) based on his experiences creating the album cover.

Figures from Chris Hopewell's Burn The Witch animation, Stanley Donwood Screen prints, and a 35mm celluloid print of Paul Thomas Anderson's Daydreaming video can be won."

Attend Live From A Moon Shaped Pool at a participating record stores on June 17th.

Note: for those everywhere in the U.S. other than West Coast (for fans in ET/CT/MT): the stream for Live at the Roundhouse will begin at 1pm ET, and the playlists will begin to stream at 3pm ET

If you are on the West Coast (PT), the streaming schedule is different: the playlists will begin at noon PT; the live Roundhouse content begins at 6pm PT.

View the list of participating stores here or contact your favorite record store to see what's up.

The participating stores in the Detroit area include:

Ann Arbor, MI @ Wazoo Records
Dearborn, MI @ Dearborn Music
East Lansing, MI @ Flat Black Circular
Grand Rapids, MI @ Vertigo
Kalamazoo, MI @ Green Light Music
Toledo, OH @ Culture Clash

Fans can still pre-order physical versions of A Moon Shaped Pool directly from Radiohead's website.

Published June 16th, 2016

The Smiths' seminal album the Queen Is Dead was released on this day in 1986. Though the album wasn't a commercial success in the U.S., it is highly regarded by the music industry (and people with taste) as one of the best and most important albums of all time.

According to Johnny Marr, the legendary title track on the album was influenced by two bands that have also made an indelible mark on music history -- The Stooges and Velvet Underground. He told NME:

"I had an idea to do a song that had the aggression of the Detroit garage bands, ‘cos I’m such a Stooges fan. And it’s influenced by the Velvets too- it’s The Smiths does The Stooges does The Velvet Underground. ‘VU’ [compilation of Velvet Underground outtakes, released in 1985] had just been released, so there’s a little nod to ‘I Can’t Stand It’ in there. We chopped a couple of minutes off the song in the end. The long version felt more like us running a marathon, then doing a lap of honour!"

Read NME's feature on The Queen Is Dead, which includes song by song commentary by all the members of the Smiths here.

Happy 30th!

Published June 16th, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Three albums by the Smiths -- Louder Than Bombs, The World Won't Listen, and Rank -- have been reissued on 180 gm double vinyl.  To be clear: these reissues are new vinyl pressings of previously digital remasters (these are not new remasters from 2016). 

Order the reissues via Amazon -- Louder Than Bombs, The World Won't Listen, and Rank -- or visit your favorite record store to obtain your copies.

Published June 15th, 2016

Lou Reed's solo material from the '70s and early '80s will be released as a massive 17 CD box set The RCA Arista Album Collection on October 7th. Reed himself oversaw the remastering of the material included prior to his death; reportedly this was the last project he worked on before his death in October 2013. The set includes 17 CDs (16 albums; one of the albums Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners is a double cd), and comes with an 80 page hard bound book with rare photos and artwork, in depth liner notes, 8" x 10" prints, and more. Pre-order the collection here.

Please note: The RCA & Arista Album Collection isn't fully complete -- the anthology omits a couple of live albums and does not include bonus tracks that were included on subsequent reissues.

The RCA & Arista Album Collection includes the following albums:

01. Lou Reed (April 1972)
02. Transformer (November 1972)
03. Berlin (July 1973)
04. Rock n Roll Animal (live February 1974)
05. Sally Can't Dance (August 1974)
06. Metal Machine Music (July 1975)
07. Coney Island Baby (December 1975)
08. Rock and Roll Heart (October 1976)
09. Street Hassle (February 1978)
10. Lou Reed Live Take No Prisoners (2 CDs November 1978)
11. The Bells (April 1979)
12. Growing Up in Public (April 1980)
13. The Blue Mask (February 1982)
14. Legendary Hearts (March 1983)
15. New Sensations (April 1984)
16. Mistrial (June 1986)

Published June 15th, 2016

Buzzcocks announced a handful of North American dates in celebration of their 40th anniversary. This not-to-be-missed tour includes a stop at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on September 23rd. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th.

The full list of dates is posted below. For more details on the tour, visit Buzzcocks on the web.

Buzzcocks -- North American tour

Sep 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Sep 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Sep 25 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 26 -- Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Sep 27 -- Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
Sep 28 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Oct 01 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Published June 15th, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Universal Music is celebrating the 40th anniversary of seminal Sex Pistols shows with the release of a live boxset. Live '76 includes four of the Sex Pistols' historical live concerts from 1976, professionally mastered and released in full for the first time. The set includes the band's legendary September 17th, 1976 concert at the Chelmsford maximum security prison as well as the June 4th, 1976 show at Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester -- the Manchester concert was attended by budding musicians including Morrissey (prior to forming the Smiths), Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook (who had not yet formed Joy Division), Mark E. Smith of future influential post-punk band The Fall; Tony Wilson, future Factory Records and Hacienda kingpin, and photographer Kevin Cummins, who would go on to capture countless iconic shots of Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, and many more.

Live '76 will be released physically as a 4 LP or 4 CD set on August 26th in the U.S., and a week earlier (August 19th) in the U.K. A digital download version will also be available. Pre-order here or visit the official Sex Pistols website and view the tracklisting for the set below:

Sex Pistols – Live ’76 Tracklisting


June 4th, 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

01. Did You No Wrong
02. No Lip
03. Seventeen
04. Stepping Stone
05. New York
06. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
07. Submission
08. Satellite
09. No Feelings
10. No Fun
11. Substitute
12. Pretty Vacant
13. Problems


August 29th, 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington

01. Anarchy in the UK
02. I Wanna Be Me
03. Seventeen
04. New York
05. No Lip
06. Stepping Stone
07. Satellite
08. Submission
09. Liar
10. No Feelings
11. Substitute
12. Pretty Vacant
13. Problems
14. Did You No Wrong
15. No Fun


September 17th, 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford

01. Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
02. I Wanna Be Me
03. Seventeen
04. New York
05. No Lip
06. Stepping Stone
07. Satellite
08. Submission
09. Liar
10. No Feelings (incomplete)
11. Substitute
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
14. Problems
15. Anarchy in the UK (encore)
16. Did You Know Wrong


September 25th, 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent

01. Anarchy In The UK
02. I Wanna Be Me
03. Seventeen
04. New York
05. No Lip
06. Stepping Stone
07. Satellite
08. Submission
09. Liar
10. Substitute
11. No Feelings
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
14. Problems

Published June 12th, 2016

Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays teamed up with Paul Oakenfold, Kermit and Goldie to release a song in support of England's UEFA Euro 2016 Championship bid. The guys adopted the moniker Four Lions for their anthem "We Are England," which has a bit of a Mondays' vibe to it. Check out the official video below (which features Bez) and visit the official Four Lions website here.

Back in 1990 New Order released England's official song for the World Cup -- it was shockingly New Order's only number 1 song.

Published June 12th, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Radiohead is hosting a unique streaming event on June 17th, the physical release date for the band's brilliant new album A Moon Shaped Pool. The event, Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, is a day long event taking place at participating record stores globally. According to Radiohead's website, fans can expect "an exclusive day long audio stream from the band, competitions, instructional artworks and more."

View the list of participating stores here. More stores may be added to the list in the coming days, so you may want to check the list later or contact your favorite record store to see what's up.

The participating stores in the Detroit area include:

Ann Arbor, MI @ Wazoo Records
Dearborn, MI @ Dearborn Music
East Lansing, MI @ Flat Black Circular
Grand Rapids, MI @ Vertigo
Kalamazoo, MI @ Green Light Music
Toledo, OH @ Culture Clash

Fans can still pre-order physical versions of A Moon Shaped Pool directly from Radiohead's website.

Published June 10th, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

On June 2nd, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie fell off stage (reportedly 7 feet) while performing at a festival in Switzerland. Gillespie was rushed to the hospital leaving fans in shock and in fear of the worst. After a long week of no info or updates, today Primal Scream posted some news about Gillespie.  According to the band, Gillespie is on the mend, however he'll require at least eight weeks to recuperate, thus Primal Scream's live dates through the end of July have been canceled.  While today's announcement is bad news for fans with tickets to the canceled shows, overall it's a massive relief to hear that Gillespie is on the mend. Read the full statement from Primal Scream here.

Primal Scream is expected to return to the road in August.

Aug 11 -- Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Bandstand
Aug 12 -- Ledbury, UK @ Lakefest
Aug 13 -- Sedgefield, UK @ Down To The Woods
Aug 14 -- Newquay, UK @ Boardmasters Newquay
Aug 27 -- Dumfries, UK @ Drumlanrig Castle
Sep 03 -- Bristol, UK @ The Downs
Sep 10 -- London, UK @ Blackheath
Sep 11 -- London, UK @ Dartmouth Field
Nov 04 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Nov 05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

Published June 9th, 2016

The Stone Roses have confirmed they'll release a new single titled "Beautiful Thing" tonight. The track drops at 7pm ET. Unlike their recent single "All For One," the new track reported clocks in at around 7 minutes.

A new full length Stone Roses album is rumored to be on the way soon, however so far no details have been confirmed by the band.

UPDATE: "Beautiful Thing" is now available to stream below and purchase digitally from on iTunes. The physical version is available to pre-order here.

Published June 9th, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bryan Ferry has released a deluxe double live cd. The 26 track album was captured at live performances during his 2015 tour, and is only available at Ferry's 2016 shows and through his website. For more info and to order Bryan Ferry Live 2015 visit his official store.

Ferry kicks off his North American tour next month and plays the Fox Theatre on August 4th.

Bryan Ferry Live 2015 tracklist

01. Avonmore
02. Driving Me Wild
03. Slave To Love
04. Beauty Queen
05. Ladytron
06. Bob Dylan's Dream
07. Don't Think Twice
08. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
09. Loop De Li
10. Bete Noire
11. Zamba
12. Stronger Thru The Years
13. Can't Let Go
14. He'll Have To Go
15. Tara


01. Take A Chance With Me
02. Out Of The Blue
03. One Night Stand
04. If There Is Something
05. More Than This
06. Avalon
07. Love Is The Drug
08. Virginia Plain
09. Do The Strand
10. Jealous Guy
11. Editions Of You

Bryan Ferry -- North American tour

Jul 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Jul 21 -- Philiadelphia, PA @ Kimmel-Verizon Center
Jul 23 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Jul 27 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Jul 29 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Jul 31 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
Aug 02 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Aug 04 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Aug 09 -- San Francisco, CA @ Masonic
Aug 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theatre

Published June 8th, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

At long last the Stone Roses returned to the stage tonight to play the first of two "secret" warmup shows in England. Tonight's show was at the intimate Halifax Victoria Theater (capacity ~ 1500), and from all accounts the show was nothing less than magical. The band kicked things off with the anthemic "I Wanna Be Adored," then ripped though a glorious set of classics as well as their new single "All For One." The setlist was solid gold but didn't include too many surprises other than the return of "Begging You," which has been absent from the band's live sets since 1996. And though Reni allegedly revealed that more "beautiful" Stone Roses music is coming soon, apart from "All For One" the Roses didn't debut any new material.

Update: Read the NME's review here; another review is Even The Stars is posted here.

View the official setlist and fan filmed pictures and video below.

The Stone Roses play their second warm up show at Carlisle Sands Theater tomorrow night, then they'll kick off their stadium tour in Manchester on June 15th.

[Though not listed in the photo, "Made Of Stone" was performed after "Love Spreads"]

Published June 7th, 2016

A captivating new photo book about The Smiths will be released on June 14th. The photos were captured by Nalinee Darmrong in 1985 and 1986 while traveling with the Smiths as they toured America promoting Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead. Darmrong wasn't a professional photographer at the time -- she was only 17 years old and had just graduated high school, yet she was given unprecedented access to the band and captured many intimate and breathtaking photos.  The hardcover book also includes Darmrong's commentary and story behind the shots, as well as pictures of set lists, memorabilia, promo items, fan gifts, and more. Pre-order The Smiths here.

A short feature on The Smiths, including a collection of photos and commentary from the book is available to view here.

Published June 7th, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Stone Roses are poised to make their live return next week. Today the band announced two warm up gigs taking place in the U.K. on June 7th and June 8th.  The proper tour begins on June 15th in Manchester and includes only one North American date -- Madison Square Garden in New York on June 30th.

After years and years, The Stone Roses finally released a new single last month. "All For One" is available now as a digital download and physical versions (CD & 7") will be released June 30th.  So far the band hasn't announced when they'll release any more music from their recent "glorious" studio sessions, but odds are, it'll be awhile.

Stone Roses -- World tour

Jun 07 -- Halifax, UK @ Halifax Victoria Theatre
Jun 08 -- Carlisle, UK @ Carlisle Sands Centre
Jun 15 -- Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
Jun 17 -- Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
Jun 18 -- Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
Jun 19 -- Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
Jun 30 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Jul 08 -- Perthshire, UK @ T In The Park
Jul 09 -- Dublin, IR @ Marlay Park

Published June 4th, 2016

Three of R.E.M.'s albums from the I.R.S. era will be reissued on vinyl July 29th. Dead Letter Office, Eponymous, and Life's Rich Pageant will be reissued with original sleeve art as standard weight vinyl LPs. No extra tracks are included here, however these vinyl releases have been out of print for a long time, so it's certainly exciting news for vinyl fans.  Pre-order directly from the official R.E.M. store here.

Enjoy an R.E.M. concert from 1985!

Published June 4th, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds confirmed a new album will be released in September. Rumors of the release circulated last week, however today Cave officially confirmed the news and announced further details. The band's 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, is set for a September 9th release; a companion film, One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik screens globally the night before the release. The film includes material from Skeleton Tree, however according to Cave's website the film is somewhat of a performance/documentary hybrid:

"Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination. Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D."

One More Time With Feeling screens one night only at participating theaters worldwide on September 8th. The Detroit area screening takes place at Cinema Detroit and ticket info should be available shortly. View the full list of screenings here.

Pre-order Skeleton Tree on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download here.

Published June 2nd, 2016

Revolting Cocks' debut album Big Sexy Land turns 30 years old this year, and to celebrate members of the band are reuniting for a short tour. Though the reunion won't feature Al Jourgensen, it will include founding members Richard 23 & Luc Van Acker, along with Chris Connelly and Paul Barker (Connelly & Barker were members of Revolting Cocks from 1987 - 1993). The collective will perform using the moniker The Cocks (not Revolting Cocks).

The short and sweet tour includes only six shows in the U.S., though it's possible some overseas dates may be added. Via Sideline.

The Cocks U.S. tour

Sep 16 -- New York, NY @ Stimulate
Sep 17 -- Houston, TX @ Numbers
Sep 18 -- San Francisco, CA @ DNA
Sep 20 -- Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Sep 21 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Sep 24 -- Chicago, IL @ The Metro (Cold Waves Festival)

Published June 2nd, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Back in 2012, the Charlatans unveiled a unique promotional item -- the band appropriated the Periodic Table of the Elements replacing elements with song titles. Remember this?

Today the Charlatans unveiled their newest promotional creation -- a map of the London Underground, which replaces tube station destinations with over 150 song and album titles from their discography.  The map was created as a tribute to Harry Beck, designer of the original London Underground map.  Beck would have turned 114 years old on June 4th.

The map has pretty sweet packaging as well -- take a look below:

And here's video of how it opens up:

The Charlatans will be giving away copies of the limited edition map at their upcoming shows and through other promotional events/scavenger hunts in the U.K. So far there isn't an option to purchase on the web, however those interested in obtaining a copy should follow the band on social media in the event that they decide to do an online giveaway, etc. Official site. Twitter. Facebook.

FYI: A Smiths version of The London Underground map, adapted by designer Aiden Smith, made the rounds in 2013. 

The Charlatans released their last album, the stellar Modern Nature, in 2015. If you missed out on this release, best take a listen.

Published June 1st, 2016

Band Of Horses is about to release a new album Why Are You Ok on June 10th. The first single from the album features the dulcet tones of the almighty J Mascis. It doesn't come close to the glory of BOH's epic anthem "The Funeral," but it's a pretty cool song nonetheless. Stream "In A Drawer" featuring J Mascis below and catch up with Band Of Horses here.

Published June 1st, 2016