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2016/03/31


Mark Lanegan will be spending a good part of 2016 on the road.  Lanegan will be on the road in Europe through May, and now he's announced several dates for a U.S. leg.  Don't miss Lanegan at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on June 16th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 1st at 10am.

Lanegan's last solo record Phantom Radio was released in 2014. Last year he released the 6 LP boxset One Way Street featuring his first 5 solo albums -- The Winding Sheet, Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (2LP), Scraps At Midnight, I'll Take Care Of You, and Field Songs. Each album is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release. Both Phantom Radio and One Way Street are available to purchase on Amazon and the Sub Pop store.

Mark Lanegan -- U.S. tour

Jun 16 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
Jun 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music – Maurer Hall
Jun 18 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Jun 20 -- Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Jun 21 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Jun 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Jun 23 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Jul 08 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Jul 09 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
Jul 11 -- San Francisco, CA 2 Slim's
Jul 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Published March 31st, 2016


Wire recently announced the release of Nocturnal Koreans and issued the mini-album's driving title track. Now the foursome debuted another track from the record titled "Internal Exile," which is less intense than "Nocturnal Koreans," but rocks all the same.  Stream both songs below and pre-order Nocturnal Koreans from Amazon, or Pink Flag. Nocturnal Koreans is out April 22nd.

"The WIRE album was quite respectful of the band, and Nocturnal Koreans is less respectful of the band—or, more accurately, it’s the band being less respectful to itself—in that it’s more created in the studio, rather than recorded basically as the band played it, which was mostly the case with WIRE. A general rule for this record was: any trickery is fair game, if it makes it sound better."

~ Wire





Published March 31st, 2016

2016/03/30

Michael Stipe appeared on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night to perform an exquisite version of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World." Watch Stipe's stirring performance (and mesmerizing beard) below:



Stipe's performance was a warm up for two Bowie tribute concerts happening in New York this week -- Thursday, March 31st at Carnegie Hall and Friday, April 1st at Radio City Music Hall. Friday's tribute streams live courtesy of Skype and is expected to include performances from Stipe, J Mascis, Perry Farrell, Pixies, Debbie Harry, and more (lineup for the show is subject to change). Proceeds from the live stream benefit various music related charities. Find out more here.

Published March 30th, 2016

Two David Bowie tribute concerts take place in New York this week -- Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, J Mascis, Perry Farrell, Robyn Hitchcock, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry, and Flaming Lips are among the artists paying tribute to Bowie March 31st at Carnegie Hall and April 1st at Radio City Music Hall.

The first concert was planned as a tribute before Bowie's untimely passing, and ultimately after the world learned of his death, the concert turned into a memorial. Though the concert was announced prior to his death, tickets went on sale days after Bowie died and tickets sold out immediately. Shortly thereafter a second tribute was organized, which also sold out in record time.

Due to popular demand, Friday's tribute will stream live via Skype and is expected to include performances from Stipe, J Mascis, Perry Farrell, Pixies, Debbie Harry, and more (lineup for the show is subject to change). A small donation is required to access the stream -- proceeds from the stream benefit various music related charities. The list of artists participating in the April 1st live stream and more info on accessing the stream is posted here.

2016/03/28


Lush reunited last year and this year they'll head to North America for a handful of tour dates.  Though the band announced a handful of U.S. dates previously, now they've extended their tour plans and added a Detroit date!  Don't miss Lush at St. Andrew's Hall on September 19th -- this is the band's first Detroit date in over 20 years! Pre-sales begin Wednesday, March 31st and the general onsale is Friday, April 1st at 10am.  Ticket link here.

Lush also return with new music this spring -- the four song EP, Blind Spot, will be released on April 22nd. Pre-order the EP from iTunes, Amazon, or the band's official store.

Additionally, on Record Store Day (April 16th), the band will release a limited edition 5 LP boxset titled Origami which features the full albums Spooky, Split, Lovelife, and two compilations Gala, and Topolino all pressed on colored vinyl. More details on the release are posted here.



Lush -- U.S. tour

Apr 14 -- Los Angeles @ The Roxy Theatre
Apr 16 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 17 -- San Francisco @ The Warfield
Apr 19 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Apr 20 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Apr 21 -- Vancover, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Apr 23 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sep 14 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sep 15 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Sep 18 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Sep 19 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Sep 21 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published March 28th, 2016

2016/03/27


James Iha reunited with old Smashing Pumpkins bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin onstage last night in Los Angeles. The unexpected reunion stunned Smashing Pumpkins fans, who could not believe their eyes when Iha grabbed a guitar and started to rock out with his old bandmates. Together the Pumpkins performed several songs off Siamese Dream, then Iha left the stage.  He'd later return at the end of the show, when Corgan presented him with a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday in honor of his 48th birthday. Watch fan filmed footage from the show below via NME:

The Smashing Pumpkins play Los Angeles again tonight (but likely without James Iha!) Smashing Pumpkins: In Plainsong hits the Fillmore Detroit Friday, April 1st.







Smashing Pumpkins -- North American tour

Mar 27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Mar 29 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Mar 30 -- Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Apr 01 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
Apr 02 -- Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
Apr 04 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Apr 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
Apr 09 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 10 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Apr 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Apr 14 -- Chicago, IL @ Civic Opera House
Apr 15 -- Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
Apr 16 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Apr 18 -- Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
Apr 19 -- Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
Apr 20 -- Houston, TX @ Cullen Performance Hall

Published March 27th, 2016

2016/03/26

Michael Stipe is back in action this week -- he's confirmed as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday, March 29th. It is very rare for Stipe to perform solo, and it's his first appearance on late night TV since R.E.M. broke up, so Tuesday night's performance is certainly a primo Must See TV EVENT. There's no telling what Stipe will sing, but don't count out a David Bowie song, considering he's performing March 31st at the David Bowie tribute at Carnegie Hall, which also features Perry Farrell, Debbie Harry, Pixies, Flaming Lips, Robyn Hitchcock, Laurie Anderson and more.

Tune in for the brilliance Tuesday night, and for now, enjoy Michael Stipe in all his glory below:









Published March 26th, 2016

2016/03/24


After much speculation, The Stone Roses have confirmed they are indeed working on a new album. NME caught up with Ian Brown outside a recording studio and got answers to the vital questions! Brown confirmed new Stone Roses material is in the works, but declined to say how many new songs are in the works.  He revealed the studio sessions were going "like a dream" and the new material sounds "glorious." As to when we can expect to hear this glory, Brown responded by saying "soon."

So there you have it. The Stone Roses have several shows lined up for the summer, so it's possible we'll hear the Third Coming shortly. Or not. Watch NME's exclusive video featuring Ian Brown below:



Stone Roses -- 2016 tour

Jun 02 -- Tokyo @ Nippon Budokhan
Jun 03 -- Tokyo @ Nippon Budokhan
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 March 24th, 2016



Bob Mould returns with a new solo record Patch The Sky on March 25th. The album is streaming ahead of its release now over at the Record Store Day website. Check it out here and pre-order Patch The Sky from iTunes, Amazon, or Bob's official store.

On April 16th (aka Record Store Day) Merge Records is releasing its first ever zine, which will be Mould-centric! The fanzine includes personal stories, artwork, and photos submitted by Bob Mould fans from around the world, plus it comes with a companion CD featuring a live Mould radio session from 2014. Copies of the zine will be available for free on Record Store Day at participating record shops while supplies last.

Meanwhile, Hüsker Dü's 1982 single "In A Free Land," which been out of print for years, will be reissued as a limited edition 7" single on April 16th. Like the original pressing, the single will be backed with "What Do I Want," and "M.I.C." Details on the release are posted here.

Bob Mould hits the road for a tour this spring. Dates are posted below:



Bob Mould -- North American tour

Apr 20 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Apr 22 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 23 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Apr 27 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 29 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Apr 30 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
May 01 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 03 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
May 04 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
May 06 Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
May 10 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
May 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 14 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Published March 24th, 2016

2016/03/22

Next month, Trashcan Sinatras return with Wild Pendulum, their first album of all new material since 2009. The record will be released digitally through Pledge Music on April 22nd and a physical release will follow shortly after. Fans can pre-order Wild Pendulum now through Pledge Music and have access to exclusive updates and song premieres. 

Meanwhile, Trashcan Sinatras have also firmed up dates for a North American tour. Tickets for the Detroit area show May 24th at the Magic Bag go on sale Friday, March 25th. View the full tour itinerary below (the band has also revealed more dates will be announced shortly).

UPDATE: 4/6/16 -- More dates have been added to the tour



Trashcan Sinatras -- North American tour

May 13 -- Baltimore, MD @ TBA
May 14 -- Washington, DC @ (acoustic house party)
May 15 -- Cheshire, CT @ (acoustic house party)
May 17 -- Boston, MA @ The Middle East
May 19 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
May 20 -- Wilmington, DE @ World Cafe Live
May 21 -- West Highland Lakes, NJ @ Seckler Stage
May 23 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
May 24 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
May 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Space
May 27 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
May 28 -- St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
May 31 -- Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
Jun 01 -- Portland, OR @ Dante's
Jun 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubador
Jun 05 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
Jun 07 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to David Bowie one night only July 10th at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre. The Music of David Bowie is a 2 hour concert event featuring Bowie classics performed by the DSO accompanied by a full rock band. The performance features ~ 18 rapturous songs from Bowie's catalog, including "Space Oddity," "Rebel Rebel" "Fame," "Under Pressure," and "Heroes."

Conductor Brent Havens has previously arranged and conducted other symphonic rock tributes featuring music of U2, the Doors, and Pink Floyd among others.  He reveals:

"My concept for The Music of David Bowie was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Bowie had done. The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what Bowie did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power."

Tickets for the Music of David Bowie go on sale Saturday, March 26th at 10am.  Pre-sales kick off Thursday, March 24th.

For more details on The Music of David Bowie visit the DSO.

2016/03/21


Noel Gallagher heads back to North America this summer for a new round of dates in support of his superb second album Chasing Yesterday. A few of the dates -- including the Detroit area stop July 12th -- also includes Ryan Adams. Tickets to see Gallagher & Adams July 12th at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre go on sale this Friday, March 25th at 10am. A fan pre-sale kicks off March 23rd through Gallagher's website and Live Nation pre-sales kick off Thursday, March 24th.

View the list of Noel's North American tour dates below:







Noel Gallagher North American tour

Jul 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jul 02 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Jul 05 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Jul 06 -- Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
Jul 08 -- Ottawa, ON @ Bluesfest
Jul 09 -- Montreal, QC @ Montreal International Jazz Festival
Jul 10 -- Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
Jul 12 -- Rochester, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (w/Ryan Adams)
Jul 13 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE (w/Ryan Adams)
Jul 15 -- Columbus, OH @ Promo West Fest

Published March 21st, 2016

2016/03/19


Last fall the Cure announced they're coming to North America in 2016 to perform songs from their entire catalog -- hits, rarities, fan favorites, and some "as of yet previously unreleased material." The initial tour itinerary was announced in November, however over the past few weeks a few more headline shows and festival appearances have been firmed up. Sadly, the tour still doesn't include a Detroit area date, however the updated tour itinerary is posted below.

UPDATE 3/23: The Cure has finished announcing dates for North America, and it's not good news for fans in Detroit.


The Cure -- North American tour

May 10 -- New Orleans, LA @ Uno Lakefront Arena
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

**The Cure is calling this a Portland, OR show because the venue is located ~ 40 minutes away from Portland.  The venue is actually located in Ridgefield, Washington.

Published March 19th, 2016

2016/03/18


The Ocean Blue is back today with a brand new song titled "Big Ideas."  The indie pop gem is featured on the new Korda 3 Komp which was released by Korda Records today. The newest Komp also includes songs from the Innocence Mission, The Owls, Jim Ruiz Set and more. Stream "Big Ideas" from Ocean Blue below and purchase the CD direct from Korda Records or download digitally via Bandcamp.



The Ocean Blue is reportedly working on a full-length album, which will be the band's first full player since 2013's Ultramarine.

2016/03/17


Over the last several years, a new wave of shoegaze acts emerged. While these nu-gaze bands are good at using layered, swirling guitars, many bands can't quite back up the fuzz with SONGS and take it to the next level.  Philadelphia's Nothing is one of the stand out bands of this new shoegaze era -- they not only deliver on classic shoegaze fuzz, but they also have solid production, and perhaps most importantly, mad songwriting skills. Indeed, Nothing is one of the finest shoegaze bands around.

On May 13th, Nothing returns with Tired Of Tomorrow -- the highly anticipated follow up to 2014's Guilty Of Everything. The album promises to be full of fuzzy, powerful, yet melodic songs -- so far the band premiered the first single "Vertigo Flowers," which is brilliant and thunderous.  Check out the video for "Vertigo Flowers" below and pre-order Tired Of Tomorrow through iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, or the official store



Don't miss Nothing on the road in North America this summer. [You might want to bring earplugs, Nothing shows are usually quite loud.]

May 15 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
Jun 04 -- New York, NY @ Governors Ball
Jun 05 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Jun 07 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Jun 08 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Jun 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
Jun 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jun 11 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Jun 12 -- Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Jun 14 -- Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Jun 15 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jun 16 -- Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Jun 17 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Jun 18 -- Vancouver, BC @ Levitation
Jun 19 -- Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Jun 21 -- San Francisco @ Slim's
Jun 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Jun 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Jun 24 -- Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jun 25 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
Jun 27 -- McAllen, TX @ Yerberia Cultura
Jun 28 -- Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
Jul 02 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
Jul 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Jul 05 -- Durham, NC @ Motorco
Jul 06 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Jul 07 -- Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Jul 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Jul 09 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Jul 15 -- Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

Published March 17th, 2016


James is about to release a new studio album Girl At The End Of The World on March 18th. So far the band issued a few tracks from the record, including the stirring and emotional video for the single "Nothing But Love." Today the full album is streaming ahead of its release -- stream on the Telegraph's official site here.

Girl At The End Of The World is available to pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and the official James store.

James kicks off a tour in support of the new album in May. So far there are no North American dates on the itinerary.



Published March 17th, 2016

Radiohead's camp has been abuzz with activity over the past few weeks. They've previously suggested a new album, the follow up to 2011's The King Of Limbs, would be out sometime this year. Though they haven't made an official album announcement, a few days ago they posted new artwork on social media, stoking conjecture that it might be the artwork for their new masterpiece. Take a look at the art here.

Meanwhile Radiohead announced several more shows this week, including a few headline (non-festival) shows in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles. Tickets for the U.S. shows go on sale March 18th.

Radiohead is also hotly tipped to headline Lollapalooza in Chicago this July. The lineup for Lolla hasn't been unveiled, but organizers have confirmed that tickets (four day passes) go on sale Tuesday, March 22nd, so an announcement is imminent. Stay tuned.



Radiohead 2016 tour

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 29-31 Montreal, QB @ Osheaga Music And Arts Festival
Aug 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Aug 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Aug 20 -- Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
Aug 21 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
Sep 11 -- Berlin, Germany @ Lollapalooza
Oct 03 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Palacio de los Deportes
Oct 04 -- Mexico City, Mexico @ Palacio de los Deportes

Published March 17th, 2016

2016/03/15


The legendary New Order performed their latest Music Complete single "Singularity" on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. Watch the performance below -- the band's new video for "Singularity" is the footage playing in the background. Also looks like Barney's switching it up on this tour and has opted not to wear his usual New Order t-shirt on stage!



As previously reported, New Order will release a new EP on March 25th. The Singularity EP features 9 versions of "Singularity" (8 remixes + the single version) and the Tom Rowlands remix of "Tutti Frutti." Pre-order the Singularity EP from Amazon or New Order's store).

The band returns to the road tomorrow for a sold out show at the Chicago Theater.



New Order -- North American tour

Mar 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
Mar 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 21 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
Mar 23 -- Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore

Published March 15th, 2016

2016/03/14


Placebo announced plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary with an extensive world tour in 2016 & 2017. The 20 Years of Placebo World Tour will celebrate the band's entire history and will include material the band has not played in years, including songs leader Brian Molko himself had previously said he'd never perform again. From Molko's official statement on the tour:

"Let's just say there will be songs in the set that I've sworn never to play again. I think it's time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They've been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material.

A 20 year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so. That's our intention. This tour is very much for the fans and a chance for us to revisit a lot of our early material.

So, if you want to see us play songs like 'Pure Morning’ and 'Nancy Boy’ which we haven't played in almost ten years and may not play again, then you'd better come along to these shows! We'll have some surprises in there too...."



The first leg of the tour kicks off in the autumn and focuses on Europe & the U.K.  Don't count out a North American leg just yet -- they've only announced dates for the first leg so far and according to the band "further dates for 2017 will be revealed later" so keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned! Dates for the first leg of the tour are posted below.







20 Years of Placebo World Tour

Oct 13 -- Denmark @ Aarhus Train
Oct 14 -- Denmark @ Copenhagen Vega Main Hall
Oct 16 -- Norway @ Oslo Sentrum Scene
Oct 18 -- Sweden @ Stockholm Cirkus
Oct 20 -- Finland @ Helsinki Hatwall Arena
Oct 22 -- Latvia @ Riga Arene
Oct 24 -- Russia @ St.Petersburg New Arena
Oct 26 -- Russia @ Moscow Olimpiyskiy
Oct 29 -- Poland @ Warsaw Torwar
Oct 31 -- Germany @ Hamburg Barclaycard Arena
Nov 02 -- Germany @ Cologne Lanxess Arena
Nov 04 -- Germany @ Munich Olympiahalle
Nov 05 -- Germany @ Leipzig Arena
Nov 07 -- Germany @ Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
Nov 08 -- Czech Rep @ Prague Forum Karlin
Nov 10 -- Croatia @ Zagreb Cibona Hall
Nov 11 -- Hungary @ Budapest Sportarena
Nov 13 -- Austria @ Vienna Stadthalle
Nov 15 -- Italy @ Milan Mediolanum Forum
Nov 16 -- Switzerland @ Zurich Hallenstadion
Nov 18 -- France @ Lille Zenith
Nov 19 -- Belgium @ Antwerp Sportpaleis
Nov 21 -- Holland @ Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
Nov 23 -- Germany @ Frankfurt Festhalle
Nov 24 -- Germany @ Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
Nov 26 -- France @ Amneville Galaxie
Nov 28 -- France @ Nantes Zenith Metropole
Nov 29 -- France @ Paris Accorhotels Arena
Dec 02 -- UK @ Glasgow SSE Hydro
Dec 03 -- UK @ Leeds First Direct Arena
Dec 05 -- UK @ Manchester Arena
Dec 06 -- UK @ Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Dec 08 -- UK @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Dec 10 -- Ireland @ Dublin 3Arena
Dec 12 -- UK @ Newport Centre
Dec 14 -- UK @ Brighton Centre
Dec 15 -- UK @ London SSE Wembley Arena

Published March 14th, 2016

New Order are in the U.S. on their brief tour in support of Music Complete. Tonight the band appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, so be sure to tune in!

Tonight New Order will likely perform the single "Singularity," to promote their Singularity remix EP which arrives on March 25th (pushed back from March 18th and expanded to include 8 mixes of "Singularity" and the Tom Rowlands remix of "Tutti Frutti.") Pre-order the Singularity EP from Amazon or New Order's store).



New Order -- U.S. tour

Mar 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
Mar 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Mar 21 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
Mar 23 -- Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore

Published March 14th, 2016

2016/03/13


Eagulls return with their highly anticipated follow up to their 2014 debut this spring. The new album, Ullages, will be released on May 13th.  Guitarist Mark Goldsworthy on the new album:

"There was an idea around the release of the first album that we’re these rowdy lads and we’re not, we’re just into making music...We just wanted to make music that had ups and downs, not one sort of beat, something different but that follows on from the first record. More dynamic, more thoughtful."

Eagulls previously issued two songs from the record; the dazzling Cure-esque epic "Lemontrees" and "My Life In Rewind." Eagulls have now unleashed another impressive new song titled "Skipping," which is available to preview below:



Pre-order Ullages from iTunes, Amazon, and the band's official store.



Published March 13th, 2016

2016/03/10


Garbage announced they'll return with a new studio record titled Strange Little Birds on June 10th. The band unveiled the cover art and tracklisting for their sixth studio album, but so far no details for the first single from the record has been revealed.

Meanwhile Garbage also announced dates for a summer tour of the UK and Europe. Dates are posted here.

For more on Garbage, visit them on FB.

Strange Little Birds tracklisting

01. Sometimes
02. Empty
03. Blackout
04. If I Lost You
05. Night Drive Loneliness
06. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
07. Magnetized
08. We Never Tell
09. So We Can Stay Alive
10. Teaching Little Fingers To Play
11. Amends

Published March 10th, 2016

Foals announced the release of a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day (April 16th). "Rain" is previously unreleased and was recorded during the sessions for the band's magnificent last album, What Went Down. The b-side to "Rain" is a previously unreleased cover of Mark Ronson's "Daffodils." Stream "Rain" below:



Don't miss Foals on tour in North America. The tour includes a May 8th stop at the Fillmore Detroit as part of the 89X Birthday Bash.

Mar 11 -- Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Mar 12 -- Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena
Mar 13 -- Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Arena
Mar 16 -- El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
Mar 18 -- Tulsa, OK @ Cox Arena
Mar 19 -- Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
Mar 20 -- Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall Civic Center
Mar 22 -- Richmond, VA @ Coliseum
Mar 23 -- Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
Mar 25 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
Mar 26 -- Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
Mar 28 -- Buffalo, NY @ First Niagara Center
Mar 30 -- Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Mar 31 -- Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
Apr 01 -- Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
Apr 14 -- Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater
Apr 15 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 17 -- San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
Apr 19 -- Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Apr 20 -- Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Apr 22 -- Indio, CA @ Coachella
Apr 24 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Apr 26 -- Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Apr 27 -- Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Apr 29 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
Apr 30 -- Dallas, TX @ Edgefest
May 02 -- Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
May 04 -- Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre
May 05 -- St Paul, MN @ Myth
May 06 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
May 08 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
May 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 10 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 12 -- Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
May 14 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 16 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 17 -- Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center
May 18 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 20 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Ponte Verde Concert Hall
May 21 -- Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
Jul 22 -- Oro-Medonte, Ontario @ WayHome Festival
Jul 23 -- New York, NY @ Panorama Festival
Jul 31 -- Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga Festival

Published March 10th, 2016

Bob Mould is set to release his new album Patch The Sky on March 25th. Earlier this year he premiered the first song "Voices In My Head," and now he's debuted the intense and smoldering track "The End Of Things." Stream below:



Pre-order Patch The Sky from iTunes, Amazon, and Bob's official store.

Besides the new album, fans have even more to look forward to -- a live Mould record and (free) fan zine will be released on April 16th aka Record Store Day. Though the release isn't listed on the RSD website yet, the following info about the release was posted by Merge (Mould's label):

"In addition, we will celebrate the career of Bob Mould with our very first zine! It features an introductory essay by Michael Azerrad plus personal stories, artwork, and photos submitted by Bob Mould fans from around the world. The zine also includes a CD of Bob’s 2014 full-band live session for Chicago radio station WXRT. Support your local record shop and pick up your free copy on April 16th."

Meanwhile, Hüsker Dü's second single "In A Free Land," which was released in 1982 and has been LONG out of print, will be reissued as a limited edition 7" single on April 16th for Record Store Day. Like the original pressing, the single will be backed with "What Do I Want," and "M.I.C." Details on the release are posted here.



Bob Mould launches his North American tour next month. Catch him if you can!

Bob Mould -- North American tour

Apr 20 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Apr 22 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 23 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 26 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Apr 27 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 29 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Apr 30 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
May 01 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 03 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
May 04 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
May 06 Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 07 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
May 10 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
May 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 14 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
May 15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Published March 10th, 2016

Iggy Pop returns with a new studio album Post Pop Depression on March 18th. The record, which features Josh Homme, Dean Fertita, and Matt Helders is now available to stream below via NPR.


Pre-order Post Pop Depression from iTunes, Amazon, and Pop's merch store.

Don't miss Iggy on tour this spring. It should be noted that the first leg of the tour, which includes the April 7th stop at the Fox Theatre, is the ONLY run of dates to include Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Matt Helders as Iggy's backup band.



Iggy Pop -- North American tour

03/28 -- Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
03/29 -- Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
03/31 -- San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
04/02 -- Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
04/04 -- Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium
04/06 -- Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
04/07 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
04/09 -- Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
04/11 -- Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
04/12 -- New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
04/15 -- Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
04/19 -- Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach
04/28 -- Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre

Published March 10th, 2016

2016/03/02


James return with the new studio album Girl At The End Of The World on March 18th. The band just debuted the official video for the album's first single "Nothing But Love," and much like the band's video for "Moving On" (from 2014's Le Petite Mort), the new video is captivating, tender, and brilliant. Watch below (and perhaps have some Kleenex at the ready):



Girl At The End Of The World is available to pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, or the band's official webstore.

Read more about Girl At The End Of The World here.



Published March 2nd, 2016

The outstanding NYC indie-pop band Drowners announced they'll return with their second studio album On Desire June 24th. The follow up to their short but oh-so-sweet 2014 self-titled debut includes 10 tracks and will be released on CD, DAD, and white vinyl. Stream the first track from the album "Cruel Ways" below and pre-order On Desire from iTunes, Amazon, and the band's official store.



If you haven't had the pleasure, be sure to check out Drowners' debut album.



Published March 2nd, 2016

2016/03/01


Operators, the post-punk/electro project featuring Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade, is about to release its supremely awesome debut album Blue Wave on April 1st.  The album is a tasty slice of electro-pop New Order-ish heaven -- check out the first single, "Cold Light" featuring some very Hooky-esque bass grooves:



Operators shared the album's exquisite title track today. Enjoy below:



Blue Wave will be released on CD, DAD, and white vinyl on April 1st.  Pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, or the band's webstore.

Check out Operators on tour in North America this spring if they're coming through your city. Here's live video of Operators shot by KEXP last November in Iceland:



Operators -- North American tour

Mar 28 -- Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Mar 29 -- Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mar 30 -- Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
Apr 01 -- Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Apr 03 -- Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Apr 04 -- Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Apr 05 -- Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
Apr 06 -- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 08 -- San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall SF
Apr 09 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
Apr 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Apr 11 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Apr 13 -- Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
Apr 14 -- Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Apr 15 -- Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower
Apr 16 -- New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Apr 17 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Apr 19 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
Apr 21 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
Apr 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Apr 23 -- Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs

Published March 1st, 2016

M83 returns with the highly anticipated new album Junk on April 8th. Today the band debuted the first single "Do It Try It," plus shared the tracklisting for the full album. [Normally tracklisting reveals aren't too exciting, however with titles like "Bibi The Dog," "The Wizard," and "Sunday Night 1987," it sure does make M83 fans (or at least me) even more amped to hear the new album.] Stream "Do It, Try It" and view the tracklisting below. Junk is available to pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, and the official M83 store.



Junk tracklist

01. Do It, Try It
02. Go!
03. Walkway Blues
04. Bibi The Dog
05. Moon Crystal
06. For The Kids
07. Solitude
08. The Wizard
09. Laser Gun
10. Road Blaster
11. Tension
12. Atlantique Sud
13. Time Wind
14. Ludivine
15. Sunday Night 1987

M83 North American tour

Apr 06 -- New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre
Apr 08 -- Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Apr 09 -- Houston, TX - TBD
Apr 10 -- Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
Apr 12 -- Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Apr 13 -- Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Apr 15 -- Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Apr 16 -- Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
Apr 17 -- Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Apr 22 -- Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Apr 23 -- Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club
Apr 25 -- Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr 26 -- Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Apr 27 -- Missoula, MT - The Wilma
Apr 29 -- Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
Apr 30 -- Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle Event Centre
May 28 -- George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
May 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT - The Great Saltair
May 31 -- Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun 01 -- Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Jun 03 -- Columbus, OH - Express Live!
Jun 04 -- New York, NY - The Governors Ball Music Festival
Jun 06 -- Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Jun 07 -- Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Jun 08 -- Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Jun 11 -- Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
Jun 12 -- Richmond, VA - The National
Jun 14 -- Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Jun 15 -- Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
Jun 16 -- Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 23/24 -- Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival (West Riverfront Park)

Published March 1st, 2016




Last week Richard Ashcroft debuted an uplifting new single "This Is How It Feels," from his forthcoming solo album These People.  Ashcroft recently revealed to BBC Radio 6 host Steve Lamacq that the single is about resilience, and is intended to help lead people out of the darkness.

"Instead of celebrating those dark moments and lead people into them, I want to give a feeling that leads them out through this madness, through that gap between the screen and reality and the real stuff, the human emotion."

Ashcroft says he used a "palette of different instruments" to create These People and describes the album as full of "pretty powerful songs" that are "more of the timeless nature," yet still forge ahead into the future.

Though fans haven't heard much from Ashcroft lately, he's very motivated and dedicated to creating music and performing live:

"It's only the start I think, I've been away for a few years. I've done the odd gig but I'm really excited now and hungry to progress and hopefully take it to a great level where everyone's happy and can come and see me live and we can celebrate life."

Today Ashcroft debuted the official video for "This Is How It Feels" which is available to stream below.

These People is set for a May 20th release in the U.K. and Europe. So far a North American release hasn't been announced, but fans can pre-order the import through Amazon and Ashcroft's official store.



Published March 1st, 2016