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New Order's epic and iconic Substance turns 30 years old today. The classic album, released August 17th, 1987, is a superb collection of the band's definitive 12" singles and is an essential piece in New Order's remarkable and distinguished catalog. Substance is an extraordinary album from front to back. It is perfect. There is no filler, there is no "skip" track; everything is in its right place.

The idea for Substance was conceived by Factory kingpin Tony Wilson, who wanted all of New Order's singles on one CD so he could rock out while driving his snazzy new sports car. At that point, none of New Order's singles were available on CD format, and only a couple of songs ("The Perfect Kiss," "Sub-Culture") appeared on their studio albums; (let's be honest here, the versions of "The Perfect Kiss" and "Sub-Culture" that appeared on Low-Life paled in comparison to the 12" versions, and let's not get started on the brutally chopped up versions that appear on various greatest hits collections).

Though most of the versions included on Substance were previously issued, not every track was the original 12" mix: New Order went into the studio in May of 1987 to re-record "Confusion" and "Temptation"; an edited version of "Sub-Culture" appears on all formats; and 40 seconds of "The Perfect Kiss" was edited out for space on CD (the full glorious and epic 12" appears on the LP edition).

One new song appeared on Substance -- "True Faith," which was released as a 12" in July of 1987 backed with the b-side "1963." The iconic video for "True Faith" enjoyed a ton of radio and MTV airplay, and was a massive hit in the U.S. This propelled sales of Substance and earned New Order legions of new and passionate fans.

The CD and some cassette versions of Substance included a bonus disc of material -- Substance Disc 2 -- which collected the b-sides to the 12" singles along with the instrumental "Murder." The disc also includes a legendary "Mesh" tracklisting error which continues to haunt New Order to this day.

"Mesh" and "Cries And Whispers" both appeared as b-sides on 1981's "Everything's Gone Green," but the tracks were listed in the wrong order on some of the 12" editions. Years later the tracklisting error followed New Order onto Substance: "Mesh" was listed as track 3 on Disc 2, however in reality "Cries And Whispers" is the song that really appears as track 3, leading to a whole lot of confusion still to this day.

Substance is peak New Order. New Order have released many seminal, iconic, and influential albums, but no release ever captured the intensity, magic, brilliance, and beauty of New Order quite like Substance. This distinguished record stands alone and is the crown jewel in New Order's illustrious catalog.

Viva Substance!

Published August 17th, 2017


Noel Gallagher announced he's headlining Manchester Arena's reopening show September 9th. The venue reopens with We Are Manchester, a benefit concert to honor those impacted by the events of the May 22nd attack. All profits from the concert will benefit the Manchester Memorial Fund, which aims to establish a permanent memorial for the victims.

Noel Gallagher was unable to attend the One Love Manchester benefit on June 4th, but donated proceeds from "Don't Look Back In Anger" to the victims and families impacted by the attack.

Gallagher returns with his third studio album in November.

Published August 16th, 2017

Detroit's Protomartyr return with their fourth studio album Relatives In Descent on September 29th. The band previously issued the single "A Private Understanding" and now they've premiered a new single titled "My Children." Stream below and pre-order here.

Protomartyr previous revealed Relatives In Descent isn't a concept record, however there is a running theme:

"The unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing. This, at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality."

Don't miss Protomartyr's massive record release party aboard the Detroit Princess on September 22nd. Metz, Adult., Preoccupations, and Tyvek are also coming along for the ride! Grab tickets here.

Published August 16th, 2017

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark are set to release their new album The Punishment Of Luxury on September 1st. They appeared on BBC Radio 2 a few days ago for a live sesssion, during which they paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of the classic "Heroes." Watch how it went down below.

The Punishment Of Luxury arrives September 1st and is available to pre-order here.

Published August 16th, 2017


L7's highly anticipated documentary L7: Pretend We're Dead is set to be released worldwide October 13th on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. The film, produced by Blue Hats Creative, will also exclusively screen in select cities this fall starting September 1st.

L7: Pretend We're Dead tells the story of the influential band's 20 year history and includes previously unseen raw performances, interviews, and personal home video. The documentary also features interviews with Exene Cervenka, Lydia Lunch, Joan Jett, Shirley Manson, Louise Post, Brody Dalle, Allison Robertson, and more.

View the screening dates below. For more on L7: Pretend We're Dead, visit the official site here.

L7: Pretend We're Dead -- Screening dates

Sep 01 -- Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater
Sep 08 -- Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Sep 08 -- Chicago, IL @ The Vic/Brew & View
Sep 08 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 09 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 10 -- Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
Sep 12 -- Long Beach, CA @ Art Theatre
Sep 14 -- Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
Sep 15 -- Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
Sep 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Sep 17 -- Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse
Sep 19 -- Washington DC @ The Black Cat
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie
Oct 05 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Nitehawk Cinema

L7 - tour dates

Sep 26 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Sep 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

Published August 15th, 2017


Liam Gallagher is appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. Tune in tonight and check back tomorrow to stream the archive of the performance.

UPDATE (8/15): Gallagher performed his new single "For What It's Worth" along with "Wall Of Glass" - watch the performance below:

Meanwhile Gallagher has gone on a tweeting binge about Lee Mavers of The La's. Enjoy the outburst below.

Published August 14th, 2017

It's Monday, which means The Smiths have unleashed a previously unreleased live song from their vaults in celebration of their forthcoming The Queen Is Dead expanded reissues. Today they've shared an epic live version of "I Know It's Over" recorded live in 1986. Stream below or on Spotify.

Fans are encouraged to post memories of The Queen Is Dead and/or The Smiths on social media with a fitting hashtag (for example, #TQID2017) for inclusion on The Queen Is Dead official tribute site. View the page here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th. All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Published August 14th, 2017


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode 19: Shroud Of Betrayal

Rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. Today's episode features music from New Order, Executive Slacks, The Breeders, Republica, Happy Mondays, Sugarcubes, David Bowie, Bauhaus, The Ocean Blue, The Cure, and so much more.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.

Music news stories from the past week:

Poptone (Daniel Ash + Kevin Haskins) announce U.S. tour; play Detroit
cEvin Key unearths rare Skinny Puppy studio footage
Recording of New Order's 1983 Chicago show surfaces
Vicky Cornell speaks about her husband's death, fulfilling his mission
Liam Gallagher issues "apology" song from As You Were
Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion limited edition LP
Afghan Whigs vinyl reissues land in September
Video: Dinosaur Jr full Pickathon set
Swervedriver launch campaign for 6th studio LP
The Smiths share previously unreleased "Frankly Mr. Shankly"
Remembering Tony Wilson
The Smiths "Girlfriend In A Coma" turns 30

Published August 13th, 2017


Poptone, the new project featuring Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, debuted in April and are back on the road the week playing shows on the east coast. The pair, rounded out with Haskins' daughter Diva on bass, have been playing a packed set of songs featuring classics from their previous bands: Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, and Love And Rockets. Ash recently revealed that the idea to reunite with Haskins wand revisit their catalog was kind of a Spinal Tap moment -- the idea came to him after waking up to Motorhead's "Ace Of Spades." He told NPR:

"I'm not a massive Motorhead fan. I just knew the singles, to be honest...it was blasting at 4 in the morning and I had this realization. This is hilarious, that cliché about getting the band back together, it was very Spinal Tap I suppose but whatever. And I just thought ‘Am I drunk? What’s going on? I’ve not been wanting to do this for a decade.’ But this thing seemed completely right at that moment in time. Boom. Lemmy, the ‘Ace of Spades.’ Who would have thought that song would have gotten me back out on the road?"

Poptone recently announced a new string of North American tour dates, and this time they're coming to Detroit. Don't miss Poptone at the Majestic Theater on September 23rd. Tickets are on sale now. View the full tour itinerary below:

Poptone -- North American tour

Aug 11 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
Aug 12 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Sep 22 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
Sep 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
Sep 24 -- Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
Sep 28 -- London, ON @ London Music Hall
Sep 29 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 30 -- Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre Theatre
Oct 01 -- Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
Nov 25 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov 26 -- Memphis, TN @ New Daisy
Nov 29 -- Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov 30 -- Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Dec 01 -- Orlando, FL @ Beacham
Dec 03 -- Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Dec 05 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
Dec 07 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Dec 08 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Dec 10 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees

Published August 11th, 2017


The Smiths "Girlfriend In A Coma" was released thirty years ago today. The single was the first taste of the band's final studio album Strangeways Here We Come, which would later follow in September of that year.

The single (or really, one of the single's b-sides) played an important role in shaping music history because it was yet another source of frustration for Johnny Marr, who at this point was beyond disgruntled with the Smiths and had had enough. Marr was cool with the b-side "I Keep Mine Hidden," but he detested the other b-side, a cover of Cilla Black's "Work Is A Four Letter Word" and fought to keep it off the release. He famously lost that battle, and as mounting tensions within the band became too much for him to deal with, he decided to go on holiday to Los Angeles to get away from it all. He never returned to the Smiths, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Also: Fans of The Smiths should head over to Glorious Noise to check out some shots of the legendary Shelagh Delaney.

Published August 10th, 2017

Tony Wilson, television personality, founder of Factory Records and The Haçienda, died ten years ago today (August 10th, 2007)at the age of 57. Wilson introduced the U.K. -- and the world -- to incredible bands through his television programs and Factory Records. He influenced music in countless ways, and the world is an infinitely better place for it. Keep the legend in your thoughts today and enjoy some video in his memory.

Begin with The Way We Were - a BBC documentary hosted by Tony Wilson featuring performances from various TV shows he hosted over the years. Includes performances from Joy Division, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Buzzcocks, XTC, Magazine, The Clash, and more.

Published August 10th, 2017

Liam Gallagher premiered another single from his forthcoming debut solo album. "For What It's Worth" is the third track Gallagher has issued, and it's decidedly the most Beatles/Oasis-ish of the bunch. Gallagher reveals the song is an apology:

"I wanted to write an apology...Not to one person, but to everyone, because I'm no good at saying sorry. That song is a tune."

Check out "For What It's Worth" below:

Gallagher's full length album As You Were arrives October 6th and is available to pre-order on LP (standard black and limited edition white), CD, and digital download; a deluxe edition on CD & digital download adds three extra songs (15 total). A limited edition box set with 12" vinyl, CD, bonus etched 7", art print, hardcover book, and more is also available. Check out all the options here.

Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Nov 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
Nov 18 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic
Nov 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 21 -- Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
Nov 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Nov 25 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Nov 27 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 29 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Published August 10th, 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Screaming Trees' breakthrough album Sweet Oblivion. In celebration of the milestone, the album will be re-issued on limited edition yellow (flaming) vinyl on September 15th through Crash Records. The release is limited to 1500 copies and is available to pre-order (as an import) from the official store here.

Note: this reissue of Sweet Oblivion appears to be identical to the exclusive yellow vinyl edition Newbury Comics is currently selling (U.S. pressing, limited to 1000 copies).

Meanwhile, Mark Lanegan will be touring the U.S. in support of his latest offering Gargoyle. The tour rolls through Detroit August 21st at El Club and tickets are available here.

Mark Lanegan -- U.S. tour

Aug 16 -- Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Aug 17 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Aug 18 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy
Aug 19 -- Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Aug 21 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Aug 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Aug 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Aug 25 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Aug 27 -- San Francisco @ The Independent
Aug 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Aug 29 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Published August 10th, 2017


Afghan Whigs announced their first three releases on Sub Pop -- Up In It, Congregation, and Uptown Avondale EP -- will be released on vinyl in September. This is incredible news for Whigs' fans, as the two full players have been out of print for several years, and Uptown Avondale was never issued on vinyl in North America.

All three records will be pressed on 180 gm black vinyl (Congregation on double LP with gatefold packaging), plus special edition Sub Pop Loser editions will also be available: Up In It on transparent blue vinyl with white swirl; Congregation on transparent red vinyl with white swirl; and Uptown Avondale on silver metallic vinyl.

The releases will be available through Sub Pop starting September 8th and in retail stores on September 22nd. Limited copies will be available at the merch booth on the Afghan Whigs' upcoming North American tour.

Don't miss Afghan Whigs on the road in North America this fall in support of their new album In Spades. Tickets for all the show on the tour are on sale now. View the tour itinerary below:

Afghan Whigs -- North American tour

Sep 06 -- Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sep 07 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sep 08 -- Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
Sep 09 -- Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Sep 11 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Sep 12 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 14 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
Sep 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Sep-18 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Sep 21 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
Sep 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 23 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 24 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
Sep 26 -- Detroit, MI @ St Andrew's Hall
Sep 28 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Sep 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit IN
Sep 30 -- Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Oct 12 -- San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
Oct 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
Oct 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Oct 16 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 17 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Oct 18 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Oct 19 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Oct 21 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Oct 22 -- Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Oct 24 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Oct 25 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct 26 -- Houston, TX @ Heights Theater
Oct 27-29 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival

Published August 9th, 2017

The mighty Swervedriver are back in action working on a new studio album which is expected out in 2018. Today the legendary Oxford band launched a campaign on Pledge Music for what will be their sixth studio album. Several pledging items are available ranging from promo items, signed merch, test pressings, and handwritten lyric sheets to majorly exclusive items like a Skype session, playing Scrabble online with Adam Franklin, a signed guitar, custom Swerve guitar pedal, and a private show!

Watch the band's highly entertaining pledge video and take a look at the pre-order options here.

Meanwhile Swervedriver are hitting the road in North America where they'll perform their first two albums -- Raise and Mezcal Head -- in full each night. Tickets for all the shows are on sale now.

Swervedriver -- North American tour

Sep 07 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Sep 08 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Sep 09 -- Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sep 10 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep 11 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sep 12 -- Washington D.C. @ Black Cat
Sep 14 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Sep 15 -- Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sep 16 -- Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sep 17 -- New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Sep 18 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Sep 19 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten Austin City Limits Live
Sep 21 -- Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Sep 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sep 23 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
Sep 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Published August 9th, 2017


A rare New Order recording from 1983 has seen light of day. The June 30th, 1983 gig at Cabaret Metro (now The Metro) in Chicago is one of two New Order shows widely considered to be the "holy grail" of lost New Order recordings (the other being New Order's first live gig July 30th, 1980 at The Beach Club in Manchester). No recording of the Chicago show was thought to exist for years, however one has emerged 34 years later.

The show took place on one of the hottest days ever recorded in Chicago -- 118 degrees Fahrenheit -- and the heat took a toll on the band and caused some technical drama, as Peter Hook detailed in his latest book Substance: Inside New Order:

"One of the hottest gigs I have ever done. It was so hot the fold-back engineer went out and bought a thermometer to measure it - 118 degrees Fahrenheit! The thermal cutouts on my Amcron DC330A's amplifiers (set at 120 degrees) kept shutting down and turning themselves off and on...the owner Joe Shanahan promised us he would fit air conditioning in for the next time we played and he did."

Despite all the issues that evening, the band performed at least 10 songs in the intense heat. Rumors swirled over the years regarding the setlist -- some fans claimed Joy Division songs were played; another prevailing rumor was that an acoustic version of "Blue Monday" was performed. However unless this material was edited out of this recording for some reason, it appears that these have proven to be unfounded rumors.

As for the particulars of how the recording emerged: A few months ago an individual contacted Analog Loyalist -- the audio genius who has previously shared remasters of vintage live material from Joy Division, New Order, and more. After communicating electronically with the anonymous source, AI met up with the individual who possessed the recording and was given a first generation copy. AI then refined the audio somewhat and posted it up on his website, Dime, and We Transfer.

NOTE: The file on We Transfer will remain active for a limited time (through Friday, August 12th). After that fans have been encouraged to pay it forward by providing a new link on We Transfer. Visit Analog Loyalist's website for more details, links, etc.

Stream the vintage recording below via Slicing Up Eyeballs

01. Confusion 0:00
02. Chosen Time 6:26
03. The Village 10:55
04. Truth 15:45
05. Leave Me Alone 20:37
06. Your Silent Face 27:35
07. Denial 33:45
08. Age Of Consent 39:04
09. Ceremony 44:35
10. In A Lonely Place 48:46

Published August 8th, 2017

cEvin Key unearthed rare footage of Skinny Puppy in the studio creating the final mix of "Hexonxonx" at Vancouver Studios. The amazing 1989 video is a rare glimpse into the production wizardry of Key, Dave Rave Ogilvie, and Alien Jourgensen; Jello Biafra, who named the track and assistant Marc Ramaer can also be seen in the video. Check it out here.

"Hexonxonx" was released on Skinny Puppy's 1989 album Rabies. Besides helping out with production, Jourgensen is featured on the album (guitar and vocals).

Meanwhile, Key's project The Tear Garden which also features Edward Ka-Spel of Legendary Pink Dots released a trippy brand new album titled The Brown Acid Caveat plus a new career-spanning compilation Eye Spy Vol. 2, which collects unreleased tracks, demos, rewritten and original material. Both releases are available from Metropolis Records.

Published August 8th, 2017

Dinosaur Jr performed at Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon on August 6th. The band's pro-shot hour-long set (taken from the webstream) is available to view below via Freak Scene.


The Lung
Goin Down
Lost All Day
In a Jar
Love Is...
Just Like Heaven
Feel the Pain
Start Choppin
Freak Scene
Training Ground

Published August 8th, 2017

It's August 8th -- celebrate this important date with 808 State!

Published August 8th, (aka 8/08) 2017


It's Monday, which means The Smiths have unleashed a previously unreleased live song from their vaults in celebration of their forthcoming The Queen Is Dead expanded reissues. This week they shared a recording of "Frankly, Mr. Shankly," which was captured live at the Performing Arts Center, in Milwaukee on August 16th 1986. Like last week's rarity, the recording will not be included on the expanded editions of The Queen Is Dead.

Stream below, plus head over to The Queen Is Dead site to view fan tributes and more. Fans are encouraged to participate by posting Smiths memories on social media with a fitting hashtag (for example, #TQID2017).

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th. All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Published August 7th, 2017


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode 18: Disavow

Rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. Today episode features classic alternative tracks from Skinny Puppy, Fugazi, Trashcan Sinatras, The The, David Bowie, The Smiths, and more.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.

Music news stories from the past week:

Trashcan Sinatras announce 30th anniversary acoustic tour
The Verve's Nick McCabe + Pete Salisbury reunite -- watch video of full set
Gary Numan premieres "What God Intended"
Liam Gallagher bails on Lollapalooza
The Smiths launch The Queen Is Dead tribute website
Nine Inch Nails Panorama Festival archive
The Dream Syndicate unleash new single
Members of James join Peter Hook for "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Dischord Records' catalog now available to stream on Bandcamp
Richard Ashcroft talks Urban Hymns; Nick McCabe + Pete Salisbury reunite
Liam Gallagher live session/Wonderwall

Published August 6th, 2017

Nick McCabe and Pete Salisbury of The Verve reunited and performed together for the first time in 10 years last Sunday at the Kendal Calling festival. The reunited members, joined by Martin Blunt (of Charlatans) and vocalist Denise Johnson, ripped through a four song set. Previously a snippet of fan-filmed video made the rounds online, however now video of the full amazing performance has appeared on You Tube.

Check it out below via Tim Burgess:

Published August 6th, 2017


The young Steven Patrick Morrissey fired off a review of Depeche Mode's August 5th, 1981 show at Rafters in Manchester. His scathing take was later published in the British weekly 'zine Record Mirror. It's not quite as legendary as his shot at the Ramones, but it's a fun Mozzer read nonetheless.

View the archive below via Dave Haslam:

"Depeche Mode may not be the most remarkably boring group ever to walk the face of the earth, but they're certainly in the running. Their sophisticated nonsense succeeds only in emphasising just how hilariously unimaginative they really are.

At once we recognise four coiffured Barry White's (a nauseating version); "cain't git enough of your lerve" they profess too dull to be even boring. They ressurect every murderously monotous cliche known to modern man, and "New Life" looms a nothing more than a bland jelly-baby. Still, the man from "Jackie" was impressed knowing that, at least, these boys have nice hair. And the converyor belt moves along.

Ludus, plainly wishing they were elsewhere, hammered out a passionate set to an audience possibly hand-picked for their tone deafness. But Ludus like to wallow in other people's depravities and therefore their music offers everything to everyone. Linder was born singing and has more imagination than Depeche Mode could ever hope for. Still, Depeche Mode get the Jackie spread.

No justice!"

Cold Cave announced a handful of live dates, which includes a stop in Detroit. Don't miss the glorious darkwave action October 1st at El Club. Detroit's amazing Ritual Howls opens up several dates on the tour, including the Detroit show. Grab tickets here.

Cold Cave -- U.S. tour

Sep 24 -- Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse (w/Peaking Lights, Joe Cardamone's Holy War)
Sep 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Cold Waves Festival
Sep 30 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (w/ Drab Majesty & Ritual Howls)
Oct 01 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club (w/ Ritual Howls)
Oct 02 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (w/Ritual Howls)
Oct 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Cloak & Dagger Festival

Published August 5th, 2017


Gary Numan is poised to return with his new studio album Savage: Songs From A Broken World on September 15th. He's previously released the single and video for the lead track "My Name Is Ruin," and now he's unveiled a brand new song titled "What God Intended." Stream the audio for the track below and check out the pre-order options for the album here.

Numan previously revealed the 10 track studio album was produced by Ade Fenton and has an apocalyptic theme:

"Savage: Songs Of A Broken World is set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so, and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it.

"The songs are about the things people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment. It's about a desperate need to survive and do they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there."

Gary Numan - North American tour

Nov 15 -- San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Nov 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Nov 17 -- Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 19 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Nov 21 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 22 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Nov 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
Nov 24 -- Calgary, AL @ Commonwealth
Nov 26 -- Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
Nov 28 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov 30 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Dec 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Dec 04 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Dec 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Dec 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Street
Dec 09 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Dec 11 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade/Heaven Stage
Dec 12 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/IN
Dec 14 -- Dallas, TX @ Trees
Dec 15 -- Houston, TX @ The Mohawk

Published August 4th, 2017


Liam Gallagher bailed on his supposed hourlong Lollapalooza set after only 4 songs. Some in attendance suggested that a fan's "I Love Noel" sign upset the legend enough to make him leave, but  Liam himself later offered up his own explanation on Twitter: he wrecked his voice last night at his headline show at Park West.

Liam's early departure shouldn't be all that surprising to long time Oasis fans, but still.

Way to conquer America, Morrissey.

UPDATE (8/6): Our kid has "a shoulder full of chips" again, so apparently no worries (?!?)

Video from the show at Park West that "fucked" Liam's voice:

Published August 3rd, 2017
Updated August 6th, 2017

Last year Trashcan Sinatras released their excellent 6th studio album Wild Pendulum, then toured the U.S. in support of the record. Today they announced that in celebration of their 30th anniversary they'll head out on the road as a three piece for a career-spanning acoustic tour.

On each stop of the All Night With The Trashcan Sinatras tour (excluding the NYC date), Frank Reader, Paul Livingston, and Paul Douglas will perform two unique sets featuring beloved/well-known songs as well as covers, obscurities, songs they've never performed live, and songs they'll likely never again play live. Over the course of the tour every song they've released and recorded will be performed (the set list will vary from show to show -- they will not be playing 100 songs each night!)

All Night With The Trashcan Sinatras includes a Detroit area stop at the Magic Bag in Ferndale on October 8th. Tickets go on sale August 7th at 10am. View the full itinerary below and catch up with Trashcan Sinatras here.

Frank Reader:

"Now that we've reached a century of songs it feels like a good time to meet up with them all again, like a high school reunion...Those songs whose love and friendship we've nourished over the years will no doubt turn up most nights and show us why we've remained so close over the years, but it'll be most interesting to see how those with whom we've lost touch have aged."

John Douglas:

"We will be playing some songs live that we have never attempted before, so in some ways, it's a tightrope walk for us. But, these songs are what we have done with our lives, so I accept the challenge and will try to not look down."

Paul Livingston:

"Touring with no rhythm section means you have to take your cues more from the vocal. You can bend time and create space for the emotion of the song to come through."

Trashcan Sinatras -- U.S. tour

Sep 27 -- Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Sep 28 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ The Sain
Sep 30 -- Highland Lakes, NJ @ Seckler Stage
Oct 01 -- New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
Oct 03 -- Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom
Oct 04 -- New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
Oct 06 -- Cleveland, OH @ Winchester Music Tavern
Oct 08 -- Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
Oct 09 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 11 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Oct 12 -- St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Oct 14 -- Kansas City, MO @ Gospel Lounge
Oct 16 -- Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Oct 17 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro
Oct 19 -- Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey
Oct 20 -- Portland, OR @ Dante's
Oct 23 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Oct 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Largo
Oct 29 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten
Oct 31 -- Nashville, TN @ Blue Bar
Nov 01 -- Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
Nov 02 -- Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse

Published August 3rd, 2017

An updated list of upcoming shows coming through the Detroit area


Aug 04 -- Retro Futura @ Meadow Brook
Aug 06 -- Fleet Foxes @ Masonic Temple
Aug 11 -- Mew @ Magic Stick
Aug 17 -- Yestival (Yes w/ Todd Rundgren) @ DTE
Aug 21 -- Mark Lanegan Band @ El Club
Aug 22 -- Atlas Genius @ Blind Pig
Aug 25 -- DSO performs The Music of Prince @ Meadow Brook
Aug 26 -- The Alarm ft Mike Peters @ Magic Bag
Aug 27 -- Depeche Mode @ DTE


Sep 01 -- B-52's @ Arts Beats Eats
Sep 03 -- U2 w/ Beck @ Ford Field
Sep 11 -- Sextile @ El Club
Sep 11 -- Strand Of Oaks @ The Loving Touch
Sep 13 -- Liars @ El Club
Sep 15 -- Adam Ant @ Sound Board
Sep 16 -- X @ El Club
Sep 16 -- The Toasters @ The Loving Touch
Sep 17 -- Wire @ El Club
Sep 18 -- Gorillaz @ Fox Theatre
Sep 19 -- Father John Misty @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 22 -- Protomartyr wsg Preoccupations, Adult., Metz, Tyvek @ Detroit Princess
Sep 22 -- VNV Nation @ The Shelter
Sep 22 -- The Get Up Kids @ Blind Pig
Sep 23 -- Electric Six @ St. Andrew's Hall
Sep 24 -- Stiff Little Fingers @ Magic Stick
Sep 26 -- Afghan Whigs @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Sep 26 -- Quicksand @ El Club
Sep 26 -- The Cranberries @ Fillmore Detroit (canceled, refunds at point of purchase)
Sep 28 -- Lords Of Acid @ Saint Andrew's Hall


Oct 01 -- Cold Cave @ El Club
Oct 01 -- Paul McCartney @ Little Caesars Arena
Oct 02 -- Paul McCartney @ Little Caesars Arena
Oct 05 -- The Church @ Magic Stick
Oct 05 -- Future Islands @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 06 -- Pixies @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 06 -- Deadmau5 @ Caesars Windsor
Oct 07 -- Zola Jesus @ El Club
Oct 08 -- Trashcan Sinatras (acoustic) @ Magic Bag
Oct 08 -- The National @ Masonic Temple
Oct 08 -- Frankie Rose @ UFO Factory***
Oct 09 -- Atlas Genius @ The Shelter
Oct 11 -- Paul Weller @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 11 -- Phoenix @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 22 -- Chelsea Wolfe w/Youth Code @ El Club
Oct 23 -- Ministry w/ Death Grips @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 -- Wolf Parade @ The Crofoot
Oct 25 -- Boris @ El Club
Oct 27 -- Ben Folds @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 27 -- Mutemath @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 29 -- Ariel Pink @ El Club
Oct 30 -- Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 31 -- Tori Amos @ Michigan Theater


Nov 01 -- The Breeders @ Magic Stick
Nov 01 -- Arcade Fire @ Windsor Credit Family Union Centre
Nov 03 -- LCD Soundsystem @ Masonic Temple
Nov 04 -- LCD Soundsystem @ Masonic Temple
Nov 04 -- Japandroids W/ Cloud Nothings @ Majestic
Nov 04 -- Lee Ranaldo @ El Club
Nov 04 -- Alvvays @ Magic Stick
Nov 07 -- Luna @ Magic Stick
Nov 07 -- Elbow @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Nov 07 -- The Shins @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 08 -- Slowdive @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 11 -- HIM @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 14 -- St. Vincent @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 15 -- Kamasi Washington @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 15 -- Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Tour @ Fox Theatre
Nov 16 -- Mountain Goats @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 17 -- Queens Of The Stone Age @ Fox Theatre
Nov 17 -- Jr Jr @ El Club
Nov 17 -- Pere Ubu @ Magic Bag
Nov 17 -- Bruce Cockburn @ The Ark
Nov 18 -- She Wants Revenge @ Majestic Theater
Nov 18 -- Jr Jr @ El Club
Nov 21 -- A Perfect Circle @ Fox Theatre
Nov 22 -- King Crimson @ Michigan Theater
Nov 26 -- Squeeze @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 28 -- Grizzly Bear @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 30 -- Gary Numan @ St. Andrew's Hall


Dec 01 -- Chad VanGaalen @ El Club
Dec 03 -- Mogwai @ Majestic Theatre


Jan 15 -- The Killers @ Masonic

MAY 2018

May 03 -- Peter Hook @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

***UFO Factory has been condemned by the City of Detroit and is currently closed. UFO Factory will be making an announcement regarding the status of the shows scheduled at the venue shortly

Published August 3rd, 2017
Updated August 5th, 2017


Liam Gallagher appeared on SiriusXM July 31st to perform his new single "Wall Of Glass" along with the Oasis classic "Wonderwall." Before singing "Wonderwall" he got a dig into his brother, comparing Noel's version of the beloved song to Dolly Parton. Watch Liam's performance below and since he threw down the gauntlet, compare his version of "Wonderwall" to Noel's.

Liam Gallagher is set to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd.

UPDATE: Gallagher's set (taped, not live) will stream Friday, August 4th at 6:45 pm ET. View the full streaming schedule here.

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Published August 2nd, 2017


The Smiths have launched a website celebrating the forthcoming The Queen Is Dead expanded reissues. The Smiths will be using the site to unveil a previously unreleased live song every Monday leading up to the October 20th release of the reissues. The site also includes a tribute page for each song on the seminal album and fans are encouraged to participate in sharing their memories of each song using #TQID on social media.

The first live recording in the series has premiered which is a recording of "The Queen Is Dead" captured live at Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills on 28th August, 1986. Stream the track below and view the tribute page for the legendary title track here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th. All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Note: This previously unreleased live version of "The Queen Is Dead" will not be included on any of the forthcoming reissues.

Published August 1st, 2017

Protomartyr, Metz, Adult., Preoccupations, and Tyvek are all playing a show together September 22nd aboard the Detroit Princess. You read that right -- you'll cruise on the Detroit River enjoying all sorts of insane awesomeness on ONE BILL!

The show serves as a record release party for Protomartyr's new album Relatives In Descent which arrives September 29th (pre-order the album here).

Grab tickets here.

Published August 1st, 2017

The Smiths have launched a website celebrating the forthcoming The Queen Is Dead expanded reissues. The Smiths will be using the site to unveil a previously unreleased live song every Monday leading up to the October 20th release of the reissues. The site also includes a tribute page for each song on the seminal album and fans are encouraged to participate in sharing their memories of each song using #TQID on social media.

The first live recording in the series has premiered which is a recording of "The Queen Is Dead" captured live at Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills on 28th August, 1986. Stream the track below and view the tribute page for the legendary title track here.

The Queen Is Dead will be reissued as a 2CD, 5LP, and 3CD/1DVD box on October 20th. All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon. 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

Note: This previously unreleased live version of "The Queen Is Dead" will not be included on any of the forthcoming reissues.

Published August 1st, 2017

The Verve's Urban Hymns turns 20 years old next month and will be reissued as an expanded set on September 1st. In celebration of the anniversary, yesterday BBC Music 6 pulled out an archive of a feature that was recorded in 2012 for Urban Hymns' 15th anniversary. The feature included an interview with leader Richard Ashcroft, who revealed some previously unknown details about the record -- the "sha-la-la" backing vocals on "The Drugs Don't Work" are a nod to the Carpenters, who he loves, and he confirmed that Liam Gallagher is indeed the one who provided the screaming on epic album closer "Come On."

Ashcroft explained how the collaboration with Liam came about:

"If you concentrate you can hear some demented guy screaming "COME ON" and I imagine everyone thinks that's me, but I remember him doing it. He arrived at the studio in Barnes with a tape of a song he'd just done with John Squire. So he proceeded, as he does, and played it 15 times in a row in the studio, so I played him "Bittersweet" and I said we're doing "Come On" now -- you've got to be on it. He went into this booth with someone else and he was going ballistic at the end of it, smashing his tambourine against the side of the vocal booth."

"Come On" wasn't Gallagher's first collaboration (so to speak) with Verve -- he famously appears on "History" as well as "Space And Time."

Stream the BBC archive on Urban Hymns here and pre-order the Verve's 20th anniversary edition of Urban Hymns here or through Amazon.

Meanwhile as previously reported Verve guitarist Nick McCabe and drummer Pete Salisbury reunited and performed for the first time in 10 years last weekend at Kendal Calling. The pair were joined by Martin Blunt (of The Charlatans) and amazing vocalist Denise Johnson who has appeared on classic songs with Primal Scream, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, and more. Fan filmed footage of the band's full set is available to view below.

Published August 1st, 2017
Updated August 3rd

Nine Inch Nails headlined the final day of the Panorama festival in New York on Sunday night. The set streamed lived, however for those that missed it, the full set has now appeared on You Tube. Check it out below (heads up: David Bowie cover is ~ 43 minutes in):

NIN released Add Violence, the second in the EP trilogy last month. The EP is addictive, alluring, sensual, and brilliant -- if you haven't checked it out in full yet, do yourself a favor.

Published August 1st, 2017

The Dream Syndicate return with their first full length album since 1988's Ghost Stories on September 8th. The band previously revealed that album, titled How Did I Find Myself Here, is true to their history yet unlike anything they've done before:

"It's psychedelic, it's rocking, it's garage, it's classic, it's indie and it's even a soul and jazz record in the most literal sense, a sonic and emotional journey to the deepest recesses of your mind. It's what we do on stage and yet it's brand new. Most of all, we dig it. A lot."

The Dream Syndicate previously shared the album's title track, and today they've unveiled the next single "Glide," and announced details for a U.S. tour, which bypasses the Detroit area. Most of the tour (December 1st - 10th) includes support from Elephant Stone -- be sure to get to the shows early to see this incredible band!

Stream "Glide" below and pre-order How Did I Find Myself Here through iTunes and Amazon, or check out the bundles and other exclusive items through Pledge Music.

The Dream Syndicate - U.S. dates

Sep 29 -- Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Sep 30 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Dec 01 -- Somerville, MA @ Once
Dec 02 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Dec 03 -- Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups
Dec 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Dec 05 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Dec 06 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Dec 07 -- Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Dec 08 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Dec 09 -- Raleigh, NC @ Stag's Head
Dec 10 -- Richmond, VA @ Capitol Ale House
Dec 15 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Dec 16 -- San Francisco, CA @ Independent

Published August 1st, 2017


Peter Hook & The Light opened for James at the Live From Times Square Festival in Newcastle, England last night. At the end of Hooky's set, Tim Booth and Jim Glennie of James joined the bass legend on stage ripped through the Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Watch how it went down below.

Peter Hook & The Light return to North America in 2018 to perform Substance from Joy Division & New Order. Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now including the May 3rd date at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Peter Hook - Substance tour

Apr 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Apr 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Apr 28 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Apr 30 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
May 01 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 03 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 07 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 08 -- Vancouver, BC @ Venue
May 10 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
May 11 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
May 14 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 15 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
May 17 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
May 18 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern*
May 19 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
May 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
May 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
May 23 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
May 25 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
May 26 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
May 26 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel (canceled)
May 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
May 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 30 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
May 31 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Jun 02 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street
Jun 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
Jun 04 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

*Wiltern show Hooky will perform Unknown Pleasures & Closer

Published July 30th, 2017

Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode 17: Disembowel

Rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. Today episode features classic alternative tracks from XTC, The Housemartins, Oasis, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Pixies, Majesty Crush, Depeche Mode + more.

Stream below or here and catch up with the archive of previous episodes here or here.

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NIN live stream + Trent Reznor interview
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Ultravox reissue Lament + Return To Eden
The Verve's Nick McCabe + Pete Salisbury reunite
The Jam announce 40th Anniversary Boxset
Gary Numan debuts "My Name Is Ruin" video
Afghan Whigs release free tribute single in memory of Dave Rosser
Morrissey's Your Arsenal turns 25
Flesh For Lulu collect early material for 2 CD set
Sweet Apple debut single ft Mark Lanegan
Squeeze announce U.S. tour; play Detroit
Video: Ride at Pitchfork Festival

Published July 30th, 2017