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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Depeche Mode announced details for the North American leg of their Global Spirit tour today. The 26 city tour kicks off August 23rd in Salt Lake City and includes a Detroit area stop August 27th at DTE. The band has once again partnered with Swiss watch maker Hublot to help raise funds and provide safe drinking water to those in need globally.

The official Depeche Mode fan presale kicks off March 6th -- fans still have time to register for early access here. Those who pre-order Spirit and/or spread the word on social media can improve their "spot" in line, plus the fan with the "best spot" in each city will get to meet Depeche Mode! All the details regarding the Depeche Mode fan pre-sale are posted here.

Several other pre-sales kick off March 7th, including the Citi pre-sale and AT&T priority pre-sale. The general onsale for tickets kicks off March 10th.

Depeche Mode return with their 14th studio album Spirit on March 17th. A remix album featuring 4 mixes of the new single "Where's The Revolution" will be released on March 3rd.

Tomorrow night don't miss Depeche Mode performing "Where's The Revolution" on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Depeche Mode -- North American tour

Aug 23 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug 25 -- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Aug 27 -- Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 30 -- Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 01 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Sep 03 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Sep 05 -- Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
Sep 07 -- Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sep 09 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sep 11 -- New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Sep 13 -- Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep 15 -- Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Sep 18 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Sep 20 -- Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
Sep 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Sep 24 -- Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep 27 -- Phoenix, AZ 2 AK-Chin Pavilion
Sep 30 -- Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Oct 02 -- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara County Bowl
Oct 06 -- San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Oct 08 -- San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Oct 10 -- Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Oct 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 21 -- Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
Oct 23 -- Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Oct 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Oct 27 -- Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

Published February 28th, 2017

The Jesus & Mary Chain release Damage & Joy, their first album since 1998 and seventh overall, on March 24th. Today the band announced several North American dates in support of the new album. Check out the dates stream their singles "Amputation" and "Always Sad" below:

The Jesus & Mary Chain -- North American tour

May 09 -- St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
May 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera
May 12 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 20 -- Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theatre
May 22 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 23 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
May 25 -- Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

Published February 28th, 2017

Ride announced dates for a North American mini-tour today. The lucky cities include New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, March 3rd at 10am. View the tour itinerary below.

Ride are finishing up work on their new album which is due out this summer. Last week the band debuted two new songs "Home Is A Feeling" and "Charm Assault." Stream both below:

Ride North American tour

Jul 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Jul 19 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Jul 20 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Jul 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Jul 23 -- Washington, DC @ Sixth & I

Published February 28th, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Soundgarden announced dates for a U.S. tour today which surround their previously announced spring festival appearances. Tickets for the Detroit stop May 17th at the Fox Theatre go on sale Friday March 3rd. Presales kick off tomorrow (Tuesday, February 28th). Visit Soundgarden's official website for more info. The tour itinerary is posted below.

Soundgarden release a new expanded edition of their debut album Ultramega OK on March 10th. The original version was produced by Drew Canulette and was released by SST in 1988, but as the story goes, after the album's release Soundgarden realized they weren't entirely happy with the mix. Though they intended to remix the album for future pressings, the project was abandoned after getting signed to Sub Pop. Last year after re-attaining the rights to the master tapes the band enlisted Jack Endino to remix the original material for a new edition Ultramega OK. Soundgarden also unearthed six early raw demos recorded in 1987 for the expanded reissue which will be released on vinyl, cassette, and CD.

Pre-order the expanded edition of Ultramega OK from Sub Pop or Soundgarden's official store and stream the newly mixed version of "Flower" below:

Soundgarden tour

Apr 28 -- Tampa, FL @ WXTB Rockfest
Apr 29 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome to Rockville
Apr 30 -- Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
May 03 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
May 05 -- Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 06 -- Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 07 -- Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 10 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
May 12 -- Council Bluffs, IA @ KIWR Rockfest
May 13 -- Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 14 -- Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
May 17 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
May 19 -- Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 20 -- Maryland Heights, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
May 22 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
May 25 -- Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
May 26 -- Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
May 27 -- Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

Published Monday, February 27th

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Depeche Mode are heading to late night TV this week! Don't miss the legendary band performing "Where's The Revolution" on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, March 1st. "Where's The Revolution" is the first single from the band's 14th studio album Spirit, which arrives March 17th.

UPDATE: (3/2 @ 11:00 AM) Watch Depeche Mode's stirring performance of "Where's The Revolution" below:

The train is coming! As previously reported, Depeche Mode will be announcing dates and details for the North American leg of the Global Spirit tour soon. Be sure to sign up through the band's website for early access to tickets.

Published February 25th, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Erasure announced details for their 17th studio album World Be Gone. The 10 track album arrives May 19th and will be available in various formats: CD, vinyl, limited edition orange vinyl, limited edition cassette, and digital download (vinyl and cassette editions come with download code). Several pre-order options are available, plus Erasure are offering fans who pre-order World Be Gone on CD or LP before April 7th will have their names included in the credits.  Get the details and view all the pre-order options here.

The band will debut the first single soon, but in the meantime stream the brief album trailer and view the tracklisting for World Be Gone below:

01. Love You To The Sky
02. Be Careful What You Wish For!
03. World Be Gone
04. A Bitter Parting
05. Still It's Not Over
06. Take Me Out Of Myself
07. Sweet Summer Loving
08. Oh What A World
09. Lousy Sum Of Nothing
10. Just A Little Love

Published February 23rd, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Depeche Mode release their new album Spirit on March 17th and will be heading out on their Global Spirit tour in May. So far dates for the North American leg have not been announced, but the announcement is imminent. Today Depeche Mode urged fans to pre-register through their website to gain early/exclusive access to tickets for their North American shows. Fans who register reserve a "spot" in line, but will also have the opportunity to move up in line by pre-ordering Spirit or by spreading the word on social media. Addionally the fan with the "highest spot" in each city gets to meet Depeche Mode. Find out more and pre-register here.

Meanwhile Depeche Mode are releasing a "Where's The Revolution" remix CD on March 3rd. The CD will include the single and four remixes. A vinyl remix 12" is also in the works; the LP edition includes nine mixes and will be available on April 28th. Tracklistings for both releases are posted below.

Where's The Revolution 5-Track CD

1 Where's the Revolution
2 Where's the Revolution (Ewan Pearson Remix)
3 Where's the Revolution (Algiers Remix)
4 Where's the Revolution (Terence Fixmer Remix)
5 Where's the Revolution (Autolux Remix)

Where's The Revolution 9-track double LP

LP 1

Side 1
1. Where's the Revolution (Autolux Remix)
2. Where's the Revolution (Pearson Sound Remix)

Side 2
1. Where's the Revolution (Algiers Remix)
2. Where's the Revolution (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)
3. Where's the Revolution (Pearson Sound Beatless Remix)

LP 2

Side 1
1. Where's the Revolution (Simian Mobile Disco Dub)
2. Where's the Revolution (Terence Fixmer Spatial mix)

Side 2
1. Where's the Revolution (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
2. Where's the Revolution (Ewan Pearson Kompromat Dub)

Published February 22nd, 2017

Blondie return with their new studio album Pollinator on May 5th. As previously reported, the album includes several guest musicians including Dave Sitek, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and the legendary guitar god Johnny Marr. Marr's contribution is a driving, propulsive song titled "My Monster" which was released this week as the b-side to "Fun."

Stream "My Monster" below:

Published February 22nd, 2017

Yesterday Ride debuted "Charm Assault," the first new single from their forthcoming album. And today life gets even better because the shoegaze legends unleashed yet another glorious new track titled "Home Is A Feeling." "Home Is A Feeling" is a brilliant, mesmerizing track that channels Ride's classic vibe. Swoonworthy x infinity.

Andy Bell: "We felt comfortable going vintage on this tune because the album we are making has a pretty broad sonic scope. It’s a short and sweet, melodic tune, with stacked harmonies, reverbed-out guitars, slowed down drums, and a huge distorted bass sound. Erol put his sage-scented electronic wizards hat on to sample up some of our harmonies and make them into a synthesiser preset, which we ended up using on this and some of the other tunes too. We wanted this song to sound jet lagged, so everything on it was recorded with varispeed, either faster or slower than real time. It’s like 1966 Beatles meets 1988 MBV… in other words, Ride."

Mark Gardener: "a slow, wide-screen, sonically, layered, slowed motion warm wash. Like returning home as dawn rises totally exhausted and spangled after a long ..long ...big, great night out"

Bask in the exquisite glow of "Home Is A Feeling" below:

Ride's still untitled album is their first in 20 years. The record was produced by Erol Alkan and is currently being mixed by Alan Moulder. The album is expected out this summer on Wichita Records.

Published February 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ride are set to return with a new album this summer. Today Mark Gardener and Andy Bell appeared on BBC Music 6 with Steve Lamacq to discuss the still untitled new album which is currently being mixed by Alan Moulder. At the end of the interview Ride debuted an amazing brand new song "Charm Assault," their first new single in 20 years! Bell called the single "a kalidoscopic little tune" and revealed it was influenced in part by DIIV who opened for Ride on tour in North America. He also provided additional info on the track:

"Charm Assault is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country. The tour in 2015 was a good way of reminding us what we were good at in the first place and Charm Assault feels like a natural continuation from our peak. When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we'd kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one."

"Charm Assault" is available now as a digital download and to stream. Head here for various options.

Ride's album will be released over the summer on Wichita Records, which brings Ride full circle -- Wichita was founded by Mark Bowen and Dick Green. The pair worked at Creation when Ride was on the legendary label back in the day.

Published February 21st, 2017

Pixies announced a new leg of North American dates for September and October. Pre-sales for the new dates, including the Detroit stop October 6th at the Fillmore kick off today at 10am here (code: MASHER). The general onsale starts Friday, February 24th at 10am. View the full tour itinerary below:

New North American dates -- presale 2/21 @ 10am

Sep 19 -- New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
Sep 22 -- Westbury, NY @ The Westbury Theater
Sep 23 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Sep 24 -- Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
Sep 26 -- Portland, ME @ State Theatre, Portland
Sep 27 -- Montreal, QC @ Metropolis, Montreal
Sep 29 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall, Toronto
Sep 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall, Toronto
Oct 01 -- Buffalo, NY @ Center For The Arts,
Oct 03 -- Cleveland, OH@ The Agora Theatre
Oct 04 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 06 -- Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 07 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
Oct 08 -- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct 11 -- St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Oct 14 -- St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
Oct 15 -- Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
Oct 18 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 21 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan

Pixies -- previously announced spring leg

Apr 21 -- Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre
Apr 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Open Air
Apr 23 -- Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Ace Theatre
Apr 29 -- Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
Apr 30 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
May 01 -- Austin, TX @ Stubbs
May 03 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
May 05 -- Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 06 -- Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre
May 07 -- Columbus, OH @ Express Live Amphitheatre
May 09 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
May 11 -- Durham, NC @ Durham PAC
May 12 -- Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 14 -- Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live (*new date)
May 16 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
May 19 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 20 -- Boston, MA @ House of Blues
May 21 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
May 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
May 24 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 26 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Published February 21st, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Marc Almond returns with a new collection titled The Hits And Pieces - The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell on March 10th. The set features classics along with one very-soon-to-be megahit -- the utterly buoyant 60s throwback "A Kind Of Love."

The sensational video for "A Kind Of Love" debuted this week. Directed by Tim Pope (mastermind behind Soft Cell's classic 80s videos), the video stars Almond along with some very intriguing people. And the true highlight: a guest appearance from The The's (mustached!) Matt Johnson

View the awesomeness below.

The Hits And Pieces - The Best of Marc Almond and Soft Cell

01. Tainted Love
02. Bedsitter
03. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (7" single version)
04. Torch (7" single version)
05. What?
06. I Feel Love
07. Stories Of Johnny
08. Tears Run Rings
09. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
10. A Lover Spurned
11. Jacky
12. My Hand Over My Heart
13. The Days Of Pearly Spencer
14. What Makes A Man (live)
15. Adored And Exploited (7" edit)
16. The Idol (Pt 1)
17. Child Star
18. Scar
19. A Kind Of Love (radio edit)

Published February 19th, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A new version of U2's "Red Hill Mining Town" will be released later this year in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary. Bono broke the news in a new interview with Mojo magazine, revealing that U2 went into the studio with Steve Lillywhite to remix the classic track. The new mix will include newly recorded vocals by Bono as well as brass by the Arklow Silver Band, which was recorded for the original, but buried in the mix.

No word on when the new version of "Red Hill Mining Town" will be released, however since U2 is full on celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, it'll most likely appear on an anniversary edition of the Joshua Tree. Read the report here.

U2 hit the road later this year for The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour. Dates for the North American leg are posted below:

U2 - The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour

May 12 -- Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium
May 14 -- Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
May 17 -- San Francisco, CA @ Levi's Stadium
May 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
May 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
May 24 -- Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
May 26 -- Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
Jun 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jun 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Jun 07 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
BONNAROO -- Manchester, TN -- (6/8 - 6/10)
Jun 11 -- Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Jun 14 -- Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
Jun 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
Jun 20 -- Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
Jun 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
Jun 25 -- Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
Jun 28 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jun 29 -- East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Jul 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ First Energy

Published February 18th, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Chameleons appeared on German TV on June 25, 1984 to "perform" their Script of the Bridge classic "Don't Fall." Enjoy the lip-synch action complete with f-bomb.

Published February 16th, 2017

Midnight Oil return this spring with three archival boxsets and their first world tour in over two decades. The band determined that in today's global political climate it was necessary for them to get back in the game. From their website:

"Their music makes you feel. Their lyrics make you think. And the combined impact live onstage is nothing less than a call to action."

Three unique Midnight Oil boxsets -- The Vinyl Collection, The Full Tank, and The Over Flow Tank -- arrive May 5th:

*The Vinyl Collection: A remastered vinyl edition of the band's 11 studio albums along with two 12" EPs pressed on 180 gm vinyl.

*The Full Tank: The CD version of all of the material found in The Vinyl Collection, plus collects all the band's music videos on a DVD titled 40,000 Watt RSL, and is housed in a miniature replica water tank.

*The Over Flow Tank: Over 14 hours of Midnight Oil material on 4 CDs and 8 DVDs. The audio portion includes unreleased studio material, b-sides, rarities, and live recordings; the DVD portion includes several live concerts and films, including the band's MTV Unplugged performance. The Over Flow Tank also is housed in a miniature replica water tank.

The boxsets are available separately or as bundles and will be released May 5th. Check out all the details and options here.

The Great Circle 2017 tour features the legendary Australian band's classic line-up and includes 13 dates in North America. Pre-sales/ticket onsale dates vary. View the tour itinerary below and head here for all the vital on-sale details.

Midnight Oil -- North American tour

May 06 -- Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
May 09 -- Silver Springs, MD @ The Filmore
May 11 -- Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
May 13 -- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 16 -- Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
May 18 -- Chicago, IL @ The Vic
May 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 23 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
May 25 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
May 27 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 29 -- Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
May 31 -- Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Jun 02 -- Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Published February 16th, 2017

Fujiya & Miyagi announced details for their sixth studio album. The self-titled release compiles all the synthtastic material released on their recent limited edition EPs (EP1 & EP2), along with three brand new songs. The three new tracks will also be released separately on EP3, the final EP in the series. Both the album and EP3 arrive on April 7th and are available to pre-order here.

Stream the new single "Solitaire" from the LP/EP3 and view the tracklistings below:


1. Solitaire
2. Synthetic Symphonies
3. Impossible Ojects of Desire

Fujiya & Miyagi

01. Magnesium Flares
02. Serotonin Rushes
03. Solitaire
04. To The Last Beat of My Heart
05. Extended Dance Mix
06. Outstripping (The Speed of Light)
07. Swoon
08. Freudian Slips
09. Impossible Objects of Desire
10. Synthetic Symphonies
11. R.S.I.

From EP1 (jam it out loud):

Published February 16th, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

R. Ring (Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Ampline's Mike Montgomery) have released a few singles since forming in 2012, and this April they'll release their debut album. Ignite The Rest features 12 new songs that range from "plaintive meanderings to noise pieces to mid-tempo swoons to raucous barn-burners" and includes guest musicians Laura King, Leo DeLuca, Lori Goldston, and professional skateboarder Kristian Svitak.

The album's first single "Cutter" was the first track the duo recorded together back in 2012, but it took five years for them to recreate the perfect sound and vibe. The single's animated video was created by Seattle artists Clyde Petersen and Chris Looney, and according to R.Ring's Mike Montgomery, it "captures perfectly those feelings of shame, isolation and aggressive carelessness that the lyrics evoke." The video for "Cutter" can be viewed here.

Ignite The Rest arrives April 28th on vinyl, CD, and as a digital download. Pre-order here.

R. Ring hit the road in support of the release in April with Split Single (aka Jason Narducy) serving as support. The tour itinerary is posted below:

R.Ring tour

Feb 17 -- Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's w/ Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers)
Apr 19 -- Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
Apr 20 -- Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
Apr 21 -- Detroit, MI @ Trinisophes
Apr 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Apr 23 -- Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
Apr 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
Apr 25 -- Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Apr 26 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Babys All Right
Apr 27 -- Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Apr 28 -- Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Apr 29 -- Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light

Published February 15th, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Previously unseen live concert footage of Joy Division will be screened later this week in Berlin reports Electronic Beats. The label !K7 filmed a variety of concerts and festivals in Berlin in the 80s, but much of their archive was shelved and never made available for public viewing. !K7 set about remastering the entire video archive, and much of the footage will be unearthed at the silent green culture center film series in Berlin February 16th. The archive reportedly features unseen footage from Joy Division, Nick Cave, Einstürzende Neubauten, and more. Via Vinyl Factory.

Published February 14th, 2017

Stockholm post-punk band It's For Us release their debut album Come With Me in April. The album's first single "Ghost Officer" is a splendid slab of danceteria darkwave -- enjoy the incredibly fun video for the single below:

Check out some older material from It's For Us on Soundcloud and catch up with them on Facebook.

Published February 14th, 2017

Nitzer Ebb's Douglas McCarthy previously teamed up with techno guru Terence Fixmer for an inspiring, electrifying violent dancefloor assault Between The Devil in 2004. The pair are back at it again with a new EP titled Chemicals. The three track EP will be released through Sonic Groove Records on March 15th on 12" vinyl and as a digital download.

Step into the dark cauldron of electro bliss and stream a 3 minute clip of the title track below. FYI, the cover art for the release was designed by McCarthy and was inspired by a logo used for Industrial/EBM events throughout Spain during the early part of the 80's.

Douglas McCarthy is also featured on the new album from Adult. titled Detroit House Guests. More info on that release is posted here.

Published February 14th, 2017

The Psychedelic Furs are heading back out on the road in North America this spring and will be taking the always brilliant Robyn Hitchcock along for the ride. Don't miss these two legendary acts live. Tickets all of the shows on the tour, including the Detroit stop April 11th at the Majestic Theatre, go on sale Friday. The tour itinerary is posted below.

Robyn Hitchcock released an acoustic cover of the Psych Furs' classic "The Ghost In You" on his last album The Man Upstairs so it should be interesting to see if he'll play it on this tour. Hitchcock returns with a brand new album (his 21st overall!) on April 21st. The self-titled record was produced by Brendon Benson and is available to pre-order through Amazon and Yep Rock.

Psychedelic Furs w/ Robyn Hitchcock

Mar 29 -- Austin, TX @ Emo's
Mar 30 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Apr 01 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Apr 02 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Apr 04 -- St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr 06 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Apr 07 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Northern Lights Theater
Apr 08 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Apr 10 -- Findlay, OH @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 11 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Apr 13 -- Kent, OH @ Kent Stage
Apr 14 -- Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
Apr 15 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

Published February 14th, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Post-punk legends Wire return with their highly anticipated 15th studio album Silver/Lead on March 31st. Last month the band debuted their single "Short Elevated Period and opened up pre-orders. Today the excitement continues to build as Wire announced dates for a North American tour as well as the latest installment in their DRILL festival series.

DRILL:L.A runs March 30th through April 1st and promises to be even more memorable than past incarnations as the three day festival marks the 40th anniversary of Wire's classic 4-piece lineup. And, like previous editions of DRILL the festival will include a Wire-curated mix of beloved established artists and up and coming cutting edge acts including Bob Mould, Fitted (ft Mike Watt), Part Time Punks, Chasms, Noveller, the Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra, and of course Wire themselves. For more info on DRILL: L.A. visit the official website here.

Check out Wire's North American tour itinerary below.

Wire -- North American tour

Mar 30 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Mar 31 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Apr 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Apr 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Apr 04 -- Portland, OR @ Dantes
Apr 07 -- Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre
Apr 08 -- Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Published February 13th, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Jesus & Mary Chain are set to return with Damage & Joy, their first new album in 18 years. Late last year the band debuted the new single "Amputation," and now they've premiered another track "Always Sad." Check out both singles below.

Damage & Joy was produced by Youth; the legendary producer also plays bass on the album.  Phil King (Lush) and JAMC touring drummer Brian Young have also contributed to the album.

Damage & Joy will be released on March 24th and is available to pre-order from the JAMC store or pre-order a digital version through iTunes or Amazon.

Published February 10th, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Depeche Mode premiered the official video for their new single "Where's The Revolution" today. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the politically charged video is the band's statement on "humanity and our place in that" and was shot in black and white with red accents (an effect previously seen in 1987's "Strangelove").

View the video and read Depeche Mode's commentary below:

"Where's the Revolution" is threaded with a dystopian vibe, punctuated by a muted color scheme and an army of marching dancers. Set in a harsh industrial landscape, the video provides a perfect visual commentary for what Dave Gahan referred to in a recent Rolling Stone interview as an album "...about humanity, and our place in that."

Depeche Mode's new studio album Spirit will be released March 17th. Pre-order options are provided here.

Finally, Depeche Mode are giving fans the opportunity to run their official Facebook page for a day. Details on that are posted here. [Use Facebook at your own risk.]

Published February 9th, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blondie and Garbage hit the road together this summer in North America. The Rage and Rapture co-headline amphitheater tour kicks off July 5th and features John Doe & Exene Cervenka (of X) opening the first half of the tour; Deap Vally joins the tour as the opening act starting July 25th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 17th and pre-sales for most of the dates are going on now. FYI: more dates will be "added soon" according to the official press release.

Blondie are set to release their 11th studio album Pollinator on May 5th. As previously reported the album features many guests including Johnny Marr, Dave Sitek, and Nick Valensi. Meanwhile, Garbage release their coffee table book This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake on July 4th.

Rage And Rapture -- North American tour

Jul 05 –- Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
Jul 07 –- Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
Jul 08 –- Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater
Jul 12 –- Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
Jul 14 –- Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Jul 16 –- Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Jul 18 –- Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Jul 19 –- Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino
Jul 21 –- Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino-Mystic Showroom
Jul 22 –- Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Jul 25 –- Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
Jul 26 –- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For Performing Arts
Jul 28 –- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Jul 29 –- Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul 30 –- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Aug 01 –- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Aug 02 –- Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 05 –- Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug 08 –- Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Aug 09 –- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Aug 11 –- Austin, TX @ ACL Live
Aug 12 –- Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom

Published February 8th, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Heavenly Records announced a new album from Mark Lanegan Band titled Gargoyle will be released on April 28th. Lanegan's friend Rob Marshall co-wrote part of the record, plus Greg Dulli, Duke Garwood, and Josh Homme guest. Stream the first single "Nocturne" below and read more about the album and pre-order here.

Gargoyle track listing

01. Death's Head Tattoo
02. Nocturne
03. Blue Blue Sea
04. Beehive
05. Sister
06. Emperpor
07. Goodbye To Beauty
08. Drunk On Destruction
09. First Day Of Winter
10. Old Swan

Published February 7th, 2017

The Black Angels announced details for their first new studio album in four years. Death Song (most certainly a nod to the Velvet Underground's 1967 classic "Black Angel's Death Song") will be released on April 21st. The first single "Currency" premiered today on NPR and is available to stream below.

The Black Angels hit the road this spring with A Place To Bury Strangers serving as support. Tickets for most of the shows, including the Detroit stop May 7th at Saint Andrew's Hall on sale this Friday, February 10th.

Black Angels -- North American tour

Apr 26 -- Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
Apr 27 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
Apr 28 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Apr 29 -- Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Apr 30 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 02 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 05 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 06 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 07 -- Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew's Hall
May 09 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
May 10 -- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 11 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
May 12 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 13 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
May 15 -- St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
May 16 -- Kansas City, MO @ The Madrid Theatre
May 18 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
May 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 20 -- Austin, TX @ Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Published February 7th, 2017

David Bowie's EP No Plan, featuring his final recordings, was released digitally last month. Now plans have been announced for its physical release on CD and LP. The CD version arrives February 24th, while two different vinyl editions follow later in the spring: The standard (black vinyl) edition will be released April 21st and a limited edition die-cut white vinyl edition follows May 26th. The limited edition release is made to order, comes numbered, and includes an exclusive 12 x 12 artwork lithograph. Both vinyl editions feature a laser etching on side B.

Pre-order No Plan on CD here, standard edition black vinyl here, and limited edition white vinyl here.

Published February 7th, 2017

Book Of Love announced the release of a new EP titled All Girl Band. The EP will include their song "All Girl Band," which was originally released on last year's greatest hits set MMXVI-The 30th Anniversary Collection, plus includes remixes by Night Club, Silent UK City, and more. All Girl Band EP will be available at Book of Love's live shows later this month and will be released on CD and digitally March 4th.

Book Of Love -- Tour

Feb 11 -- Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Feb 18 -- Houston, TX @ Numbers
Feb 19 -- San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge

Published February 7th, 2017

After Morrissey scrapped his last U.S. tour in December, he bid fans farewell stating "I'll see you in extremely far out places." Well, the tide has apparently turned and he's announced a handful of North American dates for the month of April. Check out Mozzer far out tour itinerary below:

UPDATE (2/8): Several more dates in Mexico have been added in addition to the Southwest U.S. dates

Morrissey North American tour

Mar 29 -- Monterrey, MX @ Teatro Banamex
Mar 31 -- Mexico City, MX @ Sports Palace
Apr 01 -- Guadalajara, MX @ Roxy Festival
Apr 04 -- Puebla, MX @ BUAP Complex
Apr 08 -- Santa Ana, CA @ WWWY Festival
Apr 10 -- Tuscon, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Apr 12 -- San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 14 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Apr 15 -- Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre

Published February 7th, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

London's legendary classic alternative band The Godfathers have returned with a new anthem "You Don't Love Me." The fiery single precedes A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, their first new album in four years. The album features 11 tracks and arrives February 10th via the band's own label Godfathers Recordings 2. Pre-order now on 180 gm vinyl and CD through Metropolis Records or Amazon.

Watch "You Don't Love Me" below and catch up with The Godfathers here.

Published February 6th, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Depeche Mode are set to return with their 14th studio album Spirit, an album Q has described as "the most energized Depeche Mode album in years." Today the band premiered the album's first single "Where's The Revolution" which will officially be released tomorrow (February 3rd). Stream "Where's The Revolution" below:

According to Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode wrote 20 songs for Spirit, however producer James Ford talked the band into releasing only 12 on the standard edition of the album (the deluxe edition adds five extra/alternate mixes).  Spirit will be released March 17th.  Pre-order the album here and view the tracklisting below:

For more on Spirit, visit the band's official website.

Spirit tracklisting

01. Going Backwards
02. Where's The Revolution
03. The Worst Crime
04. Scum
05. You Move
06. Cover Me
07. Eternal
08. Poison Heart
09. So Much Love
10. Poorman
11. No More (This Is The Last Time)
12. Fail

Deluxe edition adds extra tracks:

13. Cover Me (Alt out)
14. Scum (Frenetic mix)
15. Poison Heart (Tripped mix)
16. Fail (Cinematic cut)
17. So Much Love (Machine mix)

Published February 2nd, 2017

A deluxe edition of The Damned's seminal debut album Damned Damned Damned will be reissued on February 17th in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Originally released by Stiff Records February 18th, 1977, the album is widely considered to be the first British punk album. The anniversary edition contains fully remastered audio and new sleevenotes that highlight the album's impact and legacy. View the tracklisting below.

Damned Damned Damned is being released as part of the new album series Art of the Album -- in the age of downloading, streaming and singles, the Art of the Album series examines and celebrates seminal albums, with the hopes of rekindling interest in the album as a format.

01. Neat Neat Neat
02. Fan Club
03. I Fall
04. Born To Kill
05. Stab Yor Back
06. Feel The Pain
07. New Rose
08. Fish
09. See Her Tonite
10. 1 of The 2
11. So Messed Up
12. I Feel Alright

Meanwhile the Damned -- Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Monty Oxymoron, Pinch, and Stu West -- are in the studio working on their first set of new songs since 2008. The album So, Who's Paranoid? will be released later this year and is available to pre-order on CD & colored vinyl here.

Last year The Damned celebrated their 40th anniversary with a string of dates, but they'll continue the anniversary festivities in North America this spring. Dates for the tour are posted below.

North American tour

Apr 06 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater
Apr 07 -- San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Apr 09 -- Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Apr 11 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Apr 12 -- Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
Apr 14 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Apr 15 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
Apr 16 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Apr 18 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Apr 19 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Apr 21 -- St. Louis, MO @ Del Mar Hall
Apr 22 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Apr 23 -- Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr 24 -- Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Apr 26 –- Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Ctr.
Apr 27 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Apr 28 -- Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Apr 29 -- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Apr 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
May 02 -- Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
May 04 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 05 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
May 06 -- Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
May 07 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
May 09 -- Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
May 11 -- Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade/Heaven
May 12 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
May 13 -- St, Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
May 14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
May 16 -- New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
May 17 -- Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
May 18 -- Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
May 19 -- Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outdoors
May 21 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater

Published February 2nd, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Depeche Mode are set to return with their 14th studio album Spirit. Today the band confirmed the album will be released March 17th, and announced the album's first single "Where's The Revolution" will be released on February 3rd.

Check out the artwork for the single below.

Depeche Mode kick off their Global Spirit tour in May. North American dates have not yet been announced.

Published February 1st, 2017