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Joy Division's iconic anthem "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was released on this day in 1980. The 7" release (FAC 23) featured the single version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" backed by "These Days" and original "Love Will Tear Us Apart" recording (aka Pennine version) that Ian Curtis and Martin Hannett hated. A 12" version (FAC 23-12) with identical tracklisting, but different cover art was released later that year.

Official video/single version:

Pennine version:

Peel Session:

Nova Nova piano version ft Ian Curtis' original vocals:

Published June 27th, 2017


The Church have been busy working on a new studio album. The forthcoming record is their first since 2014's Further Deeper and their 26th studio album overall. A release date has not been announced and the album is currently untitled, however The Church premiered the first taste of the album this week ahead of their North American tour.

The new single is titled "Another Century" and it's a gorgeous slice of Church heaven. Steve Kilbey describes the track as "a romantic melodic stab of omnichord and guitars and quite unlike any past church song. The lyrics fell out of the sky very quickly and the music is dreamy and evocative of past futures."

Stream "Another Century" below and grab as a digital single here.

The Church kick off their North American tour this Wednesday at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are available here.

The Church -- North American tour

Jun 28 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Jun 29 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Jun 30 -- Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward
Jul 01 -- Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Jul 03 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Jul 04 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Jul 06 -- Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Jul 07 -- Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
Jul 08 -- Pawling, NY @ Daryl's House

Published June 26th, 2017

Gary Numan is set to return with his new studio album Savage in August. The album is the electronic pioneer's first new album since 2014's Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) and his 21st studio album overall. Today he announced a 22 date North American tour in support of Savage which brings him to St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on November 30th. The general onsale is this Friday, June 30th and pre-sales kick off on June 29th. Limited meet and greet passes for the tour will be available through Numan's official store tomorrow. View the tour itinerary below:

Numan recently shot the video for his new single "My Name Is Ruin" and will be premiering the video and single shortly. In the meantime, view the pre-order options for Savage over on Pledge Music and catch up with Numan on his official website.

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 June 26th, 2017

Nine Inch Nails, or shall we say The Nine Inch Nails, appeared in last night's episode of Twin Peaks and performed "She's Gone Away" at the old Roadhouse. Check it out the dark and dusky performance below.

"She's Gone Away" is taken from the band's 2016 EP Not The Actual Events. Trent Reznor recently revealed Not The Actual Events is the first release in a trilogy of EPs. The second EP is scheduled to be released prior to NIN's summer shows, though an exact release date hasn't been announced. NIN's first live show is July 23rd, so the release is imminent.

Nine Inch Nails -- tour

Jul 23 -- Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Jul 30 -- New York, NY @ Panorama
Sep 15 -- Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Oct 21 -- Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

Published June 26th, 2017


Liam Gallagher played Glastonbury yesterday and though he revealed in a recent interview that he wouldn't be performing "Don't Look Back In Anger" live, he must have decided better of it. Gallagher finished off his Glastonbury set with an acoustic performance of the Oasis classic along with some help from the crowd. Watch the performance below:

Published June 25th, 2017

It appears the Stone Roses reunion is over. The band just wrapped up a string of shows in the U.K. last night, however since the tour began rumors were swirling that Saturday night's show in Glasgow would be their swansong due to escalating tension in the band and Ian Brown's desire to rekindle his solo career. Though the band didn't confirm a split through an official announcement, at last night's show, Brown implied as much by reportedly telling the crowd "don't be sad that it's over, be happy that it happened."

The Stone Roses originally broke up in 1996 but after years of insisting they wouldn't reunite, they surprised the world by doing just that in 2011. Since reuniting they've played countless MASSIVE headline shows overseas. Though the crowd response was predictably tepid stateside (particularly at their U.S. Coachella appearances in 2013), the rest of the world recognizes the Stone Roses to be a legendary and iconic band.

Props to the Stone Roses for a wildly successful reunion and incredible career.

"I Am The Resurrection" (final song of the show, starts ~ 1 minute in, shaky video at times but full audio; Ian Brown & John Squire hug at the end)

Published June 25th, 2017


As reported yesterday, Liam Gallagher set an October 6th release date for his debut solo album As You Were and opened up pre-orders today. The album contains 12 tracks including the current single "Wall Of Glass," and another highly anticipated song titled "For What It's Worth" which Gallagher describes as "Oasis-y" with a "Don't Look Back In Anger" vibe. Another song from the record "China Town" will be released next Friday, June 30th.

As You Were will be available 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 also announced details for a short North American tour (he's recently said of touring "I just want to get out of the house to be completely honest"). The tour bypasses Detroit, however if you're up for a road trip check out the itinerary below. The general onsale for all shows is June 29th at 10am local time and pre-sales for all of the shows are going on now through June 28th.

Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Aug 03 -- Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
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 June 23rd, 2017


Depeche Mode debuted the video today for "Going Backwards," the latest single from Spirit. Timothy Saccenti, who uncoincidentally took over Depeche Mode's Facebook page today, directed and shot the video live at highline stages in New York City. View both the 360 version and non-360 Highline Sessions version below.

Depeche Mode are set to kick off their North American tour in August. Tickets for the Detroit area stop August 27th at DTE are available to purchase here.

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 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Oct 18 -- 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 June 22nd, 2017

Liam Gallagher has unveiled the cover art for his full length debut solo album As You Were. The album will be released October 6th and will be available to pre-order at midnight.

Meanwhile Gallagher was interviewed by music journalist John Dolan for his video series British Masters. Like brother Noel, Liam is a fantastic interview and provides tons entertainment and laughs. Dolan, who is a seasoned journalist and uber music fan, ends the interview by asking "the burning question that everyone wants to know." Nope, didn't ask about Oasis reuniting, but instead asked Liam how to cook a potato. Good times. View below.

"I see myself as one of the fucking true great rock and roll singers on the planet without a doubt. [I'm] certainly better than Johnny Marr and better than John Lydon."

Published June 22nd, 2017

Mark Lanegan has been on tour in Europe in support of his new album Gargoyle. As previously reported, Lanegan has been performing Joy Division covers at his recent shows. Last night the tour rolled through the O2 Ritz in Manchester and Lanegan brought out a special guest for the encore -- the one and only Peter Hook. The bass legend joined Lanegan and ripped through "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Watch video of "Atmosphere" shot by Lanegan75 and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" shot by Brigitta Kozma. Fan-filmed snippets courtesy of Twitter's Limberstar and IG's NickSpragg are also posted below along with some pictures from the show.

Published June 22nd, 2017

Radiohead's 20th anniversary edition of OK Computer is out tomorrow. OKNotOK 1997 - 2017 collects a newly remastered version of the original album along with eight b-sides and three previously unreleased songs. They debuted one of the previously unreleased tracks "I Promise" from the collection two weeks ago, and today they've premiered the video for "Man Of War" (aka "Big Boots"). Watch below:

Pre-order OKNotOK 1997 - 2017 through Radiohead's microsite, iTunes, or Amazon.

OK Computer: OKNotOK 1997 - 2017

01. Airbag
02. Paranoid Android
03. Subterranean Homesick Alien
04. Exit Music (For A Film)
05. Let Down
06. Karma Police
07. Fitter Happier
08. Electioneering
09. Climbing Up The Walls
10. No Surprises
11. Lucky
12. The Tourist
13. I Promise (previously unreleased)
14. Man Of War (previously unreleased)
15. Lift (previously unreleased)
16. Lull
17. Meeting In The Aisle
18. Melatonin
19. A Reminder
20. Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
21. Pearly
22. Palo Alto
23. How I Made My Millions

Published June 22nd, 2017


Mazzy Star's drummer Keith Mitchell passed away suddenly last month. Over the weekend, many musicians and artists gathered together to celebrate his memory. Hope Sandoval also took to Facebook last night to post some loving words and memories she had of Mitchell:

"Keith and I took many road trips to Berkeley CA in the late 80s together. We recorded a lot of Mazzy Star's music there. He would pick me up in his little Datsun station wagon car, jam-packed with his drum kit and various other percussive instruments.

Keith had superb taste in music and a vast collection of well known and obscure artists. He would always bring a batch of cassettes with interesting sounds along with him. I remember the fist time I heard 'Can,' it was in Keith's car driving along the 5. Their sound was strange wild and beautiful, all at the same time. Keith always had an introduction before he'd play something, the first time he played me Leonard Cohen he said; "this music has the best backing vocals ever!"

Keith absolutely loved Tom Waits and played him every trip, the first few times I would say to Keith; "Oh no, not him, his voice is too drunk and scratchy sounding," and Keith would say; "you have to listen to the music and his words, then you'll be hooked!" Of course it wasn't long before I'd get into his car and request the man with the scratchy voice.

So much great music and company on all those Northern California drives... Thank you Keith for all the inspiration, elevation, communication, levitation, education, intoxication and reverberation. I'll always have and keep you in my heart and soul."

Read the full posting on Facebook.

Hope Sandoval will be hitting the road with her band The Warm Inventions for a short tour of North America. Dates are posted below:

Oct 08 -- Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery: Old Redwood Barn
Oct 10 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Oct 11 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Oct 13 -- Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Oct 14 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Oct 15 -- Joshua Tree, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
Oct 18 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
Oct 19 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 21 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Oct 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Published June 21st, 2017

Ramones previously announced the release of an expanded 40th anniversary edition of Leave Home. The limited edition 3CD/1LP set includes the original album remastered, a brand new 40th anniversary mix by original album engineer Ed Stasium, plus other bonus live recordings and previously unreleased mixes. Ramones have now premiered the brand new 40th anniversary mix of "Pinhead" which you can stream below along with the original.

The 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Leave Home arrives July 21st and is limited to 15,000 copies worldwide. Pre-order here.

Published June 21st, 2017

Paisley Underground legends The Dream Syndicate broke up in 1989, but reformed in 2012 for live shows. This February the band announced plans to release their first new album since 1988, and today they've shared details behind the record as well as a new song. The band's fifth studio album is titled How Did I Find Myself Here? and will be released September 8th. The band lineup is currently Steve Wynn, Mark Walton, Dennis Duck and Jason Victor. Original bass player Kendra Smith appears on one of the songs on the record titled "Kendra's Dream."

The Dream Syndicate shared the groovy sprawling title track today along with the album trailer. Check out both below.

Pre-order How Did I Find Myself Here? through iTunes and Amazon, or check out the bundles and other exclusive items through Pledge Music.

Published June 21st, 2017


Mark Lanegan is on tour overseas in support of his new album Gargoyle. Last night at his show in Birmingham, England he performed a cover of the Joy Division classic "Atmosphere." Lanegan previously covered the iconic song at shows in 2015 and so far has played it a handful of times on his current tour. Watch last night's performance below.

UPDATE (6/21): Lanegan performed "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in Glasgow. Video below.

Lanegan kicks off his U.S. tour in support of Gargoyle this August. Tickets for the Detroit stop August 21st at El Club are available here.

Mark Lanegan -- U.S. tour

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

Published June 20th, 2017

Luna announced a handful of new tour dates in North America and they're coming back to Detroit. Don't miss this legendary band November 7th at the Magic Stick. Tickets are available here. Luna also revealed that more dates will be announced soon for Atlanta, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and Chicago; west coast dates are being mapped out for next year.

Luna are set to return with a 10 track covers album A Sentimental Education, which includes covers from The Cure, Fleetwood Mac and more. Luna know how to do justice to an original -- over the years they've released amazing versions of songs by Kraftwerk, Velvet Underground, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Dream Syndicate, Guns & Roses, Paula Abdul, and more. They're also set to release a 6 song instrumental EP A Place Of Greater Safety.

Both the album and EP are scheduled to be released in September and are available to pre-order through Pledge Music.

Luna -- U.S. tour

Nov 03 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 04 -- St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
Nov 07 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 09 -- Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
Nov 10 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Nov 16 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 18 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Published June 20th, 2017

Last week Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark appeared at the BBC Music 6 studios in Liverpool for a live session. As the session took place on BBC Music Day, Andrew McCluskey and Paul Humphreys were asked about Factory Records, which released their debut single "Electricity" after getting wind of them at their first show in 1978 opening for Joy Division. OMD spoke fondly of Factory and shared a story about going to the label's headquarters and finding out they themselves had to physically place the "Electricity" vinyl into the sleeves.

OMD also briefly discussed their forthcoming album The Punishment Of Luxury before performing a three song set, which included the first live performance of the new single "Isotype" along with classics "Enola Gay" and "Electricity." McCluskey dedicated "Electricity" to his dying mother and shared a story about how she inspired him to pursue music.

Stream the archive of the full session here.

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark return with The Punishment Of Luxury on September 1st. The album is available to pre-order here.

Published June 20th, 2017


The The are launching a festival within a festival on June 21st in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Film Festival takes place June 21st through July 2nd and features over 300 films and media presentations. As part of this year's event, The The will present special screenings of the brand new documentary The Inertia Variations, along with Infected - The Movie, plus after the screenings Matt Johnson will participate in a special Q & A session. Additionally two films directed by Matt's brother Gerard Johnson -- Tony, and Hyena -- are also scheduled to be a part of The The's mini-festival.  For more info on the Edinburgh Film Festival visit the festival's site here.

So far North American screenings for The Inertia Variations have not been announced.

The The's new first new single in 15 years is titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming" and is featured in The Inertia Variations. The track was released as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day and later as a digital single on iTunes. Due to overwhelming demand, The The recently greenlit a second pressing of the 7" on white vinyl (V2) which is available to purchase here.

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" was written as a tribute to Matt's brother Andrew, who passed away in January 2016. Fifty percent of the profits from website sales of V2 will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Suffolk, the hospice center that cared for Andrew in his final days.

Published June 19th, 2017

A list of some upcoming shows coming through the Detroit area:


Jun 20 -- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ El Club
Jun 20 -- Rev Horton Heat @ Magic Stick
Jun 21 -- Surfer Blood w/ Winter @ El Club
Jun 26 -- Eagles Of Death Metal @ El Club
Jun 28 -- The Church @ The Ark
Jun 28 -- [pig] @ Small's
Jun 30 -- Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets @ The Ark


Jul 01 -- Rooney @ Pike Room
Jul 01 -- Joseph Arthur @ The Ark
Jul 11 -- Squirrel Nut Zippers @ The Ark
Jul 12 -- Mix Master Mike @ Magic Stick
Jul 15 -- Thurston Moore @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Jul 16 -- The Feelies @ El Club
Jul 18 -- Echo & The Bunnymen & Violent Femmes @ Meadow Brook
Jul 19 -- Lydia Lunch @ El Club
Jul 20 -- Primus w/Clutch @ Freedom Hill
Jul 21 -- Waking Windows Fest @ El Club
Jul 22 -- Waking Windows Fest @ El Club
Jul 23 -- Waking Windows Fest @ El Club
Jul 23 -- Incubus/Jimmy Eat World @ DTE
Jul 25 -- Foxygen @ Magic Stick
Jul 26 -- Dashboard Confessional @ Fillmore Detroit
Jul 27 -- Melvins @ El Club
Jul 31 -- The Drums @ El Club
Jul 31 -- Rancid/Dropkick Murphys @ Michigan Lottery Freedom Hill


Aug 01 -- Spoon @ Fillmore Detroit
Aug 02 -- Roger Waters @ Palace
Aug 03 -- Young The Giant @ Michigan Lottery Freedom Hill
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 25 -- DSO performs The Music of Prince @ Meadow Brook
Aug 26 -- The Alarm ft Mike Peters @ Magic Bag
Aug 27 -- Depeche Mode @ DTE


Sep 03 -- U2 w/ Beck @ Ford Field
Sep 11 -- Strand Of Oaks @ The Loving Touch
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 -- VNV Nation @ The Shelter
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
Sep 28 -- Lords Of Acid @ Saint Andrew's Hall


Oct 01 -- Paul McCartney @ Little Caesars Arena
Oct 05 -- Future Islands @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 06 -- Pixies @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 07 -- Zola Jesus @ El Club
Oct 11 -- Paul Weller @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 22 -- Chelsea Wolfe @ El Club
Oct 25 -- Boris @ El Club
Oct 27 -- Mutemath @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 30 -- Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Royal Oak Music Theatre


Nov 01 -- Arcade Fire @ Windsor Credit Family Union Centre
Nov 03 -- LCD Soundsystem @ Masonic Temple
Nov 04 -- Japandroids W/ Cloud Nothings @ Majestic
Nov 07 -- Luna @ Magic Stick
Nov 07 -- Elbow @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Nov 07 -- The Shins @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 08 -- Slowdive @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 14 -- St. Vincent @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 16 -- Mountain Goats @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 17 -- Queens Of The Stone Age @ Fox Theatre
Nov 17 -- Jr Jr @ El Club
Nov 17 -- Bruce Cockburn @ The Ark
Nov 18 -- Jr Jr @ El Club
Nov 21 -- A Perfect Circle @ Fox 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


Welcome to Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Let's rock it old school!

Classic Alternative - Episode 11: Deleterious includes classic alternative gems from The Smiths, Joy Division, Killing Joke, R.E.M., Jane's Addiction, Bob Mould, and many more.

Stream below or over here. If you missed any of the shows to date, get up to speed here or here.

Catch up with music news stories from this past week:

Slowdive announce North American tour & play Detroit
Dave Gahan stars in Dior Homme ad campaign
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds played Colbert. Watch here
Factory Records honored by BBC
Feature: Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures
The Smiths mark anniversary of The Queen Is Dead with vinyl releases

Published June 18th, 2017


As reported last week, The Smiths have released "The Queen Is Dead" as a 12" single and 7" picture disc today. The limited edition vinyl releases mark the anniversary of the full length album The Queen Is Dead, which was released June 16th, 1986.

The 12" single is backed with three previously released instrumental tracks "Oscillate Wildly," "Money Changes Everything," and "The Draize Train"; the 7" picture disc is backed with the rarity "I Keep Mine Hidden." Both releases are available now exclusively in HMV record shops. View the announcement from the Smiths here.

Morrissey previously revealed that he was hoping to reissue TQID for its 30th anniversary last year, but was shot down by Warner Brothers. Read part of his May 2016 statement:

"I am sorry that Warner UK or Sire US cannot provide any celebrations for the anniversaries of both recordings, but, perhaps some label bosses have their eye on a tatty OBE, and perhaps others simply have detachable heads. It would not quite be the Smiths if not classically ignored by the dried-out lawns of the establishment. I urged Warner UK to issue a special 'The Queen Is Dead' single release for the first week of June ... but ... brick wall."

Moz didn't issue a statement about today's releases but posted a short teaser video on Facebook. View below.

UPDATE (6/17): Morrissey has now posted some comments and is annoyed over HMV's "one copy per customer" sticker and calls the sticker "an attempt to freeze sales" and "an overwhelming insult to the Smiths." Read his statement here.

Published June 16th, 2017


Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures was released on this day in 1979. The seminal album is one of the most important and influential records of all time. From the intensity and raw emotion of the music and lyrics to the iconic cover art, everything about Unknown Pleasures is perfect and timeless.

Peter Hook on Unknown Pleasures:

Peter Saville created the original artwork for Unknown Pleasures which was adapted from an pulsar image Stephen Morris saw in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. Watch Saville discuss the iconic artwork below:

Anton Corbijn on hearing Unknown Pleasures for the first time and how the album inspired him to leave Holland: (taken from Joy Division: Interviews):

Published June 15th, 2017

Factory Records will be honored today at the site in Didsbury, UK where the legendary label launched. The label was formed in 1979 by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, and was home to Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays, Section 25, Durutti Column, Quando Quango, and so many more. Peter Saville, who designed iconic album sleeves for Factory will unveil the commemorative British Plaque Trust Blue Plaque during a private ceremony today.

The award is one of 47 plaques commissioned by the BBC today as part of BBC Music Day, an annual celebration honoring artists/landmarks that have influenced the U.K. music scene. Other artists honored today include David Bowie, John Peel, Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, and Eric's -- a historical venue that hosted concerts from Echo & The Bunnymen, The Clash, Talking Heads, Ramones, and more.

View the full list of honorees here.

Published June 15th, 2017


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have been on the road in North America in support of 2016's Skeleton Tree. Last night they appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed a beautiful and stunning version of "Rings of Saturn." Watch the exquisite performance below.

Nick Cave released a career-spanning collection this spring titled Lovely Creatures - The Best Of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984 - 2014. The collection is available on 2CD, 3LP, 3CD + DVD, and limited edition super deluxe with hardcover book. Head over to Cave's website for more details.

Published June 14th, 2017


The always stylish Dave Gahan is featured in a new ad campaign for Dior Homme. The campaign was the mastermind of artistic director Kris Von Assche, who has previously gushed over his love for Depeche Mode (DM was also included on the soundtrack to Van Assche's runway show last fall), and was shot by photographer David Sims. Others appearing in the ad include actor Lucas Hedges and models Dylan Roques and Christophe T Kint.

Dior's statement on the campaign's theme: "Spanning generations and disciplines, they plot an evolution of style that subverts the classicism of Dior Homme today."

View a photo of the decked-out Gahan below via NME along with a promo video for the ad campaign.

Published June 13th, 2017

Slowdive announced a new leg of North American dates in support of their new self-titled album. The tour brings them to the Majestic Theatre in Detroit on November 8th. Pre-sales kick off June 14th at 10am and the general onsale is Friday, June 16th at 10am. View the tour itinerary below:

Slowdive -- North American tour

Oct 23 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
Oct 25 -- Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
Oct 26 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Oct 28 -- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Nov 01 -– Denver, CO @ The Ogden
Nov 04 -– Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
Nov 05 -– Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Nov 07 -– Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov 08 -– Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 09 -– Buffalo, NY @ Town Hall
Nov 10 -– Toronto, ON @ CANADA @ Massey Hall
Nov 11 -– New Haven, CT @ College St Music Hall
Nov 12 -– New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 14 -- Boston,MA @ Paradise
Nov 15 -– Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 16 -– Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head
Nov 17 -– Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Published June 13th, 2017


Welcome to Sunday. It is time to rock it old school!

Classic Alternative - Episode 10: DecaDrone includes classic alternative gems from Social Distortion, U2, The Sisters of Mercy, Ministry, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Roxy Music, and Garbage, plus a brand new song from shoegaze legends Ride.

Stream below or here. If you missed any of the shows to date, get up to speed here or here.

Reminder: Tickets to see U2's The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour go on sale tomorrow morning (June 12th) at 10am. FYI: Beck was just announced as the opening act!

Also: Nick Cave is appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, June 13th.


Unless Boz Boorer is playing a cruel joke on fans, it appears as though The Smiths will be releasing a new pressing of "The Queen Is Dead" on June 16th. According Boorer's latest IG post the single will be available at HMV and according to unconfirmed reports, the release will include three previously released instrumentals on the b-side. No official info on the release has been announced by The Smiths, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, or Warner Brothers. View Boorer's IG post down below.

UPDATE (6/14): The Smiths are now teasing the release on social media.

FYI: Boorer is reportedly in Rome recording new material with Morrissey. Though there is no photographic proof from inside the studio, Morrissey has recently been photographed in Rome.

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Published June 9th, 2017

Shoegaze legends Ride are poised to return with Weather Diaries, their first new studio album in 20 years on June 16th. On the day before the record's release (June 15th) the shoegaze legends are holding listening parties at participating record stores across North America. The sole Detroit-area listening party takes place at Dearborn Music at 6pm. View the current list of participating stores below.

Ride released another new song off the Erol Alkan-produced/Alan Moulder-mixed album today. Stream the magnificent classic sounding six-minute shimmery kraut-gaze masterpiece "Lannoy Point" below and preorder Weather Diaries from Ride's store or Amazon.

Ride -- June 15th listening parties

Phoenix, AZ @ Stinkweeds (7pm)
Tempe, AZ @Zia Record Exchange
Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints
Oakland, CA @ Econo Jam (4pm)
Sacramento, CA @ Dimple Records (5pm)
San Diego, CA @ M-Theory Records (5pm)
San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba (6pm)
Miami, FL @ Sweat
Orlando, FL @ Park Ave (7pm)
Louisville, KY @ Guestroom Records
Chicago, IL @ Reckless Records
Bloomington, IN @ Landlocked Music (6pm)
Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD & Vinyl
Indianapolis, IN @ Luna Music
Baltimore, MD @ Sound Garden (8pm)
Dearborn, MI @ Dearborn Music (6pm)
Minneapolis, MN @ Down In The Valley
Durham, NC @ Bull City
Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (4pm)
Cleveland, OH @ Music Saves
Columbus, OH @ Record Per Minute (5pm)
Columbus, OH @ Used Kids Records
Portland, OR @ Everyday Music (12pm & 5pm)
Portland, OR @ Jackpot Records (5pm)
Portland, OR @ Music Millennium (7pm)
Philadelphia, PA @ Main Street Music
Philadelphia, PA @ Repo Records (4pm)
Pittsburgh, PA @ Attic Records
Pittsburgh, PA @ Juke Records
Knoxville, TN @ Magnolia Records
Nashville, TN @ Grimey's
Austin, TX @ End Of An Ear (6pm)
Austin, TX @ Waterloo
Dallas, TX @ Good Records (7pm)
Houston, TX @ Cactus Records (8pm)
Seattle, WA @ Sonic Boom (6pm)
Seattle, WA @ Silver Platters (6pm)
Madison, WI @ MadCity Music

Calgary, AL @ Sloth Records
Vancouver, BC @ Neptoon Records
Toronto, ON @ Sonic Boom
Montreal, QC Atom Heart

Ride return to North America in support of Weather Diaries next month. Dates are posted 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
Sep 20 -- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sep 21 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
Sep 23 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 24 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Sep 26 -- San Francisco @ Fillmore
Sep 29 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
Oct 02 -- Cuauhtemoc, MX @ Plaza Condensa

Published June 9th, 2017


Today is an important day in Detroit music history -- on this day in 1985 The Smiths played their first ever Detroit-area show. The gig took place at the Royal Oak Music Theatre and was the second stop on the North American leg of the Meat Is Murder Tour. This would be the first of only two Detroit appearances for the seminal band -- they returned to Detroit's Fox Theatre in 1986 to play their second and final Detroit gig. Oh, to go back in time!

The setlist from June 8th is posted below via Passions Just Like Mine. The site, which collects info and memorabilia from fans, confirms "You've Got Everything Now" was originally on the setlist and scheduled to be the first song of the second encore (before "Miserable Lie"), but was likely skipped.

Though a recording of the Royal Oak show isn't available, CanDragon was kind enough to upload audio (audio only) from the Toronto show that took place the following night -- June 9th, 1985 -- at Kingswood Music Theatre. The Toronto setlist is identical to the Royal Oak show other than two songs ("Handsome Devil" and "How Soon Is Now?") were flip flopped at the shows.

The Smiths -- June 8th, 1985 setlist

William, It Was Really Nothing
Nowhere Fast
I Want The One I Can't Have
What She Said
How Soon Is Now
Handsome Devil
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Stretch Out And Wait
Shakespear's Sister
Rusholme Ruffians
The Headmaster Ritual
Hand In Glove
Still Ill
Meat Is Murder

Encore 1

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

Encore 2

This Charming Man
Miserable Lie

Published June 8th, 2017

The The released a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day titled "We Can't Stop What's Coming." The single sold out immediately, leaving many fans desperate to get their hands on a copy, but now a second pressing of the single has been released. V2 is pressed on Old English White vinyl and does not have etchings on the flip side (to preserve the collector value of the original limited RSD release). The single is available to purchase here. Fifty percent of the profits from website sales of V2 will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Suffolk, the hospice center that cared for Matt Johnson's brother Andrew in his final days.

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" was recorded live during Johnson's Radio Cineola broadcast last May (May 2016), as a tribute to Andrew, who passed away in January of last year. The single includes ex-The The members (including Johnny Marr) and the cover art for the single features drawings found in Andrew's sketchbook. 

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" is also featured in the new The The documentary The Inertia Variations and is slated to be released as part of a larger multi-media project Johnson is working on. A digital version of the track can be purchased on iTunes.

Watch the official video for "We Can't Stop What's Coming," which features footage of Andrew (as well as Matt) Johnson and serves as a beautiful and heartfelt tribute.

"We Can't Stop What's Coming" is the third song Johnson has written for a family member. "Love Is Stronger Than Death" was written for Johnson's brother Eugene, and "Phantom Walls" was written as a tribute to his mother.

Published June 8th, 2017


The Ramones announced the release of a 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Leave Home. The 3 CD/1LP set contains a remastered version of the original album, a new 40th anniversary mix by original album engineer Ed Stasium, an unreleased live concert recorded April 2nd, 1977 at CBGB's, and other previously unreleased recordings. The vinyl component of the set is the 40th anniversary mix of Leave Home. The collection comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book and includes details on the making of the album, along with stories about the Ramones from their former manager Danny Fields.

The 40th anniversary deluxe edition of Leave Home arrives July 21st and is limited to 15,000 copies worldwide. Pre-order and read more about the release here. The tracklisting is posted below.

Disc One: original album (remastered)

01. Glad To See You Go
02. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
03. I Remember You
04. Oh Oh I Love Her So
05. Carbona Not Glue
06. Suzy Is A Headbanger
07. Pinhead
08. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
09. Swallow My Pride
10. What's Your Game
11. California Sun
12. Commando
13. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door

40th anniversary mix

15. Glad To See You Go
16. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
17. I Remember You
18. Oh Oh I Love Her So
19. Carbona Not Glue
20. Suzy Is A Headbanger
21. Pinhead
22. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
23. Swallow My Pride
24. What's Your Game
25. California Sun
26. Commando
27. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
28. You Should Have Never Opened That Door

Disc Two: bonus material

Sundragon Rough Mixes

01. Glad To See You Go
02. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
03. I Remember You
04. Oh Oh I Love Her So
05. Carbona Not Glue
06. Suzy Is A Headbanger
07. Pinhead
08. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
09. Swallow My Pride
10. What's Your Game
11. California Sun
12. Commando
13. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
14. You Should Have Never Opened That Door
15. Babysitter

40th anniversary extras

16. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Single Version)
17. I Don't Care (B-Side Version)
18. Babysitter (UK Album Version)
19. Glad To See You Go (BubbleGum Mix)
20. I Remember You (Instrumental)
21. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (Forest Hills Mix)
22. Oh Oh I Love Her So (Soda Machine Mix)
23. Carbona Not Glue (Queens Mix)
24. Suzy Is A Headbanger (Geek Mix)
25. Pinhead (Psychedelic Mix)
26. Pinhead (Oo-Oo-Gabba-UhUh Mix)
27. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (Bowery Mix)
28. Swallow My Pride (Instrumental)
29. What's Your Game (Sane Mix)
30. California Sun (Instrumental)
31. Commando (TV Track)
32. You're Gonna Kill That Girl (Doo Wop Mix)
33. You Should Have Never Opened That Door (Mama Mix)

Disc Three: Live at CBGB's April 2, 1977

01. I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
02. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. Swallow My Pride
05. Suzy Is A Headbanger
06. Teenage Lobotomy
07. 53rd & 3rd
08. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
09. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
10. Let's Dance
11. Babysitter
12. Havana Affair
13. Listen To My Heart
14. Oh Oh I Love Her So
15. California Sun
16. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
17. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
18. Judy Is A Punk
19. Pinhead

LP: 40th Anniversary Mix

Side One:

01. Glad To See You Go
02. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
03. I Remember You
04. Oh Oh I Love Her So
05. Carbona Not Glue
06. Suzy Is A Headbanger]
07. Pinhead

Side Two:

01. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
02. Swallow My Pride
03. What's Your Game
04. California Sun
05. Commando
06. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
07. You Should Have Never Opened That Door


808 State's fourth album Gorgeous has been reissued on limited edition purple vinyl. The album was originally released in 1993 and is filled with amazing tracks including "Moses" (featuring Ian McCulloch), "Time Bomb," "Nimbus" and the excellent "Contrique" which utilizes a sample of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control." This expanded edition comes pressed on 180 gm purple vinyl and includes seven bonus tracks. Purchase here.

Published June 6th, 2017

U2 announced a handful of additional shows in celebration of the 30th anniversary The Joshua Tree in North America and this time they're coming to Detroit. The Detroit show is September 3rd at Ford Field. The general onsale starts Monday, June 12th at 10am.

The exclusive priority presale for U2.com subscribers starts June 8th at 10am (Red Hill Group presale starts June 8th @ 10 am, Wires Group presale starts June 9th at 10am). The presales run through June 10th at 5pm. For more info on the presales and info on how to become a subscriber is posted here.

There will be a 4 ticket limit for presale purchases and a 6 ticket limit for the general onsale.

UPDATE (6/11): Beck has been announced as the opening act for all of the September dates in the U.S.

U2 released the 30th anniversary reissue of The Joshua Tree last week. Several reissue editions are available including a 7 LP Super Deluxe Box Set, 4 CD Super Deluxe Set, and 2 CD Deluxe set. The expanded versions include live material recorded during The Joshua Tree tour in 1987, b-sides/outtakes from the original singles, and brand new remixes by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, Flood, and more.

U2 -- The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour

Sep 03 -- Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
Sep 05 -- Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
Sep 08 -- Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium
Sep 10 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Lucas Oil Stadium
Sep 12 -- Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium
Sep 16 -- St. Louis, MO @ The Dome At America’s Center
Sep 22 -- San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium

Published June 6th 2017


The Psychedelic Furs are heading back out on the road this autumn for a new tour. The Singles Tour hits 20 cities and features Tommy Stinson's band Bash & Pop as the opening act. No Detroit date has been announced, but if you're up for a roadtrip check out the tour dates below:

Psychedelic Furs -- The Singles Tour

Sep 22 -- Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando
Sep 23 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ P.V. Concert Hall
Sep 24 -- Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre
Sep 27 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Sep 29 -- Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
Sep 30 -- Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct 01 -- Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Oct 04 -- Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
Oct 06 -- Tarrytown,NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Oct 07 -- Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
Oct 08 -- Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Oct 10 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 11 -- Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Oct 13 -- Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
Oct 14 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
Oct 16 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Oct 18 -- Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Oct 20 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct 21 -- Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Oct 22 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

Published June 5th, 2017

Swervedriver announced an exciting North American tour -- the brilliant and seminal band will be performing TWO of their albums in full this September. Adam Franklin, Jimmy Hartridge, Mikey Jones and Mick Quinn will play their first two albums -- 1991's Raise and 1993's Mezcal Head -- in full, front to back (two sets) each night of the tour. Swervedriver have previously played Raise in full, but never before have they performed both albums on tour back to back, so this is a thrilling tour indeed. Now for the bad news...

Unfortunately there is no Detroit date, but if any tour called for a roadtrip, this is it. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, June 9th at 10am ET.  View the itinerary below and head over to Swervedriver's website for ticket links to all the shows.

Swervedriver also announced they hope to have their sixth studio album out in 2018 and will be providing more details on that shortly. Their last album I Wasn't Born To Lose You was released in 2015 and one of the best recordings of the year.

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 June 5th, 2017