...hang the dj

...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, or desires of Bell Media

...hang the dj

.......... *

Contact info

Send music submissions, press releases, or questions/concerns to: cristina [at] 89xradio.com or: hangthedjmag [at] gmail.com

Or just hit me up on Twitter @cristinarocks

...hang the dj

...hang the dj is a music blog. Old school, shoegaze, psych, and darkwave are featured genres.

Legal disclaimer: This blog is my personal, independent website. It is not affiliated with Bell Media, nor does it represents the thoughts, opinions, desires, etc of Bell Media

For music submissions, press releases, or questions/concerns:

hangthedjmag (at) gmail.com

Or hit me up on Twitter: @CristinaRocks

Blog Archive

About

Blogger news

Tune in to 89x for my radio broadcasts...

Listen to Time Warp on 89X - the long running classic alternative show airs Sunday mornings from 8am - 12pm ET. Listen on the radio (88.7) in Detroit, or stream it worldwide on the net. The Time Warp playlist archive is posted here.
Powered by Blogger.

Search This Blog

2017/07/24


Liam Gallagher heads to North America later this week for a handful of live appearances -- first up is a "secret" show on July 28th at New York's McKittrick Hotel and an instore at NYC's Rough Trade on July 30th. Then on August 3rd he'll perform an hour-long set at Lollapalooza in Chicago before heading back home to the U.K. 

He returns to North America in November for a club tour in support of his debut solo album As You Were, which he describes as full of "passion for life, people, music...and clouds." As You Were is set for release October 6th and is available to pre-order here.

Gallagher performed at Lollapalooza Paris yesterday -- watch video of his full set along with a short interview below.





Liam Gallagher -- North American tour

Jul 28 -- New York, NY @ McKittrick Hotel
Jul 30 -- New York, NY @ Rough Trade
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 July 24th, 2017

The legendary post-punk/synth-pop band Ultravox will be making some sort of announcement this Thursday, July 27th.

What will it be?!? New studio album? Reissue? Tour?

Stay tuned...







Published July 24th, 2017

2017/07/23


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode 16: Emiteröm ◄

Settle in and rock it old school with a new episode of Time Warp online. Today's show includes music from The Smiths, The Replacements, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins, Felt, The House Of Love, The Cure, The Stooges, 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

New Order's "True Faith" turns 30
The Smiths officially announce expanded The Queen Is Dead sets
Nine Inch Nails pay tribute to David Bowie
Peter Hook brings Substance to Detroit in 2018
The Replacements unearth live recording from 1986 for double LP
OMD premiere "The Punishment Of Luxury"
David Bowie 40th anniversary "Heroes" picture disc
Excellence: NIN premiere "This Isn't The Place"
R.I.P. Mick Bund of Felt & Mexico 70
Ministry hit the road & play Detroit
Joy Division Closer anniversary
The Waterboys premiere new single
Updated Detroit Concert Calendar

Published July 23rd, 2017

2017/07/20


New Order's beloved smash single "True Faith" was released on this day in 1987 and remains one of the all-time New Order greats. The classic yet timeless single, which takes its name from a line in a book Peter Hook was reading at the time (Texas by James A. Michener referred to Catholicism as being "the only true faith") was backed by another massive fan favorite, "1963" and released on 7" and 12" formats.

Both "True Faith" and "1963" were recorded over a 10 day period with Stephen Hague. New Order had a 10 day deadline to write, record, and mix both songs -- though they weren't usually given deadlines, Factory forced a 10 day deadline on them in order to have the tracks included on New Order's compilation Substance, which was released less than a month later (August 17, 1987).



Hook revealed in his latest book Substance: Inside New Order that the sessions were uncomfortable as Hague was brought in to help New Order deliver a breakthrough pop hit (he'd previously helped Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, OMD, and others), but unbeknownst to the band, Hague was used to co-writing with the artists he worked with, which was not something New Order were used to or down for.

Hooky was also personally disenchanted with the recording sessions and how his bass parts were buried in the final mix of "True Faith" and almost totally absent in "1963" though Hooky got his comeuppance on the bassier Arthur Baker remix. (Hook also claims that Hague now admits it was a mistake to have the bass mixed so low on "True Faith").



"True Faith" turned out to be a major success for New Order -- it enjoyed tons of radio and MTV airplay and was the band's highest charting single in the U.S. at the time. ["Regret," released in 1993 would eventually hold the crown as the band's highest charting single on the U.S. Hot 100 chart though the dance charts were another matter altogether -- "Touched By The Hand Of God," "Round & Round," "Regret," "World (The Price Of Love)," and "Crystal" all hit #1.]

Viva "True Faith"!



*The original version of "True Faith" is not available digitally, which is truly a tragedy. The original version of "1963" received a better fate and was included as bonus material on the 2008 Collectors Edition of Brotherhood.


**My advice: pony up for a CD or LP version of Substance if you can find one, you won't regret it.

Full disclosure: Substance is one of my favorite records of all time. I've owned multiple copies on multiple formats over the years and probably the record I've listened to the most in my life, so perhaps I'm biased.

Published July 20th, 2017

Nine Inch Nails returned to the stage last night performing their first show since 2014. As part of the show, Trent Reznor paid tribute to David Bowie with an exquisite and emotional cover of  Bowie's Blackstar epic "I Can't Give Everything Away." Reznor revealed to the crowd in Bakersfield, California that he reworked the song after Bowie's death for his own closure, but never released it. Watch the performance below (the first video includes Reznor's comments; the second is a more close-up view).

Meanwhile, NIN release the new EP Add Violence tomorrow and perform at FYF Festival on Sunday, July 23rd. FYF has announced that they'll stream the festival live on Twitter, yes, Twitter -- this is the first festival to live stream on the platform. So far FYF has not confirmed whether Nine Inch Nails will be one of the acts to stream live. Also keep in mind the festival takes place in Los Angeles, so NIN's headlining set -- if it streams -- will take place very late (west coast time).





Setlist

Branches/Bones
Copy of A
Less Than
March of the Pigs
Piggy
The Frail
The Wretched
Closer
Parasite
Burn
Give Up
I Can't Give Everything Away
The Lovers
Reptile
The Great Destroyer
Burning Bright (Field On Fire)
Survivalism
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
Hurt

Published July 20th, 2017

As previously reported, over the last week The Smiths have been torturing fans by teasing a reissue of their seminal album The Queen Is Dead. Today they made good on their word and revealed the details for three expanded sets.

All three editions -- 2CD set, 3CD/1DVD box, and 5LP set -- arrive October 20th and feature eight previously unreleased versions, including the first ever demo of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1).



Full details on all three sets are posted below.

Morrissey: "You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve...you progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve – and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead."

Johnny Marr: "The Queen Is Dead was epic to make and epic to live."



2CD set

Two CD set includes the original album material newly remastered (2017), plus a disc of demos, b-sides, and alternate versions. Of the 13 songs found on Disc 2, the following 8 songs are previously unreleased:

"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1) -- first EVER demo
"The Queen Is Dead" (FULL version)
"Frankly Mr. Shankly" (demo)
"I Know It's Over" (demo)
"Never Had No One Ever" (demo)
"Cemetry Gates" (demo)
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" (demo)
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" (demo)

3CD/1DVD boxset

The boxset comes housed in a lift off lid box with a 12 page booklet. CD1 & CD 2 are identical to the 2CD set, and adds a third live audio disc, plus DVD with enhanced audio and the previously released film The Queen Is Dead.

Disc 1: newly mastered 2017 edition of original material
Disc 2: demos, b-sides, alternate versions
Disc 3: Live In Boston -- full show recorded August 5th, 1986 at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts in Boston
DVD: The Queen Is Dead - A Film By Derek Jarman, along with the 2017 master of album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo. The box set is housed in a lift off lid box with a 12 page booklet

5LP vinyl boxset

The 5LP set includes everything from CD1, CD2 & CD3, and comes housed in a lift off box with 2 double gatefolds and 1 single.

All three editions are available to pre-order through Amazon: 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP

View the tracklisting below:

The Smiths -- The Queen Is Dead 2017

Disc 1

01. The Queen Is Dead (2017 master)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2017 master)
03. I Know It's Over (2017 master)
04. Never Had No One Ever (2017 master)
05. Cemetry Gates (2017 master)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (2017 master)
07. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2017 master)
08. Vicar In A Tutu (2017 master)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2017 master)
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2017 master)

Disc 2

01. The Queen Is Dead (full version, previously unreleased)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (demo, prev unreleased)
03. I Know It's Over (demo, prev unreleased)
04. Never Had No One Ever (demo, prev unreleased)
05. Cemetry Gates (demo, prev unreleased)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (demo, previously unreleased)
07. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (demo, previously unreleased)
08. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (demo mix)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1, previously unreleased)
10. Rubber Ring (single b-side, 2017 master)
11. Asleep (single b-side, 2017 master)
12. Money Changes Everything (single b-side,2017 master)
13. Unloveable (single b-side, 2017 master)

Disc 3

Live In Boston (tracklist for this disc has NOT been released. This is the setlist from the show and it is possible some songs may be omitted)

How Soon Is Now?
Hand In Glove
I Want The One I Can't Have
Still Ill
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
Panic
Never Had No One Ever
Stretch Out And Wait
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Cemetry Gates
What She Said (with Rubber Ring intro and outro)
Is It Really So Strange?
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Queen Is Dead
Money Changes Everything
I Know It's Over
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Bigmouth Strikes Again

DVD

-2017 master of album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo
-The Queen Is Dead - A Film By Derek Jarman



Published July 20th, 2017

2017/07/19


The Smiths revealed on social media that the official announcement behind The Queen Is Dead reissue is coming tomorrow...and in the meantime Morrissey and Johnny Marr continue to tease the reissue.

Earlier this week, a leaked listing on Amazon revealed the reissue is slated for release on October 20th and deluxe editions will contain an extra disc of b-sides and more.

Stay tuned...

UPDATE (7/20): Three expanded editions of The Queen Is Dead have been announced -- 2CD, 3CD/1DVD, 5LP -- all three include 8 previously unreleased songs (alternate versions of previously released songs); the 3CD/DVD set also includes a live concert captured in Boston and The Queen Is Dead - A Film by Derek Jarman.

Read more about the reissues here and stream the very first demo version of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" Take 1 from the reissue below:









Published July 19th, 2017

Peter Hook has announced a new North American tour!

Peter Hook & The Light will perform the Joy Division and New Order albums Substance in full in North America next spring. The tour includes a Detroit area show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on May 3rd and tickets go on sale this Friday. Don't miss out on seeing the legendary Peter Hook in action -- his live shows are INCREDIBLE.

UPDATE: Pre-sale is going on now. Password: ROMTLIVE

Earlier this year Hooky released his excellent book Substance: Inside New Order, which is filled with tons and tons of delicious and sordid tales -- and is required reading for any New Order and Joy Division fan. The book was recently published on paperback (different cover art than the hardcover edition). Grab a copy here.




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 -- Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
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 03 -- Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
Jun 04 -- St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

*Wiltern show Hooky will perform Unknown Pleasures & Closer

Published July 19th, 2017
Mick Bund, who appeared on Felt's 1988 album The Pictorial Jackson Review and played live with the band for a short period of time has died. The news of Bund's July 6th death was shared by Lawrence on Felt's social media yesterday.

"Once again, we are sad to hear about the sudden death last week of Mick Bund, a former Felt bass player. We extend our deepest condolences to his wealth of friends and family.

Mick played live with Felt for a couple of years towards the end of the 80s and played phenomenal bass on the album 'The Pictorial Jackson Review'. We will all miss him deeply."

In addition to Felt, Bund played in Airstream, Mexico 70, and Templeroy. His cause of death has not been announced.

R.I.P.









Published July 19th, 2017

The Replacements unearthed a incredible concert captured live on a 24 track in 1986. Bootleg recordings of this intimate Hoboken show have circulated over the years on fan sites because it was indeed legendary -- the last show to feature the band's classic lineup of Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars (Bob Stinson was fired from the band -- or quit, depending on who you ask -- a short time later). The recording of this remarkable concert has sat in the vaults for over 30 years, but Warner/Rhino has finally dug through the archives and greenlit an official release.

The Replacements are famous for their live shows, which could be a hit or a drunken, drunken, sloppy miss. This particular concert is ON POINT and features the Replacements ripping through 29 songs, including an early version of "Can't Hardly Wait," which the band would eventually record (of course, with out Bob Stinson) and release on 1987's Pleased To Meet Me.

For Sale: Live At Maxwell's 1986 arrives October 6th and is available to pre-order now as a 2CD or 2LP set, or pre-order a digital copy.

Stream "Can't Hardly Wait" from the album and view the tracklisting below.



Disc 1

01. Hayday (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
02. Color Me Impressed (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
03. Dose Of Thunder (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
04. Fox On The Run (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
05. Hold My Life (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
06. I Will Dare (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
07. Favorite Thing (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
08. Unsatisfied (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
09. Can't Hardly Wait (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
10. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
11. Takin A Ride (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
12. Bastards Of Young (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
13. Kiss Me On The Bus (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
14. Black Diamond (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)

Disc 2

01. Johnny's Gonna Die (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
02. Otto (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
03. I'm In Trouble (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
04. Left Of The Dial (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
05. God Damn Job (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
06. Answering Machine (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
07. Waitress In The Sky (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
08. Take Me Down To The Hospital (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
09. Gary's Got A Boner (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
10. If Only You Were Lonely (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
11. Baby Strange (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
12. Hitchin' A Ride (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
13. Nowhere Man (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
14. Go (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)
15. Fuck School (Live at Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ, 2/4/86)

Published July 19th, 2017

Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark premiered another song from their forthcoming full length The Punishment of Luxury. The title track its accompanying animated video is the band's commentary on indulgence in 2017.  Andy McCluskey's explains:

"Most people in the Western world are materially better off than their predecessors ever were and yet we are unhappier. Now we have many possessions we don’t need because we’ve been persuaded to buy. This is the punishment of luxury."

Check out "The Punishment Of Luxury" from OMD below.



A limited edition 12" single of "The Punishment Of Luxury" featuring the album version, remixed version, and backed by previously unreleased track "Lampe Licht" will be released October 13th; the parent album The Punishment Of Luxury arrives September 1st. Both are available to pre-order here.

Published July 19th, 2017

Fresh off the announcement of the forthcoming boxset David Bowie: A New Career In A New Town, a 40th anniversary limited edition "Heroes" picture disc is now set for release.

The "Heroes" picture disc includes a newly remastered (2017) single version of the beloved song backed by a previously unreleased live version -- Bowie's live debut of "Heroes" -- which he recorded September 7th, 1977 for Marc Bolan's television show (episode aired September 20th, 1977).

The 7" will be released September 22nd. Check out the listing here.



Published July 19th, 2017

London's Swimming Tapes follow up their intriguing debut EP Souvenirs with another slice of glistening indie pop. The refreshing track "What's On Your Mind" is the latest single from the band's upcoming EP Soft Sea Blue which arrives on September 15th. Stream "What's On Your Mind" below and check out pre-order and other streaming options here.



Catch up with Swimming Tapes on Bandcamp and Facebook.

Published July 19th, 2017

2017/07/18


Nine Inch Nails premiered another song from the forthcoming Add Violence EP. "This Isn't The Place" is Trent Reznor at his finest -- it's haunting, slow and soothing, yet filled with endless amounts of pain, anguish, and despair. Phenomenal. Addictive.

The accompanying video for "This Isn't The Place" holds more clues to the linkage and theme of the NIN EP trilogy (perhaps the sequel to Year Zero?!?) Watch below:



Add Violence arrives digitally on July 21st. Pre-order from the NIN store.

Published July 18th, 2017

Joy Division's second full length album Closer was released on this day in 1980, two months after the death of Ian Curtis. The post-punk classic went on to become Factory's first top 10 album, and is widely considered Joy Division's crown jewel.









Published July 18th, 2017


2017/07/17


On Friday, The Smiths began teasing yet another reissue of their seminal 1986 album The Queen Is Dead (the album, along with the rest of their catalog, was previously remastered by Johnny Marr and reissued in 2011).

Though no official details surrounding the release have been announced, the cat is somewhat out of the bag because an October 20th listing for two editions (2 CD and CD/DVD) appeared on the Amazon UK website. Amazon also posted (and quickly removed) details for the release, but not before fans were able to capture a screenshot.

If the removed tracklisting is to be believed, The Queen Is Dead has been remastered again, and it'll be released along with a disc of bonus material including demo versions and b-sides. The contents of the DVD portion still remain a mystery, however it's been rumored that it'll likely end up being a pro-shot recording of The Smiths' July 20th, 1986 gig at Salford University along with several videos from The Queen Is Dead era.

UPDATE (7/20): The Smiths have announced three expanded sets (2CD, 3CD/1DVD, and 5LP set) plus unleashed "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" (Take 1). 

The tracklisting posted below is accurate. The third CD includes a live concert Live In Boston, and DVD portion is enhanced audio of The Queen Is Dead, along with  The Queen Is Dead A Film by Derek Jarman. Sadly the Salford University gig will NOT be included. Details are posted here.

View the tracklisting below via NME.



The Smiths -- The Queen Is Dead 2017

01. The Queen Is Dead (2017 master)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2017 master)
03. I Know It's Over (2017 master)
04. Never Had No One Ever (2017 master)
05. Cemetry Gates (2017 master)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (2017 master)
07. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2017 master)
08. Vicar In A Tutu (2017 master)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2017 master)
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2017 master)

01. The Queen Is Dead (full version)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (demo)
03. I Know It's Over (demo)
04. Never Had No One Ever (demo)
05. Cemetry Gates (demo)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (demo)
07. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (demo)
08. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (demo mix)
09. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)
10. Rubber Ring (single b-side, 2017 master)
11. Asleep (single b-side, 2017 master)
12. Money Changes Everything (single b-side,2017 master)
13. Unloveable (single b-side, 2017 master)

Published July 17th, 2017

Ministry are set to return with their 14th studio album Amerikkkant this fall and today they've announced a North American tour in support of the album. The tour brings them to the Royal Oak Music Theatre on October 23rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 21st. Check out the full tour itinerary below.

Learn more about Amerikkkant here and pre-order through Pledge Music.

Ministry wsg Death Grips

Oct 13 -- Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 14 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Oct 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 17 -- New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Oct 19 -- Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Oct 20 -- Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 21 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 23 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 24 -- Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
Oct 26 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
Oct 27 -- Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Oct 29 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 30 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Nov 01 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Nov 02 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Nov 05 -- San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater
Nov 07 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Nov 08 -- Albuquerque,  NM @ El Rey Theatre
Nov 10 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Nov 11 -- Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!

Published July 17th, 2017


Nine Inch Nails are set to return with the new EP Add Violence. Today Trent Reznor unveiled the EP's back cover art, which holds clues to the overall EP trilogy theme. Check out the back cover art below (the front cover art is pictured above).


Add Violence arrives digitally on July 21st and physically on August 7th. View pre-order options over at NIN's store.



Published July 17th, 2017

Sextile are a dynamic space-inspired post punk band from Los Angeles. The trio released their debut album A Thousand Hands in 2015, spent a lot of time in the road (included some dates opening for the legendary Chameleons Vox), and are now back with their second release. The new album Albeit Living is super dark, noisy, and brilliant. Check out the official video for "One Of These" below and grab Albeit Living from Amazon or Bandcamp. Stream in full over at Spotify.



Sextile head back out on the road this summer and hit El Club in Detroit on September 11th. View the itinerary below and catch up with Sextile on Facebook.

Sextile -- U.S. tour

Aug 18 -- Phoenix, AZ @ LBX
Aug 19 -- Tucson, AZ @ Bar Passe
Aug 20 -- El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
Aug 22 -- Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
Aug 23 -- Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Aug 24 -- Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
Aug 25 -- New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Aug 26 -- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Aug 28 -- Nashville, TN @ The End
Aug 29 -- Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
Aug 30 -- Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Aug 31 -- Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Sep 01 -- Washington, DC @ DC9
Sep 02 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Sep 03 -- Providence, RI @ Aurora
Sep 08 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Sep 09 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Sep 11 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Sep 12 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sep 15 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
Sep 16 -- Omaha, NB @ Milk Run
Sep 17 -- Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sep 22 -- Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room
Sep 23 -- Portland, OR @ TBA
Sep 25 -- San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord

Published July 17th, 2017

The Waterboys return with the double album Out Of All This Blue on September 8th. The album's first single, "If The Answer Is Yeah" has premiered and is available to stream and download. Check it out below:



Pre-order Out Of All This Blue from Amazon or the official band store.

Published July 17th, 2017

2017/07/16


Rock it old school with a new episode of the online version of Time Warp. Today's show includes music from David Bowie, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, Echo & The Bunnymen, The The, Portishead, Supergrass, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Public Image Ltd, The Stooges, and more. Stream below or over here.

Stream previous shows here or here.



A smattering of music news stories from the week:

Garbage release new single "No Horses" + talk Debbie Harry
Nine Inch Nails detail Add Violence EP + debut single
The Church new LP + U.S. tour
New Order: archive of recent Manchester show
The Sisters Of Mercy announce 4 LP boxset
New David Bowie boxset: A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982)
Fashion: Runway show Closer features iconic Joy Division & New Order artwork
The Breeders announce North American tour
Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey might be getting sued
Tori Amos announces new LP & tour

Published July 16th, 2017

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

JULY

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

AUGUST

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

SEPTEMBER

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 -- VNV Nation @ The Shelter
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

OCTOBER

Oct 01 -- 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 07 -- Zola Jesus @ El Club
Oct 08 -- The National @ Masonic Temple
Oct 08 -- Frankie Rose @ UFO Factory
Oct 11 -- Paul Weller @ Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 22 -- Chelsea Wolfe w/Youth Code @ El Club
Oct 23 -- Ministry w/ Death Grips @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 25 -- Boris @ El Club
Oct 27 -- Ben Folds Five @ 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

NOVEMBER

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 (on sale 7/21)
Nov 04 -- Japandroids W/ Cloud Nothings @ Majestic
Nov 04 -- Lee Ranaldo @ El Club
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 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 -- 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 28 -- Grizzly Bear @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 30 -- Gary Numan @ St. Andrew's Hall

DECEMBER

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

MAY 2018

May 03 -- Peter Hook @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

*updated 7/21

2017/07/14


Garbage are currently on the road with Blondie as part of the Rage and Rapture tour in North America. So far they've been opening their set each night with a timely new track titled "No Horses." Shirley Manson describes the song as:

"...a dream fueled anxiety attack. A dark imagining of the future in which a presiding regime values only profit and success leaving no room for tiny beautiful things, small gestures and great beasts."

Today Garbage released the studio version of "No Horses" today as a digital single with profits being donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Download the single on iTunes or Amazon and stream it below:



Meanwhile Shirley Manson was recently asked by W to describe her relationship with the legendary Debbie Harry. Check out her glowing comments below and read the full interview here.

"I would prefer to describe my relationship with Debbie Harry because it is who she is as a woman that has had the greatest impact on me. It is the fact that she is 72 years old and was just featured on the cover of Nylon magazine which is read primarily by young women.

It’s the fact that she just released a record in the so-called twilight of her life, let alone her career, to critical acclaim. It is the fact that she still walks and talks with great authority. It is the fact that she still has a thrust and thrill about her.

It is all these things and more that I admire about her and am grateful for. She is a marvelous beacon, and not just for me or for women in music, but for all women all over the world who fear they have lost their agency because they have earned themselves a wrinkle and passed the age of 25."

Published July 14th, 2017


Sweden's premiere dreampop outfit The Radio Dept. released a new EP today. Teach Me How To Forget is a six song EP featuring two brand new songs, three remixes, and a reworked version of the title track (original version released on 2016's Running Out Of Love). Stream one of the new songs titled "Just So" below and download Teach Me How To Forget here. The EP is also available on streaming services.



Teach Me To Forget EP

1. Teach Me to Forget - 12" version
2. Just So
3. You're Not in Love
4. We Got Game - Henning Fürst remix
5. Swedish Guns - Mythologen remix
6. Teach Me to Forget - Kim Ki O rework

Published July 14th, 2017

2017/07/13


Trent Reznor made good on his promise -- Nine Inch Nails debuted new music ahead of the band's live dates this summer. Today Reznor unleashed the single and video for "Less Than," which serves as the first single off of a new EP titled Add Violence. The EP is the follow up to the 2016's Not The Actual Events and is second in NIN's recently announced EP trilogy. Reznor reveals that the lyrics, artwork, and "accompanying physical component" (which will be available exclusively through the NIN.com), link the three releases:

"Add Violence finds Nine Inch Nails becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time. The sonic palette expands significantly from Not The Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filled cover artwork and accompanying physical component, available exclusively through the NIN.com store."

Add Violence arrives digitally on July 21st, as a "digital EP and physical component" on August 7th, and on CD September 1st. View the options over at NIN's store.

The official video for "Less Than" features a customized version of the video game Polybius. Reznor reportedly cold-called the game's designer and together they made Reznor's vision a reality. Watch the video below and learn more about how it all came together here.



Add Violence Tracklisting:

1. Less Than
2. The Lovers
3. This Isn't The Place
4. Not Anymore
5. The Background World

Nine Inch Nails -- tour

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

Published July 13th, 2017

The Church announced details for their 26th studio album along with a massive North American tour in support of the effort. The album is titled Man Woman Life Death Infinity and arrives this fall (date TBA) and features the new single "Another Century," which premiered and was released as a digital single in June.

The Church head back out on the road this fall for a 29 date U.S. tour with special guest The Helio Sequence serving as support for all the shows. The tour kicks off in Portland on September 8th and hits Detroit's Magic Stick on October 5th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, July 14th). View the full tour itinerary below along with the official video for "Another Century."



The Church -- North American tour

Sep 08 -- Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Sep 09 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
Sep 10 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Sep 12 -- Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
Sep 13 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Sep 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sep 15 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Sep 16 -- San Diego, CA @ The Music Box
Sep 18 -- Austin, TX @ 3Ten
Sep 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
Sep 20 -- Houston, TX @ Heights Theater
Sep 22 -- Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Sep 23 -- Orlando, FL @ The Social
Sep 24 -- Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
Sep 25 -- Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
Sep 27 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Sep 28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
Sep 29 -- Boston, MA @ City Winery
Sep 30 -- Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre
Oct 01 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 03 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 05 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Oct 06 -- Chicago, IL @ Park West
Oct 08 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Oct 10 -- Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Oct 11 -- Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
Oct 12 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
Oct 13 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Press Room

Published July 13th, 2017

A portion of New Order's set from tonight's gig at the Manchester International Festival will stream live this afternoon. The band's series of shows backed by a 12 member synthesizer ensemble with visuals by Liam Gillick have been getting rave reviews from fans and music critics alike.

The set is scheduled to stream at 9:10 pm local time (4:10 pm ET) here. It is unclear at this point whether it will be geoblocked, but fingers crossed it'll be available to view in North America.

New Order's final show of the Manchester International Festival residency takes place July 15th.

UPDATE (7/15): If you missed the live stream, view below. Video begins with an excellent discussion of New Order by visual designer Liam Gillick and legendary Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam. Note: the full show did not stream live (the stream begins with "Shellshock" and ends with "Plastic").





Here's a few fan-filmed videos of songs from previous NO shows that weren't included in the stream.







Published July 13th, 2017

2017/07/12


The Sisters Of Mercy announced the release of a vinyl box set titled Some Girls Wander By Mistake. The set includes a vinyl edition of the career-spanning 1992 compilation Some Girls Wander By Mistake along with 12" singles for Temple Of Love and Under The Gun. Highlights of the set include the superior-but-out-of-print original extended version of "Temple Of Love," cover of the Stooges' classic "1969," and the Sisters very first single "The Damage Done," which was originally released in 1980.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake will be released as a 4LP set pressed on 180 gm vinyl on September 1st and is available to pre-order here.

View the tracklisting for Some Girls Wander By Mistake below.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake - 4LP set

Side One

1. Alice
2. Floorshow
3. Phantom
4. 1969

Side Two

1. Kiss The Carpet
2. Lights
3. Valentine
4. Fix
5. Burn
6. Kiss The Carpet (reprise)

Side Three

1. Temple Of Love - Extended Version 1983
2. Heartland
3. Gimme Shelter

Side Four

1. The Damage Done
2. Watch
3. Home Of The Hit-Men
4. Body Electric
5. Adrenochrome
6. Anaconda

Temple Of Love (12")

Side One

1. Temple Of Love - Touched by the Hands of Ofra Haza

Side Two

1. Vision Thing - Canadian Club Remix

Under The Gun (12")

Side One

1. Under The Gun - Metropolis Mix

Side Two

1. Alice - 1993 Version
2. Under The Gun - Jutland Mix

Published July 12th, 2017


In 2015 David Bowie announced plans to release a series of expansive boxsets, each celebrating various Bowie eras. The first in the series, Five Years (1969 - 1973) was released in 2015 and was followed by the second installment Who Can I Be Now (1974 - 1976) last year. Today the third boxset in the series A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) was announced and is scheduled to arrive September 29th.

David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) focuses on the critically acclaimed Berlin Trilogy recordings (Low, "Heroes", & Lodger) along with two versions of Stage (original and 2017 editions), 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), plus the new compilation Re:Call 3. In addition to the remastered edition of Lodger, a newly remixed edition of the album -- Tony Visconti 2017 Mix -- is also presented here for the first time. Though Bowie wouldn't live to hear the final remixed edition, he greenlit Visconti's vision of remixing Lodger in full before his death in 2016.

Like the previous two boxsets, A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) will be released physically on LP and CD formats. Both editions include identical material, although the song order on Re:Call 3 differs slightly. Both formats also come with a book filled with commentary by Tony Visconti, archival press reviews, rare and previously unseen/unpublished photos shot by Anton Corbijn, Helmut Newton, Andrew Kent, and much more.

David Bowie A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) is available to pre-order now on CD, LP, and digital formats. View all the options here.

Stream the 2017 extended version of "Beauty And The Beast" from the collection and view the tracklisting below:



David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982)

Low

Side 1

1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. What In The World
4. Sound And Vision
5. Always Crashing In The Same Car
6. Be My Wife
7. A New Career In A New Town

Side 2

1. Warszawa
2. Art Decade
3. Weeping Wall
4. Subterraneans

"Heroes"

Side 1

1. Beauty And The Beast
2. Joe The Lion
3. "Heroes"
4. Sons Of The Silent Age
5. Blackout

Side 2

1. V-2 Schneider
2. Sense Of Doubt
3. Moss Garden
4. Neuköln
5. The Secret Life Of Arabia

"Heroes" EP

Side 1

1. "Heroes"/"Helden" (German album version)
2. "Helden" (German single version)

Side 2

1. "Heroes"/"Héros" (French album version)
2. "Héros" (French single version)

Stage (original version)

Side 1

1. Hang On To Yourself
2. Ziggy Stardus
3. Five Years
4. Soul Love
5. Star

Side 2

1. Station To Station
2. Fame
3. TVC 15

Side 3

1. Warszawa
2. Speed Of Life
3. Art Decade
4. Sense Of Doubt
5. Breaking Glass

Side 4

1. "Heroes"
2. What In The World
3. Blackout
4. Beauty And The Beast

Stage (2017 version)

Side 1

1. Warszawa
2. "Heroes"
3. What In The World

Side 2

1. Be My Wife
2. The Jean Genie (previously unreleased)
3. Blackout
4. Sense Of Doubt

Side 3

1. Speed Of Life
2. Breaking Glass
3. Beauty And The Beast
4. Fame

Side 4

1. Five Years
2. Soul Love
3. Star
4. Hang On To Yourself
5. Ziggy Stardust
6. Suffragette City (previously unreleased)

Side 5

1. Art Decade
2. Alabama Song
3. Station To Station

Side 6

1. Stay
2. TVC 15

Lodger (original + 2017 Tony Visconti remixed version)

Side 1

1. Fantastic Voyage
2. African Night Flight
3. Move On
4. Yassassin (Turkish for: Long Live)
5. Red Sails

Side 2

1. D.J.
2. Look Back In Anger
3. Boys Keep Swinging
4. Repetition
5. Red Money

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

Side 1

1. It's No Game (Part 1)
2. Up The Hill Backwards
3. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
4. Ashes To Ashes
5. Fashion

Side 2

1. Teenage Wildlife
2. Scream Like A Baby
3. Kingdom Come
4. Because You're Young
5. It's No Game (Part 2)

Re:Call 3

Side 1

1. "Heroes" (single version)
2. Beauty And The Beast (extended version)
3. Breaking Glass (Australian single version)
4. Yassassin (single version)
5. D.J. (single version)

Side 2

1. Alabama Song
2. Space Oddity (1979 version)
3. Ashes To Ashes (single version)
4. Fashion (single version)
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version)

Side 3

1. Crystal Japan
2. Under Pressure (single version) - Queen and David Bowie
3. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)
4. Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy * - David Bowie and Bing Crosby

Side 4

Bertolt Brecht's Baal

1. Baal's Hymn
2. Remembering Marie A.
3. Ballad Of The Adventurers
4. The Drowned Girl
5. The Dirty Song

Published July 12th, 2017

Designer Raf Simons premiered his 2018 line of rain-gear at an outdoor runway show titled Closer in Manhattan recently. The production was a Joy Division/New Order fan's dream: the set included Chinese lanterns with Peter Saville's iconic artwork, while Simons' collection prominently featured Joy Division and New Order items such as t-shirts and umbrellas. His collection will make you long for rainy days indeed.


Vogue posted a story about the runway show here, plus view the slideset of the full runway show here. Link to individual pictures featuring Joy Division/New Order items below. H/t Joy Division Central.

Unknown Pleasures tee.
Another Unknown Pleasures tee
Substance shirt (New Order)
Substance shirt (Joy Division)
Substance umbrella
Substance umbrella
Unknown Pleasures/Power Corruptions & Lies
Substance vest/shirt/jacket
Movement/Substance shirt
New Order Substance chinese lantern

Published July 12th, 2017
More details emerged yesterday about the death of Chris Cornell. Several pictures taken at the scene at the MGM Detroit and the recording of the 911 call were released yesterday subsequent to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Free Press. Additionally the final police report and ME findings have also been released.

Note: the reports include disturbing death scene photos. VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

View the reports in the Freep and Detroit News.

Published July 12th, 2017

2017/07/11


The Breeders have been working on new material lately, and though they haven't revealed details for a release, they're raring to get back on the road to play. Last week they announced details for a European tour, and today they've unveiled details for a short headline run of North America. The tour is their first since 2014 and includes a Detroit date November 1st at the Magic Stick. Tickets for the Detroit show go on sale this Friday, July 14th.

View the full North American tour itinerary below:



The Breeders -- North American tour

Oct 29* -- St. Paul, MN* @ Xcel Energy Centre
Nov 01 -- Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Nov 03 -- Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 04 -- Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Nov 05 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 06 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov 08 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Nov 09 -- Seattle, WA @ Showbox at Market
Nov 12 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Nov 13 -- Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

*the Breeders open for Arcade Fire at the October 29th; the rest are headline dates

Published July 11th, 2017

2017/07/10


It looks like Morrissey might be in some hot water over comments he made regarding his recent run-in with police in Rome.

Last week Morrissey was pulled over by police after the car he was riding in was allegedly going the wrong way (it's still unclear whether Moz himself was driving). Things escalated from there after the officer allegedly asked to see his papers (documentation/passport/etc). After a 35 minute altercation the police let him go, leaving Moz to fume over the entire situation.

Photographer Sam Esty Rayner* (aka Moz's nephew) later posted about the drama on his Facebook page. The post included a photo of the officer along with a quote or two from Morrissey alleging he had been "terrorized" by police. For their part, the police allege Moz was speeding the wrong way down the road and claim he had an attitude from the beginning because the officer didn't recognize him.

After the story went viral, U.K. newspaper The Metro contacted Morrissey to confirm the events in Rome, and they later published a piece featuring several colorful comments from Moz, who referred to the police department as "armed psychopaths."

According to new reports published today (translated here), Roma police weren't amused by his "armed psychopath" comments and the department is now threatening to sue for defamation.

It should be noted that after settling his libel lawsuit with NME in 2012, Morrissey has mostly refused to do interviews unless they are emailed (to protect himself from being quoted out of context). It is unclear whether his interview with the Metro was via email or recorded.

Read Morrissey's quotes that appeared in The Metro below and check out the whole piece here.

"Yes, I had an attitude – of someone being provoked. I do not expect anyone anywhere to know who I am. If this is all the police can say in their defence, then you must draw your own conclusions.

"If this can happen to me on a busy, daylight street in Roma, then Italy places itself right up there with Syria in terms of moral stability.

"With armed psychopaths free on the streets of Roma, then incoming migrants will soon be storming Italian borders to get back to Libya.

"Italy’s ranking as 126th most dangerous country in the world has now shifted to number 1."

Morrissey hasn't posted a statement or account of events on his official Facebook page or True To You, but stay tuned.

*To make matters more interesting/convoluted, Rayner is now claiming he wasn't even in Rome when the altercation took place.

Published July 10th, 2017

The National return with their highly anticipated album Sleep Well Beast on September 8th. Today the band announced additional dates for their mostly sold out North American tour, which now includes shows in Pittsburgh and Detroit. The Detroit show takes place October 8th at the Masonic Temple and the general onsale for tickets is Friday, July 14th. A pre-sale is scheduled to begin Thursday at 10am.

Sleep Well Beast will be released on 2LP white vinyl, limited edition 2LP blue vinyl, CD, and as a digital download. View the pre-order options here and stream two songs from the album below:





The National -- North American tour

Oct 05 -- Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
Oct 06 -- New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
Oct 07 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Oct 08 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
Oct 11 -- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Oct 12 -- San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Oct 14 -- Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
Nov 27 -- Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov 28 -- Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Nov 29 -- Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
Dec 01 -- Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec 02 -- Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall
Dec 07 -- Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Dec 08 -- Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Dec 09 -- Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
Dec 10 -- Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
Dec 12 -- Chicago, IL - Civic Opera House
Dec 13 -- Chicago, IL - Civic Opera House

Published July 10th, 2017

Tori Amos premiered album artwork for her new studio album last week, and today she's unveiled details behind her 15th studio album as well as dates for a North American tour.

The follow up to her 2014 album Unrepentant Geraldines is titled Native Invader and will be released September 8th. Amos explained the concept behind her album:

"The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?

In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager - both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?"

Amos announced a North American tour in support of Native Invader, which includes a stop at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on October 31st. The general onsale for tickets is Friday, July 14th; pre-sales start Wednesday, July 12th.  Visit Amos' official website for details on tickets and pre-sale opportunities.

Tori Amos -- North American tour

Oct 24 -- Saint Paul, MN @ O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
Oct 26 -- Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
Oct 27 -- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
Oct 29 -- Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre at Playhouse Square
Oct 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Oct 31 -- Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
Nov 02 -- Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theatre
Nov 03 -- Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
Nov 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ The Tower Theater
Nov 07 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Nov 08 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Nov 10 -- Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
Nov 11 -- Durham, NC 2 Durham Performing Arts Center
Nov 12 -- Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
Nov 14 -- New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theatre
Nov 16 -- Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Nov 17 -- Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Nov 19 -- Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theatre
Nov 22 -- Portland, OR 2 Schnitzer Hall
Nov 24 -- Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
Nov 25 -- Eugene, OR @ The Hulk Center for Performing Arts
Nov 26 -- Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theater
Nov 28 -- San Diego, CA @ The Balboa Theatre
Nov 29 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Arts Center
Dec 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Dec 02 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Dec 03 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Published July 10th, 2017