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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


As previously reported, Morrissey is releasing his cover of "Back On The Chain Gang" as a single on November 23rd. The legend announced today that he'll appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden November 7th to perform the single.

The 7" single, which also includes a live version of "I Didn't Know What To Do" (originally by Gilbert O'Sullivan), is available to pre-order here.





Morrissey - North American tour

Oct 31 -- Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
Nov 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov 03 -- Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Festival
Nov 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Published October 16th, 2018

J Mascis returns with his new album Elastic Days on November 9th. Mascis has previously issued a few songs from the album and today he's unleashed another. Stream the slow-groove "Web So Dense" below and view the pre-order options from the album here.







J Mascis - solo tour

Nov 07 -- Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Nov 08 -- Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Nov 09 -- Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Nov 10 -- Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House Of Music
Nov 14 -- San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Nov 15 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Nov 16 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
Nov 17 -- Denver, CO @ Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Nov 18 -- Fort Collins, CO @ Washington's
Nov 20 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Nov 21 -- Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Nov 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
Nov 28 -- Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Nov 29 -- Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Nov 30 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Dec 01 -- Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
Dec 04 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Dec 05 -- Washington, DC @ City Winery
Dec 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Dec 08 -- New York, NY @ Public Arts
Dec 09 -- Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom
Dec 12 -- Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Dec 13 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Dec 14 -- Northampton, MA @ Academy Of Music
Dec 15 -- Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

Published October 16th, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #77: Shattered Class

Rock it old school with classics from Ramones, The Fall, The Stranglers, Madness, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Housemartins, and The Cure.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of episodes here or here.




Stephen Morris, drummer extraordinaire is releasing a book. Morris has enjoyed a distinguished career as the accomplished drummer for Joy Division and New Order, plus he's played a major role in programming synthesizer and computers for New Order since the 80s. His book Record Play Pause is a part memoir, part oral history, and the 352 page book is filled with his stories, recollection, and dry wry humor. The book will be published in the UK/Europe on February 21st. A North American publishing date is still to be announced. Via Joy Division Central.

Morris is the final surviving member of Joy Division to release a memoir. Peter Hook released Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in 2013; Bernard Sumner's memoir Chapter and Verse was published in 2015.

Meanwhile the oral history of Joy Division titled This Searing Light, The Sun, And Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History will be released in the spring.

Published October 14th, 2018

Echo and the Bunnymen released their new album The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon last week which includes reworked versions of Echo classics as well as two brand new songs. Earlier this week they appeared on Later...With Jools Holland to perform two songs from the record -- check it out below.

Echo & The Bunnymen kick off their North American tour next month in support of the album. Tickets for the tour are on sale now.





Echo & The Bunnymen - North American tour

Nov 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov 19 -- Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
Nov 20 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov 21 -- New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre
Nov 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Nov 26 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Event Center
Nov 29 -- Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Nov 30 -- Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Dec 01 -- Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
Dec 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary/Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Published October 14th, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Ministry's definitive awe-inspiring album The Land Of Rape And Honey was released 30 years ago today.

Ministry's masterful and important album isn't just a sonic delight; it's a phenomenal trailblazing work that employed pioneering sounds, effects, and techniques. Nothing sounded like The Land Of Rape And Honey at the time of its release. The album was an aural assault; intense aggro-death metal fused with distortion, layered beats and samples; a masterpiece that went on to revolutionize and inspire the industrial scene.



The Land Of Rape And Honey reinvigorated Al Jourgensen creatively, and he revisited ideas and themes he formulated in 1981 prior to his dreadful (to him, anyway) Arista British Al days. Though Ministry had already embraced darker vibes on 1986's Twitch, it wasn't until The Land Of Rape And Honey that Jourgensen truly came into his own.

Jourgensen credits artists like William Burroughs and Brion Gysin with inspiring him to experiment with different methods of tape editing, and through a random slice and dice technique he was able to create a unique audio collage that sounded like nothing before it. Jourgensen discussed his creative process for the record in an interview with Revolver:

"The concept of it was basically a random, anarchy driven, fractal chaos. You take a bunch of pieces of tape, you throw 'em on the floor, and you put 'em back at random. And that's what Rape and Honey was. That comes more from the authors than it does the noise bands. I was more author-inspired than I was music-inspired."



The title The Land Of Rape and Honey was famously inspired by a souvenir mug Jourgensen obtained while on tour in Saskatchewan. He recalled to the Quietus:

"Everyone reads into the title like there's an underlying premise, but we were touring Canada and wound up in a place named Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Just some truck stop. We weren't even playing there. The one coffee mug on our bus had broken when the driver hit the brakes, so I went in and bought a new one. It had a picture of a little bee and a bundle of wheat, and it said "Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The Land Of Rape And Honey."

[Historical sidenote: one of Tilsdale, Saskatchewan's major crops is rapeseed (also known as canola). Tilsdale's motto was established in 1958 as "The Land Of Rape And Honey" but due to growing opposition the motto was changed to "Opportunity Grows Here" in 2016.]



Bottom line: Ministry's The Land Of Rape And Honey is a seminal industrial/alternative/metal album. The timeless work truly paved the way for legions of bands, and the record is as vital and poignant in 2018 as it was 30 years ago.

For more insight into the album, watch a fascinating interview with Chris Connelly below:



Published October 11th, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Spiritualized's first live album Fucked Up Inside will be reissued on black vinyl on October 26th. The seven tracks from the whirring spacey-psychedelic album were captured live in San Diego and Los Angeles in 1992 while on tour in support of Lazer Guided Melodies. The album features songs from Lazer Guided Melodies and their 1995 album Pure Phase, plus a cover of Spacemen 3's "Walking With Jesus." The title is taken from lyrics from Spiritualized's song "Medication," which was released as a single few months prior to the North American gigs. Highlights from the album include the mesmerizing 14 minute version of "Shine A Light" and the swirling magnificence of "Smiles."

Fucked Up Inside is a rarity - the album was issued in 1993 as a limited edition mail-order only release. A remastered edition pressed on 180 gm black vinyl with a fancy embossed silver foil blocked sleeve will be released on October 26th and is available to pre-order here. The CD edition of the release is out now.

Stream the 1993 edition of the album below.



Published October 10th, 2018

Thom Yorke has shared more music from his score to Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film). This evening Yorke unveiled the intriguingly trippy, Coil-esque "Volk," which is available to stream below along with his previously issued compositions. Suspiria will be released on October 26th and is available to pre-order here.

Yorke launches Suspiria with a series of live premiere events later this month in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Madrid, São Paulo, Mexico City, and Tokyo. He'll return to North America in November for his previously announced solo tour which brings him to the Masonic Temple in Detroit on December 2nd.







Thom Yorke - North American tour

Nov 23 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 24 -- Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre-Boch Center
Nov 26 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov 27 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov 30 -- Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
Dec 01 -- Cleveland, OH @ Keybank State Theatre
Dec 02 -- Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre
Dec 04 -- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec 05 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Dec 06 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop/University of Minnesota
Dec 08 -- St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
Dec 09 -- Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre Midland
Dec 11 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Dec 13 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
Dec 15 -- San Francisco, CA @ Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 17 -- San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
Dec 19 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec 22 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea/Cosmopolitan

Published October 10th, 2018

Richard Ashcroft has unleashed more music from his forthcoming album Natural Rebel, which arrives October 19th. Stream his latest uplifting track titled "That's When I Feel It" below and head here to check out the pre-order options here.



Published October 10th, 2018

Noctorum featuring ex-Church guitarist/legend Marty Willson-Piper are poised to return with their fourth studio album The Afterlife. The band's first full studio album since 2011's Honey Mink Forever includes orchestral arrangements featuring harpsichord, flute, trumpet and violin along with guitar, bass, and drum. The album will be released on vinyl and CD through Pledge Music in November with a wider release on Schoolkids Records planned for February.

Get a taste of The Afterlife with the band's latest single "A Girl With No Love" below and head here to pre-order.









Noctorum - North American tour

Oct 11 -- Fort Worth, TX @ Fort Worth Live
Oct 12 -- San Antonio, TX @ TBC
Oct 13 -- Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe
Oct 15 -- Marfa, TX @ Hotel Saint George
Oct 16 -- Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Oct 18 -- Denton, TX @ Patterson-Appleton Center
Oct 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
Oct 20 -- Dallas, TX @ Palo Santo Galactic Headquarters
Oct 24 -- New York, NY @ The Loft
Oct 26 -- Harrisburg, PA @ Stage On Herr
Oct 27 -- Berlin, NJ @ The Vault

Published October 10th, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


The legendary artistic visionary and Factory co-founder Peter Saville was born on this day in 1955. Saville created iconic artwork for seminal Joy Division and New Order record sleeves. His beloved artwork is integral and cannot be separated from the recorded works; the music wouldn't be nearly as timeless, meaningful, or enjoyable without his brilliant flair and elegance.


Peter Saville on creating Joy Division & New Order's artwork (taken from the film New Order: Decades, by Mike Christie 2018):

"There was a fundamentally different relationship between myself and Joy Division to that which then kind of evolved over the next decade with New Order. There was a personality to Joy Division, which I could only complement, have a kind of dialogue with that personality."


"The absence of Ian -- let's be straight about it -- the absence of Ian leaves a space around the group. The visual works steps into that space. So the covers are not about the music. Nobody wants to talk about the music. Nobody wants to say what any of it's about. No one is necessarily that sure what any of it's about."


"The covers are conceived of independently, based on my own kind of tracking of a zeitgeist through that period. There isn't a singular language they're a journey through the cannon of 20th century art and design, which was my own journey."



They (New Order/Factory) never said they liked them. I remember calling Rob (Gretton) once about "Blue Monday," and I said, "does anyone like it?" And he said, "they don't mind it much." And in fact there was not a collective "we like this" until the cover of Regret. Bernard said, "you're getting the hang of it."


Read Peter Saville's insightful commentary on his creations in an excellent feature published by The Guardian in 2011.


Happy Birthday to the legend and icon that is Peter Saville!


Published October 9th, 2018

Nominees for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were announced today and include The Cure, Devo, Kraftwerk, MC5, Roxy Music, and Radiohead.

MC5 have been eligible for the Rock Hall since 1991; Kraftwerk 1995; Roxy Music 1997; Devo 2003; The Cure 2004; and Radiohead 2017.

The inductees -- selected by a different committee -- for the Class of 2019 will be announced in December with the induction ceremony scheduled to take place March 29th in Brooklyn.

The full list of nominees is available to view here.

The Rock Hall is notorious for snubbing true classic alternative artists. Despite a few legendary bands managing to somehow get inducted into the institution, the Rock Hall and its various committees have overwhelmingly proven themselves to be incredibly lame and out of touch for years and years. Sure, it's great they've nominated (and even at times inducted) some deserving bands, but the Rock Hall is pretty much a cringeworthy joke at this point. 

Below view the t-shirt Jeff Ament wore when Pearl Jam got inducted in 2017 as a nod to all the highly influential bands shunned and disregarded by the Rock Hall over the years. [note: Oasis' first LP was released in 1994 thus making them ineligible until 2019. The Cars went on to be inducted in 2018.]

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Published October 9th, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018


In September Sky Arts premiered a documentary about New Order's magnificent 12 piece wall-of-synth So It Goes production with Liam Gillick. The film was directed by Mike Christie and includes interviews with New Order and Gillick, along with other key players including Peter Saville, Dave Haslam, John McGrath, Jon Savage, and more. Not only does the film chronicle the evolution of the production from initial concept to completion, but woven throughout is an overview on Joy Division and New Order, along with five performances from So It Goes.

New Order: Decades provides fascinating insight as to how the production came together -- how New Order chose the songs for the set, how their classics were split into various layers and subcomponents for the ensemble, plus other technical aspects concerning the ensemble members, programming of the music, and the production's visual aesthetic. Peter Saville also provided insight into his relationship between his iconic artwork and the music, and this documentary is worth watching just for his insight alone.

Overall the documentary was well done, though it was hard to watch some of the historical portions about Joy Division and New Order due to the absence of one of the driving musical and creative forces of both bands. Though he appeared in some archival footage and pictures, Peter Hook wasn't mentioned other than a slight acknowledgement during an interview with new members Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham. During the archival sections of the documentary Hooky's absence made for awkward/difficult viewing for die hard New Order fans. If you can get past that, you'll enjoy the film.

The video likely won't stay up for long, so watch below while you can via You Tube or here. Thanks to Johnny586 for uploading, and for the heads up from Steve Smith via Joy Division/New Order.



Published October 8th, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #76: Insertion Point

Rock it old school with classics from Killing Joke, Social Distortion, The Stranglers, Close Lobsters, KMFDM, The Pogues, Primal Scream, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, and The Verve.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of episodes here or here.



Friday, October 5, 2018


Richard Ashcroft has returned with another brand new song, but this one won't be included on his new album Natural Rebel. The song is a diss track titled "Hey Columbo" which takes aim at social media trolls who have been hounding him ever since he appeared on Soccer AM two weeks ago.

For those who haven't been following the drama:

1. Richard Ashcroft appeared on Soccer AM to talk sports and to promote his new album Natural Rebel.

2. During the Q & A session, something mysteriously fell out of Ashcroft's pant leg

3. An individual on Twitter grabbed a screenshot and claimed the contents of the mystery package were drugs

4. Ashcroft got wind of the tweet and posted an angry and somewhat threatening video response, claiming it was "litter" that fell out of his pants. He went on liken the situation to Columbo (Peter Falk's beloved detective character that always had random scraps of paper/pencils/whatever in his pockets). Ashcroft also proclaimed that he was nicknamed "Columbo" while in The Verve. [Nick McCabe of The Verve refuted this on Twitter revealing "literally no one was called Columbo in the Verve. Ever."] FYI: The Verve released a song titled "Columbo" on their 2008 album Forth, though the song isn't about Peter Falk, or Richard Ashcroft for that matter.

5. Ashcroft deleted his video, however not before a fan account captured it

6. A few individuals on Twitter made spoof videos, which angered Ashcroft even more

7. After a few days of ranting about the drama on social media, Ashcroft took his anger and created the diss track, "Hey Columbo" which takes aim at those bullying him on social media

8. The End

Ashcroft returns with his new album Natural Rebel on October 19th. "Hey Columbo" is not featured on the album, but is available now as a non-album track.





Published October 5th, 2018

The Ocean Blue have been working on a new album, which will be the follow up to 2013's Ultramarine. Though they haven't set a release date for the album, it sounds like the new album will be another glorious slice of indie pop. Last night The Ocean Blue debuted their first taste of new music in almost five years, via the new Korda Records' compilation Korda 4 Komp. Stream the official video for "Therein Lies The Problem With My Heart" below and head over to Bandcamp to stream and pick up a copy of Korda 4 Komp.

The Ocean Blue are heading out on the road for a handful of live dates, including a Korda showcase in Minneapolis on October 12th. View the tour itinerary below:



The Ocean Blue - tour

Oct 12 -- Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
Oct 14 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 28 -- Los Angeles, CA @ TBA

Published October 5th, 2018

Brett Anderson of Suede released his memoir Coal Black Mornings in North America this week (and earlier this year in the U.K.). The autobiography chronicles Anderson's childhood and formative years through early adulthood and beginnings of Suede, but stops at 1992 before Suede blew up. Fans that expressed an interest in learning more about Anderson and Suede's meteoric rise to the top are in for some good news: Anderson has revealed he's written a sequel to his memoir. His second book, Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn, goes in depth on Suede -- their highs and lows, Anderson's relationships within the band, and addiction.

Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn will be published in fall 2019. More details on the book are posted here.

Suede's story is far from over: the legendary band returned with their brilliant new album The Blue Hour last month.



Published October 5th, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Hum's final studio album Downward Is Heavenward will be reissued on 180 gm vinyl later this year. The double vinyl release was cut from analog masters and includes three b-sides. The b-sides have not been revealed yet, though it seems likely that the release will include two songs from the album sessions that were previously issued as bonus tracks ("Aphids" and "Puppets.") The official release date for the reissue has not yet been announced but is expected sometime in November.

Meanwhile, as previously reported Matt Talbott of Hum is heading out on the road for a handful of living room shows in the Midwest. Talbott will be performing songs from his band Centaur, as well as covers, and new solo material in intimate spaces without a soundsystem. Don't expect to hear Hum classics -- Talbott says he likely won't be playing anything from Hum's catalog because he thinks it "might be best to keep that music with the band."

The shows will be hosted by fans in private locations (living rooms, basements, etc) and the location will remain private except to those who purchase tickets.

The tour itinerary includes a November 3rd date in Grand Rapids. Tickets for the show are available here. Head here for ticket links to all of the shows.

Matt Talbott - Living Room tour

Nov 01 –- Indianapolis IN
Nov 02 –- Columbus, OH
Nov 03 –- Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 15 –- Channahon, IL
Nov 16 –- Chicago, IL
Nov 17 –- Skokie, IL
Nov 29 –- Glen Carbon, IL
Nov 30 –- St Louis, MO
Dec 01 –- Carbondale, IL

Published October 4th, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Morrissey is releasing his cover of The Pretenders' classic "Back On The Chain Gang" on November 23rd. The single will be backed with a newly recorded cover of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "I Didn't Know What To Do." The single is available to pre-order here or here.

As previously reported "Back On The Chain Gang" will be featured as one of the bonus tracks on the forthcoming deluxe limited vinyl edition of Low In High School. The expanded edition also includes five live b-sides, three unreleased tracks, and a rare photo booth portrait of Morrissey. The release arrives on December 7th. Fans who purchased tickets to his forthcoming U.S. shows were given early pre-order access. Pre-order info for everyone else is expected to be announced soon.

Along with news of the single release, Morrissey has revealed that director Liam Lynch has created a promotional film for "Back On The Chain Gang." According to Morrissey the film is available "for anyone, anywhere who wishes to show it."



Morrissey - North American tour

Oct 31 -- Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
Nov 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov 03 -- Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Festival
Nov 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Meanwhile Johnny Marr and Eddie Vedder shared the stage on September 29th and played a few songs together including a cover of The Smiths' classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." Video posted below.



Johnny Marr - North American tour

Oct 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
Oct 08 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Oct 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
Oct 10 -- Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
Oct 11 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Oct 13 -- Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Oct 15 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Oct 17 -- Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Oct 20 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct 21 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
Oct 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

Published October 3rd, 2018


Hugh Cornwell returns with Monster, a new album featuring 10 songs about "remarkable and infamous" people of the 20th century. Along with Monster Cornwell is releasing a companion disc titled Restoration, featuring re-recorded acoustic versions of Stranglers classics. The collection is out October 5th and is available to order here.

Monster - tracklist

01. Pure Evel
02. LA Grande Dame
03. The Most Beautiful Girl In Hollywood
04. Mosin'
05. Mr. Leather
06. Bilko
07. Robert
08. Monster
09. Attack Of The Major Sevens
10. Duce Coochie Man


Restoration - tracklist

01. Outside Tokyo
02. Let Me Down Easy
03. Souls
04. Don’t Bring Harry
05. Goodbye Toulouse
06. Ships That Pass In The Night
07. Never Say Goodbye
08. No More Heroes
09. Big In America
10. Always The Sun

Published October 3rd, 2018

Back by popular demand:

An updated list of some upcoming shows coming through the Detroit area.

OCTOBER

Oct 05 -- The Presets @ Magic Stick
Oct 08 -- Django Django @ El Club
Oct 12 -- Social Distortion - Fillmore Detroit
Oct 14 -- Simple Minds @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 18 -- Timmy's Organism @ Marble Bar
Oct 21 -- Public Image Ltd @ Majestic Theatre
Oct 22 -- English Beat @ Magic Bag
Oct 22 -- Nine Inch Nails w/ Jesus & Mary Chain @ Fox Theatre
Oct 23 -- Nine Inch Nails w/ Jesus & Mary Chain @ Fox Theatre
Oct 24 -- They Might Be Giants @ Michigan Theater
Oct 26 -- Jonathan Richman @ Third Man Records
Oct 26 -- MC50 - Kick Out The Jams 50th anniversary @ St. Andrew's Hall
Oct 26 -- A Place To Bury Strangers @ El Club
Oct 27 -- MC50 - Kick Out The Jams 50th anniversary @ Fillmore Detroit
Oct 30 -- Ween @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

NOVEMBER

Nov 01 -- The Orb @ Magic Bag
Nov 03 -- Matt Talbott @ living room show in Grand Rapids
Nov 03 -- Violent Femmes @ Majestic Theatre
Nov 03 -- Ty Segall @ MOCAD
Nov 05 -- Low @ El Club
Nov 06 -- Roky Erickson @ El Club
Nov 10 -- Wild Nothing @ El Club
Nov 10 -- Deafheaven w/ DIIV @ Pyramid Scheme
Nov 13 -- Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 17 -- Death From Above @ Magic Stick
Nov 17 -- Lindsey Buckingham @ Michigan Theater
Nov 18 -- Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Fox Theatre
Nov 23 -- Echo & The Bunnymen @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 26 -- Cloud Nothings @ El Club
Nov 30 -- J Mascis @ El Club
Nov 30 -- VNV Nation @ St. Andrew's Hall

DECEMBER

Dec 01 -- Book Of Love @ Magic Bag
Dec 01 -- Ministry @ Majestic Theater
Dec 02 -- Thom Yorke @ Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre
Dec 04 -- Protomartyr + Preoccupations @ Blind Pig
Dec 05 -- John Grant @ El Club
Dec 06 -- Stars @ St. Andrew's Hall
Dec 14 -- Richard Thompson @ Majestic Theater

JANUARY

Jan 23 -- The Lemon Twigs @ El Club
Jan 27 -- The Soft Moon @ El Club

FEBRUARY

Feb 19 -- Kurt Vile and the Violators @ Majestic Theatre
Feb 23 -- A Bowie Celebration @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Feb 24 -- Morris Day & The Time

MARCH

Mar 07 -- Teenage Fanclub @ El Club

Sunday, September 30, 2018


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #75: [redacted]

Rock it old school with classics from Lush, The Replacements, Yaz, Section 25, Numb, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Majesty Crush, The Cult, and The Smiths.

Stream below or here and check out the full archive of episodes here or here.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Echo & The Bunnymen return with their new album The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon on October 5th. The album includes orchestral reworks and transformed versions of Echo classics along with two brand new songs. Echo previously issued a few tracks from the record including "The Killing Moon" and "Seven Seas." Today they've unleashed a transformed groovy version of "Bring On The Dancing Horses" - check it out below:



Pre-order The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon here and view the itinerary for their upcoming North American tour below:







Echo & The Bunnymen - North American tour

Nov 17 -- Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Nov 19 -- Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
Nov 20 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov 21 -- New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre
Nov 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit
Nov 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Nov 26 -- Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
Nov 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Event Center
Nov 29 -- Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Nov 30 -- Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Dec 01 -- Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
Dec 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary/Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Published September 26th, 2018

Richard Ashcroft has premiered another track from his forthcoming solo album Natural Rebel. The single "Born To Be Strangers" is available to stream below along with Ashcroft's previously issued single "Surprised By The Joy."

Natural Rebel arrives October 19th and according to Ashcroft has a live feel to it and includes some of the heaviest guitars he's done as a solo artist as well as some of the most uplifting songs he's written. View the pre-order options here.





Published September 26th, 2018

Peter Hook has announced plans to perform Joy Division classics backed by Manchester Camerata. Peter Hook & Manchester Camerata Present Joy Division Orchestrated takes place July 5th at Royal Albert Hall. Hooky curated the event and serves as executive producer with Tim Crooks onboard as musical director.

Hook previously worked with Manchester Camerata for a series of Hacienda Classical performances over the last few years. The upcoming event at Royal Albert Hall will be dedicated to presenting orchestral workings of Joy Division classics to "pay homage to the band and the spirit which defines their heritage" and will "be presented in a state-of-the-art concert setting with the highest standards of production."

Meanwhile Hook's latest New Order album tour kicks off tonight. He'll perform Technique and Republic in full with a warm up set of Joy Division classics. The North American leg of the tour is expected to take place in 2019

Published September 26th, 2018




Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Earlier this year Miki Berenyi of Lush revealed that she was working on a new project. Today the band officially launched -- the four piece band is titled Piroshka and also includes Moose, Michael Conroy of Modern English, and Justin Welch who played drums on Lush's reunion EP Blind Spot and was previously in Elastica. Piroshka haven't premiered any music yet, but their first live show will take place November 27th in London with ticket info coming soon.

View a few pictures from inside the studio here, and be sure to follow Piroshka on Facebook, and Twitter.



Published September 25th, 2018



Morrissey is releasing a deluxe edition of his 2017 album Low In High School on December 7th. The expanded edition includes his newly recorded cover of The Pretenders' "Back On The Chain Gang," five live b-sides from the recording session, three unreleased tracks, a limited edition lithographed photograph of Morrissey, and a rare version of a photo booth portrait taken when the legendary frontman was a student.

Pre-order info has not been announced but the press release from Shore Fire Media is available to view here via Morrissey Solo.

Morrissey returns to the stage next month with a handful of North America tour dates. View the itinerary below.

Oct 31 -- Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
Nov 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov 03 -- Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Festival
Nov 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Published September 25th, 2018

The The are wrapping up the North America leg of their Comeback Special in California this week. Yesterday the legendary Matt Johnson and band appeared on KCRW for a rare stripped down session. Johnson sang an octave lower, which added an even more soothing quality to his already exquisite delivery -- he revealed that a few band members were fighting illness and he needed to preserve his voice for the final tour dates. The session is a compelling listen -- The performed two 3 song sets separated by a short interview and is highly recommended listening for The The fans.

Stream The The's session in full here.

Published September 25th, 2018

Gary Numan is on the road in North America playing shows in support of 2017's Savage: Songs From a Broken World. While traveling to his show in Cleveland yesterday Numan's tour bus struck and killed a 91 year old man. According to a report, the tour bus hit the man as he was crossing at a crosswalk, and the matter is currently under investigation. The driver was not arrested and police stated that the driver did not show any signs of impairment.

Numan confirmed the news on social media yesterday to express his condolences and to announce the cancellation of the Cleveland show. Read his statement on the matter below.

"We are all utterly devastated by the fatal accident involving our tour bus in Cleveland earlier today. Everyone of us is filled with a sadness that made it impossible to even consider playing our show this evening, and out of respect it would have been entirely wrong. I'm sure you can understand why we cancelled and I apologize to the House Of Blues and to the fans for any difficulties or disappointment this decision may have caused. All tickets will be honored at the point of purchase. At the moment all we can think about are the people affected by this terrible tragedy and to them we send all our love."

Published September 25th, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Richard Ashcroft appeared on the Sky Sports program Soccer AM earlier today to promote his forthcoming album Natural Rebel which is released October 19th. Ashcroft chatted it up with the hosts and played a lovely acoustic version of his new single "Surprised By The Joy."


Minutes after the show aired, controversy erupted on social media when a few fans noticed a mysterious package fell out of Ashcroft's pantleg during his appearance.


Viewers jumped to conclusions and assumed it was drugs; Ashcroft wasn't amused. He posted a somewhat aggro video response lashing out at "trolls on Twitter" stating:

"Cocaine and I have had no relationship for decades...don't you ever surmise what's fallen out of my pocket...you're on thin ice, don't libel my name."

Ashcroft insisted the mysterious package was merely paper or "litter" and revealed:

"In the Verve I was known as Columbo, so get your facts straight."

Ashcroft ended up deleting his video, but not before a fan account made a copy of it. Ashcroft later posted a fan's screenshot of the incident along with his own lighthearted response to the drama.

Check out his posting along with a few interview clips from Soccer AM below.








Published September 22nd, 2018

Johnny Marr has shared the studio version of his new song "Jeopardy." He's been performing the song live on his recent tour but now the studio version is available to stream. Check it out on Spotify.

Marr is currently on tour in North America in support of his album Call The Comet. Catch him if you can!

Johnny Marr - North American tour

Sep 22 -- Portland, OR @ Roseland
Sep 24 -- Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Sep 25 -- Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
Sep 26 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sep 28 -- Sonoma, CA @ Old Redwood Barn
Sep 29 -- Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music & Arts Festival
Sep 30 -- Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Oct 02 -- Mexico City, MX @ Plaza Condessa
Oct 04 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
Oct 08 -- San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Oct 09 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada
Oct 10 -- Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
Oct 11 -- Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Oct 13 -- Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Oct 15 -- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Oct 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Oct 17 -- Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Oct 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
Oct 20 -- Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Oct 21 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise
Oct 22 -- Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

Published September 22nd, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018


A new book about Joy Division will be released in the spring. This Searing Light, The Sun, And Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History by Jon Savage features interviews from key players such as Tony Wilson, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Saville, Deborah Curtis, Rob Gretton, and many more. Much of the content from the 400 page book was obtained from interviews conducted for the 2007 documentary Joy Division, but never made it into the film.

This Searing Light, The Sun, And Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History will be released March 7th in the U.K. and will be available in North America in April. Pre-order here.

Published September 21st, 2018

Alien Sex Fiend return with a new album titled Possessed on November 9th. The legendary band's first record since 2010's Death Trip will be preceded by a song titled "Shit's Coming Down," which is set to premiere soon. Possessed will be released through Cherry Red on CD and as a double LP; each format will have exclusive material. The LP will include 14 tracks; five are exclusive mixes. The CD has 12 tracks; 3 mixes are exclusive. Check out the pre-order options: 2LP, CD.

Alien Sex Fiend are also releasing a digital only EP early next year. Details and tracklisting have not been announced yet.

Published September 21st, 2018

The Cure will continue to celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2019 and are planning on playing festivals next year. Robert Smith announced that The Cure will play "over 20" festivals next year, though these engagements will mostly be headlining slots as part of 2019's European festival circuit.

Dates have not been announced but you can view Robert ALL-CAPS Smith's announcement below.

Smith revealed earlier this year that The Cure would play gigs in 2019 as part of their 40th anniversary, and also offered up the possibility of playing other special shows in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration. We'll see.





Published September 21st, 2018





R.E.M. have shared another track from their forthcoming collection R.E.M. At The BBC. The performance of "Orange Crush" was captured live October 15th, 2003 for the Mark and Lard show on BBC Radio 1. Check it out below:

R.E.M. At The BBC will be released October 19th. Preorder here.

Note: the beginning of the video erroneously states the performance is from 1993, but it was actually 2003.



Published September 21st, 2018

A Chris Cornell career retrospective will be released on November 16th. Chris Cornell includes choice selections from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, and Cornell's solo work along with previously unreleased material. Several editions are available: the standard version features 17 tracks (2 previously unreleased) on 1 CD or 2LP; a 4CD expanded set with 11 previously unreleased songs and a full disc of live material; the super deluxe version is a 4CD/7LP/1DVD set with 11 previously unreleased audio tracks and 2 previously unreleased videos, plus a 66 page hardcover book.

Stream the previously unreleased track "When Bad Does Good" below and view all the pre-order options here.



Chris Cornell - tracklist standard version

01. Loud Love
02. Outshined
03. Hunger Strike
04. Seasons
05. Black Hole Sun
06. Can't Change Me
07. Like A Stone
08. Be Yourself
09. You Know My Name
10. Billie Jean
11. Long Gone (rock version)
12. Call Me A Dog (live acoustic)
13. Been Away Too Long
14. Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
15. Nothing Compares 2 U (live)(previously unreleased)
16. The Promise
17. When Bad Does Good (previously unreleased)

Published September 21st, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Morrissey announced three new shows in California which take place this autumn prior to a pair of previously announced dates in Mexico. Moz is poised to announce even more dates soon - including his grand return to Canada. Moz has been boycotting Canada for years "in protest against the barbaric slaughter of over 350,000 baby seal" (aka the annual Seal Hunt).  The legend issued a statement today regarding his boycott reversal, which paves the way for the likely imminent tour announcement. Stay tuned.

Tickets for the new shows in California go on sale September 21st.

UPDATE (9/21): Morrissey has also confirmed he'll play November 1st in Los Angeles.



Morrissey - North American tour

Oct 31 -- Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
Nov 01 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
Nov 03 -- Long Beach, CA @ Tropicalia Festival
Nov 10 -- San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphony Hall
Nov 22 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional
Nov 23 -- Mexico City, MX @ Auditorio Nacional

Published September 20th, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Noel Gallagher is releasing his first ever book titled Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going).

As you might guess from the cover art, the 224 page book tells the story of Gallagher's 72 date world tour behind his latest album Who Built The Moon? The tour memoir documents "every step" of the tour with anecdotes, exclusive backstage photos, interviews, and more.

Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) is out on November 1st. A physical domestic release has not been announced but digital copies are available here and import hardcover copies are available here.

Watch professionally shot footage of Noel Gallagher's July 18th show at the O2 in Manchester below.



Published September 19th, 2018

Teenage Fanclub return to North America in February. The tour brings them to Detroit's El Club on March 7th. Tickets for all of the dates on the tour go on sale this Friday, September 21st at 10am local time. View the tour itinerary below.

Teenage Fanclub reissued their classic albums Bandwagonesque, Thirteen, Grand Prix, Songs From Northern Britain, and Howdy on vinyl in August. Head here to order.



Teenage Fanclub - North American tour

Feb 22 -- Seattle, WA @ Neptune
Feb 23 -- Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Feb 25 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Feb 26 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
Feb 27 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
Mar 02 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird
Mar 04 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Mar 05 -- Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Mar 06 -- Chicago, IL @ Metro
Mar 07 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Mar 08 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar 09 -- Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Mar 11 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise Theatre
Mar 13 -- New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
Mar 14 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mar 15 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Mar 16 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Mar 18 -- Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom

Published September 19th, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Great news: Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax has a Michigan screening later this month. The screening takes place Saturday, September 29th as part of the 2018 Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City. Tickets are available to purchase here.

The film chronicles how Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher launched the legendary record store and turned it into the iconic industrial record label that was home to acts such as Ministry, Front 242, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Die Warzau, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and so many more.

Industrial Accident has screened at various film festivals across the world but is not available for a DVD release yet due to licensing/financial issues. Read more about that here.



Published September 18th, 2018