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2018/05/21


Poptone, featuring Kevin Haskins and Daniel Ash (and named after the PiL song), wrapped up their West coast tour performing updated versions of classics from their old bands Tones On Tail and Love and Rockets. Today the band announced a new North American tour which includes a Detroit area date. Tickets for the June 22nd show at The Loving Touch in Ferndale go on sale this Friday, May 25th. Pre-sales begin Wednesday, May 23rd.

Poptone release a live album June 8th featuring 13 tracks captured live at a session in Los Angeles. The record will be available on CD, 2LP pressed on white vinyl, and digital album download. Pre-order here.



Poptone - North American tour

Jun 20 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Jun 21 -- Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Jun 22 -- Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Jun 23 -- Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Jun 25 -- Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Jun 26 -- Boston, MA @ Middle East
Jun 27 -- Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy's
Jun 28 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Jul 01 -- Silverspring, MD @ The Filmore

Published May 21st, 2018

Goldfrapp debuted a new version of "Ocean" today featuring vocals from Dave Gahan. The original was released on Goldfrapp's 2017 album Silver Eye and the updated version will appear on the deluxe edition of the album which arrives July 6th. Gahan's vocals enrich "Ocean" with a layer of sultriness and magnificence. Stream below:

Meanwhile Depeche Mode head back out on the road tomorrow in North America. They'll kick off their final string of North American tour dates in support of Spirit in Anaheim. View the tour itinerary below.



Depeche Mode - North American tour

May 22 -- Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
May 24 -- Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
May 27 -- San Antonio, TX @ AT & T Center
May 29 -- Tulsa, OK @ BoK Center
Jun 01 -- Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jun 03 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Jun 06 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Jun 09 -- Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Jun 11 -- Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Published May 21st, 2018

2018/05/20


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #56: Entropy

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from The Jesus & Mary Chain, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Ocean Blue, Pixies, Jane's Addiction, Ultravox, Nine Inch Nails, Simple Minds, Joy Division, The Smiths, and more.

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


Music news stories from the past week

Morrissey releasing "Rose Garden" cover
80s British indie celebrated on C89 boxset
The Church 30th anniversary 'Starfish' tour
Ian Curtis, R.I.P.
Matt Johnson talks The The tour + authorized biography
Chris Cornell, R.I.P.
NIN premiere single "God Break Down The Door"
James announce 15th studio LP
Rob Gretton, R.I.P.
Pete Shelley announces 3LP set 'The Genetic Years'
The Charlatans return with Totally Eclipsing EP
Neil Young solo tour plays Detroit's Fox Theatre
Liz Phair announces fall tour; plays Detroit
Video: Buffalo Tom live session

2018/05/19


Morrissey is releasing the fourth single off his latest album Low In High School in July. The 7" vinyl single features a remixed version of "All The Young People Must Fall In Love" backed with a live version of "Rose Garden," captured live in Nashville. "Rose Garden" was made famous by Lynn Anderson in 1970 and has been covered by Morrissey a few times over the years. Morrissey Central reports the single will arrive in July but has not divulged the exact release date.

Morrissey also announced two July gigs -- he'll play Castlefield Arena in Manchester on July 7th and on July 19th he'll play Dalhalla Arena in Rattvik, Sweden.







Published May 19th, 2018


Cherry Red Records has announced another incredible 3CD boxset featuring British indie treasures from the 80s. C89 follows the success of the previous British indie compilations C86, C87, and C88 (which were takeoffs from NME's iconic cassette series) and includes a stellar collection of hit indie singles and obscure tracks from The Stone Roses, The La's, Mock Turtles, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, The Driscolls, Popguns, and more. The collection arrives July 27th and is available to pre-order here. Check out the tracklisting below:



Disc 1

01. The La's - Come In Come Out
02. The Family Cat -- Tom Verlaine
03. Milltown Brothers -- Which Way Should I Jump
04. The Telescopes -- Nothing
05. Brighter -- Inside Out
06. Ned Fast Automatic Daffodils -- Lions
07. Red Chair Fadeaway -- Let It Happen
08. Korova Milk Bar -- Do It Again
09. The Sun And The Moon -- Adam's Song
10. Bobby Scarlet -- White Pearl
11. The Ogdens -- It's A Beautiful Day
12. The Seers -- Freedom Trip
13. The Candy Darlings -- That's Where Caroline Lives
14. The Rainkings -- Break The Strain
15. Po! -- Confidence
16. The Bardots -- Sad Anne
17. The Onset -- Sun And Moon
18. The Ammonites -- Days In The Sun
19. Rorschach -- Captain Elastic
20. How Many Bears Make Five -- Another Friendly Face
21. Hey Paulette -- Commonplace
22. Jane Pow -- That's My Girl
23. Kit -- Cheatin' My Heart
24. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine -- Sheriff Fatman

Disc 2

01. The Stone Roses -- Going Down
02. The Popguns -- Waiting For The Winter
03. The Mock Turtles -- Wicker Man
04. The Orchids -- What Will We Do Next?
05. The Man From Delmonte -- My Love Is Like A Gift You Can't Return
06. The Revolving Paint Dream -- Green Sea Blue
07. The Pooh Sticks -- I Know Someone Who Knows Someone Who Knows Alan McGee Quite Well
08. Bridewell Taxis -- Just Good Friends
09. Another Sunny Day -- You Should All Be Murdered
10. The Driscolls -- Doctor Good And His Incredible Life Saving Soap
11. The Charlottes -- How Can You Say You Really Feel?
12. Rebound Story -- Swimming In The Heart Of Jane
13. The Prayers -- Fingerdips
14. The Snapdragons -- Dole Boys On Futons
15. Barbel -- One Thing
16. Choo Choo Train -- Briar Rose
17. Holidaymakers -- Skyrider
18. Fallovr 24 -- It's Up To You (previously unreleased)
19. Thrilled Skinny -- Biscuits In A Tin
20. Brian -- A Million Miles
21. The Wilderness Children -- Plastic Bag From Tescos
22. The Moss Poles -- 10,000 Miles (previously unreleased)
23. The Haywains -- Fisherman's Friend
24. King Of The Slums -- Bombs Away On Harpurhey

Disc 3

01. The Claim -- Picking Up The Bitter Little Pieces
02. A Riot Of Colour -- Swallow
03. Daisycutters -- Friends
04. Peruvian Hipsters -- Tony Hadley
05. The Cherry Orchard -- This Big Love
06. Ambitious Beggars -- Welcome
07. The DaVincis -- Thomas Wolfe
08. Avo-8 -- Big Car
09. The Becketts -- The Most Beautiful Girl In Town
10. Sunflowers -- Bubble Bus
11. The Magnificent Lkage -- Passion
12. Strawberry Story -- Tell Me Now
13. Newsflash -- Wherever I Go (demo)
14. The Mayfields -- All You Ever Say
15. The Ruth Ellis Swing Band -- Burn Your Books & Join My Life
16. Christine's Cat -- Your Love Is...
17. Said Liquidator -- Say What You Feel
18. Jane From Occupied Europe -- Annabel Lee
19. Big Red Bus -- Sun Still Shines
20. Men Of Westenesse -- The Coldest Water
21. The Church Grims -- Mr. Watt Said
22. Jactars -- Pull The Plug
23. Me And Dean Martin -- Surfing Days
24. The Rain -- Seven Red Apples

Published May 19th, 2018

The Church will tour North America this fall in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the classic album Starfish. Whispers of the tour emerged earlier this week after Slicing Up Eyeballs reported initial dates/cities, and now The Church have officially confirmed the tour. The tour will feature the band's current iteration and NOT the classic and incredible Starfish lineup (thus no Marty Wilson Piper or Richard Ploog), and will see the band perform Starfish in full along with a selection of fan favorites. The confirmed tour itinerary -- which does not include a Detroit area date -- is available to view below:



The Church - North American tour

Oct 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Oct 03 -- Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
Oct 04 -- Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Oct 05 -- Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
Oct 09 -- Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
Oct 11 -- Boulder, CO @ The Fox Theatre
Oct 12 -- Fort Collins, CO @ Washington’s FoCo
Oct 14 -- Kansas City, MO @ RecordBar
Oct 15 -- St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Oct 16 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 19 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Oct 20 -- Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Oct 21 -- Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus
Oct 23 -- Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 24 -- Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Oct 25 -- New York, NY @ City Winery
Oct 26 -- New York, NY @ City Winery

Published May 19th, 2018

2018/05/18


Ian Curtis died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. His influence remains undeniable; his light continues to shine through recordings of his brilliant music and intense energetic live performances. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music and discussion about the legendary Ian Curtis and Joy Division.





Curtis' life was featured on the BBC program Great Lives in 2008. Host Matthew Parris, British poet Simon Armitage and Peter Hook discussed Curtis' life, musical impact, and his final days. During the show, Hook played a short snippet of an unreleased version of Ian Curtis singing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" recorded by Malcolm McLaren. Stream the episode of Great Lives below - more info on the episode is posted here.



Curtis took his own life the day before Joy Division were scheduled to leave England to come to America for their first tour. The full Joy Division North American tour itinerary isn't officially available to view, however this website attempted to piece the tour together using Rob Gretton's notes, club ads, and other scraps of info. FYI, there was a Detroit date scheduled for May 26th at Bookies.



A short documentary from 1987 featuring Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, and Alan Erasmus talking about Ian Curtis and Joy Division. There's also a few comments made about the commercialization of Curtis' death.



An excellent documentary on Joy Division simply titled Joy Division was released in 2007. The film includes interviews with Curtis' band members as well as key players like Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, and Tony Wilson, among others. The full documentary has been pulled from You Tube but it is available to view on Netflix.











The The hit the road later this month playing their first live shows in 16 years. Today Matt Johnson announced a few more details behind the tour and unveiled the band's live lineup.

Johnson told BBC 6 Music that he wanted the lineup to tell a bit of a story about the band, so he decided the lineup would employ one member from each of The The's previous touring bands. He chose James Eller on bass (representing the Versus The World tour), DC Collard on keyboards (representing the Lonely Planet tour) and Earl Harvin on drums (representing the Naked tour). Johnson wanted Johnny Marr on guitar; due to touring commitments with his upcoming solo record Marr declined but recommended Barrie Cadogan (aka Little Barrie) who has played with Primal Scream and Spiritualized. A meeting was arranged and Johnson instantly knew Cadogan would be an excellent fit.

Johnson also revealed a bit more about what to expect at the live shows:

"For this tour I wanted to strip down many of the songs and actually reduce the sonic palette. We won’t be using any samplers, click-tracks, sequencers or synthesizers. It's just five musicians performing reinterpretations of my catalogue. The songs are not supposed to be reproductions of the album versions and many of them don't sound like they do on the old recordings."


Meanwhile the first authorized The The biography will be published next month. Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson & The The was written by Neil Fraser with the full co-operation of Johnson. Fraser was given full access to Johnson's personal archives and combed through hundreds of hours of interviews with Johnson and artists that have worked with him over the years including Johnny Marr, JG Thirlwell and Tim Pope.

Johnson is quick to point out the book is a biography, not an autobiography, and there are things that he personally would have left out and other things that he would have included. Still, he thinks fans will enjoy it, and they'll be surprised that The The's public image is at odds with the reality - the band is considered to be very serious; however they're actually always laughing behind the scenes.

Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson and The The will be published June 6th. More details on the book can be found here.

The The's world tour kicks off May 25th in Nottingham and hits North America in September. Most of the dates, including the September 21st show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre are sold out.



The The -- North American tour

Sep 14 -- Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 16 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Sep 17 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Sep 19 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Sep 21 -- Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 22 -- Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Sep 24 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Ford Theatre
Sep 27 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

Published May 18th, 2018
Chris Cornell died one year ago today in Detroit at the age of 52. Though he is gone his music and voice remain larger than life.

A vigil will be held for Cornell at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight at 7PM. Cornell's family hope fans spend the day sharing posts and videos in Cornell's honor.



Below is the show I recorded hours after learning of Cornell's death. The hourlong show features Cornell's music and a bit of raw commentary that I suppose was intended to help me (and perhaps others) cope. Stream below along with a Cornell Spotify playlist.







Published May 18th, 2018



2018/05/17


Richard Ashcroft took aim at Noel Gallagher onstage at his show in Los Angeles last weekend. Before launching into "Bittersweet Symphony" Ashcroft made a sarcastic reference to having a "team of songwriters" then did an impression of Noel and declared "I can't wait to fucking run into you."

Watch fan filmed video of the incident below:

UPDATE (5/19): Richard Ashcroft expressed love and support for Noel Gallagher and has "no beef" with any musician.





Ashcroft's ire stems from comments Noel made during an interview at the end of last year when he appeared on the Sodajerker podcast and was asked about songwriting. The discussion led him to go on a rant about songwriting and collaborations, claiming Johnny Marr and Paul Weller were the only solo artists Britain (besides himself) that don't use a team of songwriters. Then Noel called out a few artists including Ashcroft:

"Ashcroft, Our Kid (aka Liam Gallagher), all the way to fucking Ed Sheeran and any other cunt you can fucking -- the little fella out of One Direction, they’ve all got an army of songwriters behind them."



Noel's comments about Ashcroft were shocking since he writes his own material and/or has collaborated with other members of The Verve. Certainly writing with your bandmates isn't quite the same level as having a team of songwriters! Besides being wholly untrue, Noel's comments were also disappointing since he's been friends with Ashcroft for years - Oasis opened up for The Verve back in the day, they've hung out together, and in recent years they've both expressed interest in collaborating together at some point. Noel has even previously proclaimed Ashcroft a genius:





Published May 17th, 2018

Today is Trent Reznor's birthday and he gave Nine Inch Nails fans a present: today NIN unleashed "God Break Down The Door," the first song off their forthcoming EP Bad Witch. The EP is the third and final installment in NIN's EP trilogy which began in 2016 with Not The Actual Events, followed by 2017's Add Violence. As Trent Reznor revealed to the BBC in March, the musical direction of Bad Witch took the band by surprise:

"We started out with a pretty rigid concept of what the three EPs were going to be, having not written them all, but had a kind of blueprint for the trajectory and the sound. And then as we finished the last one, Add Violence, and started work on what we thought was going to be the third EP, we found ourselves - it felt too predictable. It felt like what we originally -- the map we'd kind of drawn out, the plot line -- felt like we were forcing things musically and storytelling-wise, just the whole trajectory.

We thought it was a brief phase and we kept at it and it still inherently felt wrong, so we -- the reason it's been a little bit delayed, is it took us a while to, for what has become the third EP, to reveal itself to us. It was kind of a left turn, a surprise, it took us awhile to wrap our heads around it"

Wrap your head around "God Break Down The Door" below and pre-order Bad Witch here. The EP arrives on June 22nd.



Nine Inch Nails hit the road with The Jesus And Mary Chain on Cold And Black And Infinite tour this fall. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 19th through an exclusive physical sale. The pre-sale for the Detroit shows takes place at the Little Caesars Arena Auxiliary box office at 2645 Woodward Avenue located off Henry St. on the Chevrolet Plaza. Info on the pre-sale is located here.

Nine Inch Nails w/ The Jesus And Mary Chain - U.S. tour

Jun 13 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Jun 15 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Jun 16 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Sep 13 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 18 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks* (presale May 20)
Sep 19 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks* (presale May 20)
Sep 24 -- Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 26 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
Oct 09 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Oct 13 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 14 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 19 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 20 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 22 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Oct 26 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Nov 23 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 24 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 27 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Nov 28 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 07 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Published May 17th, 2018

2018/05/16


James announced details for their 15th studio album Living In Extraordinary Times. The album is their first full length since 2016's Girl At The End Of The World and follows their 4 song EP Better Than That which arrives this Friday, May 18th. FYI two songs from the EP "Better Than That" and "Hank" appear on Living In Extraordinary Times along with 10 other brand new songs.

Tim Booth on the new album:

“We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

Living In Extraordinary Times arrives on August 3rd and is available to pre-order now. Stream "Hank" from the album below.



Published May 16th, 2018

2018/05/15


The legendary Rob Gretton died on this day in 1999 from a heart attack at the age of 46. Besides being the manager for Joy Division and New Order, Gretton was a key player in Factory Records and was a founding member of The Hacienda.

R.I.P.










Pete Shelley announced a new 3LP set celebrating his early 80s output he created with producer Martin Rushent. The Genetic Years includes his iconic albums Homosapien and XL1, plus a selection of mixes from the era. The Genetic Years arrives on June 22nd and is available to pre-order through Amazon and Resident.

Shelley also recently announced the release of lyric book. The Collected Lyrics Of Pete Shelley will be released on June 1st. Pre-order info will be posted soon.

View the tracklisting for The Genetic Years below.



01. Homosapien
02. Yesterday's Not Here
03. I Generate A Feeling
04. Keats' Song
05. Qu’est-Que C’Est, Que Ca
06. I Don't Know What It Is
07. Guess I Must Have Been In Love With Myself
08. Pusher Man
09. Just One Of Those Affairs
10. It's Hard Enough Knowing

01. Telephone Operator
02. If You Ask Me (I Won't Say No)
03. What Was Heaven?
04. You Know Better Than I Know
05. Twilight
06. (Millions Of People) No One Like You
07. Many A Time
08. I Just Wanna Touch
09. You And I
10. XL1

01. Homosapien dub
02. Maxine
03. Witness The Change
04. In Love With Somebody Else
05. Love In Vain
06. Qu’Est Que C’est Que Ca (Flexi Dub)
07. Witness The Change?/I Don't Know What It Is (dub mix)
08. Many A Time (dub)
09. Telephone Operator/I Just Wanna Touch/If You Ask Me(I Won’t Say No/Millions Of People/No One Like You(Dub Mix)

Published May 15th, 2018

The Charlatans return with a four song EP titled Totally Eclipsing on June 8th. The release includes the song they premiered live on the BBC last week titled "Indefinitely In Your Debt," plus three other song. Today along with the EP news they shared the official video for the title track which is available to view below.

The Charlatans play a massive show at Northwich Memorial Court in the UK this Friday, May 18th. The concert is available to stream live as a pay-per-view event. More details on that can be found on the band's official website.



The Charlatans -- North American tour

Sep 19 -- Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condesa
Sep 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sep 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Sep 24 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sep 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sep 27 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 28 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 30 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Oct 01 -- Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct 02 -- Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Published May 15th, 2018

Neil Young announced a series of summer solo shows. The rare engagement sees the legend performing six shows in four cities, including Detroit. The Detroit show takes place at Fox Theatre July 3rd and presales are going on now. The general onsale for tickets is Saturday, May 19th.

On his website Young posted comments about every venue on the tour. Here's what he had to say about the Fox Theatre:

"At the beautiful FOX Theater, lovingly restored by my friend, Dick Kughn and his friends who love Detroit so much. The Motor City, where i first recorded with the Mynah Birds on Motown in 1965, where I appeared in a Hootenanny at the Chessmater Club on Livernois and wrote songs in the White Castle across the street; where I played Masonic Hall with CSNY’s first tour, and where I have so many great friends at Ford."

Young launched his archive website last year and recently introduced paid memberships which begin June 1st. Young says memberships will include exclusive content like pre-sale options, surprise live streaming, early access to archival content, and more. Some content will continue to be free, however fans do need to register to access any of the content on the website. Read his post on the matter here.

Neil Young tourdates

Jun 28 -- St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre
Jun 30 -- Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
Jul 01 -- Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre
Jul 03 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Jul 11 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
Jul 12 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre

Published May 15th, 2018

As previously reported Liz Phair is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Exile In Guyville with the release Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Boxset and sold out Girly Sound To Guyville tour. Today Phair announced details for a larger North American fall tour that visits many cities excluded from her short June engagement. The 24 date Amps On The Lawn Tour includes a Detroit stop September 13th at the Majestic Theater. Pre-sales kick off tomorrow (May 16th) and the general onsale is Friday, May 18th. View the tour itinerary below.



Liz Phair - North American tour

May 31 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
Jun 01 -- San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Jun 02 -- Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
Jun 04 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Jun 06 -- Boston, MA @ Sinclair
Jun 07 -- Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
Jun 09 -- Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sep 06 -- Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sep 07 -- Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Sep 08 -- Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
Sep 09 -- Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Sep 11 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sep 13 -- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
Sep 15 -- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 18 -- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Sep 19 -- Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 20 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Sep 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Sep 24 -- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
Sep 25 -- Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Sep 27 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Sep 28 -- Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Sep 29 -- Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Music and Arts Festival
Oct 01 -- Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Oct 02 -- Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
Oct 03 -- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Oct 05 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Oct 06 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Oct 08 -- Boston, MA @ Royale
Oct 09 -- Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
Oct 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 12 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Published May 15th, 2018

2018/05/14


Buffalo Tom released their new album Quiet And Peace earlier this year and in promotion of the record they stopped by Seattle's KEXP for a live session. During the half hour event the band performed five songs, including the mega-classics "Taillights Fade," and "I'm Allowed" plus they chatted a bit about Quiet And Peace, the 20th anniversary of Let Me Come Over, and the importance/impact of music.

The session was filmed March 1st, and is highly recommended viewing for fans of Buffalo Tom. Stream in full below:



All Be Gone
Taillights Fade
Kitchen Door
I'm Allowed
The Least That We Can Do

Published May 14th, 2018

2018/05/13


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #55: Clutch

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from The Jesus & Mary Chain, Chris Cornell, Echo & The Bunnymen, Pixies, Railway Children, The Verve, Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, Yaz, Joy Division, and more.

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


Music news stories from the past week

Echo & The Bunnymen's 24 hour PR nightmare
Johnny Marr kicks off Call The Comet tour
Video: Richard Ashcroft plays majestic acoustic set
Johnny Marr premieres "Hi Hello"
The Charlatans announce North American tour
NIN announce 'Bad Witch' EP + tour with The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ministry's debut LP With Sympathy turns 35 years old
Morrissey shares film trailer for 'The More You Ignore Me'
Johnny Marr + Noel Gallagher at Man City game
Guadalcanal Diary reissue live rarity 'At Your Birthday Party'
R.I.P Dead Or Alive's Steve Coy

Echo and The Bunnymen raised the ire of their Birmingham, UK fanbase after attempting to postpone a concert. The band was scheduled to play Birmingham Symphony Hall on May 26th, but decided to push the show back a few days in order to watch a crucial Liverpool championship football match! 

They made the disastrous (yet honest) announcement to fans on social media, revealing they decided to move the show to May 29th because their "heads wouldn't have been in the right place" had they attempted to perform while the game was ongoing:

"We’re really sorry but we are going to switch the Birmingham Symphony Hall show on Saturday 26th May. The show will move to Tuesday 29th May all original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show.

Both our fans and Liverpool FC are very close to our hearts and after much reflection we decided we couldn’t play a show during the Champions League Final.
We asked UEFA to change the date of the match but they denied our request.

We would always want to give 100% when we play but in this instance our heads wouldn't have been in the right place. We sincerely hope you understand."

Fans armed with verbal slings and arrows took to social media to bitterly vent their utter outrage and frustration. Less than 24 hours later Echo realized that they severely underestimated the understanding of their fans and moved the show back to May 26th.



Say what you will, but I respect their honesty throughout.

Echo and The Bunnymen return with a new album titled The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon on October 5th. The fifteen track album includes orchestral reworkings of Echo classics along with a handful of brand new songs and is available to pre-order now. Check out all the options here .



Published May 13th, 2018

Johnny Marr played his first show in support of Call The Comet in Dublin last night. The guitar legend, decked out in a groovy floral shirt, treated the crowd to several brand new songs off the forthcoming album plus the set was heavy on timeless classics from The Smiths. View the setlist along with photos and fan filmed video from the show below:

















Setlist

The Tracers
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Jeopardy
Day In Day Out
New Dominions
Hi Hello
The Headmaster Ritual
Riser
Walk Into The Sea
Getting Away With It
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Hey Angel
Bug
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Spiral Cities
Easy Money
Boys Get Straight
How Soon Is Now?
Actor Atractor
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby

Published May 13th, 2018

2018/05/11


The mighty Richard Ashcroft returned to the stage last night in San Francisco. The ex-Verve leader is the opening act on Liam Gallagher's all-too-short North American tour. The legendary Ashcroft delivered a majestic eight song acoustic set filled with swoonworthy versions of favorites from his catalog and a cover of Prince's "Little Red Corvette."

Not only was Ashcroft's performance entirely brilliant, but his stage banter was on point -- he thanked the crowd for getting it, poked fun of "woke" artists and the music industry, and revealed that he'll be releasing a new album in September. Watch amazing high-quality fan-filmed footage of Ashcroft's incredible performance along with a few tracks from the scruffed-out Liam Gallagher courtesy of AdmiralNeeda below:
















Lucky Man
Sonnet
They Don't Own Me
The Drugs Don't Work
Music Is Power
Little Red Corvette
Velvet Morning
Bittersweet Symphony





Liam Gallagher + Richard Ashcroft tour

May 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
May 13 -- Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
May 14 -- Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
May 16 -- New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
May 17 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

Published May 11th, 2018

Johnny Marr returns with his third solo album Call The Comet on June 15th. He's previously issued the song "The Tracer" and now he's premiered the highly anticipated single and video for "Hi Hello." Aside from being more Marr material to sink into, part of the feverish longing to hear this particular single is because the legend previously told Uncut that "Hi Hello" reminds him of The Smiths' classic "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out":

"When I did the string part, I was aware that it sounded like "Dancing Barefoot" by Patti Smith, but I think it also sounds like The Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." "I don't do that very often."

"Hi Hello" is an undeniably glorious slice of songwriting mastery. Envelop yourself in Marr's masterful and elegant guitar work in the video below. Stunning.

Marr has previously described Call The Comet as "emotional," "out there," and "dramatic," with "deeper" lyrics. The album's press release describes the album as "set in the not too distant future" and is "mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society." Call The Comet features 12 songs and arrives on June 15th. Check out the pre-order options here.



Johnny Marr - Launch dates

May 12 -- Dublin, IR @ Button Factory
May 14 -- Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
May 16 -- London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
May 18 -- Stockholm, SE @ Nalen
May 19 -- Copenhagen, Dk @ Vega
May 20 -- Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
May 21 -- Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 24 -- Paris, FR @ La Gaite Lyrique
May 30 -- Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
May 31 -- New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Jun 02 -- San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Jun 05 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom

Published May 11th, 2018

2018/05/10


The Charlatans released their last album Different Days in 2017 but never toured behind the record in North America. They've decided to right that wrong with a handful of live dates this fall. The tour unfortunately bypasses the Detroit area, but those up for a roadtrip can check out the options below.

Despite releasing a new album last year The Charlatans are working on more new material. They debuted a brand new song titled "Indefinitely In Your Debt" earlier this week during a live session for the BBC. No release details have officially been announced though Tim Burgess has hinted that the track will appear on a new EP. Burgess, by the way, just released a new solo record last month titled As I Was Now. Digital copies are available on Amazon.

Meanwhile, The Charlatans are live-streaming their May 18th show in the U.K. as a global pay per view event. The stream starts at 3:45 PM ET and costs 5 pounds (~ 7 U.S. dollars). For more info visit The Charlatans official site.



The Charlatans -- North American tour

Sep 19 -- Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condesa
Sep 21 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Sep 22 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Sep 24 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Sep 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sep 27 -- Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Sep 28 -- Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Sep 30 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Oct 01 -- Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Oct 02 -- Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Published May 10th, 2018

Nine Inch Nails made good on their promise and announced details for a new EP. The third and final installment in the NIN trilogy is titled Bad Witch. The six song EP follows the release of 2017's Add Violence, and 2016's Not The Actual Events. Bad Witch arrives June 22nd and is available to pre-order now through the official NIN store.

In addition to the EP news, NIN announced details for a North American tour today. The Cold and Black and Infinite tour kicks off in September and features The Jesus and Mary Chain as support!!! This amazing tour includes two stops in Detroit -- October 22nd and October 23rd at the Fox Theatre.

Tickets for the tour will be available on May 19th from 10am until 3pm in an exclusive PHYSICAL onsale at the venue box office (no lineups before 8am). For the Detroit show, the box office is the Little Caesars Arena Auxillary box office at 2645 Woodward Avenue located off Henry St. on the Chevrolet Plaza. This is a physical in-person pre-sale, which means you will need to show up to the box office in order to obtain pre-sale tickets. The ticket limit is four tickets per show while supplies last.

It'll be like the old days -- you show up, wait in line, buy the tickets, and will be given physical tickets. Tickets will NOT be available online or anywhere else before OR during that day. All seats (including the best seats) will be available first come, first served. A full document on the Detroit show ticketing is available to view here.

No details have been announced for the onsale for remaining tickets, though according to NIN, "limited quantities of tickets may be released via additional ticketing channels, subject to availability, at a later date to be announced."

For more details on the tour and ticketing, visit the official NIN website.

Nine Inch Nails - North American tour

Jun 13 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Jun 15 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Jun 16 -- Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint (sold out)
Sep 13 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 14 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Sep 18 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 19 -- Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
Sep 24 -- Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 26 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 27 -- Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
Sep 29 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
Oct 09 -- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Oct 13 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 14 -- New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 19 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 20 -- Boston, MA @ Boch Centre
Oct 22 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 23 -- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Oct 25 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Oct 26 -- Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Nov 23 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 24 -- New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
Nov 27 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Nov 28 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
Dec 03 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Dec 07 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 08 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
Dec 12 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

Published May 10th, 2018

Ministry's debut studio album With Sympathy was released on this day in 1983.

The legendary synthpop record remains a favorite among fans and perhaps a bit of a curiosity to newer Ministry fans who are only familiar with the band's thrashier output! The album is a solid-gold cult club classic despite being a source of pain and embarrassment to Al Jourgensen, who has been very vocal over the years about his disdain for Ministry's "British Al" era. With Sympathy isn't widely considered to be Ministry's finest hour, however the nine tracks make for an incredibly fun and fantastic record that gave Jourgensen the experience and the confidence to take his soon-to-be groundbreaking and influential music to the next level.

At the time, along with the Chicago house scene, Jourgensen was heavily influenced by British music and was intent on "sounding British" as he detailed in his 2013 autobiography The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen:

"But after we tried out twelve vocalists who all sucked, I figured, "Fuck. I might as well do this myself and save myself the pain of listening to some other knucklehead who isn't as good at sounding British as I am."



As the story goes, Arista's Clive Davis had signed Ministry and promised to make them the next Joy Division, however according to Jourgensen the reality was that the label was more intent on using him to mold Ministry into a voiceless synthpop Milli Vanilli-esque version of A Flock Of Seagulls.

The recording sessions for With Sympathy took place in England, and Jourgensen has said that the only good memory he has of the entire time was playing Asteroids in the lounge with Paul McCartney (McCartney was recording in the same studio complex at the time). Throughout the sessions Jourgensen became more and more disenchanted with the lack of control, being treated like a puppet, and being told what he could and couldn't do. Davis supposedly hated a lot of the new music Jourgensen was working on and thwarted his songwriting attempts. Even so, Jourgensen continued to write music, some of which was later released on Wax Trax!

Nonetheless, With Sympathy was finished and released. Jourgensen begrudgingly hit the road with Ministry to promote the record, supporting Depeche Mode, Madness, A Flock of Seagulls and The Police, however it was clear Jourgensen needed to escape the confines of Arista to pursue his vastly different creative vision. Davis tried to pressure Jourgensen to remain with Arista, even going so far as to force the Thompson Twins (who were a big deal at the time) to call Jourgensen to persuade him to stay. Davis ultimately lost the battle and Jourgensen parted ways with Arista. The move was an integral moment in alternative music history and paved the way for Ministry to thrive creatively, push industrial boundaries, and take the world by storm.

Stream With Sympathy in full here or on Spotify.



Al rocking a beret and guitar with a Front 242 sticker



Published May 10th, 2018

2018/05/07


A new film featuring a character obsessed with Morrissey and The Smiths is set to open in theaters in the U.K. The More You Ignore Me, directed by Keith English, was adapted from Jo Brand's 2009 novel and was named one of the "must see" movies of the year according to The Guardian. The film is a comedy-drama set in a small English town in the 1980s and revolves around a family's struggle with mental illness (the character Alice, who is a mega-Smiths fan, is a teenager dealing with her mother's schizophrenia).

Today Morrissey shared the film's trailer (without comment) on his official website. Check it out here.



Published May 7th, 2018
Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher were spotted once again at a football match. The two legends were photographed together (and separately) by fans at this weekend's Man City championship game. Check out some of the photos below.














Guadalcanal Diary's live album At Your Birthday Party will be reissued July 13th. Recorded live on their 1998 reunion tour over two nights in Atlanta, the record was self-released in 1999 as a thank you to fans but never released worldwide. Used copies of the rarity have fetched big bucks on the secondary market, but now a much more affordable version is welcome news to Guadalcanal fans. The new version of the release will contain updated artwork and liner notes but features the original career-spanning 16 song set. View the tracklist below and pre-order through Omnivore Recordings.



Guadalcanal Diary - At Your Birthday Party

Gilbert Takes The Wheel
Trail Of Tears
Country Club Gun
Pretty Is As Pretty Does
The Likes Of You
Lips Of Steel
Newborn
Say Please
I See Moe
Whiskey Talk
Vista
Litany (Life Goes On)
Dead Eyes
Cattle Prod
Pau Pau
Watusi Rodeo

Published May 7th, 2018
Dead Or Alive drummer Steve Coy has died at the age of 56. News of his death was reported yesterday, however no information regarding his death or an official statement has been announced.

Dead Or Alive was founded by Pete Burns in 1980; Coy joined Dead Or Alive in 1982 and was an integral part of the band's classic lineup.

View a collection of photos of Coy here.





Published May 7th, 2018







2018/05/06


Presenting Classic Alternative - Episode #54: Declassify

Rock it old school with a brand new episode of Time Warp. This week's show includes music from The Jesus & Mary Chain, Book Of Love, Echo & The Bunnymen, Pixies, Suede, The Verve, The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Afghan Whigs, Joy Division, and more.

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


Music news stories from the past week

Video: New Order resurrect So It Goes synthed out production
Peter Murphy releasing 5CD boxset 'Five Albums'
Book Of Love expand tour; play Detroit
The Sisters Of Mercy announce vinyl reissues
New Order's brilliant Power, Corruption & Lies turns 35
James unleash "Broken By The Hurt" from 'Better Than That' EP
Suede announce "dank and troubling" LP 'The Blue Hour'
Rat Scabies of The Damned to release debut solo LP
Shriekback announce new LP; premiere single
My Bloody Valentine add shows in Chicago + Oakland
ShadowParty (ft current members of New Order + Devo) debut first single
Dinosaur Jr announce fall tour


Last year New Order and Liam Gillick teamed up for So It Goes, a series of synthed out shows at the Manchester International Festival. The production, featuring New Order backed by a 12 piece synth ensemble and stunning visuals has been resurrected for a few additional shows in Europe. Last night the first of these shows took place in Turin, Italy and from all accounts the evening was a euphoric, brilliant, and life affirming experience. Check out video from the show along with the setlist and fan photos below via JDNOPICS below:



















Published May 6th, 2018
Updated with additional video May 7th, 2018