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In The News: Lucinda Williams, Pissed Jeans, Stuart Murdoch, Game Theory, Sloan And More

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The first-ever double album by Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, will be issued by her Highway 20 Records on September 30 … On October 7, Sub Pop will reissue Shallow, the 2005 debut album from Pissed JeansRobyn, Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent and more contributed to Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. Due out October 21 from Yep Roc, the two-disc/three-LP set contains 26 tracks paying tribute to the late Russell … God Help The Girl is a new musical feature film directed by Belle And Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, set for a theatrical release September 5 from Amplify. The soundtrack, which features tracks by Murdoch and sung by the cast, will be available from Milan Records on September 2 … This fall, Jackson Browne will kick off a full-band tour in the U.S. and U.K. in support of new album Standing In The Breach, which will be available October 7 …. Omnivore Recordings will launch a series of expanded reissues from Game Theory’s catalog on September 2 with the release of 1982 album Blaze Of Glory … In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA, a tribute album featuring stripped-down covers of the original tracks will be released September 16. Dead Man’s Town features contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Blitzen Trapper, Trampled By Turtles, Low and more … The 11th studio album from Sloan, Commonwealth, will be released September 9 via Yep Roc … The Bad Plus has announced the August 26 release of Inevitable Western.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Weezer, Devo, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vaselines, Shellac And More

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The ninth album from Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is set for a September 30 release via Republic … The Men Who Make The Music is a DVD featuring live footage from Devo’s 1978 tour as well as music videos and more. Due out August 12, it will also include Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig, the band’s 1996 performance closing the Sundance Film Festival … The Swell Season’s Marketa Irglova will issue her second solo effort, Muna, on September 23 via Anti-. She’ll tour North America this October in support … FatCat will release the third album from We Were Promised Jetpacks, Unravelling, this fall … On October 7, the new record from the Vaselines, V For Vaselines, will be out via Rosary … King Tuff has announced the September 23 release of third album Black Moon Spell on Sub Pop. He’ll kick off a supporting North American tour on September 25 … Mended With Gold, the third release from the Rural Alberta Advantage, will be issued September 30 via Saddle Creek … A 23-disc boxed set containing eight previously unreleased Grateful Dead performances will be available September 9. Spring 1990 (The Other One) is a companion to the now sold-out Spring 1990 boxed set released two years ago, featuring footage from the band’s 25th anniversary celebration tour … Touch And Go will issue Shellac’s fifth LP, Dude Incredible, on September 16 … September 23 marks the release of Laetitia Sadier’s Something Shines via Drag City … The third solo effort from the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara, Curve And Shake, is due out August 12 … Ex Hex’s full-length debut, Rips, will be released October 13 by Merge.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Ryan Adams, Morrissey, Jerry Lee Lewis, Half Japanese, Oasis And More

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Musical renaissance man Ryan Adams has announced the September 9 release of his self-produced, self-titled new album. Adams’ recent “Gimme Something Good” became the first seven-inch single to go number one on the Amazon music store, and he has already announced six headlining tour dates for this summer … Parlophone has announced the DVD issue of concert film Introducing Morrissey. The movie tracks former Smiths frontman Morrissey through two nights of shows at Sheffield’s City Hall and the Winter Gardens in Blackpool (February 7 and 8, 1995, respectively). Introducing Morrissey was previously available only on VHS … Rock & Roll Time, the latest from legendary rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, will be released September 9 via Vanguard Records. Expect guest appearances from former collaborators Keith Richards, Neil Young and Ron Wood, among others … For the first time in more than a decade, art/punk rockers Half Japanese will be releasing a new record. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, this 12-track LP continues the tradition of lo-fi, self-released rock, but reportedly sounds unlike anything else in the band’s extensive catalogue … The second in the Chasing The Sun series of Oasis reissues, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? has been set for release September 30 via Big Brother Recordings on multiple formats. The recent rereleases are meant to accompany the Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 exhibition of rare photographs and memorabilia … The reissue of Pop Crimes, the 2009 solo record from the late Rowland S. Howard, has been announced for August 5 via Fat Possum. The eight-track LP was the last of his illustrious contributions to the music world … Former Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame will be releasing his first new record in 8 years, Seven Dials, on August 19 via AED Records. Frame will tour internationally in support of the new release later this year.

—Noah Silvestry

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In The News: Karen O, Ethan Johns, Specials, Julian Casablancas, Vashti Bunyan And More

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will be releasing her debut solo record, Crush Songs, on September 9 via Cult Records. This aptly named infatuation-centric first foray into the solo realm will be available in multiple formats, including a special vinyl edition release that incorporates Karen’s own drawings, handwritten lyrics and a personal note … The Ryan Adams-produced sophomore effort from multi-talented British producer, musician and visionary Ethan Johns will be available stateside on August 12. A full-fledged concept album, The Reckoning (Three Crows) follows a fictional character, James Younger, through the 1850s American frontier … Alt-rock veterans Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, Nicholas Tremulis and Linda Pitmon have teamed up to form the Fauntleroys, and recently announced the September 16 release of their six-track debut, Below The Pink Pony. Reportedly the antithesis of a supergroup, the Fauntleroys played their first shows together at tis year’s SXSW, and plan to take the band on the road once the album drops via Plowboy Records … Weatherhouse, Radiohead drummer Phillip Selway’s second LP, is set for issue on October 7 in the U.S. on Bella Union. Selway, along with collaborating artists Adem Ilhan and Quinta, will be accompanying a special run of shows with the Rambert Dance Company in Southbank in early July … The Best Of The Specials has been set for a September 9 release from Parlophone. This 20-song hit collection tracks British ska-punkers the Specials’ prolific career and distintive sound, and will be available both on CD and digitally … For the first time in more than a decade, Grammy Award-winning Midge Ure will be releasing a new album. The 10 track Fragile will be available August 18 via eOne Music, and followed up by a United States tour in August and September … Julian Casablancas + The Voidz’ debut album, Tyranny, will be issued September 23 on Casablancas’ own Cult Records. The group’s fall U.S. tour kicks off in Philadelphia on October 16 … Cult folk artist Vashti Bunyan has announced the release of her first studio album since 2005, Heartleap, on October 7 via DiCristina. This third studio effort on will be followed up by a U.K. fall tour … Failure, the groundbreaking debut from power-pop rockers the Posies, is set for reissue on CD and vinyl on August 19 via Omnivore Recordings. Tour dates are to be announced shortly after the reissue’s release.

—Noah Silvestry

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In The News: Gaslight Anthem, My Brightest Diamond, Beatles, Billy Idol, Ministry And More

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Get Hurt, the latest record from the Gaslight Anthem, will be available in multiple formats on August 19 via Island. A supporting North American tour will take place this fall … The very first boxed set from Julian Lennon, Everything Changes, will be released by Music From Another Room on September 10. It contains four discs of material, including studio, acoustic and instrumental versions of his most recent releases, as well as the documentary Through The Picture Window … Forty years ago, Queen performed at the legendary London venue The Rainbow. The rare recording of this performance, Queen: Love At The Rainbow ’74, will be released for the first time on CD, vinyl and Blu-ray on September 9 via Hollywood/Eagle Rock … My Brightest Diamond has announced the September 16 release of This Is My Hand via Asthmatic Kitty … On September 8, 10 Beatles albums (as well as a collection of non-LP tracks) will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl, available individually or as a 14-LP boxed set, The Beatles In Mono … The first new album from Billy Idol in more than a decade will be issued on his own BFI label this October, close to the release of his autobiography Dancing With MyselfLast Tangle In Paris is a CD/DVD package from Ministry that documents the band’s 2012 “DeFiBriLaTour,” including live performances, rehearsal/backstage footage and interviews. It will be out July 8 via UDR/13th Planet … Eagle Rock will issue Live In Montreuz 2013, ZZ Top’s performance at last year’s Montreux Festival, on July 21 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.

—Emily Costantino

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Little Records Radio Is On The Air

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We’re late on this—it’s a difficult job being busy and lazy—but the online Little Records Radio launched this month. As he notes on the site, Little Records Radio creator/DJ Doug Hoepker is devoted to spinning “the songs of my youth—the 1980s and early 1990s—when I was making my initial discovery of great ‘punk’ and ‘underground’ and ‘alternative’ and ‘indie’ music.”

The format does range a bit beyond that time period—tracks from the late ’70s show up, as do selections from albums such as Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes, which was released in 1995. Specialty programming includes hour-long sets of covers (The Great Cover-up), tunes by females or female-fronted bands (Typical Grrrls) and gloomy goth/post-punk (Moody Fuckers).

It’s all great—especially if you became familiar with this music back in the day—but the programming is also heavy with obscure tracks from artists that you’ll want to further investigate. Go, now, and also follow Little Records Radio on Facebook and Twitter.

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In The News: New Pornographers, Blonde Redhead, J Mascis, Kimbra, Rosebuds And More

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On August 26, the New Pornographers will release Brill Bruisers via Matador. A U.S. tour will follow in support … Barragán, the new record by Blonde Redhead, will be available from Kobalt on September 2 … The Black Angels have announced the July 22 release of new album Clear Lake Forest via Blue Horizon … Sub Pop will issue Tied To A Star, the latest release from J Mascis, on August 26. He’ll hit the road this fall on a supporting North American tour … The second album from Kimbra, The Golden Echo, is due out from Warner Bros. on August 19 … The Allman Brothers Band’s 1971 live album, At Fillmore East, will be reissued by UMe and Mercury on July 29. It’s been expanded to a six-disc set, compiled from the four performances recorded during the weekend of March 12, 1971 … On October 7, the new record by Los Straitjackets, Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits, will be available from Yep Roc … Milk For Your Motors, the latest release from Gemma Ray, is out via her own Bronzerat label on August 26 … The sixth full-length from the Rosebuds, Sand + Silence, is set for an August 5 release on Western Vinyl … Fourteen newly recorded acoustic versions of Richard Thompson songs spanning his 40-year career comprise Acoustic Classics, available from Beeswing on July 22 … Death From Above 1979’s second album, The Physical World, is set for a September 9 release via Last Gang/Warner Bros. … The Twelfth Spectacle is a four-LP set containing live recordings spanning the past decade by the Dead C, due out on August 19 … Sounds Familyre will issue Jad Fair & Denielson’s collaborative album, Solid Gold Heart, on June 24.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Interpol, Robyn Hitchcock, Spoon, Jeff Tweedy, Beth Orton, Bats And More

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The first new Interpol album in four years, El Pintor, is due out from Matador on September 9. The band will tour this summer leading up to the release, including performances at GΩoverners Ball, Lollapalooza, FYF Fest and more … Robyn Hitchcock will release new record The Man Upstairs on August 26 via Yep Roc … Loma Vista will issue the latest Spoon album, They Want My Soul, on August 5 … Sukierae is a collaborative LP featuring 20 new Jeff Tweedy tracks, performed by him and son Spencer Tweedy. It’s out September 16 via Tweedy’s dBpm label … On September 9, the eighth studio album from Better Than Ezra, All Together Now, will be available from The End … A new double album of original material from Chrome, Feel It Like A Scientist, is set for an August 5 release via King Of Spades … Beth Orton’s 1999 album, Central Reservation, will be reissued by 3 Loop as a two-disc expanded edition on July 8, featuring b-sides, remixes and previously unreleased live recordings … Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have teamed up to form Got A Girl, and will make their debut with I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff, due out from Bulk on July 22 … A Sunday Night Above The Rain, a live double-album featuring Marillion’s performance at last year’s Marillion Weekend at Center Parcs in the Netherlands, will be released July 22 via earMusic/Eagle Rock … Flying Nun/Captured Tracks has announced the release of Compiletely Bats. It’s a collection of the Bats’ early EPs and singles as well as the band’s first two full-length albums, Daddy’s Highway and The Law of Things.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Bishop Allen, Delta Spirit, They Might Be Giants, Brian Eno, Tom Petty And More

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Dead Oceans has announced the August 19 release of the new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out. The band will tour this fall in support … The fourth album from Delta Spirit, Into The Wilde, will be out September 9 via Dualtone … Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry will make his debut as a neo-classical composer with the July 15 release of Music For Heart And BreathIdlewild is the new They Might Be Giants record, due out from the band’s Idlewild label … Brian Eno And Karl Hyde have teamed up again for a second full-length, High Life, which will be issued by Warp on July 1 … On September 23, Erasure will release The Violet Flame via Mute. The band embarks on a tour across the U.S. and Europe this fall … Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have announced their first new album in four years, Hypnotic Eye, due out via Reprise on July 29, as well as a North American tour featuring special guest Steve Winwood … Deluxe editions of three Jayhawks albums—Sound Of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music—will be issued by American Recordings/UMe on July 1, complete with studio outtakes, alternate versions and demos … Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle Of Wight will be available on Blu-ray for the first time ever on June 17 via Experience Hendrix/Legacy. It features Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 performance to his largest show ever, taking place just 18 days before his death … Turnstile will issue the new Gruff Rhys record, American Interior, on November 4 … Two collections containing ZZ Top’s greatest hits spanning three decades will be released by Warner Bros. on July 22. The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top will be available in both single-disc and double-disc versions … Cold Specks has announced the August 26 release of new album Neuroplasticity via Mute … The first new record in 10 years from the Muffs, Whoop Dee Doo, is due out via Burger on July 29 … On July 1, Rhino will reissue the first two Bad Company albums, Bad Company and Straight Shooter, on 180-gram vinyl … End Times Undone, the new record from David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights, is set for an August 5 release via Merge.

—Emily Costantino

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MAGNET Turns 21: Come Celebrate With Us, Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood And Titus Andronicus!

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Although we’ve been underage drinking for years, MAGNET is finally turning 21. To celebrate, we are putting on a kick-ass rock show, featuring the classic lineup of Guided By Voices (who we hear might know something about drinking), Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus. It’s May 22 at the legendary Trocadero Theatre in our hometown of Philadelphia. Be there, or bee thousand. Buy tickets here.

Show Details:
Thursday May 22 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tickets: $35 / Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm / Ages 21+

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