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In The News: Weezer, Robert Plant, Tortoise, Lucinda Williams, Who, Converge, Madonna, Pearls Before Swine, King Khan And More

On October 27, Weezer will release the follow-up to last year’s Weezer (a.k.a. The White Album), Pacific Daydream, via Crush Music/Atlantic; Rivers and Co.’s 11th album was produced by Butch Walker … Carry Fire is the latest from Robert Plant, and it’s out courtesy of Nonesuch/Warner Bros. on October 13 … On the band’s West Coast tour supporting last year’s The Catastrophist, Tortoise was joined by photographer Andrew Paynter; the result is The Catastrophist Tour Book (Thrill Jockey), out September 22 and featuring unreleased live recordings from the tour and a CD of The Catastrophist with exclusive artwork … Slow Magic‘s third album, Float, is out October 6 via Downtown/Interscope … Lucinda WilliamsThis Sweet Old World is a re-recording of 1992’s Sweet Old World, out September 29 on Highway 20/Thirty Tigers … Tommy: Live At The Royal Albert Hall captures the Who‘s first-ever live performance of Tommy in its entirety from April and is available October 13 from Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray, two CDs or three LPs … The Dusk In Us, Converge‘s first album in five years, is out November 3 via Epitaph/Deathwish …Radiohead’s Philip Selway did the soundtrack to the Polly Steele film Let Me Go, out October 27 on Bella Union … Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour is a DVD, Blu-ray or double-CD concert film from Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, out September 15 via Eagle Vision … The long-overdue official reissue of MAGNET fave Pearls Before Swine‘s One Nation Underground debut (for it’s 50th anniversary, no less) is out courtesy of Drag City on October 20 … On October 13, Khannibalism/Ernest Jenning will issue Murder Burgers, the debut solo album from King Khan (Shrines, BBQ Show), which features the Gris Gris as his backing band … Anti-Flag‘s latest album, American Fall, will be released November 3 by Spinefarm … Racquet Club is a new quartet featuring members of Knapsack, the Jealous Sound and Samiam; the band’s self-titled debut is out September 29 via Rise … Members of Chastity Belt, Tacocat, Childbirth and Lisa Prank have gotten together to form Who Is She?;  debut LP Seattle Gossip is out October 6 via Father/Daughter … On October 27, ATO will issue Lee Ann Womack‘s The Lonely, The Lonesome & The GoneOn The Way Downtown: Recorded Live On FolkScene is a live recording of two radio performance from two decades ago by Peter Case (Plimsouls, Nerves), out October 27 on Omnivore … Kaki King Live At Berklee is a live album by Kaki King recorded this year at Berklee College Of Music to be issued September 22 by BirnCORE (the Berklee Internet Radio Network’s label) … Before John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford were Creedence Clearwater Revival they were the Golliwogs, and on September 29, Craft/Concord will issue Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967Whitesnake‘s self-titled 1987 album gets the 30th anniversary treatment October 6 from Rhino with a four-CD/one-DVD set … Dolly Parton‘s first children’s album, I Believe In You, is out October 13 via Dolly/RCA Nashville … On October 6, Real Gone Music is issuing Carol Burnett: Sings, which features Carol Burnett singing pop and show tunes, recorded in 1967 … Christmas Is Coming Early Corner: 98°‘s Let It Snow is out October 13 via UMe, while Herb Alpert‘s The Christmas Wish can stuff your stocking starting September 29.

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Happy Birthday Elvis Costello

Happy birthday to Elvis Costello. Read Joe Pernice on Mr. MacManus in MAGNET here.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Minor Poet’s “And How!”

Tomorrow, the EggHunt label will release And How!, the debut album from Minor Poet. A band in name only, Minor Poet is Richmond, Va., musician Andrew Carter, who wrote, played and recorded the 11 songs on the LP all by his lonesome over the course of two months after the breakup of his band the Mad Extras. Says Carter of the album, “And How! was made during an uncertain period in my life—the kind of time where a dread hangs over everything you try to do. Recording these songs was my escape. I was all alone in my dingy basement studio, getting lost in the songs and remembering why I loved making music in the first place. All I hope is that people wanna listen to this album’s weird little world and connect through our shared anxieties and daily existential dramas.” You can preorder And How! here, but you can also try before you buy below. We are proud to premiere the album today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now.

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Happy Birthday Keith Moon

Happy birthday to Keith Moon. Read Tommy Keene on Moon The Loon in MAGNET here.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Johnny Dango’s “Recluse In Plain Sight”

On September 1, Johnny Dango will release Recluse In Plain Sight. The Austin-based singer/songwriter has been a member of Brothers & Sisters and the Memphis Strange and a sideman for Stoney LaRue, but now he’s going out on his own with his solo debut. Says Dango, “A not-so-secret hope is that other musicians might potentially somehow hear it and be inspired to take more chances with their own work, to not play it so safe all the time. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything new here. These songs are all kind of throwbacks to other, more elegant eras. But, they’re sounds I wanted to hear paired with the words and melodies I had bouncing around in my head. So I made a record of it.” Dango will do an acoustic tour in support of Recluse In Plain Sight this fall, then, he says, “I’ll lay low and hopefully write some new stuff in the winter. I’ve got another record coming out in January, so I’ll be touring to support that.” In the meantime, check out Recluse In Plain Sight below. We are proud to premiere the album today on magnetmagazine.com. Says Dango of the LP, “I hope it’s a fun little record for anyone who bothers to give it a listen. We tried to keep it fairly short, since attention spans aren’t what they used to be. I don’t expect it to inspire anyone to go out and register to vote or volunteer to help the hungry or mentally ill, but that would be a nice development, wouldn’t it? It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it. Mick Jagger said that, and I’m repeating it over and over again. Because it’s the truth.”

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Happy Birthday Joe Strummer

Happy birthday to Joe Strummer. Read our 2001 feature here.

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Happy Birthday Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

Happy birthday to Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). Read the Dodos on Thin Lizzy in MAGNET here.

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In The News: Destroyer, Neil Young, Bronx, Spoon, Afghan Whigs, Steve Earle, Apples In Stereo, Lou Reed & Kris Kristofferson And More

On October 20, Destroyer (a.k.a. New Pornographer wild card Dan Bejar) will release 12th album ken, produced by Josh Wells (Black Mountain), via Merge … Hitchhiker, an unreleased solo-acoustic studio album from 1976 by Neil Young, is out September 8 on Reprise … ATO is issuing the fifth album by the Bronx, aptly titled V, on September 22 … Reaching For Indigo, Circuit des Yeux‘s fifth album, is out October 20 on Drag City … Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band, will release the Tom Petty-produced Bidin’ My Time, his first solo album in more than a decade, on September 22 via Rounder … Cut-Ups, the sophomore album from SAVAK (members of Obits, Holy Fuck, the Cops and the Make-Up), is out October 27 via Ernest Jenning … ORB‘s Naturality is out October 6 on Castle Face … MAGNET faves Antietam return with 10th album Intimations Of Immortality on September 8 via Motorific Sounds … On September 22, Palmetto will issue the late Leon Russell’s final studio album, On A Distant ShoreExperimental Music by Chain & The Gang—Ian Svenonius and members of the Gories, Demolition Dollrods, Tyvek, His Name Is Alive, Swimsuit and more—is out September 29 on Radical Elite … JD McPherson‘s Undivided Heart & Soul is out October 6 via New West … Angels Hear, the debut album from Action Skulls—Vicki Peterson (Bangles), John Cowsill (Cowsills, Beach Boys) and Emmy-nominated composer/actor Bill Mumy (Barnes & Barnes)—in out September 29 … Two great tastes that taste great together: Lou Reed And Kris Kristofferson‘s two-CD In Their Own Words With Vin Scelsa (Bottom Line Archive) is out September 15 and captures a 1994 live performance by the two legends swapping stories and songs, including “Sweet Jane,” “Me And Bobby McGee,” “Romeo Had Juliet” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” … Reissues from artists who’ve been on the cover of MAGNET: Spoon‘s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge, October 20, double vinyl); the Afghan WhigsUp In It, Congregation and the Uptown Avondale EP (Sub Pop, September 8, vinyl); and Steve Earle‘s The Mountain, Transcendental Blues and Sidetracks (all September 22, CD and vinyl), Jerusalem, Just An American Boy and The Revolution Starts Now (all September 29, CD and vinyl) and El Corazón (November 24, vinyl only)—all courtesy of Warner Bros. … The Apples In Stereo probably should’ve been on the cover of MAGNET, but nonetheless, they’re still being given the vinyl-reissue treatment, via Yep Roc: Tone Soul Evolution (November 3), Her Wallpaper Reverie (November 24), The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone (January) and Velocity Of Sound (February) … Craig Wedren was on the cover of MAGNET while in Shudder To Think, and now he’s back as the soundtrack composer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and his fourth solo album, Adult Desire, out in October … Fans of Steve Miller rejoice, as Steve Miller Band Ultimate Hits comes in two different versions courtesy of Capitol/UMe on September 15: a single-CD, 22-track edition and a double-CD, 40-track set; both will be issued on vinyl October 27 … Live In Prague, by Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, is out November 3 via Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray, two CDs or four LPs and features the themes from The Lion King, Gladiator, Interstellar, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy and others … Insane Clown Posse‘s The Great Milenko gets a deluxe, expanded, 20th-anniversary edition on September 1 via Island/UMe … The 21-track An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert, out October 6 via Blue Rose Music, pays tribute to the singer/songwriter with contributions from John Oates, Bill Lloyd, Robert Earl Keen, Jim Lauderdale, John Popper, Todd Snider and others … DCX MMXVI is a live CD/DVD recorded on last year’s Dixie Chicks North American tour; it’s out via Columbia on September 1 … Autograph returns October 6 with Get Off Your Ass (EMP) … Blackmore’s Night celebrates two decades of Renaissance rock with To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond…, a two-CD collection of re-recorded material and new songs, out now.

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Happy Birthday Robert Plant

Happy birthday to Robert Plant. Read Kiss’ Ace Frehley on Led Zeppelin in MAGNET here.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Domestics’ “For The Last Time,” From Their Upcoming “Little Darkness”

On September 1, Tender Loving Empire will issue the sophomore album by The Domestics. For the 11-track Little Darkness, the Portland duo—Michael Finn and Leo London—collaborated with hometown producer Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists); Finn and Martine have also worked together on records by the likes of Neko Case/k.d. lang/Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell and Darlene Love at Martine’s Flora Recording studio. One of the standout tracks on Little Darkness is “For The Last Time.” Says London of the song, “I wrote ‘For The Last Time’ driving home from work. I was just singing the lines as I made them up, literally tailgating cars, trying to get home and record it while I could remember the melody. The song was all verse, but I had this funny song I used to sing a friend who told me about a time she got high with her dad at a Destiny’s Child show. So I put it into the mix as the hypothetical song the character is referring to. The song’s about the emptiness of a long work week and a disappointing check. Love is out of reach, and the only thing that sounds good is getting loaded. And then the dread of how it will all be exactly the same after the weekend. Rinse, wash and repeat. It’s in A major, which seems like a funny key for a pop song.” We are proud to premiere “For The Last Time” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out below.

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