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In The News: Beth Orton, Melvins, Bat For Lashes, Adam Green, Garbage, Edward Sharpe, Wolf Parade, Miles Davis, ANONHI And More

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On May 27, Beth Orton’s Kidsticks will be released by Anti- … Dolly Parton has announced a 2016 North American tour, her first in more than 25 years, which will accompany the release of a new double-disc album, Pure & Simple With Dolly’s Biggest HitsBasses Loaded is the new album from the Melvins, due out June 3 via Ipecac. It will feature six different bassists, including Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross’ Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers’ J.D. Pinkus, and more … Parlophone/Warner Bros. Records will issue The Bride, the new album by Bat For Lashes, on July 1 … Macaulay Culkin, Natasha Lyonne, Devendra Banhart, Har Mar Superstar, and more will appear in Adam Green’s modern-day version of Aladdin, with Green starring as the titular character. The film will be out April 15, with a world tour kicking off on April 5 … The seventh studio album by Peter Bjorn And John, Breakin’ Point, will be available on June 10 via INGRID … June 3 will see the release of Ladyhawke’s third album, Wild Things, on Polyvinyl … Garbage has announced the June 10 release of Strange Little Birds on Stunvolume … Detour, the 11th studio album by Cyndi Lauper, is due out from Sire on May 6, and features Lauper’s take on a dozen classic country songs … You can pay what you want for They Might Be Giants’ new album, Phone Power, which is available now via the band’s own Idlewild Recordings. The band will kick off a U.S. tour later this month in support … PersonA, the fourth album by Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, will be previewed on a tour across North America beginning on April 2 … Parlophone will honor the late David Bowie this Record Store Day with two exclusive releases: the 40th anniversary edition of TVC15 and The Man Who Sold The World with alternative German-only cover artwork. Following on May 20 will be the 40th anniversary release of Changesonebowie … The acclaimed first album by Wolf Parade, Apologies To The Queen Mary, will be reissued by Sub Pop as a deluxe three-disc version on May 13 … May 26 would have been Miles Davis’ 90th birthday, and to celebrate, Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release two special projects: Miles Ahead: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (due out April 1), and Everything’s Beautiful, which will feature reimagined interpretations of classic Davis songs by Robert Glasper (due out May 27) … Jan St. Werner’s new album, Felder, will be available April 1 via Thrill Jockey … Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971 is the new release from the Allman Brothers Band, which is set for an April 1 release through the band’s Allman Brothers Band Recording Company … Eagle Rock has announced the April 22 release of Rainbow’s Monsters Of Rock: Live At Donington 1980 on DVD, CD and digital formats … Antony And The Johnsons’ ANONHI will release a new solo album, Hopelessness, on May 6 via Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade … The sixth full-length from Sonny & The Sunsets, Moods Baby Moods, is due out from Polyvinyl on May 27 … Bad Company’s first-ever live album featuring the band’s original lineup, Live In Concert 1977 & 1979, will be available from Rhino on April 29.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Replacements, Kills, M83, Elliott Smith, Coathangers, Rufus Wainwright And More

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Rhino will release the highly anticipated companion to last year’s Replacements boxed set on March 29. The four-LP collection, The Sire Years, will contain all of the band’s albums from 1985-1990 … Ash & Ice is the newest album from the Kills, due out via Domino on June 3 … M83 has announced the April 8 release of Junk on Mute … A tribute album paying homage to the late Elliott Smith, Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith, is due out from American Laundromat on October 14. J Mascis, Amanda Palmer, Yuck, Juliana Hatfield, Mark Kozelek and more will appear on the record … On April 15, the Coathangers will release Nosebleed Weekend on Suicide Squeeze … Stax will issue the first new album in nine years from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Call It What It Is, on April 8 … Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets is Rufus Wainwright’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The collection, due out on April 22 on Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics and features appearances by Florence Welch, Helena Bonham Carter, William Shatner and more … David Bowie’s A Reality Tour will be released on vinyl for the first time as a limited-edition three-LP set from Friday Music on June 3 … A new collaborative album between Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, case/lang/veirs, will be available June 17 via Anti-. An extensive U.S. tour will follow … April 15 will see the release of four classic Dixie Chicks albums—Wide Open Spaces, Fly, Home and Taking The Long Way—remastered on vinyl via Columbia/Legacy … 429 Records has announced the May 6 release of Pierced Arrow, the second album from the Rides, which features Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg … Get Off, the latest release from Bird Of Youth, is set for a May 20 release via Kiam … Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds will issue La Arana Es La Vida via In The Red on April 22 … The sophomore release from Eagulls, Ullages, will be out May 13 on Partisan … On May 6, Aloha will release Little Windows Cut Right Through via Polyvinyl … Absentee/Kobalt will issue the Boxer Rebellion’s Ocean By Ocean on April 29 … Charismo, the newest album from Hackensaw Boys, will be available on April 15 via Free Dirt.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Brian Eno, Har Mar Superstar, Tanya Donnelly, Arlo Guthrie, James, Cluster And More

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Warp Records has announced the April 29 release of Brian Eno’s new album, The ShipBest Summer Ever, the latest release from Har Mar Superstar, is due out April 15 via Cult. A North American tour will take place this spring in support … Minor Victories is a new band comprised of Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James Lockey. The band’s self-titled debut will be out via Fat Possum on June 3 … May 20 marks the release of Marissa Nadler’s new LP, Strangers, via Sacred Bones … The self-titled debut album from Those Pretty Wrongs, a collaboration between Big Star’s Jody Stephens and the Freewheeler’s Luther Russell, will be available from Ardent/Burger on May 13 … Swan Song Series is a three-disc collection by Tanya Donnelly (Breeders, Throwing Muses, Belly) that features collaborations with the likes of Rick Moody, Robyn Hitchcock, John Wesley Harding and more. It’s due out on CD on May 20 and on vinyl on September 2 … Sub Pop will issue Arbor Labor Union’s I Hear You on May 13 … Arlo Guthrie has just released Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Massacre on Rising Son. It’s a two-disc live recording of PBS’s broadcast of a performance at The Colonial Theatre … On May 13, the So So Glos will release Kamikaze via Votiv Music … The newest album from Gold Panda, Good Luck And Do Your Best, is due out from City Slang on May 27 … Girl At The End Of The World is the 14th studio album from James, set for a Marcy 18 release via Factory … Leonard Skully will release the first new music from the Veldt in 20 years, The Shocking Fuzz Of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation mixtape EP, on March 18 … Blue Man Group’s third album, Three, will be available April 22 from Rhino … On April 1, Willie Nile’s new album, World War Willie, will be released by River House … The 30th anniversary of the Bevis Frond will be celebrated starting in April, when Fire reissues the band’s entire catalogue … A nine-disc boxed set containing the work of Cluster, Cluster 1971-1981, is due out April 8 via Bureau B.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Metallica, Lush, Aesop Rock, Feelies, Jayhawks, John Doe, Mr. Lif, ZZ Top And More

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Metallica has announced that it will reissue its first two LPs, Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning, on April 15. Both albums have been remastered and will be available in multiple formats: CD, vinyl and deluxe boxed set, which will include never-before-heard or seen material … The Blind Spot EP is the first new music from Lush in 20 years, due out April 22 via the band’s Edamame label … Rhymesayers will issue Aesop Rock’s new album, The Impossible Kid, on April 29 … The 23rd studio album by Eric Clapton, I Still Do, is set for a May 20 release via Bushbranch/Surfdog … On April 22, Hudson Bell will release Yerba Buena, his first album in six years, on Thirty Tigers … The Feelies’ third and fourth albums, Only Life and Time For A Witness, will be reissued by Bar/None on March 11. As a special Record Store Day release, the band will also issue a limited-edition 12-inch of four cover songs, Feelies UncoveredPaging Mr. Proust, the new album from the Jayhawks, will be available April 29 … FSE/UMe will continue the worldwide centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra with the release of six classic Sinatra albums on 180-gram vinyl. Out now is Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!, with Ring-A-Ding Ding! and That’s Life to follow February 26. All The Way is due out April 15, and Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First and Sinatra At The Sands will be out May 6 … The latest LP from John Doe, The Westerner, is set for an April 29 release via Cool Rock/Thirty Tigers … On April 1, three Anthony Braxton boxed sets—Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), Quintet (Tristano) 2014 and 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011—will be simultaneously released by the Tri-Centric Foundation and Firehouse 12 … Mr. Lif’s new concept album, Don’t Look Down, will be available from Mello Music Group on April 15 … Volume, Contrast, Brilliance…Unreleased & Rare Vol. 2 is a collection of previously unissued tracks by the Monochrome Set spanning 1978 to 1991, due out April 1 from Tapete … Prototyp Recording & Bang ehf via Sena ehf will issue Starwalker’s self-titled debut album April 1 … The first-ever feature-length documentary about ZZ Top is currently in the works by Banger Films in association with Eagle Rock. The filmmakers are asking fans to send rare visual material to zzfans@bangerfilms.com with the subject “ZZ Top Fan Submission” … In anticipation of the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson’s upcoming new solo album, Eagle Rock will release expanded versions of three albums: Paper, Llama Blues (due out February 26), Through A Crooked Sun and Woodstock Sessions (out April 15).

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Rogue Wave, Andrew Bird, Shonen Knife, Sam Beam, Fleetwood Mac, Mogwai, Dandy Warhols, Dälek, Richmond Fontaine And More

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The first new album from Rogue Wave in three years, Delusions Of Grand Fur, will be available from Easy Sound on April 29. The band is touring the U.S. this summer in support … Andrew Bird’s new LP, Are You Serious, is due out April 1 via Loma Vista and features an appearance by Fiona Apple … The 35th anniversary of Shonen Knife will be commemorated April 1 with the release of Adventure via Good Caramel. A worldwide tour follows this fall .. Sub Pop will issue the collaborative effort from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, Love Letter For Fire, on April 15 … Fleetwood Mac: In Concert is a triple-LP collection of 22 live recordings from Fleetwood Mac’s 1979-80 tour, due March 4 from Warner Bros. … On April 8, the Lumineers will release Cleopatra via Dualtone, with a world tour to follow in support … Mogwai has reworked music recorded for the soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise. The resulting album, Atomic, will be available from Temporary Residence Ltd. on June 17 … The new full-length from Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Things That We Are Made Of, is set for a May 6 release on Lambent Light via Thirty Tigers … Dine Alone will issue Distordland, the latest Dandy Warhols record, on April 8 … Luck Or Magic is the debut solo album from Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), due out April 29 via Double Feature … On April 22, the first album from Dälek since 2009, Asphalt For Eden, will see the light of day via Profound Lore … Ace Frehley has announced the April 15 release of Origins Vol. 1, containing 12 cover songs and featuring appearances by Paul Stanley, Slash and Lita Ford … The new album from Fruit Bats (a.k.a. Eric D. Johnson), Absolute Loser, is set for a May 13 release via Easy Sound … Cherry Red will release Hawkwind’s new concept album, The Machine Stops, on April 15 … Open The Book is the new My Robot Friend record, due out March 4 on Worried Rainbow … On June 10, the Monkees will return for their 50th anniversary with a new album, Good Times!, on Rhino, which features tracks written by Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Andy Patridge, Neil Diamond and more … Neil Michael Hagerty And the Howling Hex will release their new full-length, Denver, on April 15 via Drag City … The final album from Richmond Fontaine is You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To, set for a March 18 release via Fluff And Gravy … Bacteria Cult is the first John Kaada & Mike Patton album in 12 years, due out from Ipecac on April 1 … April 11 will see the release of Trapper Schoepp’s latest record, Rangers & Valentines, via Xtra Mile.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Cars, Melvins, Jennifer O’Connor, Iggy Pop, Suuns, Cheap Trick And More

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This spring, two new collections honoring the legacy of the Cars will be released by Rhino. The Elektra Years 1978-1987, due out March 11, is a boxed set containing six remastered studio albums, while Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars, a career-spanning best-of curated by the Cars themselves, will be out May 6 … Sub Pop will issue Three Men And A Baby, a collaboration between Mike Kunka and the Melvins, on April 1 … Candlebox has announced the April 22 release of new album Disappearing In Airports via Pavement … The sixth album from Jennifer O’Connor, Surface Noise, is due out from Kiam on March 4. She’ll pay a string of East Coast dates with Neko Case in support … Detour is the 11th studio album from Cyndi Lauper, which features country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s as well as duets with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jewel and more. It will be out via Sire on May 6 … March 18 will see the release of Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression via Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline … Suuns’ latest album, Hold/Still, is set for an April 15 release by Secretly Canadian … Big Machine will release Cheap Trick’s new record, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello on April 1 … The eighth solo album by Peter Wolf, A Cure For Loneliness, will be available April 8 via Concord … Upland Stories, the latest full-length from Robbie Fulks, is due out April 1 via Bloodshot … This April, the fourth album by Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, La Arana Es La Vida, will be released by In The Red.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Pet Shop Boys, PJ Harvey, Ray LaMontagne, Bert Jansch And More

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Super, the new album from Pet Shop Boys, is due out April 1 via X2. The band has also confirmed a four-night residency at London’s Royal Opera House starting July 20 … PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, will be available from Vagrant on April 15. This summer, she will play select festival dates across Europe … Omnivore will continue its Maynard Ferguson reissue initiative on March 11, with the release of 1986’s Body And Soul and 1989’s Big Bop Nouveau … March 4 will see the release of Ray LaMontagne’s sixth studio album, Ouroboros, via RCA … The new LP from the Last Shadow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, is set for an April 1 release on Domino … Distance Inbetween is the latest record from the Coral, which will be issued by Ignition on March 4 … Bert Jansch’s 1979 album, Avocet, will be reissued on February 5 by Fire, complete with a set of lithograph prints … Relapse will release the new collaboration between Boris and Merzbow, Gensho, on March 18 … On April 1, a 1990 live set by Ten Years After will be available on the “British Live Performance Series” via Rainman … A new concert film celebrating the life and career of Burt Bacharach, A Life In Song, will be released by Eagle Rock on February 26. It features performances by Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Alfie Boe and more … Two newly discovered recordings by João Gilberto and Stan Getz, Getz/Gilberto ’76 and Moments In Time, will see the light of day February 19 via Resonance … Architecture Of Language 1979-82 is a four-LP boxed set containing the work of Pere Ubu, due out from Fire on March 18.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, Glen Hansard, Black Mountain, Yuck, Buzzcocks, George Harrison, Willie Nelson And More

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Patch The Sky is the new album from Bob Mould, due out from Merge on March 25. He’ll hit the road this spring for a North American tour … Robert Pollard has announced the March 4 release of his 24th solo album, Of Course You Are, via Fire America … Anti- will issue Glen Hansard’s new EP, A Season On The Line, on February 19 … April 1 will see the release of IV, the latest Black Mountain record, on Jagjaguwar … The third album from Yuck, Stranger Things, is due out via Mame on February 26, with a full U.S. tour to follow … Hitch, the third LP by the Joy Formidable, is set for a March 25 release … Moderat—the trio comprised of Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary (a.k.a. Modeselektor) and Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat)—will complete their album trilogy with the April 1 release of Ill via Mute/Monkeytown … Rainman Records’ next installment of its acclaimed “British Live Performance Series” will feature the Buzzcocks’ 1989 Central TV performance; the CD set will be available March 25 … On February 26, Peter Frampton’s Acoustic Classics, which features stripped-down acoustic versions of his hits, will be released by Red Distribution … A new album of country-tinged duets by Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones, Little Windows, is due out from Cooking Vinyl on April 1 … George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison is a concert film and album, recorded September 28 and featuring the likes of Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne, Britt Daniel and more performing George Harrison’s greatest songs. It will be released February 26, the day after what would have been his 73rd birthday, by Hot Records … Mark Mallman has announced the March 25 release of The End Is Not The End via Polkadot Mayhem … Light In The Attic will reissue 1976 documentary Heartworn Highways (which features Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Larry Jon Wilson and more) as a 40th-edition boxed set on April 16 … February 26 marks the release of Willie Nelson’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin via Legacy … A new documentary by Andrew Horn featuring the rise of Twisted Sister, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!, will be available in select theaters on February 19, with the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/digital release taking place February 23 … The 75th birthday of Michael Chapman is being celebrated with the January 24 release of Fish via Tompkins Square.

—Emily Costantino

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R.I.P. David Bowie (1947–2016)

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Royston Langdon of Spacehog on David Bowie in MAGNET, from 2013:

As a 17-year-old lad from the north of England, I had great aspirations of adventure inspired in part by Jack Kerouac’s now legendary On The Road. So off I toddled in my threadbare camper van christened The Dormabeast to France, bound for no particular place. Along with me came a cassette player and three albums only. One of these was David Bowie’s Low. I have often been compared with Bowie, and he certainly counts as one of my greatest mentors musically, and I know I’m not alone here. This album encompasses the best he has to offer. It starts and ends with instrumentals. Side one (as it was then) has some great songs such as “Always Crashing In The Same Car” and, of course, “Sound And Vision.” Still, it’s side two that remains for me indelibly etched into my consciousness. Brian Eno is a big part of this haunting and beautiful soundscape. It was certainly the soundtrack to my nights back then in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in rural France. Years later I was introduced to Bowie by the late and great Alexander McQueen. At the time, Bowie had just finished Heathen and was planning a show to play only that album and, interestingly, Low in its entirety at Roseland Ballroom in New York. Meeting one’s mentors can often be disappointing, though this wasn’t how it was for me with Mr. Bowie. On the contrary, he couldn’t have been sweeter. He said he’d heard of Spacehog and that he liked us. Wow! It was almost too much for me to handle. Subsequently, he would often call me early in the morning and invite me to his rehearsals for that show. I would sit there, reverently listening with headphones to a younger David counting off the bars to those ambient pieces, a track muted on the recordings from 1977. He and band all played along with synthesizer, Bowie occasionally taking the solo saxophone lines whilst interspersing those vocal chants merely feet away from my ears. Although Low is counted as one of the Berlin series of Bowie, it was, until very recently unbeknown to me, predominately recorded in France. I now wonder how close I was back then in France, to where Low was born. There are no accidents in my life though little did I know then where this magical soundtrack of my life would take me. Where is next? May God preserve and keep you, David, and thank you.

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In The News: Thermals, Yeasayer, Pete Yorn, RJD2, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello And More

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The Thermals have announced the March 25 release of their seventh full-length, We Disappear, via Saddle Creek … Amen & Goodbye is the fourth studio album from Yeasayer, due out from Mute on April 1 … Capitol will issue Pete Yorn’s sixth record, Arranging Time, on March 11 … On January 26, Phil Collins’ “Take A Look At Me Now” retrospective campaign will start to wind down with the release of deluxe editions of Face Value and Both Sides. Hello, I Must Be Going! and Dance Into The Light will follow on February 26 … The sixth album by RJD2, Dame Fortune, will be available March 25 via RJ’s Electrical Connections. A U.S. tour kicks off later this month … Elvis Presley: The Album Collection is a whopping 60-disc, limited-edition boxed-set anthology, featuring 57 restored Elvis Presley albums and three discs of rarities. Due out from RCA on March 18, the set commemorates the 60th anniversary of the original release of Elvis Presley … Teenage Fanclub’s Francis Macdonald will release his acclaimed Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste in the U.S. via Redeye on February 19 … Rhino has launched its first-ever “Start Your Year Off Right” campaign, which will feature exclusive releases from Bad Company, the Cars, Devo, Grateful Dead, the Replacements, Velvet Underground and more on January 19 … February 26 will see the release of exclusive CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray editions of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall bundled with new documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, directed by Spike Lee … The DVD and Blu-ray of Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall by Elvis Costello will be available February 12 from Eagle Rock … Pennywise and Theologian Records have teamed up with Hardline Entertainment to reissue the band’s early recordings on a single LP, Nineteen Eighty Eight, on May 20 … Stiff, the new White Denim album, will be released March 25 via Downtown/Sony Red … Blue Note will issue I Long To See You, the new LP from Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, on January 15. It features guest vocals from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones … On February 26, Glenn Kotche & So Percussion will release Drumkit Quartets via Cantaloupe … Forty-year-old demos by Sammy Walker will now be available from Ramseur on Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’, due April 8.

—Emily Costantino

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