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In The News: David Bazan, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Dave Davies, Mark Lanegan, Ha Ha Tonka, Sondre Lerche, Craig Finn, Six By Seven And More

David Bazan has announced the March 7 release of his new album, Care, via Undertow. He’ll be playing several festivals around the U.S. this spring … Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits is a best-of album from Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, due out from Fat Wreck Chords on April 7. The band is currently touring Europe, with a North American tour to follow this spring … Partisan rds will issue Death Song, the latest release from the Black Angels, on April 21 … The new album from the Kinks’ Dave Davies and his son Russ Davies, Open Road, will be available March 31 … On April 28, the Mark Lanegan Band will release its latest LP, Gargoyle, via Heavenly … Bobby Darin And Johnny Mercer’s 1961 collaborative effort, Two Of A Kind, will be reissued as an expanded edition by Omnivore on March 24 … Snow is the first new record from the New Year in nine years, set for an April 28 release via Undertow … Bloodshot has announced the March 10 release of Heart-Shaped Mountain, the latest album from Ha Ha Tonka … The fifth full-length from Cory Brannan, Adios, is due out from Bloodshot on April 7 … March 17 will see the release of Gary Clark Jr.’s second live album, Live North America 2016, on Warner Bros. … Flatfoot 56’s seventh studio album, Odd Boat, is set for an April 28 release from Sailor’s Grave … Hopeless Romantic, the latest record from Michelle Branch, will be available from Verve on April 7 … UMe will issue Hits And Pieces: The Best Of Marc Almond And Soft Cell, a compilation album featuring the career of Marc Almond, on March 10 … Gnomonsong will release Tara Jane O’Neil’s new, self-titled album on April 21 … The new Sondre Lerche album, Pleasure, is set for an April 14 release. The singer is currently touring his home country of Norway, with a North American tour to follow … On March 24, the third solo album from Craig Finn, We All Want The Same Things, will be available from Partisan … Six By Seven will reissue its 2000 album, The Closer You Get, with an additional LP of Peel Sessions and b-sides, as well as a greatest-hits CD, from Beggars Arkive on February 17 … From Where I Started is Sera Cahoone’s fourth release, due out from Hearth Music on March 24 … Relapse will release Obituary’s self-titled 10th studio album on March 17 … The first two albums from Pinback, 1999’s Some Voices and 2003’s Offcell, will be released on vinyl for the first time March 17 as Some Offcel Voices … On April 14, the first new album from Fionn Regan in five years, The Meetings Of The Waters, via his own imprint 常に愛 TSUNENI AI/Abbey.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Future Islands, Blondie, New Pornographers, Robyn Hitchcock, Rogue Wave, Bob Dylan, Octopus Project, Lambchop, Wire, Paul Weller, Peter Murphy, Wolf Eyes And More

The Far Field, the fifth studio album from Future Islands, is due out April 7 via 4AD … Blondie has announced the May 5 release of Pollinator, the band’s 11th studio album, on BMG. It features collaborations with Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Joan Jett and more … The first album from the New Pornographers on its own Collected Works imprint, Whiteout Conditions, will be available April 7 … Yep Roc will issue the new self-titled album from Robyn Hitchcock on April 21 … On February 17, Rogue Wave will release Cover Me, an ’80s cover album featuring the band’s take on tracks by the Cure, Genesis, ZZ Top and more … Triplicate is a three-disc album containing 30 brand-new Bob Dylan recordings of classic American songs, due out March 31 from Sony … The Octopus Project will release new album Memory Mirror via Robot High School on April 7 … The second full-length from K. Flay, Every Where Is Some Where, is set for an April 7 release by Night Street/Interscope … BMG will honor the 40th anniversary of the Damned’s debut LP, Damned Damned Damned, with the release of a deluxe edition on February 17 … March 3 will see the release of Lambchop’s 2002 album Is A Woman on vinyl for the first time via Merge … Novum, the first new studio album from Procol Harum in 14 years, will be out from Eagle Records on April 21 … Wire’s 15th studio album, Silver/Lead, will be available March 31 via Pink Flag … After a 10-year hiatus, Cindy Lee Berryhill will return March 10 with The Adventurist on Omnivore … P.W Elverum & Sun will issue A Crow Looked At Me, the new album from Mount Eerie, on March 24 … On March 10, the soundtrack to the upcoming film Jawbone, scored by Paul Weller, will be released by Warner Bros. … The World’s Best American Band is White Reaper’s new album, due out from Polyvinyl on April 7 … Peter Murphy will release a live album, Bare-Boned And Sacred, chronicling his 2016 Stripped Tour, on March 10 via Metropolis … Two new albums from Diamanda Galas, All The Way and At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem, will both be released by Intravenal Sound Operations on March 24 … Lower Floor Music is a new record label launched by Wolf Eyes, and it will issue the band’s new album, Undertow, on March 24 … On March 31, the first installment of Domino’s Documents series, Julia Holter’s In The Same Room, will be released … The Ghost Of Hope, the new album by the Residents, is due out from Cherry Red on March 24 … Barry Manilow has announced the April 21 release of This Is My Town: Songs Of New York via Verve.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Guided By Voices, Fleetwood Mac, Father John Misty, Ray Davies, Thundercat, ANOHNI, British Sea Power, Elbow And More

August By Cake is the first-ever double album by Guided By Voices and the 100th studio album released by Robert Pollard, due out from GBV Inc on April 7. MAGNET’s favorite band will tour the U.S. this spring, including an appearance at Coachella … The 30th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night will be commemorated with a deluxe three-CD/DVD/LP reissue on March 10 via Warner Bros. … Chickenfoot—the rock supergroup consisting of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Van Halen’s Michael Anthony and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers—will release best-of collection BEST + LIVE via eOne Music on March 10 … Sub Pop has announced the April 7 release of Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy … April 21 will see the release of Ray Davies’ first solo album in nearly a decade, Americana, via Legacy … Silver Eye, the seventh studio album by Goldfrapp, is set for a March 31 release on Mute … The eighth full-length by Mastodon, Emperor Of Sand, will be available from Reprise on March 31 … “Weird Al” Yankovic has teamed up with Legacy and Pledgemusic for a career-spanning boxed set, Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic, complete with a bonus disc of rarities, due out this fall … Brainfeeder will issue the third Thundercat album, Drunk, on February 24. It features appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and more … On March 17, ANOHNI will release the Paradise EP via Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade … Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is the new LP by British Sea Power, set for a March 31 release on Golden Chariot/Caroline … A newly expanded and remastered deluxe 25th anniversary edition of the Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack—featuring tracks by Paul WesterbergAlice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees and more—will be released by Epic Soundtrax/Legacy on May 19 … New Found Glory has announced its new album, Makes Me Sick, due out from Hopeless on April 28. The band will also tour this spring in celebration of its 20th anniversary … Marathon Artists will release The Weather, the latest record from Pond, on May 5 … On March 17, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band will return with a self-titled album on Sire and will kick off a North American tour April 1 … Little Fictions, the new Elbow record, will be available February 3 via Concord … The soundtrack to the upcoming Danny Boyle film T2 Trainspotting (the sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting), is out now from Polydor, featuring tracks by Iggy Pop, Wolf Alice, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Blondie, Queen and more … Bardo Pond will issue its new album, Under The Pines, via Fire March 24 … The self-titled solo debut of Coco Hames of the Ettes is due out March 31 via Merge … Undertow Music will issue the new solo album from Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm, on March 24 … That same day, the first new music from Jessi Colter since 2006, The Psalms, will be released by Legacy.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Spoon, Arcade Fire, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Minus The Bear, Conor Oberst, Aimee Mann, Old 97’s, Buzzcocks, Soundgarden, George Harrison, Tim Kasher, Mavericks And More

Madator will issue Spoon’s ninth album, Hot Thoughts, on March 17. The band will play a three-night SXSW residency in support of the release … Arcade Fire has announced the February 17 release of The Reflektor Tapes and Live At Earls Court on digital video via Eagle Rock. Both will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on January 27 … The 16th full-length from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Don’t Get Lost, is due out from A Recordings on February 24 … Also on February 24, the 30th anniversary of Roy Orbison’s 1987 comeback concert will be honored with the release of Black & White Night 30 on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on Roy’s Boys/Legacy … Our First 100 Days is a new compilation project featuring tracks by Angel Olsen, How To Dress Well, Mitski, Toro y Moi and more. It features a new previously unreleased song on Bandcamp throughout Trump’s first 100 days in office, with all proceeds benefiting organizations that stand in opposition to the Trump presidency … Another protest album, Battle Hymns, featuring the likes of Doug Martsch, Stephen Malkmus, Carrie Brownstein, Boss Hog and more, is available now as pay what you want, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and 350.org … Suicide Squeeze will release Voids, the sixth full-length by Minus The Bear, on March 3 … Conor Oberst’s new album, Salutations, is set for a March 17 release on Nonesuch. It features full-band recordings with the Felice Brothers and drummer Jim Keltner, as well as guest appearances by Jim James, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and more … The first new album from Aimee Mann in five years, Mental Illness, is due out March 31 via her own SuperEgo label … On February 24, Old 97’s new album, Graveyard Whistling, will be released by ATO … The Austin Sessions, the 1997 recording featuring stripped-down versions of Kris Kristofferson’s best songs, will be reissued as a remastered and expanded edition by Rhino on February 10 … Domino has announced two Buzzcocks reissues: the Spiral Scratch EP (which turns 40 this year) on January 27, and Time’s Up alongside a special boxed set on March 10 … Soundgarden’s 1988 debut, Ultramega OK, will be reissued by Sub Pop on March 10 … A boxed set featuring all of George Harrison’s studio albums, George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection, will be available February 24, which would have been his 74th birthday, via UMe … March 3 will see the release of No Resolution, the third solo LP from Tim Kasher (Cursiv, Good Life) on 15 Passenger … When Colors Come Together … The Legacy Of Harry Belafonte is an essential compilation curated by Harry Belafonte himself in honor of his 90th birthday, due out from Legacy on February 24 … Drag City will issue the debut release from the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Find Me Finding You, on March 24 … The Mavericks have announced the March 31 release of Brand New Day, the band’s first independent studio album on its own label, Mono Mundo/Thirty Tigers … The 1997 release from the Muffs, Happy Birthday To Me, will be reissued by Omnivore on March 3.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Sleater-Kinney, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Jens Lekman, Doors, Elliott Smith, David Bowie, Boss Hog, Stooges, Creation And More

Sub Pop has announced the January 27 release of Sleater-Kinney’s new live album, Live In ParisThe Tourist is the fifth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah LP, due out February 24 … A new double-album compilation, I Said No Doctors!, is set for a January 18 release from Dymazion Groove. It features experimental tracks by Silver Apples, Dan Deacon, David Grubbs, Oval, Jad Fair and more … Jens Lekman’s Life Will See You Now will be out via Secretly Canadian on February 17 … On March 31, the 50th anniversary of the Doors’ self-titled debut will be honored with the release of a deluxe, three-disc set from Rhino, complete with remastered stereo and mono mixes and live recordings … Kill Rock Stars will issue an expanded 20th anniversary edition of the late Elliott Smith’s Either/Or on March 10 … “Sound And Vision,” David Bowie’s from 1977’s Low, turns 40 this year, and will be reissued on a limited-edition seven-inch picture disc on February 10 by Parlophone … Courtney Jaye and Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue have teamed up to form Rogue + Jaye, and have announced their full-length debut, Pent Up, to be released April 8 … Boss Hog will release its first new album in 17 years, Brood X, on March 24 on In The Red … January 13 will see the release of the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s documentary about the Stooges, Gimme Danger, on Rhino … Rhino is also ringing in 2017 with its second installment of “Start Your Ear Off Right,” with exclusive releases from the Cars, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, the Replacements, the Stooges, Madonna and more … Live At The Barn is the new record from the Wood Brothers, featuring the band’s 2016 performance at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, due out from Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers on January 13 … A compilation of the complete studio recordings by the Creation has been put together for the first time by Numero Group. The two-disc set, Action Painting, will be available March 17 … Devendra Banhart, Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh), Rob Crow (Pinback, Goblin Cock), Kelley Deal (Breeders), and many more will be 2017’s curators of Joyful Noise’s White Label Series, a monthly subscription series featuring undiscovered bands hand-picked by influential artists.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Scott H. Biram, Sam Patch, WHY?, Summer Moon, Shannon Wright And More

The 10th album from Scott H. Biram, The Bad Testament, will be available from Bloodshot on February 24 … Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury has unveiled his new project, Sam Patch, along with the February 17 release of debut LP Yeah You, And I via Dep … WHY?’s sixth album, Moh Lhean, is due out from Joyful Noise on March 3 … Summer Moon is the new band featuring Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her and Noah Harmon of the Airborne Toxic Event. The band’s debut LP, With You Tonight, will be released February 24 … Turbo, the 1986 album from Judas Priest, will be reissued as a remastered three-CD set February 3 by Sony … Drag City has announced the February 24 release of Pangs, the ninth LP by Alasdair Roberts … March 24 will see the release of Pontiak’s new record, Dialectic Of Ignorance, from Thrill Jockey … Shannon Wright’s new album, Division, is set for a February 3 release from Vicious Circle … a girl a bottle a boat is the new Train LP, due out from Columbia on January 27 … Omnivore will issue two of Art Pepper’s West Coast Sessions! albums, with volume 1 featuring Sonny Stitt, and Pete Jolly on volume 2, on February 3 … On February 17, Otis Taylor will release his 15th album, Fantasizing About Being Black, via his Trance Blues Festival label … The new release from Eric Matthews, Too Much World, will be out in February on Lo-Fidelity … Guy Clark will be honored March 3 with the release of a 19-track compilation album, Guy Clark: Best Of The Dualtone Years.

—Emily Costantino

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Wishing You A Blue Xmas From MAGNET And Miles

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In The News: Jesus And Mary Chain, Arcade Fire, Half Japanese, Feelies, Pink Floyd, Killers, Cloud Nothings, Paul McCartney, Tennis And More

After a 19-year hiatus, the Jesus And Mary Chain will finally return on March 24 with Damage And Joy on ADA/Warner Music. The band will tour the U.K. in support this spring … Eagle Rock has announced the January 27 release of The Reflektor Tapes, a Kahlil Joseph-directed documentary about the making of Arcade Fire’s 2013 album Reflektor, on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray … Crystal Fairy—the new band featuring members of the Melvins, Le Butcherettes and At The Drive-In—will release its self-titled debut on Ipecac on February 24 … Hear The Lions Roar, the new album from Half Japanese, is set for a January 13 release on Fire … On February 24, the Feelies will celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of In Between on Bar/None, the band’s first new album in six years … Two more Pink Floyd albums will be reissued on vinyl for the first time in more than two decades: The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. Both will be available January 20 from Pink Floyd Records … UMe will reissue the Killers’ 2004 debut album, Hot Fuss, on vinyl on January 13 … Colin Hay has announced his new album, Fierce Mercy, due out March 3 from Compass Records … Life Without Sound is the new Cloud Nothings record, and it will be available from Carpark on January 27 … On March 24, the 10th installment of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be out with 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt, via MPL/Capitol/UMe … The fifth full-length from Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming, will be released by Equal Vision on February 17. An extensive U.S. tour will follow … Reprise will honor the 30th anniversary of Dwight Yoakam’s debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., on December 23 with a limited-edition three-LP vinyl reissue … Tennis will release its fourth album, Yours Conditionally, on March 10 via Mutual Detrimental … Freedom Highway, the second solo LP from Rhiannon Giddens, will be available from Nonesuch on February 24 … January 20 will see the launch of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary album reissue series, with the release of The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, complete with a bonus disc of unreleased live recordings … A six-disc collection of Sepultra material recorded between 1985 and 1996, The Roadrunner Albums, will be out from Rhino on January 27 … Father/Daugher will issue the debut Vagabon album, Infinite Worlds, on February 24 … Cream’s 1966 debut album, Fresh Cream, will be reissued as a deluxe edition on January 27 by UMe … Bloodshot Tokyo is the new album from the Dig, set for a February 3 release on Roll Call.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Laura Marling, Jesus And Mary Chain, Thievery Corporation, Old Crow Medicine Show, Run The Jewels, Strand Of Oaks And More

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Semper Femina is the sixth album from Laura Marling, set for a March 10 release via More Alarming/Kobalt … After a 19-year hiatus, the Jesus And Mary Chain will finally return on March 24 with Damage And Joy on ADA/Warner Music … Thievery Corporation has announced the February 10 release of The Temple Of I & I on ESL Music … Joyful Noise will issue WHY?’s sixth album, Moh Lhean, on March 3 … On February 10, Old Crow Medicine Show will release Best Of, featuring 12 fan favorites as well as two previously unreleased tracks, via Nettwerk … Occult Architecture Vol. 1 is the latest record from Moon Duo, due out from Sacret Bones on February 3 … The new album from Six Organs Of Admittance, Burning The Threshold, will be available on February 24 from Drag City … Hurray For The Riff Raff concept album The Navigator is set for a March 10 release on ATO … UMe has announced the January 13 release of Rick Wakeman’s new solo album, Piano Portraits … January 27 will see the issuing of Charlie Cunningham’s debut full-length, Lines, on Dumont Dumont … Hot Coffey In The D: Burnin’ At Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge is a previously unreleased 1968 live recording from Dennis Coffey, and it will see the light of day on January 13 on Resonance … The long-awaited third album from Run The Jewels, RTJ3, is due out January 13 … The Godfathers will issue their new album, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, on Metropolis on February 10 … Dead Oceans will release Hard Love, the new Strand Of Oaks album, on February 17 … On February 17, the new Otis Taylor record, Fantasizing About Being Black, will be out from the Trance Blues Festival label … All The Way, Justin Hayward’s new solo album, released in October, has been released as an expanded two-CD digital set with 15 additional songs via Eagle Rock … The 1970 sophomore release from Chicago, Chicago II, has been remastered and remixed by musician and producer Steven Wilson. It will be available from Rhino on January 27 … KWahtro, Keller Williams’ new group, will release debut album Sync on January 20. Also on January 20, Williams will release a solo acoustic LP, Raw … After 16 years, Robert Pollard’s Circus Devils will say farewell with two releases on February 24: their 14th album, Laughs Last, and a best-of, double LP, Laughs Best: The Kids Eat It Up … Capitol is celebrating 75 years with A Capitol Christmas, featuring 24 holiday tracks from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and many more.

—Emily Costantino

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The Further Adventures Of Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock”

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The latest installment of Split Single auteur Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock” online series—cleverly titled “Episode 2”—finds our hero, after a discouraging meeting with his managers, auditioning for other bands, including Cheap Trick and Wilco. (Jeff Tweedy’s priceless reaction: “I’m the singer. We have a singer.”) While Narducy realizes his true calling with the help of comedian Dave Hill, watch for an all-too-quick cameo by former Conan O’Brien/current Stephen Colbert writer Brian Stack. And also buy Split Single’s outstanding sophomore record, Metal Frames.

—Matt Hickey

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