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New podcast digs into KCRW host Deirdre O’Donoghue’s ‘lost’ SNAP! archives

New podcast digs into KCRW host Deirdre O’Donoghue’s ‘lost’ SNAP! archives

A new 10-part podcast series from California public radio mainstay KCRW celebrates ’80s college-rock era host Deirdre O’Donoghue and her archive of in-studio performances.

Midnight Oil releases climate call to action ‘Rising Seas’ off upcoming studio album

Midnight Oil releases climate call to action ‘Rising Seas’ off upcoming studio album

Midnight Oil today debuted the first single off its forthcoming studio album, an environmental call to action titled “Rising Seas” that the band is releasing.

Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour delayed a 3rd time, opening acts shuffled again

Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour delayed a 3rd time, opening acts shuffled again

Ministry’s Industrial Strength Tour has been been rescheduled for a third time due to the pandemic, moving from summer 2020 to spring 2021 to fall 2021 and, now, spring 2022.

Love Tractor’s ‘Themes From Venus’ to be reissued — hear an unreleased mix

Love Tractor’s ‘Themes From Venus’ to be reissued — hear an unreleased mix

The fourth album from Athens, Ga., college-rock favorites Love Tractor this fall be reissued on CD and vinyl with a half-dozen bonus tracks.

The dB’s early singles, demos compiled on ‘I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978–1981’

The dB’s early singles, demos compiled on ‘I Thought You Wanted to Know: 1978–1981’

The new label Propeller Sound Recordings next month will release a 23-song compilation of rare and obscure early material from jangle-pop progenitors The dB’s.

Echo & The Bunnymen’s first 4 albums, 2 later records to be reissued on vinyl

Echo & The Bunnymen’s first 4 albums, 2 later records to be reissued on vinyl

October’s a big month for LP-collecting Echo & The Bunnymen fans, with the band’s first four albums receiving vinyl reissues — including limited-edition colored pressings — from Rhino Records.

Listen: Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode covers Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’

Listen: Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode covers Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’

Metallica this week released an expanded reissue of 1991’s Metallica along with a companion set called The Metallica Blacklist, a collection of 53 different covers from the “Black Album.”

The Psychedelic Furs release new song ‘Evergreen’ ahead of fall U.S., U.K. tours

The Psychedelic Furs release new song ‘Evergreen’ ahead of fall U.S., U.K. tours

The Psychedelic Furs this week released a brand-new song ahead of the band’s U.S. and U.K. tours that both begin later this month. The track “Evergreen” — which you can hear in its entirety below — was recorded during the sessions for Made of Rain, the band’s first new studio album in nearly three decades.

Johnny Marr debuts new song ‘Spirit Power & Soul’ off upcoming ‘Fever Dreams Pt. 1’ EP

Johnny Marr debuts new song ‘Spirit Power & Soul’ off upcoming ‘Fever Dreams Pt. 1’ EP

Johnny Marr returned this week with new music, debuting “Spirit Power & Soul” off his upcoming 4-song EP Fever Dreams Pt. 1. You can hear the song via the video below, and the EP — out Oct. 15 — is available for preorder digitally and as on limited-edition silver vinyl. Check out the song right here.

R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ to receive 25th anniversary deluxe reissue

R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ to receive 25th anniversary deluxe reissue

R.E.M. will continue its deluxe album reissue series this fall with an expanded 25th anniversary edition of New Adventures in Hi-Fi, the record the band made while touring 1995’s Monster and the final LP recorded before co-founder Bill Berry left the band. Full details and tracklists right here.

Simon Gallup says “with a slightly heavy heart” he’s no longer in The Cure

Simon Gallup says “with a slightly heavy heart” he’s no longer in The Cure

Simon Gallup, 61, made the announcement in a public post on his personal Facebook page, writing: “With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure! Good luck to them all…” In response to someone asking if he was OK, he replied that he “just got fed up of betrayal.” More here.

New oral history ‘Ska Boom!’ chronicles the rise of American ska and reggae

New oral history ‘Ska Boom!’ chronicles the rise of American ska and reggae

Marc Wasserman — bassist, podcaster and author of the definitive ska and reggae blog Marco on the Bass — has just published an epic oral history that chronicles the rise of the uniquely American strains of ska and reggae through the ’80s and into the ’90s. More details right here.

Cruel World festival — featuring Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo — adds 2nd date

Cruel World festival — featuring Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo — adds 2nd date

The pandemic-canceled Cruel World festival will not only come roaring back in 2022, but promoters today announced a second date featuring the same classic-alternative bill, topped by headliners Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie and Devo. Full details and ticket information right here.

Erasure announces 24-date North American tour in support of ‘The Neon’ next year

Erasure announces 24-date North American tour in support of ‘The Neon’ next year

Erasure today announced plans to follow up previously announced European concerts this fall with a 24-date North American tour early next year to support the duo’s 2020 album The Neon, a trek that’ll open Jan. 14 in Miami Beach and wrap up Feb. 27 in Las Vegas.  Full details right here.