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Bones Hillman, Midnight Oil’s ‘bassist with the beautiful voice,’ dies of cancer

Bones Hillman, Midnight Oil’s ‘bassist with the beautiful voice,’ dies of cancer

Bones Hillman, who joined Midnight Oil following the recording of its breakthrough album Diesel and Dust and who is described by the band as “the bassist with the beautiful voice,” died on Saturday after a battle with cancer, the group announced on social media. He was 62.

Denise Johnson, whose voice lifted Primal Scream, A Certain Ratio and New Order, dies

Denise Johnson, whose voice lifted Primal Scream, A Certain Ratio and New Order, dies

Denise Johnson, the Manchester-born singer whose soulful voice lifted the music of Primal Scream — most memorably on Screamadelica — A Certain Ratio, New Order and more has died at the age of 56, according to U.K. press reports and musicians she’d worked with. No cause of death has been announced.

Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk co-founder and electronic-music giant, dead at 73

Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk co-founder and electronic-music giant, dead at 73

Florian Schneider, co-founder of the pioneering German act Kraftwerk and a pioneering force who helped shape decades of electronic music, pop and hip-hop, died last month of cancer, his former bandmates confirmed on Wednesday. He was 73. Read more right here.

Dave Greenfield, keyboard player for The Stranglers, dies from coronavirus

Dave Greenfield, keyboard player for The Stranglers, dies from coronavirus

Dave Greenfield, whose keyboard playing help give The Stranglers their unique sound amid the squall of late-’70s U.K. punk, died on Sunday night of complications from the COVID-19 respiratory disease, the band announced. He was 71. Read more from this bandmates and friends.

Matthew Seligman, bassist for The Soft Boys, Thomas Dolby and more, dies of COVID-19

Matthew Seligman, bassist for The Soft Boys, Thomas Dolby and more, dies of COVID-19

Matthew Seligman, the highly inventive bassist for The Soft Boys who went on to record with Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins, The Waterboys, Peter Murphy, Morrissey and more, and who played with David Bowie at Live Aid, died Friday after being in a coma for two weeks with COVID-19, his longtime friend Dolby announced,

Bill Rieflin, drummer for Ministry, Pigface, RevCo and R.E.M., dead at 59

Bill Rieflin, drummer for Ministry, Pigface, RevCo and R.E.M., dead at 59

Bill Rieflin, the thunderous drummer who made his name in Chicago’s late-’80s/early-’90s industrial scene pounding out beats for Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface and more before manning the kit for R.E.M. over the last eight years of that band’s career, died on Tuesday of cancer, according to former bandmates. He was 59.

Genesis P-Orridge, co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, dead at 70

Genesis P-Orridge, co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, dead at 70

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the British musician, poet, performance artist, occultist and avant garde avatar who co-founded pioneering industrial act Throbbing Gristle as well as Psychic TV, died Saturday after battling leukemia for 2½ years, the Dais Records label announced. P-Orridge was 70 years old.

David Roback, co-founder of The Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star, dead at 61

David Roback, co-founder of The Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star, dead at 61

David Roback, who helped create the neo-psychedelic Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s through his bands The Rain Parade and Opal before gaining his greatest acclaim alongside Hope Sandoval in Mazzy Star, died Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. More details right here.

Andrew Weatherall, British DJ, remixer and co-producer of ‘Screamadelica,’ dead at 56

Andrew Weatherall, British DJ, remixer and co-producer of ‘Screamadelica,’ dead at 56

Andrew Weatherall, the famed British DJ, musician, remixer and producer who helped Primal Scream craft its genre-flipping early masterpiece Screamadelica, died in a London hospital Monday after suffering a pulmonary embolism, according to his publicists. He was 56. Full details right here.

Andrew Brough, guitarist and songwriter for New Zealand’s Straitjacket Fits, has died

Andrew Brough, guitarist and songwriter for New Zealand’s Straitjacket Fits, has died

Andrew Brough, a guitarist and songwriter who played in multiple New Zealand bands in the 1980s and ’90s including Straitjacket Fits, part of Flying Nun Records’ second wave of the so-called Dunedin sound, died on Tuesday, the band announced on Facebook. More information right here.

Andy Gill, founding guitarist of post-punk legends Gang of Four, dead at 64

Andy Gill, founding guitarist of post-punk legends Gang of Four, dead at 64

Andy Gill, the guitarist who co-founded and remained the sole original member of Gang of Four, and whose sharp-edged playing help define the U.K. post-punk sound of the late 1970s and early ’80s, died Saturday at a London hospital following a short respiratory illness. He was 64.

Vaughan Oliver, the artist who created 4AD’s iconic album covers, dead at 62

Vaughan Oliver, the artist who created 4AD’s iconic album covers, dead at 62

Vaughan Oliver, the British artist and graphic designer who helped create the visual identity of the 4AD record label and so many of the legendary imprint’s best-known bands, including the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, The Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance and more, died Sunday.

Kim Shattuck, of The Muffs, The Pandoras and — briefly — the Pixies, dies at age 56

Kim Shattuck, of The Muffs, The Pandoras and — briefly — the Pixies, dies at age 56

Kim Shattuck, the frontwoman and guitarist for Southern California punk trio The Muffs who also played with ’80s rockers The Pandoras and took a brief turn as the Pixies’ post-Kim Deal bassist, died on Wednesday from complications of ALS, her family and bandmates announced. She was 56.

Ric Ocasek ‘peacefully passed on’ in his sleep while recovering from surgery, family says

Ric Ocasek ‘peacefully passed on’ in his sleep while recovering from surgery, family says

Ric Ocasek, the 75-year-old frontman, guitarist and songwriter for The Cars, died peacefully in his sleep while at home in New York City recovering from an unspecified surgery, his wife Paulina Porizkova said in a statement shared on social media on Monday. Full details right here.