Pete Shelley, the co-founder, guitarist and brilliant songwriter behind genre-shaping U.K. punk act Buzzcocks, as well as an accomplished solo artist in his own right, has died, the band announced Thursday via its social media accounts. The BBC reports that Shelley died of a suspected heart attack in Estonia, where he was living.
Chicago’s Riot Fest this morning unveiled the lineup for its three-day September festival, which will be headlined by Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and a reunited Jawbreaker. Also on the bill: New Order, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr, X, Bad Brains, Buzzcocks, GBH, Fishbone and Alice Bag.
This week’s releases include brand-new studio albums from the Buzzcocks, The Vaselines and Stiff LIttle Fingers, plus a reissue of Big Country’s “Steeltown” to marks its 30th anniversary, a collection of David Byrne/Fatboy Slim remixes from their stage production about Imelda Maros.
The Cure’s penchant for topping festival bills continues as Robert Smith and Co. were announced this evening as the headliners of all three Riot Fests — set for Toronto, Chicago and Denver this September — joining the band’s appearance at Bottle Rock in Napa Valley, Calif., this month.
One of the truly wonderful aspects of Record Store Day is the ability to dredge up long-forgotten releases and grant them new life, as the Captured Tracks label is doing this year with Bok Bok, the blink-and-you-missed it project from Buzzcocks bassist Steve Garvey and drummer Karl Burns of The Fall.
The Buzzcocks late last week launched a PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign to help fund the recording and release of their first new studio album in eight years, saying the fundraising effort — which is already halfway to its goal — will allow the legendary punk act to release its new music much faster than before.
This week’s round-up of Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes reports about The Stone Roses, The Cure, Buzzcocks, Skinny Puppy, Nick Cave, Redd Kross, Ultravox, Paul Weller, Vince Clarke and Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, Sugar, Blondie, Devo and more.
The Buzzcocks staged the first of two ‘Back to Front’ concerts last night, performing music from three different eras of the group’s history with three different lineups — including a closing set that saw the return of original frontman Howard Devoto, who hadn’t appeared with the band in more than 33 years.
This week’s round-up of Slicing Up Eyeballs headlines includes news about The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Ride, Public Image Ltd., Men at Work’s Greg Ham, Devo, Squeeze, Paul Weller, The English Beat, Ultravox, The Primitives, Translator and much more.
Only the tail end of the Buzzcocks’ first set at the newly expanded two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was featured on the event’s webcast, so the video offerings aren’t as great for the legendary punk act, but we have been able to round up four songs from the band’s 15-song set on Saturday.
The newly expanded two-weekend Coachella festival announced its 2012 lineup this afternoon, with headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg joined by Pulp, Buzzcocks, Squeeze, Madness and a reunion of fIREHOSE, the Mike Watt’s and George Hurley’s post-Minutemen act.
This week’s headlines on Slicing Up Eyeballs included posts about The Cure, Depeche Mode, New Order, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, Adam Ant and Bob Mould, plus a new Peter Gabriel contest and the first installment of our Rhino ‘Just Can’t Get Enough — The ’80s’ Spotify playlist.
More than 30 years after leaving the band he co-founded, original frontman Howard Devoto will rejoin the Buzzcocks for part of the punk legends’ two ‘Back to Front’ concerts in Manchester and London next May, shows that will feature three different lineups of the band performing music from their respective eras.