Tom Verlaine, the frontman of foundational late-’70s New York City art-punk quartet Television, and a dazzling and hugely influential guitarist, died Saturday.
The Violent Femmes this summer will release Hotel Last Resort, the band’s 10th studio album and first in three years — and the first recorded by the group’s new four-piece lineup. The record is preceded by the title track, featuring Television’s Tom Verlaine, which you can stream here. Full details ahead.
previously unreleased and apparently never-completed 5-minute-long Talking Heads instrumental called “Theme” has surfaced online via a recording of the first of the band’s two sets opening for a pair of performances by Television at CBGB’s on the night of July 30, 1976.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will follow up his lengthy spring U.S. tour with a second round of American dates late this fall in support of his new solo album The Messenger, playing 18 shows this October and November — including a slot at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.
The annual All Tomorrow’s Parties holiday festival in Camber Sands, England, will come to an end later this year with one final two-weekend extravaganza, with the first weekend headlined by Television performing Marquee Moon in full and the second weekend both curated and headlined by the reunited Loop.
This week’s new releases include an expanded 2CD reissue of post-punk act New Model Army’s 1984 album ‘Vengeance,’ plus a 2CD deluxe edition of The Jam’s ‘The Gift,’ a vinyl box set featuring the full Sugar catalog, and a vinyl reissue of Television’s classic ‘Marquee Moon.’