Thursday, April 26, 2018

A long-awaited North American tour from Simple Minds this fall

Simple Minds will tour North America starting in September, playing two full sets featuring songs spanning their whole career and including tracks from the new album Walk Between Worlds. Tickets go on general sale on Friday at 10.00am Venue Local Time. See for the venue list.

‘Walk Between Worlds’ Meet & Greet Experiences and ‘Sense of Discovery’ Soundcheck Experiences will also be available. Includes a chance to meet Simple Minds, an invitation to the pre-show soundcheck and Q&A session, a signed show poster, and more. Click here for details.

Update on The Alarm

This was just announced on

Following Mike Peters major undertaking for Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within 24 hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album EQUALS, out on 29th June, via The Twenty First Century Recording Company.

EQUALS is The Alarm’s first mainstream album release since 2010’s Direct Action. It is a barnstorming collection of 11 songs that act as a retrenchment of old values and a poignant reflection of the tough times Mike and his wife Jules have been through in recent years.

Having recovered from lymph cancer in 1996, Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2005 and, after an initial recovery, he suffered a relapse in 2015. To compound an already terrifying situation, Jules, who plays piano and sings backing vocals, was diagnosed with breast cancer just after.

All band activity was put on hold as the pair underwent treatment and it is only now, with both in remission, that The Alarm are firing on all cylinders again. The emotional repercussions, though, are all too evident in the spirit of life-affirming optimism in the face of adversity that runs through EQUALS.

“The songs were built out of what I had become,” says Mike. “I learnt a lot about myself and my relationship with Jules, and it’s all there in the music. I didn’t set out to write about what we were going through. All I had were these incredibly strong feelings that I found myself putting into words and writing down onto my phone without even thinking they might form the basis for songs.”

Produced by George Williams (who previously worked on 2005’s Under Attack and on the Blood Red Viral Black Sessions), EQUALS features all new recordings and mixes that were created in 2018 and opens with a torrent of epic rock numbers such as Two Rivers and Beautiful, which see Peters singing about coming to terms with the past before moving to enjoy life to the full.

Joined by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros drummer Smiley and guitarist James Stevenson, (who cut his teeth with Chelsea, Gen X and The Cult), this new album encompasses twin harmony guitars, pounding drums and electronic layering, while guest guitarist Billy Duffy (The Cult) helps Peters and Stevenson blend acoustic and electric sounds on Coming Backwards.

Today, with Mike’s health now ‘back on an even keel’ and Jules in remission, The Alarm are looking forward to promoting Equals with characteristic vigour. Peters wouldn’t want it any other way. Not long after his second diagnosis, he founded a charity foundation, Love Hope Strength, and has since registered over 170,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry. A man who refuses to be beaten, his drive in adversity is truly something special.

“The endgame of any creative period is always to share the results with an audience. The turbulence of the last few years has shaken The Alarm’s world to its core but we have survived the challenges and are now ready for the next steps, which is performing the music live with our fans adding to the experience. Nearly all of the music on ‘Equals’ has been road tested and already part of The Alarm DNA, myself and the band are primed and ready to give everything we have to make this year a life affirming experience for all our fans.” 

EQUALS is available to pre-order / pre-save now on CD, LP, digital download and streaming services with the first single Beautiful available as an instant grat from today.

Track listing:

Two Rivers
Coming Backwards (w/Billy Duffy)
Crowd Trouble
Peace Now
Thirteen Dead Reindeer
Hell Fire (CD only)

"Beautiful" is available as an instant grat.

Tour dates:

April 27th – The Academy DUBLIN TicketsApril 28th – The Limelight BELFAST Tickets
May 4th – O2 ABC GLASGOW Tickets
May 5th – Holmfirth Picturedrome HOLMFIRTH TicketsMay 10th – Bowery Electric (Gathering NYC) NEW YORK SOLD OUT
May 11th – Gramercy Theatre (Gathering NYC) NEW YORK SOLD OUT
May 12th – Like Totally Festival Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA Tickets
May13th – UCLA James Bridges Theatre (Gathering LA) LOS ANGELES Tickets
May 26th – o2 Forum Kentish Town LONDON TicketsMay 27th – Merthyr Rising Festival MERTHYR TYDFIL TicketsJune 13th – Melkweg* AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND Tickets *NB: Change of venue due to demand
June 14th – Muziekodroom Hasselt, BELGIUM TicketsJune 16th – Frannz Club Berlin, GERMANY Tickets
June 18th – Kantine Köln, GERMANY Tickets
June 19th – Kieler Woche Kiel, GERMANY Tickets
June 20th – Musiktheater Piano Dortmund, GERMANY Tickets
June 23rd – Snowdonia & Zip World Rocks with Love Hope Strength BETHESDA, WALES Tickets 

Click here to pre-order / pre-save EQUALS now.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mad Caddies turn punk faves into reggae

Mad Caddies have revealed a new album, Punk Rocksteady, through Fat Wreck Chords, on June 15.

Label head and NOFX leader Fat Mike wanted to put a reggae spin on some classic punk songs, so he enlisted the help of the Caddies, and Punk Rocksteady was born. The album features 12 classic punk songs, hand-picked by Fat Mike, completely reimagined with a reggae strut.

Recorded at San Francisco’s Motor Studios with Fat Mike serving as the record’s producer, the Mad Caddies got to bring one of Mike’s pet projects to life. “This has been one of his dream projects for a long time,” says guitarist Sascha Lazor. “It’s been a party conversation. ‘Hey, you should do that.’” But after years of talk, a two-month long process saw the band, as well as Mike, collaborate on making a list of songs that were befitting of the Mad Caddies treatment.

“We had a grand vision that we needed to have four-to-six sounds on here,” says vocalist Chuck Robertson. “We needed to have traditional ska, super horn-heavy dancehall songs, reggae, SoCal stuff, and we needed to have something new and weird that we could make our own.” In order to make Punk Rocksteady diverse, the band labored over picking songs that could be interpreted in ways that would feel new and exciting, but still retained the spirit of the originals.

With Punk Rocksteady, the Mad Caddies effectively reframe the past 40 years of punk history into something that’s lighter but no less impactful. From pulling vintage soul music sounds out of The Misfits “Some Kind Of Hate,” or giving the Descendents deep cut “Jean Is Dead” a reggae feel, some of punk’s genre-defining bands are remade at the hands of the Mad Caddies.

“If the song’s good, it can be played in any genre and do the song justice,” says Robertson, and it’s true listening to Punk Rocksteady, as the band’s approach shows the limitless potential of the source material, turning Against Me!’s “Sink, Florida, Sink” into a horn-laced joyride and giving the staunch ska-haters Propagandhi a send-up that even they couldn’t deny.

“We wanted this to be a cohesive album that, even if you’re not a fan of punk, you could throw on and enjoy,” says Robertson. And for punks that are dubious of reggae, it gives them a new view of the songwriting chops of some of their favorite bands. With both the Mad Caddies and Fat Mike in a room, the material for Punk Rocksteady had a really high bar to clear, and the band put in the work to ensure it did. “It’s really hard to take a Bad Religion song and make it a reggae song and have it sound good,” says Lazor. “There’s so much movement in the chords, and that doesn’t work for reggae.” But the result was finding a way to translate Bad Religion’s “Sorrow” into something that retained the song’s powerful arch with it sounding like something you’ve never heard before.

A byproduct of reworking all these songs to fit the Mad Caddies’ style was that the band finished the record inspired to look at their own songwriting with the same critical eye. “We don’t like to learn covers or play covers, but we picked these songs that we thought were really good,” says Lazor. “It really gave us a fresh perspective on writing songs.”

Tour Dates:

05/05/18 Austin, TX at Austin American-Statesman Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
05/06/18 Ft. Worth, TX at Panther Island Pavilion Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
05/08/18 Toronto, ON Canada at Mod Club Theatre
05/09/18 Montreal, QC Canada at Corona Theatre
05/10/18 Quebec City, QC Canada at Imperial Bell
05/11/18 Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club
05/12/18 Richmond, VA at Bon Secours Redskins Training Center Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
05/13/18 Philadelphia, PA at Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing) Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
05/15/18 Stanhope, NJ at Stanhope House
05/16/18 New York, NY at The Gramercy Theatre
05/17/18 Washington, DC at Black Cat
05/18/18 Asbury Park, NJ at House Of Independents05/19/18 Brockton, MA at  Stadium Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
05/20/18 Pittsburgh, PA at High Mark Stadium Punk In Drublic Craft Beer and Music Fest
06/01/18 Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge
06/02/18 Thornville, OH at Legend Valley Camp Punk In Drublic
06/14/18 Nickelsdorf, Austria at Nova Rock Festival June 14th – 16th
06/16/18 Munich, Germany at Backstage
06/17/18 Gelsenkirchen, Germany at Event-Areaan der Veltins-Arena Punk In Drublic Fest w/ NOFX
06/19/18 Regensburg, Germany at Alte Malzerei
06/20/18 Linz, Austria at Gasthaus Auerhahn
06/21/18 Ljubljana, Slovenia at Kino Šiška Open Air Punk In Drublic Fest w/ NOFX
06/22/18 Dessau-Rosslau, Germany at This Is Ska Festival 21.6 – 23.6
06/23/18 Wiesbaden, Germany at Kulturpark Schlachthof Open Air Punk In Drublic Fest w/ NOFX
06/24/18 Izel, Belgium at Fete De La Musique Izel (FREE SHOW)
06/26/18 Zurich, Switzerland at Dynamo w/ Bad Cop/Bad Cop
06/27/18Selestat , France at Bar Le Tigre
06/28/18 Milano-Segrate, Italy at Circolo Magnolia Punk In Drublic Fest w/ NOFX
06/29/18 Dornbirn, Austria at Messe Dornbirn Punk In Drublic Fest
06/30/18 Giebelstadt, Germany at Mission Ready Festival
07/26/18 Bausendorf , Germany at Riez Open Air July 26 – 28th
07/27/18 Megesheim , Germany at Der Krater Bebt Festival July 27 – July 29
07/27/18 Isle OfBute , UK at Bute Fest July 27 – July 29
07/31/18 Newcastle, UK at O2 Academy Newcastle *
08/01/18 Birmingham, UK at O2 Academy 3 Birmingham *
08/02/18 Blackpool,UK at Rebellion Festival Aug. 2nd – Aug. 5th
08/03/18 Duffel , Belgium at Brakrock Ecofest w/ The Lillingtons, The Lawrence Arms,
08/04/18 Horb AmNeckar , Germany at Mini Rock Festival August 2 – 4
08/06/18 Tolmin, Slovenia at Punk Rock Holiday August 6 – 10 – SOLD OUT
08/08/18 Eschwege , Germany at Open Flair Festival Aug. 8 – 12
08/08/18 Prague,Czech Republic at Futurum *
08/09/18 Pattlingen , Germany at Rocco Del Schlacko
08/12/18 Bellaria-Igea Marina, Italy at Bay Fest Aug. 12th – 14th

Track listing:

1: Sorrow (Bad Religion)
2: Sleep Long (Operation Ivy)
3: She (Green Day)
4: …And We Thought That Nation-States Were a Bad Idea (Propagandhi)
5: She’s Gone (NOFX)
6: AM (Tony Sly)
7: Alien 8 (Lagwagon)
8: 2RAK005 (Bracket)
9: Some Kinda Hate (Misfits)
10: Sink, Florida, Sink (Against Me!)
11: Jean Is Dead (Descendents)
12: Take Me Home (Piss Off) (Snuff)

The Cure reissue news

The Cure's MIXED UP [DELUXE EDITION] will be available on June 15 as a 3CD set. Also available the same day, are the 2LP vinyl sets of Mixed Up and Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018.

Both albums have been Half Speed Mastered by Robert Smith and Tim Young at Metropolis Studios, London and are pressed on 180-gram vinyl and are housed in Gatefold Sleeves. 

The backstory: With the Disintegration album and its accompanying global Prayer Tour, 1989 had delivered a triumphant end to the 80s, but the first year of the 90s found The Cure unexpectedly unsettled.

Determined to keep up the momentum of the band's ongoing success, but knowing there were internal tensions to address before heading back into the studio, Robert Smith decided on a different course of action; curating an album of the band's rarer 12" mixes. As work on Mixed Up progressed, Smith realized that some of The Cure's earlier remixes didn't stand up to the newer ones.

Robert singles out Brian 'Chuck' New's dub style remix of "Pictures Of You" as the one that inspired him to take a more adventurous path. Smith notes, "That mix turned the music on its head, but at the same time left the essential heart of the song intact. As soon as I heard it, I updated the entire Mixed Up plan. My revised ambition was to compile an album that was contemporary without being dated, immediate without being obvious, musically inspiring, rhythmically exciting and sonically great!"

Two tracks on the album, "A Forest" and "The Walk," were not just remixed but entirely re-recorded, as the multi-track tapes for both songs had long been lost. Both songs were reconstructed in the studio with producer Mark Saunders, using original instruments and gear.

The band convened over five days in June 1990 to record a new track for Mixed Up. After a certain amount of fraught experimenting with beats, loops and sequenced bass lines, Smith decided to change the vibe. A demo entitled "PhaseAGE" that had previously been deemed 'too rock' was committed to tape as "Never Enough" and was released as a single in September 1990. The "Closer Mix" of "Close To Me" soon followed this and both songs were accompanied by customarily deranged Tim Pope videos.

With Mixed Up finally released, Smith felt he could at last move on, confident in a reenergized and reintegrated band. Smith continues, "The whole of 1990 was essentially spent emerging from the shadow of Disintegration, and we managed to do it in a creatively satisfying way; by the end of the year, I couldn't wait to start work on new songs for the next record."

Once the remaining 1981 to 1990 12" / extended mixes were compiled, Robert realized that there were too many for one CD and too few for two CD's. His solution was to deliver an entire disc of brand new mixes.

"I wanted a 3-disc package, but we didn't have enough 'historic' remixes - for a while I thought the 'extra-extras' CD would be Cure songs re-mixed by choice artists, rather than by choice re-mixers... that then got me thinking maybe I should have a go at one... so in early August 2017, I decided to experiment with Three Imaginary Boys. It is a pretty sparse multi-track; I pulled it apart at home and finished the initial re-mix in one session - and I really enjoyed the whole process," says Smith.

By choosing favorite songs rather than the usual singles, one of Smith's objectives was to illustrate the variety of the Cure catalogue, and by October of 2017 working on songs in chronological release order, he had remixed entirely the 16 songs that appear on Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018.

For the Torn Down cover, Robert decided on a self-portrait painted in oils during the summer of 1990 which was originally intended as the sleeve for Mixed Up. He chose Torn Down as the title for the 'extra-extras' album inspired by the way he had 'torn down' Never Enough, stripping the song back to resemble his original 1990 PhaseAGEdemo. "I felt it was a good way to bring the project back full a Mixed Up kind of way," states Smith.

Out now: Neil Young's 'Roxy - Tonight’s The Night Live'

Neil Young has released ROXY - Tonight’s The Night Live on vinyl, CD and digital via Reprise Records. Following the sold out Record Store Day exclusive vinyl edition, which included a live photo of Neil with the Santa Monica Flyers live on stage at The Roxy in West Hollywood, these packages contain the exact same music. This is the only album to be released internationally.

As previously reported, ROXY represents the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young’s seminal album Tonight’s The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album’s final track “Walk On” would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974. Click here to buy ROXY - Tonight’s The Night Live.

The all-star band on this album features Neil Young (guitars, vocals, piano), Ben Keith (pedal steel, slide guitars, vocals), Billy Talbot (bass), Ralph Molina (drums, vocals) and Nils Lofgren (piano, vocals, guitars) – completing the line-up known as the Santa Monica Flyers. Young would be the first artist to perform at the West Hollywood landmark, The ROXY Theater on the riotous Sunset Strip, right next door to the already infamous Rainbow Bar & Grille. The shows took place on September 20-22, 1973.

Produced by Young and the late David Briggs, these resultant recordings were mixed by John Nowland with updated post-production and mastering by John Hanlon – along with Chris Bellman - at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the original analog master tape source. Close your eyes and you’ll be right there in that dark, smoky, 500 capacity room in west L.A. on a hot summer night in 1973.

Tonight’s The Night would go on to be named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, and universally praised for its dark honesty and unapologetic raw delivery. The very same can be said for Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live.

Young explains:
“In 1973, I drove my 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Black Queen, to L.A. from the North, accompanied by Ben Keith. Once we made it to Hollywood, we met up with Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. Nils Lofgren joined us and we drove to Studio Instrument Rentals on Santa Monica Blvd. David Briggs, producer, and Johnny Talbot, equipment manager, met us there. They had blasted a hole in the wall to connect the green board which we had set up (an old tube board I had purchased that had been used recording many historic sessions from the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Monterey Pop Festival, among many others) next to the rehearsal hall. Our 16-track analog tape machine was set up next to the board. We had finished recording TTN and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, the ROXY. We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening the ROXY. We really knew the Tonight’s the Night songs so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time. ROXY -Tonight’s the Night Live is the live recording we made. There is a little Super 8 footage of us driving to the gig in the Black Queen one of those nights.”

Track listing:
1. Tonight’s The Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World On A String

4. Speakin’ Out
5. Albuquerque
6. New Mama
7. Roll Another Number (For The Road)

8. Tired Eyes
9. Tonight’s The Night
10. Walk On

Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen add some live shows

I happened to see the bands on tour last year and reviewed their show at the OC Fair (see it elsewhere on this blog)...

Expanding on last year's North American jaunt, Violent Femmes have added a handful of co-headline summer tour dates with Echo & The Bunnymen. These new shows are in July and go on sale on April 27 at 12pm EST with the exception of the show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which goes on sale on May 4 at 10am CST.

Violent Femmes' live schedule follows last year's release of 2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA (PIAS), a collection of live recordings available now at all music retailers and streaming services.

Echo & The Bunnymen have a live album, The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon, due out this year.

Tour dates: 
12 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center %
13 - Austin, TX - ACL Live Moody #
14 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center %
15 - Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #
17 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium %
18 - State Bank Amphitheater - Atlanta, GA #
20 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues %
21 - St. Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre #
23 - Richmond, VA - The National %
24 - Norfolk, VA - Norva #
25 - Washington, DC - The Anthem %
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# - Violent Femmes close

Fleetwood Mac tour news

Fleetwood Mac have announced a North American tour, set to kick off in October and travel through 50+ cities and ending in Spring of 2019. The tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public starting on Friday, May 4 at 10am local time. A complete Fleetwood Mac itinerary listing all tour dates follows this release. For further information, please visit

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Monday, April 30 at 10am through Thursday, May 3 at 10pm. A limited number of LaneOne VIP Packages will also be available, including amazing seats with premium benefits such as transportation, preferred entrance and more.

SiriusXM’s The Fleetwood Mac Channel begins on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm ET and runs through May, via satellite on channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at and will feature music, interviews and hosted shows from current and former band members.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said Mick Fleetwood.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Tour Dates:

October 3, 2018
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center

October 6, 2018
Chicago, IL
United Center

October 10, 2018
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center (on sale May 11)

October 12, 2018
Lincoln, NE
Pinnacle Bank Arena

October 14, 2018
Des Moines, IA
Wells Fargo Arena

October 16, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

October 18, 2018
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

October 20, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center

October 22, 2018
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center

October 26, 2018
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena

October 28, 2018
Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

October 30, 2018
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

November 1, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

November 3, 2018
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre

November 5, 2018
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

November 7, 2018
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena

November 10, 2018
Edmonton, AB
Rogers Place

November 12, 2018
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome

November 14, 2018
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena

November 17, 2018
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome

November 19, 2018
Portland, OR
Moda Center

November 21, 2018
San Jose, CA
SAP Center at San Jose

November 23, 2018
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center

November 25, 2018
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

November 28, 2018
Phoenix, AZ
Talking Stick Resort Arena

November 30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

December 3, 2018
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

December 6, 2018
Fresno, CA
Save Mart Center

December 8, 2018
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

December 11, 2018
Inglewood, CA
The Forum

December 13, 2018
Inglewood, CA
The Forum

February 5, 2019
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

February 7, 2019
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

February 9, 2019
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

February 13, 2019
Birmingham, AL
Legacy Arena at The BJCC

February 16, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Smoothie King Center

February 18, 2019
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena

February 20, 2019
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BB&T Center

February 22, 2019
Columbia, SC
Colonial Life Arena

February 24, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Spectrum Center

February 27, 2019
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

March 3, 2019
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena

March 5, 2019
Washington, DC
Capital One Arena

March 9, 2019
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall

March 11, 2019
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden (on sale May 5)

March 13, 2019
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center (on sale May 5)

March 15, 2019
Hartford, CT

March 20, 2019
Albany, NY
Times Union Center

March 24, 2019
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena

March 26, 2019
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

March 31, 2019
Boston, MA
TD Garden

April 5, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Coachella Festival Weekend 2, Day 2 review feat. David Byrne, Chic, Borns, First Aid Kit, more

Beyonce who?

Last Saturday, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., it was David Byrne who stole the show. The former Talking Heads leader landed the coveted sunset slot on the Outdoor Theater stage for Day 2 of Weekend 2 and drew a large audience. He was accompanied by a barefoot 11-piece band clad in matching gray outfits. They all played mobile instruments, used wireless microphones and did synchronized moves. It was riveting.

Byrne initially appeared alone onstage, sitting at a desk with a model of a human brain as a prop for the opener “Here,” off strong new album “American Utopia.” Two backing singers slowly emerged from behind a transparent scrim to join him. The rest of the musicians arrived for an infectious “Lazy,” Byrne’s 2002 award-winning hit collaboration with U.K. house music duo X-Press 2.

A tribal “I Zimbra,” the first of several Talking Heads numbers, was intense; the recent single “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” joyous revelry. An idyllic “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” prompted fans own interpretive dancing around Empire Polo Field. Byrne did his trademark herky-jerky moves and dramatic gestures during Talking Heads tune “Once in a Lifetime” and got a rousing response. The skittering mantra “I Dance Like This” saw the band lined up single file; some of them played what looked like miked-up fishing poles.

The absurd lyrics on “Everyday is a Miracle” seemed to cause a few gals next to me to laugh hysterically as the musicians’ vocals soared and they formed a drum circle. Other Talking Heads’ songs like the horn-driven “Blind” (with Byrne’s image in stark black and white for fine effect on the screens) and “Burning Down the House” were definitely exciting. Back in a single file line with drums, they closed with a take on Janelle Monae’s 2015 protest song “Hell You Talmbout,” which lists the names of African Americans killed during encounters with police or racial violence. Chilling stuff.

photo: Charles Reagan Studios
Earlier that afternoon, First Aid Kit also delved into a heated topic. The Swedish folk/rock band, led by sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg, was halfway through its set when it suddenly tore into “You Are the Problem Here.” Featuring gritty vocals by Klara, the visceral 2017 single was written for International Women’s Day.

After the tune finished, she said it was about the pure frustration and anger of seeing rape victims shamed. “It’s time to put the blame where it belongs – on the perpetrators.” Several young ladies watching in the crowd along the Outdoor Theater stage soundboard nodded in approval. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them went home and downloaded what could easily be a #MeToo anthem.

The remainder of First Aid Kit’s alluring performance often leaned toward the Americana strains heard on excellent new album “Ruins” and past efforts like “Stay Gold” and “Lions,” with breezy pedal steel work and wonderful harmonies. Standouts included acoustic guitar-based B-side “Wolves” (which got a rousing response), “Emmylou,” a sweet older track about the Soderbergs’ love for country music where that genre’s past power couples Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons and Johnny & June Carter Cash were namechecked, and the compelling “My Silver Lining.”

Declan McKenna drew a decent crowd at the Mohave tent. “I came prepared for the beach and just got out of my flip flops,” said the wiry 19-year-old London-based singer/guitarist sporting large sunglasses. After a male fan shouted, “I love you, Declan,” he replied, “I do too. It’s good to love yourself, you know?”

McKenna’s impressive set revolved around solid 2017 debut album “What Do You Think About the Car?” and often recalled such 1990s indie rockers as Pavement and Ben Lee, paired with occasional synth pop touches. He frequently ventured close or into the crowd. Highlights included the striking ballad “Paracetamol” (about the suicide of a transgender teen), the ska-tinged “Isombard” and catchy hit “Brazil,” where he played electric guitar with abandon and fans eagerly clapped along.

Immediately following McKenna was Django Django. The U.K. alt-dance band brought along enticing visuals to project on their screens. Scottish front man Vincent Neff was quite a live wire onstage. He urged fans to dance, to “imagine it’s midnight” and humorously “feel the arpeggio flow to your booty.”

The highly rhythmic tunes, where the guys often added extra percussion, easily got people moving about, especially amid the propulsive Kraftwerk-styled title track to new album “Marble Skies,” a moody, synth-enhanced “Surface to Air” (which included a snippet of Blondie’s “Rapture”), the frenetic Inspiral Carpets-leaning “Tic Tac Doe” and Jimmy Dixon’s added harmonies/Peter Hook-inspired bassline on “In Your Beat.”

Since the Mojave tent was moved closer to the Rose Garden this year (and other tents or stages were shifted), heading over to the main Coachella Stage took longer than usual. Still, I managed to catch the last few songs of Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. The legendary guitarist/producer had no problem turning Coachella into a desert disco – even in the 95F heat. They did a fun take on Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and powerhouse vocalist Kimberly Davis (who has had dance hits on her own) capped it with an awesome vocal run. Later, equally stunning vocalist Folami would shine.
photo: Nikki Jahanforouz
Rodgers recounted a touching story about his successful battle with cancer and how so many collaborators have passed away (like Avicii, just the day before).

Then Chic did a couple more songs that Rodgers had a hand in creating: Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (starting slow then gradually picking up the pace) and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (drummer Ralph Rolle handled lead vocals - nobody can match The Thin White Duke - and a long audience participation bit).

Finally, the Chic groove soared again for two of its No. 1 singles: “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” A mass of people came onstage to boogie down during the latter tune, while Rodgers went into “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang. Chic gets bonus points for the brilliant graphics and old school footage on the screens.

Back at the Outdoor Theater stage, Borns was quite a sight. Clad in a gold lame outfit (sans shirt), the pop/rock singer from Michigan was constantly zig zagging across large stairs emblazoned with his name as the band performed on top.

Evenly divided between 2015 debut “Dopamine” and the new album “Blue Madonna,” the set's dreamier songs and others found Borns giving his falsetto and high flying vocal range a hearty workout. Sometimes he’d strap on a pink electric guitar and rock out (“We Don’t Care,” “10,000 Emerald Pools”). The highlight came at the end, during Borns’ slightly glam rock-esque, 2015 multi-format U.S. hit, “Electric Love.”

“Thanks for coming to see a guitar band at 8:30,” said Alvvays singer/guitarist Molly Rankin. The Canadian indie rock group didn’t disappoint in the Mojave tent, filling their set with pure pop confections marked by a frequently dense sound and lush vocals.

Keyboardist Kerri MacLellan (pictured below) provided sublime assistance in that department. Rankin started most songs by counting them off. A chiming “Not My Baby,” the melodic cascade of sound in “Plimsoul Punks” and a sonic maelstrom with rapid fire vocals on “Lollipop (Ode to Jim)” fared best and brought to mind The Primitives.

photo: George A. Paul
Coachella, like most festivals, is rife with people who want to be seen. There were plenty of eye-catching outfits and slogans among the 125,000 attendees in Indio.

The most memorable ones I spotted? A bumblebee costume (surely the dude danced up a storm later in the Sahara tent); a guy's t-shirt that read “Dissent is not disloyalty” and a woman in the food court with a t-shirt that said “Stop. Collaborate and listen.” Good advice. It's also an old MC Hammer lyric.

All photos, except Alvvays, courtesy of Goldenvoice and Coachella.

The Wild Feathers ready to send 'Greetings From the Neon Frontier'

I'm excited to hear the guys are back. I loved their last two albums and saw them do a special evening at the Grammy Museum in LA (which you can find on this blog)...

On June 29, The Wild Feathers will return with Greetings From the Neon Frontier, which reunites The Wild Feathers with award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Little Big Town).

He also oversaw the group's 2013 self-titled debut and 2016's Lonely Is a Lifetime. The new one is available for pre-order here.

“It feels like every mile we’ve traveled and every show we've played has led up to this album,” said singer-guitarist Ricky Young. “It's truly the most honest and reflective collection of songs we've ever created.”

Members Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Ben Dumas, offered a first taste of Greetings From the Neon Frontier earlier this month with the release of the record’s lead single “Big Sky” and its official music video.

It is currently featured as a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM’s The Highway. Fans who pre-order the forthcoming album will instantly receive a “Big Sky” download along with brand new track “Quittin’ Time.”

The Wild Feathers – who have opened for the likes of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson since forming in 2010 – will hit the road this summer for a series of festival dates around the country.

Track Listing:

1. Quittin’ Time
2. Wildfire
3. Stand By You
4. No Man’s Land
5. Two Broken Hearts
6. Golden Days
7. Big Sky
8. Hold Onto Love
9. Every Morning I Quit Drinkin’
10. Daybreaker (Into the Great Unknown)

A rare U.S. tour from My Bloody Valentine

photo: Anna Meldal
I recall when the band played Coachella, it was one of the loudest things I'd ever heard...

My Bloody Valentine return to the stage this summer for the first time since late 2013. The band will tour the United States and play overseas festivals including Robert Smith’s Meltdown in London, Roskilde in Denmark, and Sonicmania in Japan.

This is the first stateside run since My Bloody Valentine toured in support of m b v. Tickets will be on sale at this Friday, April 27th at 10am local time, except for New York, which will be on sale at 11am Eastern.

Listen to Kevin Shields and Bob Boilen discuss the newly released all-analog versions of Loveless and Isn’t Anything and more on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” 

Tour Dates:

Sat. June 23 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall – Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Sat. June 30 – Sat. July 7 – Roskilde, DE @ Roskilde Festival
Tue. July 17 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
Thu. July 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Sun. July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Wed. July 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Mon. July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Wed. Aug. 1 – New York, NY @Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri. Aug. 17 – Makuhari Messe, JP @ Sonicmania

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Original 'Nothing Compares 2 U' gets a special release, plus more Prince-related activity

photo: The Prince Estate/Nancy Bundt
The Prince Estate, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Records, has now released the original version of the iconic song "Nothing Compares 2 U".

This previously unreleased version was recorded in 1984, six years before 1990’s classic reimagining by Sinéad O'Connor and before Prince started performing the song live. The track was recorded at the Flying Cloud Drive 'Warehouse' in Eden Prairie by Prince’s long-time engineer Susan Rogers, and originally composed, arranged and performed in its entirety by Prince, aside from the backing vocals by Susannah Melvoin and Paul "St. Paul" Peterson.

Also featured on the original track is saxophone work by Eric Leeds. The new version of the song will be available to stream, to purchase via digital retailers and as two 7” vinyl singles (in picture disk and standard black vinyl formats). Download or stream the track HERE.

As remembered by Michael Howe, long-time industry A&R executive, Prince expert, and the Prince Estate’s official Vault Archivist, “I spotted the 2" multitrack reel in the Vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory. After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Even our 'faders up' rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.”

Howe continued, “No Prince-penned song performed by another artist has enjoyed more chart success (#1 in over a dozen countries) and overall cultural impact than Sinead O'Connor's 1990 recording, so hearing the song in its original context performed in its entirety by the author makes it particularly noteworthy.”

The song is accompanied by a video featuring never before seen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution practicing their choreography in that same Eden Prairie warehouse during the same summer of 1984. Captured for Prince as a part of his rehearsal process, the footage is presented for the very first time in a video directed by Andrea Gelardin and Ruth Hogben. The video offers a glimpse into Prince’s total commitment to his art and its emotional impact, even when no audience is present. Watch the video HERE.

After the successful launch of the Prince HitNRun online pop-up store last November, the Prince Estate is bringing back the concept(, where the limited edition, picture disk vinyl will be sold exclusively. In addition to the limited edition picture disk vinyl, fans will also be able to purchase a variety of official Prince merchandise, including pieces that draw from his iconic Dirty Mind and Lovesexy eras. The black vinyl 7” will be available for pre-order from major physical retailers and will be released on Friday May 25.

The Prince Estate has also launched a new site for fans to showcase what Prince means to them. Prince2Me ( is an interactive fan experience that explores what Prince means, individually and collectively to his fans. The Prince Estate has also announced that this will be the first of many online experiences to come, each will shine a new light on his artistry.

When fans visit thePrince2Me site they will be able to craft their own message using Prince vocabulary, an array of images and videos provided by the Estate. Once a fan creates their desired message they can share their post across social media and spark the conversation of who Prince is to them. Fans who use Twitter to share their Prince2Me messages using #Prince2Me or #NothingCompares2U will be able to activate an exclusive Prince Love Symbol Twitter emoji.

In addition to the Prince2Me site, the Estate has launched an immersive annotated discography website highlighting the incomparable breadth and depth of Prince’s recorded catalogue. Featuring audio previews, photos, videos, quotes and editorial commentary, the discography site provides a rich platform for fans old and new to immerse themselves in the creative genius ofPrince. Visit the discography website here:

Limited Edition 7” picture disk and black vinyl tracklisting and credits:

Recorded in July 1984 at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN
Mixed by Tony Maserati at Mirrorball Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Assistant mix Engineer: Tyler Scott
Written, Arranged, Performed and Produced by Prince
Saxophone by Eric Leeds
Backing Vocals by Susannah Melvoin and Paul Peterson
Engineered by Susan Rogers

Lykke Li update

LA-based Swedish vocalist, producer, and songwriter Lykke Li today releases new single “Deep End” and additional track “Hard Rain.” The songs mark the coming of So Sad, So Sexy, Lykke Li’s fourth full-length album and follow-up to 2014’s critically-acclaimed I Never Learn, due June 8 via RCA Records, her first release with the label.

It is available for pre-order now including the album’s lead single, “Deep End,” produced by Jeff Bhasker, Malay, and T-Minus and “Hard Rain,” produced by Rostam Batmanglij.

Listen to ‘deep end’ – 
Listen to ‘hard rain’ – 

This summer, Lykke will be performing at the BBC’s Biggest Weekend Festival in Belfast, All Points East in London, Chicago’s Lollapalooza and more. Visit for schedule.

Track listing:

01 Hard rain 

02 Deep end 

03 Two nights (feat. Aminé) 

04 Last piece 

05 Jaguars in the air 

06 Sex money feelings die 

07 So sad so sexy 

08 Better alone 

09 Bad woman 

10 Utopia

John Mellencamp Chicago concert due on home video next month

On May 11, John Mellencamp fans will get a deeper look at the artist when Eagle Rock Entertainment puts out Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and digital formats.

Outside the boundaries of a normal concert film or documentary, Plain Spoken used voiceovers from Mellencamp with live footage of him performing with his full band at the historic theatre, just 250 miles from his native Indiana.

In addition to the full film with Mellencamp’s commentary, this audio visual release offers a “non-commentary” option (available in the menu) in which viewers can watch the concert on its own. The audio visual set is completed with a component CD of concert audio.

The set, which includes special guest Carlene Carter, showcases Mellencamp performing various hits, album cuts including ones from his most recent album Sad Clowns And Hillbillies.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14. He has achieved 22 Top 40 hits in addition to earning the record for the “Most #1 tracks by a solo artist on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.

Track listing:

Lawless Times
Troubled Man
Minutes To Memories
Small Town
Stones In My Passway
Pop Singer
Check It Out
Longest Days
The Full Catastrophe
My Soul's Got Wings
Rain On The Scarecrow
Paper In Fire
Authority Song
Pink Houses
Cherry Bomb

Long-awaited new English Beat album details revealed

I saw the band live last year in Riverside and Irvine, Calif. and the one or two new songs that were played sounded solid. And his toaster King Schascha was impressive as well. Can't wait to hear the album... 

The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling have announced their first new studio album since 1982. Scheduled for release on June 15, Here We Go Love includes 13 songs (see track listing below). It was made over the last two years between tours.

On "The One And Only," Wakeling examines “the Donald Trump in all of us. It is too easy for us to just point fingers.” Besides music performed by the live band, there are special guests like Roddy "Radiation" Byers of The Specials and The Skabilly Rebels, Train guitarist Luis Maldonado and backing vocalists Durga McBroom, Kevin Williams and Jelani Jones.

Wakeling even sought input from The English Beat’s late saxophonist Saxa, who had a tendon injury, but still hummed some saxophone melodies which Wakeling incorporated into the album to maintain a taste of his musical flavor.

Track listing:

1. How can you stand there?
2. The one and the only
3. Redemption time
4. If killing worked
5. Here we go love
6. Never die
7. The love you give
8. You really oughtta know
9. You're stuck
10. Every time you told me
11. Dem call it ska
12. Drive her away
13. Be there for you

Tour dates: 

May 04 Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA) 
May 11 Libbey Bowl (Ojai, CA) 
May 12 The Canyon Santa Clarita (Santa Clarita, CA) 
May 18 The Coach House (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 
Jun 21 The State Theatre (Falls Chuck, VA) 
Jun 22 Underground Arts (Philadelphia, PA) 
Jun 24 The Bell House (Brooklyn, NY) 
Jul 06 The Metro (Chicago, IL) 
Jul 07 The Kent Stage (Kent, OH)
Jul 11 The Slowdown (Omaha, NE) 
Jul 13 The Gothic (Denver, CO) 
Jul 16 The Complex (Salt Lake City, UT) 
Jul 18 Park (Salem, OR) 
Jul 19 Irvine Regional Park (Irvine, CA) 
Aug 04 Pershing Square (Los Angeles, CA) 
Aug 07 The Chicken Box (Nantucket, MA) 
Aug 08 The Chicken Box (Nantucket, MA) 
Aug 09 Payomet PAC (Truro, MA) 
Aug 10 Ocean Mist (Kingstown, RI) 
Aug 17 The Boardwalk (Santa Cruz, CA)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

News on Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket

Compass Records Group, home of Colin Hay, the Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm and others, is proud to welcome Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) to their roster.

On May 4, Compass will deliver the commercial release of Phillips’ introspective, intimate 2016 solo album, SWALLOWED BY THE NEW, with the addition of a bonus track co-written with Lori McKenna,“Nobody’s Gonna Get Hurt.” The song recently premiered at No Depression. Listen to "Nobody's Gonna Get Hurt"

“Lori McKenna and I wrote ‘Nobody’s Gonna Get Hurt’ at her home just outside of Boston," Phillips says. "I’d been reading and listening to a lot of David Whyte and was taken by his assertion that heartache is the inevitable byproduct of loving anything deeply, a sign of a life well lived instead of something to be avoided. I came in with the title and an idea that the song should be entirely lies. Lori jumped in and we finished it all in under two hours. That was a good day.”

"I’m excited to be partnering with Compass Records for the broad release of SWALLOWED BY THE NEW," Phillips says. “I’m proud of this piece of work and am excited to have their expertise and support in helping it be heard by a broader audience."

SWALLOWED BY THE NEW will be available worldwide on CD, vinyl and all digital service providers followed by tours in the US and abroad. It’s the most intensely personal album of Phillips' career, reflecting his mastery for converting raw emotion into sound. Taking on life’s difficult transitions -- the album was written following his divorce from his wife of 23 years -- Phillips delivers some of his most vulnerable songs to date.

“This album was written to give myself a set of tools to deal with transitions that big and to understand that just because something hurts doesn't mean it's injurious," Phillips told Billboard. "It can hurt, but it can also be a sign of growing and learning to allow change and have some fundamental trust that what's happening is what needs to happen.”

Tour dates:

Apr 20 - Red Clay Music Foundry - Duluth, GA *
Apr 21 - Hendershot’s - Athens, GA *
Apr 22 - Balch Residence - Morganton, GA *
Apr 25 - The Armory - Fort Collins, CO **
Apr 26 - eTown Hall - Boulder, CO **
Apr 28 - Daniel’s Hall - Denver, CO **
Apr 29 - Friend’s HC - Colorado Springs, CO **
May 04 - Bell’s Eccentric Cafe - Kalamazoo, MI **
May 06 - Yellow Cab Tavern - Dayton, OH **
May 07 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA **
May 09 - Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH **
May 10 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI **
May 11 - The Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati, OH **
May 12 - Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI **
May 13 - City Winery - Chicago, IL **
Jun 02 - HopMonk Tavern - Novato, CA **
Jun 03 - Hopmonk Tavern - Novato, CA** 

* acoustic trio
** solo acoustic 

A new album on the way from Jim James of My Morning Jacket

photo: Justin Close
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced his third solo album Uniform Distortion, will arrive June 29 via ATO Records. First track "Just a Fool" premiered through NPR's All Things Considered.

While flipping through the pages of The Last Whole Earth Catalogue, a resource that was in 1971 basically the internet before the internet, Jim James stumbled upon a distorted photo of "The Illuminated Man' by Duane Michals.

Immediately moved by the photo, he asked for permission to to use the image as the album cover of Uniform Distortion. The first request to Michals was rejected. In hopes of changing his mind, James wrote a letter to Michals personally and was ultimately allowed to use the image.

The letter, which sheds some light on the album and James current state of mind, reads in full below:

"hello duane- your piece "the illuminated man" was used in "the last whole earth catalogue" in 1971. i wasnt even born yet. i was born in 1978...but i found my copy of "the last whole earth catalogue" about 6 months ago in a thrift store and it blew my mind. i have been feeling increasingly overwhelmed by the speed of technology and its place in our lives and here was this beautiful book/catalogue from the past showing me me all these beautiful things and amazing images to help one learn different ways to look at the world... or "get off the grid?" funny they had no idea back then just how crazy "the grid" would get. or did they?

so i am trying to put down my phone... use the computer and social media less... and just focus on real life and the people i love and my art. of course i am not fully "off the grid" because i am sending you this email in hopes of you changing your mind about letting me use your image as it appeared in "the last whole earth catalogue" in 1971 because when i saw it on the page there it spoke to me so deeply of how my head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis and how that information is so DISTORTED there is almost no longer any tangible truth. the name of my new record is "UNIFORM DISTORTION" because i feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our "news" and important information...and more and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth...and finding hope in places like the desert where i write this email to you now...finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.

i feel like there was a reason i found "the last whole earth catalogue" and there was a reason your art spoke to me... and i really think it would speak to others who would see it exploding out at them illuminating from the record store shelf or the glow of their phone or computer screen and feel its organic mind blowing distortion connect with this new music.

i also like the natural "distortion" that time and the pulp of the paper meeting the ink from "the last whole earth catalogue" add to your original image and that is why i am asking your permission to use this "distorted" version of your original beautiful image.

i hope you are well and thanks for listening-
jim james"


5/20 - Brooklyn, NY -David Lynch's Festival of Disruption at Brooklyn Steel
6/21 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre Berkeley *
* solo acoustic w/Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Track listing:

Just A Fool
You Get To Rome
Out Of Time
No Secrets
Yes To Everything
No Use Waiting
All In Your Head
Better Late Than Never
Over and Over
Too Good To Be True

Record Store Day '18 news: The Alarm to skip across continents

Sounds like a very ambitious undertaking from Peters, who never shies away from a challenge. Can't wait to hear the latest music. Read below for the latest...

To celebrate this year's Record Store Day (April 21), THE ALARM's MIKE PETERS will undertake a massive feat: a three-stop transcontinental trip within 24 hours, hitting record stores in London, New York and Los Angeles.

For RSD, the band will issue a limited edition eight-song EP, WHERE THE TWO RIVERS MEET. It's the latest release from the Welsh band who've had 17 Top 50 UK with over five million in album sales worldwide in their 35+ year career.

This is an official exclusive release for World Record Store Day 2018. "I'm so proud of the new music that is being made in the name of The Alarm right here and now," says singer, songwriter and guitarist MIKE PETERS.

Born out of the intense Blood Red Viral Black sessions (2017), the new release stands alongside some of the best work to carry the hallmark of The Alarm. It is a vital piece of music that features an electric contribution from Billy Duffy of The Cult and songs that will only be available in this limited edition format for #RSD18.

The day will kick off with a sold-out listening party in the UK hosted by Diverse Music in Newport, Wales before PETERS crosses the Atlantic for stops in New York at Looney Tunes Records in Babylon, Long Island and Los Angeles at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach.

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a camera, creating an "on the run" video, PETERS adds, "It's probably a good idea to make sure your favorite Alarm t-shirt is clean and ready to be worn on Record Store Day!" As PETERS explained on THE ALARM's website, "the 24-hour Transatlantic Tour marks the start of a very exciting new era for all of us in the Alarm community, and I hope each and every fan will enter into the spirit of the times and step forward to take part in these new Alarm adventures."

To commemorate the day, the band have created a limited-edition t-shirt that is available for pre-order now. Throughout the day on April 21, the band is asking all Alarm fans to take a picture wearing their favorite Alarm t-shirt sharing the photo on social media using the #RSD18thealarm and #RSD18 hashtags. Those who share their photos online (and using the appropriate hashtags) will automatically be entered into an online Alarm lottery that will entitle the winner to a unique and special 7" vinyl single that will recorded and pressed by PETERS at the beginning of the day. The winning entry will be announced by PETERS following his final appearance of the day.

Next up, PETERS and the ALARM are prepping a new album that's due out this June and world tour, which kicks off June 1 in Europe with North American dates to follow. PETERS promises "that we will blow the roof, the doors and the fences down at each and every gig."

Stay tuned for additional details on the album and tour.