• Billy Corgan made an appearance on the self-improvement podcast Why Not Now? hosted by Amy Jo Martin. He reveal how much the success of Nirvana and Pearl Jam affected his mental health. His struggles during that  period inspired the hit song “Today.” In 1991, the Smashing Pumpkins released their first album Gish, but its release was overshadowed by the explosion of grunge, led by Nirvana‘s Nevermind and Pearl Jam‘s Ten. Corgan stated, “I woke up one morning, and I kind of stared out the window and thought, ‘Okay, well, if you’re not going to jump out the window, you better do whatever it is you need to do,'” “So That morning I wrote, the song ‘Today,’ in essence the meditation behind the lyric is that every day is the best day, if you let it be.”

 

  • After two years with scarcely a peep from Lordethe 20-year-old New Zealand
  • singer has announced that her new single, “Green Light” which is out now. 

 
 
 
 

  • We just debuted the new Future Islands song called Run a couple weeks back, and they now have a video to support it. The Albert Berney-directed video was shot out of the back of a small SUV. The practice space in the video is also bassist Cashion’s actual backyard shed-turned-space, with the large canvases on the walls behind the musicians drawn by his partner, artist Elena Johnston (Johnston also painted the cover of the band’s third album,  On the Water.). Future Islands’ fifth album, The Far Field, comes out April 7th. The band will tour North America and Europe this summer in addition to main stage sets at Coachella, Panorama and Bonnaroo .

 

  • Nathan Williams’ California beach fuzz-punk band Wavves have announced their upcoming sixth studio album, You’re Welcome, and shared the first two songs: “Daisy” and “You’re Welcome.” The new record is out May 19 from Williams’ label, Ghost Ramp.

 
 
 

  • Had he not died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5th, 1994, Kurt Cobain would have turned 50 years old on February 20th. And while the singer and songwriter explored the blues and folk music – most notably during the filming of MTV’s Unplugged in 1993 – he likely wouldn’t have expected his own songs to be performed with banjos and mandolins. A new album, however, does just that. Pickin’ on Nirvana: A Bluegrass Tribute Featuring Iron Horse transforms 11 Nirvana classics like “All Apologies,” “Come As You Are” and “In Bloom” into bluegrass numbers. The album will be released April 22nd on vinyl of for this year’s Record Store Day, with a digital release to follow on April 28th.

 

  • French indie rockers Phoenix announced two new tour dates in a YouTube video this week, to goalong with previously announced appearances at Governor’s Ball and the Hollywood Bowl in June

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

  • Goldenvoice, the promotion company for Coachella, sent an email to ticketholders this week specifying that user information based on sales for the upcoming California music festival had been compromised by Russians…I mean, hackers. They clarified, however, that no user passwords or payment information had been stolen. The statement warned that customers may be “targeted by phishing emails sent from people impersonating Coachella personnel and that, to be safe,”

 

  • Father John Misty will play a handful of North American concerts this spring in support of his new album, Pure Comedy. The short trek kicks off April 12th at Humphrey’s in San Diego, California and includes stops in Toronto, Brooklyn and Chicago before wrapping June 7th at the Metropolitan Theatre in Mexico City. The trek also includes previously announced festival appearances at Coachella and FORM Arcosanti in Mayer, Arizona. Father John Misty will release Pure Comedy April 7th via Sub Pop. Also catch Father John Misty on SNL

 
 

  • Modest Mouse have announced a North American tour. The 12-date trek will begin May 23 in Spokane, WA and end June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Will there be a new album before the tour begins? Only time will tell.

 
 
 

  • After 26 years of existence, Comedy Central is finally launching its own standalone comedy festival on June 2-4 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The three-day shindig, titled Colossal Clusterfest, will feature performances from some alt groups such as, Tegan & Sara, Chromeo, and Ty Segall. Comedians Hannibal Buress, Fred Armisen, Kevin Hart, Tig Notaro and Jerry Seinfeld are also expected to take the stage.

 
 

  • The Jesus and Mary Chain’s first album in 19 years, Damage and Joy, comes out on March 24. The legendary UK band has just announced that it will be supporting it with string of North American tour dates in May. Tickets for most shows will be going on sale later this week and can be purchased via their website, but NYC-area fans can grab tickets to the band’s May 14 Brooklyn show now.

 
 

  • The mystery continues! In the last two weeks, we’ve previously announced that Passion Pit has uploaded seven unreleased songs and demos to a YouTube account associated with a new project, a musicians’ services company called the Wishart Group. Each of the new songs was tagged #seaoflove, and this weekend, frontman Michael Angelakos followed up with a piece of cover artwork collecting all seven tracks under the title Tremendous Sea of Love: As one person pointed out on Twitter, “tremendous sea of love” is how Donald Trump described the undersized crowd at his presidential inauguration. Angelakos appears to have confirmed this interpretation, screencapping his reply and posting it to Instagram with the comment, “Amazed this hasn’t come up sooner” Still no word, however, if this will become the next album from the band.

 

  • Depeche Mode‘s Global Spirit Tour will reach North American soil this fall, when the group kicks off a new leg of arena and amphitheater dates in Salt Lake City. Tickets for the tour, which wraps in Canada in October, will go on sale March 10th . The band reports that the European leg of their Global Spirit Tour has already sold more than 1.5 million tickets, with many shows sold out. It will announce dates for a Latin American leg soon.

 
 

  • Banks will embark on a headlining tour this June in support of her latest album, The Altar.The tour begins June 2nd at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia and includes stops in Boston, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Columbus. The singer-songwriter will also make stops at festivals including Governors Ball June 3rd, Firefly in Delaware June 15th through 18th and Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, June 22nd through 25th. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 3rd via Banks’ website.

 

  • Franz Ferdinand will embark on a North American tour this summer, performing their first shows in nearly three years. The Scottish alt-rock outfit has not played live since 2014 and was already scheduled to appear at several festivals, including Governors Ball. The trek opens May 21st with a set at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama before heading to Nashville, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, Baltimore and more. Franz Ferdinand will wrap the tour June 16th at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware. A handful of European dates will follow.

 

  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters announced a North American summer tour launching June 3rd in Berkeley, California and concluding July 25th in Providence, Rhode Island. The 20-date run – a continuation of their fall 2016 trek, “Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers” – uses material from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom as a jumping-off point.  Pre-sale ticket information for the Imposters shows are available at his official website.

 
 

  • Soundgarden have announced a spring tour to surround their previously announced music festival appearances.  After playing a trio of Florida fests in late April, the grunge icons’ trek officially kicks off May 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris Cornell and company will bounce between standalone concerts and festival sets like Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion until the tour concludes May 27th with a gig at the Rocklahoma fest.The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will serve as opening acts on select dates.