In The News: The National, Head And The Heart, Keller Williams, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Black Watch, Josephine Wiggs, Trixie Whitley And More

The National is back with eighth album I Am Easy To Find (4AD), which is part of a bigger project that includes a short film by director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker). The almost-hour-long LP features a number of female guest vocalists, including Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and Kate Stables, as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The band’s tour for the LP starts June 11 in MAGNET’s hometown of Philly, where Matt Berninger and Co. played a special, small-venue show last week … Also just released is the Head And The Heart‘s Living Mirage (Reprise/Warner Bros.), the Seattle sextet’s fourth LP … Keller Williams‘ 24th studio album, Add, is out May 31 … Chris Robinson Brotherhood just announced sixth album Servants Of The Sun (Silver Arrow), out June 14 … The Atom label has four releases from the Black Watch coming out June 21: a new album (Magic Johnson, which includes the Paper Boats EP), a greatest-hits comp (31 Years Of Obscurity: The Best Of The Black Watch: 1988-2019), a rarities comp (The Vinyl Years: 1988-1993) and an all-inclusive, limited-edition career retrospective (The Completed Works: 1988-2019, available only on a USB thumb drive) … Breeders bassist Josephine Wiggs has released We Fall (Sound Of Sinners), featuring Jon Mattock (Spacemen3, Spiritualized) … House And Land, whose self-titled debut was MAGNET’s number-25 album of 2017, returns with follow-up Across The Field, on June 14 via Thrill Jockey … Imperial Wax—a new band formed by the surviving members of the Fall—just issued debut album Gastwerk Saboteurs (Saustex) … Lacuna, Trixie Whitley‘s third studio LP, is out May 29 on Unday … Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, Polaris) will release sixth solo album The Gus (Mezzotint) on June 7, featuring Rain Phoenix, J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) and others.

In The News: Silversun Pickups, Sebadoh, Carly Rae Jepsen, Olden Yolk, Bill Callahan, Waterboys, Police And More

On June 7, Silversun Pickups return with fifth album Widow’s Weeds via their New Machine label. The L.A. quartet will be touring behind the Butch Vig-produced LP this summer … Longtime MAGNET fave Sebadoh is releasing Act Surprised (Dangerbird), its first album in six years, on May 24 … Dedicated, Carly Rae Jepsen’s fourth album, is out today via Schoolboy/Interscope … Olden Yolk‘s sophomore album, Living Theatre, is also out today on Trouble In Mind … Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest, Bill Callahan‘s first album since 2013, will be released June 14 courtesy of Drag City … The Waterboys are back May 24 with Where The Action Is (Cooking Vinyl), Mike Scott and Co.’s 13th album … Un-becoming is the debut solo LP from J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Channels), out May 31 on Dischord …On June 7, Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes is releasing cover versions of 13 of his favorite songs (by the likes of Bowie, Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ramones and Queens Of The Stone Age) with Eagles Of Death Metal Presents Boots Electric Performing The Best Songs We Never Wrote (UMe) … My Songs, Sting‘s latest LP (out via Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope on May 24), features the former Police frontman reimagining some of his biggest hits, including “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Message In A Bottle,” “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Englishman In New York” … Speaking of the Police, Stewart Copeland’s The Police: Everyone Stares — The Police Inside Out (Eagle Vision, May 31) is a film that captures the drummer’s inside look at the band’s rise to fame via super-8 footage he began shooting in 1978.

In The News (Reissues And Collections Edition): Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Depeche Mode, Hootie & The Blowfish, Grateful Dead, Buck Owens And More

Bob Dylan‘s The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings is a 14-CD set featuring five complete concerts from Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tour. Out June 7 via Columbia/Legacy, the 148-track collection also includes rehearsal performances, rarities and more, and 100 of the tracks are previously unreleased … Miles Davis‘ two-LP The Complete Birth Of The Cool (Blue Note/UMe, May 17) acknowledges the 70th anniversary of the initial Birth Of The Cool sessions by Davis’ nonet—which included future jazz stars Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, John Lewis—and arranger Gil Evans … Black Celebration / The 12″ Singles and Music For The Masses / The 12″ Singles (Rhino, May 21) are the latest entries in Depeche Mode‘s vinyl-singles project, collecting all the 12-inch releases from the period each album was initially released … Motown’s 60th anniversary gets a big celebration June 28 with the release of an 11-CD, expanded edition of Motown: The Complete No. 1’s (Motown/UMe), a boxed set featuring 208 chart-topping hits by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, the Supremes, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Boyz II Men and Erykah BaduHootie & The Blowfish celebrates the 25th anniversary of debut album Cracked Rear View (the 10th best-selling LP in U.S. history) on May 31 with a three-CD/DVD edition on Rhino featuring rare and unreleased songs both live and from the studio … The Grateful Dead continues its reissue series marking the 50th anniversaries of its albums with Aoxomoxa on June 7, available as a two-CD set and limited-edition picture disc … The two-CD The Complete Capitol Singles (Omnivore, May 31) collects all 21 singles Buck Owens & The Buckaroos released on Capitol from 1971-1975 … On May 31, Polydor/UMe will release The Polydor Years, an eight-CD set compiling Atlanta Rhythm Section‘s 1974-1980 albums for Polydor … Classical Album Collection: The Capitol Years (Capitol/UMe) is a six-CD boxed set out May 24 compiling America‘s albums for the label from 1979-1985.

April 5: The Day The Music Died

R.I.P. all.

Bob Hite (Canned Heat), 1981
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), 1994
Allen Ginsberg, 1997
Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Black Sabbath), 1998
Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), 2002
Gene Pitney, 2006
Mark St. John (Kiss), 2007
Jim Marshall (Marshall amplifiers), 2012

Black gives way to blue.

MAGNET Goes To The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

Robert Smith

That headline is correct: MAGNET did get to go to the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. And our Wes Orshoski did shoot these images for us. But he didn’t have the right credentials to take photos of the actual show. So he was relegated to watch the Cure from backstage, on a screen like the rest of us MAGNETeers who have been binging on Robert Smith and Co. recently. (Though he did get to see as much of absentee inductee Thom Yorke as the folks in the good seats, which is to say not at all.) But Wes had a fun night, and though he was totally bummed he didn’t actually see the Cure play live, he’s not complaining. Boys don’t cry after all.

The rest of the Cure
Def Leppard (with presenter Brian May)
The Zombies
Stevie Nicks (with presenter Harry Styles)
Janet Jackson (with presenter Janelle Monáe)
Roxy Music presenter Duran Duran
Zombies presenter Susanna Hoffs
Fleetwood Mac
Robert Smith when told that MAGNET’s Wes Orshoski had to watch the Cure’s performance from backstage on a TV monitor

Remembering Liverpool Duo Her’s, Gone Way Too Soon (R.I.P.)

On Monday, we posted a live review and photos of up-and-coming Liverpool band Her’s, who were also gracious enough to let MAGNET photographer Chris Sikich shoot portraits of them that night in Philadelphia. Two days later, the duo (Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading) and their tour manager (Minneapolis musician Trevor Engelbrektson) were killed in a car accident in Arizona while still on tour. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and fellow fans of Fitzpatrick, Laading and Engelbrektson.

“They were so nice and promising,” says Sikich. “The crowd loved them, too. Such devastating news.”

Scott Walker (1943-2019)

We lost a really good one last Friday. Scott Walker was a teen pop star who became one of the most important, influential and indescribable musicians in recent memory. Here we give you a glimpse at the enigmatic man through our words, his words and the words of some of the diverse musicians who proudly call themselves fans.