You now have the freedom to rock. KISS announced a summer tour that sees them playing over 25 cities. It’ll be the first time in over a decade that they’ve played shows like this. If you’re looking for less touring and more singing, read on. The frontman of My Chemical Romance is working with DC Comics, Amanda Palmer struck up a Dresden Dolls reunion, Allen Ginsberg is reissuing a box set, PJ Harvey’s new song will blow your mind, and Tegan and Sara help you get emotional before the weekend with a new single.
After the 4th of July, prepare to celebrate your freedom with a little more rock ‘n’ roll than normal. KISS announced a Freedom to Rock summer tour that sees the classic group trekking across the US from July on through to August. The tour includes 25 performances in cities the band hasn’t played in over a decade. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 15. If you want the best night, we suggest you book tickets to the Michigan show; we hear Detroit turns into Rock City. [Rolling Stone]
Old school My Chemical Romance fans know that the band’s frontman, Gerard Way, is a die-hard fan of comic-book art. Now, several decades later, Way is finally spending his time doing what he did before the band blew up: publishing comics. Way announced he’s partnering with DC Comics to form his own imprint, DC’s Young Animal. He will curate and oversee the titles, occasionally taking time to write some of his own, too. Is this a dream combo? Yes, yes it is. [Nerdist]
Say hello to your favorite cabaret punk duo. The Dresden Dolls are back, as stated by Amanda Palmer herself. August 26 will see the duo headlining Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Shortly after that, they will go on to play Coney Island’s new theater. It’s the first of what will surely be a longer tour; you just need to stick it out to hear when other dates are announced. [Pitchfork]
Allen Ginsberg wasn’t just a poet; he was an inspiration to many people for many reasons. One of those reasons was the output a 1971 recording session gave him. The Beat poet teamed up with Bob Dylan to record songs about politics, the Vietnam War, and human rights while joined by people like poet Anne Waldman, Jack Kerouac’s musical partner David Amram, and a then-young Arthur Russell. The music came out in 1983 in a collection called First Blues. Now, over three decades later, it’s being reissued on May 20th via Omnivore Recordings. It’s clearly a limited time only deal, so hurry here to place your pre-order. [Consequence of Sound]
Let’s get real for a second: few people out there rock as hard as PJ Harvey. The powerhouse rocker has a new album on the way called The Hope Six Demolition Project. If that doesn’t sound cool enough, give single “The Orange Monkey” a listen. Her new song transforms from a gentle rumble to a sweeping chorus, one that drives forward with a steadfast drum pattern behind it, all the while channeling her inner spirit. If only PJ Harvey gave lessons in how to be as talented as her. Sigh. [Consequence of Sound]
Tegan and Sara are back, and they’re swinning the bat pretty dang hard. The pop rock duo shared lead single “Boyfriend” yesterday and then, less than 24 hours later, dropped “U-Turn.” The two are quickly sharing singles even though their new album, Love You to Death, isn’t out until June 3rd via Warner Bros. Check out the second single above and sing your heart out into the weekend. Who knows? Someone may return the call. [Consequence of Sound]
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