The Flaming Lips and the X-Men know how to put on a good show. Now the two join forces in a new comic for… well, you’ll just have to wait and see. That’s not all that music has to offer today. Cult-classic film Southlander gets reissued, Alice Cooper reunited with the original members of his band, Steve Gunn dropped a mesmerizing single, Thee Oh Sees have a live album on the way, The Cure debuted two new songs live, and Radiohead announced who their tour openers will be. Ready to find out more?
Marvel fans already know that there’s a new comic set in the ’90s X-Men continuity where Wolverine and Storm are all dressed up in colorful outfits. The series is called X-Men ’92, and as it turns out, that’s not the only vintage thing about it. The Flaming Lips will appear in the issue as will other acts like The Toadies. Patience, though. The issue won’t be out until this August. [Pitchfork]
Back in 2001, a film about a struggling Los Angeles musician came out called Southlander. It saw Rory Cochrane (Empire Records, Dazed and Confused) as the star, a misguided fella who got into some adventures. That included performances by Beck, Beth Orton, Billy Higgins, and more, as well as cameos by Elliott Smith and Laura Prepon. Now, 15 years later, it’s about to get remastered in time for a June 14 reissue. Cult fans will be grabbing copies as soon as they can, so you should, too! [Pitchfork]
Finals and busybody work should be done by now, and if that’s true for you, that means you’re busy celebrating. No one ushers in the joy of summer quite like Alice Cooper with “School’s Out.” It seems he’s using the vacation to get to work this time; he’s working on a new studio album with his former bandmates of the Alice Cooper Band. Hell yeah. [Consequence of Sound]
At long last, Steve Gunn has a new album on the way. On June 3, his debut record on Matador, Eyes On The Lines, will drop. To celebrate, he’s shared “Ancient Jules” as well as its nostalgia-heavy video. The song sees Gunn at the top of his career, whipping through melodic guitar trills and a feel-good melody backed by a country-meets-classic-rock style band. If you put off listening to Steve Gunn, now’s the time to finally give his music a spin.
Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer runs a label called Castle Face out of San Francisco. They run a live album series that captures performances from their city by acts like Ty Segall Band, Fuzz, White Fence, OBN IIIs, and more. On July 1, Dwyer will finally share some of his own cuts. Thee Oh Sees’ Live In San Francisco will see three nights at the Chapel captured in high-quality audio along with a DVD of the performances as filmed by Brian Lee Hughes. One of the live versions from the record, “Web,” can be heard above to get you amped for the record’s release. [Pitchfork]
The Cure kicked off their first major North American tour in eight years with a show in New Orleans. This Tuesday night the band not only played the hits, but two brand new songs that have never been heard. The songs debuted are unofficially dubbed “Step Into The Light” and “It Can Never Be the Same” by the Cure Mexico’s Soundcloud. Both songs feature the band’s smooth post-punk with a bubbly twist. Fan-shot footage captures them owning it in all its live glory. It’s Wednesday and we’re totally in love. [Rolling Stone]
Slowly but surely, Radiohead‘s impending tour inches closer. Later this very month, the band will perform in Europe and the UK. After a few festivals, they move to New York, then to Los Angeles, and finally to Mexico City. Until now, no openers had been announced. Holly Herndon will be joining them on that stretch abroad, Dawn of Midi will accompany their east coast dates, and Shabazz Palaces are set for the west coast. The band has yet to announce openers for Mexico City, so for that, you’ll have to hold tight. [Consequence of Sound]
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