Happy being older
March 13, 2023

"Nostalgia is a trampoline"

"Our nostalgia remains intimate, personal and fragile, it’s 'a sentiment of loss and displacement, a romance with one’s own fantasy'" - Washington Post's Chris Richards recently wrote a beautiful text about reunited post-hardcore bands at the Numero Twenty music festival. "Instead of a tomb, nostalgia became a trampoline — something you could jump onto with both feet, rebounding into an open future... The festival’s other big memory-smudge was out in the crowd where young attendees were outnumbered by their elders, but maybe only 3 to 1 — a division that felt most acute when the youngest ears in the house pressed toward the stage for Codeine, a band best known for making its tremendous slowness feel stark and colossal... There’s a prevailing idea that the most stylish members of today’s youth are obsessed with retrieving the lost ’90s, but let’s not forget that they’ve grown up in an over-connected century in which boredom no longer seems to exist. My guess is that the Codeine kids at Numero Twenty didn’t come to commune with the past so much as slow down the present".

The Mars Volta have reunited and announced a new album with single 'Blacklight Shine', 'Graveyard Loce' and 'Vigil'. Many fans weren't happy with its latin-rock/yacht-rock sound. But the MV's main two boys don't really mind, as they say in the Guardian interview. “I’m not bound by genre. The only thing that matters is if music makes you feel something” - says Omar Rodríguez-López, and adds: “Losing ‘fans’ is baked into what we do. I don’t know a greater happiness than losing ‘fans’. A true fan is someone interested in what’s happening now, and then there’s everyone else trying to control what you do or project on to it. I have an aversion to that. That sounds like school. That sounds like the government. That sounds like the police. And unfortunately that’s what a lot of people who think they’re fans end up thinking like”. His bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala goes back to the perspective of the band: "Omar said the Mars Volta can be whatever we

Hardcore is back
July 27, 2022

Pulp reuniting for a tour

“Next year, Pulp are going to play some concerts" - Jarvis Cocker said during a Guardian-hosted live Q&A. Next year also marks the 25th anniversary of the band’s 1998 album This Is Hardcore. This isn’t the Sheffield band’s first reunion. After splitting in 2002, after the release of seventh album, 'We Love Life', the five-piece reunited in 2011 for a series of festival dates.

Back in system
October 03, 2021

LCD Soundsystem return with 20 shows

LCD Soundsystem have announced a 20-date residency at Brooklyn Steel, marking their first live shows in more than three years, Rolling Stone reports. The run of shows takes place between November 23rd and December 21st. It was only a few months ago that LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy said the band was on a “full hiatus”.

Yep, pretty much ready
September 21, 2021

Fugees announce reunion tour

The seminal hip-hop group of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel have announced a 12-city international tour to celebrate the silver anniversary of their landmark album, 1996’s 'The Score', Rolling Stone reports. The first concert takes place tomorrow night (!) - September 22nd - at an undisclosed location in New York City.

ABBA have released two songs, their first new music in 40 years - 'I Still Have Faith In You' is a big nostalgic ballad, whereas 'Don't Shot Me Down' is a dancey song. Both of these will be released on their new album 'Voyage' on November 5, NPR reports. ABBA has also announced a virtual tour Abba Voyage, which will open next year in a specially-built arena in east London. Playing six nights a week, it will feature digital versions of Abba's band members, accompanied by a 10-piece live band performing 22 of their greatest hits. The digital Abba show will initially be staged in London, but could tour the world. The so-called "Abba-tars" were designed by Industrial Light and Magic - the visual effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas. More than 850 people worked on recreating Abba "in their prime" using motion capture technology to scan "every mannerism and every motion" of the musicians, who are now in their 70s, as they performed.

AC/DC have announced a reunion, featuring members who had left the classic rock band in recent years - vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd, have rejoined the band, Loudwire reports. Johnson had been the band’s frontman since 1980, following the death of original singer Bon Scott, but had quit in 2016 due to hearing loss; Williams retired in 2017; Rudd was sentenced to eight months’ house arrest in 2015 after being charged with drug possession and threatening to kill his personal assistant. The three returning musicians are joined by uncle-and-nephew guitarists Angus Young and Stevie Young, who had remained in the lineup. The band's last album was was 'Rock or Bust' in 2014. The band is presumably preparing an album called 'PWR UP', and they released 30 seconds of a new song called 'Shot in the Dark'.

Photos showing singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd back in AC/DC were briefly posted on the AC/DC website last week before quickly being removed, accidentally confirming their comeback, Louder reports. They appear to have been taken during a video shoot and show drummer Phil Rudd playing with guitarist Stevie Young for the first time. Vocalist Brian Johnson is also shown - after he departed the group in 2016 following extensive hearing loss. The good news comes it was claimed that AC/DC have already recorded their next album.

Can't dance, but can play
March 04, 2020

Genesis reunite for first tour in 13 years

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford are reuniting as Genesis for a UK and Ireland tour, 13 years after last performing together, Ultimate Classic Rock reports. The trio will be joined by Collins' 18-year-old son Nicholas on drums and Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass. Founding member Peter Gabriel, who left the group in 1975, will not be taking part. Guitarist Steve Hackett will also miss the shows.

Rage Against The Machine have announced a full itinerary of 2020 reunion tour Public Service Announcement - the first shows of the tour will take place in America-Mexico border towns, and proceeds from those shows will go toward immigrant rights organizations. The tour starts at the end of March and runs all the way through November, from North America fo Europe. Run The Jewels will be opening the tour on most of the dates.

Fun is back
February 05, 2020

The Format reunite, announce a tour

Indie-pop band The Format staged a surprise reunion concert in Phoenix on Monday - about 150 people showed up to Hello Merch for a viewing party of The Format’s 2007 concert film 'Live at the Mayan', which just hit streaming platforms for the first time. The audience, however, got a bonus - announcement of The Format's first tour dates since going on hiatus back in 2008. What prompted the band to reunite had happened a year ago when Nate Ruess, as he himself explained - "was driving and I was listening on random, and 'Interventions' came on… And I was listening to it and I was like ‘I should probably skip this. And I listened and I thought, ‘Holy (expletive), this kicks ass. This is totally rad'”.

Faith No More announced a return to the road, starting with three European tour dates at Ireland's Sunstroke Festival, France's Hellfest and Norway's Tons of Rock, their first European performances in five years. These festival dates are a solid sign that there will be more activity from the group in 2020. Faith No More released […]

Goth-rock greats Bauhaus played their first show in 13 years on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The audience got to hear band's favorites 'Bela Lugosi’s Dead', 'In the Flat Field', and 'She’s in Parties', rarities like 'Man with the X-Ray Eyes' and 'Spy in the Cab', with the band finishing up with covers - Iggy […]

Rage Against The Machine are to reunite next year, and they have announced a series of dates for 2020, including weekends on Coachella, and a few dates in South-West USA; Forbes is guessing it has something to do with American presidential elections. RATM haven't played together since their 2011 L.A. Rising show at the Los […]