Category Archives: Alternative rock

Smiths, Morrissey fan site user streams rarities

Soundcloud user Peter Skinny has uploaded several rare demos and alternate versions of Smiths songs, among them “The Boy Racer,” “Southpaw,” “Never Had No One Ever” and “Bengali In Platforms.” Skinny happens to be a forum member for fan site Morrissey-Solo. According to a story at Consequence of Sound, the demos are from The Smiths’ album The Queen Is Dead.

Check them out below:

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Veruca Salt’s new album streaming at NPR Music

Veruca Salt’s new album, “Ghost Notes,” their first in almost 20 years, will be out July 10, but you can check it out now, as it’s streaming on NPR Music. Chicago’s Veruca Salt had their time in the alt-rock sun in the 90s. One of their biggest post-grung songs “Seether.” Now they’re back, but with their original lineup — Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack.

Via Brooklyn Vegan, Veruca Salt’s tour begins July 31 at Chester Hall with Charly Bliss, with tickets still available.

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C’mon, catch Happyness on their U.S. summer tour

Happyness picThe South London trio “Happyness” has launched a summer tour in the U.S. in support of their newest album, “Weird Little Birthday.”

In honor of this news they’ve released a video for their song “Regan’s Lost Weekend (Porno Queen)” through Paste. The song’s acoustic/piano melody is lackadaisical while structured — sort of like the video, which features a somewhat tethered boat adrift on a lazy lake.

Happyness is Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ash Cooper. They’re all multi-instrumentalists and share roles, but Allan and Compston share vocal duties while Cooper drums.

“Weird Little Birthday,” which is out on Bar/None Records, was mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.) The album was released in the U.K. last year to much fanfare, and they’re now ready to head overseas.

Happyness’ U.S. tour dates are below:

July 12 – Allston, MA – Great Scott

July 13 – Montreal, QBC – Casa Del Popolo

July 14 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall

July 15 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog (Euclid Tavern)

July 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle

July 17 – Washington, DC – Tropicalia

July 18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506

July 19 – Asheville, NC – Tiger Mountain

July 20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre Rooftop

July 21 – Atlanta, GA – 529

July 22 – Nashville, TN – The End

July 23 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

July 24 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

July 26 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

July 28 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112

July 29 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern

July 30 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt

July 31 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

August 1 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon

August 4 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

August 5 – Reno, MN – Holland Project

August 7 –  Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place

August 9 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar

August 11 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon

August 12 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer

August 13 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

August 14 – Santa Barbara, CA –  Funzone

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