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Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan on 'Delta Machine,' inspiring Frank Ocean, and what his band has in common with Led Zeppelin

Depeche Mode just released their 13th album Delta Machine, their strongest outing of the 21st century. Though they’ve been at it for over three decades, they show few signs of slowing and remain as relevant as ever: They’re constantly being covered (“Just Can’t Get Enough,” the band’s first single, showed up this season on Glee), and as frontman Dave Gahan points out, also regularly providing inspiration for a new generation of boundary-pushing artists.

EW: Your new album Delta Machine was made both in New York, where you live, and in California where Martin Gore has his studio. How does Depeche Mode work being a bi-coastal operation?
Dave Gahan: Depeche Mode is a bit of a revolving door when it comes to other people that work on our record since Alan Wilder left the band 20 years ago. We’ve had to adapt to different ways of working on things. This time we worked with Chris Berg who is a Swedish musician, and he’s worked with bands like Fever Ray and the Knife. He does sort of hardcore electronic stuff. He fit right in, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was very bold, he had great ideas. Martin and I both need a different angle, and that’s what makes it interesting. But to answer your question, yes, Martin’s out there in California, I’m here in New York, so basically we just the recording in half. He has a nice studio in his house, too. This record was really kind of a pleasure to make with Martin. He’s in great shape, he’s writing great songs. He’s as positive as we get as musicians. We’ve come a long way together, we see our strengths and we’ve come to this place where we have a very strong musical bond. I think that just happens with time. Being in a band, you spend the first 10 years chasing something. You spend the next 10 years trying to hold onto it. We’ve spent the last 10 years just kind of doing our own thing. I think there’s a great strength in having the courage and also having the support to do what you want to do when you’re an artist in any way shape or form. And we’ve been lucky to have some great people working with us.

You say you and Martin are positive, but Delta Machine is still pretty dark. Where does that come from?
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Rolling Stones announce new American tour dates

“You kind of knew it was bound to happen again,” Keith Richards says in a video the Rolling Stones uploaded to YouTube today.

Indeed. The Stones will be returning to the road, the band announced in the video. They’ll be hitting up nine American cities (well, one’s Canadian, actually, but you know) from West to East, starting in Los Angeles sometime before May 5 (their first date is still under wraps) and ending in Philadelphia on June 18.

After that, the boys will pop back into England to play their only London date, at Hyde Park on July 6.

“I thought that we should continue doing this when the 50th anniversary came up,” Mick Jagger says in the video, referring to the band’s milestone last year. Hence the name of the venture, “The 50 and Counting Tour.”

Watch the video yourself below, and see the full list of tour dates below that

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Depeche Mode's 'Delta Machine' now streaming on iTunes -- read EW's review here

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How is it that Depeche Mode are one of the few stadium-filling bands from the ‘80s still standing?

It isn’t just that Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher remain upright, though that is impressive considering Gahan’s well-documented struggles with substance abuse. The real feat is that the Depeche Mode sound—obsessively constructed monoliths of synth-based, salvation-obsessed twitchiness—still feels fresh 13 albums into their career.

From another angle, it’s obvious: Most of the time they’ve been so far ahead of the curve that even their most pedestrian output sounds inventive, and you need only look at their followers—from Nine Inch Nails to Frank Ocean—to see that game recognizes game.

Delta Machine is the strongest album the group has put out this century, brushing up against the locked-in grooves of the group’s late-‘80s crest that began with 1984’s Some Great Reward and ran through the revolutionary classic Violator in 1990.  Much of that credit should probably go to collaborator Christoffer Berg, who has previously worked with Swedish electro-terrorists the Knife; he lends a long-lost toughness that runs through much of Delta, especially the end-of-days bass loop that underscores “Secret to the End” and the insistent pounding of “Soft Touch / Raw Nerve.”

In the wrong hands, those instincts would be pushed to the point of abrasiveness, but like any goth greats, Gahan and Gore recognize the need for equal parts candy and razor blades, so the songcraft and melodic flourishes on Delta Machine are as strong as the sonic boundary-pushing. And Gahan still has one of the most darkly sweet baritones in rock, despite the cracks that have snuck into his upper register; some of the gauzier tracks, like the brooding “Alone,” start out drab until Gahan brings the honey, at which point they suddenly shift into deeply compelling technicolor.

Like David Bowie, DM inexplicably chose one of the more bloodless tracks from their big comeback album as the first single, and though Gahan is a fine balladeer, the two songs that find the BPM knob turned way down (the deep-but-plodding “Heaven” and the drippy “The Child Inside”) are digital quicksand. Experience has taught them to finish strong, which is why the stomping, anthemic “Soothe My Soul” and the bluesy, explosive “Goodbye” end Delta Machine on a hallucinatory high note.

The former is especially brilliant at expressing everything that Depeche Mode does well: Sharp rhythmic undercurrent, snarling guitars, paranoid-sounding keyboard hiccups, and Gahan bellowing “I’m coming for you.” Depeche Mode are the definitive synth-rock sharks: They’re survivors, and they can’t stop charging forward. A-
Best Tracks “Soothe My Soul” / “My Little Universe”

Delta Machine is now streaming here.

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Morrissey cancels U.S. tour due to health problems

After several health-related postponements, Morrissey has decided to cancel the remainder of his North American tour dates.

His publicist sent out a message last night, noting “The singer has suffered a series of medical mishaps over the past few months including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett’s esophagus, and double pneumonia.”

All told, the British singer is calling off 22 dates, including stops in Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. According to the press release, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Moz has been making quite a bit of noise during this particular jaunt. He stood up Jimmy Kimmel as a protest against his fellow Jimmy Kimmel Live! guests from the show Duck Dynasty, then called out artists like Beyoncé and Paul McCartney in a series of rants. Along the way, his health has betrayed him, though he did manage to pull off a high-profile show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center that featured almost no meat products for sale at concession stands. (Morrissey is a militant vegetarian.)

Check out the full list of canceled tour dates below.

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SXSW: British buzz band Palma Violets bring fake IDs, real ruckus on their first trip to Texas

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It’s the classic U.K. conundrum: an artist is old enough to drink (and sell records) back in Britain, but when they hit the States, they’ve got to stick to the ginger ale.

So it is for Palma Violets, a garage-rock band whose famously boozy live shows helped make the under-21 lads the toast of London. Those raucous performances earned them an NME cover and a record deal, which led to their stellar debut album 180 — all without them having recorded a demo.

So, how did the band — singer Sam Fryar, bassist Chilli Jesson, keyboardist Peter Mayhew, and drummer Will Doyle — deal with the prospect of spending SXSW sober? The same way American teens have been for years: “We’re using fake IDs,” Doyle told EW last night at Mellow Johnny’s, a Lance Armstrong-owned bike shop where the band played a KEXP live session. “Except for Pete, since he actually is 21. But yeah, we actually got them on our last trip [to America], because there was no way we were going to be in New York for two weeks without drinking.” [Ed note: We do not condone this behavior, kids! And Austin cops, please don't arrest them.]

Reasonable enough. But alcohol aside, their show last night — the quartet’s first ever in Texas — was a tamer live experience than they’re used to, given the early-evening time and yuppie-ish location. The sound was unusually good (you can listen to much of it yourself over at KEXP), though, and the boys did get to cut loose at certain points of their set.

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Spacehog return with 'Wish You Well': Hear it here - EXCLUSIVE

Back in 1995, Spacehog—four dudes from England who formed a band in New York City—landed on the rock moonscape with “In the Meantime,” one of the greatest alt-rock singularities of the post-Cobain radio universe.

Bathed in glammy goodness and sleek ’70s swagger, “In the Meantime” set the tone for Spacehog’s debut album, Resident Alien, which contained much more of the same. Along with the band’s sophomore release The Chinese Album, Spacehog crafted one of the most underrated discographies of the end of the last century.

They haven’t made an album since 2001′s The Hogyssey, and after a long hiatus and a handful of side projects, the group has returned with their fourth album As It Is On Earth, which will be released on April 16. In reuniting with producer Bryce Goggin (who helmed their ’90s output), the band has recreated the same kind of star-kissed energy that they brought on their debut.

Listen to “Wish You Well” exclusively below, and do your own judging:

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Watch the 'Just a Ride' video from U.K. rockers the Virginmarys -- EXCLUSIVE

Thanks to their debut album King of Conflict and its propulsive single “Just a Ride,” British alt act the Virginmarys found their way onto Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Now the band has an official video for “Just a Ride”– and you can watch it exclusively here.

The buzzy trio (guitarist/vocalist Ally Dickaty, drummer Danny Dolan and bassist/vocalist Matt Rose) trade in the kind of unadulterated, shouty, hard-edged guitar rock that has become increasingly rare these these days. The clip is a similarly uncomplicated, consisting largely of the guys and their gear making a whole lot of noise.

Bu it’s exactly that back-to-basics approach that’s whipped up excitement for their SXSW debut tomorrow. Check out their  “Just a Ride” video below:  

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Mumford & Sons split four ways for 'Whispers in the Dark' video: Watch it here!

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When people think of Mumford & Sons as a throwback act, they mean that they use instrumentation and an aesthetic that dates back to the roots of American folk, country, and bluegrass. But when it comes to music videos, they are similarly old-school, in the sense that they really seem to be trying to make the sort of clips one of the biggest-selling rock bands in the country is supposed to make.

For their last video, they went the auteur route and handed over the direction and acting reigns to Luther star Idris Elba. For their new video for “Whispers in the Dark,” director Jim Canty (who has also worked with Mika and Mark Ronson) split the screen into four quadrants and gave each band member his own on-his-way-to-the-show narrative. In essence, it forces you to watch the clip four times to truly follow everything (though really, you probably only have to watch it three times — in his story line, Marcus Mumford simply gets on a motorcycle and rides to the gig).

Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

Today in Morrissey news -- messing with David Bowie, bringing back Rickrolling

Morrissey, mo’ problems!

After spending his past week or two starting tiffs with Duck Dynasty, Jimmy Kimmel, Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Beyoncé, the former Smiths singer is now taking aim at David Bowie.

As vintage-British-rock enthusiasts already know, Morrissey is repressing his 1989 single “The Last of the Famous International Playboys,” complete with new artwork. (His same-era album Kill Uncle, is also getting a reissue by its label.) And therein lies the problem. Morrissey had planned on using a previously unseen picture of Bowie on the cover, but the famously guarded Bowie denied Moz the right to use his image. (Unfortunately, Bowie forgot to also nix the cover art to his new album The Next Day.)

So, with his back against a wall, Morrissey went a different route: He rickrolled David Bowie, putting an image of “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer Rick Astley on the cover instead.

Take a look at the new artwork for the single, due out Apr. 8, below:

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In latest rant, Morrissey goes after Beyonce

A few months ago, Morrissey had to postpone a handful of tour dates because of ill health. But perhaps he merely needed to take time out to restore his cantankerousness supply, as the habitual complainer has been extra prickly lately.

While on stage during a show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night, Morrissey paused to go after none other than Beyoncé, whose purses caused “the extinction of the rhinos.” The former Smiths singer is, of course, super-vegan — so much so that he lobbied hard to have the venue purge itself of meat products for his performance. (The concession stands were only mostly vegan, though Moz should probably consider that a victory.)

Beyoncé is the latest target in an incredible run for Morrissey. He previously canceled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because the cast of Duck Dynasty was also booked on the show (he takes umbrage with the whole idea of hunting, of course), and he later issued a scathing screed against Paul McCartney about his commitment to animals and his association with the royal family (who Morrissey finds more abhorrent than a bacon cheeseburger). READ FULL STORY

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