Monday Music News Oct15

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PULP are already getting into the holiday spirit, even though the calendar hasn’t hit Halloween or Guy Fawkes Night yet – they’ll be putting on a one-night Christmas homecoming show, the band’s first UK date since March. The concert will take place at Sheffield Arena on Saturday, December 8, with “tissues optional” as the wryly sentimental Brit-rockers wrote in promo materials for the show.

DIVINE FITS is the name that’s been snagged for the superish-group comprised of Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brown. Their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, is just out, complete with an accompanying tour that will take the band through the likes of Boston (10.17), NYC (10.21), Philly (10.22), and back again (erhm, sorry… no Motown) with synth-rockers Cold Cave along as opening act.

FRANK TURNER will be releasing a new single later this month, specifically a cover of a song by English playwright Noel Coward. Turner is collaborating with former Hold Steady multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay on the track, which is due in late October; Turner will then start work on recording the follow-up album to his critically-acclaimed England Keep My Bones set, with the bulk of the recording scheduled to take place in Los Angeles. If you’re bored of all this waiting around, check out Turner’s rather entertaining blog in the meantime at

PYXIS POINTS | Florence and the Machine will perform at the Los Angeles County Museum’s dual tribute gala for artist Ed Ruscha and director Stanley Kubrick | Jack White has called playing summer music festivals “a necessary evil” and says that he doesn’t enjoy performing at them due to the fact that most of the attendees are busy walking about, being scenesters, and not paying attention to the music | 50-year-old recordings of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s first band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, have been unearthed in Liverpool, England | UK indie-popsters Saint Etienne are touring the U.S. this fall for the first time in six years, including stops in NYC (10.26), Boston (10.27), Chicago (10.29), and Seattle (11.1) | U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live are welcoming a new lineup of bands in for the series’ latest season, including Muse and Mumford and Sons | and Clinic’s latest album, Free Reign, is set to hit stores on November 12, both in ‘regular’ CD format and a limited edition UFO version that includes a glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Flying Disc – Kristi Kates