Let’s sum it up:
This week’s music news
A lot happened. We’re here to summarize some of the best music news, announcements, and things you need to know.
WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
Even though they only have two albums under their belt, no band has captured the energy, anxiety, and inadequacies of modern living quite like IDLES. Since releasing their sophomore record Joy as an Act of Resistance. back in 2018, the group has won fans in the UK and in the U.S. with their pummeling live shows and music that on the surface sounds angry but also holds messages about fostering human bonds and lending support to neglected, forgotten communities.
That much is made plain in the trailer for the band’s upcoming documentary film, “Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES.” The trailer opens up with frontman Joe Talbot speaking about why he started the band, saying he was “f*cking bored of being lied to.” For those that missed IDLES on their most recent tour, the film looks to have plenty of concert footage that adequately captures an IDLES live show. But the trailer also shows how the band has become a vital lightning rod in the U.K. punk community. Check it out above.
PJ Harvey to reissue entire back catalogue on vinyl
Starting in July, PJ Harvey will release her entire back catalogue, beginning with her debut 1992 album Dry. This is big news for Harvey fans because along with a remastered reissue of the albums, Harvey will release a standalone album of Dry demos, the first time they’ve been available as a standalone album. It’s also a big deal because if you want an OG Dry LP, you’re gonna have to pony up some coin. A quick check on Discogs shows that the current cheapest 1992 pressing of Dry is at $66. So don’t pay that, just wait for the new reissues to come out. After Dry, Harvey will release the rest of her albums over the year. Check out her demo for “Sheela-Na-Gig” here.
Even though Glastonbury was canceled, the festival is still celebrating its 50th anniversary online. This week the festival announced that it has partnered with the BBC to broadcast numerous classic sets from over the years. BBC Two, BBC Four, and the BBC iPlayer will all carry performances from previous Glastonbury headliners. The iPlayer will also feature a standalone Glastonbury page where viewers can watch past performances on-demand. The online festivities begin on 25 June and end on 29 June.