Roundup: Blink Tour W/O Barker, Courtney Love Sued Again, Florence Welch Has To Cancel Shows

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Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, from Blink 182 ,will tour Australia next year in support of the band’s latest album Neighborhoods. Drummer Travis Barker has a severe phobia of flying in the wake of the 2008 plane crash he endured with DJ AM. More at Red Bulletin.

Courtney Love‘s former assistant is one of several people who have taken legal action against her. As the LA Times reports, Jessica Labrie asserts that Love hired her in June 2010 as a “forensic research aide.”  Labrie says Love promised her a scholarship to Yale to work on a Nirvana documentary. She says Love didn’t provide the college education and stiffed her on wages.

Frank Ocean released his album Channel Orange exclusively to iTunes on Monday night, one week before its scheduled release. As the Fader writes: Target has decided that because of the early release, they will not be stocking Channel Orange. In a statement to MTV, Target said: At Target, we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.

Two documentaries on Green Day are expected to complement the release of three albums between late September and the middle of January.

House GOP members voted to repeal The Affordable Care Act again yesterday to which Moby tweeted: really, there’s no better way for legislators to spend their time? Republicans again vote to repeal health-care law

Florence and the Machine‘s Florence Welch is trying to protect her voice from further damage and the band has cancelled the final two shows of their European  tour. From her Twitter account she had this note of regret to fans: “im so sorry to all the fans, i was desperate to still perform, but was told without question not to, so as not to do permanent damage.

Today is the birthday of Christine McVie, of Fleetwood Mac. She’s 69.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.