Roundup: More Beach House Tour Dates! Spotify iPad App, Les Paul Gear Auction

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Baltimore’s Beach House have added July dates to their summer tour schedule in support of their new album, Bloom. The dates begin July 1st in San Diego, CA at the House of Blues and end July 23rd at Central Park’s SummerStage. The duo will also appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 18th. Check out the utterly gorgeous and atmospheric track “Myth”.

Depeche Mode  frontman Dave Gahan said in an interview that the band plans to tour next year.

A bevy of musicians are  paying tribute to power pop icons Big Star and their third album, ‘Sister Lovers’, which was released in 1978 but recorded in 1974.
The Big Star Third show will take place at London’s Barbican on May 28 and will see the album performed in full by musicians that include the only surviving original member of Big Star Jody Stephens, as well as Mike Mills, formerly of REM, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs and more.

Remember Lungfish? Cool Baltimore band on Dischord dating back to the late 80’s. Well the label is re-issuing their stuff. The latest is a great old Lungfish session titled, A.C.R. 1999 that is now available for pre-order

Spotify released its iPad application today. The new software, available free to premium subscribers, seeks to further erode Apple’s dominance in digital music — through Apple’s own devices as reports the LA Times.

Big auction of Les Paul stuff in Beverley Hills June 8 and 9…Free public exhibition starts May 29.

Happy birthday to the godfather of soul. James Brown would have been 84 today.

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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.