Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Richard Thompson returns with "Ship To Shore" May 31 - Releases new song "Freeze" today, April 17

Singer-songwriter/guitar master Richard Thompson is set to return with a new full-length album this spring. Below is the official media release...Robert Kinsler




The legendary Richard Thompson will return with Ship To Shore on May 31, 2024 via New West Records. The 12-song set was produced by Thompson and recorded in Woodstock, NY. Ship To Shore follows his 2018 studio album 13 Rivers and his 2021 memoir Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 which was published by Algonquin Books. Met with early critical acclaim, Uncut Magazine said “While consistency is Thompson’s forte, his last few albums have been some of his strongest: 2013’s Electric and 2015’s Still were excellent, but 2018’s 13 Rivers and his upcoming album, Ship To Shore, are even better.” 

The influential singer-songwriter and virtuosic guitarist has been on a singular musical journey for over a half century, from his days in the ‘60s as a pioneer of British folk rock with Fairport Convention, to his seminal ‘70s duo work with Linda Thompson, to the exploratory, deeply emotional music of the solo career that has been his primary concern ever since. The time taken between 13 Rivers and Ship To Shore is something like an eternity for the prolific artist, but once Thompson began writing, new songs came in a burst of inspiration. To craft the album, he retreated to Woodstock, New York, where he was joined by his longtime band — guitarist Bobby Eichorn, bassist Taras Prodaniuk, and drummer Michael Jerome — along with harmony vocalist Zara Phillips, fiddle player David Mansfield, and engineer Chris Bittner. The team worked quickly — roughly a week to track, vocals included. 

Ship To Shore pulls from various styles, genres and eras, but remains unmistakably Richard Thompson. “I liked the idea of having a strong base to work from and reaching out from there,” he says. “And I think of my base as being British traditional music, but there’s also Scottish music, there’s Irish music. There’s jazz and country and classical. As far as I’m concerned, once you establish your base, you can reach out anywhere. It’ll still be you ringing through, wherever you decide to go musically.” 

Today, Thompson shared the album highlight, “Freeze.” Of the song, he says, “Oh, for heaven’s sake, do something. Forwards, backwards, sideways, anything. There is nothing to fear but fear itself… no, I take it back, it’s all terrifying choices. Good luck.”

Thompson previously shared “Singapore Sadie,” offering, “I have been playing this live over the past year or so and it has become a favorite. We recorded it really quickly in two or three takes and David Mansfield is featured on the fiddle.”  

Richard Thompson will launch a 12-date UK tour in Cambridge on May 25  that features a performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8. Thompson has also announced a "Richard Thompson & Friends" two night stand at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY on July 12 and 13 as well as a performance at The Town Hall in New York City on October 18. Please see tour dates, with more to be announced, below. 

Richard Thompson’s musical influence cannot be overstated. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the ‘60s, he and his bandmates invented the distinctive strain of British Folk Rock.  He left the group by the age of 21 which was followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.  In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.  The Los Angeles Times called him “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” and Rolling Stone has named him one of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.  He has received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting from the BBC Radio 2 Awards, the Americana Music Association, and was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award.  His song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923.”  A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and many more.  His massive body of work includes many Grammy nominated albums as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man and 2019’s The Cold Blue

Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with engaging energy and onstage wit continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos and writers in Folk Rock history.

Richard Thompson’s Ship To Shore will be available across digital platforms, compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited “Deep Blue” color vinyl edition of 500 with a bonus orange flexi disc featuring a demo of the song “Trust” will be available via Rough Trade. An autographed compact disc edition and a limited Orange & Yellow Marble color vinyl edition featuring a 5x7 archival print autographed by Richard Thompson will be available via Independent Retailers and is available for pre-order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS

Richard Thompson Ship To Shore Track List: 

1. Freeze 
2. The Fear Never Leaves You 
3. Singapore Sadie
4. Trust  
5. The Day That I Give In 
6. The Old Pack Mule  
7. Turnstile Casanova  
8. Lost In The Crowd  
9. Maybe 
10. Life’s A Bloody Show 
11. What’s Left To Lose  
12. We Roll 

Richard Thompson On Tour: 

05/25/24 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange #
05/26/24 - Bristol, UK - Beacon #
05/27/24 - York, UK - Barbican #
05/29/24 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall #
05/30/24 - Gateshead, UK - Glasshouse #
05/31/24 - Manchester, UK - Aviva Studios at Manchester Factory International#
06/01/24 - Stoke-on-Trent, UK - Victoria Hall #
06/03/24 - Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall #
06/04/24 - Cardiff, UK - New Theatre #
06/05/24 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall #
06/06/24 - Brighton and Hove, UK - Dome Concert Hall #
06/08/24 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall #
07/12/24 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios +
07/13/24 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm Studios +
07/17/24 – Earlville, NY – Earlville Opera House *
07/20/24 - 07/21/24 – Guelph, ONT – Hillside Festival*
07/23/24 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart Opera House *
07/24/24 – Kent, OH – The Kent Stage *
07/26/24 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Café *   
7/27/24 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center *
07/28/24 - Cape May, NJ - Cape May Convention Hall *
10/18/24 - New York, NY - The Town Hall #
08/23/25 - 08/30/25 - Venice, Italy - Harmony Voyages- Gems of the Adriatic Cruise

 * Solo Show
# Full Band
+ RT & Friends 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Blu-ray review: William Shatner Shines in the Unsettling 'Impulse'

Impulse (Grindhouse Releasing)

Genre: Horror

Cast: William Shatner, Jenifer Bishop, Ruth Roman, Harold "Oddjob" Sakata, William Kerwin

Director: William Grefé


Tell me more: Fans of classic horror films as well as celebrated actor-icon William Shatner will want to grab a copy of the essential new reissue of the 1974 thriller "Impulse" available as a marvelous new 4K restoration created from rare arrival 35mm film elements that shine across the deluxe two-disc Blu-ray title.

The restored film looks and sounds wonderful.

William Shatner delivers a strong performance in 
the newly-restored 1974 horror classic "Impulse."

Shatner stars as Matt Stone, a fearful leisure suit-wearing conman who seduces lonely women and bilks them out of their savings before killing them. If the scenario sounds dark, it is. The good news is that an especially strong cast as well as the riveting work of director 
William Grefé draws in the viewer and propels the 87-minute film toward toward a shocking and strong finale. 

This writer can't recall ever catching Shatner in a role as monstrous as this one and the actor fully delivers on the lead character's contemptible instincts in every scene of a demanding role. The supporting cast includes Jenifer Bishop (Al Adamson's "The Female Bunch"), Ruth Roman (Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train"), Harold "Oddjob" Sakata ("Goldfinger), and William Kerwin (Herschel Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast"). 

Special bonus features include:

  • In-depth interviews with director William Grefé
  • "Kingdom of the Shatner: William Shatner Live in Santa Monica - Oct. 9, 2022"
  • Additional interviews with producer and make-up artist Doug Hobart and art director Roger Carlton Sherman
  • Audio commentary by William Grefé
  • Two bonus features; "The Devil's Sisters" and "The Godmothers"
  • A glossy illustrated booklet with liner notes by underground filmmaker Jacques Boyreau
  • Still galleries, trailers
  • Haunting alternate French soundtrack
  • Hours of rare cinematic treasures from the vaults oWilliam Grefé
  • Beautiful embossed slipcover with new art by painter Dave Lebow

Robert Kinsler

'South Park 25TH Anniversary' 3 vinyl set drops April 20, 2024 Record Store Day

'South Park 25th Anniversary Concert' Featuring Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Primus and Ween with special guest performance by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of RUSH

~3 vinyl set Drops April 20, 2024 Record Store Day ~

Celebrating 25 years of Comedy Central’s Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning animated series South Park

New York, NY (April 4, 2024) -- On April 20, 2024, Mercury Studios will exclusively release, on Record Store Day, a 3LP package, pressed on “Towelie-Blue” vinyl, of the South Park 25th Anniversary Concert. Recorded over two nights on August 9 and 10, 2022 at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, this concert features performances from South Park creators Trey Parker & Matt Stone, along with Primus and Ween. Also included is a special performance of “Closer to The Heart” with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from the band Rush.

Additionally, the 3LP package is numbered up to 5,500 copies.

Find participating stores and more information at

Track Listing
Side A:
1. There’s Magic Inside You – Trey Parker & Matt Stone
2. Here Come The Bastards – Primus & Ween
3. Uncle Fker – Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
4. Montage - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
5. Jackin’ It In San Diego - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)

Side B:
1. It’s Easy MMkay - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
2. South Park Themes – Les Claypool & Primus, Trey Parker, Matt Stone
3. Butters Theme Song / Robot Friend – Trey Parker & Matt Stone
4. Blame Canada - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)

Side C:
1. Closer To The Heart – Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of Rush (with Primus & Matt Stone)
2. Colorado Farm - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
3. Gay Fish - Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Side D:
1. The Mollusk – Ween
2. Tommy (Butters) The Cat – Primus, Matt Stone
3. Let’s Fighting Love - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
4. When I Was On Top Of You – Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Side E:
1. Buckingham Green – Ween
2. The Ballad of Lemmiwinks - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
3. Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch - Trey Parker & Matt Stone

Side F:
1. What Would Brian Boitano Do? - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
2. Boogers & Cum - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)
3. America, Fk Yeah / America Medley - Trey Parker & Matt Stone (with Primus & Ween)


Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio.

Current and recent projects include Telluride Film Festival selections American Symphony, a feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman that follows Jon Batiste and If These Walls Could Sing, the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney for Disney+; “My Life as a Rolling Stone,” a four-part docuseries of intimate portraits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for the BBC and MGM+; Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl, a career documentary about the superstar currently available on Netflix; Mixtape, the critically acclaimed feature documentary from Omar Acosta focused on the DJs and artists who shaped the sound and culture of Hip-Hop through mixtapes for Paramount+; and the forthcoming “This Town,” a six-part series for the BBC from writer, creator, and executive producer Steven Knight. Mercury Studios also produced “Sam Smith Live at the Royal Albert Hall” (BBC/Tik Tok) and Billie Eilish’s livestream event, “Overheated,” at The 02 London and the upcoming “Lang Lang Plays Disney” for Disney+.

Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content, consisting of thousands of hours of premium music-driven film and television programming.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Coachella 2024 Weekend 1 recap: established favorites and rising newcomers set to return for Weekend 2

With a lineup featuring approximately 50 different artists performing each day over its 3-day run, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has something for everyone.  Electronica, rock, pop, R&B, soul, urban, dance and Americana are among the genres celebrated at the fest.

Weekend 1 of the 2024 edition of Coachellafest delivered on the promise of the event, with a wide ranging field of both established legends and rising names bringing their A game to the Empire Polo Field in Indio, April 12-14. Superstar acts typically perform on the large "Coachella" and "Outdoor Theatre" stages, while up-and-comers perform at the festival's smaller stages.

Amber Mary Bain, aka the Japanese House performs at Coachella on April 12, 2024.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images for Coachella 

Among the early highlights of day 1 were driving alt rock outfit Late Night Drive Home, singer-songwriter the Japanese House (the moniker for English songstress Amber Mary Bain) and New Zealand indie-pop band The Beths.

From left, Elizabeth Stokes and Benjamin Sinclair of
The Beths performing at Coachella.
Photo credit: (YouTube)

Later in the day American singer-songwriter Faye Webster thrilled at the Mojave Stage with her introspective and literate original song craft while singer-guitarist Brittany Howard blended soul, gospel, R& B in her set on the Gobi Stage. The day's headliner, Lana Del Rey, delivered a high-profile set including turns from guest stars Jon Batiste, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Billie Eilish.

Vampire Weekend lead vocalist-guitarist Ezra Koenig at Coachella on April 13.
Photo credit: (YouTube)

Day 2 of the festival featured an equally strong and diverse lineup of artists. Early Saturday attendees were rewarded with a fun set from Huntington Beach-spawned rock band The Aquabats, as well as a stunning return from indie rock great Vampire Weekend (the latter a last-minute addition to this year's festival), and an inspired set from singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jon Batiste.

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon performing with the Desert Cahuilla Desert Bird Singers on
Saturday, April 13, 2024. Photo credit: (YouTube)

The Coachella Stage hosted terrific full-length sets on Saturday afternoon and evening, with impressive performances from Southern California reggae rockers Sublime, groundbreaking Britpop rock quartet Blur, and the reunion performance by Orange County, CA-spawned No Doubt performing live together for the first time in nine years (Olivia Rodrigo was a guest at the latter's set during a performance of "Bathwater"). Late into the night, The Drums thrilled with a 10-song set of '80s-tinged New Wave originals on the Mojave Stage

Olivia Dean performing on April 14, 2024.
Photo credit: (YouTube)

The final day of Weekend 1 saw outstanding sets from pop punk rockers Taking Back Sunday, American R&B singer-songwriter Victoria Monét and experimental English electronica duo Jockstrap. I was most impressed by Neo soul singer Olivia Dean; performing on the Gobi Stage, the 25-year-old English singer used her soprano in the service of terrific original songs (including the heartfelt "Carmen" and wonderful closer "Dive") that fully connected with the audience during her 40-minute set.

The good news for fans of the annual event is the same lineup is scheduled to return to Indio, Friday-Sunday, April 19-21. Music lovers who are not able to attend the fest in person can catch the majority of performances being live-streamed on the Coachella YouTube site. Visit that Coachella Livestream site HERE.


Robert Kinsler

Friday, April 12, 2024

Ringo Starr returns with wonderful "February Sky"

Check out the latest news on Ringo Starr and be sure to listen to his wonderful new single "February Sky" too...Robert Kinsler



April 12, 2024
Format(s): Classic Rock, Rock
Today Ringo Starr releases February Sky,” the first single from his upcoming EP, Crooked Boy. This will be his fourth consecutive EP,  and it includes 4 original tracks. All songs were written and produced by Linda Perry for Starr to make his own, adding vocals and playing drums. The EP will be released on a limited-edition marble vinyl on Record Store DayApril 20, 2024
After previously collaborating on two songs that appeared on earlier Ringo EPs (“Coming Undone” on Change the World and “Everyone and Everything” on EP3), Linda approached Ringo and asked if she could produce an entire EP – and Crooked Boy, consisting of “February Sky,” “Gonna Need Someone,” “Adeline,” and “Crooked Boy” is the result.
“Linda made me a great EP – she produced it in her studio and then sent me the tracks and I added the drumming and my vocals,” Ringo said.  “'February Sky' is great - very moody - but since Linda wrote these specifically for me - it of course has to have a positive peace & love element.”  
“Gonna stand up rise above the rain
Start a revolution in these brighter days
Found the missing pieces
That were vacant to the eye
Well I Had enough of February sky”
February Sky” is available to stream and download now on all platforms.  A visualizer was also created that includes never seen clips from Ringo’s archives. 
Fans can get a first listen to the entire EP at Amoeba Music Hollywood on April 18th. Amoeba will have an exclusive “February Sky” red vinyl 7” single available for sale at this event in limited quantities. Details for the playback and single are available here. 
In other Ringo news: Through Julien’s Auctions Ringo recently published his 8th book, Beats & Threads. Ringo’s trend setting threads were as signature as the beat of his drums and this book features over 200 images including never before seen photos and extensive details on his drums. Ringo–in collaboration with noted historian, author, speaker, drummer, and vintage drum collector, Gary Astridge–offers for the first-time the most comprehensive look at his legendary Beatles-era drum kits containing decades of research-based information with curated and detailed photographs of these pieces of music history.  It is available now through www.juliensauctions. com 
Ringo will also be taking his All Starr Band back on the road for 12 shows this Spring - dates listed below - with additional dates in the Fall coming soon. 
May 22 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian
May 24 Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
May 25 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian 
May 26 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian 
May 28 San Bernadino, CA – Yaamava Theatre
May 29 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian 
May 31 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian 
Jun 1 Las Vegas, NV - The Venetian 
Jun 5 Mexico City, MX - Auditorio Nacional
Jun 6 Mexico City, MX - Auditorio Nacional
Jun 8 Hidalgo, TX - Payne Arena
Jun 9 Austin, TX - The Moody Theater 
For More information, please visit Ringo’s

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

2024 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Preview

Coachellagoers walk past "The Messengers," an art installation by artist Kumkum Fernando. Photo: Robert Kinsler

Music writers Robert Kinsler and George A. Paul each highlight some of their must-see artists coming to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Taking place over consecutive weekends at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Coachellafest will be held April 12-14 and again April 19-21, 2024. This year's headliners are Lana Del ReyTyler, The CreatorDoja Cat and No Doubt. There are countless emerging and established artists performing this year.

Fridays, April 12 and 19

Brittany Howard / Photo credit: Bobbi Rich
Brittany Howard  Just two months after the release of her acclaimed album What Now, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist Brittany Howard will bring her soulful and high powered approach to Coachellagoers in Indio. The former singer-guitarist of Alabama Shakes, Howard's 2019 debut Jamie landed on a slew of best-of-the-year lists including The New York TimesRolling Stone and Pitchfork; it was named NPR's album of the year too. (RK)

Lana Del Rey
Photo credit: Chuck Grant

Lana Del Rey  Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey will bring her parade of wide-ranging hits and stylish approach as the headlining artist on both Fridays of Coachella this month. Last year the New York City native was named the Greatest American Songwriter of the 21st Century by Rolling Stone UK, and her wonderful powers as a vocalist bolster the delivery of wonderful songs such as the dreamy "Video Games," melancholy-adorned "Candy Necklace," electronica-tinged "Doin' Time," piano-anchored soft rock ballad "The Greatest" and shimmering "Say Yes To Heaven." Since the release of her major label debut Born to Die in 2012, the songstress has successfully fused and explored a growing number of styles in her celebrated work. (RK)

Saturdays, April 13 and 20

Sublime  When Sublime founding singer-guitarist Bradley Nowell passed away  in 1996, the band broke up and it appeared the trio from Long Beach, CA might be forgotten. However, the band's third full-length album released two months after Nowell's death spawned the huge enduring hit "What I Got" and interest remained in the reggae rockers. In 2023, founding members Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums) announced the reforming of Sublime with Nowell's talented son Jakob Nowell  the band performed at a benefit show at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, and are now set to make a more high-profile return via their Coachella appearances where they will undoubtedly perform energetic classics such as "Wrong Way," "Santeria" and "What I Got." (RK)

British rock great Blur 
Photo credit: Reuben Bastienne Lewis

Blur  During the Nineties, this London quartet spearheaded the Britpop music movement thanks to an inclination toward making eclectic music – a trait singer/songwriter Damon Albarn continues with Gorillaz and other solo projects. Best known in America for the modern rock radio hits “Song 2” (ubiquitous at sporting events), “Girls & Boys” and “There’s No Other Way,” Blur notched a dozen top 10 hits in the U.K. Last year, it headlined two nights at Wembley Stadium there and released their atmospheric, reflective ninth album The Ballad of Darren alongside producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys). Guitarist/singer Graham Coxon said the songs, recorded with everyone in the same room, were “loaded with the right intention and emotion.” No stranger to Coachella, Blur has played Indio twice before. (GAP)

Bleachers / Photo credit: Alex Lockett
Bleachers  A decade ago, following stints in Steel Train and fun., mild mannered New Jersey native Jack Antonoff launched Bleachers. It is essentially a one-man-band by the Grammy-winning producer/musician (Taylor Swift, St. Vincent), who often crafts rousing rock anthems with multiple instruments and prominent use of saxophone, lending comparisons to Bruce Springsteen (The Boss even appeared on ’20 single “Chinatown”). Bleachers’ popular adult and alt-rock radio singles include “I Wanna Get Better,” “Rollercoaster,” “Don’t Take the Money,” “Stop Making This Hurt,” and recently, “Modern Girl.” The excellent new eponymous fourth album contains guest appearances from Florence Welch, St. Vincent, and Matt Healy of The 1975. Antonoff has also worked with Lana Del Rey, so his Coachella set could easily have some special guests. (GAP)

The Drums / Photo credit: Qiao Meng
The Drums – Singer Jonny Pierce co-founded The Drums in 2008. Two years later, the NYC pop/rock band’s self-titled debut made major inroads in England, where several singles charted there and in Mexico. The reverb-drenched vocals, melodic guitars and keyboard-driven sound frequently recalls the Eighties heyday of Postcard and Rough Trade Records acts. By 2017’s Abysmal Thoughts, The Drums transitioned into a solo vehicle for Pierce, a LGBTQ artist who writes songs with unflinchingly honest lyrics. Last year, The Drums’ old giddy jangle pop gem
“Money” went viral on social media and was certified gold here. Seventh studio album Johnny finds noted female hip hop singer Rico Nasty guesting on “Dying.” A new deluxe version expands the latest release to 21 tracks. (GAP

Sundays, April 14 and 21

Taking Back Sunday
Photo credit: Ashley Osborn
Taking Back Sunday  Long Island's Taking Back Sunday was definitely among the more captivating emo/post-hardcore bands to emerge in the late 1990s/early 2000s. A Warped Tour regular, they gained popularity from the get-go with indie album Tell All Your Friends. Yet when guitarist Fred Mascherino joined for Where You Want to Be, his playing style and interlocking vocal interplay with frontman Adam Lazzara took everything up a notch. Modern rock radio hits “Make Damn Sure,” “A Decade Under the Influence,” and “Liar” were prime examples. The intervening years have seen several lineup changes. Solid latest album 152, named after a long-running in-joke between band members, contains what Lazzara said is “a lot of fun stuff and more pop-influenced material.” (GAP


No Doubt  Few people expected a reunion of the massively successful alt-rock and ska band from Anaheim, considering singer Gwen Stefani’s busy solo career, Vegas residencies, coaching stints on NBC’s “The Voice,” clothing and beauty lines and various singles with husband Blake Shelton. Coachella will mark the foursome’s first gig together in nine years. No Doubt’s last studio album was 2012’s underrated Push and Shove. Stefani told Jimmy Kimmel they plan to play a deep cut from 1995’s diamond-certified Tragic Kingdom. Chances are good that fans will also hear some big hits like “Spiderwebs,” “Sunday Morning,” “Just a Girl,” “Don’t Speak,” “Hella Good,” “Hey Baby,” and the fine cover of Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life.” (GAP)