Wire are set to release their new album, Nocturnal Koreans, in April. Speaking to Pitchfork, Colin Nemen said how diverse the new album is to last year's self-titled LP. He said: "The WIRE album was quite respectful of the band, and Nocturnal Koreans is less respectful of the band--or, more accurately, it's the band being less respectful to itself--in that it's more created in the studio, rather than recorded basically as the band played it, which was mostly the case with WIRE. A general rule for this record was: any trickery is fair game, if it makes it sound better."
Tom Petty has reassembled his pre-Heartbreakers band, Mudcrutch for a series of summer festivals.
Metallica have been named the 2016 Record Store Day Ambassadors. In a press release, Lars Ulrich said: "Independent record stores are part of Metallica's DNA. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we've all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond." Take a look at the announcement via Instagram: