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Cult book Canadian dates

- June 21st, 2012

CULT

Choose your weapons, Canada — The Cult are preparing to storm our shores again.

The arena-rock outfit led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy will hit eight Canadian cities later this summer to bang the drum for their latest album Choice of Weapon.

The Cult begin their visit with an Aug. 22 stop in Vancouver, then venture to a handful of Prairie markets before heading to Toronto and Montreal. They wrap up their national swing with a Sept. 2 show in Quebec City. See below for the full list of dates and locations.

Tickets for most of the shows go on sale Friday June 22 or Saturday June 23 at Ticketmaster. They’ll set you back somewhere between $47 and $65, depending on the city, venue and seating. Halifax indie-rockers Gloryhound will open all the shows.

The dark, propulsive Choice of Weapon is the 30-year-old band’s ninth disc and first album in five years. The band’s previous hits include Fire Woman and Love Removal Machine.

The Cult’s Canadian tour dates:
Aug. 22 | Vancouver | Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 24 | Edmonton | Events Centre
Aug. 25 | Medicine Hat | Esplande Theatre
Aug. 26 | Calgary | Cowboys Calgary
Aug. 28 | Regina | Event Plex
Aug. 31 | Toronto | Phoenix
Sept. 1 | Montreal | Metropolis
Sept. 2 | Quebec City | Grand Theatre

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New Lost Sounds rarities compilation coming July 17th

- June 21st, 2012

Lost Sounds show the late, great Jay Reatard’s sense of garage-pop mastery started early. Alongside River City Tanlines singer Alicja Trout, Reatard crafted some epic synth rock under the Lost Sounds banner.

Lost Sounds made a singular brand of spastic rock ‘n’ roll, with anarchic synthesizers complementing jagged, jangling guitars topped off with Reatard’s characteristic howling. As Pitchfork reports, the group has got a new rarities compilation coming on Memphis label Goner Records July 17.

Pitchfork has one track off the comp at the link, and I’ve embedded standout track “I’ve Lost It” off 2000′s Memphis is Dead above.