by Bill Pearis

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Wire's new self-titled album is out next week and it's another worthy addition to what has been an almost dud-free 40 year career. I'll admit that when I saw the tracklist for the first album and saw the album opened with a song titled "Blogging," I raised an eyebrow but it turns out to be one of the best songs on record, a funny (cynical) take on our current state of connectivity. Wire also has some of the most poppy moments the band have done since A Bell is a Cup Until It's Struck. The only thing I don't like about the record is that Graham Lewis doesn't sing lead on any songs -- the first time that's happened since maybe Pink Flag. It's well worth checking out and you can do so now via NPR.

Wire's tour hits NYC for two shows: Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 3 and Bowery Ballroom on June 4Tickets are still available. Wire have expanded their tour since we last posted, and all dates are listed below

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Wire - 2015 Tour Dates
Apr 12: The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK
Apr 13: The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK
Apr 14: DRILL : LEXINGTON, + Karen Gwyer The Lexington, London, UK
Apr 15: DRILL : LEXINGTON + Tomaga The Lexington, London, UK
Apr 16: DRILL : LEXINGTON + Boothroyd The Lexington, London, UK
Apr 17: DRILL : LEXINGTON + Orlando The Lexington, London, UK
Apr 18: DRILL : LEXINGTON + Xaviers The Lexington, London, UK
Apr 20: Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK
Apr 21: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
Apr 22: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Apr 23: The Kazimier, Liverpool, UK
Apr 24: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
Apr 26: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK
Apr 27: King Tuts, Glasgow, UK
Apr 28: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Apr 29: Manchester Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Apr 30: The Fleece, Bristol, UK
May 26: Dantes, Portland OR, USA
May 27: Neumos, Seattle WA, USA
May 29: Slim's, San Francisco CA, USA
May 30: The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA, USA
Jun 02: The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, USA
Jun 03: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, USA
Jun 04: Bowery Ballroom, New York NY, USA
Jun 05: Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, USA
Jun 06: Black Cat, Washington DC, USA
Jun 07: Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA, USA
Jun 08: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH, USA
Jun 09: Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI, USA
Jun 10: Headliners, Louisville KY, USA