Bill Callahan has retired his longtime Smog moniker and will release his next album under his own name. "Woke on a Whaleheart" is due April 17 via Drag City; a single, "Diamond Dancer,' arrives March

Bill Callahan has retired his longtime Smog moniker and will release his next album under his own name. "Woke on a Whaleheart" is due April 17 via Drag City; a single, "Diamond Dancer,' arrives March 20, backed by the non-album B-side "Taken."

The nine-track "Woke on a Whaleheart" is enriched by contributions from former Royal Trux principal Neil Michael Hagerty, Deani Pugh-Flemmings on backing vocals, Pete Denton on guitar and Elizabeth Warren on Violin.


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After releasing his solo debut album last year in the United Kingdom, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr., will unveil "Yours to Keep" in the United States on March 6 via Scratchie/New Line. The set features guest collaborations with Foutains Of Wayne's Jody Porter, Ben Kweller and Sean Lennon.

The U.S. version of the album contains two additional tracks, a cover of Guided By Voices' "Postal Blowfish" and "Well... All Right," as well as a video for the track "101."

Hammond is currently on tour with Incubus and will embark on a headlining tour this spring. As previously reported, he is also slated to open for Bloc Party on some dates, the tour scheduled to begin March 11.


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Roadrunner rock outfit Killswitch Engage is hitting the road as part of the inaugural No Fear Music Tour. Chimaira, labelmate Dragonforce and He Is Legend have all been drafted as supporting acts. The trek kicks off on Feb. 21 in Philadelphia and runs through April 9.

The fashion brand No Fear has partnered with House of Blues to sponsor the dates. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 12). Killswitch Engage will be promoting its most recent effort, November's "As Daylight Dies," which peaked at No. 32 on The Billboard 200.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.

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