Punk Songstress Ari Up Passes Away at 48 & more [Unplugging]

Posted by Alison Bakker

Time to dig into the world of music with this week's unplugging column. Some sad news this week as one of the true legends of the original punk movement has passed away.

The punk rock community and the rest of the music world lost a legend this past Wednesday when Ari Up, best known for her vocals with The Slits, passed away at the age of 48. John Lyndon, her stepfather and leader of the Sex Pistols, announced on his website that Up passed away due to complications with a “serious illness.” Our condolences to her family, friends, and fans.

Upcoming album announcements this week include the Smashing Pumpkins and Monotonix. The Smashing Pumpkins have announced that their next EP Teargarden By Kaleidyscope: “The Solstice Bare” will be released November 23rd. And Monotonix have announced the release of their sophomore LP, Not Yet, out January 25h.

Have you been searching for the 1983 blues’ musicians Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King “In Session…” recordings for years and years? Good news. Your search is over. Stax Records will be releasing a two-disc CD+DVD of the event entitled “In Session…” on November 6th.

If you’re in need of some new tunes ASAP, Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Thunderball have both released free downloads of their respective tracks. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger have released the album version of their track “Jardin Du Luxembourg” – and their upcoming album Acoustic Sessions drops October 26th. Thunderball has released a free download of their track “Enter the Brahmin,” from their fourth album 12 Mile High, which is out November 9th.

Punk Songstress Ari Up Passes Away at 48: Legendary punk rocker Ari Up, best known for her work with The Slits, passed away Wednesday at the age of 48. John Lyndon, her stepfather and leader of the Sex Pistols, announced on his website that Up, born Arianna Foster, passed away due to complications from a “serious illness.” No further information regarding the cause of death has been released.

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Next EP Tour Date: The Smashing Pumpkins have announced that their next EP, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope: “The Solstice Bare” will be released November 23rd. This is the second EP in the three part, 44 song project. Follow the link to see the stunning album art and check out the tour dates.

Legendary Recording of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan Finally Released: In 1983, blues’ musicians Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King met in a studio for the television series “In Session…” However, it was never released until now. On November 6th, Stax Records is releasing a two-disc CD+DVD of the event entitled “In Session…” Follow the link for the tracklisting.

Monotonix Announce New Album, New North American Tour Dates: Garage rockers Monotonix have announced the release of their new LP, Not Yet, out January 25th via Drag City. With the announcement of their sophomore release, the group has also announced new US tour dates for December. Follow the link to check out the dates and download the album’s first single “Give Me More” for free.

Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Releases Album Version of Single: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Sean Lennon’s collaboration with model Charlotte Kemp Muhl, have released the album version of their track “Jardin Du Luxembourg” for free download. The duo’s album Acoustic Sessions is due out October 26th. Follow the link for the free download and tour dates in New York.

Thunderball Releases “Enter the Brahmin” MP3, Fall Tour Dates: Thunderball has released an MP3 download of their track “Enter the Brahmin,” which comes out from their fourth upcoming full-length 12 Mile High, out November 9th. Follow the link to download the track and check out the tour dates.