Wire's new self-titled album comes out April 21.
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April 5, 2015 Even after nearly 40 years of making records, Wire still sounds like itself — contrary, obtuse, thoroughly cool but oddly soulful, and full of wit.
July 13, 2012 Wire frontman Colin Newman collaborates with his wife Malka on a new album. Hear the first song.
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January 4, 2011 On this week's show, hear new music from Bright Eyes, hip-hop duo G-Side, Colin Stetson, psychedelic rock from Zambia and new music from the veteran English post-punk band Wire.
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Wire is releasing its 12th studio album, Red Barked Tree, on Jan. 11.
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January 2, 2011 Wire had a profound impact on late-1970s rock music, especially with the release of 1977's Pink Flag. Still vital, the group is about to release its 12th studio album: Red Barked Tree, available for streaming here until Jan. 11.
May 12, 2008 Monitor Mix blogger Carrie Brownstein chooses a new mixtape, made up of songs originally compiled on a rainy day several weeks ago. They might sound best under gray skies, as part of a mix that could easily be called "The Underdogs."
September 27, 2006 Rock historian Ed Ward tells us the story of Wire, a British art-rock band from the late 1970s. Wire has broken up and reformed several times, but Ward focuses on the original. Three albums have been reissued and are available in stores: Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154.
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