Listen to Beabadoobee’s cover of The Strokes’ ‘The Adults Are Talking’

‘The Adults Are Talking’ appeared on the legendary New York band’s 2020 album ‘The New Abnormal’.

Listen to Beabadoobee’s version of the track below.

Reviewing ‘Beatopia’, NME said: “What started as a place that existed only as an escapist haven in the imagination of a seven-year-old Bea – a drawing of which was once mocked by a “dickhead” teacher in front of the class – now serves as a “feeling” of acceptance and openness.

“Finally stopping to smell the flowers, the singer serenely dawdles through ‘Beatopia’s 14 tracks, an album which feels like watching a hazy cloud float by on a balmy spring day. This sense of contentment trickles into the folksy, communal chant of ‘Beatopia Cultsong’, while similarly blissful melodies can be found in the glistening guitar chords of ‘fairy song’ and classical strings of ‘Ripples’.”

The singer-songwriter is due to hit the road for a UK and Ireland tour in the autumn, kicking off at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on October 4 before wrapping at the O2 Brixton Academy on October 19. Check out the complete list of tour dates below and purchase tickets here.

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OCTOBER 2022
4 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin
5 – Ulster Hall, Belfast
7 – O2 Academy, Bristol
8 – UEA, Norwich
10 – Rock City, Nottingham
11 – NX, Newcastle
13 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
14 – Foundry, Sheffield
17 – Chalk, Brighton
18 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
19 – O2 Brixton Academy, London

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Watch Maggie Rogers’ vibrant new video for ‘Horses’

“I was at Real World Studios with my dearest collaborator, Kid Harpoon. On day one, I sat down at the piano and he sat down at the drums and ‘Overdrive’ came pouring out.  I knew immediately it would be the opening track of the record. We started day two with ‘That’s Where I Am,’ caught ‘I’ve Got A Friend’ after lunch, and came back for ‘Horses’ after dinner and a glass or two of wine. Tom started playing guitar and immediately I started writing. I looked up to ask him what he thought and he simply said, ‘keep going.’ I wondered if maybe it was time to call it a night and he simply said, ‘keep going.’

She added: “When I finished the words, I suggested we record in the morning and he said, ‘give it one take.’ That take is ‘Horses.’ It’s a song about letting go. About wanting to feel free in a time where I felt an overwhelming amount of numbness. Sometimes I’m singing to a loved one, sometimes a friend. Sometimes I think I’m singing to myself. And I love that I can’t always tell the difference.”

Watch the ‘Horses’ video below.

Last month, Rogers shared dates for a UK and European tour on the back of ‘Surrender’. Find ticket details here and see all upcoming dates below.

Ahead of the tour, she will play Latitude Festival next weekend (July 22).

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JULY 2022
22 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK

OCTOBER 2022
31 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

NOVEMBER 2022
1 – O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
2 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
4 – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
5 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK
7 – O2 Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
8 – Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK
10 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
15 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17 – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
19 – Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland
21 – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany
22 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
23 – Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
25 – TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark
27 – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
28 – Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

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Demi Lovato suffers facial injury ahead of ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ appearance

Lovato’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (July 14) came ahead of the release of ‘Substance’, which they had previously teased on Instagram.

The pop-punk track serves as the second preview of the singer’s eighth studio album ‘Holy Fvck’, which is due for release on August 19 via Island. Lead single ‘Skin Of My Teeth’ arrived last month.

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Guess who hit their head on a crystal and has to get stitches before Kimmel tomorrow??? 🙋🏻🙋🏻 #substance #fuck

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“I’m so excited to share another taste of what’s in store for this album,” Lovato explained of ‘Substance’ in a statement.

“We can all relate to searching for something more in life, and I want this song to make you feel like you’re having a damn good time while doing it.”

Lovato has also shared the full tracklist for ‘Holy Fvck’, which features collaborations with Yungblud (‘Freak’), Royal & The Serpent (‘Eat Me’), and Dead Sara (‘Help Me’). Other song titles include ’29’, ‘Heaven’, ‘City Of Angels’ and ‘4 Ever 4 Me’.

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“‘Holy Fvck’ takes me back to my roots,” Lovato wrote on Instagram while sharing the LP’s back cover. “It’s a body of work that’s unapologetically me, and I can’t wait to perform it on tour for you!”

Lovato is due to perform a string of dates in South America between August 30 and September 13, with a run of North American shows scheduled for August 13-November 6.

You can purchase any remaining tickets and see the full itinerary for Lovato’s North American tour here.

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Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan single reissued in honour of ‘Neighbours’ reunion

Minogue announced the news on her Instagram yesterday (July 14) with a photo of a young Kylie and Jason together.

In the caption, she wrote: “Now we ARE back together on @neighbours, a limited run of ‘Especially For You’ with @jdonofficial will be available on vinyl and cassette on 5th August to bring back more 80s memories!!”

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Minogue played Charlene Mitchell in the show, with Donovan playing Scott Robinson. Both characters were introduced to the show in 1986, with Minogue leaving in 1988 to focus on her music career. Donovan departed the following year.

In February, the Australian show’s UK broadcaster Channel 5 announced that it will no longer air the series beyond the summer, leading to the cancellation of the show. It remains Australia’s longest-running soap opera, and helped launch the careers of actors Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth and Russell Crowe, among others.

A statement on the show’s official Twitter read: “We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”

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It was later confirmed that “ultimate Neighbours couple” Minogue and Donovan would be returning to Ramsay Street for the finale of the long-running soap. The pair shared a photo of a script earlier this year. 

Earlier this month, they shared the first pictures of themselves together on the set of Neighbours. In the pictures, Minogue can be seen hugging Donovan and in the background, there’s a green mini – a reference to the car Minogue’s character drove in the show originally.

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STONE sign to Polydor and share wild new song ‘Waste’

“The chorus is about how the need to be liked or loved can become an almost obsession that is dangerous to my mental health. The song’s middle 8 section is inspired by a time where I felt so distorted in my own brain it was like I was in a video game – sat in the passenger seat of my own emotions.”

Power added: “We produced the song with Al Groves (Bring Me The Horizon) and recorded the vocals in one take each time, running straight through the verses and choruses so that the anger and breathlessness was real and raw. We didn’t drown it in effects and the guitars were slightly under-tuned so that when I was raging my guitar, it would bend more into tuning (Al had a genius moment here).”

Watch STONE’s video for ‘Waste’ below.

Speaking to NME last year for a Radar feature, the band discussed the importance of regional music scenes, and how touring with Yungblud inspired them to be themselves.

“You don’t get British superstars like him these days,” Power told NME. “When I first saw Yungblud, I was like, ‘Woah, this is a bit overwhelming!’. But when you see him live, you just get it – the kid is a rock star, and there’s not many of them left.”

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Of their live show, the frontman added: “I just need to get in front of those crowds – it’s all about the live performance for us. Put me in a room with anyone and I will convert them all to fall in love with the band.”

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Palaye Royale announce new album and share title track ‘Fever Dream’

Title track ‘Fever Dream’ has a quiet piano opener which soon transforms into the band’s trademark mix of glam rock and art punk. The accompanying video, directed by Italian filmmaker Gianluigi Carella, was filmed in part at LA Circus and depicts frontman Remington Leith’s own journey in a fever dream.

Speaking of the new album, the band said: “Making this record felt like getting back to when we first fell in love with music. This record is very much about self-belief and self-empowerment, and overcoming all the obstacles that life throws at you. It’s the first time we’ve really taken a hopeful approach in our music.”

The band’s fourth full-length album was created after a break, after they sacked their bassist Daniel Curcio following allegations of inappropriate conduct towards underage fans.

Curcio had contributed to the band’s last studio album ‘The Bastards’. In a statement, Remington Leith, Sebastian Danzig and Emerson Barrett said: “Palaye Royale have always been three members. We are extremely disappointed in the actions of one of our touring musicians.

“His decisions are not in a way a reflection on us, we have worked our whole lives to achieve where we are today. Under no circumstances will we allow misconduct to anyone especially our fans; safety is our number one priority.”

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The band are due to play a few festivals in Europe this summer before they head on their North American from September. Find any remaining tickets here.

‘Fever Dream’ Tracklist

‘Eternal Life’
‘No Love in LA’
‘Punching Bag’
‘Broken’
‘Fever Dream’
‘Line It Up’
‘Toxic In You’
‘Wasted Sorrow’
‘Paranoid’
‘Oblivion’
‘Lifeless Stars’
‘King of the Damned’
‘Off With The Head’

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Latto addresses misogyny and double standards on new song ‘Pussy’

She goes on to rap: “Buy the man my respect, watch he paint me as crazy / Y’all sexualise lesbians but y’all entertain me / They engaging, ain’t got supply from they mama basement / If you don’t get a pussy up, then he’ll take it.”

Listen to Latto’s ‘Pussy’ below.

‘Pussy’ follows Latto’s recent track ‘Booty’, a collaboration with Saucy Santana. Last year, Latto released the album ‘777’, her first release under her current moniker after deviating from her former stage name, Mulatto a year ago.

‘777’ – which featured appearances by Kodak BlackChildish Gambino21 SavageLil Durk and more – received a four-star review from NME, with the review stating: “For the most part, the mood is fittingly buoyant, the album’s trappy percussion variously slathered in blaring horns, crisp acoustic guitar and – in the case of the 21 Savage-featuring ‘Wheelie’ – a buzzing synthesiser that would put a swagger in Mario’s 8-bit step.

“Perhaps inevitably, the feel-good highpoint arrives in the form of the mega-hit (almost 64 million Spotify streams and counting) ‘Big Energy’, a dumb, fun summer anthem wrapped up in a squelchy sample of ‘80s new-wavers Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’.”

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Blu DeTiger and Biig Piig share new single ‘Crash Course’

“‘Crash Course’ is collection of New York sounds spun around and spit out onto an L.A. racetrack,” Blu DeTiger said of the track. “It’s dirty bass, high energy, fun. We had the best time making this and I think that comes through when you listen to it. I’ve been a big fan of Biig Piig for a while, she has a really unique voice and sound. It was really cool to collaborate with her on this.”

Biig Piig added: “Making the track in L.A. with Blu, Rex and Oscar was so fun, it all flowed so great in the studio and the drums and bass line just set me off – I feel like we tapped into this divine feminine energy, and when the lyrics and melodies came I pictured us driving fast down a highway, GTA style blaring the speakers.”

Reviewing Blu DeTiger’s ‘How Did We Get Here?’ EP last year, NME wrote: “‘How Did We Get Here?’ feels so endlessly endearing. By unloading a bruising passion for the bass into every hook, DeTiger has crafted a current, cool and vibrant project that is sure to accelerate her dizzying rise to fame.”

Since its release, she’s played on Bleachers’ earworm ‘Stop Making This Hurt’ (before later joining the Jack Antonoff-led band for a rendition of the track on Saturday Night Live), appeared in the documentary film Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film), and collaborated with Canadian funk-duo Chromeo.

Speaking to NME last month about her upcoming collaboration with Biig Piig, she said: “[Biig Piig]’s just such a nice person, such a kind soul. We actually made a few different songs, and the one that we finished just had something that I really liked about it.”

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Meanwhile, Biig Piig’s ‘The Sky Is Bleeding’ EP was released last May and received a positive four star review from NME. The review praised her intimacy and reinvention, labelling the EP as “Smyth’s most diverse and assertive collection yet”.

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Finneas shares new song ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa’ with Gus Van Sant artwork

Revealing that the artwork is a painting based on Leonardo DaVinci’s legendary Mona Lisa and gifted to Finneas by Van Sant, he wrote on Instagram: “The artwork is a painting by the incredible Gus Van Sant that he gave me before he even knew I had a song named after the Mona Lisa.

“So cool and such an honour to have this piece of art as the cover for my song.”

See the artwork and watch the track’s video below.

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Reviewing Finneas’ debut solo album ‘Optimist’ upon its release last year, NME said: “He made his name producing and writing for his megastar sister Billie Eilish, and now it’s Finneas’ turn to step into the spotlight. ‘Optimist’ has been a long time coming – it follows a whopping 23 singles released since 2016 – and fully justifies why he’s become the industry’s producer du jour.

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“The record takes two paths to do that – classic, timeless pop songwriting and something more modern and cutting-edge. He excels at both, bringing rich, warm melodies to life while flexing his experimental chops.”

Elsewhere, Finneas and Eilish met with US President Joe Biden in The White House earlier this year. The musician siblings were invited, along with their parents Maggie and Patrick, to meet the US President following their support for Biden during the 2020 US election.

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Gilla Band announce new album and share new song, ‘Eight Fivers’

Speaking about the new song, singer Data Keily said in a statement: “‘Eight Fivers’ is about being out of touch with modern circumstances while feeling socially limited.

“Never fitting in and kind of proud of it. Stuck with what I have and happy for it. Being grateful and not fashionable, self-conscious and too aware of what is lacking. Accepting that jealousy has played a big role in my life but trying not to feed into it.”

Last November, the group announced their name change and apologised to “anyone who has been hurt or affected” by their “misgendered name”.

The band said in a statement at the time: “We are changing our name. We will no longer be performing or releasing records under the name Girl Band. We apologise for choosing a misgendered name in the first place and to anyone who has been hurt or affected by it.”

They went on to explain that the name “was chosen without much thought, from a place of naivety and ignorance.

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“We had no grasp of the weight of it at the time and in the past few years have found it impossible to justify or explain this choice.”

“Regardless of our intention the effect of the name has been damaging to individuals. To try and negate any unfortunate role we’ve played in propagating a culture of non inclusivity in music or otherwise, we have decided to change it,” the statement added.

Gilla Band last released an album in 2019 with ‘The Talkies’. A live album ‘Live At Vicar Street’ followed in 2020

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Flo Milli reveals album release date and shares new song, ‘No Face’

Milli’s previous singles ‘Ice Baby’ and ‘PBC (Pretty Black Cute)’ will also appear on her forthcoming LP.

Speaking to NME back in March, Flo Milli said her upcoming new project will be all about versatility, a fact derived from her “beat selections” and “just the whole vibe of it all”.

“This mixtape is going to be more mature so you can see that side of me… I can’t say too much – I don’t want to give too much away and you can’t enjoy the surprise later,” she added.

She continued: “Around the time, ‘Ho, Why Is You Here?’ came out, this life was moving kinda fast and I feel like I didn’t get to put as much as I wanted into it. That’s what I do on this [upcoming] project. ‘Ho, Why Is You Here?’ showed a little bit of what I do, but I want to show you guys 100 per cent of what I do.”

Another of Milli’s recent tracks includes her ‘Money’ collaboration with Rico Nasty.

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The song, which samples 2 Live Crew’s 1986 single ‘We Want Some Pussy’ and Tone Loc’s 1988 track ‘Wild Thing’, was released with a Wizard Of Oz inspired video, directed by Roxana Baldovin.

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Newcastle exploring bid to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Last month, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organisation behind the Eurovision Song Contest, has released a lengthy statement explaining the reasons why Ukraine can’t host the 2023 event.

“The EBU fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest cannot be staged in Ukraine, this year’s winning country,” the statement began.

“The decision was guided by the EBU’s responsibility to ensure the conditions are met to guarantee the safety and security of everyone working and participating in the event, the planning of which needs to begin immediately in the host country.”

Newcastle city council has now confirmed it is “exploring” options to host the competition there, with one possible venue being the 11,000-capacity Utilita Arena.
Cities are required to meet certain criteria to host the contest, such as being within easy reach of an international airport and having enough hotel accommodation for at least 2,000 delegates, journalists and spectators (via BBC).

It must also have a venue which can accommodate about 10,000 spectators.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra with their Eurovision trophy. CREDIT: Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images

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Councillor Alex Hay, cabinet member for tourism, said: “Newcastle is a welcoming, well-connected and ambitious city with a proven track record of staging world class events.

“Obviously it would be wonderful to host Eurovision and we believe [it] would be a perfect host city. We are looking forward to hearing more about the bidding process and are already working with partners to explore the opportunity.”

Other cities that have showed an interest in the competition are Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Leeds, London, Birmingham and Liverpool.

In other news, Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra have announced a North American headline tour for later in the year.

Tickets for all of the dates – a full list of which can be found below – are on sale now via Bomond. A portion of the funds raised from sales will be donated to Ukrainian relief efforts via the charities Gate To Ukraine and Help Heroes Of Ukraine.

May saw Kalush Orchestra win the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin with their song ‘Stefania’. The six-piece band raised $900,000 (£739,000) for Ukrainian relief by auctioning off their winners’ trophy.

A further $370,000 (£301,000) was also raised by raffling off the pink bucket hat that member frontman Oleh Psiuk wore during the group’s victorious performance.

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Wunderhorse shares compelling new single ‘Leader Of The Pack’

Wunderhorse – aka Jacob Slater – will release his debut album, ‘Cub’, on September 16 via Communion. The offering will feature previous singles ‘Teal’, ‘Butterflies’, ‘Poppy’ and ’17’.

Announcing the album last month, Slater discussed his transition from frontman of Dead Pretties to a solo artist. “I was tired of having to get up on stage and pretend I wanted to throw myself around and smash things up every night and sing these intense songs,” he said.

“They were good songs, but I didn’t think we’d be able to transition into doing the more introspective music that I wanted to make. I thought it would just alienate people.”

Wunderhorse. CREDIT: Helen Whitaker

He added: “I stopped taking drugs and I stopped the band. The two things seemed to go hand in hand. I thought if I carried on with the band, I wouldn’t be able to not keep doing that to myself.

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“There’s the old myth that you need to take a load of drugs to be really creative, but I was much more creative when I wasn’t taking drugs. I wanted to love that part of myself again and I wanted to fall back in love with music again.”

As well as today’s (July 14) new release, Slater has announced he’ll be performing a headline show at London’s Lafayette on October 20. Tickets are available via Communion now.

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ArrDee teams up with Kyla on new summery track, ‘Hello Mate’

The video (which is set in Ibiza) sees ArrDee venturing around a love interest by day and partying at night. It was directed by Alfie Cauty.

Check it out here:

ArrDee spoke to NME backstage at Glastonbury 2022 about performing at the festival for the first time, representing his hometown and giving the rock star lifestyle “a run for its money”.

The Brighton rapper made his debut appearance on the Lonely Hearts Club stage where he previewed ‘Hello Mate’.

Speaking to NME before the set, ArrDee described playing at Worthy Farm as a “monumental part of every legend’s career”.

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“Obviously, I’m here to try and build a legacy, not like here today, gone tomorrow,” he said. “I want my name to live on many years whilst I’m here and many years whilst I’m gone. So Glastonbury is definitely one of those sets, or those festivals, that, ‘Yo! When he done this at Glastonbury!’ [those moments live on].”

The 20-year-old also discussed representing his hometown at events like Glastonbury. “There are so many cold – not necessarily rappers from Brighton – just musicians, in general,” he said. “Brighton is one of the most musical towns that I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been to a few towns in the UK now. I’ve been about, and it’s got so many music organisations and charities and little groups and communities that link up and have mad, mad talent down there.”

Reviewing his show at the Great Escape earlier this year, NME wrote: “The anthemic melody of the Destiny’s Child and Sweet Female Attitude-sampling ‘Flowers (Say My Name)’ closes the show on a note of glorious carnage, as ArrDee stands at the lip of the stage, jumping on the spot and psyching himself up to leap into the moshpit erupting before him.

“He suddenly launches himself into the air, leaving Brighton’s most beloved – and chaotic – son suspended above a sea of flashing phones and animated, proud smiles.”

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Noah Schnapp says things are “all good” with Doja Cat

Last week, Schnapp had revealed that he was asked by Doja Cat to send her details of his Stranger Things co-star Joseph Quinn, asking Schnapp to tell Quinn to “hmu”.

Doja criticised Schnapp after the exchange was made public, with the musician saying in an Instagram Live that she “didn’t feel comfortable” with Schnapp sharing the information in public – describing the move as “socially unaware and whack”.

“First, let’s try to be chill about it,” Doja said. “To be fair, this is like a kid. Noah, I don’t know how old he is, but he’s not even like over 21.

“When you’re that young, you make mistakes, you do dumb shit. I’m trying to be super fair. You do dumb shit, you say dumb shit. You fuck up relationships with people. You make mistakes. You’re supposed to do stuff like that so that you know not to do it in the future. I did my share of fuck-ups so that I don’t fuck up again.

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— Jahonna K ❣️|| MIKE WHEELER ANTI❤️ (@multiniqhtmare) July 8, 2022

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“But the fact that Noah did that, like went and posted a private conversation between me and him is so unbelievably like socially unaware and whack. That’s like borderline snake shit. That’s like weasel shit.”

She added: “I’m not saying that encapsulates his entire personality. I wouldn’t imagine he is. Maybe he is, like a whole snake. But I didn’t see him that way. I made an assumption that he was gonna be chill about it and he went and shared information that I didn’t feel comfortable with him sharing.”

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Damon Albarn’s Africa Express set to perform at Southend City Festival

The festival, taking place between September 2 and 4, will see a slew of music big names, local talent and up-and-comers perform. As well as Africa Express, Fabio & Grooverider, Outlook Orchestra and The Music Man Project are also prepped to perform. The full festival line-up will, according to organisers, be announced soon.

Tickets are available now via the Southend City Festival website.

Africa Express last took to London streets in 2019, where a one-off show in Waltham Forest, dubbed ‘Africa Express: The Circus” saw performances by The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Django Django and more in a fusion of African and Western culture and music.

The band’s performance was given a five-star review by NME‘s Greg Cochrane, who observed the event as “a symbolic display of diversity, collaboration and unity”.

“Africa Express rarely gets together, but when it does, it specialises in generating one-off moments through unique combinations.”

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Grammy Awards to return to Los Angeles in February 2023

Last month The Recording Academy announced the addition of new Grammy Awards for the 2023 ceremony. Among the new categories are Songwriter Of The Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games and Other Interactive Media and a Special Merit Award for Best Song For Social Change.

Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said in a statement: “The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the music people that we serve, and each year, that entails listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-evolving industry.”

The 2022 Grammy Awards this past April saw Jon Bastiste, Silk Sonic and Olivia Rodrigo become the night’s big winners. Performances were given by BTS, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and more.

The event also remembered late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died, aged 50, on March 25. The band – who won three awards – had been due to perform at the ceremony but cancelled after their bandmate’s passing.

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Surviving Pantera members to reunite in 2023 for first tour in 20 years

No dates have yet been announced for the band’s first tour in 20 years and it is unclear who will perform with the surviving members.

Pantera, formed in 1981 and disbanded in 2003. In 2004 guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot dead at the Alrosa Villa in Ohio.

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In 2018, Darrell’s brother, Vinnie Paul, died aged 54 from severe coronary artery disease and an enlarged heart.

In an interview in 2019, Anselmo teased the possibility of a Pantera tribute tour with Brown and guitarist Zakk Wylde, a longtime friend of the band.

“Well, Zakk is a busy man … We spoke about it maybe one time,” Anselmo told Chile news outlet Humo Negro. “If everything was lined up, I would do it, sure. Fuck yeah! Why not?”

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“I’m open for anything. And Rex and I, we are in touch and we talk. We’re friends and everything’s cool,” Anselmo added. “So, I keep an open mind, I keep an open mind. We’ll see in the future.”

The band released nine albums during their career including 1990 breakthrough LP ‘Cowboys From Hell’ and 1992 follow up ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’, which featured one of their biggest hits ‘Walk’.

Their most successful album was 1994’s ‘Far Beyond Driven’, which debuted at Number One on the US Billboard 200.

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Creeper promise “landmark show” at biggest gig yet at London’s Roundhouse

Tickets for the event are on sale here now.

Creeper presents ‘When The Sun Comes’ a special one off performance at London’s famous Roundhouse in Camden

Join us for our biggest headline show to date, tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 10AM at the link in our bio

We hope you can join us for this.. unique occasion.

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— C R E E P E R (@creepercultuk) July 11, 2022

Back in April, Creeper were announced as the special guests on Alice Cooper and The Cult co-headlining tour.

Alice Cooper and The Cult announced details of a co-headlining UK arena tour last year. The acts hit the road in late May and early June for six arena shows.

Speaking about the tour, Creeper said at the time: “It is somewhat surreal for us to be able to announce today that Creeper will be joining Alice Cooper and The Cult on their UK arena tour next month.

“It is a dream come true for a band like ours to tour with our heroes and people who have been such an inspiration to us. We cannot wait to be a part of the spectacle each night.”

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Reviewing the band’s show in London last year, NME said: “As the silhouette of Creeper‘s frontman Will Gould – dressed as an angel – appears onstage, there’s an avalanche of elated screams.

“The moment the curtain drops, a sold-out O2 Forum is belting out its first chorus en masse: “Hiiiidiiiiiiing… with the boys in your bedroooom!” Blimey. The band haven’t been onstage for a minute, and the horror punks already have London wrapped around their skeletal little finger.”

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Listen to Death Cab For Cutie’s uplifting new single, ‘Here To Forever’

The visual shows lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard packaging the band’s vinyl after overhearing a conversation with two pressing plant employees, played by comedians Natalie Palamides and Courtney Pauroso. In between the scenes are clips of the five-piece performing the new song in full. Check it out below.

Speaking about the new song, Ben Gibbard said: “It’s a song both about our impermanence and the anxiety of these times. It’s also about wanting to believe in something bigger even when it feels like nothing is out there.”

The song follows on from previously released single ‘Roman Candles’, which was the first track released off Death Cab for Cutie’s upcoming tenth studio album ‘Asphalt Meadows‘. That arrives on September 16 and you can pre-order it here.

Death Cab For Cutie’s last recent release was ‘The Georgia EP’, a collection of five covers that came out in 2020 via Bandcamp and landed on streaming platforms last January. Also released in 2021 was a 35-track reissue of 2001’s ‘The Photo Album’.

Speaking to NME in March 2021, Gibbard explained that his then-new signature Fender Mustang guitar had inspired Death Cab’s next LP. “We’ve got a lot of songs and I’m really happy with the material,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of musicians say that their new material is the best thing they’ve ever done and try to hype it up. I don’t want to give it that weight, but I can say that I’m really excited about it. I think it’s going to be a really good record.”

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Death Cab For Cutie’s North American tour is continuing until late October. You can purchase any remaining tickets here.

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Watch Taika Waititi crash girlfriend Rita Ora’s interview live on-air

After Ora asked him to come back, Waititi said: “Hi, I can’t hear you. I love Sydney.”

Superstar @RitaOra joined Sunrise for an exclusive chat about her latest chart-topper 'Barricades' but the interview was soon crashed by her #1 fan live on the show 😲 pic.twitter.com/YUN8YHgA3f

— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 13, 2022

According to The Sun, the couple got engaged last month after they made almost “simultaneous” wedding proposals to each other. This, however, hasn’t been confirmed.

Waititi and Ora confirmed they were dating back in August last year, when they both attended the premiere for The Suicide Squad together.

Speaking to NME, Waititi recently expressed how he was “really annoyed” when Kate Bush track ‘Running Up That Hill’ surged in popularity following its use in Stranger Things.

Waititi said: “I love that show, but as someone who feels ownership of Kate Bush music… I’m really annoyed! I’ve become one of those old arseholes who’s like: ‘These kids never listened to Kate Bush, they’ve heard one song on a TV show! They don’t know Kate Bush! I know Kate Bush!”

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In a four-star review of Thor: Love and Thunder, NME wrote: “Credit Waititi and co-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who ensure Love and Thunder builds to something more profound than simply another hero/villain showdown. Parenthood, relationships, responsibility, and mortality all come into play as Thor, well, grows up.

“Best of all, like Ragnarok before it, it’s tremendously entertaining. Welcome to the jungle, indeed.”

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Unwound reunite after 20 years and announce series of live shows

They will also play a series of live reunion dates in 2023, with tickets being available to buy from the band’s site here. The ticket pre-sale will begin on July 13 at 12pm EDT; general sale will be on July 15 at 12pm EDT.
Sharing the news on social media, the band wrote: “See you in the pit”. Check out the full live dates below.

See you in the pit. pic.twitter.com/29P4yz2I4I

— Unwound (@therealunwound) July 12, 2022

Unbound US Tour Dates

FEBRUARY
3 – 03 Seattle, WA – Showbox

06 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
10 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

MARCH
07 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
15 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

In the linear notes of some collections released over the last decade, the band had dismissed the idea of a reunion altogether. “When we put Unwound on the shelf in 2002, we never thought we’d return to the project,” drummer Sara Lund said in a statement about today’s announcement. “Starting over again is a rebellious act against our failure,” guitarist Justin Trosper added.

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The band held its first reunion practice, secretly, in April 2022, according to a press statement.

The band’s bassist, Vern Rumsey, died in 2020 aged 47. Rumsey formed Unwound with guitarist/vocalist Justin Trosper and drummer Brandt Sandeno in 1991, with Sara Lund replacing Sandeno the following year. Rumsey performed on every Unwound record, from their self-titled 1991 debut until their eighth and final album, 2001’s critically-acclaimed ‘Leaves Turn Inside You’. Unwound broke up a year later in 2002.

Jared Warren who has worked with the likes of Karp, Melvins, and Big Business will be playing bass for the band’s upcoming concerts.

Scott Seckington of Nocturnal Habits has also joined the band on guitar and keyboards.

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K-Pop, ‘Squid Game’ and ‘Parasite’ celebrated in new Korean exhibition at V&A

It continues: “Hallyu! The Korean Wave will explore the makings of the Korean Wave through cinema, drama, music and fandoms, and underline its cultural impact on the beauty and fashion industries. The exhibition will feature around 200 objects across four thematic sections – including some loans never seen in the UK before – alongside pop culture ephemera and digital displays.”

Some of the highlights of the exhibition include an immersive re-creation of Parasite’s bathroom set from the Oscar winning film. There’s also a display of iconic costumes and props seen in K-drama, film and music – including ones from hit Netflix series Squid Game, and outfits worn by different generations of K-pop idols, from PSY, to aespa and ATEEZ.

You can buy tickets to the exhibition here.

📢 Tickets now on sale for Hallyu! The Korean Wave.

Join us to celebrate the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea through cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion. 🌊

Members go free.
Book tickets now – https://t.co/HI1Y5YpGKf#KWaveLondon pic.twitter.com/AVtRmQ7OO4

— V&A (@V_and_A) July 13, 2022

Last month, Netflix officially confirmed the record-breaking Korean survival drama Squid Game had been renewed for another season.

The series, which premiered on the platform last year, became the most-viewed original title in Netflix history within 12 days of its release.

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On June 12, two new posts on the streaming service’s social media accounts confirmed that the show would be getting a second season. The first post featured the infamous doll from the first episode, with a number two flashing in its eye. “On your marks. Get set. Greenlight,” the caption read. “Squid Game continues.”

A second post featured a message from the show’s director, writer and executive producer, Hwang Dong-hyuk, titled “A whole new round is coming”. “It took 12 years to bring the first season of Squid Game to life last year,” he wrote. “But it took 12 days for Squid Game to become the most popular Netflix series ever.

“As the writer, director and producer of Squid Game, a huge shout out to fans around the world. Thank you for watching and loving our show.”

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The Big Moon talk new album ‘Here Is Everything’: “ I just couldn’t believe I would ever do anything creative again”

The album pulls from both of those strands, but is largely a document of the frontwoman’s journey through pregnancy. Most of the songs on it were written before she gave birth, with four more – including the new single ‘Wide Eyes’ – penned six months after.

“So much of the album I wrote while I was pregnant and basically just wondering what the hell this was going to be like,” she explained. “When I listen to it now, I can hear myself saying all these things and having all these anxieties. Those songs are a bit more floaty and just thinking about things and the songs I wrote after are more like the reality of extreme highs and extreme lows and the whole hormonal madness.”

‘Wide Eyes’ – a glittering, emotional and skyscraping ode to companionship and love – came at a time when Jackson was struggling to write. “I was a mess but I also felt this new kind of happiness that I’ve never felt before,” she said. “I felt like I just needed to write about it.”

Teaming up with songwriter Jessica Winter, the pair turned Jackson’s ideas into “a snapshot of insane, blissed-out, hormonal joy”: “I was just having absolutely huge feelings and I needed to write a huge song about it.”

The album’s title is similarly colossal – ‘Here Is Everything’. It’s a moniker Jackson said felt necessary for the record because of the mammoth experiences it documents: “I couldn’t have given any more to this album really.”

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The artwork too – shot by photographer Pooneh Ghana – captures the enormity of what was about to happen in her life. On the cover, the musician kneels on a bed, pregnant belly on display – a Beyoncé moment for the indie star. Empowering as the image may be, the singer had her reservations about that photo being put on the sleeve at first.

“I felt like I need to be very brave for that to be the album cover,” she said. “I just felt really exposed. Beyoncé is Beyoncé, but I’m just me and it takes a lot of confidence to just be there with all your skin out and be pregnant. It took a while to get used to the idea and then, when I did, I loved it.”

When the musician took the songs she’d been working on to her bandmates, they were “amazed”. Drummer Fern Ford and bassist Celia Archer (guitarist Soph Nathan is absent from our interview) said they were struggling to stay optimistic about the future of the band – or the world – during the pandemic. “The whole world felt like it was over,” said Archer. “Fern and I did a very similar thing of being like, ‘Let’s go get other jobs or do other things because we can’t rely on this’.”

Ford added: “I couldn’t believe Jules was able to seemingly whip these songs up, and then she goes and has a baby, doesn’t speak for months and then is like, ‘OK, here’s four more!’ It was really impressive.”

At the time, Jackson didn’t feel like she was making anything impressive, though, her head and body shaken up by the act of growing new life. “I was so tired and exhausted, hormonal and just breastfeeding like crazy, I just couldn’t believe I would ever do anything creative again or that I would do anything worthwhile,” she said.

Becoming a mum has made Jackson reconsider her role not just in life, but as a musician too. Now, being in the band feels like even more her own thing, removed from her home life. “It’s really wonderful that I’ve been able to come back from going through that journey and come back to something that feels like it’s really mine,” she said.  “Some of my friends who are parents have found it really hard to go back to work or what they used to do – sometimes you take a year off for maternity leave and you come back to your life and you’re like, ‘What is this? What’s the point of all this?’”

‘Here Is Everything’ could have been very different. The Big Moon had an album ready to go in spring 2021 and were setting the wheels in motion to launch it, but something was off. “The idea originally was to get it out before Jules had the baby,” Archer explained. “We were about to shoot the video for the first single and decided to put the brakes on and give it some breathing space.”

When they returned to the record, they did so in a way that took things back to the very basic ingredients of the band – no outside producers, no expensive studios putting time constraints on their work, just the four members in the studio Ford built in her spare room. “We all have different skills we can bring to the table so we returned to the four of us and opened up these tracks and went, ‘What does this song need?’” Archer said. “We didn’t think about anything else – where it would sit on the album, if it was going to be a single. Now it’s a really special album for us – I can hear everyone’s individual fingerprints on every part of it.”

In September, the band will finally get back on the road for a headline tour that has been rescheduled several times and includes some of their biggest shows to date. “We’re so excited – some of the new songs on the album, when I listen to them and imagine we’re going to play them live, I just cry,” laughed Archer. “My only hesitation is we’ve been here before – once it’s happening I’ll be really happy.”

The Big Moon release ‘Here Is Everything’ on October 14 via Fiction Records. Pre-order it here.

The band’s upcoming tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more info.

JULY
17 – Finsbury Park, London (w/ George Ezra)
22 – Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 
23 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
24 – Leopallooza, Cornwall
29 – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
30 – Underneath The Stars, Yorkshire
31 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
SEPTEMBER
19 – The Leadmill, Sheffield
20 – Concorde 2, Brighton
21 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
23 September – Oran Mor, Glasgow
24 September – Newcastle University
25 September – Academy 2, Manchester
27 September – Tramshed, Cardiff
28 September – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

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Harry Styles takes a trip on a giant bed in new ‘Late Night Talking’ video

In the clip, we follow the singer as he takes a trip through a portal beneath his duvet to visit various locations.

Styles – who’s donning a pair of polka-dot PJs – pops up at a sleepover party, art gallery, theatre box, and restaurant. He also attracts the attention of a police officer as he rides along the streets of London on a giant moving bed.

After getting into a mass pillow fight, Styles is seen plummeting through the stormy sky while he stands – and later lies down – on his comfy mattress. Watch the Bradley and Pablo-directed video above.

Styles was spotted filming a scene for the video outside Buckingham Palace back in February.

In a four-star review of ‘Harry’s House’, NME hailed ‘Late Night Talking’ as being a slice of “gleaming, strutting ’80s pop, which battles lead single ‘As It Was’ for brightest bop on the record”.

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The track landed at Number Two on the UK’s singles chart, per the Official Charts Company.

‘As It Was’, meanwhile, has taken the crown for the biggest-selling single of the year so far and spent 10 weeks at Number One. ‘Harry’s House’ was revealed to be the second best-selling album of 2022 behind Ed Sheeran‘s ‘=’.

Harry Styles is currently out on the European leg of his 2022 ‘Love On Tour’, which visited the UK last month.

In a five-star review of one of his Wembley Stadium gigs, NME wrote: “This epic, two-hour show gradually builds itself up to become an exuberant victory lap, and Styles approaches the magnitude of the occasion with real thought and care.

“Styles also skilfully balances the untouchable precision of his celebrity with the kind of rogue, boyish charm that catapulted him to stardom in the first place.”

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Hear an orchestral version of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ from ‘Westworld’ season four

WaterTower Music has since shared the full reworking on YouTube, along with a piano-led spin on Billie Eilish‘s ‘Bad Guy’ that was also used in the episode. You can listen to both songs below.

Djawadi is known for creating instrumental arrangements of classic pop and rock songs for Westworld, and has previously included versions of Soundgarden‘s ‘Black Hole Sun’, The White Stripes‘ ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Guns N’ Roses‘ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’.

More recently, the first episode of season four – titled ‘The Auguries’ – featured a cover of Lana Del Rey’s 2011 debut single, ‘Video Games’.

Metallica, meanwhile, are currently enjoying a huge resurgence of their 1986 single ‘Masters Of Puppets’ after it appeared in the final episode of Stranger Things 4. The song currently looks set to enter the UK Top 40 for the first time.

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In a three-star review of Westworld season four, NME wrote: “As our very real world treads closer to automation and sentient artificial intelligence, Westworld should be an alarming parable for our world.

“Sadly, it has largely struggled to go deeper than pointing out that rich people will pay for anything including sex and violence, then asking: ‘What if those on the receiving end of it gained the power to flip the tables?’”

The review added: “At this point, even with a new trick or two, Westworld is unlikely to win any new fans. Still, there are some violent delights to be had if you don’t think too hard about the plot.”

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The Goon Sax have announced their disbandment: “It feels like a happy ending”

Read the full statement below:

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— The Goon Sax (@thegoonsax) July 12, 2022

The Goon Sax had just wrapped up a North America and Europe tour with Snail Mail. They had been scheduled to tour the US this August, including performances on the joint Interpol and Spoon tour, as well as shows with Pavement, but those appearances have now been cancelled. They have, however, said they will “play one or two more shows in Australia before we finally say goodnight”. The band had only recently appeared at Rising festival in Melbourne, Australia, in June, where they spoke to NME of their then-forthcoming shows with the aforementioned bands.

The band – comprising of Riley Jones, Louis Forster and James Harrison – formed in 2013 while still in school. Having released their debut album ‘Up To Anything’ in 2016 and its follow-up, 2018’s ‘We’re Not Talking’, The Goon Sax signed to Matador Records in 2020.

With that label, they released the critically acclaimed ‘Mirror II’ last year, receiving a four-star review from NME‘s Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen. ‘‘Mirror II’ sometimes feels like the work of a different band altogether,” Nguyen wrote.

“So much can change in five years, especially in the transition from adolescence to adulthood, but some things will always be the same.”

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Yungblud cancels autumn shows due to “unforeseen circumstances”

“You know how much I hate cancelling shows, it breaks my fucking hearts but this [is] way behind my control.”

He continued: “I promise I will be back soon and have massive plans. All will be made clear soon, it’s gonna be fookin mental.”

Fans who purchased tickets to the show will be given an automatic refund. For any questions or concerns, fans are being told to contact their point of sales directly.

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— YUNGBLUD (@yungblud) July 12, 2022

Earlier this month, Yungblud shared details of an intimate UK and European tour.

The artist will play smaller venues as part of his ‘International As Fuck Tour’, taking in shows in Dublin, Dundee, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Coventry, Bournemouth, Southampton, Kingston Upon Thames, Brighton, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Wien, Berlin, Milano and Madrid between October 18 and November 15, 2022.

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Tickets are on sale now via his official website.

The Doncaster singer-songwriter is currently on tour playing festivals in Europe ahead of shows in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Yungblud UK and Europe tour dates 2022:

OCTOBER
Thursday October 20 – Dundee, Fat Sams
Friday October 21 – Newcastle, Boiler Room
Saturday October 22 – Leeds, Riley Smith Theatre
Sunday October 23 – Liverpool, Hangar 34
Monday October 24 – Coventry, HMV Empire
Tuesday October 25 – Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Wednesday October 26 – Southampton 1865
Thursday October 27 – Kingston, Pryzm
Saturday October 29 – Brighton, Chalk

In other news, Yungblud recently released new single ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today’, which is taken from his self-titled third album that arrives on September 2.

In a press release, the artist (real name Dominic Harrison) explained that he wrote the song “to help me stand up”, declaring that, “To me, this song is what happiness feels like. A defiant sort of happiness. Looking at yourself in the mirror and telling the sadness to fuck off and come back another day.

“I wanted this song to be a little part of someone’s day. No matter what they’re going through, they can put this on and feel a bit stronger today. That’s the vision; that’s the dream.”

He also debuted new song ‘Tissues’ at Glastonbury Festival last month – watch that here.

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Boy Pablo embraces summer loving in new single ‘Be Mine’

Watch it below:

In a press release, Boy Pablo – aka Nico Muñoz – said of the track’s soundscape: “I’ve been obsessed with cumbia music for a while now so it became natural for me to try writing something inspired by it. It was one of those songs I didn’t expect to write, it just appeared.

“It’s basically a cheeky way to approach a love interest that you know has a slight interest in you. I feel like it’s a very Latino romantic thing to do.”

The release of ‘Be Mine’ today marks the first new music from Muñoz since his surprise cover of The Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’, a collaboration with Sobs‘ Celine Autumn that dropped last month.

That release followed February’s ‘La Novela’, a collaboration with Cuco marking not only Muñoz’s first new music of the year, but the first new material since he released his debut album, ‘Wachito Rico’, in 2020.

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Featuring the singles ‘Hey Girl’, ‘I Just Wanna Go Home’, ‘Rest Up’ and ‘Leave Me Alone’, NME‘s Rhys Buchanan noted in a four-star review that Muñoz “deserves all the praise he gets”.

“‘Wachito Rico’ exudes a breadth of musicianship that proves Boy Pablo is no flash in the pan, despite having found viral fame overnight.”

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The 1975’s Matty Healy says band’s upcoming UK tour will be “intimate”

“I want people to feel like they’re in a little theatre as opposed to an IMAX,” Healey said of the experience he wants fans to have while watching the live shows.

The 1975. CREDIT: Samuel Bradley.

The band’s upcoming new album, which is 11 tracks long, will arrive this October. Posters were spotted by fans confirming that the follow-up to 2020’s ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ will arrive in full on October 14 via Dirty Hit.

This August, The 1975 will also make their live return, playing two gigs as part of Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival. The gigs will mark the band’s first live shows since they performed in Dublin in March 2020.

The band’s most recent album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ came in mid-2020, and at the start of the 2022, they shared footage which appeared to show the band back at work in the studio.

Earlier this year, Healy rejoined Reddit to share new details on the album, telling fans: “Hey guys I’ve just started doing interviews where I explain the record and it’s context.”

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He went on to explain that ‘New York’, a song believed to be a new 1975 track that he performed live in Los Angeles while supporting Phoebe Bridgers last year, is actually by Dirty Hit labelmate Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

“I love the song and it didn’t have a bridge. So when I opened up for Phoebe I kinda wanted to do that old school Greenwich Village folk scene thing where people used to just play songs that were knocking around by other artists,” he explained.

“The bridge was written by me. And then became ‘Part of the Band’. ‘New York’ will be finished eventually but is not a song of The 1975. Love you see you really soon x.”

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