Noel Gallagher confirms summer shows in Taunton and Dublin

The shows will follow the release of the band’s forthcoming album ‘Council Skies’, which is due to arrive on June 2. The record will be the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Who Built The Moon?’ and is reportedly set to pay homage to his Mancunian roots, according to a statement.

Noel Gallagher. CREDIT: Matt Crockett

Tickets for both dates will go on sale on Friday (February 10) at 9am. You can see the full list of all of Gallagher’s outdoor shows below and buy your tickets here.

JULY
21- Penn, Big Park
23 – Nottingham, Wollaton Park
28 – London, Crystal Palace Bowl

AUGUST
5 – Saffron Walden, Audley End House and Gardens (with The Zutons and Tom Meighan)
19 – Monmouth, Caldicot Castle (with Feeder and Goldie Lookin’ Chain)
24 – Taunton, Vivary Park
26 – Manchester, Wythenshawe Park (with Primal Scream and Future Islands)
27 – Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The 1975 frontman Matty Healy recently called for the Gallagher brothers to get back together as Oasis again. “What are Oasis doing?” he questioned. “Can you imagine being in potentially – right now, still – the coolest band in the world, and not doing it because you’re in a mard with your brother?”

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Healy said that he could handle Liam and Noel Gallagher “dressing like they’re in their 20s and being in their 50s”, but not “acting like they’re in their 20s”. “They need to grow up,” he added.

“They’re men of the people, and they’re sat around in, like, Little Venice and Highgate, crying over an argument with their brother. Grow up! Headline Glastonbury! Have a good time! Have a laugh!”

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Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover a Mötley Crüe classic

Check out the performance below:

 

Willcox and Fripp’s Mötley Crüe cover is the latest in a long line of metal reworkings. Last week, the pair took on the KISS classic ‘I Was Made For Lovin You’ while previously the likes of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’, Korn’s ‘Blind’, Megadeth’s ‘Holy Wars’ and Metallica’s ‘Seek And Destroy’ have all had the Sunday Lunch treatment. 

Back in 2021, the pair covered Mötley Crüe’s ‘Girls Girls Girls’.

Sunday Lunch kicked off in 2020, with Toyah Willcox explaining the following year that she started the videos to help Fripp power through the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Last year, Fripp revealed that the series had upset some King Crimson fans. “My wife insists performers have a responsibility to lift people’s spirits in hard times. Do I respect that? My answer is yes, completely and utterly I do,” Fripp said in response.

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp covering ‘White Wedding’. Credit: YouTube.

Later this year, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are set to tour the UK and Ireland together, including a show at London’s Wembley Stadium. Tickets are onsale now.

“We had an incredible time playing ‘The Stadium Tour’ in North America this summer and we truly can’t wait to take the show around the globe with The WORLD Tour in 2023,” said Mötley Crüe. 

Check out the dates below.

May
22 – Bramall Lane, Sheffield

July
1 – Wembley Stadium, London
2 – Lytham Festival, Lytham
4 – Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland
6 – Hampden Park, Glasgow

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil has also revealed that the band are planning a 2024 tour and intend to complete a third Las Vegas residency.

The band have also confirmed dates in North America, Europe and South America. 

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Listen to Ben Gibbard’s theme song for new Harrison Ford comedy ‘Shrinking’

The show stars Segal as the grieving therapist, with Ford playing a senior colleague.

The first two episodes of Shrinking are out now on AppleTV+ while you can check out Ben Gibbard’s theme song below.

In a two-star review, NME wrote: “In Shrinking, the writers appear never to have heard human beings talk to each other before.”

Later this year, Ben Gibbard is set to take both Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie out on the road, in celebration of ‘Give Up’ and ‘Transatlanticism’. It’ll be the first time The Postal Service have played live in over a decade, but according to Gibbard, any new music from the band would be “drastically different” from their sole 2003 album, and may not live up to fans’ expectations.

“Anybody who’s been asking for a second Postal Service record, like really ask yourself, after 20 years, do you really think that there’s gonna be something we could make that could even satisfy half of the desire you have in your mind as to what this record would be like? I think it would be a disappointment even if we tried,” he added.

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Ahead of that, Death Cab For Cutie are set to tour the UK and Europe this March. Grab tickets here and check out the dates below:

MARCH 2023
1 – Fabrique, Milan
2 – X-Tra, Zurich
5 – Den Grå Hal, Copenhagen
6 – Filadelfia, Stockholm
7 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
9 – Columbiahalle, Berlin
10 – 13, Tilburg
11 – Paridiso, Amsterdam
12 – E-Werk, Cologne
14 – De Roma, Antwerp
15 – Atelier, Luxembourg
16 – Salle Pleyel, Paris
18 – Rock City, Nottingham
19 – Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
21 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
22 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
25 – Apollo, Manchester
27 – Dome, Brighton
29 – Royal Albert Hall, London

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Charlie Cunningham processes grief on “hopeful” new single ‘Bird’s Eye View’

He continued: “She had a strong connection to her faith and as a child, through our close relationship, so did I. However, for me, that faith has waned and changed shape over the years.

“This manifestation of faith – whatever it is – lives on in me through my connection to her memory, distilled as a fragment of my personality. I’m grateful it’s there. Her loss sparked a reconnection to that childhood relationship I had with it, albeit momentarily. It was comforting.”

Having previously drawn comparisons from the likes of Neil Young, Cunningham’s next record is described in a statement as “lush, delicate pop songs brimming with references to art rock, golden era jazz, and neo-classical composition”.

‘Frame’ will be released on March 31 and can be pre-ordered here.

Cunningham will also be heading out on tour to play headline shows in the US, UK and Europe in the coming months. See full dates below and visit here for tickets and more information.

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FEBRUARY
21 – US, Los Angeles, Gold Diggers (solo show)

MARCH
1 – US, Brooklyn, National Sawdust (solo show)

APRIL
11 – UK, London, Lafayette
12 – UK, London, Lafayette *EXTRA DATE ADDED*
14 – UK, Manchester, Band on the Wall
15 – ROI, Dublin, Liberty Hall
17 – UK, Glasgow, St. Luke’s
19 – UK, Bristol, St. George’s
20 – UK, Brighton, CHALK
25 – Switzerland, Zürich, Kaufleuten
27 – Austria, Vienna, Arena
28 – Germany, Munich, Isarphilharmonie
29 – Germany, Leipzig, Felsenkeller

MAY
1 – Germany, Hamburg, Laeiszhalle – Grosser Saal
2 – Germany, Cologne, Gloria Theatre
4 – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
5 – Germany, Frankfurt, Sankt Peter
6 – Germany, Dortmund, Konzerthaus
8 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
9 – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
10 – France, Paris, La Maroquinerie
12 – Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz 
13 – Spain, Valencia, Sala Jerusalem 
14 – Spain, Madrid, Teatro Eslava

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Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe add new US dates to 2023 world tour

Tickets for all of the new shows go on sale at 10am local time next Friday (December 16), following pre-sales for Rock Brigade, Citi and Live Nation members. See here for more information on those pre-sales, and here for the tickets themselves.

In a joint press statement, Mötley Crüe said of the upcoming gigs: “We had an incredible time playing The Stadium Tour in North America this summer and we truly can’t wait to take the show around the globe with The WORLD Tour in 2023. Crüeheads, get ready because we have a few amazing US dates set for you!”

The excitement was shared by Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, who said: “After finally getting back on the road this past summer, we’re beyond thrilled to bring this massive tour to a global audience including some special dates in America!”

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe’s 2023 tour dates are:

FEBRUARY
Friday 10 Atlantic City, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Saturday 11 Atlantic City, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Saturday 18 Mexico City, Foro Sol
Tuesday 21 Monterrey, Estadio Banorte
Friday 25 Bogotá, Simón Bolívar Metropolitan Park
Tuesday 28 Lima, Estadio Nacional

MARCH
Friday 3 Santiago, Estadio Bicentenario de La Florida
Tuesday 7 São Paulo, Allianz Parque

MAY
Monday 22 Sheffield, Bramall Lane
Thursday 25 Mönchengladbach, SparkassenPark
Saturday 27 Munich, Koenigsplatz
Monday 29 Budapest, MVM Dome
Wednesday 31 Krakow, Tauron Arena Kraków

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JUNE
Friday 2 Prague, Prague Rocks*
Saturday 3 Hannover, Expo Plaza
Wednesday 7 Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival*
Friday 9 Hyvinkää, RockFest*
Sunday 11 Trondheim, Trondheim Rocks*
Wednesday 14 Copenhagen, Copenhell*
Sunday 18 Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting*
Tuesday 20 Milan, Ippodromo SNAI San Siro
Friday 23 Lisbon, Passeio Maritimo de Alges
Saturday 24 Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Auditorio Miguel Ríos
Tuesday 27 Thun, Stockhorn Arena

JULY
Saturday 1 London, Wembley Stadium
Sunday 2 Lytham, Lytham Festival*
Tuesday 4 Dublin, Marlay Park
Thursday 6 Glasgow, Hampden Park

AUGUST
Saturday 5 – Syracuse, JMA Wireless Dome
Tuesday 8 – Columbus, Ohio Stadium
Friday 11 – Fargo, Fargodome
Sunday 13 – Omaha, Charles Schwab Field Omaha
Wednesday 16 – Tulsa, H.A. Chapman Stadium
Friday 18 – El Paso, Sun Bowl Stadium

* Alice Cooper not appearing

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Florence + The Machine postpone rest of UK tour due to broken foot: “My heart is aching”

Welch wrote: “I’m so sorry to say that after an X ray it seems I was dancing on a broken foot last night. It is not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a UK tour, but I’m in pain and as dancers know, dancing on an injury is not a good idea. And have been told not to perform to avoid further damage.”

She added: “I’m heartbroken as the Dance Fever tour has been my favourite show we have ever put on. The communion with you. Your beautiful faces shining.

“I love you so much, and I’m so sorry to anyone who is disappointed. My heart is aching. I can’t wait to be back on my feet and back in your arms.”

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See Welch’s full list of postponed UK and Irish tour dates below. The shows come on the back of her new album ‘Dance Fever’, and follow a North American headline tour that took place this summer. The tour will then head to Australia and New Zealand in early 2023.

A new 24-track live album, recorded at the band’s huge Madison Square Garden show in New York in September, was released last month, with Welch saying: “For an album that was so much about performance, the possession of it, the love-hate relationship with life on the road. And the ensuing grief when I thought it may never happen again. To get out to perform these songs has been the most extraordinary experience. The connection with the audience and the catharsis is at a level I have never experienced before.

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“Maybe it’s because we all missed it so much. But people are bringing so much of themselves to these shows, I wanted to have a memory of ‘Dance Fever’ live. As a testament to this time, and a full circle moment. For an album so much about the loss of live music. To have a recording of the return means so much to me.”

NOVEMBER 2023
19 – The O2, London
21 – BIC, Bournemouth
22 – AO Arena, Manchester
24 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
25 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
27 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
28 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
30 – Arena, Dublin

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Madness announce UK and Ireland shows for summer 2023

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, (November 18(, with tickets for the Middlesbrough and Swansea following the same day at 10am. See full dates below and find tickets here.

Is it summer yet?
Here’s something to look forward to… ☀️ pic.twitter.com/JHAzAO4QH0

— Madness (@MadnessNews) November 14, 2022

Last month, it was announced that Madness would be playing as part of a special charity gig in London celebrating the 90th birthday of iconic artist Peter Blake, which has been curated by Paul Weller.

The show will also feature Noel Gallagher, The Who‘s Roger DaltreyBaxter Dury and Chrissie Hynde alongside Weller himself. It will take place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 2.

Earlier this year, Weller teamed up with Suggs from Madness for a new collaborative single called ‘Ooh Do U Fink U R’.

The stomping ’60s R&B-inspired number delves into Suggs and Weller’s upbringing in Britain’s ’70s comprehensive school system in London and Woking respectively, according to a press release.

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Madness summer 2023 tour:

JUNE
8 – Cannock Chase Forest, Rugeley
9 – Albert Park, Middlesborough
15 – Delamere Forest, Cheshire
16 – Piece Hall, Halifax
30 – King Johns Castle, Limerick

JULY
1 – Trinity College, Dublin
21 – Singleton Park, Swansea

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Shame announce new album ‘Food For Worms’, share video for single ‘Fingers Of Steel’

Frontman Charlie Steen said of the new video: “Self-obsession, social media flagellation and death can all be seen in this Oscar nominated performance. No one’s ever done a video like this before and when you watch it, you’ll see why. Think Casablanca, but in colour, and better.”

‘Food For Worms’ is described as “a celebration of life” and “an ode to friendship”. Speaking of the new album, Steen called it “the Lamborghini of shame records”.

Last month, Shame concluded a North American tour in support of ‘Drunk Tank Pink’. Earlier this year, they also supported Foals on their UK tour.

In addition to the news of the album, Shame have announced their biggest-ever European headline tour, starting in Dublin on March 1, 2023 and finishing up at London’s Brixton Academy on April 28. See full dates below and find tickets here.

MARCH 2023
1 – Button Factory, Dublin
3 – SWG3, Glasgow
4 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
5 – Stylus, Leeds
7 – Leadmill, Sheffield
8 – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
9 – SWX, Bristol
11 – New Century Hall, Manchester
12 – Tramshed, Cardiff
14 – Stereolux, Nantes
15 – Cabaret Sauvage, Paris
16 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux
18 – LAV, Lisbon
19 – Nazca, Madrid
20 – La 2 de Apolo, Barcelona
22 – Paloma, Nimes
23 – Magnolia, Milan
24 – Plaza, Zurich
26 – Technikum, Munich
27 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
28 – Markthalle. Hamburg
30 – Vulkan, Oslo
31 – Debaser, Stockholm

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APRIL 2023
1 – VEGA, Copenhagen
4 – Gloria, Cologne
5 – AB, Brussels
6 – Melkweg, Amsterdam
28 – O2 Academy Brixton, London

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Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s new version of ‘Don’t Play That Song’

The black-and-white clip, which you can see below, features Springsteen performing ‘Don’t Play That Song’ while backed by a live band.

Speaking about ‘Only The Strong Survive’ upon its announcement last month, Springsteen said: “I wanted to make an album where I just sang. And what better music to work with than the great American songbook of the Sixties and Seventies?

“I’ve taken my inspiration from Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin, Jimmy Ruffin, the Iceman Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Dobie Gray and Scott Walker, among many others. I’ve tried to do justice to them all — and to the fabulous writers of this glorious music.

“My goal is for the modern audience to experience its beauty and joy, just as I have since I first heard it. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.”

Springsteen will head out on tour in 2023 with his E Street Band, including two sold-out shows at London’s BST Hyde Park series.

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You can see his upcoming UK and European tour dates below, and find any remaining UK and Ireland tickets here.

April 2023
28 – Estadi Olímpic, Barcelona, Spain

May 2023
5 – RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

7 – RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
13 – La Défense Arena, Paris, France
18 – Parco Urbano G. Bassani, Ferrara, Italy
21 – Circo Massimo, Rome, Italy
25 – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
30 – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

June 2023
11 – Megaland, Landgraaf, Netherlands
13 – Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
16 – Villa Park, Birmingham

21 – Merkur Spiel Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany
24 – Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden

26 – Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
30 – Voldsløkka, Oslo, Norway

July 2023
6 – BST Hyde Park, London
8 – BST Hyde Park, London
11 – Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark

13 – Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
15 – Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany
18 – Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria
23 – Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
25 – Prato della Gerascia, Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy

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bbno$ announces UK and Ireland shows for 2023

The viral artist’s tour announcement comes days after he released his latest album, ‘Bag Or Die’, which dropped last Friday (October 21). The LP is the follow-up to his 2021 project, ‘eat ya veggies’, and features collaborations with Yung Gravy, Diplo and Rich Brian.

Speaking in a new interview with NME, bbno$ described the record as being “me, saying absolutely nothing on all these songs”. While the album doesn’t convey a message, he did say many of the lyrics are centred around capitalism.

“We live in a capitalist society, so either you play the game or the game plays you,” he explained. “Typically, in a nice life, you play the game, you have money and you live life. That’s always been my perspective because I understand that, systemically, some shit you can’t win. Then that’s just the end of the game.

“But the one thing you can do is work your ass off. Typically, when you work your ass off, the majority of the time you get rewarded via success. Success is typically going to increase your quality of life – because money increases your quality of life. Unfortunately, that is the case.”

The LP follows on from a year of sell-out US and European shows for bbno$, including opening the main stages at Reading & Leeds Festival.

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He is on tour in North America throughout 2022 and has plans to drop “a shitload of music” next year.

“I’m going back to my independent route where I just drop a shitload of music,” he told NME. “It starts out with me doing a ballad project (me singing on beats with literally no drums), then I do drum‘n’bass, and then ‘Baby Gravy 3’, which is another EP with Yung Gravy, then I’m going to do another project myself.”

See the full list of bbnos$’ UK and Ireland tour dates below.

April 20235 – O2 Academy Brixton, London6 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester7 – Glasgow Garage, Glasgow9 – 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin

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Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha teams up with Algiers for new single

You can pre-order ‘SHOOK’ here. Check out the visualiser for ‘Irreversible Damage’ and the new album tracklist below.

‘SHOOK’ tracklist:

01. ‘Everybody Shatter’ (ft. Big Rube)
02. ‘Irreversible Damage’ (ft. Zack de la Rocha)
03. ‘73%’
04. ‘Cleanse Your Guilt Here’
05. ‘As It Resounds’ (ft. Big Rube)
06. ‘Bite Back’ (ft. billy woods & Backxwash)
07. ‘Out Of Style Tragedy’ (ft. Mark Cisneros)
08. ‘Comment #2’
09. ‘A Good Man’
10. ‘I Can’t Stand It!’ (ft. Samuel T. Herring & Jae Matthews)
11. ‘All You See Is’
12. ‘Green Iris’
13. ‘Born’ (ft. LaToya Kent)
14. ‘Cold World’ (ft. Nadah El Shazly)
15. ‘Something Wrong’
16. ‘An Echophonic Soul’ (ft. DeForrest Brown Jr. & Patrick Shiroishi)
17. ‘Momentary’ (ft. Lee Bains III)

Algiers are set to tour Europe in 2023, including a London show on The Dome on March 8. The band have also announced US appearances, including a special ‘SHOOK’ event at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on December 15th and the 2023 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, with more live announcements to follow soon – see the full list of headline tour dates scheduled so far below.

DECEMBER 2022
15 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn

FEBRUARY 2023
9 – Workman’s, Dublin
15 – Botanique Rotonde, Brussels
16 – Salzhaus, Winterthur
17 – Bronson, Ravenna
18 – Capitol, Pordenone
20 – Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
21 – Flex, Vienna
22 – Posthof, Linz
24 – Lucerna Music Bar, Prague
25 – Niebo, Warsaw

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MARCH 2023
1- Beatpol, Dresden
2 – Hole44, Berlin
3 – Forum, Bielefeld
4 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf
5 – Club Volta, Cologne
7 – Petit Bain, Paris
8 – The Dome, London

‘SHOOK’ is set to be the Atlanta band’s first album since 2020. In a four-star review of ‘There Is No Year’, NME wrote: “There are so many diverse sounds on ‘There is No Year’. It helps that the band are influenced by so many different genres that they can easily float between them without changing their sound.

“This balance means the band’s lyrical message are delivered with more clarity. The band continue to be radical, but rather than being reactionary, ‘There is No Year’ is precise, thoughtful and powerful.”

Earlier this month (October 2), meanwhile, Rage Against The Machine were forced to cancel their forthcoming North America tour dates in 2023 due to de la Rocha’s ongoing leg injury.

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Wunderhorse announces UK and Ireland tour for 2023

Slater has now confirmed a UK and Ireland tour for next year, which will kick off in Southampton on March 26, before heading to cities like Newcastle, Glasgow, Brighton, London and Dublin. The tour finishes on April 16 in Galway.

Tickets go on general sale on October 28 at 9am and can be found here. A pre-sale will be available and can be accessed by signing up to the mailing list.

We are pleased to announce our first headline tour around the UK and Ireland. Sign up to our mailing list https://t.co/TI7w3pXSBe for early access. General sale Friday 28th October from 9am. pic.twitter.com/XotUZpGi2s

— Wunderhorse (@wunderhorse) October 21, 2022

Speaking to NME earlier this month, Slater said of his debut solo album: “I found it more interesting to write about other people than me. A lot of these songs were written in my late-teens and early-20s, and I wasn’t sure if I had a specific voice to tell those stories.

“I thought it’d be better to look at people around me who’d impacted my life rather than running the risk of sounding up my own arse, or looking back and not being happy with what I said. I don’t know what my feelings are half the time.”

In a four-star review, NME described ‘Cub’ as “a goodbye to the Jacob Slater we previously knew, and a hugely exciting welcome to a songwriter finally becoming himself. You can envisage him making records like this for decades to come.”

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Wunderhorse 2023 tour:

MARCH
26 – Joiners, Southampton
27 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 – The Cluny, Newcastle
30 – King Tuts, Glasgow
31 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

APRIL
01 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
02 – Bodega, Nottingham
04 – The Bullingdon, Oxford
05 – Green Door Store, Brighton
06 – Electric Ballroom, London
08 – Dead Famous, Newquay
09 – Cornish Bank, Falmouth
11 – Louisiana, Bristol
12 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
14 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin
15 – Kasbah, Limerick
16 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

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NOVEMBER 2022
14 – Leadmill, Sheffield
15 – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
18 – The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich
19 – 02 Institute 1, Birmingham
20 – Uni Great Hall, Exeter
22 – Marble Factory, Bristol
23 – Albert Hall, Manchester
24 – Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
26 – SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow
28 – Olympia, Dublin

The singer previously performed the single ‘Grace’, taken from his new album, on The Late Late Show With James Corden earlier this month (October 1).

In an interview about the album with NME, Mumford spoke of how ‘Grace’ was written about the moment he told his mother of the sexual abuse he experienced as a child, which is explored on debut single and album opener ‘Cannibal’.

Reviewing ‘(self-titled)’ upon its release in September, NME wrote: “While it is undoubtedly an emotional and often heart-breaking listen, it’s also a record full of defiance, hope and faith. It shows that even after the deepest, most cutting trauma, it’s somehow possible to find peace and begin again.

“Mumford recently told NME that writing this album “saved” him; it’s likely to help save many others too.”

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Listen to Dylan’s poignant new track ‘Blue’

“When someone walks out of your life there’s a certain period of grief that you go through, the final stage being stuck between holding on and moving forward.

“‘Blue’ is all about that moment, of thinking that you want them back, and that you’re never going to feel that way for anyone again.”

Dylan has also announced details of a February 2023 tour in support of ‘The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn’, tickets for which will go on general sale at 10am on October 21 from here.

You can see Dylan’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates below (newly announced dates are in bold).

October
30 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (SOLD OUT)
31 – SWG3, Glasgow (SOLD OUT)

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November
2 – Student Union, Newcastle (SOLD OUT)
4 – Gorilla, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
5 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
6 – Arts Centre, Norwich (SOLD OUT)
7 – KOKO, London (SOLD OUT)
9 – Fleece, Bristol (SOLD OUT)
10 – Patterns, Brighton (SOLD OUT)

February 2023
4 – Opium Rooms, Dublin
6 – SWG3 Galvanizers, Glasgow
7 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
8 – Academy 2, Liverpool
9t – NX, Newcastle
13 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
15 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
16 – Epic, Norwich
17 – Chalk, Brighton
18 – SWX, Bristol
20 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
21 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

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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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Self Esteem announces as final headliner of Rockaway Beach 2023

See the full line-up for Rockaway Beach 2023, featuring new headliner Self Esteem, below.

🎳 We're pleased as punch to reveal this next batch of new additions to our #RB23 line up. Our third official headliner, the exquisite @SELFESTEEM___ who will make her return to Rockaway following her spellbinding REDs performance back in 2020. Tickets: https://t.co/RHxFpEZVQ7 pic.twitter.com/v5nnLaizdI

— Rockaway Beach (@rockaway_fest) June 29, 2022

After the Rockaway Beach set, Self Esteem will play her biggest headline shows to date later this year as part of a 2023 UK tour.

Taylor will take Self Esteem’s acclaimed recent album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ back on the road, with a recently announced ‘I Tour This All The Time’ tour. She will also play in London this summer as part of All Points East festival’s spin-off shows.

You can see Self Esteem’s 2023 tour dates below and buy tickets from here.

February 2023
21 – Junction, Cambridge
23 – Asylum, Hull
24 – Rock City, Nottingham
26 – 3Olympia, Dublin
27 – Limelight, Belfast

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March 2023
1 – Albert Hall, Manchester
2 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
4 – The Sage, Gateshead
7 – The Dome, Brighton
9 – Tramshed, Cardiff
11 – Eventim Apollo, London

Self Esteem is also set to perform at a number of UK festivals this summer, including Latitude Festival and Standon Calling.

Of her recent Glastonbury set, NME wrote: “With second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ broadly celebrated as both a comfort album and a  societal interrogator, Taylor never shies away from a chance to talk about the people and issues that are dear to her heart. She dedicates ‘You Forever’ to ‘Big Jeff’ Johns, the music superfan who was injured in a house fire earlier this month, and then ‘The 345’ to “our sisters in America” following the Roe vs Wade abortion overturn in the US.

“Voice wavering as she sings its chorus (“Whatever you choose / There’ll always be me waiting up for you”), it sits alongside ‘I Do This All The Time’ as a real set highlight. The perfect balance of tough love and heartfelt warmth, it’s no wonder that the crowd holler back at her with such commitment. Who needs an advantage card when you can garner this kind of loyalty?”

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Listen to Angel Olsen’s cover of Lucinda Williams’ ‘Greenville’

‘Greenville’ was first released in 1998 as part of Williams’ fifth album ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’.

Speaking about her cover of the track, Olsen said: “I recorded my version of ‘Greenville’ in Los Angeles earlier this month with Kyle Thomas of King Tuff. We’ve known each other for a while, but never recorded music together. Kyle made this so fun to record and we had a great time goofing around.

“Meg Duffy also sang with me on this track. Meg showed me this song for the first time years ago and was the first one to introduce me to Lucinda’s music. It was very meaningful to have them on the track with me.”

You can listen to Olsen’s rendition of ‘Greenville’ below:

Last month, Olsen shared a cover of Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic ‘One Too Many Mornings’.

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Her gentle reimagining of the track appears on the soundtrack to the Apple TV+ series Shining Girls, starring Elisabeth Moss.

The album features selections of the show’s original music composed by Claudia Sarne, with Olsen’s cover appearing as the third track on the record.

Olsen will head out on a UK and Ireland tour in support of ‘Big Time’ in October. You can see her upcoming tour dates below, and find remaining tickets here.

OCTOBER 2022
18 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
19 – The Forum, Bath
20 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
21 – Albert Hall, Manchester
24 – Vicar Street, Dublin

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Listen to Beabadoobee’s rousing new single ‘10.36’

“’10:36′ was written after [2020 debut album] ‘Fake It Flowers’ and just before [2021 EP] ‘Our Extended Play’, and I had envisioned it to be on that EP, but I was just sitting on that riff for ages and then I properly made a demo during lockdown. It was called ’10:36′ because that was the time I finished writing it,” she explained. “It’s basically about how I have this weird dependency on human contact to sleep.”

‘Beatopia’ is out on July 15 and can be pre-ordered here. Her second studio effort “traverses fuzzy rock, classic singer-songwriter, psychedelia, midwest emo and outright pop” as the musician remains “undeniably herself throughout”.

To celebrate the album’s release the singer-songwriter is set to perform a series of acoustic in-store shows. You can view the full dates below.

.@BanquetRecords tix on sale now <3 https://t.co/DHeDQA9x4n pic.twitter.com/S9g1voNtEC

— beabadoobee (@beabad00bee) June 11, 2022

Beabadoobee will also take her new LP on a UK and Ireland headline tour in the autumn. You can purchase any remaining tickets here, and see the full list of tour dates below.

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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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Inhaler drops new single ‘These Are The Days’

The band is set for a round of festival dates this year, including their first Glastonbury performance, Pinkpop, Lollapalooza and more. The band will also support Arctic Monkeys across mainland Europe on the Sheffield group’s first live shows in three years. View their full itinerary below and purchase tickets here.

Inhaler CREDIT: Lewis Evans

Inhaler tour

JUNE
7– Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
8 – Dolan’s Warehouse (2 shows), Limerick, Ireland
9 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin, Ireland
11 – Summer Sessions, Dundee, Scotland (Noel Gallagher Support)
13 – Arena, Birmingham (Kings Of Leon Support)
15 – Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway
17 – Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
18 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany
19 – Pinkpop, Landgraaf, Netherlands
22 – Cambridge Junction, England
24 – Glastonbury Festival, England
25 – Fairview Park, Dublin, Ireland
26 – The SSE Arena, Belfast (Kings Of Leon Support)
29 – Open’er Festival, Poland

JULY
1– Rock Werchter, Rotselaar, Belgium
2 – La Nuit De L’erdre, Nort-Sur,Erdre, France
5 – AO Arena, Manchester (Kings Of Leon Support)
7 – Nos Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
8 – Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, Spain
14 – Slottsfjell, Tonsberg, Norway
16 – Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic
17 – llosaarirock Festival, Joensuu, Finland
23 – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, England
24 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, England
27 – Subterranean, Chicago, USA
28 – Lollapalooza, Chicago, USA
31 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada

AUGUST
1 – The Sinclair, Boston, USA
2 – The Sinclair, Boston, USA
9 – Zorlu Centre for Performing Arts, Istanbul, Turkey (Arctic Monkeys Support)
10 – Zorlu Centre for Performing Arts, Istanbul, Turkey (Arctic Monkeys Support)
12 – Port o Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria (Arctic Monkeys Support)
13 – Summer Well Festival, Buftea, Romania
15 – Sziget Festival, Hungary
16 – Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia (Arctic Monkeys Support)
18 – Vystaviste Praha, Praha, Czech Republic (Arctic Monkeys Support)
20 – Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan
21 – Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan
25 – Rock En Seine, Saint Cloud, France
27 – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, England

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SEPTEMBER
1 – Cala Mujas, Sol, Spain

Inhaler will play a huge outdoor homecoming gig in Dublin at the city’s Fairview Park on June 25. Support will come from special guests Wet Leg and NewDad.

‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ became the fastest-selling debut album on vinyl by any band this century. It also saw Inhaler become the first Irish group to top the Album Charts with a debut in 13 years – a record previously held by The Script.

In a four-star review, NME described the LP as being “full of defiance, optimism and plenty of guitars”.

“[It’s] teeming with nervous energy over trying to find balance in a world turned inside out, while flashes of more mature reflections on saints, sinners, kings and dreams are also promising.”

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Watch Maggie Rogers dance in a karaoke bar in ‘Want Want’ video

“‘Want Want’ started in Maine during the pandemic in a small studio assembled over my parents’ garage,” Rogers wrote about the track. “I wrote and produced it with my old bandmate, Del Water Gap. It was really just about the fun of it all. Some bubblegum world to escape to in the middle of the isolation and darkness. The song found its final form over the next year and a half, editing and re-editing with Kid Harpoon until we found the perfect knock-your-teeth-out drums, the right growl of the guitar tone.”

Rogers continued: “That roaring synth, it’s just a Prophet stock sound, but it always reminded me a little bit of the intro to ‘Iron Man’ by Black Sabbath. The right amount of bite that still invites you in. The video is about sensuality. About embodiment. About freedom. It was shot in one of my favorite karaoke bars. Sticky floors and fluorescent lit bathrooms. Everything in its right place.”

The track is the latest teaser from Rogers’ ‘Surrender’ which will be released by Capitol/Polydor Records on July 29.

Rogers has also shared dates for her UK, Ireland, and Germany tour. View ticket details here and upcoming dates below.

see you this fall 🤍

uk, ireland, germany – pre-order ‘Surrender’ in my store before tuesday for early pre-sale access to tickets. rest of EU can sign up for pre-sale at https://t.co/mNmtBro2qZ pic.twitter.com/n3im4W9YaZ

— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) June 1, 2022

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JULY
22 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK

OCTOBER
31 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

NOVEMBER
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

‘Surrender’ which was co-produced by Kid Harpoon and Rogers, is the follow-up to, ‘Heard It In A Past Life‘, which was released in 2019. Her last single release was  ‘Love You For A Long Time‘ from the same year.

At the time of its announcement, a statement said the upcoming release “fully captures the frenetic intensity of the last two years of her life, bringing her bracing honesty to stories of anger and peace and self-salvation, transcendence through sex and freedom through letting go.”

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Watch Danielle Haim and Bruce Hornby’s new video for ‘Days Ahead’ video

Check out the video for ‘Days Ahead’ here:

Earlier this week (May 25), Drake shared a photo on his Instagram from his first time meeting LA sisters Haim.

“Just met the Beatles,” he wrote in the caption alongside the black and white photo which shows the rapper with Este, Danielle and Alana Haim.

Haim also shared the photo on their Instagram account, jokingly writing “We’re the Beatles” in their caption.

The band are currently on their 2022 North American tour in support of their latest album ‘Women In Music Pt. III‘. Last week, they stopped over in Drake’s hometown of Toronto, Ontario to perform at RBC Echo Beach.

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Elsewhere, Haim are due to return to the UK this summer to play Glastonbury 2022 before embarking on their COVID-delayed ‘One More Haim’ stint on these shores in July. Any remaining tickets for those dates can be found here.

Haim’s 2022 UK/Ireland tour dates are as follows:

JUNE 2022
28 – Trinity College, Dublin

JULY 2022
13 – Millennium Square, Leeds
14 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
16 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
17 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
19 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
20 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
21 – The O2 Arena, London

In March, Haim released a new standalone song called ‘Lost Track’, which arrived with a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video. The sisters described the finished track and its accompanying visuals as being “very collaborative” and “off the cuff”.

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Watch Foals play recent single ‘Looking High’ for the first time

The trio returned to the venue the following night (April 21) where they debuted ‘Looking High’. Tune in here:

‘Looking High’, frontman Yannis Philippakis explained, “is looking back to a more hedonistic time in my life, and a more innocent time in society in general, pre-pandemic and before the existential threat of climate change”.

He continued: “It takes place in an alley in Oxford with two clubs – The Cellar and The Wheatsheaf – that all the city’s nightlife gravitated towards.”

Foals’ current run of UK gigs continues in Birmingham tonight (April 23) ahead of various festival appearances this summer. You can see their upcoming live schedule below and find tickets here.

APRIL
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham

25 – Bonus Arena, Hull
26 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
27 – Centre, Brighton
29 – Olympia, London
30 – Olympia, London

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MAY
1 – Olympia, London
2 – Olympia, London
5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
29 – Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coventry

JUNE
22–26 – Glastonbury Festival
27 – Fairview Park, Dublin
29 – Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

JULY
8 – Sounds of the City, Millennium Square, Leeds
9 – TRSNMT, Glasgow
23 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Speaking to NME about the forthcoming ‘Life Is Yours’ back in February, Philippakis said that “this is our idea of a going out record”. 

“We were thinking about parties, club nights and being drunk on the bus at 2am trying to get home,” he explained.

“All of it: the excitement before you go out, meeting up with your friends, the wild abandon. ‘Who’s got the pingers? Where are we going?’ This is all of that youthful excess of going out.”

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Listen to Sinead O’Brien’s new song, ‘There Are Good Times Coming’

“A mantra anchors me as I spin and fall in an alternate space. Watch the ripple effect of things play out; life, ideas, episodes. A subtle movement makes the biggest tremors.

“There are moments where the music is sparse and the lyrics hang around a while. It’s a strange space, warmth and coolness in the air. Full moon, dogs barking in the distance and an empty railway station.

“‘There Are Good Times Coming’ is not a dream, it’s a restless night.”

‘Time Bend And Break The Bower’ album tracklisting:

1. ‘Pain Is The Fashion Of The Spirit’
2. ‘Salt’
3. ‘Girlkind’
4. ‘End Of Days’
5. ‘Like Culture’
6. ‘The Rarest Kind’
7. ‘Holy Country’
8. ‘Spare For My Size, Me’
9. ‘There Are Good Times Coming’
10. ‘Multitudes’
11. ‘Go Again’

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Speaking about the upcoming album, O’Brien added: “The story of the album is built up in layers; one song giving context to the next.”

“I thought about becoming undressed; testing my ideas, my voice. Working myself out across themes of identity, curiosity, creative process. Experimenting with the form and shape of language, using tone and delivery to get to the immediate centre of what I am saying.

“The record opens and closes with poems, these tracks have a really clear direction – a form which is set apart from the ‘songs’. I hold stops in different places, moving emphatically through the lyrics, changing the meaning. No punctuation – only the voice mapping out the way.”

“The album title ‘Time Bend and Break The Bower’, from the song ‘Multitudes’, came into my head and made its demands, an idea that pressed on me throughout the record. It has a very active role. The clock symbol is enlarged, it looms like a moon over my activity watching, counting me down to zero. Dripping with self-sabotage and the feeling of being chased; it pulls and pushes against the verses which talk of ’Multitudes’; the things that faithfully come back – the images, the words, creativity. It is creativity itself.”

O’Brien will play a full UK and Ireland tour this autumn – check out the dates below and buy tickets here.

October 2022
9 – Cluny 2, Newcastle, UK
10 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
11 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
12 – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
14 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
15 – Future Days, The Crossing, Birmingham, UK
17 – Lafayette, London, UK
19 – Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
20 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate, UK
21 – Exchange, Bristol, UK
26 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
27 – Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
28 – Black Box, Belfast, UK
29 – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland

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Foals debut new songs ‘2am’ and ‘2001’ live as they kick off 2022 tour in Edinburgh

You can see fan-shot footage from Foals’ Edinburgh show below.

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New #FOALS song snippet: the title track from #LifeIsYours album, live from the Edinburgh gig at Usher Hall (20/04/22). @foals pic.twitter.com/nP2ARAIt7p

— Doug (@douglashunter90) April 20, 2022

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You can see Foals’ setlist from last night’s Usher Hall gig below.

‘Wake Me Up’
‘Mountain At My Gates’
‘The Runner’
‘Olympic Airways’
‘My Number’
‘Black Gold’
‘Exits’
‘2am’
‘In Degrees’
‘Birch Tree’
‘2001’
‘Late Night’
‘Spanish Sahara’
‘Providence’
‘Inhaler’

‘Black Bull’
‘What Went Down’
‘Two Steps, Twice’

Foals’ UK tour continues in Edinburgh tonight (April 21) ahead of a run of festival appearances this summer. You can see their upcoming live dates below and find tickets here.

April
21 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
23 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
25 – Bonus Arena, Hull
26 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
27 – Centre, Brighton
29 – Olympia, London
30 – Olympia, London

May
1 – Olympia, London
2 – Olympia, London
5 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
6 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
29 – Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coventry

June
22–26 – Glastonbury Festival
27 – Fairview Park, Dublin
29 – Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

July
8 – Sounds of the City, Millennium Square, Leeds
9 – TRSNMT, Glasgow
23 – Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Speaking to NME back in February about their upcoming new LP, Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis said that “this is our idea of a going out record”.

“We were thinking about parties, club nights and being drunk on the bus at 2am trying to get home. All of it: the excitement before you go out, meeting up with your friends, the wild abandon. ‘Who’s got the pingers? Where are we going?’ This is all of that youthful excess of going out.”

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PUP share new single ‘Matilda’ and announce UK and Ireland tour

“She was a gift from my friend Ryan, after watching me accidentally break the only guitar I owned in the middle of a long tour,” Babcock said. “I had no money to buy a replacement, and Ryan’s act of kindness is up there on my list of ‘nicest things anyone’s ever done for me’.

“I played Matilda nonstop for 7 years at every PUP show, even when my bandmates started complaining that she sounded like shit. As the band got bigger, the pressure to sound better was building and so I bought a ‘good’ guitar and played Matilda less and less. Before I knew it I hadn’t played her in over a year.”

Babcock went on to explain that the idea to write ‘Matilda’ came from an “intense feeling of guilt and sadness and shame and nostalgia and regret, watching her rot away in a corner”.

He continued: “I love this guitar and I love Ryan and wanted to do right by them, and I felt like I’d failed them both. I convinced the band that Matilda deserved one last rip on a PUP record, and I played her during the bridge of this song. It sounds so shitty. But good shitty. Great shitty.

“For me, it was the most joyful and cathartic moment in the entire making of this record.”

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The official ‘Matilda’ video, directed by Jefferson Dutton, follows the journey of the beaten-up instrument in question – you can tune in above.

PUP have also confirmed a run of UK and European headline shows, which will take place between October and November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (March 4) – purchase yours from here.

PUP’s 2022 UK and Ireland dates are as follows:

OCTOBER 2022

12 – Leeds Beckett Students Union, Leeds
13 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
14 – The Roundhouse, London
16  – SWG3 Galvanizers,  Glasgow
17 –  Academy 2, Dublin
19 – Chalk, Brighton
20 – SWX, Bristol
21 – O2 Institute,  Birmingham

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Massive Attack confirm summer Dublin show

Tickets for the show will go on general sale at 10am on Friday (February 18) and will be available to purchase here. 

Robert Del Naja aka 3D of Massive Attack. CREDIT: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

In November, Massive Attack helped launch a campaign to expose corporate “greenwashing” at COP26. Del Naja teamed up with green industrialist Dale Vince and artist Bill Posters to reveal the practice, which involves companies giving a false impression or providing misleading information about how environmentally sound their products are.

“The general public are very much aware of the harm caused by the disinformation that is propagated via social media platforms,” Del Naja said at the time. “This project aims to show that Facebook in particular is responsible for most of the climate disinfo in current circulation and will also reveal the dimensions of the greenwash industrial complex – and the profits it generates for the platforms.

“The cultural and live music sectors have been historically used by major transnational polluters (fast food/airlines/automotive) as public arenas to do their dirty laundry. As artists we have spent decades attempting to persuade promoters and venues to remove unethical, polluting identities and sponsors from live music events. This is the cultural sector’s opportunity to return the favour via this public service intervention.”

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Months earlier, the group called on the government to introduce a plan to cut carbon emissions at concerts. After producing a report on the music industry’s carbon emissions, Del Naja criticised the UK government for not doing enough to support the industry in reducing those figures.

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Weezer celebrate their 30th anniversary: “We are nowhere near the end of our story”

“…So here we are on 2/15/22, 30 years on. So much has happened, so many songs, albums, singles, soundtracks, fans, tours, shows, photo shoots, interviews, so many good times – and a few bad ones here and there of course. Brian joined us when Jason left, Mikey joined us when Matt left, Scott joined us when Mikey left. We’ve gained countless thousands of great friends, and lost some of our dearest friends, including Mikey, Ric Ocasek, and Mykel and Carli Allan, who started the Weezer Fan Club.”

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The post continued: “…So much has changed, and yet, having been there for it for every step of the way I can truly say that for all the changes and amazing adventures that have happened, the spirit of Weezer has not changed hardly, if at all. Everyone still just wants to make great music, rock out and keep things interesting. And 30 years on, we are nowhere near the end of the story.

“Thank you for sticking with us, 2022 is going to be another fascinating year for Weezer and you. – karl #karlscorner #SZNS #hearyoume”

Weezer will perform a run of dates in the UK and Ireland this year with Green Day and Fall Out Boy for their Hella Mega Tour – you can see the dates below.

JUNE 2022

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24 – London Stadium, London
25 – John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield
27 – Venue TBA, Dublin
29 – Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Meanwhile, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has built a streaming platform to host thousands of Weezer demos.

The tracks were originally released in 2020 as part of Cuomo’s “web programming class”.

Available to buy in era-bundles, the demos range from Cuomo’s musical ventures pre-Weezer all the way through to 2017’s ‘Pacific Daydream’. Now, he’s built an app to play those demos and called it Weezify. It’s available on the Apple Store and through Google Play.

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Watch Pale Waves perform new song ‘Jealousy’ as they kick off UK tour

They also debuted new track ‘Jealousy’ – a ‘90s inspired alt rock track with plenty of attitude. Check out footage below:

PALE WAVES NEW SONG pic.twitter.com/13ujLSW1MB

— Pale Waves Updates (@PaleWavesUpdate) February 11, 2022

Pale Waves also gave us a first play of a new song “Jealousy” pic.twitter.com/XpJJwatGrO

— Steve 🥌 (@Nintendoubt815) February 12, 2022

 

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Vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie told fans a new song would be released in the next few weeks.

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Pale Waves played:

‘Change’
‘Television Romance’
‘Eighteen’
‘Tomorrow’
‘Fall To Pieces’
“One More Time’
‘Wish You Were Here’
‘Kiss’
‘Odd Ones Out’
‘Jealousy’
‘Red’
‘My Obsession’
‘The Tide’
‘Noises’
‘Easy’
‘She’s My Religion’
‘There’s A Honey’

Earlier this year, Pale Waves confirmed that they had finished recording their third album and it will be released this year.

In September last year, the band revealed they were in the studio recording their new album by sharing some behind the scenes photos. One of which was a notebook containing the potential lyrics “Fragile as a feather, can’t afford to break. As I’m getting older, fear I’ll make the same mistakes. Broken around the edges.”

Baron-Gracie then went on to confirm the band had written a new song inspired by Netflix‘s Sex Education by posting a still from the show featuring Otis and Maeve (portrayed by Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey respectively). “Wrote a song about their relationship and I guess it ended up on album 3,” she captioned the photo.

Pale Waves tour the UK throughout February. Tickets are available here and dates can be seen below.

FEBRUARY 2022
11 – O2 Academy Bristol
12 – University Great Hall, Cardiff
13 – Rock City, Nottingham
14 – O2 Academy Birmingham
16 – O2 Academy Bournemouth
17 – O2 Academy Leeds
19 – Limelight, Belfast
20 – Academy, Dublin
21 – O2 Academy Glasgow
23 – O2 Academy Sheffield
25 – O2 Academy Leicester
26 – O2 Academy Oxford
28 – Roundhouse, London

MARCH 2022
1 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

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Alfie Templeman announces debut album ‘Mellow Moon’: “It’s a place to get away from anxieties”

Speaking of his new single ‘Broken’, Templeman described it as “a good representation of what’s gone on in the past couple of years and how people my age are feeling”.

“It explores the smaller thoughts and fears that nobody really brings up because there are bigger things going on in the world right now but really, your mental wellbeing is just as valid as anything else,” said Templeman. “You’re alive, you deserve to know that everything’s OK.”

He continued: “I’ve spoken about mental health to friends and on social media, but I’ve never been this open about it in my music. Because of that, I didn’t want to go too emo straight away. I didn’t want to go full Elliot Smith. It’s an upbeat pop song but the lyrics are very sad.”

Templeman revealed that the Coldplay-inspired riff was first written back when he was 14, with the rest of the track taking influence from Chic disco legend Nile Rodgers.

“I’ve spoken countless times about how much of a hero of mine he is,” said Templeman. “I’ve always liked bittersweet songs though. Radiohead were another big influence on me because with songs like ‘No Surprises’ – you can’t tell if that’s a dark song or a happy song. I want to make beautiful summer pop records, but I also want to keep being honest about myself with my lyrics, so ‘Broken’ is a good starting point for that.”

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Check out the rest of our chat with Templeman below, where he opened up about inspiring teenagers to make music, mental health and why there’s positivity behind everything he creates.

Alfie Templeman Credit: Lillie Eiger

Hi Alfie. What made you want to write about your mental health on ‘Broken’?

Templeman: “I was in a pretty dark place when I was writing the lyrics for the album. ‘Broken’ came about because throughout the pandemic, I’d go into my own head, visit that dark corner and push everyone else away. I realised I needed to figure things out and address what was happening because the only person that can really change you, is you. I just became more honest and open with myself. Justin Young from The Vaccines really helped me piece this track together though. He helped me find ways to describe what was going on in my head without it sounding too morbid.”

How did that feel?

“The deeper you go, the more painful it is, but you also discover more about yourself. It’s just part of growing up but I became less interested in what other people thought about me and cared more about how I felt about myself. ‘Broken’ shaped the whole of ‘Mellow Moon’ though because after I wrote it, I was more comfortable putting other songs on the record that were deeper, darker and more honest about how I felt.”

Why the title ‘Mellow Moon’?

“Sometimes I feel like I’m on a completely different planet, so the ‘Mellow Moon’ is my safe space. It’s a place where I go to relax, to get away from whatever anxieties are going on in my head. I feel like it’s finally time to invite people into that. Hopefully they find it safe and comforting, the same way that I do.”

Is there a thread that runs through this album?

“There’s a loose concept of going through different stages of mental health but there are also songs where I let loose and just enjoy myself. Those songs still have meaning though, they just provide a break from the intensity of the rest of the record. Nobody wants an album where every song is going to make you have an existential crisis.This album is very much dedicated to people my age, who have all been through the same shit.”

And it’s all brand new songs, right? 

“I just don’t want to look back. There was talk of adding some old songs to ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ and making that my debut but I knew, with a little more time, I could write a really great record. And here we are with ‘Mellow Moon’. I think it’s a really strong, bold, confident album that shows off who Alfie Templeman is now.”

Have you got your eyes set on a Number One album?

“It’d be nice to get a Top 40 but I’m not too bothered. A Number One is a bit like meeting the Queen, it’s just something to brag about. That said, wait until May where I’m trying to sell my left kidney to flog a few more copies of the record. I’d be happy with people relating to what I’m talking about on the record.”

Before that though, you’ve got a big UK tour with a headline show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire…

“What’s going on? I’m gonna have such a crazy existential moment when I’m on that stage, looking at all those people that have come out to see me. It’s going to be really surreal. When we did Brixton Academy with Declan McKenna it was very cool but very scary. I’m just excited for this tour though. We’ve got a lot of things up our sleeves and we’re just gonna have fun with it. If people are expecting serious, theatrical music, I wouldn’t bother coming.”

What do you hope people take from your success?

“I hope it inspires other kids my age to go off and make their own music. When I was younger, I’d listen to people like Rex Orange County and Mac DeMarco and that really inspired me, because they were young and did it themselves. They made me feel like I could give it a go. And yes, I sucked for a while but I kept trying. I’m from a small place in the middle of nowhere and I’ve made a career out of bringing the ideas that float around in my brain to life. It really can happen to anyone. I hope people see that.”

Alfie Templeman – ‘Mellow Moon’

‘Mellow Moon’ is out May 27 via Chess Club Records. Pre-order it here and check out the tracklisting below.

1. ‘A Western’
2. ‘You’re A Liar’
3. ‘Broken’
4. ‘Folding Mountains’
5. ‘3D Feelings’
6. ‘Candyfloss’
7. ‘Best Feeling’
8. ‘Do It’
9. ‘Colour Me Blue’
10. ‘Galaxy’
11. ‘Leaving Today’
12. ‘Take Some Time Away’ 
13. ‘Mellow Moon’
14. ‘Just Below The Above’

Templeman kicks off his UK tour in March, with support in the UK from labelmate Pixy. Check out his full tour dates below.

MARCH

2 – The Cluny, Newcastle
3 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
4 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
5 – Gorilla, Manchester
8 – Leadmill, Sheffield
9 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
10 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
11 – Thekla, Bristol
12 – Patterns, Brighton
16 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
18 – The Academy, Dublin
24 – Le Pop Up!, Paris
25 – YUCA, Cologne
26 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
28 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
29 – Molotow, Hamburg
30 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin
31 – Kranhalle, Munich

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