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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Arlo Parks forced to cancel appearance at Mad Cool festival

“We’ve been looking forward to playing this one for years, it’s so frustrating to have to do this but the health and safety of my band and crew, as well as all working staff and attendees, must always come first.

“I’ll make this back up to you I promise. Missing you Madrid – love AP.”

Arlo Parks Mad Cool announcement – CREDIT: Instagram

Recently, Lorde brought out Parks and Clairo as special guests during her Glastonbury 2022 headline set. 

The New Zealand pop-star was performing on the pyramid stage, Sunday (June 26). Clairo and Parks joined Lorde to sing along with her on the track ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’ from her 2021 album  ‘Solar Power’.

Clairo notably provided backing vocals for the record, on the songs ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’. Both special guests performed their own sets on Worthy Farm this year, with Clairo taking the John Peel Stage earlier today and Parks playing The Park Stage on Friday.

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Parks also joined Phoebe Bridgers on stage at Coachella in April for a couple of tracks at the end of her set.

Towards the end of her performance, Bridgers brought out Arlo Parks – who performed her own set at Coachella – to collaborate with her on ‘Graceland Too’ and ‘I Know The End’ – both taken from Bridgers’ second album, ‘Punisher’.

Meanwhile, Parks will be embarking on a North American tour this autumn. You can buy tickets here and check out all the dates below.

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Place Bell – Laval, QC (w/ Florence + The Machine)
3 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON (w/ Florence + The Machine)
6 – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
8 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
12 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
14 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA
16 – The Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
17 – Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
18 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
20 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
21 – The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
23 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
24 – Rockwell at The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
26 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
27 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
29 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

OCTOBER 2022
2 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
4 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
10 – The Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA
12 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA

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The Weeknd postpones opening show in Toronto: “This one hurts the most”

He added: “I’m crushed & heartbroken. Been at the venue all day but it’s out of my hands because of the Rogers outage. Operations and safety are compromised and I tried  my absolute best.

“This one hurts the most, and we will make this show happen, but unfortunately not tonight. I know how long you’ve been waiting and how hard a lot of you worked to make it to the show and experience this special moment with me. I can’t wait to see you all.”

A new date for Toronto has not yet been announced.

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— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 8, 2022

Earlier this week, The Weeknd announced new support acts for his upcoming North American stadium concerts – dubbed the ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ tour – after Doja Cat was forced to pull out.

Back in May, Doja Cat announced that she was to cancel all her 2022 live dates, including festival shows and the tour with The Weeknd, to recover from tonsil surgery.

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The tour will now see support on select dates from Snoh Aalegra, Kaytranada and Mike Dean.

‘After Hours Til Dawn’ will take The Weeknd next to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

See the full list of dates below.

JULY
Wednesday 8 – Toronto, Rogers Centre
Tuesday 14 – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday 16 – New York, Metlife Stadium
Tuesday 21 – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Friday 24 – Chicago, Soldier Field
Monday 27  – Detroit, Ford Field
Thursday 30 – Washington, FedExField Thursday

AUGUST
Thursday 4 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
Saturday 6 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday 11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Sunday 14 – Arlington, AT&T Stadium
Thursday 18 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High
Saturday 20 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
Tuesday 23 – Vancouver, BC Place
Thursday 25 – Seattle, Lumen Field
Saturday 27 – San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium
Tuesday 30 – Phoenix, State Farm Stadium

SEPTEMBER
Friday 2 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium

According to a press release, the North American dates are just the first leg in a world tour that will also includes stops in Mexico, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the Middle East which are yet to be announced.

The Weeknd’s latest album, ‘Dawn FM’, arrived back in January of this year. In a four-star review, NME said the follow-up to 2020’s ‘After Hours’ “feels like the first steps on a journey for The Weeknd to find peace with himself; perhaps next time we hear from him, he’ll be fully embracing the light of day”.

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The Weeknd announces new opening acts to replace Doja Cat on his tour

After its opening in Toronto, ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ will take The Weeknd to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more.

See the full list of dates below.

JULY
Wednesday 8 – Toronto, Rogers Centre
Tuesday 14 – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
Thursday 16 – New York, Metlife Stadium
Tuesday 21 – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Friday 24 – Chicago, Soldier Field
Monday 27  – Detroit, Ford Field
Thursday 30 – Washington, FedExField Thursday

AUGUST
Thursday 4 – Tampa, Raymond James Stadium
Saturday 6 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
Thursday 11 – Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Sunday 14 – Arlington, AT&T Stadium
Thursday 18 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High
Saturday 20 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium
Tuesday 23 – Vancouver, BC Place
Thursday 25 – Seattle, Lumen Field
Saturday 27 – San Francisco, Levi’s Stadium
Tuesday 30 – Phoenix, State Farm Stadium

SEPTEMBER
Friday 2 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium

The Weeknd. CREDIT: Getty Images

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According to a press release, the North American dates are just the first leg in a world tour that will also includes stops in Mexico, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the Middle East which are yet to be announced.

Additionally, the singer – real name Abel Tesfaye – has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to launch the XO Humanitarian Fund. $1 from each ticket sold on the tour will go towards the fund, which works toward ending the global hunger crisis. Tesfaye will also donate $500,000 to the fund.

“The goal with this fund is to provide immediate life-saving support to people who are on the brink of starvation,” Tesfaye commented in a statement. “I’m so thankful to have WFP as a partner and to further expand our reach to those who need it most.”

The Weeknd’s latest album, ‘Dawn FM’, arrived back in January of this year. In a four-star review, NME said the follow-up to 2020’s ‘After Hours’ “feels like the first steps on a journey for The Weeknd to find peace with himself; perhaps next time we hear from him, he’ll be fully embracing the light of day”.

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Rammstein’s huge Coventry gig heard over 10 miles away

“Some were confused at what the noise until others said it was the rock band’s gig.”

The outlet revealed that Facebook posts from local residents revealed that they could hear “loud thumping” and “a loud beat through their closed windows,” adding: “A loud boom was heard around 10:20PM as fireworks lit up the night sky to end the gig.”

See footage from Rammstein’s massive stadium show below.

The band’s new tour, which stretches throughout 2022, follows the release of the German rockers’ eighth album, ‘Zeit’, which was released earlier this year. As revealed last month, two sets of piano players, Duo Jatekok and Duo Abélard, are set to support the band’s shows in both Europe and North America.

Tickets for North American dates can be found here, while tickets for European dates can be purchased here.

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See the band’s full 2022 touring schedule below.

JUNE
30 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium

JULY
4 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
5 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
8 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
9 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
12 – Turin, IT – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
16 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
20 – Tallinn, EE – Song Festival Grounds
24 – Oslo, NO – Bjerke Travbane
28 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
29 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
30 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium

AUGUST
3 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
4 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
21 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
27 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

SEPTEMBER
3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
9 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

OCTOBER
1 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
2 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
4 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol

In a four-star review of their latest record, NME wrote: “‘Zeit’ might be a more reflective album than previous Rammstein records, but it’s still an energetic, swaggering beast. Nearly 30 years into their career, the band remain as ambitious and as fiery as ever with their nightmarish, industrial rock sounding as daring as ever.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea wants to play Popeye in a live-action movie

Although he’s predominantly known as the bassist for the California rock titans, Flea has been acting in TV shows and major motion pictures for decades.

Some of his most notable roles include Back To The Future II and III, The Big Lebowski, Baby Driver, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, The Chase, My Own Private Idaho, and he’s voiced characters in The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye initially started off in 1929 as a comic book. The character made its way to the big screen in a 1980 with the release of a live-action musical directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as the titular character.

Whether a new Popeye movie is in the works is not known at this point, but judging from the responses to Flea’s tweet it looks like people would be into the idea.

Hollywood Heights actor Meredith Salenger was among those in his replies, telling the bassist: “Robert Altman’s was one of my favs. Robin Williams. The set. The music – Harry Nilsson. Shelley Duvall singing ‘he needs me’ (later used in punch drunk love). Perfection. And yes… you would be perfect casting.”

Robert Altman’s was one of my favs. Robin Williams. The set. The music – Harry Nilsson. Shelley Duvall singing “he needs me” (later used in punch drunk love). Perfection. And yes… you would be perfect casting🥰

— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) June 20, 2022

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Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the middle of their world stadium tour in support of their new album, ‘Unlimited Love’, the band’s first since 2016’s The Getaway’ and the first to feature long-serving guitarist John Frusciante in over a decade.

You can check out the remaining dates below:

JUNE 2022
22 – Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford=
25 – London, London Stadium~
29 – Dublin, Marlay Park~

JULY 2022
1 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park~
3 – Leuven, Rock Werchter
5 – Cologne, RheinEnergieStadium=
8 – Paris, Stade de France~
12 – Hamburg, Volksparkstadion=
23 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High*
27 – San Diego, Petco Park*
29 – Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium+
31 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium+

AUGUST 2022
3 – Seattle, T-Mobile Park^
6 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium^^
10 – Atlanta, Truist Park^
12 – Nashville, Nissan Stadium^
14 – Detroit, Comerica Park^
17 – East Rutherford, Metlife Stadium^
19 – Chicago, Soldier Field^
21 – Toronto, Rogers Centre^
30 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium^

SEPTEMBER 2022
1 – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium^
3 – Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park^
8 – Washington, Nationals Park^
10 – Boston, Fenway Park#
15 – Orlando, Camping World Stadium^
18 – Arlington, Globe Life Field^

=with special guests A$AP Rocky and Thundercat
~with special guests Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat
*with special guests HAIM and Thundercat
+with special guests Beck and Thundercat
^with special guests The Strokes and Thundercat
^^with special guests The Strokes and King Princess
# with special guests St. Vincent and Thundercat

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Morrissey announces ticket details for upcoming 2022 UK tour

It’s now been announced that tickets for the UK dates go on general sale this Thursday (June 23) at 9.30am BST here, with tickets for Killarney, Ireland available via here.

Morrissey UK and Ireland 2022 live dates:

SEPTEMBER 2022
Saturday 24 – Killarney INEC Arena
Wednesday 28 – Blackpool Opera House
Friday 30 – Doncaster Dome

OCTOBER 2022
Sunday 02 – Glasgow SEC Armadillo
Tuesday 04 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Wednesday 05 – 2022 Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 07 – Stockton Globe
Sunday 09 – The London Palladium
Tuesday 11 –  London O2 Academy Brixton
Friday 14 – Brighton Centre

Morrissey CREDIT: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Meanwhile, last month Morrissey played the first night of his 2022 US tour and debuted his new single ‘I Am Veronica’ as well as aired some rarely played solo and Smiths tracks.

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Fans of the singer were eager for news on new music after it emerged that ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’, Morrissey’s album first since leaving his label deal with BMGwill be sold to the highest record label bidder.

Announced via the singer’s website, ‘Bonfire Of Teenagers’ has 11 tracks and was completed in Los Angeles.

“The worst year of my life concludes with the best album of my life,” a quote from Morrissey states of the album, with a note adding: “Morrissey is unsigned. The album is available to the highest (or lowest) bidder.”

Details of a label and firm release date for ‘Bonfire…’ are yet to emerge.

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Röyksopp announce ‘Profound Mysteries II’: “We want to get your senses going”

“For the keen ear, you’ll notice the heavy references. We’ve always had that in our music, but this time it’s more blatant. It’s meant as a tribute, not a rip-off. You’ll find things that could point to the likes of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, but also genres like Italo Disco and ‘90s UK rave.”

Berge explained how “the over-arching thing with ‘Profound Mysteries’ is to “trigger your imagination – to get your senses going” as well as posing “existential questions”. Many fans have noticed how the vivid lyricism and bittersweet sounds from ‘part one’ harked back to their seminal debut ‘Melody AM’, while also introducing new elements.

“It’s kind of what we do and what we always have done,” he said. “We hail from the club scene. The UK and mainland Europe was very influential on us in our teens – with the whole rave thing and so on; hence, the Ibiza warmth that one can detect. But also, we unintentionally have those vast soundscapes that come from the Nordic fjords and all the clichés. For whatever reason, we always return to that. We like that ambiguity in music where you’re being almost manipulated to feel happy and sad at the same time.”

Explaining how the first instalment of ‘Profound Mysteries’ was intended as Röyksopp “re-emerging”, Berge explained how ‘part two’ would develop those ideas further.

“The previous album was obviously ‘The Inevitable End’ [2014],” he said. “Although there are reoccurring themes throughout our discography, that album was dealing with loss, death and the final demise. From time to time, it was quite bleak. We wanted to have the gentle transition with ‘Profound Mysteries’ where we come out of the woods. That’s why we’ve made this project that’s this continuous, holistic experience.”

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Lyrically and in terms of songwriting, the new record sees the band reaching for something much “simpler” than their previous albums.

“In the beginning, and particularly on ‘The Understanding’ [2005], we wanted to do odd arrangements and be strange,” Berge explained. “We said, ‘Let’s be do indie that nobody gets’. On this project, we wanted to have those indie, creative pop moments, but also the more simplistic lyrical approach – accompanied by the vocal melodies.

“I don’t mean that it becomes so contemporary that it’s just one note and one word saying, ‘Gucci Gucci Gucci’, but definitely leaning more towards a simpler structure with the semantics and the vocals.”

He added: “They’re not all like that. There is one song called ‘Tell Him’ with Susanne, and that’s a bit more ‘traditional singer-songwriter’. It’s our little nod to the Fleetwood Macs and Neil Youngs of the word. It’s obviously not as good as that. It’s still Röyksopp, but it follows a more traditional recipe in terms of how to construct a track.”

Röyksopp (Picture: Stian Andersen / Press)

‘Profound Mysteries II’ is being previewed by the singles ‘Sorry’ featuring Jamie Irrepressible, and ‘Unity’ featuring Karen Harding. ‘Part two’ is another guest-packed record,  featuring collaborations with Pixx, Susanne Sundfør and Astrid S – who also featured on ‘part one’ alongside Alison Goldfrapp and Beki Mari.

“We want to work with these people because they are talented and exciting artists,” said Berge. “Some of them we haven’t worked with before, which is nice for getting a new spin on how to write music. Alison Goldfrapp doesn’t need any introduction – she’s great, fun and a thrill to work with. She has a place in electronic music history.”

He continued: “Then we have the returning Norwegian chartreuse Susanne Sundfør, who we’ve worked with in the past. I just find that when I write a certain kind of song – perhaps erring more on the more melancholic side – I tend to write them with Susanne’s voice in my head. She’s very often put to work on those tracks, because she has that vibe.

“She is just such an amazing artist in every way, shape and form. It’s so fun to work with her, because she might come across as this melancholic person, but she’s quite the opposite. She can just shift gears and put so much emotion into what she does.”

Astrid S (Picture: Press)

As for rising Norwegian artist Astrid S, Berge said: “She’s the one to have taken the most people by surprise. She comes from more of a pure pop background and is quite a lot younger than us.

“That was interesting because the people we work with, like Robyn and Alison Goldfrapp, usually have the same reference points – musically and pop-culturally. But Astrid, she comes from a different place. We like to mix it up to feel invigorated and not grow stale as artists. We need to be pushed.”

Berge explained how he came across Brit School graduate Pixx after discovering videos of her on YouTube and becoming “intrigued by her music writing and vocal talents”.

“I’ve always been a fan of most things to come from the label 4AD,” he said. “She had that 4AD-ness to her. She’s a unique talent in her own right, but she has that unusual quality. She’s a fun person with interesting takes on writing music and melodies. In my head, she has a mystic quality to her and is so enigmatic.”

Karen Harding, meanwhile, was brought on board to bring “that nod to the club scene that we grew up with”. “I use the word ‘rave’ loosely, but I mean a touch of The KLF and a touch of the classic house screamer – but dialled down,” Berge explained. “That’s why we wanted her voice for the song ‘Unity’. We actually wrote that track in 1992 in my bedroom. We thought it would be nice to bring it up and made it like we made it back then.”

Röyksopp, 2022. Credit: Angelina Bergenwall

The duo also have a number of live shows on the horizon, which Berge said they were hoping to make as “immersive as possible” having met some hiccups and logistical problems due to the COVID pandemic.

“We had to make some moves and do some adjustments, but I think we still have something that’s really nice and focusses on the full, immersive experience – rather than it being a case of, ‘OK people, here’s our next song’,” he said. “We’re leaning more towards a conceptual A-Z immersive experience that draws on club culture and the likes of Kraftwerk.”

Asked if they were planning any shows in the UK, Europe and beyond, Berge sounded optimistic.

“We’ve tried to bring something together outside of Scandinavia, and I hope that we get to do something before Christmas – otherwise it’s going to be early next year,” he said. “Currently it’s ill-shaped and half-baked, but we need to find a way to best do it.”

Röyksopp announce ‘Profound Mysteries II’

‘Profound Mysteries II’ is released on August 19. Check out the full tracklist below:

1. ‘Demiclad Baboons’
2. ‘Let’s Get It Right’ (feat. Astrid S)
3. ‘Unity’ (feat. Karen Harding)
4. ‘Oh, Lover’ (feat. Susanne Sundför)
5. ‘Sorry’ (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)
6. ‘Control’
7. ‘It Was A Good Thing’ (feat. Pixx)
8. ‘Remembering The Departed’
9. ‘Tell Him’ (feat. Susanne Sundför)
10. ‘Some Resolve’

Röyksopp will also be embarking on the below tour dates this summer:

JUNE
16 – Oslo PIP – Oslo, Norway
18 – Bergenfest – Bergen, Norway  

JULY
22 – MoldeJazz 2022 – Molde, Norway 
29 – Pørtor Pensjonat – Stabbestad, Norway

AUGUST
20 – Parkenfestivalen 2022 – Bodø, Norway
26 – Verket Festival –  Mo I Rana, Norway
27 – Rakettnatt – Tromsø, Norway

SEPTEMBER
3 – Cala Mijas 2022 – Mijas, Spain 
10 – Bolivar Beach Bar – Athens, Greece (DJ set)

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Carly Rae Jepsen announces dates for 2022 North American tour

General sale starts Friday (June 10) at 10am local time. Jepsen has partnered with PLUS1 so $1 from every ticket sold will go to The Ally Coalition’s work to support homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. Tickets will be available here.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘So Nice’ tour dates

SEPTEMBER
21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion w/Bleachers
22 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage w/Bleachers
24 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
26 – Boston, MA – Roadrunner
28 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
29 – Washington, DC – The Anthem

OCTOBER
1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
2 – Norfolk, VA The – NorVa
4 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
5 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
9 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
10 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
12 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
14 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
17 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
20 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
23 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
29 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

NOVEMBER
2 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
4 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
5 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom

Last month, the singer shared a new sun-kissed video for her song ‘Western Wind’. Jepsen first debuted the track during her set at Coachella  after previously having teased the new track’s arrival on social media.

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Carly last released an album in 2020 with ‘Dedicated Side B’. She also released the standalone single ‘Me And The Boys In The Band’ later that year.

The “pick me up” track was written as an ode to life on the road, with Jepsen saying, “Here’s to all the shows we have played and have yet to play. The late-night dancers we turn into on the long bus drives and the tourists we become in the early mornings. Here’s to nostalgia city and keeping close the ones that know you best. Can’t wait for more.”

In 2020, Jepsen confirmed she’d made an “entire quarantine album” during lockdown. “It is very different,” she promised.

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Phoenix share ‘Alpha Zulu’ music video and announce new tour dates

Phoenix’s 2022 tour dates:

JUNE
08 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera In The City
10 – Lyon, France – Nuits de Fourviere
11 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
06 – St. Paul, Minnesota, US –Palace Theatre *
07 – Chicago, Illinois, US – Aragon Ballroom *
09 – New York City, New York, US – Radio City Music Hall *
10 – New Haven, Connecticut, US – Westville Music Bowl *
13 – Boston, Massachusetts – Roadrunner *
15 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – The Fillmore *
16 – Washington D.C., US – Anthem *
17-18 – Atlanta, Georgia, US – Music Midtown
19 – Nashville, Tennessee, US – Ryman Auditorium *
20 – Indianapolis, Indiana, US – Egyptian Room *
22 – St. Louis, Missouri, US – The Pageant *
23 – Bentonville, Arkansas, US – FOR_MAT Festival

OCTOBER
06 – Los Angeles, California, US – YouTube Theater *
07 – Berkeley, California, US – Greek Theatre *
10 – Denver, Colorado, US – Mission Ballroom *
12 – Kansas City, Missouri, US – Arvest Bank Theatre *
14-16 – Austin, Texas, US – ACL
18 – Mexico City, Brazil – Pepsi Center

NOVEMBER
16 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
18 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz Club
20 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
23 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
29 – Paris, France – Olympia 

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The band are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their last album, 2017’s ‘Ti Amo’.

‘Alpha Zulu’ is said to foreshadow the sound of Phoenix’s upcoming album, hinting at “bold new sonic horizons”.

The four-piece also shared a standalone single ‘Identical’ last summer. According to frontman Thomas Mars, ‘Identical’, which was released as part of the On The Rocks OST, will make it on a forthcoming album “somehow”.

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Listen to Phoenix’s turbulent new track ‘Alpha Zulu’

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The band from Versailles is currently on tour, will multiple festival dates on the horizon, including a homecoming show at Paris’ We Love Green Festival as well as a slot at Primavera Sound in Barcelona with more shows to be announced. Check out tickets here and view the current list of shows below.

Phoenix tour dates:

JUNE
1 – Nimes, FR – Paloma
3 – Saint-Brieuc, FR – Festival Art Rock
4 – Paris, FR – We Love Green
8 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera In The City
10 – Lyon, FR – Nuits de Fourviere
11 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
17-18 – Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
23-25 – Bentonville, AR – Format Festival

OCTOBER
14-16 – Austin, TX – ACL

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The four-piece shared the standalone single ‘Identical’ last summer. According to frontman Thomas Mars, ‘Identical’, which was released as part of the On The Rocks OST, will make it on a forthcoming album “somehow”.

At the time of the song’s arrival, Mars offered an update on what the band’s upcoming seventh album might sound like: “There’s no coherence and it’s a little bit like our first record, maybe; ‘United’, which had songs that would explore heavy metal and then country music.” Mars added: “This is the same sort of weird Frankenstein of an album.”

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Gently Tender announce debut album, ‘Take Hold Of Your Promise!’

News of the album comes alongside new single ‘Love All The Population’. “This song was written in the first lockdown – like lots of people I had spent many hours reflecting on the togetherness of our existence pre-pandemic,” Fryer said in a statement. “I was thinking a lot about the now-empty spaces – empty music venues particularly – not only closing because of the pandemic! So this song was a bit of a lament to those.”

Watch the video for ‘Love All The Population’ below:

You can pre-order ‘Take Hold Of Your Promise!’ here – see the tracklisting below.

‘Home Anymore’
‘Dead Is Dead’
‘Love All The Population’
‘Ain’t No River Wide Enough’
‘Sunlight In Motion’
‘True Colours (Sometime I’ll Get Through)’
‘Ain’t No Valley Low Enough’
‘Heaven Ho!’
‘God Didn’t Leave The Factory’
‘Right Time’
‘Pointless Noise’
‘This Is My Night Of Compassion’

Gently Tender have also announced a headline London show for November 14, 2022. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (June 1) at 10am – get them here.

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The band were also recently announced as support for The Big Moon’s upcoming UK tour in support of their second album, ‘Walking Like We Do’, which was released in 2020. Remaining tickets are on sale here now. See the full list of dates below.

SEPTEMBER 2022
19 – Sheffield, Leadmill
20 – Brighton, Concorde 2
21 – Birmingham, Academy 2
23 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
24 – Newcastle, Newcastle Uni
25 – Manchester, Academy 2
27 – Cardiff, Tramshed
28 – London, O2 Kentish Town Forum

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Cassyette announces ‘Sad Girl Summer’ UK tour

Tickets for the tour go on sale Wednesday June 1 and will be available here. Check out her headline tour dates below:

SEPTEMBER
09 – Glasgow, Cathouse
12 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
14 – Sheffield, Leadmill
15 – Manchester, Manchester Academy 3
19 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
20 – London, O2 Academy Islington

Earlier this month, Cassyette released two new tracks (‘Sad Girl Summer’ and ‘Dead Roses’) alongside an acoustic version of previous single ‘Mayhem’.

“I absolutely love these songs, so much so that I was really torn between putting out something that’s more pop-punk like ‘Sad Girl Summer’ or a real heavy track like ‘Dead Roses’. In the end I thought, why not just give my fans both and a stripped back version of ‘Mayhem’,” Cassyette said in a press release.

She went on to add: “‘Sad Girl Summer’ is about being cheated on. It’s a ‘fuck you’ song and I want people to feel empowered by it. Anyone that’s ever been cheated on will understand that hurt. It’s a proper rager in the chorus. I was so fed up at the time I wrote this, and I was so over crying over them. I wrote it over two days and on the first day I felt so depressed, and by the second day I wanted to turn the song around and reclaim the power.”

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Speaking to NME about how TikTok encouraged Cassyette to embrace the more extreme ends of her sound, she said, “I just find TikTok so much fun. It’s really easy to find like-minded people on there, and there’s this new alt scene forming on the platform. We all encourage each other as well, which I’ve found really inspiring.

“The music I write covers such a spectrum, from pop-rock to hardcore, metal, and deathcore, and I used to be really worried about releasing those more extreme songs. TikTok has taught me you can be more than one thing.”

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Watch kid join Limp Bizkit to rap ‘Break Stuff’ on stage in Wisconsin

Before leaving the stage, frontman Durst told the audience: “I promised this young man a little favour,” pointing to a young boy on the stage. The two then proceeded to deliver an explosive rendition of ‘Break Stuff’, taken from the band’s 1999 album ‘Significant Other’.

Keeping up with Durst throughout, the young fan not only earned the respect of the band but received mountains of applause from the crowd. You can check out his performance below.

It wasn’t the first time Limp Bizkit have called a fan up on stage to collaborate with them. Earlier in their tour, they invited someone to join them for a cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The band are on the final leg of their North American tour, which wraps up on May 31 in Ontario, Canada. They will hit the UK in September for a string of shows, including two at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

All remaining tickets can be found here. See the full list of dates below.

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SEPTEMBER 2022
7 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
8 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
11 – O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
12 – Manchester Academy, Manchester

In a three-star review of Limp Bizkit’s ‘Still Sucks’, NME‘s Ali Shutler wrote: “As much as ‘Still Sucks’ is Limp Bizkit getting back to frat-boy business, there are a couple of surprises to be found.

“‘Barnacle’ is a moody moment of grunge that showcases their versatility, while ‘Pill Popper’ might be one of the most direct critiques of the American healthcare system this side of the millennium, as spoken word intro warns: ‘The pharmaceutical industry does not create cures. They create customers’.”

The review concluded: “The band’s last album was 2011’s trashy and high octane ‘Golden Cobra’, before they spent the past decade talking up the follow-up, (tentatively titled ‘Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’).

“Despite that, this ain’t ‘Chinese Democracy’. ‘Still Sucks’ doesn’t feel laboured or overthought and never overstays its welcome. Limp Bizkit aren’t out to rewrite their history or reach a new generation. They don’t care if you still think they suck – they still know how to have a good time, and won’t stop rollin’.”

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Watch Yard Act’s James Smith and his grandad cover Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’

“Six pints of Guinness later, there he stood. He got a ‘Dave, Dave, Dave’ chant after and was absolutely buzzing. It felt good to be home, brief though it was.”

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The Leeds four-piece also recently shared a new video for their track ‘100% Endurance’, which featured on their debut album ‘The Overload’, which arrived back in January.

They are currently in the middle of a UK tour which ends at Norwich Arts Centre on Friday (May 27).

The band will perform at several festivals including Glastonbury before they hit the road for another UK tour in November. Tickets for their shows can be purchased here.

You can see Yard Act’s forthcoming UK tour dates below.

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MAY 2022
26 – O2 Academy, Leicester
27 – Arts Centre, Norwich (SOLD OUT)
28 – Wide Awake Festival, London

JUNE 2022
24-25 – Glastonbury Festival

JULY 2022
15 – Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirlingshire
21 – Secret Garden Party, Abbots Ripton
22 – Truck Festival, Oxford
22 – Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire
23 – Bluedot Festival, Cheshire
24 – Tramlines, Sheffield
27 – The Cluny, Newcastle
28 – The Caves, Edinburgh
29 – Deer Shed, Thirsk
30 – Ynot Festival, Derbyshire

SEPTEMBER 2022
4 – End Of The Road Festival, Dorset
16 – The Bullingdon, Oxford (SOLD OUT)
17 – Esquires, Bedford (SOLD OUT)
18 – O2 Institute, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
21 – Sugar Mill, Stoke
22 – The Crescent, York (SOLD OUT)
23 – Polar Bear, Hull (SOLD OUT)

NOVEMBER 2022
22 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
23 – NUSU, Newcastle
24 – O2 Academy, Leeds
25 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
26 – Marble Factory, Bristol
27 – Tramshed, Cardiff
29 – 1865, Southampton
30 – Chalk, Brighton

DECEMBER 2022
1 – O2 Kentish Town Forum, London

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Conor Oberst reportedly walks off stage during Bright Eyes gig

In later tweets, Cruz said that the karaoke went on for a few songs before the venue cancelled the show and refunded tickets.

The group are scheduled to play New Orleans’ Orpheum Theater tonight (May 23) and a New York show is scheduled for June 3.

NME has reached out to representatives of Bright Eyes for comment.

Bright Eyes played two songs. Conor Oberst walked off. And now the band is suggesting Bright Eyes karaoke with Bright Eyes for the crowd…

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

This is a disaster and I appreciate the attempt at triage but jesus pic.twitter.com/WIZDvXIs7C

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

hope Conor is okay. @WhiteOakMH employees were such champs about an increasingly not great situation. gonna go watch some basketball from my big tv instead of my gf’s phone.

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

Email from @WhiteOakMH: “Due to unexpected circumstances, Bright Eyes was unable to perform at White Oak Music Hall and the show has been officially cancelled.” pic.twitter.com/1r8Ssfu1ld

— Caitlin Cruz (@caitlinrcruz) May 23, 2022

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Last month, Bright Eyes stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to deliver a performance of ‘Dance And Sing’.

The song – which Oberst and co. performed with a full band and a miniature orchestra – features on the band’s 2020 album ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’, which marked their first full-length project in almost a decade.

The band are preparing to reissue all nine of their studio albums along with a ‘Companion’ EP featuring new recordings of songs from the original release plus a cover version from an artist they found particularly inspiring at the time.

They will kick off the campaign on May 27, with their first three albums – ‘A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997’, 1998’s ‘Letting Off The Happiness’ and 2000 LP ‘Fevers And Mirrors’.

In February, the band shared new recordings of ‘Falling Out Of Love At This Volume’, ‘Contrast And Compare’ featuring Waxahatchee, and ‘Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh’ with Phoebe Bridgers from the six-track Companion EPs.

he band have also announced a series of UK, Ireland and shows in Europe kicking off in London on August 30. Their tour will also call at Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin. You can purchase tickets here.

Bright Eyes will play:

AUGUST 2022
30 – London Eventim Apollo
31 – Manchester O2 Apollo

SEPTEMBER 2022
1 – Dublin Vicar Street
5 – Birmingham O2 Institute
6 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland

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Special Interest share new video for “battle cry” single ‘(Herman’s) House’

“Despite the sadistic torture they endured, they continued their fight towards Black liberation behind the prison walls,” they said. “This song bears witness to our wonder and desire to dismantle the oppressive systems that hinder our possibilities towards true liberation, to annihilate, to destroy and to rebuild with one another.”

Logout and Elena continued: “It’s a battle cry for dreamers who persist in spite of and because. This song moves us and it grooves us towards this end, may we go forward but not by ourselves.”

The band is currently on tour, and are set to open for Turnstile at Brooklyn’s Knockdown Center on Sunday (May 22) before embarking on a UK and European tour. View ticket details here and the full list of dates below.

Special Interest tour

MAY
22 – Brooklyn, NY – Knockdown Center
27 – London, England – The Shacklewell Arms
28 – London, England – Wide Awake
30 – Paris, France – Point Ephemere
31 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – V11

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JUNE
1 – Antwerp, Belgium – Hetbos
2 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Kohi
3 – Hannover, Germany – Cafe Glocksee
4 – Berlin, Germany – SO36
6 – Leipzig, Germany – Institut Fur Zukunft
7 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotov
10 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound

SEPTEMBER
12 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
14 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
17 – Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound

The four-piece is also set to play Primavera Sound Los Angeles this year. The festival inaugural California line-up boast Lorde, Nine Inch Nails, and Arctic Monkeys as headliners.

The sold-out Primavera Sound LA festival will take place September 16 – 18 at Los Angeles’s State Historic State Park.

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Bring Me The Horizon announce US headline tour

SEPTEMBER
22 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival
24 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center 
25 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E Arena
27 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 
28 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium 
30 – Orlando, FL – Addition Financial Arena 

OCTOBER
1 – New Orleans, LA – Emo Nite New Orleans Vacation 
3 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall  
6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum  
7 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre  
9 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
12 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
14 – Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
15 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre 
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Events Center 
18 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 
20 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium 
22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
23 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
29 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

Earlier this month, the band revealed that they’d recorded “about 45 songs” for their next release.

The band’s last project was their ‘Post Human: Survival Horror’ EP, released back in October 2020. The first of several releases, frontman Oli Sykes told NME last year they were “working on parts two, three and four simultaneously” and that they were hoping to “get songs out as soon as we can”.

The Sheffield rock giants then gave fans a taste of what they can expect from ‘Post Human 2’, sharing new single ‘DiE4u’ in September 2021.

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Speaking in a new interview, Sykes then shared an update on the record as well as their forthcoming schedule. “We’re doing lots of gigs hopefully, if the world goes alright,” he told BANG Showbiz (via Contact Music). “Lots of European festivals and we’re going to the States in September. And hopefully a new record.”

He continued: “We’ve been working on it for about a year now, we’ve got lots of music we’re just being quite picky about what we want to release. We must have about 45 songs.”

Last month, Bring Me The Horizon teamed up with Sigrid for a brand new track, ‘Bad Life’.

The song marks the latest in a strong run of collaborations released by BMTH. Prior to ‘Bad Life’, earlier in the month, the band featured on the Masked Wolf single ‘Fallout’, while March marked another team up with Machine Gun Kelly with the release of ‘maybe’.

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Arcade Fire bring ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’ to ‘Fallon’

The band then took to Fallon this week to share another track from the new record. For the rendition of ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’, the band were watched over by a giant eye, the same that hung above the stage for the band’s recent London gig at KOKO.

Watch the performance below.

Reviewing ‘WE’, NME wrote: “Our global journey from fear to appreciation is played out in what Arcade Fire themselves accurately describe as a ‘concise 40-minute epic’. Philosophically, they haven’t been so focussed since 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’, nor so musically dramatic since 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’. Subscribe.”

On the album’s release day, the band announced a massive 2022 world tour that Win told NME he hopes will be “the definitive Arcade Fire tour.”

Arcade Fire will be joined by special guest Feist for the UK and European dates, while Beck will join them to play acoustic sets in North America. UK dates take place in early September, and you can view ticket details and further information here for the UK and here for North America.

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Arcade Fire’s UK/Ireland 2022 schedule is as follows:

AUGUST 2022
30 – Dublin, 3Arena

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena Birmingham
3 – Manchester, AO Arena
5 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro
8 – London, The O2

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The Shins announce ’21st Birthday’ US tour for debut album ‘Oh, Inverted World’

“You release that first record and it’s so well embraced, but you’re always trying to get that magic back, I think,” he added. “We’ve done well, certainly, but the fervour that happened around ‘Oh, Inverted World’ we never quite reached again. It’s a special moment when you’re a new band and you’ve got what was apparently kind of a new sound. This record symbolised a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure.”

The ‘Oh, Inverted World’ anniversary tour will begin in San Francisco in mid-July and run through the whole of August before finishing up in the band’s hometown of Portland on September 16.

See a trailer for the tour and a full list of dates below. Pick up your tickets here.

JULY 2022
12 – San Francisco, The Warfield
15 – Sacramento, Memorial Auditorium
16 – Saratoga, The Mountain Winery
22 – Las Vegas, The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
23 – San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre
24 – Phoenix, Marquee Theatre
26 – Morrison, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
27 – Kansas City, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
29 – Austin, ACL Live at The Moody Theater

AUGUST 2022
1 – Houston, White Oak Music Hall
2 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
4 – Albuquerque, Kiva Auditorium
6 – Ogden, Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater
16 – Atlanta, The Eastern
17 – Nashville, Ryman Auditorium
19 – Washington DC, The Anthem
20 – Richmond, The National
23 – New York, Radio City Music Hall
26 – Philadelphia, Skyline Stage at the Mann
27 – Boston, Roadrunner
29 – Montreal, Quebec – L’Olympia
30 – Toronto, Massey Hall
31 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre

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SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Cleveland, The Agora
3 – Pittsburgh, Stage AE
4 – Columbus, Kemba Live!
6 – Saint Louis, The Factory
8 – Chicago, Chicago Theatre
10 – Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
13 – Seattle, Paramount Theatre
14 – Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
16 – Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Back in 2020, The Shins shared the single ‘The Great Divide’. Their last full-length studio record was 2017’s ‘Heartworms’, which NME gave four stars at the time, writing: “The Shins in 2017 possibly aren’t life changing, but overall Mercer’s songwriting creds are well in tact.”

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Kendrick Lamar announces ‘The Big Steppers’ 2022 world tour dates

Tickets go on general sale at 12pm local time in the US on May 20 while pre-sale tickets will go on sale the day before (May 19) at 10am local time through the Cash App. You can purchase tickets for the US dates here and UK dates here. You can view a full list of dates below.

The tour will finally wrap up with a series of dates in Australia and New Zealand in December. You can purchase tickets for those shows here.

The full list of ‘The Big Steppers Tour’ dates are as follows:

JULY 
19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
21 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
24 – Miami, FL – Rolling Loud
27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
30 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

AUGUST
2 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
4 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
5 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
7 – Long Island, NY – UBS Arena
9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
12 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
13 – Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
14 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
16 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
18 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
19 – Chicago, IL  – United Center
20 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
21 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
26 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
27 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
30 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
31 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

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SEPTEMBER
1 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
6 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
7 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
9 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10 – Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
14 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena
15 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

OCTOBER
7 – Amsterdam, NL – Ziggo Dome
10 – Prague, CZ – O2 Arena
11 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
19 – Oslo, NO – Telenor Arena
21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle
25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
26 – Laussane, CH – Vaudoise Aréna
28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle

NOVEMBER
2 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
3 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
4 – Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
5 – Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
7 – London, UK – The O2
8 – London, UK – The O2
13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
16 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

DECEMBER
1 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena
4 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
8 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
12 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Center
16 – Auckland, NZ  – Spark Arena   

Reviewing Lamar’s new record, NME awarded it five stars and described it as a “cathartic, soul-bearing autobiography”.

Split into two discs, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ contains 18 songs and runs for a total of one hour, 13 minutes.

The follow up to the Compton rapper’s 2017 album ‘DAMN’ also features Ghostface KillahKodak BlackPortishead‘s Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker and Baby Keem, while the likes of ThundercatPharrellThe Alchemist and Sampha also worked on the LP.

The rapper also shared the album’s full credits earlier today.

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Pianists to open for Rammstein on upcoming stadium tours

“Hi everyone! We are delighted to announce today our participation to Rammstein’s 2022 stadium tour!” the French concert pianists Duo Abélard announced via Instagram. “We couldn’t be more thankful to the band for inviting us, we cannot wait to see you all very soon.”

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Duo Jatekok shared their support dates on social as well, along with a piano cover of one of Rammstein’s tracks, ‘Engel’.

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Rammstein tour dates:

MAY
15 – Prague, CZ – Airport Letnany
16 – Prague, CZ – Airport Letnany
20 – Leipzig, DE – Red Bull Arena
21 – Leipzig, DE – Red Bull Arena
5 – Klagenfurt, AT – Wörthersee Stadion
26 – Klagenfurt, AT – Wörthersee Stadion
30 – Zurich, CH – Stadion Letzigrund
31 – Zurich, CH – Stadion Letzigrund

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JUNE
4 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion
5 – Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion
10 – Stuttgart, DE – Cannstatter Wasen
11 – Stuttgart, DE – Cannstatter Wasen
14 – Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion
15 – Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion
18 – Dusseldorf, DE – Merkur Spiel-Arena
19 – Dusseldorf, DE – Merkur Spiel-Arena
22 – Aarhus, DK – Ceres Park
26 – Coventry, UK – Building Society Arena
30 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium

JULY
4 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
5 – Nijmegen, NL – Goffertpark
8 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
9 – Lyon, FR – Groupama Stadium
12 – Turin, IT – Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
16 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy
20 – Tallinn, EE – Song Festival Grounds
24 – Oslo, NO – Bjerke Travbane
28 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
29 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium
30 – Gothenburg, SE – Ulevi Stadium

AUGUST
3 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
4 – Ostend, BE – Park De Nieuwe Koers
21 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau
27 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
31 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

SEPTEMBER
3 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
6 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
9 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

OCTOBER
1 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
2 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol
4 – Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol

Tickets for North American dates can be found here. Tickets for European dates can be purchased here.

In a four-star review of their latest record, NME wrote: “‘Zeit’ might be a more reflective album than previous Rammstein records, but it’s still an energetic, swaggering beast. Nearly 30 years into their career, the band remain as ambitious and as fiery as ever with their nightmarish, industrial rock sounding as daring as ever.”

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Superorganism share “deliciously obnoxious” new pop single ‘crushed.zip’

Singer Orono Noguchi added: “I was thinking about Kanye [West] and Elliott Smith a lot (which is most of the time). I wanted to do like a really depressing and personal song but with the most deliciously obnoxious pop packaging. Stuart Price’s production really elevated it to the next level.”

The London-based collective will release the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled debut on July 15 via Domino. You can pre-order/pre-save the record from here.

It boasts contributions from Stephen Malkmus, Dylan Cartlidge as well as the Japanese musician and actor Gen Hoshino.

Superorganism will showcase ‘World Wide Pop’ on a UK headline tour this autumn, which concludes with a show at Scala in London on September 21. Gigs will also take place in Europe and North America.

Before that the band will hit the road for a series of UK instore concerts to celebrate the release of their new record, which includes a stop at London’s Rough Trade East on July 15. You can view the full list of dates below and purchase tickets here.

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Superorganism’s 2022 UK tour dates are as follows:

JULY
15 – Rough Trade East, London
16 – Resident instore, Brighton
17 (afternoon) – Pie & Vinyl instore, Portsmouth
17 (evening) – Rough Trade instore, Bristol
18 – Rough Trade, Nottingham
19 – Jumbo, Leeds
20 – Pryzm, Kingston

SEPTEMBER
16 – Chalk, Brighton
17 – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
18 – SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow
20 – Gorilla, Manchester
21 – Scala, London

Reviewing the band’s self-titled debut album, NME‘s Thomas Smith wrote: “It’s full of colourful characters and, for the most part, each song plays its part in this ambitious and vibrant debut record. Little before has sounded quite as unhinged but fun.”

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Nine Inch Nails reveal 100 Gecs, Yves Tumor and more as US support acts

See the full list of dates below and view ticket details here.

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APRIL
28 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
30 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival

MAY
1 – Franklin, TN – First Bank Amphitheater
22 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
27 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling

SEPTEMBER
2 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
3 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
9 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
11 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
15 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
17 – Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound
22 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
24 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

This year’s tour follows the band cancelling their 2021 outings, due to uncertainties around the COVID pandemic remained.

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The industrial band also recently announced the details of three summer UK headline shows, in Glasgow, London and Manchester. They’re also set to play a pair of gigs at the Eden Project in Cornwall this June.

Nine Inch Nails have released both ‘Ghosts V: Together’ and ‘Ghosts VI: Locusts‘ since their last live shows.

Reviewing the records, NME wrote: “Much like Reznor said last time Ghosts swung round, ‘Ghosts: V-VI’ is music for daydreams. But it’s only fair and decent for us to let you know that it’s also music for nightmares too.”

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Lizzo announces expansive ‘Special’ North American arena tour with Latto

Lizzo ‘Special Tour’ dates CREDIT: Press

Lizzo ‘The Special Tour’ dates:

SEPTEMBER
23 – Sunrise, FL – FLA Live Arena
24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
27 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
30 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

OCTOBER
2 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
6 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
7 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
11 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
14 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
16 – Chicago, IL – United Center
18 – Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse
20 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
25 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
26 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
28 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

NOVEMBER
2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
4 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
7 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
9 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
2 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum

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Earlier this month, Lizzo shared a preview of her upcoming album with the disco-tinged single ‘About Damn Time’.

“I’ve made the song of the summer with ‘About Damn Time’,” she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in a recent interview. “I’m in my bag, and my bag is music. I’m good at music. It’s what I do.”

She continued: “‘About Damn Time’ can lead into so many conversations. It’s about damn time I feel better, it’s about damn time we get out this pandemic. It’s about damn time we to get the first black female Supreme Court Justice. There’s so many things. It’s about damn time we popped the champagne. It’s about damn time the tequila got here.”

The tour news also follows Lizzo joining Harry Styles at this year’s Coachella. Towards the end of his main set, Styles surprised the crowd by welcoming Lizzo to the stage to cover Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 disco anthem ‘I Will Survive’. The duo then sang a joint rendition of One Direction’s 2011 hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.

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Florence + The Machine share Bill Nighy-starring video for new single ‘Free’

In it, Welch plays herself, while Nighy takes on the role of Florence’s anxiety. See the pair interacting in the ‘Free’ video below.

Earlier this week, Welch and co. previewed new ‘Dance Fever’ tracks – including ‘Free’ – at a handful of intimate UK gigs, ending last night (April 19) in London.

Reviewing the London gig at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, NME wrote: “It’s apt that Florence + The Machine have chosen to wrap up an intimate tour in support of forthcoming fifth album ‘Dance Fever’ in such a grand setting. There is much religious symbolism at work: the coiled frustration of ‘Big God’ is healed by the earthly, groove-led balm of ‘What The Water Gave Me’.

“The upper register of Welch’s voice reaches a scream at ‘King’’s heaving peak, before ‘Heaven Is Here’ is blasted at the rafters.”

‘Dance Fever’ serves as the follow-up to 2018’s ‘High As Hope’, with Welch previously describing the album as “a fairytale in 14 songs”. It was co-produced by the singer alongside Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley, the latter of whom recently remixed ‘My Love’.

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The band will embark on a full UK arena tour in November, while a huge North American tour will also take place later this year, with support from Arlo ParksSam FenderKing PrincessYves TumorJapanese Breakfast and Wet Leg on select dates.

Tickets for the shows can be found here and here, and you can see the full list of dates below.

MAY 2022
6 – New York, NY – Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

SEPTEMBER 2022
2 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell
3 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
7 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
10 – Clarkson, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
12 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
14 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
16 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
20 – Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN
21 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheater
23 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
24 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
27 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
28 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

OCTOBER 2022
1 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
4 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
6 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
7 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds
9 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
12 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
14 – Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

NOVEMBER 2022
14 – Accor Arena, Paris
16 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 – The O2, London
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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The Subways share new song ‘Oi You Boy Bands’ and ‘You Kill My Cool’ video

“‘You Kill My Cool’ was written at a time when I felt love so strongly that I wanted to be consumed by it, to give myself over to it entirely,” frontman Billy Lunn said of the single.

Blake Claridge, director of the video – which you can watch below – added: “I’d always wanted to do something with a perpetual motion, and in the end it was a butchered slider, many clamps, sand bags, a piece of rope, a lot of heavy lifting, a crash mat, and throwing in a Roll Rig. I like to call it the ‘Drop-Cam’ but for insurance purposes I don’t think it would catch on.”

Watch The Subways’ ‘You Kill My Cool’ video and hear new B-side ‘Oi You Boy Bands’ below.

With a new record coming later this year, the band is set for a run of UK headline tour dates in September and October. Tickets will be available here now.

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The excursion features appearances at Truck Festival, Standon Calling, High Tide Festival, Gateways Festival and Southsea Victorious. See a full list of dates below.

MAY
20 – Bremen – Schlachthof
21 – Braunschweig – Westand
23 – Hamburg – Markthalle
24 – Cologne – Kantine
25 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
26 – Karlsruhe – Substage
28th – Kronach – DIE FESTUNG ROCKT
29th – Munch – Technikumthe

JUNE
June 1st – Leipzig – UT Connewitz
June 2nd – Dresden – Beatpol
June 3rd – Berlin – Columbiatheatre
June 4th – Amsterdam – Bitterzort
July 2nd – Bournemouth – HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL
July 21st – Hertfordshire – STANDON CALLING FESTIVAL
July 22nd – Oxford – TRUCK FESTIVAL
July 23rd – Skipton – GATEWAYS FESTIVAL

AUGUST
August 18th – GAMPEL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL
August 20th – CZECH REPUBLIC BRNO TRUTNOFF OPEN AIR FEST
August 27th – SOUTHSEA VICTORIOUS FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER
21 – Sunderland – Independent
22 – Glasgow – King Tuts
23 – Stoke – The Sugarmill
24 – Manchester – O2 Ritz
29 – London – Electric Ballroom
30 – Brighton – Chalk

OCTOBER
1 – Cambridge – Mash
2 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

Last year, the band signed to Alcopop! Records and shared the first preview of their forthcoming album which will be their first since 2015’s self-titled LP, with the Black Lives Matter-inspired single ‘Fight’.

“’Fight’ is a letter in two parts: a gesture of solidarity with the Black community and communities of colour, as they face their daily oppression at the hands of systemic racism,” said Lunn of the track.

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Wiz Khalifa and Logic announce co-headlining tour

Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 22), with pre-sales available beforehand. See full dates below and buy tickets here.

SUMMER TOUR!!!! With @wizkhalifa @Logic301 @DJDRAMA 🎟 Tickets go on sale Friday, grab pre-sale access and more info at https://t.co/RitMdb2JJ4 SEE YA!!!! pic.twitter.com/8tXaLTE897

— DJ BONICS (@DJBonics) April 18, 2022

JULY
27 – FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine
28 – YouTube Theater, Inglewood
30 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix

AUGUST
2 – Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque
3 – UTEP Don Haskins Center, El Paso
5 – Germania Insurance Amphitheater, Austin
6 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston
7 – Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas
8 – Walmart AMP, Rogers
10 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
11 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
12 – Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta
13 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach
14 – Waterfront Music Pavilion, Camden
16 – Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
17 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel
19 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow
20 – XFINITY Theatre, Hartford
21 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford
22 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield
23 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
25 – Darien Lake Amphitheatre, Darien Center
26 – Ruoff Music Center, Noblesville
27 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati
28 – The Pavilion at Star Lake, Burgettstown
30 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls

SEPTEMBER
1 – Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston
2 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis

Earlier this year, Logic dropped a brand new track called ‘Breath Control’. It’s the latest preview of the Maryland rapper and producer’s upcoming new album, ‘Vinyl Days’. He first announced the project last month, sharing a clip of himself in his home studio.

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Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa just released a collaborative album with Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and Girl Talk called ‘Full Court Press’.

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Swedish House Mafia announce Grimes and Kaytranada as tour support

In a four-star review of the new album, NME said: “Swedish House Mafia’s debut album sees the trio flexing their musical and emotional muscles across 17 brilliant, fearless and often surprising tracks. The kings of dance music are very much back.”

The group will be heading out on a world tour this summer in support of ‘Paradise Again’, with Alesso, Zhu, Vintage Culture, Grimes, and Kaytranada confirmed as opening acts at various dates. They’ve also added some extra shows to the schedule – see full dates below and buy tickets here.

JULY
29 – FTX Arena, Miami
31 – Amway Center, Orlando

AUGUST
2 – Madison Square Garden, New York
3 – Madison Square Garden, New York
5 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
7 – îleSoniq Festival, Montreal
9 – TD Garden, Boston
10 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
11 – Capital One Arena, Washington
13 – United Center, Chicago
17 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
21 – Ball Arena, Denver
25 – Moody Center, Austin
26 – American Airlines Center, Dallas
27 – Toyota Center, Houston

SEPTEMBER
2 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
4 – Pechanga Arena, San Diego
9 – Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles
13 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver
14 – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle
16 – Chase Center, San Francisco
17 – Chase Center, San Francisco
29 – AO Arena, Manchester
30 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow

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October
2 – The O2, London
6 – 3Arena, Dublin
8 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
10 – Accor Arena, Paris
14 – IFEMA Madrid Live, Madrid
15 – Altice Arena, Lisbon
18 – Mediolanum Forum, Milan
19 – Hallenstadion, Zurich
21 – Tauron Arena, Krakow
22 – O2 Arena, Prague
25 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne
27 – Olympiahalle, Munich
29 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp
31 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

NOVEMBER
3 – Stadthalle, Vienna
5 – Festhalle, Frankfurt
6 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
8 – Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg
9 – Royal Arena, Copenhagen
11 – Telenor Arena, Oslo
13 – Uros Arena, Tampere

The trio recently headlined the third night of Coachella with The Weeknd, replacing Kanye West, who pulled out of his closing night headline sets earlier this month.

The Weeknd opened his set with ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘How Can I Make You Love Me’, joined by Swedish House Mafia at the end of their own full-length set. His set then ended with a performance of their collaborative 2021 track, ‘Moth To A Flame’.

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Porridge Radio announce new album and share ‘Back To The Radio’

“The song grew out of a feeling of intense loneliness and being unprepared for what everybody was promising me was about to happen – and a strong desire to escape without knowing what I wanted to escape to,” she said in a press release. “To me, there’s a huge feeling of catharsis in this song, of letting go and letting it sweep you away.”

The song comes with a video directed by Margolin’s sister Ella and finds the singer waking up in a room where papier-mâché furniture is slowly being removed one by one. Later, she joins the rest of Porridge Radio in a room decorated with landscape scenery as people dressed all in black move her around the space. Watch it above.

‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ is released on May 20 via Secretly Canadian.

“With this album, the feelings of joy, fear and endlessness coexist together,” Margolin said of the record as a whole, adding that its title “symbolises the ups and downs of human life, of virtue and transgression”.

‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ artwork CREDIT: Press

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‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’ tracklist:

01. ‘Back To The Radio’
02. ‘Trying’
03. ‘Birthday Party’
04. ‘End Of Last Year’
05. ‘Rotten’
06. ‘U Can Be Happy If U Want To’
07. ‘Flowers’
08. ‘Jealousy’
09. ‘I Hope She’s OK 2’
10. ‘Splintered’
11. ‘The Rip’
12. ‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky’

In May, Porridge Radio will embark on a series of in-store gigs in support of the album. Five months later, they kick off their biggest tour to date. Tickets for the in-store gigs are available here, while tickets for the headline tour will be available to purchase here from 10am this Wednesday (February 23).

Porridge Radio will play the following dates in 2022:

MAY
20 – Piccadilly Records, Manchester

22 – Brudenell Social Club (Crash Records), Leeds
24 – Rough Trade East, London
25 – Resident, Brighton
26 – Rough Trade, Bristol
26-29 – Spring Gathering Festival, Derbyshire
27-28 – Sea Change Festival, Totnes 

JULY
15 – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Cardross Estate

21-24 – Blue Dot Festival, Cheshire

SEPTEMBER
01-04 – End of the Road Festival, Wiltshire

OCTOBER
20 – Foundry Sheffield, Sheffield

21 – The 1865, Southampton
22 – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
24 – Metronome, Nottingham
25 – Trinity, Bristol
26 – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
28 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
29 – Academy 2, Manchester
30 – Leeds Irish Centre, Leeds

NOVEMBER
01 – The Old Market, Brighton

02 – The Old Market – Brighton
03 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire – London

Last year, Porridge Radio shared three cover: first, a take on Love Of Everything’s ‘Happy In A Crowd’ in June, then a tender, lo-fi version of The Shins’ ‘New Slang’ in July.

Finally, in August, they delivered their spin on Wolf Parade’s ‘You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son’.

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