This Week’s New Releases: Pet Shop Boys, Wire and Wolf Parade

For those of you who still haven’t been paid since December, we feel you! Drown out your sorrows with some new tunes.

Pet Shop Boys have followed up 2016’s ‘Super’, post-punk veterans Wire have released ‘Mind Hive’ and Wolf Parade have put out LP #5.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Black Lips – ‘Sing In A World Thats Falling Apart’ (Fire Records)

Bohren and der Club of Gore – ‘Patchouli Blue’ (Ipecac)

Breaking Benjamin – ‘Aurora’ (Spinefarm Records)

Caspian – ‘On Circles’ (Triple Crown Records)

Depeche Mode – ‘MODE’ (Warner Bros/Wea)

En Attendant Ana – ‘Juillet’ (Trouble In Mind)

Pet Shop Boys – ‘Hotspot’ (X2)

Pia Fraus – ‘Empty Parks’ (Seksound)

PYOGENESIS – ‘A Silent Soul Screams Loud’ (AFM Records)

Simon and Garfunkel – ‘Live At Carnegie Hall 1969’ (Sony)

Various Artists – ‘The Turning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)’ (KRO Records)

Wire – ‘Mind Hive’ (Pink Flag)

Wolf Parade – ‘Thin Mind’ (Sub Pop)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: My Chemical Romance, Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher, The National, Morrissey, Dave Chappelle and more

My Chemical Romance

The recently reformed My Chemical Romance will take over Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on June 20 for their first gig together on this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 2011. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on January 24 and will be limited to six per person for standing and four per person for seating.

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Kendrick Lamar at BST Hyde Park

The award-winning rapper will top the BST Hyde Park bill on July 5 with support from special guests James Blake and Brittany Howard, plus more that are yet to be confirmed. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Noel Gallagher


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The former Oasis guitarist and band will play two hometown gigs at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on March 24 and 25 before heading to London’s Royal Albert Hall for a performance in aid of Teenage Cancert Trust on March 27. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on January 24.

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The National

The band, who released ‘I Am Easy To Find’ in 2019, will perform two unique sets at O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 1 and 2. They’ve also lined up a Paris show at Salle Pleyel on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on January 24.

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Morrissey

The former Smiths frontman will perform at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on March 6, Cologne Palladium on March 9, Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 11 and the SSE Arena Wembley in London on March 14. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 24.

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Dave Chappelle

The award-winning American comedian and actor will take over Leicester Square Theatre in London for five nights between February 9 and 13. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Also announced this week:

Alicia Keys, BTS, Milk Teeth, the Chats, Twinnie, Stereophonics, Groove Armada, Nile Rodgers, Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, Ella Eyre, Manic Street Preachers, Whitesnake, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Hi-Tide Festival, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jessie J, Bastille, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein In Conversation, Real Estate, Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Rufus Wainwright, Van Morrison, Yusuf Cat Stevens, KT Tunstall, Rick Astley, Richard Hawley, Primal Scream, King Creosote, the Jesus And Mary Chain, Edwyn Collins, Summer Nights at the Bandstand, Ozuna, Lupe Fiasco, the Slow Readers Club, Crash Test Dummies, Weyes Blood, the Fratellis and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Thundercat, Big Yawn, Cheerbleederz

Hello young soul! I presume you’re here because you want some GREAT music in your ears on this fabulous Friday. Welcome home.

Thundercat

Thundercat’s back! Not that he’s really been gone for that long, but it does feel like a while since 2017’s ‘Drunk’. The R&B artist will release a new LP, ‘It Is What It Is’, on April 3 through Brainfeeder. Oh, and what’s more? The record will feature collabs with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD and loads more. Sweeeet.

The first cut comes in the form of Black Qualls, a smooth-landing piece of soul that takes inspiration from 1970s harmonies and guitar licks in parts, but structure-wise is surprisingly all over the place and so, so enjoyable. (Also, check out his distinguished outfit in the pic above. So chic.)

Big Yawn

I mostly included Big Yawn in this week’s blog because I was in the middle of doing a big yawn when I saw it pop in my inbox. That, my friends, is what they call fate. As it happens, the experimental electronic band’s new single Skin Rat (ewww) sounds a bit like that moment in a dark, underground cocktail bar where you get lost on the way back from the loo and can’t really hear anything except some pretty trancey beats. It’s woozy, trippy and rhythmically very interesting.

Skin Rat is the first single to be taken from their new album, ‘No!’ which is due on March 6. The album’s title comes from the frequent use of the word in the studio, the band eloquently say. “The louder, the looser, the more laconic it’s said, the bigger a laugh it gets. The joke is that NO actually means a yes. It’s an expression of camaraderie, a refusal to take shit super serious like”.

Cheerbleederz

We all love anthropomorphism. That’s why Cheerbleederz’ video for Disco gets a mention this week! Their adorable stop-motion video was created by Jono Ganz and tells the tale of a lonely plant — who over the course of the clip grows eyes, wears a checkered shirt and gets licked by a snail — trying their best to fit in, and in the end embracing their differences, growing into a huge vine and making friends with the other plants.

Wholesome, lovable fun with a great message, the track is the second from indie-pop trio’s second EP, ‘Lobotany’, which is due on February 7. In addition, they’ll play Wales Goes Pop in April, so you should get some tickets for that. Although I cannot promise any dancing plants, I’m afraid.

Smell ya later, alligator.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: John Bishop Adds Autumn And Winter Shows To Work In Progress Tour

John Bishop

Comedian John Bishop has added further dates to his Work In Progress Tour, with the new run of shows beginning at the Regent Theatre in Stoke on September 8 and concluding with a Brentwood Live show on December 11.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, prior to general sale at 10am on January 20.

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This Week’s New Releases: Halsey, Bombay Bicycle Club And Mac Miller

We love a mixed bag, and this week is no exception. Halsey has put out the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ and Bombay Bicycle Club have returned with their first new album in six years. We’re also lucky enough to have a posthumous Mac Miller record. ‘Circles’ is considered a sister album to his 2018 LP ‘Swimming’.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Algiers – ‘There Is No Year’ (Matador Records)

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – ‘X: The Godless Void and Other Stories’ (InsideOut)

Anti-Flag – ’20/20 Vision’ (Spinefarm/Universal)

Bill Fay – ‘Countless Branches’ (Dead Oceans)

Blood and Brutality – ‘Fatal’ (Blood and Brutality Records)

Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ (Mmm… Records)

British Lion – ‘The Burning’ (Warner Music)

Gabrielle Aplin – ‘Dear Happy’ (Never Fade/AWAL)

Halsey – ‘Manic’ (Virgin EMI/Capitol)

Holy Fuck – ‘Deleter’ (Holy EF Music)

InMe – ‘Jumpstart Hope’ (Killing Moon Records)

Little Big Town – ‘Nightfall’ (Decca Records)

Louise Redknapp – ‘Heavy Love’ (Lil Lou Records Ltd/Warner Music)

Mac Miller – ‘Circles’ (Parlophone/Warner Records)

Marcus King – ‘El Dorado’ (Spinefarm Records)

Mura Masa – ‘R.Y.C.’ (Polydor)

Of Montreal – ‘Ur Fun’ (Polyvinyl)

Pale Saints – ‘Comforts Of Madness (30th Anniversary Remaster)’ (4AD)

Pinegrove – ‘Marigold’ (Rough Trade)

Slingbaum – ‘Slingbaum One’

Whyte Horses – ‘Hard Times’ (CRC Records)

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Things We Love This Week: Celeste, Fontaines D.C., Peaness

Congratulations! You made it through the first full working week of the year! It was long and painful, but you got there. Nice one! To celebrate, treat yourself to a sprinkling of music news that happened over the past seven days.

Celeste

If you’re feeling a bit dull and drab at the start of a new decade, here’s something to make you feel even worse! Some people in our vicinity are absolutely smashing 2020, and it’s only January 10. You could have been this productive too, had you not been sprawled on the sofa snaffling extra large Galaxy bars for the last two weeks (guilty!). Celeste, a soul and R&B singer from Brighton, won the BBC Sound of 2020 award this week. What a way to start the year! She’s also got tour dates planned for April. Have you?

After the announcement on Thursday, she revealed a new single, Stop This Flame, as if to further confirm everyone’s already solid opinions about her amazing vocal talent. Opening with a Brubeck-inspired piano riff, the song transports the listener to a pop-inflected piece of contemporary soul that I’m sure will soon attract the fans of Emeli Sandé.

Fontaines D.C.

Our favourite Irish punk poets have shared a new video! The clip for Liberty Belle, a track from the album ‘Dogrel’ that dominated 2019, gets a mention this week because it highlights the incredible year that these lads have had.

The video is simple — footage from gigs they’ve played on a massive world tour, from festivals stages to sweaty underground venues, and of course, at the iconic Vicar Street in their hometown of Dublin. If all this footage is giving you serious FOMO, you’re in luck. They have more UK tour dates in 2020, including a massive show at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, in July. Is it too real for ya?

Peaness

These guys love an unusual chord, and so do we. Peaness are an indie-pop trio from Chester who have been involved with the BBC Introducing scene for a while now, but have been relatively quiet since the release of their second EP ‘Are You Sure?’ in 2017. Kaizen, their newest bop, is sure to give you all those positive Friday feels.

Tight, summery chords à la Phoenix take control in the verses, and the title itself is a Japanese word that translates to “change for the good”. If that’s not something to pop on your resolutions list, I don’t know what is. Check out the lighthearted and upbeat video below, referencing all kinds of Japanese pop and gaming culture. Oh look, they have live shows planned too!

Woohoo! You made it to the weekend. See you next week for more fun music news. Ciao!

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This Week’s New Releases: Selena Gomez, Poppy And The Big Moon

There’s no way to ask ‘Did you miss us?’ without sounding like some creep in a horror b-movie, so we won’t. But we know you did.

And we’re back with a bang! Selena Gomez has released the highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s ‘Revival’, Poppy has shared her metal venture, and the Big Moon have put out LP #2.

Still want more? You know the drill, fill your boots below.

Beach Slang – ‘The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City’ (Bridge Nine Records)

The Big Moon – ‘Walking Like We Do’ (Fiction Records)

Field Music – ‘Making A New World’ (Memphis Industries)

Georgia – ‘Seeking Thrills’ (Domino)

Michael Malarkey – ‘Graveracer’ (Cap on Cat/Kartel)

Poppy – ‘I Disagree’ (Sumerian Records)

Selena Gomez – ‘Rare’ (Interscope Records)

Sore Eros – ‘Sore Eros’ (Feeding Tube Records)

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This Week’s New Releases: Stormzy, Harry Styles And Stone Stour

This will be our last new releases blog post of 2019. As things wind down for Christmas, so do we. Lucky we’ve got some whoppers to finish the year with then isn’t it?!

Stone Sour have shared their first live record, while Stormzy has put out the follow-up to his Mercury Prize-winning debut and Harry Styles has dropped his second solo LP.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Blake Shelton – ‘Fully Loaded: God’s Country’ (Warner)

Duster – ‘Duster’ (Muddguts)

Free Nationals – ‘Free Nationals’ (OBE Empire)

Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’ (Columbia)

KAYTRANADA – ‘Bubba’ (RCA)

Pink Floyd – ‘Later Years [Box Set]’ (Sony)

Stone Sour – ‘Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno'(Cooking Vinyl)

Stormzy – ‘Heavy Is The Head’ (Atlantic/Merky)

YFN Lucci – ‘HIStory’ (Think It’s A Game/Warner)

We’ll see you in the new year with more new music!

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Things We Love This Week: Phoebe Bridgers, LadBaby, Wille Edwards

Cheer up! There are so many more important things going on in the world than elections and Brexit. There are people less fortunate than you or I, struggling to keep the fridge full, find a roof, or have a doctor who cares. So this week’s blog post is dedicated to the musicians trying to make a difference in this mad, mad world. Cheers!

Phoebe Bridgers 

Last year, Phoebe Bridgers treated us to the beauty that was Christmas Song. This festive season, we’re getting another delightfully gentle holiday song, but 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night comes with a critical twist.

Along with help from the National frontman Matt Berninger and backing vocals from Fiona Apple, Bridgers’ take on Silent Night is a soft performance underneath a depressing news broadcast.

100%  of the profits will go to Planned Parenthood, and the track comes with a statement from Phoebe: “Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump. And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you. Thanks Fiona, Matt, Simon, and Garfunkel.”


LadBaby

I’m not entirely sure who or what LadBaby is, but I couldn’t escape that name this week. Everywhere you looked, there was something about sausage rolls. More than anything, it was making me hungry.

Lunch over, and it turns out the comedy group, led by parenting YouTuber Mark Hoyle, hit the number one Christmas single spot last year with the charity single We Built This City On Sausage Rolls. They’re back with their love for savoury pastries in 2019.

I Love Sausage Rolls was recorded at Abbey Road (YEP!) and is as hilarious and silly as you might imagine. But it’s all in the name of a good cause, and that’s why we’re featuring it this week — proceeds from the track will go to the Trussell Trust, whose mission is to end the need for food banks in the UK. Watch and enjoy below.

Wille Edwards

It’s a bit grey outside, the rain hasn’t stopped for about eighteen weeks, and everything is cold. We all hate it, but think yourself lucky some people don’t have a cosy warm home to return to at the end of the day.

Wille Edwards (from Wille And The Bandits, who are on tour next year) is trying to raise awareness of the UK’s homelessness crisis with his new powerful, heartfelt anthem, Houses On The Sand.

The atmospheric track uses sparse guitars and the dramatic vocals of Wille to comment on “the system that has failed” and what it’s like to struggle in that broken system.

Do some good over the weekend by buying one of these singles or donating to a charity you believe in. Get in the Christmassy spirit!

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Aerosmith, The Eagles, Crowded House, Queen And Adam Lambert, Il Divo, Brockhampton, Greenwich Music Time Feat. Lewis Capaldi, McFly, Ms Lauryn Hill, Mrs Brown’s Boys and more

Aerosmith

The Boston rockers will celebrate their 50th anniversary with performances at London’s O2 Arena on July 15 and Manchester Arena on July 18. The brace of shows are part of a wider summer European tour, with tickets on general sale at 9am local time on December 13.

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The Eagles


Photo: Ron Koch

The Eagles will bring their Hotel California Tour to London’s Wembley Stadium next summer, performing the iconic 1976 album in full followed by a greatest hits set on August 29 and 30. The shows will mark the band’s only European concerts of 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 14.

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Crowded House

Crowded House will reunite for their first European tour in more than 10 years, calling in Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Cork, Dublin, Manchester and London, where they’ll play two nights at the Roundhouse, between June 16 and July 5. The tour also heads to Berlin, Cologne, Zeeland, Landgraaf, where they’ll play Pinkpop Festival, and Werchter, where they’ll perform at TW Classic festival. Tickets go on sale on December 13, at 9am local time for the UK dates and 10am local time for the European shows. Tickets for the previously announced Irish dates are already on sale.

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Queen And Adam Lambert

Queen and Adam Lambert have added five extra London dates to the UK leg of The Rhapsody Tour next summer. In addition to their five previously announced shows at the O2 Arena, original members Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus longtime frontman Lambert, will also perform at the Greenwich venue on June 8, 17, 18, 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now.

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Il Divo

The vocal group will bring their Christmas With Il Divo Tour to Southend, Bath, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Hull, Brighton, Bournemouth, and London, where they’ll perform a huge show at the SSE Arena Wembley on December 12, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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Brockhampton

As part of their spring European tour, the rap troupe have lined up shows in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Academy Brixton on May 19. Tickets go on sale at 10am on December 13.

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Greenwich Music Time Feat. Lewis Capaldi, McFly, Ms Lauryn Hill

Lewis Capaldi, McFly and Ms. Lauryn Hill have been confirmed for next summer’s Greenwich Music Time at London’s Old Royal Naval College on July 9, 10 and 11, respectively. Sarah Brightman will also perform on July 6, and Lea Salonga and John Barrowman will co-headline on July 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 13. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show Encore Tour will take over UK arenas in summer 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

Slipknot, Knotfest UK, the Who, IAMDDB, M Huncho, the Orb, New Hope Club, the Overtones, Longitude feat. Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Duran Duran, Liam Gallagher, Fletcher, Go West, Paul Young, Madness, Amy Wadge, James Arthur, Beverley Knight, Thundercat, Lee Brice, Feeder, Lovebox feat. Khalid, Disclosure and Tyler the Creator, Rudimental, Ezra Furman, Tom Clarke, Chuck Ragan, Ellie Taylor, Dermot Kennedy, Bryan Ferry, Clutch, Boomtown Rats, John Bishop, Jonathan Pie, Nathaniel Rateliff, Pete Tong and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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