Things We Love This Week: Tacocat, Nile Rodgers, The Dirty Nil

Has anyone else noticed that it’s no longer DARK ALL THE TIME? Driving to work in daylight is a godsend. Smiles and sunshine all round from now on, please. It’s almost the weekend, and your favourite blog post is strictly POSITIVE VIBES ONLY.

Tacocat – Grains of Salt

“Don’t forget to remember who the fuck you are!” Wise words from vocalist Emily Nokes of the indie surf-pop band Tacocat — one of the best names in the business. The twangy guitar-led track is the first cut from their upcoming album, ‘This Mess Is A Place’, which will arrive on May 3.

And, if room temperature milk, dyed blue, stood in giant wine glasses while some of Seattle’s best performers bust a move is your thing — because why wouldn’t it be? — be sure to check out the colourful video!

Nile Rodgers Curating Meltdown Festival

It’s time to freak out. The funk legend has been confirmed to curate the 2019 instalment of Meltdown Festival, and it’s gonna be huuuugeeeeee. The 26th edition of the event will take place at the Southbank Centre in London, with acts selected especially by the producer, songwriter, musician, composer, guitarist and sonic trendsetter Mr Rodgers himself, of course synonymous with the 1970s disco band CHIC.

Meltdown has previously been helmed by Robert Smith of the Cure, M.I.A, Guy Garvey, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, David Bowie, and Massive Attack, to name a few.

Of this prestigious position, he noted:

“To be able to curate and produce nine days of live music for the city of London, the UK and music enthusiasts visiting from all over the world is truly a dream come true. Anyone who knows my career knows that Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul, Classical, POP, New Wave, R&B, Fusion, Punk Rock, Afrobeat, Electronic and Dance music all play a role and you can expect that to be reflected in the performances we are planning.”

The Dirty Nil – Pain of Infinity Video

The Canadian punk trio have released another wacky video. If you like punks playing guitars and eating doughnuts, I’m sure you’ll like grim reapers playing guitars and eating doughnuts. Struggling at work to get their soul count up, the slackers end up hotboxing and playing their catchy song in the woods rather than doing any work. Don’t go getting any ideas, though…

Unless the idea is making a last minute trip to London tonight to catch their headline show at the Moth Club, which unbelievably is not yet sold out.

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This Week’s New Releases: ​Chaka Khan, Millencolin And SWMRS

It’s another busy one. The Queen Of Funk, aka Chaka Khan, has put out her first new full-length in 12 years, skate-punk legends Millencolin have dropped the follow up to 2015’s ‘True Brew’ and the Bay Area band SWMRS have released their second album.

Not enough for ya? Take a look below.

Aqualung – ‘Additional Futures’ EP (Okey-Donkey)

Avantasia – ‘Moonglow’ (Nuclear Blast)

Avril Lavigne – ‘Head Above Water’ (BMG)

​Betty Who – ‘Betty’ (AWAL Recordings America, Inc)

​Chaka Khan – ‘Hello Happiness’ (Island)

Czarface & Ghostface Killah – ‘Czarface Meets Ghostface’ (Silver Age)

Florida Georgia Line – ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country’ (Big Machine)

Hajk – ‘Drama’ (Jansen Records)

Hayes Carll – ‘What It Is’ (Dualton)

Jon Fratelli – ‘Bright Night Flowers’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Ladytron – ‘Ladytron’ (Ladytron)

The Long Ryders – ‘Psychedelic Country Soul’ (Cherry Red)

Mantra – ‘Dreamland’ (Dine Alone Records)

Methyl Ethel – ‘Triage’ (4AD)

Millencolin – ‘SOS’ (Epitaph)

Picture This – ‘MDRN LV’ (Republic Records)

Piroshka – ‘Brickbat’ (Bella Union)

Ryan Bingham – ‘American Love Song’ (Thirty Tigers)

SWMRS – ‘Berkeley’s On Fire’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Tedeschi Trucks Band – ‘Signs’ (Fantasy/Concord)

Tourist – ‘Everyday’ (Monday Records)

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal – ‘Suffer On’ (Run For Cover)

Woman’s Hour – ‘Ephyra’ (Practise)

Yann Tiersen – ‘All’ (Mute)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Sting and Shaggy, Sean Paul, Quincy Jones, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, Idlewild, Bury Tomorrow and more

Fresh from picking up the award for Best Reggae Album at last weekend’s 61st Grammy Awards, Sting and Shaggy will bring their ’44/876′ Tour to the UK in May with shows lined up in London, Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester. Dancehall legend, Sean Paul, meanwhile, has confirmed a spring return for an arena tour. The legendary Quincy Jones will celebrate the three albums he produced with Michael Jackson, ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’, with a live symphony orchestra at a world exclusive show at London’s O2 Arena this summer, while guitarist and founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt has confirmed four UK dates as part of his Summer of Sorcery Tour.

Sting and Shaggy

Sting and Shaggy will tour the UK together this spring, beginning on May 19 at London’s Roundhouse with additional stops lined up in Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester. The tour shares its name with the duo’s collaborative album, which picked up the gong for Best Reggae Album at last Sunday’s 61st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 15.

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Sean Paul

Sean Paul will return to the UK towards the end of May for arena shows in Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Glasgow, Brighton and Liverpool. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 15, priced £35.00/£38.00 plus booking fees.

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Quincy Jones


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Quincy Jones will celebrate the three albums he produced with Michael Jackson, ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’, with a live symphony orchestra at a world exclusive show at London’s O2 Arena on June 23. The iconic works will be performed back to back by a live orchestra, which Jones will be conducting alongside Jules Buckley. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 15, priced from £55.00 plus fees.

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Little Steven

Steven Van Zandt, who rose to fame as guitarist and founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has lined up shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol and London, where he’ll take over the Kentish Town O2 Forum. The shows will build up to his appearance at Bearded Theory festival in Derbyshire on May 26. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £36.50 plus booking fees.

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Idlewild

The Scottish band will tour the UK shortly after the release of their first album in four years, ‘Interview Music’, due on April 5, following up 2015’s ‘Everything Ever Written’, which was recorded after a lengthy hiatus. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 15.

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Bury Tomorrow

The metalcore quintet, who put out ‘Black Flame’ last year, have lined up their only UK shows of the year in Portsmouth, Nottingham, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London, where they’ll play the Roundhouse, in December. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 15, priced £20.00/£22.50 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

Tenacious D, Hozier, Noel Gallagher, Post Malone, Ms Lauryn Hill, Liam Gallagher, Kris Kristofferson, Levellers, the Zutons, Death Blooms, Vampire Weekend, Mini Mansions, Weyes Blood, Wilco, Dave Hause, Fuzzy Sun, Saara Alto, Christopher Cross and many more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Tour Of The Week: Mariah Carey Reveals Spring UK And European Dates For ‘Caution’ World Tour

Mariah Carey has lined up spring dates for the UK and European leg of her ‘Caution’ World Tour. Mariah Carey tickets are on sale now, priced from £55.00 plus fees.

The pop vocalist will head to the UK and Ireland following the opening 22-date North American leg of the tour, which gets underway in Dallas, Texas later this month and continues through to early April.

Her visit to the UK will feature three dates at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London towards the end of May, not long after a performance at Dublin’s 3Arena on May 22. Her plans also include European dates in Paris, Hamburg, Aalborg, Barcelona, Bordeaux and Amsterdam between June 1 and 13.

The tour shares its name with Carey’s new album, which arrived last November and followed up 2014’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’. Speaking to Billboard, Carey teased what fans can expect from the tour.

“What I want my fans to know is that I can’t wait to be there with them, performing new material, performing songs that they’ve heard over the years that they love and that they’re singing back to me. Having an experience with them has always been one of my favourite things throughout my career.”

Mariah Carey Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed May 22 2019 – DUBLIN 3Arena (Ireland)
Sat May 25 2019 – LONDON London Royal Albert Hall (United Kingdom)
Sun May 26 2019 – LONDON London Royal Albert Hall (United Kingdom)
Mon May 27 2019 – LONDON London Royal Albert Hall (United Kingdom)
Sat June 01 2019 – PARIS Palais De Congres (France)
Sun June 02 2019 – HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena (Germany)
Tue June 04 2019 – AALBORG Hallen (Denmark)
Tue June 11 2019 – BORDEUX Arkea Arena (France)
Thu June 13 2019 – AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome (Netherlands)

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, AJ Tracey And Queen Zee

This week’s new releases list is almost as diverse as the crowd in the Star Wars cantina scene. Ariana Grande has promptly followed up 2018’s ‘Sweetener’, while West London rapper AJ Tracey has released his self-titled debut LP, as have the force of nature that is Liverpool’s Queen Zee.

Still want more? Fill those boots below.

AJ Tracey – ‘AJ Tracey’ (AJ Tracey)

Ariana Grande – ‘Thank U, Next’ (Republic Records)

Beast In Black – ‘From Hell With Love’ (Nuclear Blast)

Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

Cass McCombs – ‘Tip Of The Sphere’ (Anti-)

HEALTH – ‘Vol. 4: Slaves Of Fear’ (Concorde/Lorna Vista)

Jessica Pratt – ‘Quiet Signs’ (City Slang)

Jozeg Van Wissem & Jim Marmusch – ‘An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil’ (Sacred Bones)

The Lemonheads – ‘Varshons 2’ (Fire Records)

Mercury Rev – ‘Bobboe Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited’ (Bella Union)

Panda Bear – ‘Buoys’ (Domino)

Queen Zee – ‘Queen Zee’ (Sasstone)

Said The Whale – ‘Cascadia’ (Arts & Crafts/Caroline)

Wiz Khalifa and Currenc$y – ‘2009’ (Jet Life Recordings)

Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

YAK – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Mariah Carey, Brad Paisley, BLACKPINK, Impractical Jokers, Gojira, Bear’s Den, Skunk Anansie and more

Mariah Carey has added spring UK and European dates to her Caution World Tour, which shares its name with the pop vocalist’s latest album, out now. Country superstar Brad Paisley, meanwhile, will play London’s O2 Arena And Dublin’s 3Arena in October, joined by Chris Lane for both dates, who will be making his UK live debut. K-pop girl group sensation BLACKPINK have added a Manchester stop on May 21 to their world tour.

Impractical Jokers have announced a UK and Ireland tour starring the Tenderloins, that’s the guys from Comedy Central’s Impractical Jokers, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano. They’ll bring their The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour to arenas in October.

Mariah Carey

The pop vocalist has lined up a show at Dublin’s 3Arena on May 22 plus three nights at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall as part of the European leg of her Caution World Tour, which shares its name with the singer’s latest album, out now. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 8, priced £55.00 plus fees.

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Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley will bring his world tour to London’s O2 Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena in October, joined by rising star Chris Lane for both dates, who will be making his UK live debut. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 8, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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BLACKPINK

The Korean vocal group will now kick off the UK and European leg of their world tour at Manchester Arena on May 21, ahead of stops in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, and Barcelona. Tickets for the new date go on general sale at 9am on February 8, priced £55.00 plus fees.

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Impractical Jokers 

Impractical Jokers, aka the Tenderloins, better known as stars of Comedy Central’s Impractical Jokers, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano, have announced details of an autumn UK and Ireland tour called The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 8. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Gojira

The French metal titans will call in Birmingham, Manchester and London, where they’ll take over the O2 Academy Brixton on June 30. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 8, priced £27.50/£30.00 plus fees.

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Bear’s Den

With their new album, ‘So That You Might Hear Me’, due out on April 26, Andrew Davie and Kev Jones have announced shows in Nottingham, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and London, where they’ll play the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 23. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 8, prices start at £22.50 plus fees.

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Skunk Anansie

Skunk Anansie will take over London’s O2 Academy Brixton on August 17, Manchester Academy the following day and O2 Academy Bristol on August 19, hot on the heels of their recently announced headline set at this year’s Beautiful Days Festival in Devon. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 8, priced £27.50/£32.50 plus fees.

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Also announced this week:

Hugh Jackman, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Kamasi Washington, Picture This, Peter Hook and the Light, Yungblud, Good Cop Bad Cop, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, Hellogoodbye, Busted, Fontaines DC, Swervedriver, Queensryche, Keith Urban, the Specials, IAMDDB, Jack Savoretti, Billy Bragg, Blood Red Shoes, Angel Haze, Sharon Van Etten, Black Stone Cherry, Lizzo, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Interpol, the Chemical Brothers, Charly Bliss, Kris Kristofferson and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Nile Rodgers And Chic Announce Summer Haydock Park Racecourse Show

Nile Rodgers And Chic

Nile Rodgers and Chic, who put out ‘It’s About Time’ last year, will perform at Haydock Park Racecourse on June 22.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, ahead of general sale at 8am on February 8, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: 2ManyDJs At London’s Electric Brixton

2ManyDJs


(Photo: Rob Walbers)

The Belgian Dewaele brothers will take over Electric Brixton for one of their biggest UK shows to date on April 5.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on February 7, ahead of general sale at 10am on February 8.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Impractical Jokers Plot The Cranjis McBasketball UK Comedy Tour Starring The Tenderloins

Impractical Jokers aka the Tenderloins

Impractical Jokers, also known as the Tenderloins, will return to the UK and Ireland for The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour, calling at arenas in Belfast, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena on October 17.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on February 7, ahead of general sale at 10am on February 8, priced from £25.00 plus fees.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Haçienda Classiçal At Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Haçienda Classiçal

Haçienda Classiçal, the brainchild of the famous club’s former resident DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, will take over Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on June 8. The legendary show will also return to London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 6.

Pre-sale tickets for the Scarborough show are available at 9am on February 7, prior to general sale at 9am on February 8.

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