Things We Love This Week: Chris Farren, Michael Kiwanuka, Big Thief, Migos

Happy Friday! The weather has turned, and just as suddenly as we had a heatwave in February we’re now into relentless rain. Booo. Time to curl up with a cuppa tea and some GREAT new music.

Chris Farren

The front man from Fake Problems and one half of Antarctigo Vespucci is continuing his solo career. Chris Farren’s second solo album is going to be called ‘Born Hot’, will arrive on October 11, and will feature the single Search 4 Me. While the song is a harmless indie-pop number, the video certainly is memorable. Meet ResistCat, the latest viral phenomenon.


Big Thief

Even though they’ve already released what is in the running to be a contender for Album Of The Year, Big Thief just aren’t content with that, and have confirmed another. That’s right — ‘Two Hands’ will arrive on October 11, ahead of tour dates around the UK in 2020. Check out the hypnotic, dark indie rock of its first cut, Not, then book some sweet, sweet tickets.

Michael Kiwanuka

If modern soul is your jam, then you’re in luck. Michael Kiwanuka, who released the anthemic ‘Love & Hate’ in 2016, will release a new, almost self-titled LP at the end of October, which will get support from a ten-date UK tour in March 2020.  Hell yeah. If you like the sound of that, you’ll definitely enjoy the first taste of the record – You Ain’t The Problem hits all the right notes with African skipped rhythms and ’70s-esque production. Mmmm.

Migos

Those amigos are at it again, but this time, they’re robbing a bank. In the new video for Frosted Flakes, Quavo and Takeoff conduct an elaborate bank heist, and almost get away with it. The track comes from a compilation album comprised of artists on the Quality Control roster liek Lil Yachty, Offset, City Girls, 24Heavy and Stefflon Don, as well as appearances from Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill, French Montana, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and Young Thug.

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This Week’s New Releases: Sleater-Kinney, Killswitch Engage And The Hold Steady

The day has finally arrived, Sleater-Kinney’s new album is here! However, it does mark their last with drummer Janet Weiss so it’s all a tad bittersweet.

This week we’ve also got Killswitch Engage following up 2016’s ‘Incarnate’ and the Hold Steady putting out their seventh studio album, plus much more.

Head below to check out the rest of the new releases on offer.

Blanck Mass – ‘Animated Violence Mild’ (Scared Bones)

Frank Turner – ‘No Man’s Land’ (Xtra Mile/Polydor)

Friendly Fires – ‘Inflorescent’ (Polydor)

Illenium – ‘Ascend’ (Atralwerks)

Killswitch Engage – ‘Atonement’ (Metal Blade/Sony)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Infest The Rats’ Nest’ (Flightless Records)

Ludovico Einaudi – ‘Seven Days Walking – Day 6’ (Decca)

Mallory Knox – ‘Mallory Knox’ (A Wold At Your Door/Silva Screen)

Off With Their Heads – ‘Be Good’ (Epitaph)

Oh Sees – ‘Face Stabber’ (Castle Face)

Ride – ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ (Wichita)

Rodney Crowell – ‘Texas’ (RC1 Records)

Shura – ‘Forevher’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sleater-Kinney – ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ (Mom + Pop)

Snoh Aalegra – ‘-Ugh, Those Feels Again’ (Artium Recordings)

The Hold Steady – ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’ (Frenchkiss Records)

The Murder Capital – ‘When I Have Fears’ (Human Season)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Biffy Clyro, Lightning Seeds, Aitch, Deaf Havana, Julia Jacklin, Cradle Of Filth and more

Biffy Clyro

The Scottish rock trio will perform an intimate gig at Dundee’s Caird Hall on October 14, with tickets for the show on general sale at 9am on August 16. The show will precede the band’s previously confirmed headlining Q Awards pre-show gig at London’s Roundhouse on October 15, as well as a special show at Birmingham’s Digbeth Arena on October 17. Support acts are yet to be revealed.

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Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds, led by Ian Broudie, will continue the celebrations behind the 25th anniversary of ‘Jollification’ at shows in Gateshead, Glasgow, Bristol, Bexhill-on-Sea, Birmingham and Manchester between March 12 and 28. Each show will see the band play their 1994 third album in full, as well as a second set of greatest hits from the rest of their back catalogue. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 16. The announcement follows previously confirmed shows at the London Palladium on November 11 and Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on November 27.

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Aitch

The rapper has extended the UK and Ireland leg of the Aitch20 Tour, continuing his trek in December with dates lined up in Glasgow, Dublin, Bristol, Cambridge, Norwich, Leicester, London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester, following the previously announced September run. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 10am on August 16.

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Deaf Havana

The band will call in Brighton, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Bournemouth, Northampton, and Leeds during November, marking an end to the touring cycle for their 2018 fifth album ‘Rituals’. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on August 16. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Julia Jacklin


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The Australian singer-songwriter, who released ‘Crushing’ in February, has lined up shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester and London between November 28 and December 3. Support will come from Angie McMahon in London and Dublin and Fenne Lily in Manchester and Glasgow. Tickest go on general sale at 9am on August 16.

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Cradle Of Filth

The British extreme metallers have announced an Into The Pallademonium London show, playing ‘Cruelty And The Beast’ in full at the Palladium on October 19, continuing the 1998 album’s 20th anniversary celebrations. They will also perform “a second unspeakable act of graven favourites.” Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 16.

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Also announced this week:

Sinead O’Connor, Michael Kiwanuka, Grand Magus, Shihad, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Queen Machine, Jools Holland, Clairo, Issues, Sounds of the 60s Live with Tony Blackburn, Sounds of the 70s Live with Johnnie Walker, Aitch, Big Thief, GWAR, the Growlers, Kyle Falconer, Oliver Heldens and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Issues Confirm Autumn Headline UK Tour

Issues

The Atlanta band will tour the UK this autumn in support of their upcoming third studio album, ‘Beautiful Oblivion’, which will arrive on October 4 via Rise Records.

Pre-sale opens at 9am on August 15 for tickets to their gigs in Cardiff and London on October 12 and 17 respectively. General sale begins at 9am on August 16.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Dimmu Borgir And Amorphis To Co-Headline London O2 Forum Show In January 2020

Dimmu Borgir and Amorphis

The Nordic metal bands will play a co-headline show at London’s O2 Forum on January 22, 2020 with support from Wolves In The Throne Room as the first date of a wider European tour.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on August 15, prior to general sale at 10am on August 16.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Deaf Havana Confirm Oxford Date As Part Of Autumn Tour

Deaf Havana

The band have announced plans to call in Brighton, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Bournemouth, Northampton, and Leeds during November, marking an end to the touring cycle for their 2018 fifth album ‘Rituals’.

Pre-sale tickets for their Oxford gig on November 7 are available from 9am on August 15, prior to general sale at 9am on August 16.

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This Week’s New Releases: Slipknot, Marika Hackman, Feeder And Bon Iver

This week everyone is talking about the latest LP from masked fiends Slipknot, but face-melting records aside there’s plenty more to be getting on with this week. Feeder are back with the follow up to 2016’s ‘All Bright Electric’ and Marika Hackman’s highly anticipated new album has arrived.

It’s also worth noting that Bon Iver have dropped their new album, ‘i,i’, three weeks early. It was originally slated to arrive on August 30 but you can stream and purchase it in full now.

Head below to find out what else’s on offer.

Bon Iver – ‘i,i’ (Jagjaguwar)

Elvis Presley – ‘Live 1969 – 11 CD Box Set’ (RCA/Legacy)

Feeder – ‘Tallulah’ (Feeder/Believe)

half·alive – ‘Now, Not Yet’ (RCA)

Marika Hackman – ‘Any Human Friend’ (AMF Records/Virgin EMI)

PP Arnold – ‘The New Adventures Of…PP Arnold’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

The Regrettes – ‘How Do You Love?’ (Warner)

Rick Ross – ‘Port Of Miami 2’ (Epic)

Rudimental – ‘Distinction’ EP (Major Tom’s/Asylum Records)

Slipknot – ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ (Roadrunner)

Snow Patrol – ‘Reworked EP 1’ (Polydor Records)

Strung Out – ‘Songs Of Armor And Devotion’ (Fat Wreck Chords)

Tori Kelly – ‘Inspired By True Events’ (Capitol Records/Schoolboy Records)

 

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Lana Del Rey, Björk, Melanie Martinez, A Bowie Celebration and more

Lana Del Rey

The American pop icon, who recently shared details of her new album, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’, has lined up arena shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham as part of a spring European tour. The singer-songwriter’s plans also include North American shows this autumn, with tickets for all dates on general sale at 10am local time on August 9.

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Björk

Björk will bring her spectacular Cornucopia Tour to London’s O2 Arena on November 19, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 25 and Dublin’s 3Arena on November 28. The shows will feature her most elaborate stage design to date. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 9.

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Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez will bring her K-12 Tour across the UK and Ireland between December 2 and 12, North America in October and November, and Amsterdam and Hamburg on December 16 and 17 respectively. Tickets go on general sale from 10am on August 9.

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A Bowie Celebration

Key alumni musicians of David Bowie’s legendary backing band from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson, will perform Bowie classics together at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on January 23 and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on January 25. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on August 9.

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Also announced this week:

Biffy Clyro, the Teskey Brothers, Funeral For A Friend, Mystery Jets, Peaky Blinders: The Legitimate Festival, Idlewild, Jack Savoretti, Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins featuring 10CC, Reef, MNEK, Louise, Frank Turner, Scouting For Girls, Sigala, Skindred, Nazareth, Hollie Cook, Fat Cops, and Akala, Sunset Sons, the Twilight Sad, Levellers, Poppy, Edwyn Collins, Battles, the Joy Formidable and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Ticket Offer: Two-For-One Tickets For Fusion Festival 2019

Thinking of heading to a festival this summer? Ticketmaster are holding a special offer for you to get two-for-one Saturday and weekend tickets for Fusion Festival with Little Mix, Rudimental, Dizzee Rascal, and more!

Head here to book tickets. Offer only available until August 18 at midday. Be quick!

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Ticket Offer: Two-For-One Tickets For Jess Glynne At Bitts Park, Carlisle

Ticketmaster are holding a special offer for you to bring a friend for free when you book tickets to see Jess Glynne with special guest John Newman at Bitts Park in Carlisle on September 14.

Offer valid for a limited time only – once they’re gone, they’re gone! Head here to book!

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