Things We Love This Week: Sacred Paws, Tame Impala, Marvin Gaye, Angie McMahon

Although perilously tempted to include Lighthouse Family’s comeback in this week’s blog post, I have since been informed by the official Office Nark Police that that would be an incredibly lame thing to do. Hence, you’re not going to find out that anything about their new album or new tour. No Ocean Drive for you.

Sacred Paws

What a delightfully fun band. In a world where the Antlers are celebrating 10 years of the heart-breaking ‘Hospice’ and Daughter’s Elena Tonra can’t stop drowning herself depressedly in alcohol on her latest project ‘Ex: Re’, I am a firm believer that Sacred Paws are the antidote to all the sadness around us in 2019.

Aside from the upbeat, jangly guitars and an indie-pop rhythm section, they’re even having fun in the video. How can I join?

Tame Impala

Tame Impala have released a new single, and it’s SO Tame Impala. Their first new material (apart from the endless side projects members partake in) since 2015’s ‘Currents’, think peak Kevin Parker vocals, a groovy bass line and some retro disco keys, and you’ve got yourself a psychedelic triumph. Nice one, lads.

While it’s hoped to be the first sign of a new album, nothing’s been confirmed. Fingers crossed!

Marvin Gaye

What’s going on? I heard through the grapevine that some previously unreleased Marving Gaye material is dropping this spring. ‘You’re The Man’, a double LP recorded in 1972, will arrive through Motown/UMe on March 29, followed by a CD release on April 2 — which would have been the legend’s 80th birthday.

There simply ain’t no mountain high enough for that guy to climb, even posthumously.

Angie McMahon

McMahon won the Grulke Prize at SXSW last week —a title given to the most notable developing artists from outside the US. But prestige is nothing something that’s prevalent in her new single, which is about being bored, eating pasta, and playing with dogs. This couldn’t be more relatable to my entire life if she tried. It also helps that the song is super accessible, with a volta midway through turning that frown upside down.

“I spend so much time eating pasta,” she sings. Same, girl. I got you.

Catch McMahon at her one-off UK show at the Lexington in London on May 28.

HAPPY FRIDAY ONE AND ALL. I’m off for a week now. Laters.

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This Week’s New Releases: American Football, Van Morrison And Jenny Lewis

This week is BUSY! American Football have dropped LP #3 — not making us wait seven years, like they did for the follow up to their debut LP. Meanwhile, Van Morrison has already followed up ‘The Prophet Speaks’, which came out in December, and Jenny Lewis has shared her fourth album — which boasts contributions from a backing band featuring Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams.

Fancy something else? Fill your boots below.

American Football – ‘American Football’ (LP3) (Big Scary Monsters)

Andrew Bird – ‘My Finest Work Yet’ (Virgin EMI)

Apparat – ‘LP5’ (Mute)

Avey Tare – ‘Cows On Hourglass Pond’ (Domino)

Bonnie Tyler – ‘Between The Earth And The Stars’ (earMUSIC via Absolute)

Connie Constance – ‘English Rose’ (AMF/Virgin EMI/Universal Music Operations Limited)

Crows – ‘Silver Tongues’ (Balley Records)

Dean Lewis – ‘A Place We Knew’ (Universal Music Australia/Island Records Australia)

Ex Hex – ‘It’s Real’ (Merge)

Fil Bo Riva – ‘Beautiful Sadness’ (Humming Records)

Ibibio Sound Machine – ‘Doko Mien’ (Merge)

Iron & Wine – ‘Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe)’ (Sub Pop)

Jenny Lewis – ‘On The Line’ (Warner Bros)

Kaori Muraji – ‘Cinema’ (Decca Classics)

La Dispute – ‘Panorama’ (Epitaph)

Lambchop – ‘This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)’ (City Slang)

Lucy Rose – ‘No Words Left’ (Communion JV)

Maverick Sabre – ‘When I Wake Up’ (FAMM)

Megadeth – ‘Warheads On Foreheads’ (UMC)

Michael Ball – ‘Coming Home To You’ (Decca)

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Miss Universe’ (ATO Records)

Sleeper – ‘The Modern Age’ (Gorsky Records)

Spiral Stairs – ‘We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized’ (Nine Mile Records)

Strand of Oaks – ‘Eraserland’ (Dead Oceans)

Tamaryn – ‘Dreaming The Dark’ (DERO Arcade)

These New Puritans – ‘Inside The Rose’ (Infectious Records)

Van Morrison – ‘The Healing Game’ (Sony)

Wallows – ‘Nothing Happens’ (Atlantic)

Yungblud – ‘Yungblud (Live In Atlanta)’ (Locomotion Recordings/Geffen Records)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Vampire Weekend, Somerset House Summer Series, Charles Esten, Years And Years, Frank Skinner and more

New York’s Vampire Weekend have rolled out autumn dates for the UK and European leg of their Father of the Bride Tour, which shares its name with the band’s upcoming album, while Somerset House Summer Series will host performances from the Internet, Nao, Sons Of Kemet, Jacob Banks, Rosalía, Doves, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Parcels, Cut Copy, Soulection and Gossip during July.

Nashville star and musician Charles Esten will call in Manchester, Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham, Bristol and London in October and synth-pop trio Years and Years will take over Scarborough Open Air Theatre in July. Lastly, stand up comedian Frank Skinner will perform new material for the first time in five years at 45 shows across the UK and Ireland this autumn.

Vampire Weekend

Led by Ezra Koenig, the New York band have confirmed UK and European shows throughout November, including gigs at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, the O2 Academy Birmingham and London’s Alexandra Palace, as well as stops in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on March 22.

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Somerset House Summer Series featuring the Internet, Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, the Good the Bad the Queen, Gossip and more

Between July 11 and 21, Somerset House in London will host performances from headliners the Internet, Nao, Sons Of Kemet, Jacob Banks, Rosalía, Doves, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Parcels, Cut Copy, Soulection and Gossip. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on March 22.

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Charles Esten

The actor and musician, known for his role as country singer Deacon Claybourne on the TV show Nashville, will call in Manchester, Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham and Bristol between October 19 and 25, before taking over London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 27. Support will come from the Adelaides. Tickets are on sale now, priced between £29.50 and £39.50 plus fees.

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Years and Years

The trio, who released ‘Palo Santo’ last year, will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on the Yorkshire Coast on July 18. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 22.

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Frank Skinner

The stand up comedian will perform new material for the first time in five years at 45 shows across the UK and Ireland this autumn, beginning in Ipswich on September 13 and concluding at Jersey’s Opera House on December 11. Tickets go on sale at 10am on March 22.

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Also announced this week:

Bonnie Tyler, Eddie Vedder, Jade Bird, Lighthouse Family, Billie Marten, Andy Black, Fink, La Dispute, Doves, Ms Banks, The Dead South, Kid Trunks, Cloud Nothings, Stephen Malkmus, A1, Megan McKenna, Rufus Du Sol, Busted at Hampton Court Palace festival, Imelda May, Mike Krol, The Tallest Man on Earth, AJR, Broken Social Scene, Metz, the Mavericks, Cate Le Bon, Turin Brakes, Kris Kristofferson, Calexico and Iron and Wine, Nafe Smallz, The Nightmare Before Christmas Live and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Rod Stewart Adds Third And Final Glasgow Date To Autumn Tour

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart has announced a third night at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena.

Due to demand the legendary vocalist will now take over the venue on November 26, in addition to his previously announced stops there on November 28 and 30.

His autumn tour plans also include arena shows in Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and London, where he’ll take over the O2 Arena on December 17 and 19.

Pre-sale is open now, ahead of general sale at 9am on March 22.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Jess Glynne Announces Summer Show At Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Jess Glynne

The Grammy Award-winning pop singer will head to the Yorkshire coast this summer for a show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on July 21.

Glynne is touring off the back of her 2018 album ‘Always In Between’ and has a busy few months ahead, with shows also scheduled in Europe and the US, as well as extensive dates and festival performances across the UK.

Pre-sale is open now, ahead of general sale at 9am on March 22.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Years And Years Line Up Summer Show At Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Years and Years

Years and Years have announced a summer show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The trio, who last year released their sophomore album, ‘Palo Santo’, will head to the Yorkshire Coast on July 18.

Pre-sale is open now, ahead of general sale at 9am on March 22.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Bonnie Tyler Announces First London Show In Four Years

Bonnie Tyler

The legendary vocalist, best known for tracks Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero, will play the Palladium on September 18.

Pre-sale is open now, ahead of general sale at 9am on March 22.

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Competition Winner: Brit Floyd Tickets

Congratulations to David Metcalf, the winner of our recent Brit Floyd tickets competition.

David has won a pair of tickets to see Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on March 15.

The band have been busy touring the UK with their most ambitious production, a special 40th anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, ‘The Wall’.  They wrap up the trek with a performance at Aberdeen Music Hall tonight. Head here to buy tickets.

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Tour Of The Week: Vampire Weekend Add UK And European Shows To ‘Father Of The Bride’ Tour

Vampire Weekend have announced new UK and European dates in support of their forthcoming album, ‘Father Of The Bride’. Vampire Weekend tickets are on sale at 10am local time on March 22.

The New York band, led by Ezra Koenig, will also play three intimate dates in London later this week, at Hackney’s EartH on March 21, and the Islington Assembly Hall on March 22 and 23, ahead of the album’s release via Columbia Records on May 3. Tickets are on sale now.

Following that, they’ll launch the Father Of The Bride Tour in North America this summer before UK and European shows throughout November, including gigs at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, the O2 Academy Birmingham and London’s Alexandra Palace.

Their plans also include stops in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, with tickets for the autumn run on general sale at 10am local time on March 22.

The band have shared a handful of songs in previewing the record, including a video for Sunflower, which features a cameo appearance from Jerry Seinfeld.

Vampire Weekend Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu March 21 2019 – LONDON EartH
Fri March 22 2019 – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Sat March 23 2019 – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Mon July 01 2019 – DUBLIN Trinity College
Thu November 07 2019 – EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Fri November 08 2019 – MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Mon November 11 2019 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Wed November 13 2019 – LONDON Alexandra Palace

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Things We Love This Week: Carly Rae Jepsen, Holly Herndon, Bjork

While the political turmoil we’ve all become numb to reaches critical stages of development, let’s all take a break by pondering some of the best of this week’s music news. Happy listening.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is still doing crazy things with people she has just met. Or, in the case of her video for the new single Now That I Found You, animals she’s just met.

Finding a poor little kitty all alone in the rain, she adopts the feline and soon becomes obsessive. 20 cats later and she’s inhaling catnip through a bong. Shit gets weird, but it’s pretty great. 

Holly Herndon

Herndon’s announced a new album that isn’t about artificial intelligence, but was made in collaboration with her own AI ‘baby’. It even has a name: Spawn. 

With a whole ensemble of both contemporary and traditional folk vocalists, in addition to some pretty swanky tech to process it all, ‘PROTO’ references our current protocol era, compelling the listener to ask who we are, what we are, what we stand for, and what we’re headed towards.

So what is it? I’m not really sure. But I know that the single Eternal is definitely a grower. See for yourself below, live at Manchester International Festival on July 20 or find out more about the project here.


Björk

The one and only Björk has announced she is to reissue her back catalogue on colourful cassettes, and if that isn’t THE MOST Björk thing to do I don’t know what is.

Nine of her releases — 1993’s ‘Debut’, 1995’s ‘Post’, 1997’s ‘Homogenic’, 2001’s ‘Vespertine’, 2004’s ‘Medúlla’, 2007’s ‘Volta’, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and 2017’s ‘Utopia’ — will be available individually or as a bundle from April 26.

The reissue has inspired me to go back over the iconic Icelander’s (entire) discography over the weekend, so those are my plans. What are yours?

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