Things We Love This Week: Wolf Parade, Beach Slang, Matt Berninger

Photo: Wolf Parade by Pamela Evelyn andJoseph Yarmush

It’s me again, your friendly neighbourhood indie kid, ready to put some great musical-based items straight into your brainbox. Are you ready? No? Well, it’s too late now, isn’t it.

Wolf Parade

I won’t lie to you: if the press shot (above) wasn’t amazing, this track might not have made the cut as a Thing We Loved This Week. As it stands, I can see three puppies. You do the math. Wolf Parade’s Against The Day is a catchy synth-pop number with an earworm of a main melody that it strangely reminiscent of something else, something poppy, big and bold… like if Future Islands made something a bit more stompy.

Wolf Parade are touring the UK in March 2020, and tickets are available now.

Beach Slang

Get out your gym shorts and weightlifting paraphernalia, because the new one from Beach Slang is HEAVY. Like that classic American heavy rock of the 1970s, we’ve got tightly wound distortion and simple rhythms for some storming  guitar riffage. Excuse me while I get my Harley Davidson from the garage.

Beach Slang will tour North America supporting the Goo Goo Dolls this fall.

Matt Berninger

Our dear friend Matthew Berninger has announced a solo album! Best known as the frontman of the National, he’s also worked on numerous projects over the years, like El Vy with Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls, and just yesterday put out a collab with Phoebe Bridgers. Although no date has been confirmed yet, we do know the LP will be called ‘Serpentine Prison’, and that production and arrangements come from Booker T Jones.


You don’t need me to tell you that the National are hitting the UK in December, because you’ve already got tickets for the Cardiff show, haven’t you!? SNAP.

Is it acceptable to be squealing with excitement? Yes.

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This Week’s New Releases: Foals, Jimmy Eat World And Battles

Things are not slowing down this week. Foals have released their second album of the year, Jimmy Eat World have put out their tenth LP, and Battles are back with their first full-length in four years.

Head below for the rest of today’s new releases, including Refused, Alter Bridge, Kash Doll, Rob Halford, Common Holly, and loads more.

A Killer’s Confession – ‘The Indifference Of Good Men’ (Wake Up! Music Group)

Alter Bridge – ‘Walk The Sky’ (Napalm)

Ariel View – ‘Until My Lungs Are Cleared’ (Epitaph)

Battles – ‘Juice B Crypts’ (Warp)

Carla dal Forno – ‘Look Up Sharp’ (Kallista)

Clipping. – ‘There Existed An Addiction To Blood’ (Sub Pop)

Common Holly – ‘When I Say To You Black Lightning’ (Dalliance Recordings)

Dead Soft – ‘Big Blue’ (Arts & Crafts)

Deux Furieuses – ‘My War Is Your War’ (Xtra Mile)

Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’ (Warner)

Foxes In Fiction – ‘Trillium Killer’ (Orchid Tapes)

Garcia Peoples – ‘One Step Behind’ (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Gucci Mane – ‘Woptober II’ (Guwop Enterprises/Atlantic)

Homebody Sandman – ‘Dusty’ (Mello Music Group)

Hovvdy – ‘Heavy Lifter’ (Specialist Subject Records)

Jacques Greene – ‘Dawn Chorus’ (LuckyMe)

James Arthur – ‘You’ (Columbia)

Jim James, Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra – ‘Order Of Nature’ (Decca Gold)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ (RCA)

Kash Doll – ‘Stacked’ (Republic Records)

The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water II’ (Eagle Records)

Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ (Heavenly)

The Milk Carton Kids – ‘The Only Ones’ (Milk Carton Records)

Patrick Cowley – ‘Mechanical Fantasy Box’ (Dark Entries)

Patrick Watson – ‘Wave’ (Domino)

Refused – ‘War Music’ (Spinefarm)

Rob Halford – ‘Celestial’ (Sony Music)

Sorry Girls – ‘Deborah’ (Arbutus Records)

Sufjan Stevens and Timo Andres – ‘The Decalogue’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Tourist – ‘Wild’ (Monday Records)

Vagabon – ‘Vagabon’ (Nonesuch)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: The Script, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Russell Watson, Thom Yorke, Elbow, Avril Lavigne, Goo Goo Dolls, Heaven 17 and more

The Script

The Script will bring their Sunsets And Full Moons Tour to the arenas in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Bournemouth, Brighton, Sheffield, Birmingham, London, Nottingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Newcastle between February 20 and March 14. The tour shares its name with the Dublin pop trio’s upcoming album, out on November 8. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on October 18.

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe

The duo, who put out the joint album ‘Together’ in 2016 and the follow-up ‘Together Again’ in 2017, will perform in huge venues across the country, including a date at London’s O2 Arena on March 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 18.

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Russell Watson

The classical vocalist will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album, ‘The Voice’, joined on stage by a harmonious choir and 33-piece orchestra at shows in Hull, Southend, York, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London, where he’ll perform at the Royal Albert Hall, between September 19 and October 23. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 18.

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Thom Yorke

(Photo: XL Recording)

As part of a wider European trek, the Radiohead frontman will play shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London, where he’s lined up two nights at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on June 23 and 24. He’ll be joined by Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. Tickets go on sale from 9am on October 18.

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Elbow have added a third London show to their spring tour, with the run now finishing up at the Eventim Apollo on April 29, following their two previously announced performances at the venue. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 9am on October 18.

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Avril Lavigne

The Canadian singer-songwriter will bring her Head Above Water World Tour to the UK in 2020, calling at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on April 1 and the O2 Apollo Manchester the following day. Her plans also include dates across Europe, with tickets on general sale at 9am on October 18.

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Goo Goo Dolls

The New York duo will call in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and London, where they’ll perform at the Roundhouse on February 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 18.

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Heaven 17

The synth-pop duo, previously of the Human League, will bring their 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits Tour to Sheffield, London, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Bristol, Norwich, Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham between November 20 and December 19, 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 18.

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Also announced this week:

Foals, Twin Atlantic, Kim Petras, Cliff Richard, Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo, Kaiser Chiefs, Pretenders, Suede, Whitney Queen Of The Night, Simply Red, Kisstory Presents: The Blast Off Tour, Gabrielle, Seasick Steve, Georgia, Blackout Problems, Blossoms, Larkin Poe, The Murder Capital, Mr Eazi, Therapy?, X Ambassadors, Hot 8 Brass Band, Kiefer Sutherland and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Disney On Ice Presents Magical Ice Festival To Tour UK Arenas In Spring 2020

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

The production will feature characters from Moana, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled, with multiple dates lined up in Liverpool, London, Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham between March 25 and May 3.

Pre-sale opens at 9am today (October 14), prior to general sale at 9am on October 18.

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This Week’s New Releases: Babymetal, Elbow And Kim Gordon

What a week! Babymetal have released their third album, Elbow have finally followed up 2017’s ‘Little Fictons’, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon has put out her debut solo record.

Still want more? Head below.

Allah-Las – ‘Lahs’ (Mexican Summer)

Babymetal – ‘Metal Galaxy’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Big Thief – ‘Two Hands’ (4AD)

Blut aus Nord – ‘Hallucinogen’ (Debemur Morti)

Bodega – ‘Shiny New Model’ (What’s Yr Rupture?)

The Body – ‘Remixed’ (Thrill Jockey)

Chris Farren – ‘Born Hot’ (Polyvinyl)

Cody Jinks – ‘After The Fire’ (Late August Records)

Comet Gain – ‘Fireraisers Forever’ (Tapete Records)

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘The Act’ (Tooth & Nail)

Elbow – ‘Giants Of All Sizes’ (Polydor)

Emptyset – ‘Blossoms’ (Thrill Jockey)

Fabienne Delsol – ‘Four’ (Damaged Goods)

Fantasia – ‘Sketchbook’ (BMG/ Rock Soul)

Grade 2 – ‘Graveyard Island’ (Hellcat)

The Hecks – ‘My Star’ (Trouble In Mind)

Katinka Kleijn / Bill MacKay – ‘STIR’ (Drag City)

Kelley Stoltz – ‘My Regime’ (Banana & Louie Records)

Kim Gordon – ‘No Home Record’ (Matador)

Lacuna Coil – ‘Black Anima’ (Century Media)

Lightning Bolt – ‘Sonic Citadel’ (Thrill Jockey)

The Lilac Time – ‘Return To Us’ (BMG (via Absolute))

Pizzagirl – ‘First Timer’ (Heist or Hit)

Petra Haden / Mark Kozelek – ‘Joey Always Smiled’ (Caldo Verde Records)

Richard Dawson – ‘2020’ (Domino)

Rocketship – ‘Thanks To You’ (Darla Distribution)

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP (BMG)

Starcrawler – ‘Devour You’ (Rough Trade)

Steve Miller Band – ‘Welcome To The Vault’ (UMC/Ume)

Suggested Friends – ‘Turtle Taxi’ (HHBTM)


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Things We Love This Week: Lucy Dacus, Queen Kwong, Heavy Lungs

IT ISN’T HALLOWEEN YET, GUYS. CAN WE PLEASE STOP WITH THE PUMPKINS? But… if we must continue on this godforsaken path, I have collated a bunch of ghoulish and *almost* scary tracks to darken your week. Have fun, darkness, my old friend.


Lucy Dacus can do no wrong. She could skin a puppy alive and we’d still love her. Actually, now I think about it, probably not! Anyway, Dacus has experimented with auto-tuning for her latest cover, and embraces the spooky season with some eerie backing synths and double-tracked vocals on her version of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. It’s even got that drum fill. Check it out below.

Dacus will put out the ‘2019’ EP on November 8. You should buy it, then go see her on tour.


Aside from their brilliant band name, Carré Callaway and co, aka Queen Kwong, have a great song under their belts. Oh Well, the title track from the group’s forthcoming EP, is a hard-hitting banger made up of flourishing dynamic changes and a delicious guitar tone. Callaway’s vicious, biting vocals make this song perfect for your raucous Halloween party. Oh, wait, the party’s not going to be raucous? It is now.

‘Oh Well’ is yet to have a release date, but keep your eyes fully peeled.


Skeletons, ghosts and dismembered body parts are all part of the fun on Halloween. Why not lungs, too? Bristol noise-punks Heavy Lungs, led by frontman Danny Nedelko (where have we heard that name before..?), have released a new EP this week, and IT. IS. HEAVY. Give it a spin below as it’s definitely worth your time, then check out our recent chat with Nedelko about the band’s plans to perform an entire set of Lighthouse Family covers on their upcoming tour and wanting to be bigger than Oasis.

Their headline UK tour starts TONIGHT in Reading, and keeps going until Bristol’s Thekla gig on November 16. See you at the back, to avoid the tinnitus. Tickets are on sale now.

That’s it for another week, my scary friends. Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite!

(PSA: if you actually have bed bugs you really should get that sorted.)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Elton John, David Gray, Blossoms, Keith Urban, Example and more

Elton John

The music icon will bring the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to London’s O2 Arena for two more dates on November 2 and December 17, 2020, and to Dublin’s 3Arena for the second time on December 5, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

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David Gray

David Gray has announced a tour of the UK and Ireland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal album, ‘White Ladder’, calling at arenas in Liverpool, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bournemouth, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Dublin between March 20 and April 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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Photo: Ewan Ogden

Blossoms will release ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ on January 31, followed by spring shows in Norwich, Margate, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bath, Exeter, Bournemouth, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmigham and London, where they’ll play three nights at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, before finishing up the run with a huge hometown show at Manchester Arena on March 28. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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Keith Urban

The country music star, who last year released ‘Graffiti U’, has lined up performances at London’s Eventim Apollo, O2 Apollo Manchester, O2 Academy Glasgow and O2 Academy Birmingham during May, marking his first full UK tour in over 12 years. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 11.

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The prolific chart-topper’s first live trek in six years will take him to Newcastle, Leeds, Hull, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Norwich, Bristol, Bournemouth, and London, where he’ll wrap up the run at the O2 Forum on March 7. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 11.

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Also announced this week:

Yes, Gengahr, Bedouin Soundclash, Insane Clown Posse, Rick Astley, Maluma, William Duvall, Becky Hill, Cirque Du Soleil: Luzia, Kojey Radical, Chelsea Wolfe, Saxon, Friendly Fires, Ella Henderson, Josh Widdicombe, Jack Whitehall, Brothers Osborne, Franc Moody, The Jesus And Mary Chain, 808 State, Polica, Caribou, Monster Magnet, Poppy, the Dears, Disney On Ice Presents: Magical Ice Festival and many more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.


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Pre-Sale Tickets: Comedian Joel Dommett Announces Unapologetic (If That’s OK?) Spring UK Tour

Joel Dommett

The comedian, actor and television presenter  will hit the road for his Unapologetic (If That’s OK?) Tour next spring, with 17 shows lined up across the UK between February 19 and May 28.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on October 11, prior to general sale at 10am on October 14.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Elton John Adds Two London Shows To Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

Elton John

The music icon will bring the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to London’s O2 Arena for two more dates on November 2 and December 17, 2020. He has also confirmed a a second date at Dublin’s 3Arena on December 5, 2020.

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

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Things We Love This Week: Damon Albarn, Dry Cleaning, Nick Cave

This week I found out that Adele is supposedly dating Skepta. Not that we advocate idle gossip, but how cute would that Tottenham power couple be? Their kids will be so talented.

Nick Cave

Nick Cave announced a new album just last week. Today, it has arrived. Double LP ‘Ghosteen’ is comprised of two halves, one signifying children, the other their parents. Some listeners have dubbed this record some of the most beautiful songs Cave has ever recorded.

A weightless collection of piano-led landscapes, equally heartbreaking and unnerving, ‘Ghosteen’ is best served on days like today: grey clouds, endless rain, curled up under a blanket with a cup of tea and ready for a good ol’ cry. Enjoy.

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn is a productive man. Not content with his success in Blur, Gorillaz or the Good, the Bad and the Queen, his latest work is a collection of experimental solo pieces inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, which, if you’ve ever been or seen pictures, you’ll know is a beautiful part of the world.

There ain’t nothing to listen to yet, but you can see him perform it live with an ensemble across Europe, as well as London and Dublin in May and June 2020. Tickets are on sale now. For the time being, here’s a clip of his the Good, the Bad and the Queen performing live in Paris.

Dry Cleaning

It’s time to get your dancing shoes on for line dancing class, kids! Well, not kids, more middle aged adults. In the latest video from Dry Cleaning, Viking Hair, the post-punk band have placed a camera at their local LGBT line dancing class, based in Clapham. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun.

Learn the routine below to be in with the chance of having as much fun as those line dancing guys and gals. Dry Cleaning tour the UK in early 2020. Get tickets now.

Happy weekend kids! Go party hard.


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