Winner: Hell Is For Heroes Tickets And Vinyl

Congratulations to Maurice Giles, the winner of our recent Hell Is For Heroes tickets and vinyl competition.

Maurice has won a pair of tickets to the band’s show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on February 25, which is part of their tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 2003 debut album, ‘The Neon Handshake’. As part of anniversary celebrations, the band have also reissued the album on limited black and white vinyl.

The tour kicks off tonight at the O2 Academy Bristol before stops in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham and Portsmouth, winding up with two dates in Shepherd’s Bush towards the end of the month. The band will also appear at 2000trees in July. If you missed out on the competition, head here to buy tickets.

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Winners: The Temperance Movement Tickets

Congratulations to the winners of our recent The Temperance Movement tickets competition.

Craig Whyley
Stuart Bayley
Joshua Beeson
Nicola George
Joanne Wright
Gary Phillips
Lee Worsfield
Emma Seaman
Sally Graham

They’ve each won a pair of tickets to their preferred show on the British rockers’ upcoming UK tour supporting their new LP, ‘A Deeper Cut’, which is released today through Earache Records. If you missed out on the competition, head here to buy tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Albert Hammond Jr., Smashing Pumpkins

This week we shared one of the most special, loving days of the calendar. PANCAKE DAY!

Although, if you forgot to buy pancake ingredients and actually just ate your body weight in chocolate like I did, then praise be to you. When I wasn’t snacking, I was listening to some sweet new tunes and keeping an eye on the music news…here are some cool things I discovered.

Courtney Barnett

Oh, she’s a teaser. Although we had her Kurt Vile collaboration, ‘Lotta Sea Lice’, last year, we’re still waiting for more of that charming single-handed Barnett sound. Her last solo record was released back in 2015, so it’s about time we had some new stuff.

On Tuesday, a video hit the internet depicting the musician flitting around the studio, hitting toms, plucking at an acoustic guitar and sat at a piano, playing what appeared to be fresh material. Exciting stuff! Both at the end of the video and on her website she asked fans “Tell Me How You Really Feel”.

Then, in a not particularly surprising twist, we had Nameless Faceless dropped in our laps. It’s the first cut from her upcoming album, which will (shock!) be titled ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. Start a countdown now – the record is due for release on May 18, and it’s going to be awesome. The track, meanwhile, boldly addresses and explores themes of misogyny and patriarchal structures, paraphrasing Margaret Atwood in the chorus: 

“Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I wanna walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them”. She’s not wrong.



The neo-soul band have announced a new tour to take place throughout America, Europe and here in the UK in May!

Their debut record dropped back in 2014 to positive critical reception, and a place on the Mercury Prize shortlist. Dripping like a magical musical faucet with bangers such as The Heat, Busy Earnin’ and (my personal favourite) Julia, the self titled album got a big thumbs up.

Tickets went on sale on Monday. The announcement of new tour dates came with the hint of new music, too. This is not a drill! Here’s the actual real-life proof.

Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

This new track by the Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr is the latest cut from his upcoming album, ‘Francis Trouble’, which is scheduled for release on March 9. 

I’m currently halfway through Lizzy Goodman’s revealing time-capsule Meet Me In The Bathroom and duly going through a big Strokes/Interpol/LCD Soundsystem/New York post-punk revival phase. This new track from Hammond Jr., although distinctly his, embodies the Strokes-esque choppy, tight guitar structures that fans have become obsessed with. Although perhaps not as intricate and detailed as some of the tracks on his last solo outing, ‘Momentary Masters’, Far Away Truths is catchy and perfect for the car.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Reunion Tour

What is going on with this!? Rumours are flying around the office and in the press. No D’Arcy? What’s up with those texts between her and Billy Corgan?

Yesterday the band teased big news with a countdown clock on their website, then at 5pm they announced their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour for 2018. Reunion Time!

It’s all very mysterious and hazy as to whether Wretzky was officially asked to join in or not – and there must be more beneath the surface story – but three quarters of the classic line up will perform on the upcoming US tour: Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha, alongside Jeff Schroeder.

See you next time!

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This Week’s New Releases: Fischerspooner, Wild Beasts And Superchunk

This week is bonkers busy! Fischerspooner have finally put out ‘Sir’, the follow up to 2009’s ‘Entertainment’, which was co-written and co-produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and Boots. Wild Beasts have released a live LP, ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’, which will be their final output following the announcement of their split in September 2017.

You’ve also got a new one from Superchunk, their first since 2013, which boasts appearances by Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, Magnetic Fields leader Stephin Merritt, A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis, Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan.

If none of that floats your boat, though, there’s absolutely loads more to check out below.

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – ‘Glass’ (Noton)

American Nightmare – ‘American Nightmare’ (Rise Records)

Belle & Sebastian – ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems – Pts 1 to 3’ (Matador)

Born Ruffians – ‘Uncle, Duke & The Chief’ (Paper Bag Records)

Brandi Carlile – ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ (Warner)

Car Seat Headrest – ‘Twin Fantasy’ (Matador Records)

Cozz – ‘Effected’ (A Tha Committee/Dreamville/Interscope)

The Divine Comedy – ‘Loose Canon (Live in Europe 2016-2017)’ (The Divine Comedy)

Fischerspooner – ‘Sir’ (Ultra)

Funeral Shakes – ‘Funeral Shakes’ (Silent Cult Records)

I’m With Her – ‘See You Around’ (Concord/Decca)

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – ‘Landfall’ (Nonesuch)

Loma – ‘Loma’ (Sub Pop)

Marlon Williams – ‘Make Way For Love’ (Dead Oceans)

Neal Morse – ‘Life & Times’ (Metal Blade Records)

Nipsey Hussle – ‘Victory Lap’ (Atlantic Records)

Ought – ‘Room Inside The World’ (Merge Records)

Pianos Become The Teeth – ‘Wait For Love’ (Epitaph)

The Plot In You – ‘Dispose’ (Fearless Records)

Poliça and Stargaze – ‘Music For The Long Emergency’ (Transgressive)

Pop Evil – ‘Pop Evil’ (Eone)

Rejjie Snow – ‘Dear Annie’ (BMG)

Robert Earl Thomas – ‘Another Age’ (Captured Tracks)

Senses Fail – ‘If There Is Light, It Will Find You’ (Pure Noise)

Solomon Grey – ‘Human Music’ (Mercury KX/Decca)

Superchunk – ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ (Merge Records)

Tyga – ‘Kyoto’ (Last Kings Music/EMPIRE)

U.S. Girls – ‘In A Poem Unlimited’ (4AD)

Wild Beasts – ‘Last Night All My Dreams Came True’ (Domino)

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On This Day In Music: Bruce Springsteen Scores First UK #1 Album With ‘Born In The U.S.A.’

On February 16, 1985 Bruce Springsteen scored his first UK #1 album when ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ reached the top of the charts.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Glasgow Summer Sessions, Kendrick Lamar, Garbage, James Bay, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, James Taylor, Michael Bolton and more…


Kendrick Lamar will perform at Bellahouston Park on August 29 as part of this year’s Glasgow Summer Sessions , with further acts to be announced in due course. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on February 16 priced £59.50 plus fees.

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Garbage have added additional dates to their ‘Version 2.0’ anniversary tour, with new stops confirmed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and Newcastle prior to their previously announced two night stand at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £32.50/£38.50 plus fees.

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The singer-songwriter has announced his new single, Wild Love, plus details of a London show at Electric Brixton on March 15 and a date as part of Cork’s Live at the Marquee series on June 27. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 16, priced £27.50 plus fees.

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Demi Lovato has announced a UK arena tour, with stops planned in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester during June. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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The former Fifth Harmony member will call at the O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham and O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 5, 6 and 12 respectively. Tickets go on sale at 9am on February 16, priced £29.50/£32.50 plus fees.

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The legendary singer-songwriter will be joined by Bonnie Raitt for dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds during July, coinciding with Taylor and Raitt’s opening for Paul Simon as part of his farewell tour, with stops planned at London’s Hyde Park and the 3Arena in Dublin. Tickets for Taylor’s headline shows go on sale at 9am on February 16.

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The American singer will bring his Time, Love & Tenderness Greatest Hits tour to venues between October 13 and November 4, including stops in Birmingham, Glasgow, Blackpool, Newcastle, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and London, where he’ll perform at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale at 10am on February 16, priced from £25.00 plus booking fees.

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Also announced this week

Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Jungle, Haçienda Classiçal, Peace, Emeli Sandé, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, NOFX, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude and Longitude Festivals, Star Shaped Festival, Livewire Festival, Lovebox Festival, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Texas, Feis feat. Van Morrison, Alfie Boe, Jurassic Park Live In Concert, Vance Joy, The Lovely Eggs, Waxahatchee, Lo Moon, Kaiser Chiefs, Toots and the Maytals, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, Jorja Smith, The Go Team, John Buckley, Broadside, Indian Queens, Boy Azooga, Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals, The Hold Steady, Mr. Jukes, Pendulum, Okkervil River, Amanda Palmer, Alanis Morissette, Saxon, Skyline Series feat. Echo and the Bunnymen, Bananarama, James Arthur, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Wayward Sons, Tune Yards, Mallory Knox, the Blinders, Wild Child, Gerry Cinnamon, Rachel Parris, Dead Swans, Sarah Blasko, Rufus Wainwright, American Nightmare, Damian Marley, Carmody, the Skids, the Exploited and more!

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On This Day In Music: Farewell Nat King Cole

On February 15, 1965 the Grammy award-winning singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole died aged 45 of lung cancer. Cole was responsible for hits such as Unforgettable, The Christmas Song and Let There Be Love, among many others throughout his illustrious career.

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Video Of The Week: Eminem – River Feat. Ed Sheeran

Eminem has shared a video for River.

The track, which features Ed Sheeran, is cut from the Detroit rapper’s most recent album, ‘Revival’, which was released in December and also boasts appearances by Beyoncé, Phresher, Alicia Keys, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey, Kehlani and P!nk.

Eminem has announced he will take over Twickenham Stadium in London on July 14 and 15, as part of his Revival tour. Tickets are on sale now.

Head to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Star Shaped Festival Feat. Ocean Colour Scene, Black Grape And More


Ocean Colour Scene will headline this year’s Star Shaped Festival in London, with Black Grape, Echobelly, the Supernaturals, the Real People and My Drug Hell also confirmed to perform. The nine-hour celebration of indie music will take over the O2 Academy Brixton on September 29.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale at 9am on February 15, prior to general sale at 9am on February 16.

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On This Day In Music: Ellie Goulding Hits #1 With Love Me Like You Do

On February 14, 2015 Ellie Goulding started a four week run at the top of the UK singles chart with Love Me Like You Do, her contribution to the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack.

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