It’s the week a lot of people have been waiting for. Billie Eilish has finally dropped her highly anticipated second album, Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers have put out their third LP, and a posthumous Prince album has arrived featuring 11 previously unreleased original tracks— some of which were only ever performed live by the star or featured on webcasts or radio.
Not your cup of tea? Check out more new music below.
Aretha Franklin – ‘ARETHA’ (Atlantic)
Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever’ (Interscope)
Bleachers – ‘Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night’ (RCA)
Billie Eilish will bring Happier Than Ever, The World Tour to the UK and Ireland in summer 2022, kicking off on June 3 in Belfast and including four nights at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 28.
The 18-date European leg will follow the North American leg, which gets underway on February 3 in New Orleans. The trek shares its name with Eilish’s new album, which is due for release on July 30.
The Kooks have announced the Inside In/Inside Out 15th Anniversary Tour for January and February 2022, with stops lined up in Dublin, Newcastle, Plymouth, Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds and London, where they’ll finish up the run with two nights at the O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 28.
The Nigerian Afro-fusion star will play London’s O2 Arena on August 27, as part of the Greenwich venue’s Welcome Back Shows series. Billed as Twice As Tall, the gig will see the 29-year-old performing material from his 2020 album of the same name. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 28.
In celebration of the dance brand’s 30th birthday, Ministry Of Sound Classical will present Three Decades Of Dance performed by the 50-piece London Concert Orchestra at the O2 Arena on November 13. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 28.
Gary Numan has announced the Intruder Tour for spring 2022, with 18 shows lined up across the UK and Ireland, including a huge show at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on May 7. The trek shares its name with the star’s upcoming 18th studio LP, due out on May 21, and will also see him tour across mainland Europe.
Tickets for the UK and Ireland gigs go on general sale at 9.30am on May 28, with tickets for the European concerts on sale at 10.30am.
Due to demand, the Australian five-piece have added an extra London show to their 2022 tour plans. They’ll play a fourth date at London’s Camden Roundhouse on June 4, with tickets on general sale at 9am on May 28. The band will hit the road in support of their new album, ‘Dreamers Are Waiting’, due out on June 4 of this year.
Adam Ant has announced the Antics Tour for 2022, with 18 dates lined up across the UK in February and March, culminating with a show at London’s Roundhouse. He’ll perform his chart-topping hits and personal favourites. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 28. Head here for pre-sale tickets.
Steve Coogan will take Alan Partridge out on the road for the new Stratagem live show during spring 2022, with arena stops confirmed in Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Leeds and London. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 29.
The pop giant has confirmed she’ll bring her Where Do We Go? Tour to Manchester Arena, London’s O2 Arena, and Birmingham Arena in summer 2020. Eilish’s plans also include dates across mainland Europe, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 9am on October 4.
Celine Dion will bring her Courage World Tour to arenas in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin and London during September, following an extensive trek across mainland Europe between May 21 and August 31. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on October 4.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the new wave band will bring the 40 Years Of Hits Tour to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Bournemought’s International Centre, the SSE Arena Wembley, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, the Brighton Centre, Dublin’s 3Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro between April 14 and 25, 2020, after an extensive run in Europe. Tickets go on sale at 9am on October 4.
Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus longtime frontman Adam Lambert, will head to arenas in Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark either side of five nights at London’s O2 Arena and two shows at Manchester Arena in June. Tickets are on sale now.
The blues guitarist will call at the Brighton Centre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena, the Sage in Gateshead, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena between April 25 and May 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on October 4.
Having blown the capital away supporting Mike Skinner and The Streets back in February, the south London trio will take over the O2 Academy Brixton for their own headline show on March 21. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on October 4.
Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, Patrick Wolf, Jason Donovan, City and Colour, Waterparks, Shellac, Eliza and the Bear, Creeper, Fugitives of Heaven, Dinosaur Pile Up, Mclusky, Memphis May Fire, Rick Astley, Milky Chance, Big Heath, Anti-Flag, Nada Surf, the Big Moon, Amyl and the Sniffers, Iggy Pop, Anathema, Soul II Soul, Genghar, Ghostface Killah and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.
What a week for new music. Billie Eilish has finally dropped her debut LP, a previously unreleased Marvin Gaye studio album has been shared with the world and White Denim have already put out the follow up to 2018’s ‘Performance’.
Still want more? Head below.
A Wake In Providence – ‘The Blvck Sun || The Blood Moon’ (Cooking Vinyl)
Ben Platt – ‘Sing To Me Instead’ (Atlantic)
Billie Eilish – ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ (Darkroom/Interscope Records)
C Duncan – ‘Health’ (Fatcat Records)
Chris Cohen – ‘Chris Cohen’ (Captured Tracks)
Devin Townsend – ‘Empath’ (InsideOutMusic)
Fennesz – ‘Agora’ (Touch)
Good Cop Bad Cop – ‘Good Cop Bad Cop’ (Count To Ten Records)
Jamie Lawson – ‘The Years In Between’ (Gingerbread Man Records/ADA)
L.A. Guns – ‘The Devil You Know’ (Frontiers Records)
Lang Lang – ‘Piano Book’ (Deutsche Grammophon)
Lion Babe – ‘Cosmic Wind’ (Lion Babe Music LLC)
Marvin Gaye – ‘You’re The Man’ (UMC – Uni/Island)
Mekons – ‘Deserted’ (Glitterbeat GmbH)
Show Me The Body – ‘Dog Whistle’ (Lorna Vista/ Concord)
Son Volt – ‘Union’ (Transmit Sound distributed and marketed by Thirty Tigers)
Steve Earle & the Dukes – ‘GUY’ (New West)
Ty Segall & Freedom Band – ‘Deforming Lobes’ (Drag City)
UNKLE – ‘The Road: Part II / Lost Highway’ (Songs For The Def)
Oh, hi there. On this week’s edition of Thing We Love This Week, we’re giving it a twist. Get your eyes and ears ready for a bumper edition of your favourite blog celebrating women in all their amazing, musical forms. And it’s not just about what’s happened this week, for a change either, oh no. These are Women We Love This Year (And All The Time).
If you haven’t listened to ‘Grey Area’ yet, you need to. Right away. Little Simz is a name on everyone’s lips, and her excellent third record concerns that grey area of your mid-20s, trying to find your place in the world. But when you’re Little Simz, your world consists of a friend getting murdered, the monotony of touring and even working with Michael Kiwanuka. It’s emotional, cutting and heartfelt. It slays.
She’s just announced some new tour dates this week. Check ’em out here.
Queen Zee are kiiiilllliiiing iiiiiit at the moment. They released their debut self-titled album last month, which saw an accompanying *almost* sold out headline tour of the UK. With frequent mentioning in 2018 end of year lists and some serious attention from BBC Radio 6 Music, RTE2, Amazing Radio and even BBC Radio 1, they’ve got a hell of a summer lined up: slots at BBC 6 Music Festival, French Escapade, and even Download. Woaah.
Judging by the abundance of joy and pure energy on their super fun punk-come-rock tracks, their live sets will be something special to behold.
Sharon Van Etten
The ever-prolific musician, singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten seems like the busiest woman on the planet. While recording her latest album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, she became a mother, appeared in the Netflix series the OA, earned a psychology qualification at college, and wrote an entire film score for Katherine Dieckmann’s Strange Weather. With all that going on she still managed to craft an album about pursuing your passions, that is a brilliant piece of rich, intelligent, thought-provoking pop.
Van Etten’s UK tour kicks off next week, and heads around Europe too. You should head to a show. Check out our review of the album here before you go.
WE LOVE THIS BAND. Ever since the release of their debut full length ‘Future Me Hates Me’ last year, we can’t stop listening to their impressive, punk-inflected guitar and harmony-laden pop tracks.
They too, tour the UK in May, and we will definitely be in attendance. (Although, disappointingly, none of the members are named Beth. Wouldn’t it be great if they were all named Beth? Alas.)
Em from Nervus/Milk Teeth
As well as their own band Nervus, Em Foster is now a fully fledged member of the punk band Milk Teeth too. What a busy time. Come the summer, they are going to be just the second trans woman EVER to play on the main stage at Reading and Leeds, following Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace in 2015. The world needs to catch up.
Catch Milk Teeth support PUP on their upcoming UK and European tour or at a shedload of festivals this summer.
The biggest (and let’s face it, most interesting) name in mainstream pop at the moment, Eilish is the American-Irish pop star you need to know about. If you like creepy, dark lyrics and catchy pop songs, this is the woman for you. Oh, and did I mention she’s only 17? By 20 she’ll have taken over the entire world. Eilish for President!
If you’re a regular reader of Things We Love This Week, you’ll already know why Lizzo. Is. The. Best. She needs no more words. Watch any interview with her and you will see why her bubbly personality is one of the best in the business. Oh, and her voice is INCREDIBLE.
Lizzo is set to release her new album ‘Cuz I Love You’ on April 19 and will follow it up with a North American tour this spring and two UK dates in May — Manchester’s O2 Ritz and the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London.
So happy International Women’s one and all, regardless of where you stand on the ever-irrelevant spectrum. Peace and love.
There’s a sinking feeling in everyone’s stomach this week. Razorlight have announced their fourth album, a total of 14 years after their debut, and 12 since America came out. You are OLD.
Muncie Girls – Clinic
Muncie Girls are at it again with another suitably catchy song and important message. In the video for latest single Clinic, the band undergo a science experiment based on a 1920s theory that everyone produces the same facial reaction when being exposed to specific situations including fear, joy, disgust and more. What’s cool is that they use this ridiculous notion to criticise the way mental health is dealt with. Not everyone is the same. Obviously.
Muncie Girls’ latest album ‘Fixed Ideals’ is out today.
…are going on tour! I really like this band and think you should too. Hailing from Amsterdam, the indie-rock outfit are touring across the UK and Ireland, stopping at a total of 14 cities. Yay! Find all the tour dates here.
The Lemon Twigs – ‘Go To School’
Regardless of what it sounds like, the concept of this album is just hilarious. The Lemon Twigs’ new high-concept rock-musical is out today. ‘Go To School’ is about a chimp who is raised as a human boy, and starts school. What happens next? Banana trickery? Swinging around from the ceiling? Monkey noises in the playground? Not quite. Unloved, bullied and heartbroken, Shane burns down the school and runs away to live a life of solitude in the woods. You can’t not listen to this.
Billie Eilish’s Press Photo
Are we going to question why she’s got a MASSIVE spider on her face? No? OK then.
There is definitely a variety of new records hitting shelves this week. The Cribs are releasing ’24-7 Rock Star Shit’, which they recorded in five days with Steve Albini, Kesha is putting out her first new release since 2013, which boasts appearances by Eagles Of Death Metal and Dolly Parton and production by Ben Folds, Ricky Reed and Ryan Lewis, and Downtown Boys are offering up LP #3, which was produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto.
If, unbelievably, that’s not enough for you, there’s plenty more to check out below, including the debut LP from Butch Vig’s new project, 5 Billion In Diamonds.
5 Billion In Diamonds – ‘5 Billion In Diamonds’ (100% Records)
Billie Eilish – ‘don’t smile at me’ (EP) (Polydor)
Chip – ‘League of My Own II’ (Cash Motto)
The Cribs – ’24-7 Rock Star Shit’ (Sonic Blew/House Arrest)
David Rawlings – ‘Poor David’s Almanack’ (Acony Records)
Downtown Boys – ‘Cost Of Living’ (Sub Pop)
Frankie Rose – ‘Cage Tropical’ (Slumberland/Grey Market)
Jen Cloher – ‘Jen Cloher’ (Milk! Records/Marathon Artists)
Kesha – ‘Rainbow’ (Kemosabe Records/RCA Records)
Mark Bryan – ‘Songs Of The Fortnight’ (Chucktown Music Group)
Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘The Good Time’ [OST] (Warp)