This Week’s New Releases: Suede, Rina Sawayama And The Mars Volta

This is the busiest week for new records we’ve had in a while. Suede have finally followed up 2018’s ‘The Blue Hour’, Rina Sawayama has dropped her sophomore LP, and The Mars Volta have returned with their first new album in a decade. Ringo Starr has also put out a four-track EP.

In the mood for something else? Head below.

Behemoth – ‘Opvs Contra Natvram’ (Nuclear Blast)

Bent Arcana – ‘Live Zebulon’ (Castle Face)

The Beths – ‘Expert In A Dying Field’ (Carpark)

Clutch – ‘Sunrise On Slaughter Beach’ (Weathermaker)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘At The Royal Albert Hall (April 14, 1970)’ (Concord)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Asphalt Meadows’ (Atlantic)

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘Color Decay’ (Solid State)

Djo – ‘Decide’ (Djo/AWAL)

ELIZA – ‘A Sky Without Stars’ (LOG OFF/ Different Recordings)

Fletcher – ‘Girl Of My Dreams’ (Capitol/EMI)

Hauser – ‘The Player’ (Hauser/Masterworks/Sony Music)

Jesca Hoop – ‘Order Of Romance’ (Memphis Industries)

Jessie Reyez – ‘Yessie’ (Polydor)

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – ‘Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years’ (Casbah/Dark Horse/BMG)

Kings Elliot – ‘Bored Of The Circus’ EP (Verve)

Lang Lang – ‘The Disney Book’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

LeAnn Rimes – ‘God’s Work’ (EverLe Records/Thirty Tigers)

Lissie – ‘Carving Canyons’ (Lionboy)

Little Big Town – ‘Mr. Sun’ (Capitol Records Nashville/UMG)

Little Dragon – ‘Opening The Door’ EP (Ninja Tune)

Maggie Lindemann – ‘SUCKERPUNCH’ (Swixxzaudio)

Marcus Mumford – ‘(self-titled)’ (Capitol/UMG)

Marina Allen – ‘Centrifics’ (Fire Records)

The Mars Volta – ‘The Mars Volta’ (Clouds Hill)

Marxist Love Disco Ensemble – ‘MLDE’ (Mr. Bongo)

Michelle Branch – ‘The Trouble With Fever’ (Audio Eagle/Nonesuch)

Mura Masa – ‘Demon Time’ (Polydor)

NCT 127 – ‘2 Baddies’ (SM Entertainment)

No Age – ‘People Helping People’ (Drag City)

No Devotion – ‘No Oblivion’ (Equal Vision)

Noah Cyrus – ‘The Hardest Part’ (Records/Columbia)

Ondara – ‘Spanish Villager No. 3’ (Verve Forecast)

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold The Girl’ (Dirty Hit)

Ringo Starr – ‘EP3’ (UMG)

Smith/Kotzen – ‘Better Days…And Nights (Live)’ (BMG)

Status Quo – ‘Quo’ing In – The Best Of The Noughties’ (earMUSIC)

Steve Aoki – ‘HiROQUEST: Genesis’ (DJ Kid Millionaire Ltd)

Suede – ‘Autofiction’ (BMG)

Turin Brakes – ‘Wide-Eyed Nowhere’ (Cooking Vinyl)

What So Not – ‘Anomaly’ (Counter)

Whitney – ‘Spark’ (Secretly Canadian)

Wunderhorse – ‘Cub’ (Communion)

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This Week’s New Releases: Shawn Mendes, Yungblud And Rico Nasty

Some big records have arrived this week. Shawn Mendes has released his fourth album, Yungblud has put out his second, and Rico Nasty has dropped her first.

Fancy something else? Head below to check out some more new releases, including a live album from Arctic Monkeys in aid of War Child UK and a new full-length record from the Network, the secretive side project of Green Day.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ (Domino)

Bastille – ‘Goosebumps’ EP (Republic Records)

Caro – ‘Burrows’ (Yala!)

Deafheaven – ’10 Years Gone (Live)’ (Sargent House)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘The Georgia E.P.’

Grandson – ‘Death Of An Optimist’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Hollywood Undead – ‘New Empire Vol. 2’ (BMG/Dove & Grenade Media)

Joan Of Arc – ‘Tim Melina Theo Bobby’ (Joyful Noise)

Jonathan Antoine – ‘ChristmasLand’ (Loki)

Khruangbin – ‘Late Night Tales: Khruangbin’ (Night Time Stories)

The Network – ‘Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So!’ (Joe Robot Records)

Quarter-Life Crisis – ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ (Saddle Creek)

Rico Nasty – ‘Nightmare Vacation’ (Sugar Trap/Atlantic)

Russell Dickerson – ‘Southern Symphony’ (Triple Tigers)

Shawn Mendes – ‘Wonder’ (Island/UMG)

Soft Cell – ‘Cruelty Without Beauty (Expanded and Remastered)’ (Big Frock)

Son Lux – ‘Tomorrows II’ (City Slang)

These New Puritans – ‘Hidden [MMXX]’ (Domino)

Yungblud – ‘weird!’ (Interscope)

Yusuf Cat Stevens – ‘Mona Bone Jackson/Tea For The Tillerman (Super Deluxe)’ (UMC/Island)





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This Week’s New Releases: Iggy Pop, Bat For Lashes And Mahalia

What a week! Iggy Pop and Bat For Lashes have both put out new records, while Mahalia has finally shared her debut album with the world.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there’s plenty more new releases to fill your boots with below.

Aitch – ‘AitcH20’ EP (Since 93)

Alessia Cara – ‘This Summer’ EP (Def Jam Recordings)

Barb Jungr – ‘Bob, Brel and Me’ (Kristalyn via Absolute)

Barns Courtney – ‘404’ (Virgin EMI)

Bat For Lashes – ‘Lost Girls’ (Bat For Lashes/AWAL)

Black Star Riders – ‘Another State Of Grace’ (Nuclear Blast)

Chrissie Hynde – ‘Valve Bone Woe’ (BMG)

Christof van der Ven – ‘You Were The Place’ (Planet Zog Records)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘The Blue’ EP (Atlantic)

Dunes – ‘Take Me To The Nasties’ (Sapien)

Flor – ‘Ley Lines’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Foy Vance – ‘To Memphis’ (Gingerbread Man/Asylum)

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Close It Quietly’ (Sub Pop)

Grayscale – ‘Nella Vita’ (Fearless)

The Highwomen – ‘The Highwomen’ (Low Country Sound/Elektra)

Kindness – ‘Something Like War’ (Female Energy)

Mahalia – ‘Love and Compromise’ (Warner)

Melanie Martinez – ‘K-12’ (Atlantic)

The Messthetics – ‘Anthropocosmic Nest’ (Dischord)

Muna – ‘Saves The World’ (RCA)

Professor Green – ‘M.O.T.H.’ EP (Gang Green)

Roam – ‘Smile Wide’ (Hopeless)

Royal Trux w/ Ariel Pink – ‘Pink Stuff’ EP (Fat Possum)

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ (Sumerian)

Status Quo – ‘Backbone’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Tinariwen – ‘Amadjar’ (Wedge [PIAS])

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This Week’s New Releases: Ariana Grande, Death Cab For Cutie and Mitski

The pace has picked up significantly compared to the last few weeks and there’s a buttload of new records for your listening pleasure! Ariana Grande has dropped her fourth album, while Mitski has put out her fifth, and Death Cab For Cutie have followed up 2015’s ‘Kintsugi’ with ‘Thank You For Today. It’s the first full-length to see Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by Dave Depper and Zac Rae, who’ve been members of their touring band for since 2015.

Animal Collective – ‘Tangerine Reef’ (Domino)

Ariana Grande – ‘Sweetener’ (Republic/Island)

Austin Lucas – ‘Immortal Americans’ (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Blue October – ‘I Hope You’re Happy’ (Mri/Red)

Bugzy Malone – ‘B. Inspired’ (B. Somebody)

Circles Around The Sun – ‘Let It Wander’ (Rhino)

Col3trane – ‘BOOT’ Mixtape (TaP Records/Geffen Records)

Conner Youngblood – ‘Cheyenne’ (Counter Records)

Cullen Omori – ‘The Diet’ (Sub Pop)

Curse Of Lono – ‘As I Fell’ (Submarine Cat)

Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Thank You For Today’ (Atlantic)

Dizzy – ‘Baby Teeth’ (Communion Group Ltd)

Example – ‘Bangers and Ballads’ Mixtape (AWAL)

Gabrielle – ‘Under My Skin’ (BMG)

Great Lake Swimmers – ‘The Waves, The Wake’ (Nettwerk Records)

John Butler Trio – ‘Home’ (Because)

Justin Hiltner and Jon Weisberger – ‘Watch It Burn’ (Robust Records)

Mitski – ‘Be The Cowboy’ (Dead Oceans)

Oh Sees – ‘Smote Reverser’ (Castle Face)

Papa M – ‘A Broke Moon Rises’ (Drag City)

Slaves – ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’ (Virgin EMI)

Stefflon Don – ‘Secure’ Mixtape (54 London)

Still Corners – ‘Slow Air’ (Wrecking Light Records)

Tom Baxter – ‘The Other Side Of Blue’ (The Orchard)

Trevor Powers – ‘Mulberry Violence’ (Baby Halo)

Yonaka – ‘Teach Me To Fight’ EP (Atlantic)

Yung Fume – ‘Too Much Wave 2’ EP (Payday Records)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Years & Years, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cardigans, Snow Patrol, Bluesfest, Counting Crows, The War On Drugs, Boyzone, Death Cab For Cutie, Pusha T and more…


Years & Years will follow up the release of ‘Palo Santo’ on July 6 with dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton and London between November 28 and December 5. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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The Smashing Pumpkins will bring the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour to the SSE Arena Wembley in London on October 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Olivia Bee).

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The Cardigans will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their fourth album, ‘Gran Turismo’, by playing it in full at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, O2 Academy Glasgow, O2 Academy Birmingham, and the Eventim Apollo in London between December 3 and 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22 (Photo: Derrick Santini).

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Snow Patrol, who put out ‘Wildness’ last month, will now call at Bournemouth International Centre on January 27 and the SSE Arena Wembley on February 2. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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BLUESFEST with Counting Crows

Counting Crows will perform at BluesFest at London’s O2 Arena on October 28, where they will be supported by Alison Krauss. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 22.

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The band, who released ‘A Deeper Understanding’ last summer, will return to play their only UK headline show this year at London’s O2 Arena on December 13 with special guests Slowdive. Tickets go on sale at 10am on June 22.

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The pop group will bring their Thank You And Goodnight – The Farewell tour to arenas in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, London, Birmingham, and Bournemouth between January 23 and February 9. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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The band, who are set to release ‘Thank You For Today’ on August 17, will head to Dublin, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol and London, where they will play the Eventim Apollo, between January 24 and February 1. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 22.

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Pusha T will bring his Daytona tour to London’s O2 Forum on December 12, with tickets set to go on sale at 10am on June 22.

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Also announced this week

Courtney Barnett, Collabro, The Beach Boys, Villagers, Thunderpussy, Fizzy Blood, Roger Hodgson, Dream Wife, Dashboard Confessional, Kina Grannis, Turnstile, Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, Serpentwithfeet, Bad Touch, Soulfly, Conan, A Place To Bury Strangers, 10 Years, Sigrid, Gaz Coombes, Boy Pablo, The Voidz, Gabrielle, Ocean Alley, Grace Carter, Amorphis, Soilwork, Enslaved, High On Fire, Mono, The Growlers, Gang of Four, The LaFontaines, Dan and Shay, Kojey Radical, The Midnight, Delta Sleep, A Pale Horse Named Death, Becky Hill and more.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Ben Gibbard!

On August 11, 1976 Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist and guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie, was born. Happy birthday Ben!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Chris Walla!

On November 2, 1975 musician and producer Chris Walla, probably best known for his time as the guitarist/songwriter for Death Cab For Cutie, was born. Happy birthday Chris!

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Ben Gibbard!

On August 11, 1976 Ben Gibbard, lead vocalist and guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie, was born. Happy birthday Ben!

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Staff Picks: Laura ‘Riot Goth’ Johnson


This was my first year with Stereoboard and I think it’s fair to say it’s been my best yet. Professionally that is, I don’t want to shortchange 1996, the year D3: The Mighty Ducks came out. I’ve met bands I’ve idolised since my teens, new artists that have gone on to grace magazine covers and watched some of my favourite artists reform and perform shows I never thought I would have the privilege to see. Below is just a snapshot of my favourite things from the past year.


‘23 Live Sex Acts’ – Against Me!

‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’- Courtney Barnett

‘Welcome Back To Milk’ – Du Blonde

‘Perpetual Motion People’ – Ezra Furman

‘Blossom’ – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

‘Get A Witness’ – Queen Kwong

‘No Cities To Love’ – Sleater Kinney

‘Imaginary Life’ – Worriers


Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett

The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive – Death Cab For Cutie

Ordinary Life – Ezra Furman

Devil Inside Me – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Broken Hands – Fraser. A. Gorman

Raising The Skate – Speedy Ortiz

Under A Rock – Waxahatchee

Glutton For Distance – Worriers


Courtney Barnett (supported by Spring King and Fraser A. Gorman) – The Fleece, Bristol – March 28

FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration – The Globe, Cardiff- April 22

Babes In Toyland (supported by Skating Polly) – Trinity Centre, Bristol – May 24

Julie Ruin – Electric Ballroom, London – May 26

L7 – Electric Ballroom, London – June 16

Against Me! (Reading Set) – Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival – August 30

Jack Off Jill – Electric Ballroom, London – October 21

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (supported by Blackhole and Creeper) – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – October 28


Arse Full Of Chips

Barren Womb

Cock And Ball Torture

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard


Prostitute Disfigurement

Shaving The Werewolf

Sodomized Cadaver


Courtney Barnett


The Used


Queen Kwong (Wes Borland and Carré Callaway)


Nick Oliveri


Ginger Wildheart


Frank Iero


Dallas Green (City & Colour/ Alexisonfire)


Against Me! (Laura Jane Grace and Atom Willard)



BOOK: Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon

VIDEO: New Wave – Sleater Kinney

FILM: The Voices

MERCH: Fraser A.Gorman – Tea Towel


DRINK:Punk IPA by Brewdog

FOOD: Peanut Butter (this was the same last year and will probably feature next year)

INSULT: “I envy people that don’t know you!”


Me: “Who’s that guy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that looks like Andy Samberg?”

Huw Baines: “Andy Samberg.”


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On This Day In Music: Chris Walla And Nelly Are Born

On November 2, 1974 American rapper/singer Nelly was born. A year later, on the same day, came Chris Walla, formerly of Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service. Happy birthday to both!

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