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

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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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: Orlando Weeks, Elbow, Haim

Now this is a blog post all about how, your week got flipped turned upside down. I’d like to take ten minutes, just sit right there, I’ll tell you ‘bout some brand new music that got released in Bel Air — and the rest of the world.

Orlando Weeks

If you’ve been searching for something to fill that Maccabees-shaped hole in your life, then today is the day. Although there’s no new music to speak of yet, we’re excited for a new project from Orlando Weeks, former frontman for the now defunct cult indie band. He said:

“The album I’ve been working on for the last eighteen months is very nearly done. For me, holding my nerve has been a large part of finishing a record, and there’s a certain confidence that comes from discovering a song can survive in a room full of strangers. The flip side of that is that you unearth problems you wish had stayed buried. There’s every chance it won’t work, but that’s the gamble.”

Since his Gritterman project in 2017, Weeks has been working on the album for 18 months and counting. Finally, it’s almost here. He’s presenting the new material at some intimate performances around the country in September, so you should definitely get tickets if you wanna hear something brilliant. Meanwhile, here’s a throwback to the title track from the band’s last album, ‘Marks To Prove It’.

Elbow

Elbow are back! Guy Garvey and co have released a new track from what is expected to be a new album. We say expected because nothing has been confirmed, all we have to go on is some posters emblazoned with ‘Giants Of All Sizes’ and ‘11.10.19’. Upon clicking through to the accompanying link, you’re given the following description:

“And I don’t know Jesus anymore. And an endless sleep is awaiting me. And I haven’t finished yet. And i’m not a dog for the end of days. I’m a bird in a hurricane. With the heaviest heart jackhammering in me. And I don’t know jesus anymore. Unstuck and the whole archipelago is rocking like a suicide pedalo at high tide. Blazing eyes hey how d’ya keep your eyes ablaze. In these. Faith free. Hope free. Charity free days.”

It goes on for a while, and we now realise these are the lyrics for the album’s first cut, Dexter & Sinister, a choppy indie track that cuts up a symphonic string section with a bassy guitar line. If their previous performances are anything to go by, this song is going to be pretty special at live shows, with a full orchestra accompaniment highly probable.

Haim

And now something for these hot, hot summer days. Those Californian Haim siblings have returned with new music in the form of an indie-pop ditty perfect for breezing through August on a yellow bicycle with hair a flowing. Danielle explained:

“This song started out as a garage band demo in my phone with just a bass line, drums, some gibberish and a doot doot doot little melody. I wrote it around the time my partner was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago while we were making ‘STTY’ (he’s in the clear now!) We were touring on and off at this time and every time we were on the phone with each other, or when I would come home in between shows, I wanted to be this light that shined on him when he was feeling very dark. I wanted to be his hope when he was feeling hopeless. So I kept singing these lines – “I’m your sunny girl/ I’m your fuzzy girl/ I’m your summer girl – over the bass line. Summer Girl stuck.”

It’s a beautiful story for a beautiful song, and features a sax line written by Rostam Batmanglij, who you’ll know as the former member of Vampire Weekend. He still worked on the production side of things for the band’s latest album, ‘Father Of The Bride’, though, as did Ariel Rechtshaid from Haim’s story above. Oh, and did we mention Danielle Haim also provided some backing vocals on one of their tracks? Now THAT’S the kind of circle of friends I want to be a part of.


I pulled up to the website about three of four, and yelled to the editor “Go home, smell ya later!” I looked at my blog post, I was finally done, and sit on my throne as the Princess of Things We Love This Week. Or something to that effect.

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This Week’s New Releases: Björk And Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This week is all about one woman, Björk. The Icelandic artist has finally followed up 2015’s ‘Vulnicura’ and we, along with everyone else, couldn’t be happier.

You’ve also got a new record from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and plenty more to keep you busy below. Fill your boots!

Alexander Armstrong – ‘In A Winter Light’ (Rhino)

Almanac – ‘Kingslayer’ (Nuclear Blast)

Amy Macdonald – ‘Under Stars (Live In Berlin)’ (Virgin EMI)

Andre Rieu – ‘Amore’ (Decca)

BDY_PRTS – ‘Fly Invisible Hero’ (Aggrocat Records)

Björk – ‘Utopia’ (One Little Indian)

Bob Seger – ‘I Knew You When’ (Virgin EMI)

Daniel Alexander – ‘Unfree’ EP (Maison Ainsi)

Drahla – ‘Third Article’ EP (Blank Ad)

DRAM – ‘#1EpicHoliday’ EP

Elbow – ‘The Best Of (Deluxe)’ (Polydor)

Frank Turner – ‘Songbook’ (Polydor)

Matt Terry – ‘Trouble’ (Syco)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built The Moon?’ (Sour Mash Records)

Ramones – ‘Rocket To Russia (40th Anniversary Deluxe)’ (Rhino)

Saxon – ’10 Years Of Denim And Leather – Live 1990′ (Demon)

SECT – ‘No Cure For Death’ (Southern Lord Recordings)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Greatest Gift’ mixtape (Asthmatic Kitty)

Wilson Pickett – ‘The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection’ (Rhino)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Liam Gallagher, Mariah Carey, Clean Bandit, Elbow And Garbage

LIAM GALLAGHER

The former Oasis frontman will perform at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on November 1, following dates in Dublin and Belfast, plus December shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Plymouth, London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester.

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MARIAH CAREY

The vocalist will bring her All I Want For Christmas Is You tour to Manchester Arena on December 10 and the O2 Arena in London the following day. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, prices start at £45.00 plus fees.

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CLEAN BANDIT

Clean Bandit have lined up a UK tour for this autumn, including stops in Glasgow, Cambridge, Bournemouth, London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester between October 29 and November 7. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 8, priced £22.50/£24.50 plus fees.

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ELBOW

The band will be joined by special guest John Grant for shows in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena, between March 2 and 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, prices start at £32.50 plus fees.

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GARBAGE

Garbage will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, ‘Version 2.0’, with a headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on September 14, 2018. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, priced £36.50 plus fees.

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Check Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest of announcements.

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Top Tours This Week: Liam Gallagher, Mariah Carey, Elbow, Clean Bandit, Garbage, Yes and more…

Now that the dust is starting to settle on festival season 2017, it’s time to see what’s in store for the remainder of the year. Liam Gallagher will hit the road for his debut solo arena tour this winter, while Mariah Carey has announced she will bring her All I Want For Christmas Is You tour to London and Manchester at the end of the year. Clean Bandit have also lined up a UK tour for this autumn, while Elbow will be joined by special guest John Grant for arena shows across the UK next spring. Another big announcement this week, albeit one that might make you feel very old, Garbage will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, ‘Version 2.0’, with a headline London show in September 2018.

Liam Gallagher

The former Oasis frontman will play October dates in Dublin and Belfast before circling back for December shows in Leeds, Glasgow, Plymouth, London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on Friday September 8, priced £32.00/£36.50 plus fees.


Mariah Carey

The singer will bring her All I Want For Christmas Is You tour to Manchester Arena on December 10 and the O2 Arena in London the following day.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, prices start at £45.00 plus fees.


Elbow

The band, who released ‘Little Fictions’ in February, will be joined by special guest John Grant for shows in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena, between March 2 and 7.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, prices start at £32.50 plus fees.


Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit have lined up a UK tour for this autumn, including stops in Glasgow, Cambridge, Bournemouth, London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester between October 29 and November 7.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 8, priced £22.50/£24.50 plus fees.


Garbage

Garbage will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second album, ‘Version 2.0’, with a headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on September 14, 2018.
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Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 8, priced £36.50 plus fees.


Yes

The legendary British proggers, featuring Steve Howe on guitar, Alan White on drums, Geoff Downes on keyboard, Jon Davison on vocals and Billy Sherwood on bass, will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a UK tour next spring.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 8, prices start at £42.50 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.


Also announced this week, so far

Vant, Quicksand, Lacuna Coil, The Strypes, Black Moth, C Macleod, John Murry, Santa Cruz, The Vryll Society, Kagoule, Model Aeroplanes, Bryson Tiller, Mahalia, Alexander Armstrong, Way Out West, Marty Stuart, Hayseed Dixie, Jake Mitchell, Boyzlife, Aldous Harding, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Talos, Joshua Burnside, The Lovely Eggs, Barenaked Ladies, Duke Special, Yungen, Joe Lycett, Katherine Ryan, Turbowolf, Royal Thunder, Roland Gift, WOWH, H.E.A.T, Plaza, The Showhawk Duo, Starcrawler, Spinning Coin and more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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Metallica At #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For March

Thrash legends Metallica have hit #1 on March’s Hot Ticket Chart, bumping Ed Sheeran into second place. Following closely behind are Steps, who hit the road in November and December for the Party On The Dancefloor arena tour, Eminem, who will headline Reading and Leeds and perform as part of the Glasgow Summer Sessions at Bellahouston Park in August, and Little Mix, who will kick off their Summer Shout Out tour at the end of May and head out on their Glory Days arena run in September, October and November.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have Ricky GervaisWireless FestivalEddie VedderThe xx and Elbow. Come back and see us next month to check if they’ve been able to cling on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye and welcoming some new blood.

1. Metallica
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Steps
4. Eminem
5. Little Mix
6. Jamiroquai
7. Bruno Mars
8. V Festival
9. Stormzy
10. Guns N’Roses
11. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
12. Kasabian
13. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
14. U2
15. The Weeknd
16. Micky Flanagan
17. Iron Maiden
18. Catfish And The Bottlemen
19. HIM
20. Lady Antebellum
21. Drake
22. Olly Murs
23. Phil Collins
24. The Next Step
25. Happy Mondays
26. Gorillaz
27. J. Cole
28. Tom Jones
29. Coldplay
30. Hanson
31. Robbie Williams
32. UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey
33. James Arthur
34. Tory Lanez
35. Nashville In Concert
36. Ricky Gervais
37. Wireless Festival
38. Eddie Vedder
39. The xx
40. Elbow

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Queen + Adam Lambert

2. Paramore

3. Tori Amos

4. Royal Blood

5. Gary Numan

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Ed Sheeran Tops Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For February

Ed Sheeran has done it, he’s knocked U2 off the top spot and all the way down to #16 on February’s Hot Ticket Chart. Following closely behind in second place is Celine Dion, who will return to the UK this summer for an arena tour. At #3 is J.Cole who brings his 4 Your Eyez Only world tour to the UK and Ireland this autumn,  while Drake, who will return to the UK next week for the final dates of the UK and Ireland leg of his Boy Meets World tour, has dropped one place from last month’s chart to fourth position and Ricky Gervais, who next week continues with the UK and Ireland leg of his Humanity world tour, finishes off the top five.

At the bottom of this month’s chart we have ElbowThe ChainsmokersEminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)The xxSum 41 and Rag’n’Bone Man. Check back in with us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be bidding them adieu.

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Celine Dion
3. J.Cole
4. Drake
5. Ricky Gervais
6. Little Mix
7. Nashville In Concert
8. John Mayer
9. Stormzy
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
11. The Weeknd
12. Lady Gaga
13. Rod Stewart
14. Jamiroquai
15. Bruno Mars
16. U2
17. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
18. Neil Diamond
19. Wireless Festival
20. Ryan Adams
21. Olly Murs
22. Guns N’Roses
23. Leftfield
24. Micky Flanagan
25. Green Day
26. Kehlani
27. Giggs
28. James Arthur
29. Bob Dylan
30. Robbie Williams
31. Adele
32. TRNSMT
33. Kings of Leon
34. PVRIS
35. Elbow
36. The Chainsmokers
37. Eminem (Reading & Leeds Day Tickets)
38. The xx
39. Sum 41
40. Rag’n’Bone Man

On sale this week – can they break the top 40?

1. Shed Seven

2. Steps

3. Tom Jones

4. Happy Mondays

5. Penn and Teller

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U2 Hit #1 On Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart For January

It’s a new year so we thought we’d give you a new chart. For the next few months we’ll be bringing you monthly instalments listing not just our top 20 best selling acts, but a whopping 40!

Kicking things off at #1 are Irish rockers U2, who have soared to the top spot with The Joshua Tree tourFollowing closely behind are  Little Mix who have lined up a Summer Shout Out tour and autumn Glory Days tour. Making up the rest of the top five is Drake , who is currently on the road in the UK for the Boy Meets World tour, Neil Diamond, who will bring his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Ireland in October and Bruno Mars, who will bring his 24K Magic World Tour to arenas around the UK and Ireland in April and May.

At the bottom of the chart we have The Stone RosesBonoboShawn MendesStrictly Come Dancing and Tory Lanez. Come back and see us next month to see if they’re able to hold on to their top 40 positions or if we’ll be waving them goodbye.

1. U2
2. Little Mix
3. Drake
4. Neil Diamond
5. Bruno Mars
6. Coldplay
7. Adele
8. Micky Flanagan
9. The Killers
10. Robbie Williams
11. Guns N’Roses
12. The Weeknd
13. Phil Collins
14. Black Sabbath
15. Kings of Leon
16. Green Day
17. Olly Murs
18. Depeche Mode
19. Jack Whitehall
20. James Arthur
21. The xx
22. Run The Jewels
23. Elbow
24. Two Door Cinema Club
25. Bryan Adams
26. James Blunt
27. The Chainsmokers
28. Good Mourning Mrs Brown
29. The Tenderloins
30. Evanescence
31. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
32. Ariana Grande
33. Paul Weller
34. Jeff Lynne’s ELO
35. The Kooks
36. Tory Lanez
37. Strictly Come Dancing
38. Shawn Mendes
39. Bonobo
40.The Stone Roses

On sale in the next week – can they break the top 40?

1. Lady Gaga

2. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

3. The Cribs

4. The Cranberries

5. Little Big Town

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This Week’s New Releases: Big Sean, Elbow And Sampha

2017 is well underway and the records keep on coming. Big Sean is following up 2015’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ with ‘I Decided’, Elbow are racking up LP #7 and Sampha has put out his eagerly awaited debut album, ‘Process’.

If none of that is up your street, check out the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

Beachheads – ‘Beachheads’ (Fysisk Format)

Big Sean – ‘I Decided’ (Virgin EMI)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘EP I.’ (Spanish Prayers)

Elbow – ‘Little Fictions’ (Polydor)

Fenech-Soler – ‘Zilla’ (So)

Homeshake – ‘Fresh Air’ (Sinderlyn)

Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Safe In Sound’ (Easy Life Records)

Sampha – ‘Process’ (Young Turks)

Surfer Blood – ‘Snowdonia’ (Joyful Noise​/Secretly Canadian​​)

Syd – ‘Fin’ (Columbia)

The Dears – ‘Times Infinity Volume One’ (Dangerbird)

The Menzingers – ‘After The Party’ (Epitaph)

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