This Week’s New Releases: Demi Lovato, Madonna And Panic! At The Disco

What a week! Demi Lovato has returned to her rock roots for her new record, Madonna has released a huge new collection, and Panic! At The Disco have followed up 2018’s ‘Pray For The Wicked’. Fancy something else? There’s plenty more new releases for your listening pleasure below.

Aitch – ‘Close To Home’ (Capitol/EMI)

The Berries – ‘High Flying Man’ (Run For Cover)

Cass McCombs – ‘Heartmind’ (Anti)

David Paich – ‘Forgotten Toys’ (Mascot)

Demi Lovato – ‘Holy Fvck’ (Island)

Eric Church – ‘& – EP’ (EMI Nashville)

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘After Life’ (Better Noise)

Hot Chip – ‘Freakout / Release’ (Domino)

I Prevail – ‘True Power’ (Fearless/Concord)

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Garageband Superstar’ (Virgin)

Life – ‘North East Coastal Town’ (The Liquid Label)

Loudon Wainwright III – ‘Lifetime Achievement’ (StorySound)

Madonna – ‘Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones’ (Warner)

The Mountain Goats – ‘Bleed Out’ (Merge)

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ (Atlantic)

Phoebe Green – ‘Lucky Me’ (Chess Club)

Rare Americans – ‘You’re Not A Bad Person, It’s Just A Bad World’ (Empire)

Röyksopp – ‘Profound Mysteries II’ (Dog Triumph)

Samantha Harvey – ‘Heartbreak Hangover’ EP (Vinyl)

Steps – ‘Platinum Collection’ (Sony)

Thick – ‘Happy Now’ (Epitaph)

Thundermother – ‘Black & Gold’ (Soulfood/AFM)

TINK – ‘Pillow Talk’ (Winter’s Diary/Empire)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: McFly, Craig David, Bon Iver, FKA Twigs, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass, James Arthur, Editors, Bombay Bicycle Club, Andrea Bocelli, Jake Bugg, Five Finger Death Punch and more


Having recently hinted at their return with social media posts, the pop-rock band have ended a three-year hiatus by confirming a headline performance at the huge London venue on November 20. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Craig David

The singer, DJ and producer will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of his debut album ‘Born To Do It’ with performances in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Nottingham and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, during April. Tickets for the Hold That Thought Tour go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Bon Iver

The experimental indie-electronica band will head to London’s SSE Arena Wembley, Arena Birmingham, Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Manchester Arena, SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Dublin’s 3Arena between April 26 and May 3, 2020, after a stint in Europe. Tickets  go on general sale at 9am on Friday September 13.

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FKA Twigs

Fresh from revealing details of her second album, ‘Magdalene’, the London artist has announced a show at the O2 Academy Brixton on November 25 as part of a European tour behind the record’s release. Her plans also include stops in Cologne, Zurich, Milan, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys will bring their first greatest hits-focused tour to arenas in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow between May 28 and June 6. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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The Oxford Britpop greats have announced dates across the UK, Europe and North America to celebrate 25 years since the release of their seminal debut album, ‘I Should Coco’. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 13.

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James Arthur

The singer-songwriter and former X-Factor winner, who releases his third album ‘You’ on October 18, will perform in Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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The British band will perform at Arena Birmingham, London’s SSE Arena Wembley, Manchester’s O2 Apollo, Vicar Street in Dublin and Glasgow Barrowland between February 27 and March 3. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 13.

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Bombay Bicycle Club

Between January 20 and February 12, 2020, the indie-pop band will perform in Cambridge, Bournemouth, Leicester, Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and London, where they’ll take over Alexandra Palace. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13, and support will come from the Big Moon and Liz Lawrence.

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Andrea Bocelli

The Italian tenor has confirmed shows at the O2 Arena on October 16 and 3Arena on October 21, 2020. Tickets go on general sale on September 13, from 9am for the Irish date and 10am for the UK show.

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Jake Bugg

The Nottingham singer-songwriter, who put out his latest album ‘Hearts That Strain’ in 2017, will kick off the run on November 16 with a hometown show at Rock City before stops in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London, where he’ll play the Roundhouse. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Five Finger Death Punch

The Las Vegas metallers will be joined by thrash legends Megadeth and breakout rockers Bad Wolves at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on January 30 and London’s SSE Arena Wembley on January 31. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 13.

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Also announced this week:

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Ronnie Wood, GOT7, Muna, Collabro, Tegan and Sara, Deaf Havana, Bat For Lashes, the Coronas, Clannad, Jon Hopkins, Firedance, the Maine, Turnover, Ocean Wisdom, Skindred, John Barrowman, BBMAK, Randy Newman, Set It Off, Gabrielle Aplin, the Wildhearts, Backyard Babies and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Courtney Barnett, James Bay And Quiet Slang

This week is chock-full of new releases! Courtney Barnett’s sophomore LP is FINALLY here, James Bay has also put out his second album, and Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman has released her debut solo album under the moniker TT.

Not quite your cup of tea? There’s a shedload to check out below.

Ash – ‘Islands’ (BMG)

At The Gates – ‘To Drink From The Night Itself’ (Century Media Records)

Big Ups – ‘Two Parts Together’ (Exploding In Sound)

Blair Dunlop – ‘Notes From An Island’ (Gilded Wings)

Brad Mehldau Trio – ‘Seymour Reads The Constitution!’ (Nonesuch)

Burn The Priest – ‘Legion: XX’ (Nuclear Blast)

Charles Watson – ‘Now That I’m A River’ (Moshi Moshi)

​​Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (Marathon Artists/Milk!)

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘And Justice For None’ (Eleven Seven)

Frog Eyes – ‘Violet Psalms’ (Paper Bag Records)

GAS – ‘Rausch’ (Kompakt)

Guvna B – ‘Hands Are Made For Working’ (Allo Mate)

James Bay – ‘Electric Light’ (Virgin EMI)

Joe Bonamassa – ‘British Bles Explosion Live’ (Mascot)

John Maus – ‘Addendum’ (Ribbon Music)

Jon Allen – ‘Blue Flame’ (Monologue)

Kelly Willis – ‘Back Being Blue’ (Premium Records)

Kyle – ‘Light Of Mine’ (Atlantic)

The Last Poets -‘Understand What Black Is’ (Studio Rockers)

Lewis Watson – ‘nineties, noughties, tennies’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Mamas Gun – ‘Golden Days’ (Candelion)

Matthew Sweet – ‘Tomorrow’s Daughter’ (Honeycomb Hideout)

Michael Rault – ‘It’s A New Day Tonight’ (Wick Records)

Nick Mulvey – ‘Dancing For The Answers’ EP (Fiction Records)

Now Now – ‘Saved’ (Lab Records)

Otis Redding – ‘Dock Of The Bay Sessions’ (Rhino)

Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’ (Rough Trade)

Postdata – ‘Let’s Be Wilderness’ (Paper Bag Records)

Quiet Slang – ‘Everything Matters But No One Is Listening’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Ray LaMontagne – ‘Part Of The Light’ (RCA)

Ryley Walker – ‘Deafman Glance’ (Dead Oceans)

The Sidekicks – ‘Happiness Hours’ (Epitaph)

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – ‘Sparkle Hard’ (Domino)

TT – ‘LoveLaws’ (LoveLeaks/Caroline)

Vitamin X – ‘Age Of Paranoia’ (Southern Lord)

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This Week’s New Releases: U2, Van Morrison And Miguel

Okay, it’s December 1 and pretty much everywhere has started winding down in the run up to Christmas, not the below acts though! Among the list is a new Van Morrison record, U2’s follow up to 2014’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ and Miguel’s new LP, which boasts appearances by Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Quin, Kali Uchis, J. Cole and Salaam Remi.

Andy Grammer – ‘The Good Parts’ (S-Curve Records/Umg)

Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings – ‘From The Jam – Live!’ (Basstone via Absolute)

Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir – ‘Christmas With Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir’ (Decca)

Chief Keef – ‘The Dedication’ (Rbc Records)

Chris Stapleton – ‘From A Room: Volume 2’ (Decca/Mercury Nashville)

The Eskies – ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’ (Parochial Dancehall Records)

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ (Eleven Seven)

Glassjaw – ‘Material Control’ (Century Media)

Jennifer Ann – ‘Take Me Home’ EP (Jennifer Ann Music)

Midge Ure – ‘Orchestrated’ (BMG)

Miguel – ‘War & Leisure’ (RCA)

New Order – ‘NOMC15’ (Mute)

Nicholas Krgovich – ‘In An Open Field’ (Tin Angel)

Pitbull – ‘Greatest Hits’ (Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA)

The Skids – ‘Scared To Dance [Box Set]’ (Caroline)

Stealers Wheel – ‘The A&M Years’ (Caroline)

Steven Wilson – ‘Last Day Of June’ OST (Caroline International)

The Sweet – ‘The Polydor Albums’ (Caroline)

Tommy Blaize – ‘Life & Soul’ (UMOD)

U2 – ‘Songs Of Experience’ (Island)

Van Morrison – ‘Versatile’ (Caroline/Exile)

Wilco – ‘A.M.’ (Deluxe) and ‘Being There'(Deluxe) (Rhino)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Harry Styles, Lorde, The Libertines, Five Finger Death Punch And Nelly


Harry Styles has extended his world tour into 2018 with 56 new shows, including five UK arena dates in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and two nights at the O2 Arena in London between April 7 and 16. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 16, prices start at £45.00 plus fees.

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Lorde has lined up UK shows as part of her Melodrama world tour with stops planned in Manchester, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Glasgow this autumn. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 16, priced £32.50 plus fees, the same day the alt-pop star releases her new LP.

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The Libertines will bring their …Tiddely Om Pom Pom tour to Blackpool, Hull, Plymouth, Scarborough, Lowestoft and Brighton, alongside a set at Margate’s By the Sea festival, this autumn. Tickets are on sale at 9am on June 16, priced £30.00/£35.00 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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Five Finger Death Punch will team up with In Flames for a European arena tour this winter, including UK shows at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, Leeds’ First Direct Arena and London’s SSE Arena Wembley between December 17 and 21. Tickets are on general sale at 10am on June 16, priced £37.50 plus fees.

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The American rapper will play shows in Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich, Bexhill On Sea, Nottingham, Cambridge and Southend On Sea between November 13 and December 5. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 16, priced £27.50/£32.50 plus fees.

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

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Five Finger Death Punch Overcome As Metal Shows Its Community Spirit

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So Papa Roach and Devil You Know, due to open for Five Finger Death Punch, pulled out of this sold out Wembley Arena gig a few days ago. It sucks. It really does. But following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, you can’t blame them. And if you do, you’re just a bit of a dick, aren’t you?

Because heavy metal is a community. A family. You get the chosen few claiming they only listen to Darkthrone and brush their teeth with the blood of virgin honey badgers, but those guys are too busy sleeping in coffins to go out to actual gigs.

Those with tickets have pulled together and descended upon Wembley as one sweaty stampede of love, arriving early to spur on the flurry of support acts. Arcane Roots’ angular, spasmodic blasts of progressive-yet-poppy rock bring early Biffy Clyro to mind and scare the life out of half the audience, while As Lions’ meat and potatoes metal gets the crowd going. Austin Dickinson’s screams are, as the kids would say, on fleek.

But Skindred. Jesus Christ, Skindred. The Welsh genre-benders have always been a ludicrous live proposition but tonight is just something else. Setlist-wise it’s an hour of electronic-tinged ragga-punk joy, just hit after hit. Even though Trouble and Stand For Something are mercilessly missed out, Benji Webbe’s determination to be the best frontman on the planet sets this band apart. He berates the crowd, he demands participation and he asks DJ Dan Sturgess to drop a remix of Papa Roach’s Last Resort in tribute. Everyone’s on his side. Hands are clapping, arses are shaking, brains ooze from earholes and we’re all wondering why Skindred aren’t headlining.

Tracks from their new LP, ‘Volume’, hit like Doc Martens to your kidneys, even though pre-recorded backing vocals through the title track and Under Attack don’t really add anything. Webbe’s voice is the best it’s sounded in years, needing no accompaniment. When Warning hits, Wembley is done. Everyone in the room flails their clothes around in unison. Five Finger Death Punch are shitting their combat trousers.

“They’re big in America,” means nothing. Thankfully, Five Finger Death Punch wrench the hype machine apart and deliver a solid, arena-worthy show on our side of the pond. They’re just rock stars, aren’t they? Ivan Moody is the irate love child of a bulldog and Phil Mitchell, flitting between Al Jourgensen roars and soaring clean sections to rival Corey Taylor. Bassist Chris Kael screams along to Got Your Six like he’s got the Death Star swinging about in his scrotum and Jeremy Spencer is…well, he’s drumming dressed as a skeleton, isn’t he? This band was having an onstage meltdown six months ago and now they’re just a fucking unit.

Tightly titanic and very loud, they blitz through Never Enough, Hard To See, Jekyll And Hyde (spoiler: MASSIVE) with supreme power. There’s no need for Spencer’s drum solo and the acoustic/ballad mid-section of the set sags a tiny bit, but at least it’s proof that they’re more than just Pantera for people who can’t tie their shoelaces.

The Bleeding ends everything. Lighters are in the air and Five Finger Death Punch have held their own against Skindred. But where do they go from here? A full arena tour would probably be scoffed at, but ‘Got Your Six’ did climb to #6 in the UK album charts earlier this year and the band are shooting higher and higher up festival bills. You have the album. Get off your arse, buy a ticket and make this into something more.

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