This Week’s New Releases: Jack White, Jamie T And Bananarama

Variety is the word of the week. Jack White has released his second album of the year, Jamie T has finally followed up 2016’s ‘Trick’, and Bananarama are back with their first new LP in over a decade.

Still want more? Head below.

Bananarama – ‘Masquerade’ (IN SYNK)

Beach Bunny – ‘Emotional Creature’ (Mom+Pop)

Ben Harper – ‘Bloodline Maintenance’ (Chrysalis)

Bob Marley & The Chineke! Orchestra – ‘Bob Marley & The Chineke! Orchestra’ (Island)

Flo Milli – ‘You Still Here, Ho?’ (RCA)

Gavin James – ‘The Sweetest Part’ (GS AllPoints)

Gilbert O’Sullivan – ‘Driven’ (BMG)

Jack White – ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ (Third Man)

Jamie T – ‘The Theory Of Whatever’ (Polydor/Universal)

Joey Bada$$ – ‘2000’ (Columbia)

Julien Baker – ‘B-Sides’ EP (Matador Records)

The Kooks – ’10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark’ (Lonely Cat/AWAL)

The Koreatown Oddity – ‘ISTHISFORREAL?’ (Stones Throw)

Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Red & White’ EP (Lil Uzi Vert)

Ms Banks – ‘Bank Statement’ EP (Platoon)

Odesza – ‘The Last Goodbye’ (Ninja Tune)

Rico Nasty – ‘Las Ruinas’ (Sugar Trap)

Sean Nicholas Savage – ‘Shine’ (Arbutus Records)

She & Him – ‘Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson’ (Fantasy/Concord)

Sports Team – ‘Gulp!’ (Big Desert/Island)

TRAAMS – ‘Personal Best’ (TRAAMS)

Ty Segall – ‘Hello, Hi’ (Drag City)

ZZ Top – ‘RAW (‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Original Soundtrack)’ (Shelter/BMG)

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Top Tickets This Week: The Offspring, Easy Life, Del Amitri, UB40, Bree Runway, Julien Baker and more

The Offspring

The California band will be joined by The Hives for arena shows during November, calling in Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and London, where they’ll take over the SSE Arena Wembley. The Let The Bad Times Roll Tour will support their album of the same name, which is due out on April 16 through Concord Records. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 9.

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Easy Life

Easy Life have announced the Life’s A Beach Tour for November, with UK and Ireland stops lined up in Bristol, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Brighton, Belfast, Dublin and London, where they’ll play the O2 Academy Brixton. The trek will support the release of their debut album of the same name, due out on June 4. Tickets go on sale at 10am on April 9.

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Del Amitri

Del Amitri will support their new record, Fatal Mistakes’, with an autumn 2021 UK tour and two homecoming shows in Glasgow in December 2021. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 9.

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The reggae legends — James Brown, Duncan Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Martin Meredith, Tony Mullings, Laurence Parry and Brian Travers — will take over Sandwell Valley Country Park in Birmingham on August 1. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on April 9. The hometown performance will precede the band’s Bigga Baggariddim Tour throughout November and December.

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Bree Runway

Bree Runway has announced a headline show at Colours in London for September 28. Tickets go on sale at 9am on April 9.

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Julien Baker

Julien Baker will support her new album, ‘Little Oblivions’ with shows in London, Leeds, Dublin, Glasgow, and Manchester during May 2022, as part of a larger European trek. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on April 9.

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Also announced this week:

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race UK have added even more extra dates to their 2022 UK tour due to huge demand.
  • Guns N’ Roses have rearranged their UK and European shows for a second time to summer 2022.
  • The Damned have moved their UK shows to February 2022 due to COVID-19.
  • Glass Animals have added extra dates to their Dreamland Tour.
  • Fatboy Slim has announced an extra night at Brighton Centre.
  • Zucchero has moved his UK shows for a second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Rag’n’Bone Man will headline Friday September 10 at the Cambridge Club Festival.

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This Week’s New Releases: Nick Cave And Warren Ellis, Julien Baker and Alice Cooper

What a week! We were surprised with a collaborative album from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Julien Baker has followed up 2017’s ’Turn Out The Lights’, and legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper has released his album that was inspired by the early ’70’s rock scene in Detroit.

Fancy something else? There’s plenty more to tickle your fancy below.

Alice Cooper – ‘Detroit Stories’ (earMUSIC)

Anneke Van Giersbergen – ‘The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest’ (InsideOut)

Architects – ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ (Epitaph)

The Black Crowes – ‘Shake Your Money Maker (30 Anniversary Deluxe)’ (Universal)

Bonnie Tyler – ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ (earMUSIC)

Cloud Nothings – ‘The Shadow I Remember’ (Carpark Records)

Craig Finn – ‘All These Perfect Crosses’ (Partisan)

Epica – ‘Omega’ (Nuclear Blast)

Evergrey – ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’ (AFM Records)

François & the Atlas Mountains – ‘Banane Bleue’ (Domino)

Joanna Connor – ‘4801 South Indiana Avenue’ (Keeping The Blues Alive Records)

Joseph Williams – ‘Denizen Tenant’ (Mascot/The Players Club)

Julien Baker – ‘Little Oblivions’ (Matador)

Karima Walker – ‘Waking the Dreaming Body’ (Keeled Scales)

Lost Horizons – ‘In Quiet Moments’ (Bella Union)

Lucy Spraggan – ‘Choices’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Maxïmo Park – ‘Nature Always Wins’ (Prolifica/[PIAS])

Melvins – ‘Working With God’ (Ipecac)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket (Live)’ (Reprise)

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – ‘Carnage’ (Goliath Ent/AWAL)

Payroll Giovanni and Cardo – ‘Another Day Another Dollar’ (BYLUG Ent)

Willie Nelson – ‘That’s Life’ (Legacy/Sony Music)

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Things We Love This Week: Fleetwood Mac, Thom Yorke, Frightened Rabbit

Hey there reader. How are you? We are so close to the weekend that I can almost taste it. Mmmm. Oh wait, no, that’s the taste of my mid afternoon snack. Woops. Still got a little way to go. Hang on in there!

Fleetwood Mac

As I may or may not have mentioned already (I have definitely mentioned it far too much), I went to London last weekend to watch an up and coming band. You might not have heard of them, Fleetwood Mac? They’re not that popular, maybe you don’t know them…

PSYCH! One of the biggest rock bands of the 1970s — nay, ever — headlined Wembley Stadium, a 90,000 capacity venue. An epic performance from Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and more, the masses were treated to hit after hit, reminding you quite how many bangers they’ve actually released over the last five decades. The only thing missing was Lindsay Buckingham.

Thom Yorke

While in London, we naturally spent a good portion of our time there riding the tube to get around. The underground is always full of adverts, but one in particular caught my eye.

Do you have trouble remembering your dreams? It’s a feeling we at ANIMA know only too well. You’re deep in a surreal world where you can be anybody you like, where you can do anything. And then you wake up, and the dream fades. It’s gone, like smoke on the breeze. Or is it?
Here at ANIMA we’ve built something we call a Dream Camera. Just call or text the number and we’ll get your dreams back.”


CREEPY, RIGHT?! But kind of enticing. I was hooked, and immediately wanted to get my dreams back. On the other end of the phone was a mysterious message: “Anima Technologies has been ordered by the authorities to cease and desist from undertaking its advertised business.” We were given the option to leave a message after the tone, but the tone morphs into a track, Not The News, by Thom Yorke. Oh Thom. Always trying to one up Black Mirror, aren’t you! But bringing this mad dream-like world into reality might be a step too far.

Either way, Thursday saw the official announcement of Yorke’s new album, curiously titled ‘Anima’. It’ll be released on June 27 with an accompanying film made in collaboration with award-winning American filmmaker Thomas Anderson.

Frightened Rabbit

This band hold a dear, dear place in my heart, and caused great excitement for many when they announced that a new LP of covers will arrive next month. ‘Tiny Changes’, sharing its name with the mental health charity set up in honour of the death of lead singer Scott Hutchison last year, will contain 17 versions of songs from the band’s seminal LP ‘Midnight Organ Fight’, to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The first cuts come from none other than  Julien Baker and Biffy Clyro, both taking on versions of The Modern Leper. Baker opts for a slower pace than the original, letting it build up into a triumphant climax, whereas Biffy Clyro’s Scottish accent doesn’t bring the vocals too far away from their Selkirk roots, but makes good use of dynamics with some heavily distorted guitar chords and a half-time chorus.  The album will also feature tracks from Wintersleep, Peter Katis, Craig Finn, Daughter, Aaron Dessner and Lauren Mayberry (from Chvrches), and Manchester Orchestra.

Excuse me while I weep.

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Things We Love This Week: Julien Baker, Radiohead, Taylor Swift

Hi there friend! This weekend is going to be GOOD. Everyone in the office has exciting gigs to head to, including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and Clutch! Let’s get in the mood for the weekend with some excellent new releases and news from the music world.


If you were about to blackmail someone, how would you do it? Target someone with lots of money, and something to lose? Probably. A well-loved band would be a good way to go… but Radiohead? Nah bro.

After hacking into the band’s storage files, the offending person managed to nab over 18 hours’ worth of footage, rare cuts, demos and recordings from their ‘OK Computer’ era. Jackpot! Give me £150, 000, Radiohead, or I leak this to the entire world! Mwahahaha!

Instead of paying the ransom, Radiohead decided to release the material themselves, with the proceeds going to Extinction Rebellion. Good on you, guys.

Julien Baker

It’s hard to believe that Julien Baker, save for her excellent Boygenius collab with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, hasn’t released any solo material since ‘Turn Out The Lights’, her 2017 LP. So, about time for some more, eh?!

Two new tracks arrived this week, which you may have already heard if you’re a vinyl enthusiast. Originally released as Record Store Day exclusives back in April, Baker has now shared Red Door and Conversation Piece. Both, like all Baker’s material, are extremely emotional and incredibly powerful, while at the same time taking on a poignant and delicate air. Good lord, its delicious. Take a listen.

Taylor Swift

[Snob alert] I know what you’re thinking: “I thought this was a good music blog!? I’m never coming back! [Storms ferociously out, slams door]” Well, yeah. I hold my hands up: musically, it ain’t all that. But it’s the message that rings through.

Tay Tay is calling out the homophobes, internet trolls and general haters, with some awesome lines: “say it in a tweet, that’s a cop-out”, “can you just not step on his gown?”, “Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages,” and finally the brilliantly blunt , “control your urges to scream about all the people you hate, ‘cos shade never made anyone less gay.” Damn right T-Swizzle.

‘Til next time, when after seeing Fleetwood mac (sans Buckingham, sob) I will be a different human. Good day.

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Things We Love This Week: Boygenius, Snoop Dogg, Sharon Van Etten

Alas, your favourite columnist is back in work after a hedonistic, magical and other-worldly weekend at Green Man. She’s knackered, covered in bruises, and is also going through the classic post-festival flu. Cheer her up by reading about the things she has lovingly conjured up for you.


Boygenius is the brainchild of three badass musicians taking the indie-rock world by storm. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus are teaming up for a new EP under the moniker, and early signs are that it couldn’t be better. Listen to three new tracks – each fronted by one of the artists in their individual styles, yet combining for a sound they all deliver impeccably – below.

Snoop Dogg – From Crook to Cook

Snoop Dogg is releasing a cookbook. Not the first rapper to release culinary literature, he follows in the footsteps of 2 Chainz and Kelis, but From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen will feature over 50 recipes from fine dining to wholesome favourites, and of course some snacks to satisfy those munchies. Oh – and of course, a recipe for gin and juice.

Sharon Van Etten covering LCD Soundsystem

As part of the BBC Proms’ annual concert series, Van Etten performed a version of New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down: fitting with the theme of celebrating a modern New York. The concert also saw sets from serpentwithfeet and Hercules and the Love Affair.

Van Etten’s recreation holds up her casual singing style against a full orchestral backdrop, rising into a huge moment of applause for the iconic song. Watch below.

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Things We Love This Week: Sports Team, Wild Nothing, Alaskalaska, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker Gossip

It’s August. Already. Time is slipping away. Life is fleeting. Spend it wisely. (Listening to these songs and watching these videos).

Sports Team – Margate

In the past nine months, this band have gone from “Who?” zeros to indie-post-punk heroes. They’ve got a massive buzz around them – and this is why.

Margate is an energetic track with some ridiculously catchy guitar riffs and an invigorating rhythm. The video alone will have you itching to get up and dance like good ol’ Alex Rice there. Margate celebrates summertime and Englishness in all its lacklustre glory, as the band note.

“Margate’s a song about English summers. Hosepipe bans. Overgrown hedgerows. Frayed tempers. The season of Reeling in the Years and tailbacks on the A303. We went in to record it with Burke during the first group stage games, when things were looking up. Some of that optimism rubbed off.”

It’s a shame the World Cup is finally over and we don’t have to talk about it ever again. A real shame.

Wild Nothing – Letting Go

New single Letting Go airs a nod to the War On Drugs in its vast production and reverb heavy vocals. But the video is why we’re really here. Mourning a dummy, growing mushrooms like pets, hundreds of snails, bodybuilders and a vampire-esque widow… it’s all over the place. You’ll love it.

Alaskalaska – Monster

This perfectly named band followed up April’s offering of Meateater, a synth-pop triumph, with the more sedate and leisurely Monster. It oozes just the right amount of alt-pop, hazy, sickly sweet and a just a little bit sad.

Additionally, there seems to be a running theme of glitter-tassle backdrops lately. I want more.

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker

SUPERGROUP ALERT! The three musicians, who have released some of the best female-indie-folk-rock that 2018 and 2017 has to offer, including ‘Stranger in the Alps’, ‘Historian’ and ‘Turn Out The Lights’, have a collaboration in the works. Suspicions have been confirmed. YES!

While on the panel at NPR’s Turning The Tables Live event in NYC, Bridgers spoke to Ann Powers, divulging the rumours to be true. No more info as of yet… Keep those peepers peeled.

In the meantime, enjoy watching a video of the three musicians as Sims that a YouTuber has painstakingly made. There’s three parts, each over an hour long. Watch the entire thing. I dare you.

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This Week’s New Releases: Weezer, Julien Baker And Stereophonics

This week, as has become the norm, we’ve got a massively mixed bag. Weezer have put out the follow up to last year’s ‘White Album’, Stereophonics have followed up 2015’s ‘Keep The Village Alive’ and Julien Baker has offered up her sophomore LP. Oh, and Fever Ray has returned with a new album, having only announced it yesterday.

Still not enough for ya? There’s plenty more to check out below.

Baxter Dury – ‘Prince Of Tears’ (Heavenly Recordings)

Bootsy Collins – ‘World Wide Funk’ (Mascot Records)

Fever Ray – ‘Plunge’ (Rabid Records)

George Maple – ‘Lover’ (Virgin EMI)

Gord Downie – ‘Introduce Yerself’ (Arts & Crafts/Caroline)

Gregory Porter – ‘Nat King Cole And Me’ (Blue Note/Decca)

Hollywood Undead – ‘Five’ (BMG)

Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Jayce Lewis – ‘Million’ (Caroline)

John Maus – ‘Screen Memories’ (Ribbon)

Julien Baker – ‘Turn Out The Lights’ (Matador)

Kelly Clarkson – ‘Meaning Of Live’ (Atlantic)

Majid Jordan – ‘The Space Between’ (Parlophone)

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – ‘Together Again’ (Decca)

MØ – ‘When I Was Young’ EP

Out Lines – ‘Conflats’ (Rock Action)

Slaughter Beach, Dog – ‘Birdie’ (Big Scary Monsters/Lame-O Records)

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Live & Acoustic from NYC’ (Warner Bros.)

Snoop Dogg – ‘Make America Crip Again’ (Doggystyle Records/EMPIRE)

Stereophonics – ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ (Parlophone)

Strange Hellos – ‘Chromatic’ (Brilliance Records)

Theory Of A Dead Man – ‘Wake Up Call’ (Roadrunner)

Tourist – ‘Wash’ EP

Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Beach House 3’ (Atlantic)

The Used – ‘The Canyon’ (Hopeless Records)

Weezer – ‘Pacific Daydream’ (Crush Music)

Will Joseph Cook – ‘If You Want To Make Money’ EP

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Top Tours This Week: Goldfrapp, Julien Baker, Citizen, Northlane, The Hoosiers, Rebecca Ferguson, Arcade Fire and more…

Goldfrapp leads our top tour announcements this week after the duo confirmed autumn dates for the UK leg of their Silver Eye world tour, while singer-songwriter Julien Baker also makes big news having announced shows in the UK and Ireland as part of a European tour. Citizen will celebrate the release of ‘As You Please’ with shows at Manchester’s Deaf Institute, Nottingham’s Bodega Social Club and London’s Bush Hall in October and Northlane return to the UK and Europe this autumn as part of their Mesmer world tour. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the Hoosiers will return in the autumn to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, ‘The Trick To Life’.


The trek will feature a run of eight shows across the UK throughout October and November, starting in Glasgow before stops in Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol, concluding with a date at the O2 Academy Brixton in London. The tour shares its name with the duo’s latest LP, their first full length in four years.
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Julien Baker

The singer-songwriter, who recently signed to Matador and reissued her debut, ‘Sprained Ankle’, will play Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow and Dublin during November, prior to a previously announced stop at London’s Union Chapel.
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The Ohio quintet will put out the follow up to 2015’s ‘Everybody Is Going to Heaven’ on October 6 before shows at Manchester’s Deaf Institute, Nottingham’s Bodega Social Club and London’s Bush Hall on October 3, 4 and 5.
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The Australian metalcore band will be joined by special guests ERRA, Invent Animate and Ocean Grove for their biggest headline shows to date in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Nottingham in November.
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The Hoosiers

The pop trio will celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘The Trick To Life’ with 26 dates across the UK between September 29 and November 6.
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Rebecca Ferguson

The singer will tour the UK in February, kicking off on the Isle of Man before stops in Preston, London, where she’ll perform at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Birmingham, Salisbury, Bexhill, Norwich, Hull, Newcastle, Wrexham, Manchester and Liverpool.
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Arcade Fire

The Canadian band will perform in the round at Dublin’s 3Arena, Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Genting Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, alongside two dates at the SSE Arena Wembley in London, between April 6 and 16.
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Also announced this week, so far

Lana Del Rey, Martin Garrix, Nina Nesbitt, DJ Format and Abdominal, Penetration, Nordic Giants, Joe Fox, Still Remains, Savoy Motel, SuperGlu, Rationale, Michael Kiwanuka, Picture This, Car Bomb, Sleepmakeswaves, Dermot Kennedy, Courtney Marie Andrews,  French for Rabbits, Margaret Glaspy, Neon Waltz, Lucie Silvas, Tom Misch, Sleeper, The Birthday Massacre, The War On Drugs, Venom Inc., PINS, Fake Laugh, My Baby, Anna of the North, Isaac Gracie, Josh Ritter, The View, Nails, Manchester Warehouse Project, Fangclub, Dinosaur Jr, Baby In Vain and many more.

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This Week’s New Releases: Depeche Mode, Conor Oberst And Pulled Apart By Horses

This week is a mixed bag to say the least. You’ve got Depeche Mode releasing their new album, ‘Spirit’, which was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, Conor Oberst is putting out a companion piece to last year’s ‘Ruminations’ and Pulled Apart By Horses have finally followed up 2014’s ‘Blood’ with ‘The Haze’.

If none of that floats your boat there’s plenty more to choose from below.

Adult – ‘Detroit House Guests’ (Mute)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ EP (Rough Trade/Secretly Canadian)

Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker – ‘Room 29’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Conor Oberst – ‘Salutations’ (Nonesuch)

Depeche Mode – ‘Spirit’ (Columbia)

Drake – ‘More Life’ (playlist) (Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records)

Frances – ‘Things I’ve Never Said’ (Capitol)

Julien Baker – ‘Sprained Ankle’ (Matador)

Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (Ignition)

Pitbull – ‘Climate Change’ (RCA)

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘The Haze’ (Search & Destroy/Caroline)

Real Estate – ‘In Mind’ (Domino)

Rick Ross – ‘Rather You Than Me’ (Columbia)

Sorority Noise – ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador)

She Drew The Gun – ‘Memories Of Another Future’ (Skeleton Key)

Zara Larsson – ‘So Good’ (Black Butter/Epic/TEN)

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