Things We Love This Week: Coachella 20 Years In The Desert, REYNA, Alex O’aiza

How are you doing this week? I have been feeling rather sorry for myself as the next wave of gig cancellations has started to come through (RIP festival season 2020). An abundance of leftover Easter chocolate has (sort of) softened the blow, but I know that I’m not alone in saying that the uncertainty of this ever changing situation has cranked the anxiety levels up to eleven.


I am definitely not speaking for all of us here, but when the news broke that Coachella was being postponed to October, I felt rather down about it. I understand that it’s a privilege to feel this way when there are much more pressing things happening in the world, but Coachella’s annual livestream has annually proven itself to be an accessible and consistent platform for many music fans around the world. Over the past few years, I have tuned in religiously; back in 2017, I stayed up past an ungodly time to watch Father John Misty grace the main stage, and the Little Monster in me set a 5am alarm to make sure that I didn’t miss a second of Lady Gaga’s electrifying headline set. 

In lieu of my beloved livestream, YouTube Originals’ new documentary, Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert, did a damn good job of transporting me to Empire Polo Club.

Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert

Chronicling the 20-year whirlwind history of the iconic festival, Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert celebrates two decades of the cultural touchpoint’s greatest moments. Mixing fan footage with remarkable cinematography, the two hour-long documentary takes its audience through many of the event’s groundbreaking performances; Daft Punk’s awe-inspiring 2006 slot gets a nod, and Beyonce’s seminal 2018 headline show, aka “Beychella” (obviously) doesn’t go amiss. 

Given that the world is entirely devoid of gigs for the time being, the film seems to resonate on a deeper level if you view it with the current situation in mind. It beautifully illustrates what it means to actively engage with live music, and how such a practise can be life changing in so many ways, far beyond the realm of Coachella. Blimey — pass me the tissues!


Thankfully, it seems that I’m not the only one with a Coachella-shaped hole in my heart.  Today, sister duo REYNA have dropped their latest single, the aptly-titled Coachella. See what I did there? 

REYNA – Coachella

REYNA weave their happy memories of the Californian festival into an indie-pop gem that plays with clean guitar lines and layers of slinky synths. The best part? They confidently deliver a punchy chorus that’ll have you dancing all day long. The single also comes with deftly woven threads of their Latin heritage; their native Spanish is incorporated into the bridge and Mariachi trumpets are suffused throughout.

Bored of self-isolation? Stick some glitter on your face, give this disco-lite ditty a spin and close your eyes. It’s the closest you’ll get to that festival feeling all summer. 


Right, enough of me blabbering on about a festival that I have NEVER been to. Instead, let me introduce you to Alex O’aiza, who is another shining example of how many up-and-coming artists are pushing through this period of adversity via their creative outlets. 

Alex O’aiza – Out Of My Mind

Alex O’aiza is trying to make sense of the Gen Z experience. While stuck in quarantine, the singer-songwriter has delivered a timely message about togetherness in a time of hardship wrapped up in a snappy, hook-laden single.  O’aiza blends textured samples with rolling, gritty guitar riffs to deliver a healthy dose of shimmering alt-pop. You’ll be hard-pushed to find yourself not hitting the repeat button after the first listen.

Even better, though, is the Instagram-themed video that O’aiza made during lockdown, which sees him travel through every goddamn filter the app has to offer. It definitely put a smile on my face, and I can almost guarantee that it will have the same effect on you.

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This Week’s New Releases: Twenty One Pilots, You Me At Six And Cat Power

This week you really are spoilt for choice. Twenty One Pilots have finally followed up 2015’s ‘Blurryface’, You Me At Six have released LP #6 and Cat Power has put out a new record.

Still want more? Head below.

Adrianne Lenker – ‘abysskiss’ (Saddle Creek)

Ancient Shapes – ‘Silent Rave’ (You’ve Changed Records)

AlunaGeorge – ‘Champagne Eyes’ EP (AlunaGeorge)

Atmosphere – ‘Mi Vida Local’ (Rhymesayers)

Behemoth – ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ (Nuclear Blast)

Black Peaks – ‘All That Divides’ (Rise Records/BMG)

Cat Power – ‘Wanderer’ (Domino)

City and Colour – ‘Guide Me Back Home’ (Still Records)

Coheed and Cambria – ‘The Unheavenly Creatures’ (Roadrunner)

Cursive – ‘Vitriola’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Doyle Bramhall II – ‘Shades’ (Provogue Records)

Echo & the Bunnymen – ‘The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon’ (BMG)

Electric Six – ‘Bride Of The Devil’ (Metropolis Records)

Eric Church – ‘Desperate Man’ (EMI)

Estrons – ‘You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough’ (The Orchard/Gofod Records)

Fucked Up – ‘Dose Your Dreams’ (Merge)

Ghostface Killah – ‘The Lost Tapes’ (X-Ray Records)

High On Fire – ‘Electric Messiah’ (eOne Music)

Hugh Cornwell – ‘Monster’ (Sony)

Ice Nine Kills – ‘The Silver Scream’ (Fearless Records)

Jerusalem in My Heart – ‘Daqa’iq Tudaiq’ (Constellation)

JR Harbidge – ‘First Ray Of Light’ (Mob Acoustic via Absolute)

Kenny Allstar – ‘Block Diaries’ (Locked In/Star Work/Columbia)

Kristin Hersh – ‘Possible Dust Clouds’ (Fire Records)

KT Tunstall – ‘Wax’ (Virgin)

Madeline Kenney – ‘Perfect Shapes’ (Carpark Records)

Marie Davidson – ‘Working Class Woman’ (Ninja Tune)

Matt Nathanson – ‘Sings His Sad Heart’ (Acrobat Records)

mewithoutYou – ‘[Untitled]’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Molly Burch – ‘First Flower’ (Captured Tracks)

Petite Noir – ‘La Maison Noir/The Black House’ (Roya)

Phosphorescent – ‘C’est La Vie’ (Dead Oceans)

Ron Gallo – ‘Stardust Birthday Party’ (New West)

Steve Perry – ‘Traces’ (Fantasy Records)

Swearin’ – ‘Fall Into the Sun’ (Merge)

Sylar – ‘Seasons’ (Hopeless Records)

Tall Heights – ‘Pretty Colors For Your Actions’ (Masterworks)

T.I. – ‘Dime Trap’ (Epic Records)

Tokyo Police Club – ‘TPC’ (Dine Alone)

Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

Various Artists (Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and cast) – ‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack (Universal)

Will Hoge – ‘My American Dream’ (EDLO Records/Thirty Tigers)

Windhand – ‘Eternal Return’ (Relapse Records)

You Me at Six – ‘VI’ (Underdog/AWAL)

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Gaga!

On March 28, 1986 pop icon Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, came into the world. Happy birthday Gaga!

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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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Tour Of The Week: Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has lined up dates for her Joanne world tour. Lady Gaga tickets are on sale now, prices start at £40.00 plus fees.

The UK leg of the tour will see the pop superstar playing two nights at the O2 Arena before a date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on October 15 and Manchester Arena on October 17.

The tour shares its name with the singer’s latest album, which she put out last year.

Lady Gaga Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Mon October 09 2017 – LONDON O2 arena
Wed October 11 2017 – LONDON O2 Arena
Sun October 15 2017 – BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena Birmingham
Tue October 17 2017 – MANCHESTER Arena

Click here to compare & buy Lady Gaga Tickets at Stereoboard.com.

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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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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Natalie Imbruglia, The Cranberries, Bush And The Cribs

LADY GAGA

Fresh from her half time performance at last weekend’s Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced details of her Joanne world tour, with stops planned at London’s O2 Arena, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena and Manchester Arena in October. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, priced from £40.00 plus fees.

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BOB DYLAN

Bob Dylan has added a trio of shows at the London Palladium to his spring tour plans. Tickets are on sale at 10am on February 10.

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NATALIE IMBRUGLIA

Natalie Imbruglia has announced shows in London, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham as part of an acoustic tour in May. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, prices start at £24.50/£32.50 plus fees.

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THE CRANBERRIES

The band will perform a greatest hits set accompanied by a string quartet at venues in Dublin, Belfast, London, Bristol, Gateshead, Glasgow, York and Manchester during May. Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, prices start at £40.00 plus fees.

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BUSH

Bush will accompany the release of their new album, ‘Black and White Rainbows’, with a shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on March 14. Tickets are on sale at 10am on February 10, priced £29.50 plus fees.

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THE CRIBS

The Cribs will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their third album, ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’, with a spring UK tour. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 10, priced £20.00/£23.50 plus fees.

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

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Top Tours This Week!!

Lady Gaga

Fresh from headlining the half time show at last weekend’s Super Bowl, Lady Gaga has announced details of her Joanne world tour, with stops planned at London’s O2 Arena, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena and Manchester Arena in October.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, priced from £40.00 plus fees.


Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have announced UK arena shows as part of a European tour, including stops in Bournemouth, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham and London during September.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 17.


Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has added a trio of April shows at the London Palladium to his spring tour plans.
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Tickets are on sale at 10am on February 10.


Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie Imbruglia has announced unplugged shows in London, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham during May.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, prices start at £24.50/£32.50 plus fees.


The Cranberries

The Cranberries will be accompanied by a string quartet for shows in Dublin, Belfast, London, Bristol, Gateshead, Glasgow, York and Manchester during May.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, prices start at £40.00 plus fees.


Stormzy

Stormzy has announced UK and Ireland dates for his Gang Signs & Prayer tour, which shares its name with the grime artist’s upcoming new record. Stops include Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Leicester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Bournemouth, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield and London between March 29 and May 3.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 9, prices start at £20.00/£24.75 plus fees.


The Cribs

The Cribs will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their third album, ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’, with a spring UK tour.
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Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 10, priced £20.00/£23.50 plus fees.


Little Big Town

Little Big Town, who will release ‘The Breaker’ on February 24, will call in Manchester, Birmingham, Gateshead, Glasgow and Bristol prior to a London date at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions series in the autumn. Seth Ennis will open.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, priced £27.50/£28.50 plus fees.


Gavin DeGraw

Gavin DeGraw has announced a handful of acoustic performances for May, including stops in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and London during May.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10, priced £23.00 plus fees.


Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan has lined up dates for the UK leg of his Gargoyle tour. The tour shares its name with the former Screaming Trees vocalist’s upcoming LP and hits Birmingham’s O2 Institute, Glasgow’s Garage, Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s KOKO between June 19 and 22.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on February 10,  priced £20.00/£20.50/£22.00 plus fees.


Also announced this week, so far

Kings Of Leon, The Wombats, John Mayer, Melanie C, Madness, House Of Common, Olly Murs, Kaiser Chiefs, Clean Bandit, Charlie Worsham, Blood Youth, Simple Plan, The One Hundred, Bush, Cabbage, Natives, Dan Patlansky, Amber Arcades, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Diana Krall, Brent Cobb, Big Country, King No-One, Sublime With Rome, Hannah Trigwell, Gladys Knight, En Vogue, Cat Power, The Magpie Salute, To Kill A King and more!

 

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

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This Week’s New Releases: Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen And American Football

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This week thare are some huge names releasing new material. Lady Gaga has followed up her 2014 collaborative album with Tony Bennett, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, and 2013’s ‘Artpop’, Leonard Cohen has put out his fourteenth studio LP and American Football have released their first album in 17 years.

If none of that is your cup of tea then make sure you check out the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

American Football – ‘American Football’ (Wichita/PIAS)

Crocodiles – ‘Dreamless’ (Zoo Music)

David Crosby – ‘Lighthouse’ (Decca)

Hooton Tennis Club – ‘Big Box Of Chocolates’ (Heavenly)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Integrity Blues’ (RCA)

John K. Samson – ‘Winter Wheat’ (Anti-)

Korn – ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ (Roadrunner Records)

Lady Gaga – ‘Joanne’ (Polydor)

Leonard Cohen – ‘You Want It Darker’ (Sony)

Melanie C – ‘Version Of Me’ (Red Girl)

NxWorries – ‘Yes Lawd!’ (Stones Throw)

Savoy Motel – ‘Savoy Motel’ (What’s Your Rupture)

Syd Arthur – ‘Apricity’ (Caroline)

Tanya Tagaq – ‘Retribution’ (Six Shooter Records)

Pretenders – ‘Alone’ (BMG)

The Pretty Reckless – ‘Who You Selling For’ (Virgin EMI)

The Radio Dept. – ‘Running Out Of Love’ (Labrador AB)

Spirit Club – ‘Slouch’ (Ghost Ramp)

Various Artists – ‘Lazarus: Original Cast Recording: Lazarus The Musical’ (Columbia)

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On This Day In Music: Lady Gaga At #1 With Poker Face

On March 28, 2009 Lady Gaga hit #1 on the UK singles chart with Poker Face. Today is also her 30th birthday. Happy birthday Gaga!

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