This Week’s New Releases: The Weeknd, Adam Lambert And J Balvin

It’s not very often we say this, but it’s time to take Spinal Tap’s advice. Spin some new records and crank the dial up to eleven to take a break from the craziness that is the world at the moment.

The Weeknd has followed up 2016’s ‘Starboy’, we’ve got a new full-length from Adam Lambert and J Balvin has finally decided to drop his new record. It’s a mixed bag for sure!

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Adam Lambert – ‘Velvet’ (Empire)

Arbouretum – ‘Let It All In’ (Thrill Jockey)

Baxter Dury – ‘The Night Chancers’ (Heavenly/PIAS)

Conan Gray – ‘Kid Krow’ (Republic Records)

Eliza and the Delusionals – ‘A State Of Living In An Objective Reality’ EP (Cooking Vinyl)

Eye Flys – ‘Tub Of Lard’ (Thrill Jockey)

Helen Money – ‘Atomic’ (Thrill Jockey)

J Balvin – ‘Colores’ (Universal Music Latino/UMG)

Kelsea Ballerini – ‘Kelsea’ (Black River)

Låpsley – ‘Through Water’ (XL Recordings)

Love Fame Tragedy – ‘Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void’ EP (Good Soldier Records)

Lucifer – ‘Lucifer III’ (Century Media)

Mapache – ‘From Liberty Street’ (Yep Roc)

Moaning – ‘Uneasy Laughter’ (Sub Pop)

Morrissey – ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’ (BMG)

Mykur – ‘Folkesange’ (Relapse Records)

Nick Griffith – ‘7am’ (Dinosaur City Records)

Peter Straker – ‘This One’s On Me (Deluxe)’ (Cherry Red)

Ratgrave – ‘Rock’ (Black Focus)

Roger Eno and Brian Eno – ‘Mixing Colours’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Sada Baby -‘Skuba Sada 2’ (Asylum Worldwide LLC)

The Slow Readers Club – ‘The Joy Of The Return’ (Modern Sky)

The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ (Republic/XO)

William Wild – ‘Push Ups’ (Sony)

Young T and Bugsey – ‘Plead The 5th’ (BLack Butter)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: My Chemical Romance, Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher, The National, Morrissey, Dave Chappelle and more

My Chemical Romance

The recently reformed My Chemical Romance will take over Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on June 20 for their first gig together on this side of the Atlantic Ocean since 2011. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on January 24 and will be limited to six per person for standing and four per person for seating.

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Kendrick Lamar at BST Hyde Park

The award-winning rapper will top the BST Hyde Park bill on July 5 with support from special guests James Blake and Brittany Howard, plus more that are yet to be confirmed. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Noel Gallagher

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The former Oasis guitarist and band will play two hometown gigs at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on March 24 and 25 before heading to London’s Royal Albert Hall for a performance in aid of Teenage Cancert Trust on March 27. Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on January 24.

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The National

The band, who released ‘I Am Easy To Find’ in 2019, will perform two unique sets at O2 Academy Brixton in London on June 1 and 2. They’ve also lined up a Paris show at Salle Pleyel on June 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on January 24.

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The former Smiths frontman will perform at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on March 6, Cologne Palladium on March 9, Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 11 and the SSE Arena Wembley in London on March 14. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on January 24.

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Dave Chappelle

The award-winning American comedian and actor will take over Leicester Square Theatre in London for five nights between February 9 and 13. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on January 24.

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Also announced this week:

Alicia Keys, BTS, Milk Teeth, the Chats, Twinnie, Stereophonics, Groove Armada, Nile Rodgers, Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, Ella Eyre, Manic Street Preachers, Whitesnake, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Hi-Tide Festival, Foals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jessie J, Bastille, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein In Conversation, Real Estate, Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Rufus Wainwright, Van Morrison, Yusuf Cat Stevens, KT Tunstall, Rick Astley, Richard Hawley, Primal Scream, King Creosote, the Jesus And Mary Chain, Edwyn Collins, Summer Nights at the Bandstand, Ozuna, Lupe Fiasco, the Slow Readers Club, Crash Test Dummies, Weyes Blood, the Fratellis and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Mavis Staples, The Amazons, Amyl And The Sniffers

There are some real gems to be found among this week’s new releases. Soul legend Mavis Staples has put out her 12th studio album, which was produced by Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper, the Amazons have offered up LP #2, and the debut album from Amyl and the Sniffers is finally here!

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

The Amazons – ‘Future Dust’ (Fiction Records)

Amyl And The Sniffers – ‘Amyl And The Sniffers’ (Rough Trade)

Black Mountain – ‘Destroyer’ (Jagjaguwar)

Cate Le Bon – ‘Reward’ (Mexican Summer/Kemado)

Flying Lotus – ‘Flamagra’ (Warp)

Honeyblood – ‘In Plain Sight’ (Marathon)

Hundred Watt Heart – ‘Turbulent Times’ (Whole Leap Records)

J-E-T-S – ‘Zoospa’ (Innovative Leisure)

Joan As Police Woman – ‘Joanthology’ (Play It Again Sam)

Mavis Staples – ‘We Get By’ (Epitaph)

Morrissey – ‘California Son’ (BMG)

Primal Scream – ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’ (Sony)

Rebecca Downes – ‘More Sinner Than Saint’ (Mad Hat)

The Rua – ‘The Rua’ (FOD via Nova)

Sebadoh – ‘Act Surprised’ (Fire Records)

Sting – ‘My Songs’ (A&M Records)

The Waterboys – ‘Where The Action Is’ (Cooking Vinyl)

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Florence And The Machine, MGMT, Josh Groban, Morrissey, Johnny Marr, UB40, Popcaan, Sasha and more…


Florence and the Machine will support their upcoming new LP, ‘High As Hope’, with an autumn UK arena tour. With the album set to arrive on June 29 through Virgin EMI, Florence Welch and band will call in Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Brighton, Cardiff and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, between November 15 and 26. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 1.

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MGMT will tour the UK in December as part of a wider European tour supporting their recently released new album, ‘Little Dark Age’. Stops include the Eventim Apollo in London, Glasgow’s SWG3, O2 Academy Leeds and Manchester’s Albert Hall. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 1.

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Josh Groban has announced arena shows in the UK and Ireland. The December dates will take the singer-songwriter to London, Manchester and Dublin, with tickets on sale at 9am on June 1.

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The former Smiths frontman has lined up shows in Edinburgh, Portsmouth and Reading around his two previously confirmed homecoming concerts at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in July. Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 10am on June 1.

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The former Smiths guitarist, who has a new LP, ‘Call The Comet’, out on June 15, will head to Belfast, Dublin, Norwich, Birmingham, Bath, Cardiff, Brighton, London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester during November. Tickets are on sale at 10am on June 1.

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UB40 have announced a new album and details of a 40th anniversary tour for 2019. Tickets go on sale at 9am on June 1.

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The Jamaican dancehall artist, who is due to release ‘Forever’ in August, will call at the SSE Arena Wembley, Manchester Academy and the O2 Academy Birmingham on December 6,7 and 8 respectively. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on June 1.

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Sasha has announced Refracted: Live shows at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on December 14, O2 Apollo Manchester the following day, and Glasgow Barrowland on December 16. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on June 1.

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Also announced this week

Snow Patrol, Good Charlotte, State Champs, Jorja Smith, Mac DeMarco, Suggs, Albert Hammond Jr., Sigala, Echo and the Bunnymen, BTS, Knuckle Puck, Young Fathers, Palaye Royale, Flogging Molly, Crown The Empire, Employed To Serve, Jake Bugg, Tony Hadley, Stereo Honey, Khruangbin, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Hands Like Houses, As It Is, the Interrupters, Home Free, Carpenter Brut, Car Seat Headrest, Barbara Dickson, Dan Owen, Deer Tick, Cassia, The Bad Flowers, Federal Charm, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Dub FX, Amber Arcades, Ceelo Green, Warwick Johnson, Lithics, Slade, The House of Love, Haley, Phoebe Bridgers and more.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Ms Lauryn Hill, Morrissey, Passenger, First Aid Kit, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jack White and more…


Ms Lauryn Hill will bring The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour to Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and London, where she will play the O2 Arena, between November 23 and December 3. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 25. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The former Smiths frontman will perform homecoming concerts at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 7 and 8, with tickets on general sale at 10am on May 25 priced £65.00 plus booking fees.

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The singer-songwriter, who recently returned with new single Hell or High Water, will call in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Brighton. Tickets are on sale at 9am on May 25.

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First Aid Kit have announced the Rebel Heart UK tour, with stops confirmed in Belfast, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow, Brighton, London, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds between October 22 and November 8. Support will come from the Staves. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on May 25.

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The British singer will perform her hits accompanied by a full orchestra and band at London’s Royal Festival Hall on October 3, which coincides with the release of her orchestrated Greatest Hits album, ‘The Song Diaries’. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 25, priced from £30.00 plus booking fees. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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The White Stripes frontman will play Brighton Centre, the O2 Academy Birmingham, the Venue in Hull, Liverpool’s Echo Arena and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, following dates in Russia, Latvia, Poland and Germany. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on May 25.

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Also announced this week

Parquet Courts, The Joy Formidable, Echo and the Bunnymen, Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood, Mac DeMarco, Holy Holy featuring Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey, Brent Cobb, Nerina Pallot, Power Trip, Knocked Loose, The Black Queen, The Picturebooks, The Sonics, Anne Marie, Yellow Days, Eden, Black Honey, WHY?, Jessie Reyez, Gomez, Striking Matches, Barry Adamson, Billy Ocean, Beth Rowley, BC Camplight, Tide Lines, Clean Cut Kid, Jake Shears, Darwin Deez, Yxng Bane, Rob Lynch, Her’s, Dermot Kennedy, Bodega, Mercury Rev, Our Girl, HRVY, Within Temptation, Sigala, Adam Ant, Bill Bailey, Adam Rowe, Mo Gilligan, Ozomatli, Welshly Arms, Sleep and more!

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On This Day In Music: Morrissey Was Born

On May 22, 1959 Morrissey, born Steven Patrick Morrissey, solo artist and frontman for the Smiths, was born.

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Things We Love This Week: Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up, Nervus, Father John Misty

Following the fun of our Work Day Out on Sunday, it’s been a fairly quiet week here at Stereoboard…we have listened to a lot of things and have eaten a lot of cake. Head below to check out a few cool things that arrived in our inbox this week. Or don’t. It’s up to you.

Big Scary Monsters Pop-Up Event

Laura, Huw and I headed down to Cardiff’s Duke Street Arcade on Sunday to catch a pop-up event run by the indie-punk label Big Scary Monsters. It was awesome.

We caught Lauren playing Worriers songs first, before they hot-footed it off to Bristol to support Tigers Jaw on their UK tour. Then, on came Em from Nervus, who filled the room with renditions of our favourite pop-punk songs from their latest album. Despite the nerves of playing in such an intimate fashion to a crowd of perhaps 20, both musicians built up nicely for Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald), whose quiet, heartfelt performance of narrative lyrics and finger-picked guitar we watched sat cross-legged on the wooden floor. Magical.

Nervus – Fall Apart

To continue in a similar vein, Nervus have also shared a new video. Fresh off last month’s bleakly-titled sophomore album ‘Everything Dies’, the video for Fall Apart dropped on Wednesday, created by the film company Theatre on Wax.

The video narrates the Flight Of Icarus tale in stop-motion light-box form. The DIY style gives it a humble and endearing quality as we follow the little cut-out fellow on his endeavours. The director of the company, Mark Crane, said of Theatre on Wax’s work: ”Desire, dereliction and a sense of just being outside, on the fringe of something beautiful or dark that echoes in our lives… Sometimes we peek through the crack, and sometimes we dive in”

There’s something alluring about this sentiment that really strikes a chord within the video.

Father John Misty’s Self-Deprecating Meme

First of all, a disclaimer: I don’t think I could ever enjoy the music of a man who describes his genre as a “post-modern self-reflexive semi-ironic renunciation of originality”. Father John Misty announced a new album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ on Wednesday morning, which was previewed by two brand new tracks and an accidental album leak by Apple Music. The whole record was briefly available to stream by fans until being removed by the proper authorities. The sardonic singer-songwriter responded by changing his Facebook profile picture to a meme. Lol.

‘God’s Favorite Customer’ is actually due for release on  June 1 through Sub Pop/Bella Union.

Morrissey’s Cat

I could flesh this out with some context about the controversial Morrissey interview that exploded onto our interweb earlier this week, but I won’t bore you with him. Instead, here’s a lovely image of his cat. What a cutie.

As always, thanks for the attention of your eyes and ears. See ya next week.

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On This Day In Music: Morrissey Hits #1 With Debut Solo Album ‘Viva Hate’

On March 26, 1988 Morrissey hit the top of the UK album chart with his debut solo LP ‘Viva Hate’.

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On This Day In Music: The Smiths Score First UK #1 Album With ‘Meat Is Murder’

On February 23, 1985 the Smiths achieved their first UK #1 album when ‘Meat Is Murder’ reached the top of the chart.

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This Week’s New Releases: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Morrissey And Sia

Today sees the release of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ final LP. ‘Soul Woman’ arrives almost a year on from the soul vocalist’s death at the age of 60.

We also have a new offering from Morrissey, who has finally followed up 2014’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’, and Sia, who has put out her first Christmas album.

If that isn’t enough for you there’s plenty more to shake a stick at below.

Aquilo – ‘ii (Side A)’ (Island)

Barenaked Ladies – ‘Fake Nudes’ (Vanguard/Concord)

Brooke Bentham – ‘This Rapture’ EP (AllPoints)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – ‘Rest’ (Because Music)

Fieldy – ‘Bassically’ (Fieldy)

GBH – ‘Momentum’ (Epitaph)

Ghost Atlas – ‘All Is In Sync, And There’s Nothing Left To Sing About’ (Ghost Atlas)

Godflesh – ‘Post Self’ (Avalanche)

Green Day – ‘Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band’ (Warner)

In Flames – ‘Down, Wicked & No Good’ (Nuclear Blast)

Jaden Smith – ‘SYRE’ (MSFTSMusic/Roc Nation Records)

Jeff Lynne’s ELO – ‘Wembley Or Bust’ (Columbia)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Polygondwanaland’ (self-released)

L Devine – ‘Growing Pains’ EP (Warner Bros.)

Mavis Staples – ‘If All I Was Was Black’ (Anti-)

Milk Teeth -‘Go Away’ EP (Roadrunner)

Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ (BMG)

Omar Souleyman – ‘To Syria, With Love’ Remixes EP (Mad Decent/ Because Music)

Paloma Faith – ‘The Architect’ (RCA)

Queen – ‘News Of The World’ (40th Anniversary Edition) (Universal)

Robyn Paige – ‘Genesis’ EP

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – ‘Soul Of A Woman’ (Daptone)

Sia – ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ (Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic)

Talib Kweli – ‘Radio Silence’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Tame Impala – ‘Currents’ Collectors Edition (Caroline)

Tigertown – ‘Warriors’ EP (Neon Gold/Atlantic Records)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – ‘The Rest Of Our Life’ (Sony)

Tokio Myers – ‘Our Generation’ (Syco)

Tom Chaplin – ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’ (Island)

Tove Lo – ‘Blue Lips’ (Polydor)

T-Pain – ‘Oblivion’ (Nappy Boy/Konvict Muzik/RCA Records)

Trudy and the Romance – ‘Junkyard Jazz’ EP (B3SCI)

Virgil and Steve Howe – ‘Nexus’ (InsideOutMusic/Sony)

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