Things We Love This Week: Singing Dogs, Shoplifting Santa, Anti-Xmas Spirit

The biggest of apologies to the purists who only want ‘cool’, ‘good’ and ‘meaningful’ music from this blog. This week we’re going against the grain and featuring some big name pop and rock acts. Simply because it’s Christmas (kinda). Let your hair down.

Robbie Williams

Yep, you are seeing correctly. We are in fact featuring Robbie Williams in this week’s blog, and that’s for two reasons. The first, you’ll be pleased to know, is because we are fully embracing the arrival of Christmas. That’s final. The second is because we physically couldn’t not feature some singing dogs.

As he goes about his family Christmas, the former Take That member’s seriously cute canines have been put under the seasonal spell in his new song Time For Change, winking at the camera, singing along to the choir, and melting our hearts. Did we mention there’s also a giant snow dog?

Williams continues his festive feels at London’s SSE Arena Wembley for Christmas party shows on December 16 and 17, after a set at the London Palladium on November 24 for the Magic Of Christmas event.

Noel Gallagher

Every Christmas needs a comical robbery. That’s how the saying goes, right? In Gallagher Brother No. 1’s new single, Wandering Star, a slightly groggy-looking Santa Claus helps out a shoplifter by hiding her from a supermarket guard.

Later, viewers change their mind about the shoplifter, realising the pressures and difficulties single parents on the breadline might face at this time of year, struggling to afford presents for their children. Director Dan Cadan points us towards raising a glass to, “those less fortunate but equally as deserving”.

Gallagher and the High Flying Birds will open for U2 at their Australian and New Zealand shows later in the year, and they also play an exclusive outdoor London show at Kenwood House next summer for the Heritage Live concert series.

Mabel

Mabel is not a fan of Christmas. While everyone else is talking about the most wonderful time of the year and enjoying baubles and tinsel with their loved ones, Mabel is all on her own. “Sorry I’m not so merry,” she sings. “Christmas time isn’t my vibe.”

But you do like sleigh bells, classic Christmas chords sequences and that cheesy, glittery sparkle sound, right Mabes? Lyrically, though, Loneliest Time Of Year takes all the tropes and turns them on their head. Listen below.


Mabel will support her debut album, ‘High Expectations’, with a tour in early 2020 and a short run of UK shows next week.

 

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Diana Ross, Paul Weller, Evanescence and Within Temptation, Carlos Santana, Louis Tomlinson, Noel Gallagher and more

Diana Ross

Diana Ross will play UK shows next summer as part of her Top Of The World Tour: A Diamond Diana Music Celebration, performing at arenas in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, where she’ll play the O2 Arena on July 8.  Tickets are on sale now.

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Paul Weller

The Modfather, who this summer released a new live album and concert film, has lined up shows across the UK during May. Tickets are on sale now.

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Evanescence and Within Temptation

Evanescence and Within Temptation have added arena shows in Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham to their Worlds Collide Tour. The new shows will follow their previously announced gig at the O2 Arena in London and dates across mainland Europe next spring. Tickets are on sale now.

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana has announced March UK and Ireland shows, bringing his Miraculous World Tour to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, London’s O2 Arena and Dublin’s 3Arena in March 2020, in between dates in Europe. Tickets are on sale now.

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Louis Tomlinson

The former One Direction member will kick off his UK tour at the Roundhouse on March 23, the day prior to his previously announced show at the venue. Following this, he’ll also head to Glasgow, Doncaster and Manchester. Tomlinson is hitting the road in support of his debut solo album, ‘Walls’. Tickets are on sale now.

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Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play an exclusive outdoor London show at Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath on June 21 as part of the Heritage Live concert series. Tickets are on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

Westlife, La Roux, Jethro Tull, Lennon Stella, Status Quo, A-Ha, Russell Watson, Napalm Death, Mura Masa, the Pigeon Detectives, Social Distortion, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Madness, Sigala, Charlotte, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Terrorvision, Beat Horizon, Torres, Reverend and the Makers, Marika Hackman, Crossfaith, Pinegrove, the Hold Steady and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Noel Gallagher To Perform Exclusive Outdoor London Show At Kenwood House

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play an exclusive outdoor London show at Kenwood House on June 21 as part of the Heritage Live concert series.

Pre-sale opens at 9am on Wednesday, October 30, prior to general sale at 9am on November 1.

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This Week’s New Releases: Tegan and Sara, Noel Gallagher and The Beatles

This week is so busy! Tegan and Sara have released an album consisting of songs they wrote in high school and recently recorded, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have offered up a new EP and The Beatles are celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Abbey Road’ with an impressive reissue.

If none of that floats your boat, head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Automatic – ‘Signal’ (Stones Throw)

The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road (50th Anniversary)’ (Calderstone Productions Ltd/Apple Corps Ltd)

David Hasselhoff – ‘Open Your Eyes’ (Cleopatra Records)

DaBaby – ‘KIRK’ (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records)

Dragonforce – ‘Extreme Power Metal’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Girl Band – ‘The Talkies’ (Rough Trade)

Grateful Dead – ‘Saint of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 6/17/91’ (Rhino)

HELLYEAH – ‘Welcome Home’ (Eleven Seven Music)

John Coltrane – ‘Blue World’ (Impulse! Records/Universal)

John Newman – ‘A.N.i.M.A.L’ EP (Island)

Kaputt – ‘Carnage Hall’ (Upset The Rhythm)

Kefaya + Elaha Soroor – ‘Songs Of Our Mothers’ (Bella Union)

KMFDM – ‘Paradise’ (Metropolis Records)

Last Temptation – ‘Last Temptation’ (EarMusic via Absolute)

Moon Duo – ‘Stars Are The Light’ (Sacred Bones)

Nervus – ‘Tough Crowd’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘This Is The Place’ EP (Sour Mash Records)

Nothing,Nowhere. and Travis Barker – ‘Bloodlust’ EP (Fueled By Ramen)

Opeth – ‘In Cauda Venenum’ (Nuclear Blast)

Prefab Sprout – ‘A Life Of Surprises’ (Sony)

Red River Dialect – ‘Abundance Welcoming Ghosts’ (Paradise of Bachelors)

The Replacements – ‘Dead Man’s Pop’ (Rhino/Warner Records)

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Sound & Fury’ (Atlantic)

Tegan and Sara – ‘Hey, I’m Just Like You’ (Sire)

Telefon Tel Aviv – ‘Dreams Are Not Enough’ (Ghostly International)

Temples – ‘Hot Motion’ (ATO)

Thigh Master – ‘Now For Example’ (Goner Records)

Trentemøller – ‘Obverse’ (In My Room)

Wednesday 13 – ‘Necrophaze’ (Nuclear Blast)

 

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Things We Love This Week: The Who, Lucy Dacus, Noel Gallagher

It’s time for some more #WholesomeContent from me, your friendly neighbourhood blogger. Welcome! Chance The Rapper is at it too, having recently postponed some tour dates to spend more time with his family. Cute huh? Here’s some more…

Lucy Dacus

Dacus. Springsteen. Two great musicians in two pretty different worlds. But what happens when they cross? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Lucy Dacus has covered Dancing In The Dark, somehow managing to make a great song even MORE special. Goddamn Lucy, you absolute hero.

Dacus’ version features a typical indie-rock band setup with delightfully twanging, slightly distorted guitars and her soothing vocal tone, which works for both lullabies and covers of the Boss. She dedicated the song to her father, a big Springsteen fan. Told you there’d be wholesome content! We love.

The Who

Who? The Who, that’s who! The seminal English rock band have announced a UK and Ireland tour with a full orchestra for spring 2020. THIS IS HUGE NEWS. They’ll take over arenas in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday September 20. I suppose we can expect some big old booing when they play Boris the Spider after the chaos in parliament over the last few weeks. Pete Townshend said:

“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice. Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl………maybe even some cassettes……ready for release in November”.


Pardon me? New album?! You heard correctly, my friend. ‘WHO’ is out on November 22, containing 11 brand new tracks, including first cut Ball and Chain. Roger Daltrey even said it’s their “best album since Quadrophenia”. Woah!

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher’s description of his latest track is what makes it. “To my ears,” he says, “it sounds like one of those iconic B-sides by The Smiths, only obviously not as good. A song that was born very quickly which is always a good sign… like it’s always existed… somewhere… Manchester probably.”

To my ears, All I Need To Get By, although featuring a vocal line identical to every other Gallagher brother-made track, has a really interesting array of backing instruments, including various worldly rhythms and percussion. Production wise, we’re talking bass high up in the mix and a full kit that sounds as if the microphones were placed deliberately a little far away to further the spacey, buoyant vibes of the whole thing. How pleasant.

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Tour Of The Week: Noel Gallagher Confirms Summer Open Air Shows Including Homecoming Gig At Manchester’s Heaton Park

Noel Gallagher has lined up a series of open air concerts for summer 2019. Noel Gallagher tickets are on sale now, priced between £27.50 and £55.00 plus fees.

The former Oasis guitarist will be accompanied by his backing band, the High Flying Birds, for huge shows at Cardiff Castle on May 24, Earlham Park in Norwich the following day, Dublin’s Malahide Castle on June 16 and Powerderham Castle in Exeter on June 30.

The run also includes a massive hometown performance at Manchester’s Heaton Park on June 7, Gallagher’s biggest outdoor gig of 2019 and his first at Heaton Park performance since Oasis’ infamous shows there in 2009. He’ll be joined by Austin-based quartet White Denim and fellow Manchester natives Doves, who announced their return last week after a nine-year break.

Gallagher and band, who released ‘Who Built the Moon?’ last year, also headline next year’s This Is Tomorrow festival in Newcastle on May 25.

Noel Gallagher Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri May 24 2019 – CARDIFF Castle
Sat May 25 2019 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Exhibition Park
Sun May 26 2019 – NORWICH Earlham Park
Fri June 07 2019 – MANCHESTER Heaton Park
Sun June 16 2019 – DUBLIN Malahide Castle
Sun June 30 2019 – EXETER Powderham Castle

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, Muse, Christine and the Queens, Bring Me The Horizon, BST Hyde Park, All Points East, Jess Glynne, Noel Gallagher, Pete Tong, Anderson Paak, The Script, Teenage Cancer Trust Series, Hall and Oates, Hugh Jackman, Michael Ball and more

Two more headliners have been confirmed for London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park series with Florence and the Machine topping the bill on July 13 followed by Robbie Williams the next day. Over at Victoria Park, meanwhile, Christine and the Queens will headline All Points East on May 26 with Bring Me The Horizon set to perform on May 31.

Other big announcements include a handful of Noel Gallagher summer shows, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra presenting Ibiza Classics at some of the UK’s biggest arenas, Hall and Oates spring dates and the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series’ return to London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Script have also set up their own run of intimate shows in March. There’s also Michael Ball tour dates in April and May plus Hugh Jackman’s debut world tour, which will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at UK arenas next summer.

Florence and the Machine at BST Hyde Park

Florence + the Machine have announced a huge show in London next year, topping the bill at British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13. They will be joined by the National, Lykke Li, Khruangbin and Nadine Shah, with more acts due to be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Robbie Williams at BST Hyde Park

Robbie Williams has announced he’ll return to London for a massive show at next year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park. The X Factor judge, former Take That member and solo artist will top the bill on the Great Oak Stage at London’s Hyde Park on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.

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Muse

Muse have added a show at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on June 5 to their Simulation Theory world tour, with plans also in place to call at London Stadium on June 1 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 8. Tickets for the Bristol stop are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Christine and the Queens at All Points East

Christine and the Queens will top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park next spring, making the step up to festival headliner for the first time on May 26. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Bring Me The Horizon at All Points East

The metal giants, who will release ‘Amo’ on January 25, are set to top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park on May 31, alongside Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd and Yonaka. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Jess Glynne

Fresh from wrapping up an arena run of her own, and with plans in the diary to open for the Spice Girls on their comeback tour next year, Glynne has lined up stops at Thetford Forest, Delamere Forest, Sherwood Pines Forest, Dalby Forest and Cannock Chase Forest during June and into July. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis guitarist will be accompanied by his backing band, the High Flying Birds, at huge summer shows in Cardiff, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin and Exeter during May and June. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra

Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra have announced a new arena tour for December 2019. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on December 7.

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Anderson Paak

Fresh from the release of ‘Oxnard’ the multi-instrumentalist has lined up March shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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The Script

The pop-rockers, who released their ‘Acoustic Sessions’ EP earlier this year, will head to Bath, Carlisle, Halifax, Southend and Portsmouth in the build up to a Teenage Cancer Trust date at the Royal Albert Hall in London next March. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Teenage Cancer Trust live series with Rudimental, Take That, Doves, the Script and Levellers

Rudimental will top the bill on March 25 and will be joined by Ghetts, Take That will perform on March 28, Doves will take to the stage for the first time in nine years the following day, the Script will headline on March 30 and the run will end on March 31 with A Beautiful Night Out featuring and curated by Levellers. Supporting acts will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Hall and Oates

The legendary pop duo will head to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April and into May, with tickets on sale at 10am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has announced his first world tour. The Man. The Music. The Show. will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena for two dates in early June. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7.

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Michael Ball

Dubbed Coming Home To You, the tour will take the vocalist to Nottingham, York, Glasgow, Hull, Gateshead, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Ipswich, Brighton, Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cardiff, Blackpool and Leicester during April and May. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Also announced this week:

Sleaford Mods, Lower Than Atlantis, Taking Back Sunday, James, Circa Waves, The Nightmare Before Christmas Live, Olly Murs, Midnight Oil, the Lounge Kittens, Rudimental, Toto, Gipsy Kings, Kew the Music, Wet Wet Wet, Soak, Sports Team, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Easy Life, Joyce Manor, Black Peaks, the Coral, the Lemonheads, Stella Donnelly, Clean Cut Kid, Can’t Swim, Young Fathers, Yak, Restorations, Ben Elton and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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On This Day In Music: Happy Birthday Noel Gallagher!

On May 29, 1967 Noel Gallagher, solo artist and Oasis guitarist and vocalist, was born. Happy birthday Noel!

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On This Day In Music: Oasis Hit #1 With (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

On January 14, 1996 Oasis started a six week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their second LP, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?. Today is also the birthday of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and guitarist Zakk Wylde, of Black Label Society, among others. Happy birthday both!

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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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