This Week’s New Releases: Trivium, The Used And Lucinda Williams

What a week for new music! Friday finally saw the release of Trivium’s ninth studio album, the Used followed up 2017’s ‘The Canyon’, and Lucinda Williams put out ‘Good Souls Better Angels’.

Not your bag? There’s plenty more to spin below.

999 – ‘Bish! Bash! Bosh!’ (Cleopatra Records)

Alice Bag – ‘Sister Dynamite’ (In The Red Records)

America – ‘Heritage II: Demos/Alternate Takes 1971-1976’ (Omnivore)

Andrew Gold – ‘Something New: Unreleased Gold’ (Omnivore)

AWOLNATION – ‘Angel Miners and the Lightning Riders’ (Better Noise Music)

BC Camplight – ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ (Bella Union)

Birds Of Tokyo – ‘Human Design’ (Birds of Tokyo Pty Ltd)

Brendan Benson  – ‘Dear Life’ (Third Man Records)

Cassowary – ‘Cassowary’ (Fat Possum Records)

Cirith Ungol – ‘Forever Black’ (Metal Blade Records)

Cutting Crew – ‘Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven’ (August Day)

Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Afterburner’ (Rise Records)

Danzig – ‘Danzig sings Elvis’ (Cleopatra Records)

Dead Ghosts – ‘Automatic Changer’ (Burger Records)

Elder – ‘Omens’ (Stickman)

Ezra Furman – ‘Sex Education OST’ (Bella Union)

Fivio Foreign – ‘800 BC’ (RichFish/Columbia)

Frank Turner – ‘Live In Newcastle’ (Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor)

Hayley Williams – ‘Petals For Armor II’ EP (Atlantic)

Hazel English – ‘Wake Up!’ (Marathon)

K Camp – ‘Kiss 5’ (Interscope)

Kali Uchis – ‘To Be Alive’ EP (Virgin EMI)

Katatonia – ‘City Burials’ (Peaceville Records)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ (KGLW)

Lennon Stella – ‘Three. Two. One’ (Records/Columbia)

Lonr. – ‘Land Of Nothing Real’ (Epic)

Lucinda Williams – ‘Good Souls Better Angels’ (Highway 20 Records)

Mark Kozelek – ‘All The Best, Isaac Hayes’ (Caldo Verde Records)

Marker Starling – ‘High January’ (Tin Angel)

Other Lives – ‘For Their Love’ (Play It Again Sam)

OTR – ‘Lost At Midnight’ (Astralwerks)

The Pack A.D. – ‘It Was Fun While It Lasted’ (The Pack A.D./Fontana North)

Peter Oren – ‘The Greener Pasture’ (Western Vinyl)

Rose McGowan – ‘Planet 9’ (Damage Inc)

RVG – ‘Feral’ (Fire Records)

Scouting For Girls – ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV – Lost Songs’ EP (Sony)

Sophie Tassignon – ‘Mysteries Unfold’ (RareNoise Records)

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes – ‘What Kinda Music’ (Caroline)

Trivium – ‘What The Dead Men Say’ (Roadrunner)

The Used – ‘Heartwork’ (Hassle Records)

Warbringer – ‘Weapons Of Tomorrow’ (Napalm Records)

Wares – ‘Survival’ (Mint Records)

White Poppy – ‘Paradise Gardens’ (Not Not Fun)

Wiz Khalifa – ‘The Saga Of Wiz Khalifa’ (Taylor Gang/Atlantic)

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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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Show Up: The Tours You Don’t Want To Miss In 2016


So, it’s a new year, which means there’s a whole 12 months of gigs to look forward to. Check below to make sure you don’t miss out on what could be your only chance to see some of these artists. Would you forgive yourself? I wouldn’t. Get booking.


So, it seems Adele’s talk of her aversion to touring during her ‘25’ publicity trail was a ruse as the Tottenham-born singer announced at the end of November that she would be embarking on a world tour in 2016. As expected, demand in the UK was phenomenal and extra dates were added all over the place, resulting in an impressive run of eight shows at the O2 in London alone. In fairness to fans, the trek is well overdue as the last time she hit the road was in 2011. Having gathered so much momentum with the release of ‘25’, world domination was clearly the next step.

Bring Me The Horizon

Some may say that 2015 was BMTH’s year, with their main stage slot at Reading and Leeds, second on the bill only to Metallica, and going gold in the UK with their fifth album, ‘That’s The Spirit’. However, as our writer Alec Chillingworth predicted, this was only a taste of things to come. It was only four days into the new year before the Sheffield quintet announced their biggest headline tour to date, which will see them take on arena shows in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow in November.If that wasn’t enough they’ll be playing the Royal Albert Hall, alongside a full orchestra, in April, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Used

When we caught up with The Used in early 2015 they said they were planning something special for their 15 year anniversary. True to their word they’ve lined up four UK dates, two in London and two in Leeds, as part of their ‘2 Nights And 2 Albums’ tour across the US, UK and Europe. On one night the band will play their self titled debut and the other their sophomore LP, ‘In Love And Death’.

Brian Fallon

In July 2015 the Gaslight Anthem, the band Fallon fronts, announced that they were taking a break to focus on other projects. They followed the news with a headline show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire sandwiched between main stage sets at Reading and Leeds in August. It wasn’t long, two months later in fact, before Fallon confirmed his solo album would arrive in 2016 and he would be touring to support it. ‘Painkillers’ is set for release on March 11, following which the New Jersey singer-songwriter will return to the UK for shows between April 5 and April 10.

Elton John

After numerous statements that he will be taking a break from touring to focus on time with his children, we think it’s best you catch Elton while you can. The man who never stops will release his 33rd studio album, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’, on February 5. Following which he’ll gear up for his summer dates, expected to be his last for the foreseeable future.

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath will headline this year’s Download festival as part of their final ever tour, The End.  Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler will top the bill on Saturday June 11 at Donington Park. The appearance is flanked by an extensive run of shows in North America, which has them on the road throughout January, February, August and September, amidst which they’ve been confirmed for a mix of summer festival performances throughout Europe. If you want to see Sabbath, it’s pretty much a now or never type situation!

Funeral For A Friend

Talking of final tours, after 15 years together the Welsh post-hardcore troupe will call it a day following their Last Chance To Dance tour in April. For the UK leg of the trek the band will make stops in Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London, playing two shows in each city. Similar to the Used, FFAF will play their ‘Hours’ album in full on one night, followed by ‘Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation’ the next. Support will come from Zoax and Shai Hulud.

The Stone Roses

The story of the Stone Roses is a bit of a roller-coaster. They formed in 1983, pioneered the ‘Madchester’ movement, broke up in 1996, announced their reformation in 2011, played three reunion shows in 2012 and in 2013 the Shane Meadows documentary The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone came out. Then nothing, nothing until November 2015, when the band announced they would take to the stage together again for four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June, and a headline slot at Scotland’s T In The Park and one Dublin date in July. It seems the ‘mad for it!’ spirit is back.

Coheed & Cambria/Glassjaw

Having released their first non-concept and eighth studio album, ‘The Color Before The Sun’, in early October, Coheed And Cambria are keen to take the record on the road. But not content with an arsenal of new material the New York-based four-piece have decided to bring with them post-hardcore legends Glassjaw, who will no doubt draw a crowd in their own right. Also going along for the ride will be Cheltenham five-piece Crooks.


It’s safe to say that 2015 was a good year for Grimes. She released ‘Art Angels’, the highly-anticipated follow up to 2012’s ‘Visions’, to critical acclaim and appeared on many an end of year list as a result. She also supported Lana Del Rey on her US Endless Summer Tour. However, it’s time for Grimes to take centre stage on a headline slot, and that’s exactly what she’s going to do in 2016 when she hits the road in March for her Acid Reign tour. The Canadian artists will call in Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Support will come from LA pop-artist HANA.


Everyone loves a bit of RiRi but that lady does love to make us wait. It’s been nearly three years since she popped across the pond for her Diamonds World Tour and despite a few teasers, the follow up to 2012’s ‘Unapologetic’ is yet to be seen.  So, who wants to place a bet on if ‘Anti’ will arrive before Rihanna does in June? I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but we recommend you grab those tickets while you can because you won’t want to wait another three years to see pop’s favourite bad girl in the UK.

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Top Tours This Week!!


James Morrison

James Morrison, who is currently on the road for his autumn tour, will continue to rack up the miles in support of his recent album, ‘Higher Than Here’, with new stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Southend, Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton, winding up at the Camden Roundhouse in London, between March 4 and 18.
Tickets are on sale at 10am on Friday, priced from £19.50 plus fees.


James will accompany the release of a new album, ‘Girl At The End Of The World’, with a UK tour next spring. Stops include Bristol, Southend, three dates in London, Norwich, Bournemouth, Llandudno, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Nottingham, between May 2 and May 21.
Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, prices start at £36.00, plus fees.


Anastacia will bring her European Ultimate Collection Tour to the London Palladium, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Manchester’s Albert Hall, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, between May 2 and May 8 next year.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday. Prices start from £35.00, plus fees.

Newton Faulkner

The singer-songwriter, who is currently on the road for a series of autumn dates, will return for a further 19 shows in support of his upcoming album, ‘Human Love’, out this week, between March 30 and April 23.
Tickets on sale at 10am on Friday, priced from £21.50 plus fees.

The Used

The Used will celebrate their 15th anniversary with a European tour in February and March next year, including UK stops at the O2 Academy Leeds on February 20 and 21 and the O2 Forum in London on February 22 and 24. The band will perform their self-titled debut and ‘In Love And Death’ over two nights in 23 cities across the US, Europe and UK.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday, priced at £20.00 plus fees.


Having just wrapped up a run of autumn shows supporting Skindred, the Japanese metalcore troupe return for their Xeno headline tour, stopping in Southend, Portsmouth, Brighton, Cardiff, Plymouth, Leeds, Reading, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Norwich and London, between March 16 and 31.
Tickets are on sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £12.00 plus fees.

Shane Filan

The former Westlist member will play 20 dates in spring, supporting his latest album, ‘Right Here’, kicking off on March 4 in Nottingham, with addition stops in Plymouth, Cardiff, Belfast, Cork and Dublin, York, Llandudno and Glasgow, winding up on March 30 in Inverness.
Tickets are on sale now, priced from £32.50 plus fees.

Russell Howard

Russell Howard has lined up residencies in Dublin and London as part of his 2017 Round The World tour, his biggest run to date. The stand up star and host of TV show Russell Howard’s Good News will perform in 30 cities across 12 different countries, including three nights at Vicar Street on February 22, 23 and 24, and ten shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London between March 1 and 10.
Tickets on general sale at 9am on Friday, priced from £27.50 plus fees. Tickets for the London shows are on presale now – click here to get yours!

Also announced this week, so far

Leon Bridges, The Bohicas, The Stone Roses, James Bay, Foreigner, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Wilkinson, Whyte Horses, Rick Astley, Lush, The Japanese House, Carly Rae Jepson, X Ambassadors, Norma Jean Martine, King King, Tina Arena, Saosin, Roots Manuva, Tuff Love, Adam French, Francis Lung, The Jazz Butcher, Gregory Porter, The Neighbourhood, Explosions In The Sky, Minus The Bear, Millencolin, Highasakite, Tony Hadley, Lake Street Dive, Above And Beyond, Continents, The Primitives, Julia Holter and many more!

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