This Week’s New Releases: Ed Sheeran, Tori Amos And Mastodon

This week sees some big hitters sharing new music. Ed Sheeran has followed up 2017’s ‘÷’, Tori Amos has put out her sixteenth studio album, and Mastodon have released ‘Hushed And Grim’, marking their first double album and their first full-length since their 2017 Grammy Award-winning LP ‘Emperor Of Sand’.

In the mood for something else? Head below.

Azure Ryder – ‘Ladder To The Moon’ (Island)

Bad Wolves – ‘Dear Monsters’ (Better Noise)

Billy Bragg – ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Black Pumas – ‘Capitol cuts’ (ATO)

Chvrches – ‘Screen Violence: Director’s Cut’ (Virgin/EMI)

Ed Sheeran – ‘=’ (Asylum/Atlantic)

Geese – ‘Projector’ (Partisan)

Jerry Cantrell – ‘Brighten’ (Jerry Cantrell)

Joe Bonamassa – ‘Time Clocks’ (J&R Adventures)

Johnny Cash – ‘Bears Sonic Journals:Live at the Carousel Ballroom’ (SONY)

Joni Mitchell – ‘Archives Vol 2: The Reprise Years’ (Rhino)

Marissa Nadler – ‘The Path Of Clouds’ (Sacred Bones)

Mastodon – ‘Hushed and Grim’ (Reprise)

Maya Jane Coles – ‘Night Creature’ (I/AM/ME)

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Something For Thee Hotties’ (Certified Ent. LLC/300 Entertainment)

Mick Jenkins – ‘Elephant In The Room’ (Free Nation/Cinematic Music Group)

Richard Ashcroft – ‘Acoustic Hymns vol 1’ (BMG)

Sam Evian – ‘Time To Melt’ (Fat Possum)

The The – ‘Comeback Special’ (EarMusic)

Tori Amos – ‘Ocean To Ocean’ (Decca)

The War On Drugs – ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ (Atlantic)

Whitesnake – ‘Restless Heart 25th Anniversary’ (Rhino)


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This Week’s New Releases: Self Esteem, Lana Del Rey And Elton John

This week is chock full of amazing new music. Self Esteem has put out her highly anticipated second album, Lana Del Rey has released her second record of the year, and Elton John has dropped his guest-heavy lockdown LP. Dive in below.

Angel Dust – ‘YAK: A Collection Of Truck Songs’ (Roadrunner)

Biffy Clyro – ‘The Myth Of Happily Ever After’ (14th Floor)

Brett Young – ‘The Christmas Classics’ (Big Machine)

Clinic – ‘Fantasy Island’ (Domino)

Dave Hause – ‘Blood Harmony’ (Soundly)

Death Blooms – ‘Life Is Pain’ (Adventure Cat)

Don Broco – ‘Amazing Things’ (Sharptone)

Dream Theater – ‘A View From The Top Of The World’ (InsideOut)

Duran Duran – ‘Future Past’ (BMG)

Elton John – ‘Lockdown Sessions’ (EMI)

Every Time I Die – ‘Radical’ (Epitaph)

Jarvis Cocker – ‘Chansons D’ennui Tip-Top’ (ABKCO)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘LP!’ (EQT/Republic)

Johnny Cash – ‘Bears Sonic Journals: Live At The Carousel Ballroom’  (Sony)

Joni Mitchell – ‘Archives Vol 2, The Reprise Years’ (Rhino)

Keg – ‘Assembly’ (BMG)

Lana Del Rey – ‘Blue Banisters’ (Polydor)

Mimi Webb – ‘Seven Shades Of Heartbreak’ (Epic/Sony)

My Morning Jacket – ‘My Morning Jacket’ (ATO)

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – ‘B-Sides & Rarities Part II’ (Mute)

Parquet Courts – ‘Sympathy For Life’ (Rough Trade)

Polo – ‘A Place Between States’ (Polo)

The Pineapple Thief – ‘Nothing But The Truth’ (Kscope)

Quantic and Nidia Gongora – ‘Almas Conectadas’ (Thru Thoughts)

Self Esteem – ‘Prioritize Pleasure’ (Universal)

Skinny Lister – ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Sonny Fodera – ‘Wide Awake’ (Solotoko)

The Surfing Magazines – ‘Badgers Of Wymeswold’ (Moshi Moshi)

The The – ‘Comeback Special’ (earMusic)

Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison – ‘Everythings Affected’ (Fort)

The War On Drugs – ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ (Atlantic)

WET – ‘Letter Blue’ (Other Exotica/30SF)

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Top Tickets This Week: The War On Drugs, Chvrches, James Blunt, James Morrison, Nick Cave And Warren Ellis, Kano and more

The War On Drugs

Photo: Shawn Brackbill

The War On Drugs have announced a new album, ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’, along with accompanying North American, UK and European shows for 2022. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 10am local time on July 23.

The trek commences in the United States in January before expanding across the UK and Europe in the spring, with concerts confirmed in Birmingham, Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh and London, where they’ll play the iconic O2 Arena on April 12.

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The trio will tour the UK next spring, calling at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange, Newcastle’s O2 City Hall, London’s O2 Academy Brixton, the O2 Academy Birmingham, and Manchester’s O2 Apollo between March 14 and 19. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on July 23.

The shows will follow the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Screen Violence’, due out on August 27 via EMI in the UK and Glassnote in the US.

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James Blunt

The singer-songwriter will hit the road in February 2022, with stops planned in Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff, Hull, Birmingham, Nottingham, Glasgow and London, where he’ll perform at the SSE Arena Wembley. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 23.

The shows will support Blunt’s upcoming greatest hits album, ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’, due out on November 19 via Atlantic Records.

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James Morrison

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James Morrison has lined up a 22-date Greatest Hits Tour between March 10 and April 10, kicking off in Southend and culminating in Glasgow. Other stops on the trek include Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Ipswich, Cardiff, Leicester, Oxford, Bournemouth, Folkestone, Stoke, Manchester, Bath, Stockton, Liverpool, Cambridge, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Brighton and London, where he’ll play the Palladium. Tickets are on sale now.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

Nick Cave and his long-time Bad Seeds bandmate and frequent collaborator have lined up 20 UK shows for later in 2021, kicking off in Poole on September 2 and culminating at Brighton Dome on October 10. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 23.

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The London rapper will play an exclusive full band show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on August 11 in aid of War Child. The gig will take place prior to his headline slots at All Points EastBoardmasters and NASS later this summer. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday July 23, with prices starting from £35.00.

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Also announced this week:

  • Yungblud has rescheduled three upcoming shows and added an Edinburgh show to his tour plans.
  • Agnes Obel has rescheduled her UK and Ireland shows.
  • Dinosaur Jr. have announced a UK and European tour for spring 2022.
  • Mick Jenkins has announced UK shows as part of a European tour this autumn.
  • James have announced a festival warm-up show in Oxford.
  • Kris Barras Band have announced UK shows for spring 2022.
  • Hundred Reasons have confirmed headline UK shows for 2022.
  • JXDN has announced UK and Ireland shows for 2022.
  • Return of The Jinkx and Dela Holiday Show Live Tour will head to the UK later this year.
  • Don Broco have lined up four shows ahead of their appearances at Slam Dunk.
  • Gorillaz have announced a free show this summer for NHS workers and their families.
  • Disney On Ice presents Find Your Hero will tour the UK between October 28 and January 2, 2022.
  • Sam Fender has rescheduled his UK shows to August, September and November.
  • Tinie moves his London show for a second time to April 2022.
  • David Essex has rescheduled his UK tour for a second time to September 2022.

Head here for a full list and to find your tickets. Check our rolling guide to cancelled and postponed events here.

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This Week’s New Releases: Megan Thee Stallion, The Cribs And Tim Minchin

This week is busy! Megan Thee Stallion has dropped her highly anticipated debut album, as has Australian comedian and composer Tim Minchin, while the Cribs have returned with ‘Midnight Network’ that was recorded at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606 in Los Angeles.

Fancy a bit more? There’s a huge list below, including new records from Butch Vig’s 5 Billion In Diamonds, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Phoebe Bridgers, Refused and Shaggy — what a dinner party that would make!?

5 Billion In Diamonds – ‘Divine Accidents’ (Make)

Annie Lennox – ‘A Christmas Cornucopia (10th Anniversary)’ (La Lennoxa/Island)

AWOLNATION – ‘Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders Live From 2020’ (Better Noise)

BTS – ‘BE’ (BigHit Entertainment)

Cabaret Voltaire – ‘Shadow Of Fear’ (Inton/Mute)

The Cribs – ‘Night Network’ (Sonic Blew)

Dirty Projectors – ‘5EPs’ (Domino)

Dream Wife – ‘IRL (Live In London 2020)’ (Lucky Number)

Ellie Goulding – ‘Songbook for Christmas’ EP (Polydor)

Frost* – ‘Experiments In Mass Appeal (Remixed and Remastered)’ and ‘Falling Satellites (Remastered)’ (InsideOut)

Frosty – ‘Under Surveillance’ (Relentless)

Grandaddy – ‘The Sophtware Slump ….. on a wooden piano’ (Dangerbird)

Jamie Cullum – ‘The Pianoman at Christmas’ (Island)

Jewel – ‘Pieces Of You (25th Anniversary)’ (Craft)

John Fogerty – ‘Fogerty’s Factory (Expanded)’ (BMG)

Josh Groban – ‘Harmony’ (Reprise)

Kacey Johansing – ‘No Better Time’ (Night Bloom Records)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – ‘K.G.’ and ‘Live in San Francisco ’16’ (ATO)

Kodaline – ‘One Day At A Time – Deluxe’ (B-Unique/AWAL)

Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas – ‘III’ (Smalltown)

Liturgy – ‘Origin Of The Alimonies’ (YLYLCYN)

Loski – ‘Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story’ (Since ’93)

Meek Mill – ‘Quarantine Pack’ (Maybach/Atlantic)

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Good News’ (1501 Certified Ent/300 Ent)

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

Neil Diamond – ‘Classic Diamonds With The London Symphony Orchestra’ (UMG)

Nick Cave – ‘Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace)’ (Bad Seed Ltd/AWAL)

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Copycat Killer’ EP (Dead Oceans)

The Piano Guys – ’10’ (Sony)

Refused – ‘The Malignant Fire’ EP (Spinefarm/Search and Destroy/Universal)

Routine – ‘And Other Things’ EP (Dead Oceans)

Shaggy – ‘Christmas In The Islands’ (Island)

Silverstein – ‘Redux II’ (NSEW)

Tayla Parx – ‘Coping Mechanisms’ (Tayla Made/Atlantic)

Tim Minchin – ‘Apart Together’ (BMG)

Tourists – ‘Another State’ (Modern Sky UK)

The War On Drugs – ‘Live Drugs’ (Super High Quality Records)

When Rivers Meet – ‘We Fly Free’ (One Road)

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Things We Love This Week: Patti Smith, The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett

Photo: Raquel Garcia

Hello! It’s me. Did you miss me? Here’s your weekly helping of music news, with a side order of mini live review. Grab a spoon and dig in.

Patti Smith at Cardiff’s Festival Of Voice

On Monday, more than half of the Stereoboard office went to see the legendary Patti Smith. Performing poetry and acoustic songs in the intimate setting of a small church just outside Cardiff, this truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As well as still having a fantastically strong voice at the age of 71, reading us snippets of poetry and performing classics Because The Night, she also came across as the loveliest human being – letting the audience in on an old crush she once had on a baseball player, informing us of a little bubble she gets in her throat sometimes while singing, and the heartfelt, particularly poignant statement about her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith: “He was my boyfriend, and he will always be my boyfriend”. She managed to bring a tear to everyone’s eye and I desperately want Patti to be my best friend forever.

Photo: Matt Wright

The War On Drugs at The O2

Adam Granduciel and co are doing pretty well at fighting this war. Formed back in 2005 as a collaboration with Kurt Vile, they’ve released a bunch of albums, each a conquest, including last year’s acclaimed ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Every album is another step forward in the battle, striking down contemporaries with melodic synth lines and striking guitar chords.

So where will the band’s next crusade take them, aside from a handful of massive festival performances this summer? They’re only heading to the O2 Arena in December!

With a capacity of 20,000, they’ll be treading the boards of a stage already graced by giant artists such as Queen, Britney Spears, 50 Cent and Demi Lovato.

The War is still going strong. Good for you lads.

Tickets go on sale next Friday at 10am. Get ’em here.

Courtney Barnett Tour

Honesty alert: I was fully prepared to attend Barnett’s Bristol show last week, but totally forgot about it and missed it. *Facepalm* How do I really feel? Gutted, Courtney. If, like me (but hopefully for a more viable reason) you didn’t get to go to any of her recent May/June tour, you’re in luck!

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is getting a whole new batch of tour dates, especially for you!

The Aussie songstress will head to Dublin, London, Oxford, Brighton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle between November 12 and 21. Yay!

See you lot next time for another striking rendition of Things We Love This Week.

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This Week’s New Releases: PVRIS, Queens Of The Stone Age And Nadine Shah

This week is busy! PVRIS have put out the follow up to 2014’s ‘White Noise’, Queens Of The Stone Age are releasing the Mark Ronson-produced follow up to ‘Like Clockwork’ and Nadine Shah is offering up LP #3.

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

A$AP Mob – ‘Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy’ (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA Records)

Action Bronson – ‘Blue Chips 7000’ (Vice Records/Atlantic)

Baby In Vain – ‘More Nothing’ (Partisan Records)

Cymbals – ‘Light In Your Mind’ (Tough Love)

Iron & Wine – ‘Beast Epic’ (Sub Pop)

Fifth Harmony – ‘Fifth Harmony’ (Syco)

Filthy Friends – ‘Invitation’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Flyte – ‘The Loved Ones’ (Island)

Gogol Bordello – ‘Seekers and Finders’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’ (Century Media Records)

Hype Williams – ‘Rainbow Edition’ (Big Dada)

Jack Cooper – ‘Sandgrown’ (Trouble In Mind)

Joseph Shabason – ‘Aytche’ (Western Vinyl)

Leprous – ‘Malina’ (InsideOutMusic)

Liars – ‘TFCF’ (Mute)

Lil Uzi Vert – ‘Luv is Rage 2’ (Atlantic)

Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’ (1965 Records)

Oh Sees – ‘Orc’ (Castle Face)

PVRIS – ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’ (Rise Records)

Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Villains’ (Matador)

The War on Drugs – ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (Atlantic)

Widowspeak – ‘Expect The Best’ (Captured Tracks)

Wiki – ‘No Mountains in Manhattan’ (XL)

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