This Week’s New Releases: Sam Fender, Trivium And JOHN

This week Sam Fender has dropped the highly anticipated follow-up to 2019’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’, Trivium have put out their tenth studio album, and JOHN have released their third. Fancy some more? Head on down below.

AJ Mitchell – ‘Skyview’ (Epic)

BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘Talk Memory’ (XL)

BBNO$ – ‘Eat Ya Veggies’ (BBNO$)

Caravan – ‘It’s None Of Your Business’ (SNapper Music)

Carolyn Wonderland – ‘Tempting Fate’ (Alligator Records)

Danil Trifonov – ‘Bach: The Art Of Life’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Emily D’Angelo and Jarkko Riihimaki – ‘Enargeia’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

ESP Summer – ‘Kingdom Of Heaven’ (Disciples)

Faust – ‘1971-1974’ (Bureau B)

James Blake – ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ (UMG/Republic/Polydor)

JOHN – ‘Nocturnal Manoeuvres’ (Brace Yourself/Pets Care)

Karen Peris – ‘A Song Is Way Above The Lawn’ (Therese Records)

Kay Young – ‘This Here Feels Good’ (EP) (Play It Again Sam)

Kevin Morby – ‘A Night At The Little Los Angeles’ (Dead Oceans)

Lala Lala – ‘I Want The Door To Open’ (Hardly Art)

Magdalena Bay – ‘Mercurial World’ (Luminelle)

Noah Gundersen – ‘A Pillar Of Salt’ (Cooking Vinyl)

NTO – ‘Apnea’ (All Points)

Oh Wonder – ‘22 Break’ (Island)

The Record Company – ‘Play Loud’ (Concord)

Roger Glover – ‘Snapshot+’ (earMUSIC)

Sam Fender – ‘Seventeen Going Under’ (Polydor)

She Drew The Gun – ‘Behave Myself’ (Submarine Cat)

Trivium – ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’ (Roadrunner)

Uniqu3 – ‘Heartbeats’ (EP) (Local Action)

Violent Femmes – ‘Why Do Birds Sing? [30th Anniversary Edition]’ (Concord/Craft Records)

Wayward Sons – ‘Even Up The Score’ (Frontiers)

We Are Scientists – ‘Huffy’ (100%)

The Wild Feathers – ‘Alvarado’ (New West)

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Top Tickets This Week: St Vincent, Sabaton, Dave Chappelle, The Warehouse Project with Megan Thee Stallion, Migos and more, We Are Scientists, Gojira

St Vincent

Photo: Zachery Michael

St Vincent has announced the UK and European leg of the Daddy’s Home Tour, with stops planned in Ljubljana, Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Cologne, Dublin, Edinburgh and London, where she’ll wrap up the trek with her biggest headline UK show to date at the Eventim Apollo on June 29. Tickets go on sale at 10am on July 9. The tour shares its name with Annie Clark’s most recent album, released in May.

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The Swedish metallers have announced The Tour To End All Tours, with UK shows lined up at the SSE Arena Wembley, London on March 18, Leeds’ First Direct Arena the next day, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on March 20 and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on March 22.

The trek also expands to cities across Europe, including stops in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Estonia and Finland. Tickets for the UK run go on general sale at 10am on July 9, while on sale dates vary for the European shows. They’ll be supported by The Hu and Lordi.

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Dave Chappelle

Due to demand, the American comic and actor will now play five nights at London’s Eventim Apollo, with the new gig falling on August 17. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 9.

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The Warehouse Project

Organisers have confirmed further names for this year’s Warehouse Project, including Megan Thee Stallion (pictured), MigosEric Prydz, DrumcodeChase And Status, and Jamie XX, among many others. They join the previously revealed reopening acts; Nile Rodgers and CHIC, DJ Shadow, Andy C, and Carl Cox.

After 2020’s edition had to be cancelled, the series will return to Manchester’s 10,000 capacity Depot Mayfield from September. Head here for a calendar of gigs confirmed so far. Tickets for most of the newly confirmed shows go on general sale at 10am on July 9, except the Eric Prydz gig, which goes on sale at 9am.

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We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists have announced the Come On Get Huffy Tour, with UK shows lined up in Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and London, where they’ll wrap up the run at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on December 9. The European leg will follow in spring 2022, beginning on April 1 in Paris and culminating in Hamburg on April 14. Tickets go on sale at 9am BST/10am CET on July 9.

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(Photo: Gabrielle Duplantier)

Gojira will embark on a UK and European tour in early 2022, kicking off in Helsinki, Finland, on January 17 and wrapping up at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in Wales on March 14. The UK and Ireland leg also includes stops in Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, and London, where they’ll take over Alexandra Palace. Support will come from Alien Weaponry and Employed To Serve. Tickets are on sale now.

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Also announced this week:

  • Glassjaw will bring the 20+ Year Anniversaries Tour to the UK next spring.
  • Bon Iver have rescheduled their UK and European tour for a second time due to autumn 2022.
  • Natalie Imbruglia has announced an intimate London show for September.
  • Dermot Kennedy has rescheduled his Belsonic Belfast show, adding a second date in the process.
  • Royal Blood have lined up four intimate UK shows for this summer.
  • Rejjie Snow has announced his By Myself Tour for September and October.
  • Bombay Bicycle Club have announced two festival warm-up shows.
  • Enter Shikari have announced four warm up shows ahead of their rescheduled UK tour.
  • Max and Harvey have moved their This Is Not A Phase Tour to April 2022.
  • Bright Eyes have moved their UK and European tour dates for a second time to summer 2022.
  • Paul Weller has announced a show at Leisureland in Galway.
  • Professor Brian Cox has rescheduled his Horizons Tour to 2022.
  • Peter Hook and the Light will take the Joy Division: A Celebration show to Ireland in autumn 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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Things We Love This Week: Sŵn Festival, We Are Scientists, Stella Donnelly

Oh, hi. I didn’t see you there. You like music? This is the place for you.

Sŵn Festival Line Up

It’s time to flex your musical muscles once again – Cardiff’s Sŵn Fest have confirmed their line up for autumn – and what a banger it’s set to be. The event is set to descend upon Wales’ capital between October 18 and 20, with some awesome up and coming acts set to perform across the city.

First, we’ve got jazz extraordinaires the Comet Is Coming, whose fervent instrumental songs have had us in the office hooked for weeks. Also on the line up we’ve got Rebecca Taylor’s Self Esteem project, whose recent album ‘Compliments Please’ was an immediate critical darling upon release. Oh, and don’t forget all that noise rock from the boys in the Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs camp. Oink.

Also on my radar for the weekend is Nilufer Yanya, and She Drew The Gun, who were featured on the soundtrack to the BBC drama Killing Eve, Skinny Pelembe and Rozi Plain. Check out the full line up, then book tickets here.

We Are Scientists

A press release came through the inbox this week, which at first seemed to look like any other press release. A headline, a poster, some tour dates. But wait, look again at the headline.


We Are Scientists? 50th Anniversary? Wasn’t this the same indie-pop-rock band that I was into when I was 14? The first band I interviewed as a student newspaper editor, about their fifth  album ‘Helter Seltzer’, in around 2016? Even with Keith Murray’s grey hair, SURELY they’re not that old?

Then I read on, to a statement from Muray.

A long time ago our management came to us and suggested we do some With Love & Squalor shows on the 14th anniversary of its release, which we thought was pretty dumb. ‘Come back to us on a real anniversary,’ we told them. Fast-forward to a couple weeks ago, when they told us big 50 was coming up. I’d say that’s worth celebrating.”

In true WAS style, they’re trolling all of us.’With Love And Squalor’ was their debut album and came out in 2005. It’s 14 years old this year. But why not do a 50th anniversary tour? Banter. Check out the full dates and book tickets here. I will probably attend, if these guys are as funny live as they seem!

Stella Donnelly at Thekla

As seems to be a recurring theme recently, the final installment of Things We Love This Week is dedicated again to a gig I attended this week – Stella Donnelly at Bristol’s Thekla. If you don’t know Stella Donnelly – and you do like fingerpicked guitar, mesmerising vocals, cutesy indie pop songs and ramen, then she is the musician for you.

Her debut album, ‘Beware Of The Dogs’ arrived in March, with a firm angle on not taking any shit from anyone. Track Boys Will Be Boys, also featured on her first EP ‘Thrush Metal ‘(“I’ll keep putting it on albums for as long as I have to” said Donnelly), has a clear message: men are trash, but frequently get away with misogynistic and abusive behaviour because they can get away with it with barely any repercussions. At the live show on Wednesday, she’s transparent that no, this isn’t all men. But they do exist, and these topics need to be talked about. TOO RIGHT STELLA.

On a happier note, she performs her excellently written, sarcastic and hilarious song with a huge smile, and even throws in a dance routine. There’s a first. More indie bands should incorporate dance routines into their shows – I think it would let people loosen up a bit.

Better yet: there’s still dates left on her UK tour! Get tickets here.

Bon soir, mon amie x

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This Week’s New Releases: Janelle Monáe, Speedy Ortiz And Willie Nelson

There’s plenty to fill your boots with this week! Janelle Monáe’s hightly anticipated new album is finally here, Speedy Ortiz have put out the follow up to ‘Foil Deer’, and Willie Nelson has released his new record just two days ahead of his 85th birthday.

Still want more? There’s a buttload below.

Anne-Marie – ‘Speak Your Mind’ (Major Toms/Asylum)

The Beat Escape – ‘Life Is Short The Answer’s Long’ (Bella Union)

Blossoms – ‘Cool Like You’ (Virgin EMI)

Boss Keloid – ‘Melted On The Inch’ (Holy Roar)

Cold Cave – ‘You & Me & Infinity’ EP (Heartworm Press)

DMA’s – ‘For Now’ (BMG)

Dylan Carlson – ‘Conquistador’ (Sargent House)

Foreigner – ‘Foreigner With The 21st Century Orchestra & Chorus’ (EarMUSIC via Absolute)

Grouper – ‘Grid Of Points’ (Kranky)

Godsmack – ‘When Legends Rise’ (Spinefarm)

Half Waif – ‘Lavender’ (Cascine)

Janelle Monáe – ‘Dirty Computer’ (Bad Boy)

Matt Cardle – ‘Time To Be Alive’ (Columbia)

Poo Bear – ‘Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music’ (UMG)

Post Malone – ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ (Republic/Island)

Okkervil River – ‘In The Rainbow Rain’ (ATO)

Speedy Ortiz – ‘Twerp Verse’ (Carpark Records)

Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’ EP (By The Time It Gets Dark)

Twin Shadow – ‘Caer’ (Reprise)

Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco – ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’ (Exile/Sony)

We Are Scientists – ‘Megaplex’ (100%)

Wiley – ‘Godfather II’ (CTA)

Willie Nelson – ‘Last Man Standing’ (Legacy Recordings)

485C – ‘485C’ (Fierce Panda)

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This Week’s New Releases: A$AP Ferg, Greys And We Are Scientists


I know everyone is probably playing Prince non-stop today, as you should, but, if and when you decide to mix things up, there are a few new releases out this week worth checking out. A$AP Ferg has put out the long-awaited follow up to 2013’s ‘Trap Lord’ and the ‘Ferg Forever’ mixtape, while Greys and Matthew And The Atlas are offering up their sophomore LPs and We Are Scientists are racking up record #5.

A$AP Ferg – ‘Always Strive And Prosper’ (Columbia)

Greys – ‘Outer Heaven’ (Carpark)

Katherine Jenkins – ‘Celebration’ (Decca)

Mark Knopfler – ‘Altamira’ (Virgin EMI)

Matthew And The Atlas – ‘Temple’ (Communion/ Caroline)

Rufus Wainwright – ‘Take All My Loves’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

We Are Scientists – ‘Helter Skelter’ (100%)

Wire – ‘Nocturnal Koreans’ (Pink Flag)


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