This Week’s New Releases: Weezer, Rag’n’Bone Man And Chloe Moriondo

This week is almost, but not quite, as hectic as the last! Weezer’s ’80s rock-inspired album is finally here, Rag’n’Bone Man has followed up his 2017 debut and Chloe Moriondo has put out her major label debut.  Head below for more new music.

Alfie Templeman – ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ (Chess Club)

Ashe – ‘Ashlyn’ (Mom+Pop)

The Bamboos – ‘Hard Up’ (BMG)

Bebe Rexha – ‘Better Mistakes’ (Warner)

Chloe Moriondo – ‘Blood Bunny’ (Fueled By Ramen)

The Damn Truth – ‘Now Or Nowhere’ (Spectra)

Diamante – ‘American Dream’ (Anti-Heroine)

Dodie – ‘Build A Problem’ (Doodleoddle)

GOGO Penguin – ‘GGP / RMX’ (Decca)

Iceage – ‘Seek Shelter’ (Mexican Summer)

Iron and Wine – ‘Archive Series Vol. 5: Tallahassee Recordings’ (Sub Pop)

Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall – ‘The Marfa Tapes’ (Sony/Marfa)

Mckinley Dixon – ‘For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her’ (Spacebomb)

Natalie Bergman – ‘Mercy’ (Third Man Records)

New Order – ‘Education, Entertainment, Recreation – Live’ (Warner)

Rag’n’Bone Man – ‘Life By Misadventure’ (Sony)

Radio Company – ‘Vol. 2’ (Two Chair)

Sarah Jarosz – ‘Bue Heron Suite’ (Rounder Records/Concord)

Shaun Ross – ‘Shift’ (Propeller)

Sophia Kennedy – ‘Monsters’ (City Slang)

Squid – ‘Bright Green Field’ (Warp)

Sufjan Stevens – ‘Convocations’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

TOOSII – ‘Thank You For Believing’ (EMI)

Van Morrison – ‘Latest Record Project, Vol.1’ (BMG)

Weezer – ‘Van Weezer’ (Atlantic)

Will Stratton – ‘The Changing Wilderness’ (Bella Union)

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This Week’s New Releases: Arlo Parks, Celeste and Weezer

This is an exciting week. Arlo Parks has released her highly anticipated debut album, as has fellow rising star Celeste, while Weezer have put out a new album having only announced it a week ago!

Not your bag? There’s plenty more to listen to below, including a new record from noisemakers the Body, a new mixtape from Chip and a new EP from Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore.

Arlo Parks – ‘Collapsed In Sunbeams’ (Transgressive)

Baio – ‘Dead Hand Control’ (Glassnote)

The Besnard Lakes – ‘The Bernard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings’ (Full Time Hobby)

The Body – ‘I’ve Seen All I Need To See’ (Thrill Jockey)

Celeste – ‘Not Your Muse’ (Polydor)

Chip – ‘Snakes & Ladders’ (Cash Motto)

Divide and Dissolve – ‘Gas Lit’ (Invada)

Grey Daze – ‘Amends… Stripped’ (Loma Vista)

Goat Girl – ‘On All Fours’ (Rough Trade)

Grima x Azza – ‘Tekkers’ EP (Grima x Azza)

J Mascis – ‘Fed Up and Feeling Strange: Live and in Person 1993-1998’ (Cherry Red)

Joan As Police Woman – ‘Live’ (Sweet Police)

Jxyess – ‘Vibe In The Winter’ EP (4udio)

Lia Ices – ‘Family Album’ (Natural Music)

Martin Gore – ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ EP (Mute)

Rats On Rafts – ‘Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs a Net of Rabbit Paths’ (Fire Records)

Shofu Tha Beatdown – ‘#Gitt3m’ (WDFA)

Steven Wilson – ‘The Future Bites’ (Caroline International)

Weezer – ‘OK Human’ (Atlantic)

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Westlife, Barry Manilow, The 1975, McFly, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, The Who, Simply Red, Strictly Come Dancing Live and more

Westlife

Westlife will be joined by James Morrison and All Saints for their biggest UK concert to date at London’s Wembley Stadium on August 22. The Irish group will also be joined by Emeli Sandé at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork for the first time on August 28, 2020. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Barry Manilow

The legendary performer will call in Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London, where he’ll play the O2 Arena, between May 28 and June 7. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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The 1975

The 1975 have announced a UK and Ireland arena tour for 2020, calling in Nottingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dublin and London, where they’ll play the O2 Arena, between February 15 and March 3. The band are touring in support of their anticipated new album, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, which is out on February 21. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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McFly

The pop-rock band, who recently announced a show at London’s O2 Arena, will call in Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham and London, where they’ll play the SSE Arena Wembley, between April 26 and May 10. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on September 20.

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer

Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer are to play four huge shows in the UK and Ireland in summer 2020. The pop-punk show of the decade, dubbed the Hella Mega Tour, will hit Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on June 24, London Stadium on June 26, Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on June 27 and Dublin’s RDS Arena on June 29. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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The Who

The Who will release their new album ‘WHO’ on November 22, supported with shows in Manchester, Dublin, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and London between March 16 and April 8. The legendary British rock band will perform with a full orchestra, with tickets for the shows on general sale at 10am on September 20.

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Simply Red

The soul-pop group will play arenas in Newcastle, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Brighton, Bournemouth and London, where they’ll perform at the O2 Arena, between October 6 and 23, 2020, before more dates across Europe. Tickets go on sale at 10am on September 20.

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Strictly Come Dancing Live

Hosted by Strictly Come Dancing favourite and reigning series champion Stacey Dooley, the tour will open at the Arena Birmingham before waltzing around the country for 32 shows, culminating with five huge shows at the O2 Arena in London between February 7 and 9. Tickets for all dates go on general sale at 9am on September 20. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Also announced this week:

Stereophonics, Nick Mason, Parkway Drive, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gabrielle Aplin, Elvis Costello, Bat For Lashes, The Hu, Machine Head, Elvis Costello, Status Quo, ScHoolboy Q, Tove Lo, Wilkinson, Supergrass, Evanescence, Within Temptation, And So I Watch You From Afar, Vant, Field Music, DIIV, Ruby Wax, Jack Whitehall and more. Head here for a full list and to find your tickets.

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This Week’s New Releases: Weezer, Solange And Hozier

What a week! Weezer have FINALLY put out ‘The Black Album’, Solange has surprise released the follow up to 2016’s ‘A Seat At The Table’, and Hozier has dropped his sophomore LP.

Not for you? There’s plenty more to press play on below.

Crystal Fighters – ‘Gaia & Friends’ (Warner Bros.)

Delicate Steve – ‘Till I Burn Up’ (Anti/Epitaph)

Demon Hunter – ‘War’ (Solid State Records)

Demon Hunter – ‘Peace’ (Solid State Records)

Hozier – ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ (Island)

In Flames – ‘I, The Mask’ (Nuclear Blast)

The Japanese House – ‘Good At Falling’ (Dirty Hit)

Little Simz – ‘GREY Area’ (Age 101)

Mark Morton – ‘Anesthetic’ (Spinefarm Records)

Pkew Pkew Pkew – ‘Optimal Lifestyles’ (Dine Alone/Big Scary Monsters)

Pond – ‘Tasmania’ (Marathon Artists)

Reese Wynans and friends – ‘Sweet Release’ (J&R Adventures)

Queensrÿche – ‘The Verdict’ (Century Media Records)

Royal Trux – ‘White Stuff’ (Fat Possum)

Self Esteem – ‘Compliments Please’ (Fiction)

Solange – ‘When I Get Home’ (Saint Records/Columbia Records)

TEEN – ‘Good Fruit’ (Carpark Records)

Weezer – ‘Weezer (The Black Album)’ (Crush Music/Atlantic)

While She Sleeps – ‘So What?’ (Spinefarm Records)

Yves Jarvis – ‘The Same But By Different Means’ (Anti/Epitaph)

2 Chainz – ‘Rap Or Go To The League’ (Gambread/Def Jam Recordings/UMG Recordings)

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Things We Love This Week: Better Oblivion Community Center, Vampire Weekend, Weezer

Hi friends, that time of the week has rolled around again – the one in which I ramble on for 350 words about some great music I think you should hear. Get ready!

Better Oblivion Community Center – Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst

Surprise! Phoebe Bridgers just doesn’t stop, does she? Since the release of her debut LP, ‘Stranger In The Alps’, in 2017 she’s been unstoppable. She teamed up with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus for Boygenius last year, and now she’s joined forces with Conor Oberst for a whole new album that had a surprise release this week.

‘Better Oblivion Community Center’ is a beautiful take on a folk album, leaning towards a country vibe with some curious electronic flourishes thrown in the mix too. It’s great.

Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall

Vampire Weekend have finally announced their first new music in six years. The follow up to ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, ‘FOTB’ – now formally unveiled as ‘Father Of The Bride’ – is a bumper 18-track double album, expected to arrive in the spring through Columbia.

Ezra Koenig and co. have shared the first two cuts, and they couldn’t be further apart in tone – with the delicious guitar licks of Harmony Hall turning into five minutes of alluring indie-pop heaven, and 2021 taking a more simplistic, sample-based approach. Interesting stuff from the band. They’ll be sharing two tracks each month until the album is released, so keep your ears pricked.

Weezer

What. WHAT. WHAAAT. A covers album from Weezer? WHAT WIZARDRY IS THIS!?

Last year the band were taunted by fans to cover Toto’s Africa. After much teasing (and trolling everyone by covering Rosanna first), Weezer they’ve now released an entire album of covers.

The ‘Teal Album’ features all your favourite sing-a-long hits from all genres, including but not limited to,  Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics, Take On Me by A-Ha, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the unashamedly brazen crowning opus, No Scrubs by TLC. Sticking pretty close to the originals but with that distinct Weezer sound, it’s kind of awful, but at the same time the best thing you’ve ever heard.

HAPPY WEEKEND 💖

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Things We Love This Week – Mac Demarco, Weezer, Friendly Fires, Green Man Rising

After a wild All Points East last weekend, Monday’s bank holiday/nap day was much needed. But now I’m gearing up for the second half of the festival, and am all about the fun fun fun in this week’s column.

Mac Demarco Dancing to Michael Jackson’s Rock With You

Pardon? Yep. You heard right. This might just be the only thing you need to see this week. Tuesday was memorial day in America, a specific holiday to remember those who died fighting for their country. Yes, important. But it’s also a day off, and Mac Demarco wanted to have fun. So he did. Be like Mac. Mac is fun.

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He’s also announced some UK dates for October, which you can check out here.

Weezer – Africa

MORE FUN THINGS HAVE OCCURRED. A die-hard Weezer fan under the twitter handle @weezerafrica has, for months, been trying to persuade the band to cover Toto’s hit single with a hashtag campaign. Finally, they have blessed the rains down in social media land.

Initially trolling the world by sharing a cover of Rosanna, the wrong Toto song, Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson and co eventually gave up the goods and shared a pretty awesome version of the track that everybody wanted to hear. It’s just one of those songs that makes you want to listen again and again. Triumphant, poignant, excellent. Excuse me for four minutes…

Friendly Fires – Love Like Waves Video

This is the first track in over four years from a indie-synth-pop band that I loved when I was about 15. Their last album was 2011’s ‘Pala’, and I didn’t know how much I had missed them until seeing one of their first comeback shows at All Points East last weekend. Frontman Ed Macfarlane’s vocals didn’t waver throughout, despite jumping and gyrating so hard his shirt soaked through. It was magical. All in a day’s work, eh?

The video for their comeback track was released this week, and its features Ed and the gang basically letting loose at a party, sunbathing in the day, splashing around in (and thankfully, jumping in) a pool, driving around a hot sunny holiday destination, and generally pissing around having fun. Can I join you?

Green Man Rising Final

Every year the good folks of Green Man Festival run a competition for unsigned artists on their way up. In true Battle of the Bands style, six groups play London’s Lexington on June 5 (a free show, if you’re in the area), and the winner will open the main stage of the festival in August.

Six finalists were announced on Wednesday, and they include Adults, Bitw, The Hungry Ghosts, Perfect Body, Park Motive and URF. Haven’t heard of them? Not to worry, that’s the point. One of them is a festival headliner of the future. Exciting, right!?

They’re all pretty different. Adults sound like Badly Drawn Boy’s indie road trip playlist, with twanging guitars, unusual chord progressions and casual vocals, whereas Welsh language Bitw have more of an alt-pop inclination. There’s the silky beats of Park Motive, more guitar rock with Perfect Body, the slightly worldly-psych-y vibes with URF, and the totally different Hungry Ghosts, who tag themselves under “slaughterhouse blues and trash country”.

Check out Green Man’s playlist of the finalists to decide your favourite.

Green Man is now sold out for 2018. Gutted if you haven’t got a ticket (it’ll be super fun).

I hope you had fun today! I certainly did.

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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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Video Of The Week: Weezer – Mexican Fender

Weezer have shared the video for their new track, Mexican Fender.

The clip accompanies news of the band’s new record, ‘Pacific Daydream’, which is set to arrive on October 27 through Crush Music.

Weezer will tour Europe this autumn, with UK stops lined up at the O2 Academy Leeds, the O2 Academy Glasgow, the O2 Apollo Manchester, the O2 Academy Birmingham and the SSE Arena Wembley. Tickets are on sale now.

Head over to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Metallica, Weezer, Kasabian, TLC, Somerset House Summer Series And Elvis In Concert – Live On Screen

METALLICA

Metallica bring their WorldWired tour to the UK and Europe this autumn, including two nights at the O2 in London before dates at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Manchester Arena and Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Support will come from Kvelertak. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, while tickets for European shows will be available from 10am local time, priced from £50.00 plus fees.

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WEEZER

Weezer will tour the UK and Europe this autumn, including dates at the O2 Academy Leeds, the O2 Academy Glasgow, the O2 Apollo Manchester, the O2 Academy Birmingham and the SSE Arena Wembley following stops in Berlin, Cologne, Brussels, Paris and Tilburg during October. Support on the UK leg comes from the Orwells and Ash. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £40.00 plus fees.

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KASABIAN

Kasabian will hit the road for an intimate UK and Ireland tour prior to the release of their new album, ‘For Crying Out Loud’, which arrives on April 28. The band will call in Llandudno, Birmingham, Newport, Southend-on-Sea, London, where they’ll play three nights at the O2 Forum, and Dublin between April 12 and 22. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £45.00/£49.50 plus fees.

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TLC

TLC have confirmed details of a show at London’s KOKO on May 9, the R&B band’s first date in the UK. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced £45.00 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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SOMERSET HOUSE SUMMER SERIES

Goldfrapp, Norah Jones, Birdy and Warpaint are among the artists announced for the Somerset House Summer Series, which takes place between July 6 and 16. Damian Marley, Songhoy Blues, Foster The People, The Robert Glasper Experiment, The Cinematic Orchestra, Tom Misch and Mashrou’ Leila are also set to appear. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24.

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ELVIS IN CONCERT – LIVE ON SCREEN

Elvis In Concert – Live On Screen, a show featuring the voice of Elvis Presley backed by music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will return to UK arenas in November due to demand. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on March 24, priced between £45.55 and £52.50 plus fees.

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Check out Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest of announcements.

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