“Isn’t it wild how, when it comes to matters of the heart, we can start out so fanatical, so certain, only to end up as strangers in the end? Remote even to ourselves over time, strangers in the mirror…” – Simone Felice
Taken from the forthcoming new album Strangers, set... (Read more)
It’s somewhat slightly inevitable to announce that up 3 places at number one this week is Lilly Allen with her hibernation bothering ode to mediocrity Somewhere Only We Know. The song is currently being used in a well known department stores Christmas advertising campaign in the UK, and as such has an enormous amount of exposure on national T.V.... (Read more)
U.K five piece Maximo Park are to release their fifth LP “Too Much Information” on February 3rd through Daylighting/Co –Op/PIAS. The band will be debuting some tracks from the album on their first U.K tour since 2012. The deluxe edition of the album will see the band cover songs from Leonard Cohen, The Fall and... (Read more)
A cool name and harmonies tighter than Chas ‘n’ Dave’s touring budget . . . what more could you ask for?
Chic Gamine are a Canadian 5-piece who have won a plethora of plaudits for their skiffle-tastic creations.
In addition to the release of single Shake Off Your Worries, the band play a number of... (Read more)
Having sold out his two December 2013 London shows in a matter of days, folk balladeer extraordinaire Nathaniel Rateliff is coming back in early 2014 to treat fans up and down the country to his most extensive tour of the UK yet. His Belfast date just announced will be at McHughs Basement on Monday 20h... (Read more)
22ND – 24TH AUGUST 2014, BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND / Reading & Leeds Festivals announce BLINK-182 as a Main Stage headliner! JAKE BUGG, DISCLOSURE, METRONOMY, OF MICE & MEN, WILKINSON and I AM LEGION the first of hundreds of exciting bands set to appear! £50 DEPOSIT scheme / 2014 tickets on sale at 2013 prices until... (Read more)
Neutral Milk Hotel’s long list of admirers include R.E.M., Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Beirut, Franz Ferdinand, The Decemberists, No Age, Caribou, to name a few. Following last year’s re-emergence of founding member Jeff Mangum, all four original members of one of America’s most treasured musical cults Neutral Milk Hotel have reformed and are coming to... (Read more)
Skeewiff Announces ‘Greatest Wiffs’ via Jalapeño Records on 16 December. Jalapeno Records is a label that prides itself on eclectic music with a strong seam of soul and funk running through it. Genre is unimportant provided that it’s got the Jalapeno Funk.
No artist embodies the spirit of Jalapeno as much as its founders Elliot... (Read more)
Mayors released their second full-length in June 2013. “Holy Cop” was recorded at the legendary Southern Studios by Harvey Birrell (Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Cat on Form, Johnny Foreigner, Chrome Hoof). It is available in CD or limited edition tape versions, with the artwork and sleeve concept designed and conceived by the band. It’s been... (Read more)
Of Mice & Men today announced that their third studio album Restoring Force will be released on January 27th on Rise Records. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2011’s acclaimed release The Flood, which solidified the California-based five-piece as a leading force in modern heavy music. Restoring Force was recorded at House of Loud... (Read more)
When thinking of an artist to compare Polica land their latest album Shulamith to Bjork is the closest one can find; which is in itself an unfair comparison, the twelve tracks on offer so far and away a more accomplished slice of musical composition than the idiosyncratic Icelandic idol has so far produced.
Chain My... (Read more)
Happyness are a three-piece from South London consisting of Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper. Having self-produced their debut EP in Jelly Boy Studios, their loft, the band will be announcing their self-titled EP set for release early January 2014.
In the lead up to this lo-fi 4-track offering, mixed by Ed Harcourt and... (Read more)
Sweden’s Simian Ghost, who received international acclaim for their second album “Youth” from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian and The Times amongst many others, return with the wonderful A Million Shining Colours, their first material since last year’s expansive Autumn Slowmo EP.
The track premiered in the UK with The Guardian this week.
Their vocalist... (Read more)
COOL NAME GREAT BAND…..Every now and again a new band (new to me)will appear from seemingly nowhere and be massive…Holy Pistol Club for me are going to be one of the these enigmas. Their name alone first caught my attention …for a change a really cool name for a band and that alone made me... (Read more)
Well well well, it’s been quite some time since I last wrote an exciting piece for all of you lovelies at www.gigape.com. I’ve missed you all so much. But it’s okay, I’ve got something really great coming up.
That’s right. I jetted off last week to see the amazing... (Read more)
SLEIGH THE UK 2013 COMES TO THE PICTURE HOUSE ON 17 DECEMBER
The Picture House are pleased to announce that Sleigh The UK 2013, featuring The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself and Jesus Jones will be coming to Edinburgh this year for an exclusive one-off Scottish show, kicking off the tour on Tuesday 17... (Read more)
Winter 2008 – A month after turning 17, Donivan Berube, Florida native, disassociates himself from the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses (and therefore his entire family, forever), packs his life into a tiny car, and drives 36 hours north into a Wisconsin blizzard. Things are a little intense.
Spring 2009 – Jacquelyn Beaupre’ meets Donivan at... (Read more)
Check out Ships, a track of the self released debut album from Cold Summer, a rock / post hardcore band based in Leeds / Wakefield, UK. With a strong DIY ethic at the forefront of their agenda, they’ve been together for about two years now.
They sound in the vein of Thrice, La Dispute, Touche... (Read more)
As is customary every year, Beans On Toast will be releasing his brand new album on his birthday 1st December 2013 through Xtra Mile Recordings.
‘Giving Everything’ is Beans’ fifth album in five years – all of which have also been released on his birthday whatever day it falls on!
The album was recorded in... (Read more)
Sub Pop is pleased to welcome London’s Lyla Foy (formerly WALL) to the label, where she will release her debut album in 2014. Preceding the release will be the “Easy”/ “Head Down” single, available as a UK-only 7” single and digitally worldwide via Sub Pop.
You may have heard of Lyla Foy, under the WALL... (Read more)
CUSCINO’s debut EP, Eternality, gives you the feeling that life is an infinite, layered mystery. CUSCINO is a Los Angeles-based artist and film composer who has scored numerous festival-bound films starring lead talent such as Adrienne Lovette (Sunlight, Jr.), hip-hop artist Buddy Lofton (NYC), Rod Hunt (Harry Potter franchise, Law & Order: UK) and Edwin... (Read more)
The last few months of 2013 have been amazing for YOU ME AT SIX. They have just completed their first headline US tour, carried on to Europe where they joined up with 30 Seconds to Mars and then hit the UK with the band later this week for arena shows. By the end of December they will... (Read more)
Fresh from the release of her UK debut album “Mama” Emily Wells has announced a raft of dates across the UK in December. The album is smorgasbord of thickly sliced female vocals neatly sandwiched together with slack hip hop beats. Her combination of fluttering delays and poignant lyrics brought her to... (Read more)
Mona & Maria is a fantastic new duo from Oslo. They are now here with their debut album My Sun.
Mona & Maria’s music can be described as harmony-based pop with folk elements and great, and often grand, arrangements, but still with an acoustic feel. Their debut My Sun consists of 10 self-written songs.
Mona... (Read more)
Hot on the heels of the release of their acclaimed third album Miracle Mile, Portland OR-based STRFKR reveal a string of UK and European Nov / Dec tour dates. Spanning Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic, they will also play 5 UK shows, to include (Read more)
Hailing from Dublin, tonight saw Little Green Cars kick off their UK and Ireland tour in Glasgow in the well known hub of up and coming talent King Tuts.
After creating a big stir towards the end of 2012 after release of their debut single ‘The John Wayne’, they received widespread critical acclaim and an... (Read more)
Written and arranged over the span of two years, it’s almost concept-album feel as we follow and hear the indiscretions and emotions of a single entity throughout builds together to form a release that feels so markedly different from anything else currently available.
Lonely opens the album to a growing swell of pent-up intent;... (Read more)
Olivia Sebastianelli releases new single ‘Despite The Day’ on 23rd December.It has been a busy 6 months for Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Olivia Sebastianelli. After releasing her debut single ‘Rose of Stone’ earlier this year as a free download, she released her first EP ‘Perfect Getaway’ on 6th October whilst touring the UK with Nina Nesbitt.
Tuesday 4th February 2014 will see the Belfast debut of the alternative country Canadian band The Deep Dark Woods. Now on their fifth album, The band returns from the wilderness with Jubilee, a celebration of community, camaraderie and feverish cabin creativity. With Jubilee, The Deep Dark Woods revel in the jangly, freewheeling days of psychedelic... (Read more)
The British Council has announced that its weekly international radio show, The Selector, will continue its collaboration with Belfast Music Week, which takes place 11-17 November 2013. This year the station will be celebrating a new partnership with Dublin-based radio station RTÉ 2XM – the latest international station to join The Selector’s global family of... (Read more)
Building on the success of her debut mini-album, Marika Hackman returns with her new EP, ‘Sugar Blind’, released on December 9th on Dirty Hit. Marika’s music channels something very different to the happy-clappy nature of recent folk, hers is a far more potent vision in the lineage of Syd Barrett, but presented by an enigmatic beauty... (Read more)
Quite Simply Brilliant……Billed as “The official Queen tribute show, put together by Roger Taylor and Brian May, is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and live experience of legendary rock band Queen and bring it to generations of fans” the cynic in me suggest another money spinner for the huge... (Read more)
One of the UK’s top metalcore band’s ARCHITECTS have officially signed to Epitaph Records with plans to release their new album in 2014.
Originating from Brighton, Sam Carter (Vocals), Tom Searle (Guitars), Dan Searle (Drums), Onkar Judge (Bass), the band boasts about Epitaph: “We’re absolutely thrilled to... (Read more)
Wickerman Festival 2014 Tickets on Sale Now , Earlybird Offer for a Limited Time Only!
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s hottest summer music festivals, is celebrating this year’s sell-out success by releasing an early bird ticket offer.
From 9am today (Thursday 31st October) until midnight on Tuesday 5th November, music lovers can purchase 2014 weekend tickets... (Read more)
Future of the Left release their latest album, ‘How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident’ on October 21st, Via their own label, Prescriptions.
‘How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident’ is a very raw album loaded with infectious vocal harmonies and colossal guitars. This album deals with everything from sex and drugs to reality TV... (Read more)
The Jezabels Announce New Single THE END….Australian four piece The Jezabels, purveyors of unique pop noir are emerging from recording their forthcoming second album (due 2014, details to be announced) here in the UK with producer Dan Grech Marguerat (Lana Del Ray, The Vaccines, Keane).
The band were perhaps in the most unique of positions... (Read more)
Bowling For Soup Bid Farewell To The UK……In a You Tube announcement Bowling For Soup announced that the annual 14 day UK tour would be the last for Bowling For Soup as a band citing personal and financial reasons which must have come as a blow for the droves of UK fans who have supported... (Read more)
Chad Valley, Oxford, UK’s Hugo Manuel, has released a new ‘Peace & Understanding’ Mixtape, featuring two new tracks, “Valley-esque nuances on Todd Terje and Daft Punk, as well as some highly danceable Turks & Caicos mixes, this tape seeks peace, love, and understanding, and pulls it in in droves,” according to Impose. Manuel’s fall tour... (Read more)
The Oh Yeah Music Centre is pleased to announce the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize, a new award aimed at recognising the great wealth of recorded music from these parts. NI music is experiencing a creative boom. The quality and quantity of great records from all genres enjoying an... (Read more)
The New York based four piece are set to release debut album “This Hopeful” on October 29th on Inflated Records. The band has recently finished a tour with Starlight Girls and have become known for their blissed – out live shows and endless creativity. Zula formed in 2010 and are made up of cousins Henry... (Read more)
London duo Big Deal have begun their UK headline tour with further dates in November. After the release of second album, June Bloom and a string of festival dates the band are quickly making a name for themselves as “one of the strongest and most disarming releases of the summer.”
And the band show no... (Read more)
Arriving in Belfast for the 5th date of their UK headline tour, Everything Everything brought to the limelight and eclectic mix of clientele form the very young [fake i'd's?] to the much older [but still "down with the youth"] generation.
The atmosphere was electric when EE took the stage, with the packed out limelight 1... (Read more)
David Bronson Releases New Video In Run Up to New Album ‘The Long Lost’. “Letting your mind drift, allowing your thoughts to float into unexpected directions…That’s the effect David Bronson has. ‘Incompetent Assassin’ is blissfully downplayed, with a near Elliot Smith use of twisted silence.”- Clash
‘What stands is a decent recording from a reflective soul, one... (Read more)
Female-fronted electronic blues duo Vienna Ditto will be releasing their new EP, Ugly on Monday 14th October on Ubiquity Project Records as a free download.
The 3-track EP blends their country blues and gospel influences with primitive ‘voodoo electronics’ and clattering junk percussion (instruments used include a 57 foot narrowboat), bringing Juke House to... (Read more)
Les Level is the musical moniker of Melbourne based recording arstist and DJ, Luke Brown, and 1st October sees the worldwide release of his debut EP, House of Need. So, the big question is – does Antipodean, eclectic house music hold up well or fall flat?
Like many dance music artists,... (Read more)
Edinburgh’s biggest multi-venue one day music festival, Haddowfest, is back for its fourth year but this time it’s not on the traditional Sunday and is now a two day multi-venue music festival…taking place, as it does this year, on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October.
Not Just Another Scottish Band…. The Next Scottish Band….. A while ago in Scotland Runrig were seen as the typical Scottish band…all Gaelic and heather…a terrible example of how the world viewed Scottish rock music then the Proclaimers appeared and that became the stereo typical view on the Scottish music scene detrimental to any body... (Read more)
One of the most popular bands to emerge from the UK punk rock scene of 1977; The Jam had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, along with the likes of the Sex Pistols and The Clash, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.... (Read more)
Following the resounding success of its North American tour and an outstanding reaction to the announcement of the first ever UK tour, The Queen Extravaganza has added five new shows across the UK to include dates in Reading, Worthing, Bath, Manchester and Bristol (full tour dates below).
Ticket details for all dates are available from... (Read more)
Jamie Lenman – raconteur, wit and one of the best British songwriters of the last ten years – is set to release a double album through Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me!, Million Dead).
Best known through... (Read more)
You may have heard Katie Malco featured on Ape Tape Volume 7 and with the release of her new EP Tearing Ventricles on the 30th September you’ll get a deeper insight into her beautiful and angelic tones.
Emily is the first single to be taken from Cocos Lovers’ critically acclaimed 3rd album Gold or Dust. It’s a song about love and loss, that transcends musical boundaries with its swelling choir-like harmonies, syncopated rhythms and shimmering guitars, recorded and produced by Joel McGill of Syd Arthur. The video was shot on the Kent... (Read more)
Photo Review: The Temperance Movement At The Oran Mor, Glasgow. Listening to The Temperance Movement is like the dunt you get off your first glass of wine of the week uplifting, warm and leaves you feeling f!!cking brilliant. First encountered the rock/soul band at the Wickerman Festival this year where they played the perfect set... (Read more)
Following the news that his first London show in over a decade sold-out in record time, Jonny Lang returns to the capital for a concert at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 25th 2014.
Tickets go on sale this Friday September 13th at 9am from the 24 hour Ticket Hotline 0844 338 0000 or can... (Read more)
Leeds five-piece Dancing Years who have previously picked-up support from the likes of Jen Long, Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, are pleased to announce the release of their debut single, ‘Here’s To My Old Friends’ on October 14th. The band says of the accompanying video, that they “wanted to capture that feeling of returning to being youthful, and carefree”. Filmed in various locations around... (Read more)
Following the March25th release of Joe Bonamassa’s live album and DVD, An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House, the internationally renowned guitarist will embark on a 7 date UK arena during September 2013. Bonamassa will perform songs from his classic albums including Sloe Gin, Dust Bowl, Black Rock, The Ballad of John Henry and... (Read more)
September 2nd saw the triumphant return of Derry’s finest Jetplane Landing with their new album (Read more)
Scotland’s hottest unsigned band Vigo Thieves don’t believe in doing things by halves, just weeks after selling out two nights at the prestigious King Tuts and ramming the Transmission stage at T In The Park Wishaw’s favourite son’s sold out The Arches, Glasgow to play their biggest headlining gig to date. Vigo Thieves don’t play... (Read more)
Well, what do we have here then? Every so often, an album comes out of nowhere and takes you by surprise. But a pleasant surprise, not a ‘Jedward’ kind of surprise. I must admit that I was unaware of Cloud Control before this week.
Originally from Australia but now based in the UK, the band release their second... (Read more)
It’s incredible to look at the achievements of British rock band YOU ME AT SIX when you realise they are still only in their early 20’s, and now with the imminent release of their fourth studio album early next year the group can only continue their ascent. First single ‘Lived A Lie’ is released on 21st October and... (Read more)
Let me introduce you to F.O.E.S.Hailing from Liverpool, they concoct a furious blend of post-punk and frantic alt-rock. You can stream their new track ‘Sewn To The Sail & Unknown” below.
Antlered Man, of the most prolific touring bands in rock, are releasing their second album The Devil Is Them on 14th October through New Heavy Sounds, the label that has recently, intelligent, signed up the London Quartet. A new track “GDZ” can be downloaded HERE.
As well as offering a free download... (Read more)
Firstly, let me apologise for the length of time I’ve made you wait for Ape Tape Volume 8. I’ve left you out in the cold, you haven’t had a set of songs introduced to you, you’ve suffered withdrawal symptoms and discussion at the water cooler... (Read more)
TENEMENT TV SET-UP BEACH TENT AT THIS YEAR’S LIVE @ TROON FESTIVAL
KNOWN for their talent at recognising what’s sure to be huge in music before its even made a dent- Bastille, Kodaline and Jake Bugg anyone?- Tenement TV have set-up intimate sessions and interviews with some of the... (Read more)
On Monday 23rd September, ROY HARPER will release Man & Myth - his first studio album in 13 years via Bella Union Records and we are pleased to share with you the exquisite Time is Temporary, the first sample from this fine album.
Also, Roy Harper will be doing 3 performances during October in the... (Read more)
Self proclaimed saviours of rock-n-roll Fall Out Boy make a 200 mile detour between their Leeds and Reading Festival appearances to play an exclusive show at Glasgow’s Academy, what was advertised as a intimate gig sold out within minutes of announcing the Save Rock And Roll tour.
After a four-year hiatus Fall Out Boy return... (Read more)
South-West 5 piece Empire will be releasing their debut mini album ‘Where The World Begins’ on October 14th. It comes out through the band’s own Lightside Records. Empire are Joe Green (lead vocals), James L’Esteve (guitar), Matt Mead (bass), Jon Tupper (drums) and Dave Thomas (guitar).
The band will also be giving away lead track... (Read more)
Thursday night in belfast was an electrifying experience for all within earshot of custom house square in Belfast as Colorado based folk rock band ’The lumineers’ took to the stage for the 4th night of Belsonic 2013.
The band put on a spectacular performance that thrilled the wide ranging crowd of 14 years olds up... (Read more)
Following the phenomenal reception Dive In received after posting their debut song ‘Let Go’ online last week, the Glastonbury-based ‘sun-pop’ outfit have announced that the track will see a physical release on 14th October. There’ll be a limited run of 7” vinyl and will feature a melancholic synth pop remix from LoveLife as b-side.
The single is... (Read more)
Grimsby based hardcore punks The Departed are today pleased to announce the UK release of their debut full-length album Steal The Crown on 1st October with
Slowly Rolling Camera, based in Cardiff, is the new project that teams up pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer (Read more)
The sweet voice and pretty face of Brit-pop made a brief return to Glasgow in the shape of Sonya Madan and Echobelly ..well at least two parts of Echobelly , Madan and Glenn Johansson on an acoustic tour playing most of the Echobelly favourites.
*Defiantly politically correct, the group cultivated a fair amount of praise... (Read more)
Tor Miller is a 19-year-old New York City native who spends his days attending NYU and his nights performing in legendary venues like The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and The Slipper Room among others. Tor’s distinct voice has landed him gigs as far from home as London, where his i-Phone recorded tune... (Read more)
Didn’t manage to get tickets for a festival this year? Worried that it’s now too late and your summer has been a massive non-event?
Don’t worry – it’s not too late!
How do 4 days in the beautifully scenic Black Mountains in Wales with artists such as The Horrors,... (Read more)
Spaced-out dreamers Tripwires have recently released their rather unusual album Spacehopper.
Signed to Frenchkiss, formed in 2007, (Read more)
British singer-songwriter, Scarlette Fever, has announced her brand new EP, Single White Female, set to be released on September 23 this year via Starfisch Records.
The lead single from the EP, Sunday Best, can be listened to below, and was premiered on the Richard Allinson Show on BBC Radio 2.
Only just back from a... (Read more)
Following his debut album Land of CanAan, hitting the road with Paloma Faith and performing at Latitude festival, Marques Toliver is offering a mixtape that can be downloaded for free at the link below!
The Bella Union artist’s next undertaking is a European tour titled Marques Toliver & The Sometimes – Land of Can Aan... (Read more)
Echobelly first hit our charts in ’93 with the single “Bellyache”, there followed a string of UK chart hits, a 1994 top ten album “Everyone’s got one”, and the instantly recognisable 1995 smash of ‘Great things.”
Two main influences of the band, Blondie and The Smiths, Morrissey himself being... (Read more)
Tunng has received stacks of admiration for their recently released fifth album ‘Turbines along with two intimate shows that promptly sold out before the record was even announced. Tunng now reveal a new remix and more live dates.
Bristol producer Enjoyed has given ‘Turbines’ lead single ‘So Far From Here’ a make-over and transformed it... (Read more)
New Album Pain is Beauty Out September 2 via Sargent House ‘We Hit a Wall’ from Chelsea Wolfe’s new album (Pain is Beauty) is now available for stream now. This track stands out but gives way to the remaining 11 diverse songs on the album.
Pain is Beauty is the third studio album from the Los... (Read more)
Just announced – Electronic music legends LEFTFIELD will perform a DJ Set as main support to Basement Jaxx on Friday August 19th, while LITTLE MATADOR, the brand new project from Snow Patrol Guitarist Nathan Connolly, will provide the opening support for NINE INCH NAILS and AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR on August 21st.
Remaining tickets for... (Read more)
For the first time in years Scotland is actually getting a summer to speak of, with temperatures in the lofty mid 20’s The Wickerman Festival for the first time in its 12 years of existence achieved its first sell-out. No doubt it could have sold considerably more than the 18000 tickets on sale but the... (Read more)
We’ve told you about Young Aviators before, here on Gigape, but thought we’d just remind you because the guys will be playing Tanglewood in Co Down this weekend, then have a few gigs coming up around London before heading to Cornwall for the Boardmasters Festival.
The guys are an Irish trio made up... (Read more)
“Quasi career emotively between Hammond wig-outs, naked piano chords and subversive guitar pop ditties, buoyed by the vicious drumming of Weis” – NME
As a two-piece once again, Sam Coomes and Janet Weis make up 20 year old, harmonic Quasi. The dynamic duo have announced their glorious new album, Mole City, which will infact be their 9th!... (Read more)
SHONE, the band founded by Brand New drummer, Brian Lane, have posted their first music video for the track, ‘Kin’, taken from... (Read more)
South West 5 piece Empire will be releasing their dynamic, debut mini album ‘Where The World Begins’ on October 14
Having supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, the fantastic Michael Kiwanuka and David Gray on tour, Northern Ireland’s Foy Vance is heading to the U.S. for his own tour. Check out the dates below! The live dates will be to promote his new album Joy Of Nothing which is released on August 26th. After returning... (Read more)
Australian singer-songwriter Matt Corby has released his new EP Resolution via Elektra Records. The release follows the success of his 2011 EP Into The Flame.
The EP’s first release “Resolution” was let loose last month in the UK and Australia and has already received over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
In 2007, Matt... (Read more)
That’s right, Cross Eyed Mary are ready to blow the faces off their loyal fans once again, when they hit the stage in Limelight 2 on Saturday 10 August, with doors opening at 5pm (estimated show close time 9pm to allow for normal
Not to be confused in any way with 90’s Welsh indie Britpopsters, whose singer bizarrely has recently turned into a One Show roving reporter, Swedish gothic doom heavyweights, Katatonia, are keeping their metal busy this calendar year.
Latterly, kicking their summer off was a successful afternoon stint... (Read more)
Ashestoangels are getting talked up an awful not recently. Seen as the UK’s answer to Goth Punk their debut album, With Tape and Needles, will hit the selves on the 26th August, preceded by lead single ‘Dorian’ which can be found on the latest Ape... (Read more)
That’s the thing about the month of September…summer’s all but gone and your Glasto, T in the Park and Reading memories have faded into the mind’s trough of sweaty tent, great music and happy comedowns. For those with some wonga left over you could change your pounds to kunas and head for the... (Read more)
Serendipity may only come but once in a band’s lifetime. For Derry based collective, Little Bear, theirs came in the shape of Two Door Cinema Club dropping out of the annual Irish TV gathering of established international acts and emerging local talents, otherwise known as Other Voices.
With their debut album Rambutan released last Monday, Landshapes have announced a collection of summer festival dates followed by a conclusive tour of the British Isles to take place in October. Shows range from Brighton to Newcastle via the capital and other major cities. Check out the band’s Facebook page for full details. Watch the... (Read more)
Hold the presses! Ape Tape is back!
After a short break while I managed to avoid getting a sun tan in Portugal, I’m back and ready... (Read more)
The music scene is a polluted with wanna be singer songwriters some good…some awful and some well we’ll not say what should happen to them but every now and again a geniuine talent floats away from the scum and shines…Jonny Jack is one such talent. Scottish singer songwriter Jonny Jack has recently proven to be... (Read more)
Manic Street Preachers return this Autumn with their first studio album since 2010, Rewind The Film, set for release on September 16 via Columbia Records. The album will be preceeded with a single, Show Me The Wonder, the week before.
This is the Manic’s first album since Postcards From A Young Man, and sees the... (Read more)
Placebo have announced the release of brand new single ‘Too Many Friends’ with accomanying lyric video, the first to be taken from their forthcoming new album LOUD LIKE LOVE.
Internationally acclaimed rock band Placebo recently announced that their seventh studio album “LOUD LIKE LOVE” will be released on the 16th September 2013. Recorded in London... (Read more)
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister are releasing their debut full-length album ‘Nobody Dances In This Town’ on Monday 15th July. The release will coincide with a UK tour, including appearances at SECRET GARDEN PARTY and a special show at Somerset House’s Summer Series with EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS.
With a flair for the theatrical,... (Read more)
IT’S TIME FOR T – SUN SHINES ON KINROSS AS FIRST CAMPERS ARRIVE
FOR T IN THE PARK’S 20TH YEAR CELEBRATIONS
The wait is finally over for T in the Parkers, with the hugely anticipated 20th year celebrations now officially underway. The campsite gates opened at 1.30pm to welcome a record 35,000... (Read more)
Summercamp returns this year for the August bank holiday (24th/25th August) with ticket holders boosted by the news of many exciting additions. These include Welsh alternative rockers The Joy Formidable, on the back of supporting Muse, indie band Dutch Uncles after the release of their acclaimed third album and Poltergeist, made up of... (Read more)
Hayseed Dixie, Duke Special and Gareth Dunlop are amongst those lined up to perform at this summer’s Harvest music festival at Grey Abbey House on Saturday 31st August, bringing a dynamic and ambitious mix of popular music to Ards.
The family friendly music festival is the centre-piece of Ards Borough Council’s 1613 event programme,... (Read more)
The Answer are set to return in 2013 with a new single ‘Spectacular’ on available from 5th August and followed by a new studio album ‘New Horizon’ on 30th September 2013. Keeping the beacon of Irish rock music well and truly alight, The Answer have consistently delivered commercial, and critically acclaimed albums.
The band have... (Read more)
CultureTECH Festival has today unveiled its 2013 festival programme featuring in excess of 100 events across the week of September 9-15, including; The Belfast Media Festival, an International Artificial Intelligence Prize and a dedicated CultureTECH Junior programme which is hoped will engage with as many as 10,000 young people.
Speaking ahead of the... (Read more)
Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic will join forces with Liverpool clubnight, Chibuku for a special summer event with Chic featuring Nile Rodgers.
There is nothing you can say about Nile Rodgers that hasn’t already been heard by billions of people, via millions of radio airwaves, in thousands of cities, in hundreds of countries. The... (Read more)
Fighting With Wire will host the Cut The Transmission one-day festival in their hometown of Derry as part of the UK City Of Culture 2013 celebrations on Saturday 28th September 2013. The line-up will include many of the bands and musicians that FWW have shared stages with during their 10 years on the road including... (Read more)
Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of south London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe.
PSB’s uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions seen them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live... (Read more)
Mainland are a New York City fourpiece formed at a series of rooftop parties during the summer of 2010. Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta, and Dylan Longstreet quickly formed a following around Manhattan and Brooklyn. They will release their EP Girls Unknown on July 22nd on CD and 7″ vinyl.
Produced by Luke David,... (Read more)
Hunter Valentine’s latest album ‘Collide and Conquer’ is set to release in the UK shortly, and to celebrate the band have made ace lead track ‘Liar Liar’ available for free download.
The album was produced by Greg Nori, who has also worked with Sum 41, Iggy Pop and Hedley and is an extension of the... (Read more)
Touted as ‘a celebration of independence and DIY culture’, Long Division is a music festival held across a variety of venues in Wakefield centre.
Given that The Fall were due to be there, I thought I’d have a crack at it.
What could possibly go wrong?
Sporting my dayglow paper wristband and armed with black-and-yellow... (Read more)
Following a steady run of singles, EPs and three full lengths, Disappears retreated to their studio at the end of 2012 to take stock of where they had been and where they wanted to go.
Disappears returned fully stretched out into the void with 2013’s KONE EP. Abstract and experimental, it erased any expectation’s... (Read more)
Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy – Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.... (Read more)
BoySetsFire has released a brand new video for their single ‘Closure’ taken from their brand new studio album ‘While A Nation Sleeps…’ which is released 7th June on the bands own End Hits label.
The band are over for a UK and European headline tour end of June/start of July.
FROM NOW ON you can... (Read more)
Having just released their debut full-length recording, Beacon have announced a full North American tour this Fall with labelmate Shigeto, bringing a mix of R&B and electronica to a city near you.
If you live in North America, that is.
The ban have also released a remix of their hit track... (Read more)
Set on the infamous Zrce Beach in the heart of Pag Island, Croatia, this year’s Sonus Festival boasts 5 days and 4 nights of the best electronic music available to humanity, in all its many forms and surroundings.
Sonus Festival sets itself across two clubs (Papaya & Kalypso), as well as a number of beautiful... (Read more)
Glasgow Folk Rock quintet Washington Irving have revealed a video for “You’ve Seen The Last Of Me”, compiled from footage of their recent UK headline tour.
The track is a highlight from Palomides : Volume 1, the first half of their debut album, with the second half dropping later this year.
Aside from the headline... (Read more)
Forest, a Cambridge band hotly-tipped for big things, are releasing their first EP this week. The self-produced Sweetcure EP, will feature the single “The Great Greens”, and as a thank you to their fans, the song can be downloaded for free from the band’s Facebook page.
As an EP created by a band inspired by... (Read more)
An album titled Dream Cave and a label called Infectious Music. There’s enough information in there already to give you an idea of what to expect with Cloud Control. It’s as if, when they saw how Teen Dream and Bloom was so brilliantly appropriate for Beach House, they grabbed the thesaurus and delved into a... (Read more)
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written, hasn’t it? I trust everyone out there is still live and well. Anyway, I’m here to convince you to go to a fantastic gig this coming Friday 5 July in Belfast’s Pavilion Bar.
So what’s the craic there?
It’s Four Band Friday, all for a fiver, with... (Read more)
So there’s this music video and there’s a blue car in a dessert and this guy walking up to it. Then there’s this bird hitting some dude with clothes and then a close up of an air freshener and then there’s this dude wearing a hat and he starts singing. If you’ve been reading my... (Read more)
Into afro-folk-pop? Yes, I guessed you might be. And as a fan of afro-folk-pop you’ll be familiar with the instruments employed by The Melodic (afro-folk-pop band); instruments such as the Charango, which is, as you’ll know, essentially a giant 10 string ukulele made of a hollowed out Armadillo. Any music that derives from the hollowing... (Read more)
New wave/punk pioneers Blondie set tongues wagging at last weeks Isle of Wight Festival by playing a large number of new songs; subsequently, the band officially confirmed later in the week that a new album – what will be their tenth studio effort – is in the pipeline.
Currently in the middle of an extensive... (Read more)
There are just 20 days to go until T in the Park celebrates 20 great years, and some of the hottest acts on the planet are gearing up to descend on Kinross over the 12th – 14th July, including headliners Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers, plus The Script, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, David Guetta, Kraftwerk, Beady Eye, Frank Ocean, Emeli Sandé,... (Read more)
The Wickerman Festival has today, Friday 21st June, revealed a host of exciting acts who will play its popular Acoustic Village this July. Amongst the artists who are set to deliver show stopping performances are Pete Roe, Colin Macleod, Tommy Reilly, Paddy Callaghan, Simon Atkinson and the Foundryman’s Apprentice, Shelagh McDonald, Al Lewis and Zoë... (Read more)
Josephine Foster made a home recording of Little Life in 2001. Although writing songs for years previously, the plan to record something was innovative to her, as she had notated her music longhand in the past.
As a Music teacher to young children she was motivated to record this collection of miniature songs to 4-track.... (Read more)
Until now Bo Bruce is probably best known for being The Voice 2012 runner-up and Danny O’Donoghue’s protégé. Now Signed to Mercury Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce who impressed The Voice judges with her unique style and attitude has released her debut album Before I Sleep and ins currently embarking on a UK tour to promote... (Read more)
The indie trio’s new video for “Forward Thinking” is their third single to be released on the renowned student-run label, Electric Honey Records. The label has helped launch the careers of many acclaimed bands from Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub to Billy Clyro and many more. “Forward Thinking” will be released on July 15th and... (Read more)
Critically acclaimed British singer-songwriter Beans on Toast has released his new album Fishing For A Thank You. Released through Xtra Mile Recordings in North America, Fishing For A Thank You is Beans’career defining record that deals with such matters as protest, love, drugs, religion, Wetherspoons pubs and angry birds. Bolstered by an accordion and a backing brass section this has Perfect Festival... (Read more)
The one-of-a-kind duo The Uncluded (Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson) premiers new music video for ‘The Aquarium’, their second single from their debut album Hokey Fight (released via Rhymesayers).
Watch The Uncluded “The Aquarium”on MTVu:
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The... (Read more)
My Gold Mask are to tour with California Wives.
If you pop over to Soundcloud check out My Gold Mask’s remix of California Wives’ ’Marianne’. The Band set out to to create an “Intentionally minimal and synthy (sound), we sort of thought of our remix in the context of a movie soundtrack….where you sometimes hear the... (Read more)
Out 25th June on Ribbon Music the Light Heat Album will be released. The video for ‘And The Birds…’ premieres at Philebrity.
‘Light Heat’ Tracklist:
1. Dance To The Cosmos Light
2. Brain To Recorder
3. Are We Ever Satisfied?
5. And The Birds…
6. The Mirror
8. Chasing Dragons
9.... (Read more)
Prime Social Group proudly announce Breakaway Music Festival, an all-new concert series presented at major league soccer stadiums across the country. Each event will celebrate the thriving local music scene, and a range of different genres.
The music starts Saturday 14th September at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. The Line-up includes Bassnectar, Empire of... (Read more)
‘Don’t Try’ is the fourth studio album from Jetplane Landing. Released on the 30th August.
Buy... (Read more)
Belfast Music Week comes to Sea Sessions this summer, Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival, on Saturday, June 22 with a line-up featuring five of Northern Ireland’s finest artists – Rams’ Pocket Radio, Axis Of, VerseChorusVerse, Robyn G Shiels and Our Krypton Son.
The weather couldn’t have been better for bank holiday festival Love Saves the Day, and whilst most bristolians were going about their day as normal, beyond the barrier dividing the city centre and Castle Park, a musical jungle of chaos and fantasy ensued.
The outside festival area was appropriately kitted out with heart balloons, psychadelic... (Read more)
You know that feeling you get when you’re on a train and one half of a Canadian electronic duo starts singing at everyone?
Nah, me neither.
But you can get a sense of what that’s like by watching the video below.
It makes for slightly odd viewing and certainly wasn’t what I was expecting from... (Read more)
June 3rd saw the release of Arrows of Love’s new single ‘The Knife’ in preparation for their upcoming debut ‘Everything’s Fucked’, released within the month.
The band, made up of Nima Teranchi and Lyndsey Critchley, both on vocals / guitar, Nuha Ruby Ra playing bass, with Michael Panayiotis on the drums, have... (Read more)
Department M are set to release a second single, double a-side ‘The Second Prize’ / ‘Absentia’ throughToo Pure on the 24th June.
Following on from the success of their debut ‘I’ll Fax You An Apology’, released earlier in the year, this double A-SIDE 7’’ single ‘The second prize’... (Read more)
On 17th June, Leeds band Dinosaur Pile Up release their second album ‘Nature Nurture.’ The press release for this new long-player invites us to ‘Get ready to be kicked in the face all over again.’I don’t know about you, but I find this proposition both quite frightening and mildly arousing.
‘Hanging By A Thread’ firstly evokes... (Read more)
On July 22nd, American band Night Verses will release their debut album ‘Lift Your Existence’ with producer Kris Crummett. In the meantime they have offered up new single “Time Erases Time (Strung Out)” to tease fans into anticipation before the main release. After already receiving positive, promising reviews from Kerrang!, Rock Sound and... (Read more)
The Naked and Famous are set to return to the UK and Europe in November. The 23 city tour includes stops in Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Milan, and Amsterdam before stopping off in Ireland at Limelight 1 Belfast on Tuesday 26th November. The Naked and Famous last performed to a sold out Stiff Kitten in 2011... (Read more)
American Industrial Rock giants NINE INCH NAILS will headline Belsonic at Custom House Square, Belfast, on Wednesday August 21st. Fronted by Academy & Grammy award winning producer Trent Reznor, the group are internationally renowned rock & industrial music pioneers. This will be the band’s debut Northern Irish show, as well as their first Irish headlineshow... (Read more)
Luke Rathborne has announced the release of his new album “Soft” on July 2nd through Dillettante records. The 22 year old New York based singer songwriter produced his first album “After Dark” at the age of 17 when he would sneak into his local college radio station and hijack the equipment to record... (Read more)
Following a sold out show at the Lexington last week and a triumphant turn at Primavera, Cayacus have announced a European tour for September including a return to London. The Californian five-piece have also revealed a new video for their latest single ‘East Coast Girl’, out this week, check it out below:
Cayucas European Dates:... (Read more)
Photo Review : Rush at The SECC, Glasgow May 2013
The heavy tones of Subdivisions kicked off Rush’s return to the SECC at Glasgow introducing a first set dominated by tunes from the bands synth laden 1980’s albums, running through The Big Money, Force Ten, Grand Designs and Limelight, the latter being a variation from... (Read more)
Have you heard the new rule about being allowed one blonde moment per rainy weekend in May? I squeezed mine in last Saturday while telling a friend I was going to Stag and Dagger where the headliners were They Promised Us Parachutes. Jesus. Beam me up! Clearly hadn’t had my vitamins yet.
Around... (Read more)
Let the trumpets sound, Ape Tape Volume 3 is here. Come back in from the wilderness, I’m here to give you 10 tracks you must hear.
As per normal, you can stream Ape Tape in the Soundcloud player below. 7 of this weeks track are available for free download, simply click download beside the track.... (Read more)
letlive. are hitting the road for a 12 date tour of the UK and Ireland. The Los Angeles post-hardcore band will commence the tour in Bristol on October 3rd and will take in most major UK cities as well as Belfast and Dublin before finishing up at The Underworld in London on October 17th.
Having... (Read more)
The mighty Oxford town 4 piece GUNNING FOR TAMAR are set to give away their brilliant, brand new single, ‘Another Season’ today, May 13th, through Alcopop, via their website. The track, the 2nd single to be taken from new EP ‘Camera Lucidia’, also has a Sam King directed (Stornoway, Fixers, Spring Offensive) video, which can be seen... (Read more)
Trigger Effect’s monumental new album ‘What’s Left To Eliminate?’ will be their first to be released in the UK. It will be released on May 27th through UK indie label Dry Heave. Hailing from the frozen great white north of Montreal, Quebec in Canada are the five piece punk chaos machine that is Trigger Effect.... (Read more)
Following up from their 2012 EP ‘Out Of The Sky’, Night Verses, the 4-piece aggressive post-rock outfit, have just announced the release of their new album, ‘Lift Your Existence’. The four piece of Douglas Robinson, guitarist Nick DePirro, bassist Reilly Herrera, and drummer Aric Improta again teamed up with producer Kris Crummett for the album... (Read more)
Tigger Da Author has hit the ground running by being tipped by Zane Lowe as his ‘Next Hype’ on BBC Radio 1. With his debut EP ready to launch, the UK got a taster of what’s to come when his track P.O.W.E.R. was played to the Nation. Taken under the wing of the UK’s rap... (Read more)
Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning artist, Justin Timberlake, is set to bring his electrifying show to Dublin’s Phoenix Park on July 10 for a special one night only concert.
Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, dominated the global charts in March, soaring to the #1 spot in Ireland, USA, UK, Canada, Australia,... (Read more)
IT’LL BE A BOOGIE WONDERLAND AT T IN THE PARK AS EARTH, WIND & FIRE ARE ADDED TO THE 20TH YEAR BILL
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Kinross will become a Boogie Wonderland this July when the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire take to the T in the Park stage. Festival organisers DF Concerts and founding... (Read more)
Dexys Midnight Runners or Dexys as they are now known, are hitting the stage at the Festival Marquee as part of Belfast’s fantastic Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival tonight. The band led by the legendary Kevin Rowland will be performing their latest album ‘One Day I’m Going To Be A Star’ in it’s entirety. BUT... (Read more)
Throughout its 15 years, The Real Music Club has been bringing quality Americana and Roots music to Belfast. Over the last couple of years, they have spread their wings and brought this fantastic music to different parts of Northern Ireland, as well as organising tours in both the North and South of the Emerald Isle.... (Read more)
Cayucas are a 4 piece combo from sunny Santa Monica, California. With the rather rubbish weather we in the UK seem to be almost permanently subjected to, this debut album rolls in like a refreshing summer breeze, but, much like an English summer, is it a flash in the pan?
Well,... (Read more)
Quick on the release of “I Will Steal You Back,” the first single from the bands’ new studio album Damage and the announcement of their “Home-State” Arizona tour. Jimmy Eat World are continuing to gear up for the June 11th release of Damage with the unveiling of more U.S. tour dates.
The new dates are... (Read more)
One of the world’s most successful recording artists and more exciting performers, Meat Loaf, is set to bring his Bat Out of Hell one last time at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on May 14 and in Dublin’s o2 Arena on May 17. This will be his FINAL goodbye to Ireland as he brings his Last at... (Read more)
Through All Times is the Debut Album from Norwich/London Based Group Light Parades.
Light Parades formed in 2011 and consist of Singer, pianist and Guitarist Dan Hopkinson, Drummer Ollie Pearce, Bassist Stephen Hopkinson and later joined by Classically trained pianist and guitar player Jakub Tucholski, whom Dan met in Uni. They unconventionally... (Read more)
Journey and Whitesnake are set to appear on stage together for the first time in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Thursday 16 May, and it’s sure to be a rockin’ show.
Journey, one of America’s most popular rock bands of all time, are responsible for creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, and have... (Read more)
Heres the great new video from Animal Kingdom – Get Away With It.Heres what the band says: “For our brand new video – GET AWAY WITH IT – we took out a giant loan. ‘Free money!’ they said, ‘Nothing to repay! Welcome…to Justice Banking…” The video coincides with the UK release of the band’s album,... (Read more)
Mick Harvey returns to the UK and Europe for a series of dates, including an album launch show at Lexington, London on 5 May with Duke Garwood announced as support. The tour (full details below) will follow the release of his new solo album, Four (Acts of Love), out on Mute on 29 April 2013.... (Read more)
Dave Clarke, Kissy Sell Out and Elite Force to headline Bass Camp
‘Baron of Techno’ Dave Clarke, eccentric electro DJ Kissy Sell Out, break beat icon Elite Force and the internationally acclaimed Justin Robertson top the bill at the Wickerman Festival’s Bass Camp dance village this year. Featuring the renowned Em-It and Skiddle tents and... (Read more)
Original Penguin have announced the return of their popular Plugged In live music sessions. Since the birth of Original Penguin in the 1950’s when Rock & Roll dominated youth culture, the brand has always had strong links with music. Now Original Penguin continues to grow and evolve alongside... (Read more)
Oxegen returns to Punchestown from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th August Bank Holiday weekend. Headlining this years festival is superstar DJ David Guetta who has sold over six million albums, 15 million singles worldwide and has consistently topped the charts with dancefloor hits such as Play Hard, Titanium, Sweat, and When Love Takes Over featuring... (Read more)
Lucinda Williams returns to the UK during May and June for a very special series of intimate concerts. Inspired by jazz, blues and American music in all its forms, Lucinda Williams is one of the great singer-songwriters. Her music touches on all aspects of American music and shows her ability to turn the blues into... (Read more)
Steve Earle is hitting Belfast for a show at the Limelight June 2nd. As well as playing old fan favourites, Steve will be showcasing material from his new album The Low Highway which was released last week.
His new 12 track album (his 15th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut... (Read more)
At a time when UK hardcore seems to be at an all time high, Heights are returning with their second album Old Lies For Young Lives on the 29th April. With this second album you’ll find a rejuvenated Heights, having seemingly risen from... (Read more)
They bought us classics such as “Accidentally in love” that we all bop along to in Shrek 2 and have had as many lineups as the Sugarbabes but Counting crows are back and heading straight back into our musical hearts. Returning with their live album “Echoes of the outlaw roadshow” and a UK tour up... (Read more)
Post War Glamour Girls have revealed the video (see below) for their latest single Jazz Funerals. Directed by Jack Chute and featuring the actor James Sobol Kelley, ‘Jazz Funerals’ is a fantastic video that tackles the cheery subject of life and death.
The four piece Leeds band have been making waves in their hometown for... (Read more)
From humble beginnings playing basement shows in squats to supporting Metallica and playing at the world’s largest festivals (Rock Am Ring, Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Leeds/Reading, Hurricane), pioneers BOYSETSFIRE have become an institution in the hardcore scene and one of the most hard-working bands in the industry.They are now back with a bang, seven years after... (Read more)
The Balconies, after returning to Toronto after a successful European tour with Rival Sons, will be heading back overseas for two weeks of gigs, starting in the UK on May 2nd. The tour kicks off at the Liverpool Soundcity Festival, and then sweeps through the Netherlands ending with two performances at The Great Escape Festival... (Read more)
The Flaming Lips and fellow Okie band Horse Thief recently released their new records on the same day in the UK. Horse Thief released their debut EP, Grow Up, Grow Wild and Ther Flaming Lips released The Terror (review HERE) on April 1st. To show their mutual admiration both bands covered a track from... (Read more)
Pop trio, Ben Folds Five, have confirmed the release of their first-ever live album Ben Folds Five Live, on June 4. Recorded in 2012-2013 on their first tour in more than a decade, this new set – available on CD as well as double vinyl – is comprised of high-energy live versions of some of... (Read more)
Wickerman Festival has today, Friday 19th April, revealed that punk rock band Stiff little Fingers and new wave act The Rezillos will be headlining its legendary Scooter Tent this July.
Belfast’s Stiff Little Fingers, who headlined the very first Wickerman in 2002 will undoubtedly deliver a raucous performance in the hugely popular punk & ska... (Read more)
This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris. Picked out by BBC Radio1’s Huw Stephens as one of the “rising female stars” of the modern folk movement, over the last few years, Kate’s group has... (Read more)
Trixie Whitley will tour into the Spring in support of her debut record, Fourth Corner (Strong Blood). The dates feature a mix of solo performances along with some accompanied by a full band,... (Read more)
Laura Stevenson’s much-anticipated forthcoming full-length album Wheel is out via Don Giovanni records on April 23rd, but fans can stream the record all week long via Spotify. Pitchfork describes Stevenson as “Somewhere between the jangly bluster of (Read more)
Fresh from storming the UK charts with their latest single ‘White Noise feat AlunaGeorge’, DISCLOSURE are extremely excited to announce the title, artwork and release date for their eagerly awaited details of their debut album.... (Read more)
Mumford & Sons have announced their biggest headline show to date at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London this Summer, in association with Gentlemen of the Road. The band will headline the outdoor event, ‘The Summer Stampede’ on 6th July 2013, backed by a hand-picked line-up featuring Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic... (Read more)
With a strong reputation for their passionate and high octane live shows Arcane Roots release Blood & Chemistry on the 6th May. With any band worth their salt you’ll find they create a sound which is unique and you may struggle to pigeon... (Read more)
Jimmy Eat World have unveiled “I Will Steal You Back,” the first single from the band’s new studio album, Damage, out June 11th on RCA Records. The single will be released digitally on April 16th and can be heard below. Damage will be supported with a world tour as well as the long discussed “Home-State”... (Read more)
Following an intense first trip to the UK which saw them play to packed out rooms around the country, Los Angeles based indie rock band Beware of Darkness are set to release new single ‘Howl’ on 6th May. The track has already been picking up plays at the likes of XFM, Kerrang! Radio... (Read more)
In anticipation for the release of their debut album, Bigfoot, on April 30, Cayucas have premiered their new single, ‘East Coast Girl’, to be released on May 27th. Check out the video below. Things are going well for the band – their previous single, ‘High School Lover,’ has had steady sales of over 1000 units... (Read more)
With less than three weeks before the event, Live At Leeds have revealed the schedule for this year’s highly anticipated event. Mixing national touring bands with emerging talent has always been the intention and this year is no different, bringing over a 120 bands to the city of Leeds over 12 stages. Headliners include the... (Read more)
Got a little downtime? Check out six of the best new singles.
Bled Dry by BoySetFire
After a seven year break Boysetfire return with a limited Record Store Day release in the form of Bled Dry. It’s a short yet triumphant return for the hardcore five some. The heavy and cutting guitars are complemented perfectly... (Read more)
Formed in Glasgow in 1977 from the ashes of Johnny and the Self Abusers, Simple Minds were about to set off on an incredible journey that would spawn 15 studio albums (to date), reaching the height of their popularity in the mid 80’s with Sparkle In The Rain and Once Upon A Time.
Sandwiched between... (Read more)
Camden indie-rockers TRIBES are swinging by Cardiff to play the University Great Hall on Friday 12th April 2013 as part of their UK tour supporting the release of their sophomore album Wish To Scream.
The new album Wish To Scream is set to be released in the UK on 20th May... (Read more)
Arguably Scotland’s top Ska band Bombskare brought musical mayhem to a delighted sold out King Tuts in Glasgow to unveil their superb new album The Day The Earth Stood Stupid. The Edinburgh based masters of ska play a form of the music that is fun, very tongue in cheek and absolutely impossible to stand still... (Read more)
Journey and Whitesnake, with special guests Thunder, will appear onstage together for the first time ever taking in eight dates across the UK throughout May 2013. Tickets are available to book online from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, are responsible for creating some... (Read more)
After appearing alongside Clint Mansell and Philip Glass on the soundtrack for Park Chan-Wook’s recent psychological thriller Stoker, Emily Wells prepares to release her debut UK album and single. Album ‘Mama’ (out June 3rd via Partisan) combines subtle hip-hop inflections and wide-ranging sounds with Emily’s distinctive feline vocals, creating a record that is simultaneously light... (Read more)
American melodic rock star, Jeff Scott Soto, this week kicked off his first European tour since 2009, with four dates in the UK – check listings below! Jeff will be touring with his current band line-up comprimising; Jorge Salan (guitar), Fernando Mainder (bass), ‘BJ’ (guitar/keys/vocals) and Edu Cominato (drums/vocals), showcasing his current solo album, Damage... (Read more)
American band Counting Crows first came to the public attention in1994 when they as a group of unknown musicians, filled in for the AWOL Van Morrison at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.
Counting Crows have sold over 20 million albums, including 5 Top 20 studio albums in the UK (3 of them... (Read more)
Photo Review: Emeli Sande at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh April 2013. Pop signing sensation Emeli Sande (who’s real name is Adele by the way) returned to Scotland on an unseasonably cold Easter Monday to play a sold out show at the capital’s Usher Hall hopefully to bring some warmth to her adoring fans.
Since 2010 she’s... (Read more)
It may seem to have taken a lifetime, but London rock band Scholars are due to release their stunning debut album Always Lead, Never Follow on the 8th April. In the time that it’s taken to write, record and release this album Scholars have managed to hone their live shows and become an incredibly well... (Read more)
Victory! is the storming new album from English punks The Smoking Hearts. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes it’s rammed full of rock ’n’ bluster, punk energy and subtle hardcore tendencies.
It’s been a hard journey to get to this second album and as such it sounds like a band celebrating and living for... (Read more)
Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox and is of course a special day for many people. However, of more importance to some of us (‘us’ being those antichrists’ that like rock music) is the much simplier 3rd Saturday in April. Why? Because its National Record Store Day!... (Read more)
Live at Leeds have announced the latest additions to the festival taking place over the early bank holiday in May. London Grammar, Misty Miller, Ruen Brothers and Swiss Lips head up the latest additions for the Saturday joining the line-up of Rudimental, Everything Everything, Laura Mvula, The 1975, AlunaGeorge, Peace, Darwin Deez ,The... (Read more)
South African rockers What Now released their debut album Move Like A Sinner on the 11th March. It’s a raucous mainstream rock album, full of big powerful vocals and riffs.
What is obvious from the outset is that the band know what kind of rock music sells records. The formula of catchy choruses and radio... (Read more)
Check out the new video for ‘WISHES’ by BEACH HOUSE. Directed by Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric fame) and starring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). On the video, Eric Wareheim says… “Beach House, Ray Wise, fireworks, and horses. How can I go wrong? This is the first project that I’ve ever collaborated creatively with the... (Read more)
Take a slice of Johnny Cash, a dose of Vaughn Monroe a peppering of Mariachi and a healthy helping of 60’s psychodelia and you have great new Edinburgh band The Merrylees.
The band got together at the start of last year and has since sold out venues across the UK including Glasgow’s King Tuts, Edinburgh’s... (Read more)
Wickerman Festival has built a reputation as one of the finest platforms for showcasing emerging Scottish talent, and this year is no different as a host of the hottest new musicians join its Solus tent line-up.
New wave rock band Vukovi will headline the tent on Friday, while Saturday’s lead act will be tech-electro trio... (Read more)
Photo Review: Beware Of Darkness At The O2 ABC, Glasgow
Fresh faced rockers Beware of Darkness must have wondered what hit them as fresh from SXSW they rolled into Glasgow on support to Skunk Anansie, faced with artic weather in what is supposed to be the start of spring! and having to decipher the thick... (Read more)
Bristols premier music festival, Love Saves the Day returns with full effect this year. Curated by the brains behind Glastonbury’s WOW stage and the In:motion series, last year’s event sold out within seven weeks. This year the line-up has stepped up a notch to boast a live performance from the prodigious multi-instrumentalist, Bonobo. With a... (Read more)
San Antonio’s Wild Party, release their first official EP, All Nighter, this May. Although this is their first “official” release. Wild Party, made up of vocalist Lincoln Kreifels, guitarist Lucas Hughes, bassist (and Lincoln’s older brother) Jake Kreifels, and drummer Ethan Kaufmann are still a young band, but they have already been around the block... (Read more)
Photo Review: Wilko Johnson at The O2 ABC, Glasgow
This was always going to be a difficult gig for me as I am a massive Wilko fan and the thought of photographing his last ever Glasgow show was quite overwhelming but also a privilege. Ever since Wilko announced last year he was suffering from inoperable... (Read more)
As the festival season draws to an end and Autumn is officially upon us the last of the summer festivals rolls in.. and what a roll it had.. in the shape of the Future Music Festival 2013 Sydney Australia. With a sold out crowd that I have heard was 50,000 but felt like 200,000, Future... (Read more)
Amy Macdonald, The Enemy, KT Tunstall, Dexys and Bellowhead Amongst Acts Announced
Spring has sprung and The Wickerman Festival is bursting with news as the second wave of main stage acts is announced today. Headlining the festival on the Saturday will be Scottish singer songwriter Amy Macdonald. Joining her on the Summerisle stage will be... (Read more)
Hot on the heels of artists like Jake Bugg comes new band The Strypes, quick to take advantage of the resurgence in sixties type beat music the band are selling out gigs all over the country and are also billed to appear at T In The Park and The Isle Of Wight Festival.
The Strypes are... (Read more)
Who or what are ALARM BELLS? Well…when influential ‘fight-pop’ band Dananananaykroyd announced their split, their peers breathed a collective sigh of relief. There would be no more stage acrobatics, splitting crowds apart for the ‘wall of cuddles’ or legendary sets that were so absurdly... (Read more)
Tennent’s Lager’s nationwide search for Scotland’s freshest unsigned musical talent begins with the launch of T Break 2013. Since 1996 Tennent’s have given Scotland’s top unsigned acts the chance to play the legendary T Break Stage at T in the Park. As from today, bands and solo acts from across the country can submit their... (Read more)
Heavens Basement are a UK rock band who have been touring extensively for the past four years,opening for the likes of Papa Roach, Bon Jovi and Buckcherry. They have become a firm favourite on the live circuit and have thus built up a dedicated fan base. Their much anticipated full length debut album Filthy Empire... (Read more)
I couldn’t see this posted anywhere so far, but you can listen to the new Stereophonics album that’s coming out this Monday on the Telegraph website or check out the video for In A Moment below!!
To coincide with their UK tour in February Your Demise released their brilliant new EP Cold Chillin’.
The band have taken the heaviness up several notches on this release, which is in stark contrast to several songs on... (Read more)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Gideon have announced their first ever European tour, including 7 UK dates, taking place in March 2013. The band’s debut appearance in Europe follows up two extensive months of touring in the US with For Today and The Word Alive, and a headline tour in Japan.
Live at Leeds have announced the latest additions to the festival. Joining Rudimental, Everything Everything, Alunageroge, Peace and Darwin Deez are The Walkmen, Dutch Uncles, Savages, MØ, Melodys Echo Chamber, Dinosaur Pile-Up and many more.
Full list of addittional acts
Dinosaur Pile Up
Melodys Echo... (Read more)
Crime & The City Solution have just released a psychedelic new video, directed by Denielle de Picciotto, for their first single, “Goddess”, from their upcoming album American Twilight (out March 26th) “Goddess” will be released digitally on March 5th.
Formed by Simon Bonney at the age of 16, Crime & The City Solution’s early... (Read more)
Following the release of his fifth album ’40 Miler’ last year, ex-Avail singer Tim Barry is set to hit the UK in June for a string of live dates.The Richmond, Virginia-based singer-songwriter was last on these shores as support for Frank Turner last Autumn and now returns with his blues, folk, and country-inspired sound.
Tickets... (Read more)
Earlier today, Sheffield metal band, Bring Me The Horizon had their upcoming album ‘Sempiternal’ leaked onto the internet! So far mixed reviews of the album have been flowing through Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr so I just had to have a listen for myself.
Yorkshire five piece: Bring Me The Horizon, announced in January that their... (Read more)
A slight departure for Scots band Mechanical Smile with the release ‘Wolf” as their next single offering accompanied by a superb atmospheric video….
“We thought we would try something a bit different so we decided to release an acoustic song. The song’s called ‘Wolf’ and we are really excited about the release’
Mechanical Smile have... (Read more)
To coincide with the release of his second album, Pale Green Ghosts, John Grant has announced a string of live dates across the UK and Ireland. Check out the dates below. Following the break up of The Czars, Grant took some time off from the music business before returning to recording and performing in 2010... (Read more)
Field Report have released a video to accompany the beautiful “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” from the band’s debut full-length, Field Report. Check it out below. The video freatures a homeless man seeking healing and redemption amidst the urban decay of Field Report’s hometown, Milwaukee.
Director Manny Marquez listened on repeat to totally capture the... (Read more)
LA based indie rock band Beware of Darkness have announced the release of their debut album titled Orthodox. Recorded at the Sound Factory and Valley Recorder in Hollywood, CA, executive produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Nine Inch Nails), and produced by Greg Gordon and frontman Kyle Nicolaides, the album will be... (Read more)
Crowns will be releasing ‘Four Walls’, a track now well established as a crowd favourite and taken from the band’s superb debut album ‘Stitches In The Flag’ on 11th March. Check out the video below. The band have had a busy few months, a mini UK tour for the Big Issue by Twitter, spreading awareness... (Read more)
All-American and multi-platinum anthemic rockers Drowning Pool will be releasing Resilence, their fifth studio album and third with Eleven Seven Music, on April 2, 2013. The album’s upcoming single “Saturday Night” is currently climbing the active rock radio chart in the U.S and the band recently premiered an additional track, “One Finger and a Fist”... (Read more)
BUMPER LINE-UP FOR T IN THE PARK’S 20th YEAR
Over 12th – 14th July, 85,000 music fans per day will descend on the fields of Kinross to experience the 20th year of T in the Park. With an incredible line-up of seminal artists and the hottest chart topping and stadium filling... (Read more)
Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the American rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also collaborated with many other artists over the years. He released his debut solo album, All I Was, in July 2012.... (Read more)
Photo Review: Deftones at the Barras Glasgow Feb 2013
Nu Metals gods Deftones need no introduction when it comes to metal, fronted by Chino Moreno the band now touring their New album Koi No Yukan make a welcome return to Glasgow to play The Barrowlands, a sold out gig which had all the makings of... (Read more)
The Kaiser Chiefs – The Barrowlands, Glasgow – Tuesday 12th February 2013
Leeds rockers The Kaiser Chiefs are back in full force touring the UK. They opened the first leg of their 2013 tour last night in Carlisle, and I managed to catch them tonight at their sell out Glasgow gig... (Read more)
Bipolar Sunshine is a name you may not know but it’s one you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming months. Bipolar Sunshine is the solo project of Mancunian Adio Marchant, again, a name you may not immediately know, but Adio is no stranger to the music scene.
A member of group Action... (Read more)
Local Natives have announced a major UK and European tour for the autumn, beginning in Cambridge, UK on 15 October and ending with a show in Paris on 20 November. The new dates come as the band is touring a run of sold out shows in the UK, including a show at London’s Scala on... (Read more)
Festival Launches Love Lounge for Romantic Music Fans
Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved independent music festivals, has today proposed a novel new initiative to help smitten music fans pop the question…festival style.
On the 14th February, Wickerman will play cupid by launching a nationwide competition offering twelve music-loving romantics the opportunity to propose to their... (Read more)
Metal heavyweights Megadeth have announced that they will be touring the U.K. in June. They will play headline shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London. Megadeth have sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction. The band are currently... (Read more)
In December 2010, members of Acid Baby Jesus and Hellshovel joined forces and created Voyager 8. Now these two bands are going on the road and bringing their psych freakouts to a city near you!! Check out the dates below
Acid Baby Jesus
“Often pegged as Athens, Greece’s answer to the Black Lips,... (Read more)
Yorkshire rockers, While She Sleeps, have announced yet another tour for the United Kingdom! The lads have only just come off tour with Asking Alexandria as support act and they’ve already got a busy year ahead. It’s only February lads, well done!
The five lads: Loz, Sean, Adam, Mat and Aaran announced the tour earlier... (Read more)
Sun’s coming up on a pure gold Groovin’ The Moo (GTM 2013)
Come the April/May cusp, GTM is looking forward to sharing some of the freshest sonic produce from favourite home-grown acts to international imports when returning to its much loved four regional towns as well as the Nation’s capital.
From Flume, Tame Impala, The... (Read more)
Suffolk born singer songwriter Alan Bonner is no stranger to the music business. Since graduating from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2007, he has released his debut album Songs For The Heart Shaped in 2008 and played live all over Europe and Australia. Now, as... (Read more)
Pop-punksters All Time Low look, play and act like a bunch of teenagers but they are far from newcomers, formed in Baltimore 2003 and to date having released five studio albums the latest being Don’t Panic, these guys know how to play and have perfected their live show knowing exactly what their audience want and... (Read more)
Crowns are set to release their new single Four Walls on March 11, and have a headline slot at the Old Blue Last on February 20. Four Walls the well established crowd pleaser is taken from the band’s super debut album, Stitches In The Flag.
2013 started amazingly for Crowns, with a rip roaring UK... (Read more)
Takedown Festival have announced their first announcement of bands/artists for the festival that takes place on the 11th of May at Southampton University. The line-up so far consists of The Blackout, Don Broco, Mallory Knox, While She Sleeps, Arcane Roots and Max Raptor. There is 30 more bands to be announced and the venue will... (Read more)
Photo Review: Pure Love at King Tuts
When Frank Carter split from Gallows he teamed up with former Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll to form, in Carter’s words the band he’s always wanted to be in and that band is Pure Love…a band highly tipped for success by the music press. Their current UK tour... (Read more)
Following the release of a second O2 show at 9am this morning iconic band Fleetwood Mac have now announced a third O2 on the 27th September! The band will now play The O2 on the 24th, 25th and 27th of September. The multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will grace British soil... (Read more)
Bournemouth based trio Tommy Needs A Gun represents one of the most intrequing bands to have appeared on the music scene in some time. Consisting of Ryan Perks on vocal and lead guitar duties and Jord Williams on bass and backing, their claim they “…don’t inspire to be like any other band – We just... (Read more)
Do you fancy playing at the Isle Of Wight Festival this year? You could be sharing the stage with the likes of The Stone Roses, Killers, Jake Bugg, Willy Mason or if you’re really unlucky Bon Jovi! But think positive!!
The organisers’ are looking for 6 unsigned bands to perform at this years festival. To... (Read more)
Scottish Electronic act Homework are preparing for the launch of their album 13 Towers on March 25th by giving you a taster of what’s to come from the new record. Although this is their debut album, Homework are no strangers to the music scene. The Edingburgh based experimental foursome have already released two EPs and... (Read more)
Think Antipodean rock music has never evolved past AC/DC or Inxs? Think again…
Opening track, Hoo Ha, from Even The Odd Ones Out – the debut long player from Aussie four piece, ME, is a bona fide statement of intent. Just from its first brass augmented blasts it’s clear that ME dig the avant-garde –... (Read more)
Geekcore act Fights & Fires release their second album We Could All Be Dead Tomorrow on the 4th March through Swedish label Blackstar Foundation. It’s a raucous and passionate affair, mixing a blend... (Read more)
After the online success of their debut video ‘Titan’ (see below), Brighton 3-piece The Physics House Band have decided to give the track away for free as they announce their signing to Pink Mist label Blood and Biscuits. They have also confirmed a full UK tour for April. You can download the track from
Parkwood Entertainment today announced that The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé kicks off in Europe on April 15, 2013. With stops in twenty European cities, including Dublin, Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and a four-night stint at The O2 in London, UK, this is Beyoncé’s first multi-city tour in over three years.... (Read more)
Following the announcement of their highly anticipated new album ‘Wonderful, Glorious’ – out on 4th February through E Works/Vagrant Records – EELS release details of an extensive tour.
Scottish rock band, Biffy Clyro, released their 6th studio album, “Opposites”, earlier this week.
Formed in 1995, Biffy Clyro have been one of the most successful Scottish rock bands up to date. The two albums, “Puzzle” and “Only Revolutions”, both reached the top five in the UK album charts and new album ‘Opposites’ is hoped... (Read more)