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March 2017

Elbow, O2 Apollo, Manchester

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Tuesday saw Elbow take to stage for the final night of a 4-day residency at The Apollo. Hailing the end of a near month length tour of the UK. Doing my best to avoid a collection of superlatives, I was fortunate enough to catch the final night. Opening proceeding’s for Elbow was C. Duncan, and whilst the Mercury prize nominated musician certainly had very tight and enjoyable melodies, after the second track the atmosphere felt a little flat and frustrated as the set, for me became a touch monotonous. Given, however the wide demographic in the audience, it would have been…

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Richard Ashcroft: All You Need To Know + Tickets…

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With Richard Ashcrofts 2017 shows (get tickets) becoming ever so close, here’s a little light reading for you to get you in the mood… Ashcroft was born on September 11, 1971, and grew up the eldest of three children in the Wigan suburb of Billinge, England. While Ashcroft was attending Upholland Comprehensive School (along with future Verve members Simon Tong and Peter Salisbury), his father died of a blood clot to the brain when Richard was only 11 years old. His mother later remarried, but Ashcroft’s family grew up quite poor, and often struggled just to get by. Though young…

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Above & Beyond Announce First Ever ‘Group Therapy’ Weekender for ABGT250

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Celebrating 250 episodes of ABOVE & BEYOND’s hugely popular Group Therapy radio show, ABGT250 will take place on Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17 at the 22,000 capacity Gorge Amphitheatre in Central Washington State, 150 miles outside of Seattle. After performing at the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall in 2016, Jono, Tony and Paavo have clearly developed a taste for playing the world’s most iconic venues, so perhaps the announcement of the location of ABGT250 should come as little surprise, as the Gorge is widely considered to be one of the most breathtaking natural amphitheatres…

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Peter Hook & The Light ‘Substance’ By Joy Division & New Order

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Peter Hook & The Light are to return to Ireland and play more UK dates in November and December 2017 as they return from their widely acclaimed world tour performing both Substance albums by Joy Division and New Order. Having just wrapped up a string of UK dates, the Irish section of dates sees visits to Limerick, Dublin and Belfast whist the band also perform in Norwich, Salisbury, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Wakefield with a massive end of year tour homecoming concert also announced for Manchester Academy 1. In addition, a special London return has been announced as The Light’s final…

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NEW MUSIC: Public Service Broadcasting: New Album ‘Every Valley’

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After two years up in the stratosphere with the hugely successful ‘The Race For Space’, Public Service Broadcasting are returning to earth. J. Willgoose, Esq., now has an established reputation for weaving forensic, historical research into evocative storytelling. This time he is taking us on a journey down the mineshafts of the South Wales valleys and using the history of coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised. The band’s first release through independent label Play It Again Sam, Every Valley examines the history of coal mining in South Wales. It is a record about community and what happens…

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Strand of Oaks, Thalia Hall, Chicago

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Strand of Oaks captivated their nearly sold out audience Saturday night at Thalia Hall. Nothing could stop the crowd from being entranced from the moment Twin Limb took the stage until Strand of Oaks closed out the night. Twin Limb set the stage beautifully for Strand of Oaks tonight.  Lacey Guthrie has a magical voice that is even more enjoyable when accompanied by Ratterman and Bender. Kevin Ratterman’s guitar playing brings you on a spacey smooth rollercoaster of sounds while Maryliz Bender controls the rhythm of the songs with her  seemingly simplistic yet involved drumming.  Twin Limb  easily mastered their set…

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Music News: Lonely The Brave tour with Mallory Knox starts today

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Lonely the Brave tour starts today in Bristol. New EP “Diamond Days” is due out March 24th via Hassle Records, it features three unreleased songs. After a great 2016 for the band that included a no.1 album on the rock chart, a sell-out headline tour and a hugely successful European tour in support of Biffy Clyro, Lonely The Brave continue their prolific streak as songwriters by releasing a second song from their upcoming EP (pre-order HERE), a cover of long-time band favourite “The Rat”. As a band known for picking covers that perhaps people wouldn’t expect from them – Cyndi…

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NEW MUSIC: Rinôçérôse ‘Angels & Demons’

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Originally formed in Montpellier in 1995 by the duo ‘Patou’ Patrice Carrié (bass) and Jean-Philippe Freu (guitar), rinôçérôse have grown into a modern art collective. Currently completing the line-up are guitarists Florian Brinker and Rémi Saboul, drummer Frédéric Pace and singer Bnann (formerly of The Infadels). Next month rinôçérôse release their sixth studio album ‘Angels And Demons’ on London based label Station 5 Ltd. Influenced as much by British rock (The Rolling Stones, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream), and shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine, Ride) as cutting edge electronica (Daft Punk, Morgan Geist), rinôçérôse work their art into an elaborate patchwork that…

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State Champs, O2 Institute, Birmingham

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As It Is are a band well known for their energetic live shows. Therefore, it was only reasonable that they tour with the ever-eccentric State Champs. With the release of their second full length album ‘okay.’ that graced the shelves in January this year, As It Is came out to prove to fans that their energy had no wavered, and showed no signs of stopping anytime soon. The band took to the stage, as fans had eagerly anticipated this tour for a while now. There was no denial that As It Is had the audience hooked from the very first…

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Grumpynators “City Of Sin” – album review

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The tough 2nd. album – When Irish folk meets classic hard rock You might start thinking of Dropkick Murpheys, when you hear the distinctive vocal style of the ´Tears Of Whiskey´, the first track on Grumpynators’ second album, but there’s more to it when you listen closely. Grumpynators – hmm… Now that’s a strange bunch. And a tough album to review too! At first round of listening, this second album from the Danish quartet comes off as the classic Irish+punk=awesomeness cocktail, which might have become a little long in the teeth. But on second round of listening, it becomes obvious that…

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INTERVIEW: Baz Warne of The Stranglers

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“I think it’s what’s known as an embarrassment of riches”, frontman of The Stranglers says in advance of their ‘Classic Collection’ tour. Baz Warne, 52, is the vocalist and guitarist for The Stranglers, one of the UK’s most influential bands. With record breaking sell-out tours they have amassed a large following and I was excited to chat to him about what the ‘Classic Collection’ means to them, collating new material and how his perseverance got him to where he is today. You’re about to head out on tour and will be presenting the ‘Classic Collection’ to coincide with the re-release…

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Music News: Holy Moly & The Crackers April single & UK Tour

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Holy Moly & The Crackers are a seven-piece “gypsy-folk-rock” band from the UK: “They are a bunch of wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them” (Diva). Over the last three years they have been furiously touring and writing; developing their live show and written material. This year they are set to unleash their new album, the culmination of their hard work: The first single, Cold Comfort Lane, will be released on 7th April 2017. Written by Rosie Bristow (accordion) and Ruth Patterson (vocals), it is a lyrical evocation of the back-bar poker dens and the…

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NEW MUSIC: Sisteray release ’15 Minutes’

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Walthamstow four-piece SISTERAY are causing a buzz and re-writing the indie guitar rule book. The band’s new recording project entitled ’15 Minutes’, released 14th April on Vallance Records, takes its inspiration from the famous Andy Warhol quote, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. Coming together through their shared love for bands such as The Smiths, The Clash, The Kinks and The Buzzcocks, Sisteray also reflect more contemporary influences including Slaves and Sleaford Mods. With a strong message of unity and anti-establishment hints, songs like ’15 Minutes’ opener ‘Queen’s English’ and the ebullient ‘Nostalgia Trip’ are rousing…

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NEW MUSIC: The King’s Parade ‘Haze’

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Acclaimed London-based quartet, The King’s Parade, unleash their first musical offering in two years in the form of ‘Haze’. The new single is the first release of brand-new music following the band’s 2015 début EP Vagabond. Regarding the new song, the band have said: ‘Haze describes the feeling of helplessness when you fall hard for someone. You’re drawn in and you indulge yourself in the moment. You surrender to that feeling and see where it takes you.’ Frontman Olly Corpe has the vocal quality of a well-seasoned crooner, which when mixed with the beautiful, soulful, blues-rich melodies, makes for a…

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Weirds Rock Sheffield!

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Friday night saw the up and coming Psych Rock foursome Weirds, play the Picture House social in Sheffield as part of their latest tour. I turned up a bit early and spent some time backstage with the band, I was greeted with free beer! Any band that offers you free beer and hospitality like these guys did are ok in my book. After chatting to the guys from the band for a while I realised what a great bunch of guys they all were, genuinely nice blokes with a great outlook on life and music! 10.30 rolled around and before…

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Record Of The Week: Dead! ‘Enough, Enough, Enough’

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One of the hottest young bands to emerge over the past few months are London based four piece Dead! Their guitar laden, anthemic new single ‘Enough, Enough, Enough’ is out today! Singer Alex Mountford says of the track “Its a really critical self evaluation’ Covering the shortfalls and negative aspects of my personality. But hopefully people can find common ground with it, maybe question their shortfalls too. Sometimes there comes a point when you have to say i’ve had enough.” Dead! were barely out of their teens when they formed and with a raging fire in their belly, embarked on…

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Adore // Repel: Putting West Yorkshire On The Music Map!

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Adore // Repel are a four-piece from Wakefield, West Yorkshire; a fiercely independent band with their own record label, who are currently building their own studio, who operate without a booking agent or manager, and embrace everything that has always been so healthy about the DIY ethic. Of course, many bands follow a similar path. The difference perhaps with Adore // Repel is that, without resorting to the machinations of the music industry, in 2016 they self-booked and played two full UK tours, along the way selling every bit of merchandise they took with them; performed sell out shows in…

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Music News: You Me At Six announce new single and tour dates

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You Me At Six have today announced their new single as ‘Take On The World’ from their critically acclaimed 5th studio album Night People, which is OUT NOW on Infectious Records. Also, tour dates have been announced along with an appearance at Reading and Leeds Festival. 2017 got off to a flying start for the guys with the release of their chart topping album and news that they were the first band to land 15 concurrent Radio 1 A list records in a row. All that and frontman Josh Franceschi, still found time to lobby parliament in support of the anti-ticket tout…

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New Music: Shaking Chains release debut single.

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Manchester’s Shaking Chains have announced their debut AA-single ‘Midnight Oil’ / ‘Drunk No More’ for release on April 21st via Concrete Recordings, along with two release shows in March. Live dates have also been announced for March in Salford & London. Taut and tense, ‘Midnight Oil’ arrives inspired by life in the desolate lane. You can feel the devastating weight and potential, the sound of clever anger, of distrust and opposition. “Before Jon Voight stood beside the Capitol Hill Building to lick Trump’s ego, he played a far more respectable prostitute in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy,” lyricist Nathan Mcilroy…

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Ten Fé Take To The Soup Kitchen Stage In Manchester

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Ten Fé take to the stage with hypnotic, looping and cool guitar effects companied with melodic electro indie vibes… With their atmospheric indie-pop songs with added electronic waves and thick vocal harmonies, the bands front men Ben and Leo take it in turns to lead the performance. It’s a pretty gentle and laid-back affair, but with lots of confidence in their ability to both perform technically and vocally. If your not familiar with the bands material, its possible, you could find yourself feeling a little lost in the bands dreamy/trancy vibes, which occasionally can a little repetitive however given a little time you’ll find…

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Stillia, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Self taught musicians Stillia,  have been influenced by many great artists such as; The Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones, Stone Roses, The Smiths and Oasis – you get the idea… With influences from the above however, Stillia have certainly got their own sound down The St Helens based band are rising fast, theres no doubt! Radio 2’s Janice Long has described their forthcoming debut album as “the best debut she has heard since the La’s” and Jonny Vegas is directing and cameo’ing in the video to their upcoming debut single ‘Let Me In‘. Stillia started in the early days of 2011 as…

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Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Academy 2, Manchester

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes offer an unforgettable performance. Crowd surfers and mayhem were a given, but what Former Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter provides is so much more. With his band Rattlesnakes by his side they are set for unstoppable greatness as they embark on a sold-out tour. Check out photos from last night’s sold-out show at Manchester Academy 2. Joining them on tour are bands Yonaka and Strange Bones. www.andtherattlesnakes.com

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Kasabian Quiz

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Withe the news of Kasabian new album, ‘For Crying Out Loud’ landing this week and the announcment of some new live dates (Get Tickets), we thought we’d have some fun and see how much you know about the band… 

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New Music: Passport To Stockholm release new single

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London based Passport to Stockholm are pleased to announce the release of a brand new single ‘Shine On’ (March 17th). ‘Shine On’ is the follow up to last November’s ‘Shooting Stars’ which saw the band return with a new sound and a new line up. Last month the band opened Stand Up To Cancer, at London’s iconic Union Chapel, playing along side Laura Mvula, London Contemporary Voices (who performed ‘Chemistry’ with them) and The Beach. Since the release of last summer’s debut EP ‘All At Once’, Passport To Stockholm have been touring heavily, building momentum with the single ‘Better Days’, which…

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Music News: Skinny Lister Announce Tour Dates

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Hot off the heels of a sold out UK tour in support of current album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’, Skinny Lister announce a run of even bigger venues for Spring 2017. Having just played to a packed out London, Garage, Skinny Lister will return to the capital to conquer the famous Scala venue in Kings Cross as well as their biggest ever venues across the country. The tour followed a support slot on an enormous European arena tour with American punk/folk legends Dropkick Murphys which included shows at London Brixton Academy, Munich’s Zenith venue and the 7000 capacity…

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Music News: Overkill Release Music Video For ‘Shine On’

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With only three months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL have already released their highly anticipated album ‘The Grinding Wheel’ and toured the US extensively. Today, the band has released the music video for new track ‘Shine On’ Check it out here. The Grinding Wheel was produced by the band and mixed by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus). The artwork was created again by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Soilwork, Death…). Although everybody seems to have a different account of who came first in the world of New York/New Jersey area thrash metal, it seems certain that New Jersey’s Overkill have…

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New Music: Circa Waves Reveal ‘Fire That Burns’ ft. Lynn Gunn from Pvris

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Circa Waves announce Lynn Gunn (PVRIS) collaboration. Circa Waves today reveal ‘Fire That Burns’ ft. Lynn Gunn from PVRIS. The band’s second album ‘Different Creatures’ was released  last Friday on Virgin EMI. The track is a perfect example of the heavier, grittier direction that Circa Waves have headed towards with ‘Different Creatures’ encapsulated by the huge half time chorus and energy fuelled melodies. Lynn Gunn’s emotive vocals join in the second verse, introducing an intriguing new aspect to Circa Waves sound and new found confidence to experiment with different genres and sounds. Co-produced by Alan Moulder (Foals, Arctic Monkeys, Smashing Pumpkins), ‘Different Creatures’…

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Music News: Rock Trio Katalina Kicks Announce Tour Dates

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Purveyors of the finest in scuzzed-up rock’n’roll – KATALINA KICKS – make their return with a thrilling new long-player ‘Vices’ and a feast of UK live dates this May. Whetting appetites in the run up to the new album, the band accompany the announcement with the release of adrenaline-laced new single and featured track: ‘Cut It Up’. The new album, Vices, presents Katalina Kicks at their loudest, scuzziest and most politically aggrieved yet. But then opening with a “cameo” from Donald Trump, how could it not be? Fans of the band will already be familiar with the Seattle-sized quake of…

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Music News: Deadwall Announces New Album & Tour Dates.

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This March, Leeds based indie quartet Deadwall release their second studio album, ‘The Zero Cliff’, via Hatch Records. Following on from their impressive debut released in 2014, the band have spent the intermittent period rediscovering their potential as a group. “It’s the best band Deadwall has been, I think” explains frontman Thomas Gourley. “Whereas ‘Bukimi no Tani’ was a mix of old and new ideas, ‘The Zero Cliff’ was built from the ground upwards as one solid body of work”. The ten track collection is inspired by four books specifically; ‘God is Not Great’ by Christopher Hitchens, ‘This Changes Everything’…

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Glass Mountain, Leeds University Refectory

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“They’re a groovy band man” – Richard Chadwick – Hawkwind Last night Flick of the Finger were invited along to review Glass Mountain in support of the mighty Hawkwind. I had last seen the band back in September 2016 at Bingley Music Live and since then have kept in touch with their ever growing success. Now, after supporting the likes of Embrace,  we are seeing the fruits of their hard work. This is a band that have matured in terms of stage presence and musicality over the last 6 months. The really great thing about them is that the music…

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New Music: Idles ‘Mother’

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IDLES met as a quintet at the death of the indie scene in Bristol and began making visceral and sometimes unlistenable post-punk to a growing crowd. They began with their own club night Batcave and practicing religiously until they felt they had found their sound and their live show; with that in check they have now completed their first album and are savaged in hunger to play their music. They want to give themselves and their art to the audience in a concise and violent way unrivalled by their peers. They have no qualms in terrifying and entertaining in the…

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NEW MUSIC: Tired Lion ‘Agoraphobia’

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After seizing Australian rock fans by the scruff of their necks in 2015 – winning triple j’s prestigious Unearthed Award, tearing down the main stage at Splendour In The Grass, claiming the WAMI for Best Rock Song, and supporting the likes of The 1975, Kingswood and Luca Brasi – Dew Process and UMA are tremendously proud to announce that Perth’s Tired Lion have become a part of our family of artists. And if you think the combination Sophie Hopes, Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey dominated 2015 off the back of killer singles like ‘Suck’ and ‘I Don’t Think…

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Creamfields Presents ‘Steel Yard London’

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Full Line Up Announced for Sunday 28th May 2017 – Bank Holiday Weekend at Victoria Park – London With festival season just around the corner Steel Yard London, one of the UK’s newest events on the festival landscape has revealed its full line up for Sunday 28th May Bank Holiday Weekend. For tickets info click here Joining previously announced headliners Axwell & Ingrosso will be Don Diablo, Martin Solveig, Third Party and special guests Faithless, culminating the line-up for one of the hottest shows of the year. Kicking off at 1pm, the all-day dance fest will see the award winning Steel…

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Leeds/Reading Headliners Kasabian Release ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’

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The mighty Kasabian announced their 6th studio album ‘Crying Out Loud’ this morning ahead of new live dates and festival dates and new single ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ You can pre order the Album here and also receive tickets for their shows! This year Kasabian headline Leeds and Reading along with Muse & Eminem – got your tickets yet? be quick – get them here Want to know more about Kasabian? Late ’60s cult leader, Charlie Manson (head of the murderous Manson Family in L.A. ), originally wanted to be a Rock star. He even submitted a demo tape of…

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Monster Truck, The Marble Factory, Bristol

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Monster Truck opened their UK leg of their Truckin’ Heavy tour in Bristol tonight Monster Truck brings their own brand of Southern and blues rock from Ontario, Canada and went down very well with the crowd at The Marble Factory. Supporting them on the UK leg of the tour was The Picturebooks, who as someone in the audience decided sounded like “a heavy version of the white stripes”. I’m not sure of this ‘sounds like’ label that people feel a need to attach to a band. So for me I found them intriguing, and a great new band. The band…

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Kasabian Release Career Defining Album! ‘For Crying Out Loud!’

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Kasabian are back with an explosive, career best album brimming with confidence, swagger and huge tunes. ‘For Crying Out Loud’, their sixth studio album, is released April 28th on Columbia Records. Written and produced by Kasabian wizard Serge Pizzorno, and recorded at the Sergery, his Leicester studio, ‘For Crying Out Loud’ features 12 tracks that encapsulate everything that makes Kasabian one of this country’s best ever bands. First single ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ is a big, fat pop song with an irrepressible hook. Other highlights include the soon-to-be-summer-anthem ‘Bless This Acid House’, the contagious ‘Good Fight’ and the…

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Metallica Announce European Tour

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Metallica Announce European Leg of their tour in Support of Hardwired… To Self Distrust with support from Kvelertak TICKETS ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 24th – get tickets SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 16, 2017 – Metallica today announced the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour kicks off with two shows in Amsterdam at the Ziggo Dome on September 4th and 6th. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support for the tour run. See below for a complete list of all confirmed dates, no additional shows will be added. Presale tickets will be…

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Castlefield Bowl: Richard Ashcroft, Hacienda, James & Blossoms – Get Tickets

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Each year the Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl ‘Sounds of the City’ line up has got bigger and bigger and 2017 is no exception. As good as the following bands look as far as line ups go – is there one more HUGE band yet to be announced? This year we are treated to the following: Fri 30th June – Richard Ashcroft – Get Tickets Sat 1st July Hacienda Classical– Get Tickets Sun 2nd July – A Beautiful Day featuring The Levellers – Get Tickets Thu 6th July – Arcade Fire – Get Tickets Fri 7th July – James – Get Tickets Sat 8th…

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Music News: Portland Grindcore Act,Transient Announces Revamped Lineup

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Following a long stretch of radio silence, Portland, Oregon-based grindcore band Transient announces a revamped lineup, and plans of returning to both the stage and the studio in the months ahead. Having replaced two members in recent months, vocalist Krysta Curry  and guitarist Adam Wilson now welcome bassist Brandon Curry, and drummer, Justin Rodda. Transient on the status of the band, “We are really proud of the years that we’ve spent on this project. We love everyone who has helped bring the band to life at one time or another and continue to wish them all the best in their…

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NEWS: Until Rain sign to Sensory Records

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Greek progressive/alternative metal outfit Until Rain have signed with Sensory Records for the release of their impending third full-length, Inure. The band has issued some insight into the album, releasing a dramatic trailer. The band has scheduled both European mainland and Balkan tours in conjunction with the album’s release. Inure was recorded by Until Rain in various European cities, including Thessaloniki, London, Gothenburg, and Lausanne,and mixed/mastered by Daniel Cardoso of Anathema in Lisbon, Portugal (Anneke Van Giersbergen, Anathema, Head Control System). The album features beautiful artwork by the new Greek artist/designer Nassia Kefala, and a hand-drawn cover that completely represents the…

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