The Libertines

The Libertines unveil comeback single 'Gunga Din'

The Libertines have unveiled ‘Gunga Din’ their first new song in eleven years, and the lead single from their just-announced third album Anthems For Doomed Youth. The good news for the band’s die-hard fans is that ‘Gunga Din’ is quintessential Libertines: a laconic guitar line builds to one of their belting, chant-a-long choruses that will …

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Albert Hammond Jr announces UK tour dates

Albert Hammond Jr has announced details of his upcoming third solo album Momentary Masters, as well as a series of UK tour dates. The Strokes guitarist has cultivated a successful if sporadic solo career outside of being in one of the biggest bands in the world, with two albums (2006’s Yours To Keep and 2008’s …

Music News New Music June 24, 2015

John Grant announces new album

John Grant has announced details of his new album, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts. Titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, the former Czars frontman turned singer-songwriter’s third solo album will include guest appearances from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, Amanda Palmer and former Banshees drummer Budgie. Due for release on …

Music News June 24, 2015

Taylor Swift just made Apple change its streaming policy

Taylor Swift continues to prove that when she talks, people listen. Even people in the boardrooms of the world’s biggest tech companies. The pop star has just forced Apple into an embarrassing U-turn over how it rewards artists on its new streaming service, Apple Music. Swift had threatened to boycott the newly launched platform in …

Music News Virals June 22, 2015

Mercury Rev announce UK tour dates and album plans

Mercury Rev have announced details of their long-awaited eighth album and a new run of UK dates, as part of their European tour. The veteran US band have been quiet on the recording front since 2008’s Snowflake Midnight, but the follow-up, titled The Light In You, will be released on September 18 via Bella Union. On …

Gig Tickets Gigs Music News June 19, 2015

Foals unveil video for 'What Went Down'

Foals have unveiled the video for their new single ‘What Went Down’, the first taste of their upcoming album of the same name. The song got its first spin last night on Annie Mac’s Radio One show last night, and it finds the Oxford band in visceral, menacing mood. It was recorded with Arctic Monkeys producer James …

New Music June 17, 2015

Florence and the Machine replace Foo Fighters at Glastonbury

Florence and the Machine have been confirmed as the replacement for the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury, after Dave Grohl’s injury last weekend forced the US rockers to cancel a series of UK tour dates. The NME reports an official statement from Glastonbury and Emily Eavis, which reads: “We’re very pleased to announce that Florence + …

Music Festivals Music News June 17, 2015

Ride announce 25th anniversary of Nowhere tour

After their recent reunion tour, Ride have announced a further series of UK dates to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album Nowhere. The shoegazers’ eight-date tour will take in Leeds, London, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Birmingham. Tickets for the new run of shows go on sale on Friday (19 June) at …

Gig Tickets Music News June 16, 2015

Beck unveils new summer-ready single ‘Dreams’

Beck has unveiled his new single ‘Dreams’, the first taste of his follow-up to the acclaimed Morning Phase. Throughout his career Beck Hansen has switched creative gears at will, and this is yet another lurching from one style to another. Whereas Morning Phase was a melancholy, brooding collection of psych-folk slow-burners, ‘Dreams’ is the polar opposite: …

Music News New Music June 15, 2015

29 hot ticket events at Edinburgh Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival unveiled its programme for 2015 this week, and there’s another stellar cast of literary heavyweights, famous faces and up and coming talent heading for Charlotte Square in August. Introducing this year’s line-up, director Nick Barley said that the festival would become a “global village”, reflecting the fact that writers from 55 …

Leftfield: 'We were louder than Concorde'

Few names loom as large in British dance music as Leftfield. On paper their 1990s discography looks minimal: two albums in ten years. But those two albums, both Mercury nominated and both Platinum-selling, cast extremely long shadows. The London duo’s 1995 debut Leftism introduced the world to their unique amalgam of atmospheric electronic programming, gritty dub stylings and massive, …

Music Interviews June 11, 2015

Garbage announce 20 Years Queer Tour

Garbage have joined the long list of bands who found fame in the ’90s to announce a retrospective tour. The grunge-pop group, fronted by Edinburgh-born Shirley Manson, will play their self-titled 1995 debut album at a series of gigs later this year. The 20 Years Queer Tour arrives in the UK in November, with dates …

Gig Tickets Gigs Music News June 9, 2015

New band of the week: Bdy Prts

Last year we extolled the virtues of vowel-crushing duo Bdy Prts, an alliance of two of Scotland’s most talented female musicians. A little over a year after they emerged with ‘IDLU’, Jill O’Sullivan and Jenny Reeve are back with another example of their sophisticated pop chops. ‘Cold Shoulder’ adds a foundation of patchwork electronics, cut-up vocals …

Disclosure announce new album Caracal

They dominated British dance music in 2013 with their debut album Settle, and the wait for a new Disclosure record is almost over. During a show at their own Wild Life festival in Brighton at the weekend, the brothers Lawrence announced that the follow-up, titled Caracal, will be released on September 25. Wondering about the title? It’s …

Music News June 8, 2015

Björk stars in 360-degree video for 'Stonemilker'

Throughout her career Björk has been at the forefront of the music video, and has helped film-makers like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Chris Cunningham make a name for themselves. Her latest promo, for Vulnicura track ‘Stonemilker’ is another pioneering visual experiment, making use of “360 degree virtual reality”. Sorta like your iPhone panorama pics, …

Music News June 5, 2015

Young Fathers: ‘We’re a church for freaks and the disconnected’

Young Fathers are not the types to let the glare of the media spotlight distract them from their number one focus: making distinctive, infectious, essential and danceable music. Sure, since landing last year’s Mercury Prize the trio have become a regular fixture on radio playlists and festival posters, but none of this is likely to affect them. The band’s …

Music Interviews June 4, 2015

Sleaford Mods take aim at the establishment on ‘Face to Faces’

The post-election landscape hasn’t offered much solace for anyone fed up with the dysfunctional marriage that was the Tory/Lib Dem coalition. Sleaford Mods have always been fuelled by a genuine sense of anger at the state of modern Britain, and their latest track, ‘Face to Faces’, is another lyrical arrow aimed directly at the political …

Music News New Music June 3, 2015
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