25 September, 2017

HAIM debut 14 minute short film, "Valentine"

Haim have debuted a 14 minute short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson on 35mm film, the short is named after Valentine Recording Studios in Los Angeles where Haim made the album, following in the footsteps of artists like The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Quincy Jones, to name a few.

The film comes out two and half months since their second album "Something To Tell You". Watch the band perform "Right Now", "Something to Tell You" and "Nothing's Wrong" below.

Friendly Fires announce Brixton Academy show for 2018

We are delighted to announce to you all that Friendly Fires are back!! After half a decade silence the band return with news of a show at Brixton Academy on April 5th 2018. This will be Friendly Fires’ first UK live show since 2012, and the first at the 5000 capacity Brixton venue since their acclaimed run of three consecutive sold-out shows there in November 2011.

The headline show is set to herald a new era for the band, who have so far released two full length LPs - their eponymous, Mercury Prize-nominated, 2008 debut and its 2012 follow up Pala - to widespread acclaim.

[LISTEN] TIGERCUB - Into The Ashes

Following some packed out shows at Reading & Leeds Festival, the noisy Brighton trio TIGERCUB have revealed their latest single "Into The Ashes". With that the band have also been revealed for the BBC Radio One Rock Show’s ROCKTOBER live session line up alongside Weezer, Rise Against, Frank Iero, The Xcerts, Counterfeit & Employed to Serve.

Tigercub’s session will air on Sunday 15th October 2017, but before that head on down and listen to their latest single!

Embrace announce new album "Love Is A Basic Need" + UK Tour

Embrace today announce the release of their seventh studio album, "Love Is A Basic Need", which is due to be released via Cooking Vinyl on 9th March 2018, along with a string of intimate tour dates in November this year. You can get a taste of their new LP with the track "The Finish Line" streaming below.

The full dates for their intimate UK tour is below.

Embrace UK Tour
November 2017
04 Preston Live
05 Middlesbrough Empire
06 York Fibbers
07 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
08 Derby The Venue
09 Keele University Ballroom

Fick As Fieves unveil video for "English Weather"

Fick As Fieves are an energetic Indie Rock trio from Suffolk who have been championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk and have recently revealed their video for their latest single "English Weather". You can check out the video below, and the track itself is out now via all of the usual streaming outlets.

Noel Gallagher announces new album "Who Built The Moon?" + 2018 UK tour

2017 is being really kind to us, we've not got one but TWO albums from the Gallagher brothers as Noel has announced details of his brand new album "Who Built The Moon?". The album which also features guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johnny Marr is said to be inspired as much by French psychedelic pop as it was classic electro, soul, rock, disco and dance.

"Who Built The Moon?" is out November 24th (pre-order here) with a batch of UK tour dates announced too!

The track-listing is:
1. Fort Knox
2. Holy Mountain
3. Keep On Reaching
4. It's A Beautiful World
5. She Taught Me How To Fly
6. Be Careful What You Wish For
7. Black & White Sunshine
8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
9. If Love Is The Law
10. The Man Who Built The Moon
11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)
12. (Bonus Track) Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)

Noel Gallagher UK Tour Dates
April 2018
22 Brighton, Brighton Centre
24 Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
25 Aberdeen, BHGE Arena
27 London, The SSE Arena Wembley
30 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
1 2018 Birmingham, Birmingham Arena
3 2018 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
4 2018 Manchester, Manchester Arena
6 2018 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
7 2018 Leeds, First Direct Arena
9 2018 Belfast, The SSE Arena
10 2018 Dublin, 3Arena

Wild Beasts are splitting up

Wild Beasts have issued a statement as to why they'll be splitting up, with the news coming as a shock to everyone outpourings of love have been sent their way. After 5 albums, each charting higher than the last, the band have been on their rise since their début single "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants" back in 2006!

You can read the full statement below.

23 September, 2017

[LISTEN] Hurts - Hold on to Me

Hurts are now onto their fourth album, which for me is mad as I remember seeing them play in a pub venue back in 2009! The latest track to be lifted from "Desire" is "Hold On To Me" which is another uplifting euphoric track laden with new-wave synths.

"Desire" is out next week on the 29th of September, listen to the new cut below.

22 September, 2017

[LISTEN] Amber Run - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson Cover)

Nottingham's finest, Amber Run, have today revealed an acoustic cover of Jackie Wilson's 1967 hit "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", once again showing us why Amber Run are a band to acknowledge as one on the top of their game!

Cloud Control cover The Cranberries' "Dreams" for Triple J

It's Friday, which means another amazing cover from down-under, this time it sees Cloud Control head into the Triple J studio to perform a cover for their 'Like A Version' segment. You can watch Cloud Control cover The Cranberries' "Dreams" below.

[LISTEN] Puppet Theory - Papillon [IAI PREMIERE]

Manchester continues to prove as a birthplace for musical talent every year and it seems Puppet Theory are a pinnacle example of this. Having played most of the city's sought-after venues, taking stages at the likes of Deaf Institute, Soup Kitchen and Gorilla in their stride, the band's engaging live show has already graced popular music hotspots. With previous material such as their 'Buttons EP' possessing all the youthful exuberance and chemistry that’s come to define Puppet Theory’s output, it’s refreshing to see that more recent releases harbour an equally poppy nature, while developing a subtle sense of cynicism that comes with being in a band for longer periods of time.

The band’s latest single, ‘Papillon’ bristles with a sense of frustration at the empty promises offered by much of the music industry and takes its inspiration from a particularly empty gig the band recently found themselves playing. Puppet Theory style a raw and an unpolished approach with 'Papillon' and their powerful display of impacting lyrics and imitable guitar solos suggests much of a ‘screw it, let’s just keep going’ attitude. Not only manifesting in the way the band present themselves, but in the care-free video also.

Directly reflecting the track’s distinct lack of self-consciousness, the video focuses on a solitary figure, who after unearthing a cassette copy of the single, gives it a chance and finds himself losing all inhibitions, dancing publically across the streets of Manchester, not caring what those around him think.

Celebrating the release with a headline show at Manchester’s iconic Ruby Lounge, it’s obvious that ‘Papillon’ is both trademark Puppet Theory, but also signifies the four-piece taking the next step in their career, and what style to do it in.


September 29th: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
December 15th: The Magnet, Liverpool

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Brother / Viva Brother tease their return

No, it's not April Fools Day, but Brother (aka Viva Brother) have revealed a video and are teasing their return! It's been over 5 years since the Slough based split up and members have since formed a band called Lovelife who we've blogged about before.

All will become clear on the 3rd of October - I imagine it's a tour date or new music, time will tell!

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21 September, 2017

The Hunna unveil visuals for new track "Summer"

The Hunna have revealed their brand new track, "Summer", all be it a month or so late (unless you ask a friend of mine who thinks it still summer, even though there are leaves on the ground...) ANYWAY, this is the quartet's first slither of album 2 and comes off the back of a huge tour in support of their much-hyped album "10".

George Ezra covers "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin for BBC Radio 1

George Ezra has lit up the Live Lounge as he performs a cover "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin for BBC Radio 1. Oh boy we've missed you George! You can watch the performance below.

Gengahr comeback with video for new track "Carrion"

Gengahr have revealed the first taste of their second album with the video for their comeback track "Carrion". The band have also announced an intimate London show for next month. They are due to play London's Omeara venue on the 13th of October.

Clay share video for new single "America"

Clay have shared their latest video for their brand new single, "America", and it sounds like a continuation from one of their previous efforts "6AM". This comes ahead of the band's UK tour set to start in October - tour details below.

7/10 - Manchester, Sound Control [nbhd Festival]
14/10 - Glasgow, The Garage [the Attic]
21/10 - Leeds, Stylus
22/10 - Birmingham, Mama Roux
24/10 - Newcastle, Think Tank
27/10 - Liverpool, Arts Club 2
29/10 - London, Camden Assembly

20 September, 2017

Arcade Fire reveal cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games"

Arcade Fire have unveiled their cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games" as a part of Spotify Singles. Other artists who are taking part in the series include The Japanese House, Local Natives and Tears For Fears. You can hear the cover of "Mind Games" below.

Chvrches cover Tegan and Sara's "Call It Off"

Tegan and Sara have shared Chvrches' cover of "Call It Off", which is lifted from their 10th anniversary covers album called "The Con X: Covers". "The Con",was released back in 2007, and was even nominated for both a Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize.

"The Con X: Covers" is released on 20th October - listen to the cover below.

Wolf Alice cover Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" for BBC Radio 1

Wolf Alice's second album "Visions of a Life" is out via Dirty Hit on the 29th of September and the band have come down to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge to perform a special cover. The cover in question is of Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" - you can watch the laid back cover below.

Justice share NSFW video for "Pleasure"

Justice have unveiled a brand new, sexually explicit video for their recent single "Pleasure". The video, directed by Alexandre Courtès of Division. Alexandre Courtès is a highly-acclaimed artist and director, responsible for seminal visuals such as the video for ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes, the Grammy Award-winning video for U2’s ‘Vertigo’ and the design of Daft Punk’s iconic helmets.

The video comes ahead of their double-header sold-out shows at Brixton Academy next week.