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Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2018

 
By on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The newest installment of Liverpool Sound City will see the Merseyside event split the difference between its physically isolating docklands location with open air stages of the last 3 years and its spiritual origins as a city festival. The festivities of Sound City 2018 will move to multiple venues in the Baltic Triangle, an excellent decision in my opinion, and will take place the first May bank holiday, 5-6 May. A few weeks ago, the festival announced their lineup, but I’ve only now gotten around to taking a closer look at all the names. It’s pretty awe-inspiring.

Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s (pictured at top), who wowed me and many other punters at SXSW 2016, are no strangers to UK festivals, having already made the rounds the last 2 years. They’ll have travelled a long way for the honour of headlining Saturday night, so I’m expecting them to pull out all the stops. The Sydneysiders are gearing up to release new album ‘For Now’ on the 27th of April, before appearing in Liverpool. Birmingham’s Peace, Sunday night’s headline act, will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’ 2 days prior on Ignition Records. Check out the video for ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ from the LP below; the newest album taster from the band, ‘Power’, can be streamed on Spotify. For mainstream rock fans, their performance will no doubt be a wonderful way to cap off a bank holiday weekend. Incidentally, in case you missed it, Peace have also been announced as co-headliner at Live at Leeds 2018 the day before. They’re on equal footing at that event in North Yorkshire with Liverpool’s own Circa Waves, who are oddly and conspicuously missing from the Sound City lineup.

Upon closer inspection of the rest of the festival poster, many names will be familiar to you TGTF readers. IDLES (England), Picture This (Ireland), Billie Marten (England), Airways (England), The Academic (Ireland) and Indoor Pets (England; formerly Get Inuit) have all had their own closeups at past SXSWs. Dermot Kennedy (Ireland), Sam Fender (England), Husky Loops (London via Bologna), Otzeki (England), The RPMs (England) and Superorganism (their members hailing from several different European countries) will have their chance to shine in Austin next month ahead of appearing at this year’s Sound City. Other amazing acts scheduled to appear include The Orielles, who we discovered at the 2013 edition of Sound City and who just released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last Friday on Heavenly Recordings; Baxter Dury; Black Honey; JAWS; Matt Maltese and Paris Youth Foundation.

Of course, there are so many other bands performing at the event and even more yet to be announced. Now that Sound City have smartly reconsidered their format, turning it back into a club-centric festival, the 2018 edition is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best music cities in the UK and discover some new favourites. Single day tickets to Liverpool Sound City are available for £29.50. For £55, you can snag a weekend ticket. Get your official tickets through this link. To read all of our coverage on Liverpool Sound City from past years, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2790: ROE

 
By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Northern Ireland’s ROE has a new video out this week. The Derry native, better known as Roisin Donald to her parents, has released the promo for single ‘Wasted.Patient.Thinking’. It’s kind of a performance video, in which the now perm-coiffed artist is singing in dungarees, playing a guitar and hitting drum pads, while lights strobe behind her. Quite a difference, I imagine, to her appearance last year at the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. Soulful vocals? Check. Buzzy synths? Check. Watch the video below. You can snag ‘Wasted.Patient.Thinking’ now from Fictive Kin.

 

Live Gig Video: Kodaline share acoustic performance of ‘The Riddle’ from a rooftop in Malaysia

 
By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Jason Boland, bass player for Irish group Kodaline, is a keen videographer. In particular, lately he’s been flying his drone to take some pretty cool video from the air. In Kodaline’s latest video, Boland got to fly his drone while he and his band performed an acoustic version of ‘The Riddle’, which appears on their current EP ‘I Wouldn’t Be’, out now on B-Unique Records. And they didn’t choose just anywhere for the location of this video. They decided to film this probably as far from Dublin as they could, in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, surrounded by the taller spires of other buildings around them. It’s definitely a unique performance video! Watch it below. For all of our past coverage on Kodaline – it goes all the way back to September 2012!go here.

 

TGTF ‘Playlist’: Valentine’s Day 2018

 
By on Friday, 16th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

Header photo modified from the original by jessicahtam on Flickr

Across social media platforms this past Wednesday, musicians gifted Valentines to their listeners in the form of–what else?–new music. To continue these artists’ generous spirit of love and giving, we at TGTF would like to share a small sampling of the LOVE-ly new songs we’ve heard over the past week. We’d normally do this in the format of a Spotify playlist, but as some of the songs aren’t available on Spotify just yet, we’ve decided to share them more in the form of a mixtape, including videos and streams from YouTube and Soundcloud.

Among the highlights of our list is a brand new track from American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. Its bright, jangly guitars and lyrical Beatles reference (“all you need is love”) are are markedly more optimistic than Adams’ usual lovelorn fare. For those listeners on American side of the pond, Adams has accompanied his new track with another Valentine surprise: he will play a one-off show at the famed Colorado concert venue Red Rocks on 14th June 2018 with support from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit.

Canadian troubadour Dan Mangan takes aim at our sentimental side with a simple but evocative new piano ballad called ‘Fool for Waiting’. Mangan’s singing voice is light and clear yet full of feeling, as he delivers lofty emotional declarations like “Some say I’m a fool for waiting/ they don’t know this fool doesn’t mind.’

Australian folk pop singer Vance Joy is set to release his second LP, the romantically titled ‘Nation of Two’ on the 23rd of February via Atlantic/WEA. The album’s most recent single ‘Call If You Need Me’ is an honest and straightforward plucked guitar ballad that plays right to the strengths that made Joy famous around the release of ‘Riptide’.

James Bay, once referred to here as wearing “Hitchin’s most famous hat”, has recently reinvented himself with a new look as well as a novel electro-pop sound for his recent single ‘Wild Love’. Luckily for those of us who quite liked his debut LP ‘Chaos and the Calm’, Bay hasn’t entirely abandoned his old ways. His soulful singing is somewhat muted here, but his wailing guitar is still very much in evidence near the end of the track.

Speaking of electro music, Irish husband-and-wife duo New Portals have released a starkly atmospheric new track titled ‘Inch’, just in time for some deep post-Valentine’s Day introspection. They describe the track not as a love song, per se, but as being “about the difficult decision to be made in a relationship when it seems like the spark has gone.”

Indie rock singer Eleanor Friedberger has announced a new LP with the release of an upbeat synth pop track called ‘In Between Stars’. In keeping with the Valentine hangover effect, Friedberger’s album is titled ‘Rebound’, and is due out in May via Frenchkiss Records (bien sûr!).

Baltimore-based electro duo Beach House dropped their new track ‘Lemon Glow’ without fuss or fanfare as Valentine’s Day drew to a close in American time zones. Shared with he simple Twitter message “Wishing everyone out there love tonight”, ‘Lemon Glow’ immediately attracted the Internet’s attention with the undulating optical effects in its video as well as the reverberant oscillations in its soundscape.

Last but not least, American rock singer Butch Walker shared a cheeky cover version of 10cc’s‘s romantic 1970s’ track ‘I’m Not In Love’, recorded with French songwriting duo The Dove and the Wolf. The French pair’s version is an upgrade of sorts, with silky female vocals and Walker’s surprisingly delicate whisper sliding easily into the song’s smooth soft rock arrangement.

 

Video of the Moment #2789: Makeness

 
By on Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Kyle Molleson, who records and releases music under the moniker Makeness, will be releasing his debut album in April. ‘Loud Patterns’ from the Scottish electronic producer will drop on the 6th of April on Secretly Canadian. ‘Stepping Out of Sync’ is the latest taster to be unveiled from the upcoming LP, which can now be heard in its official promo video. It’s an upbeat, fun romp with beats, with choreographed dancers grooving to the music on a night out. Molleson says of the video, “‘Stepping Out Of Sync’ for me is about losing a little bit of a grip on reality. There’s a big nod to the world of pop music in the track and I wanted to reflect that in the video too…I think the video really captures the range of emotions that exist in the track, it’s upbeat and positive aspect alongside a layer of dissonance and confusion that lies under the surface.” Watch the video for ‘Stepping Out of Sync’ below.

 

Natalie Prass / April 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 15th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

American singer/songwriter Natalie Prass has announced a list of headline dates in the UK for this spring, presumably to support a potential new album release. Stereogum reported back in April 2017 that Prass’ second LP was near completion, and she spent most of last summer and autumn on tour, playing dates with Whitney, The Head and The Heart and The New Pornographers. While there has been no official word from her yet on a new LP, Prass is also a recent addition to the lineup of showcasing artists for SXSW 2018 that, once again, might lead one to believe that new music is imminent. (ICYMI, we at TGTF first covered Natalie Prass at SXSW 2015; you can read about it back here.)

Ahead of her trip to Austin, Prass will be touring in America as support for Fleet Foxes. A full list of Prass’ upcoming shows can be found on her official Facebook. Tickets for the following shows in England and Scotland are available now. Our full past coverage of Natalie Prass can be found through this link.

Monday 23rd April 2018 – London Bush Hall
Thursday 26th April 2018 – Brighton Bau Wow
Friday 27th April 2018 – Manchester Band on the Wall
Saturday 28th April 2018 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Sunday 29th April 2018 – Glasgow Mono

 
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