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Nathan Connolly’s Snow Patrol spin-off, Little Matador, has just announced a new list of tour dates following their support slot for Band of Skulls at the end of March and presumably leading up to the release of their first LP later this year. (Stream their ‘Liar Liar’ EP here.)
Tickets for the following shows are available now. For a taste of the band live, you can watch the band performing EP track ‘Boom Boom’ as part of the Guardian’s coverage of Other Voices 2014 in Derry here.
Thursday 27th March 2014 – London Shepherds Bush Empire (supporting Band of Skulls)
Saturday 29th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 31st March 2014 – Guildford Boiler Room
Tuesday 1st April 2014 – Southampton Alexandria
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Thursday 24th April 2014 – Derby Venue
Friday 25th April 2014 – Exeter Cavern Club
Saturday 26th April 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 29th April 2014 – Winchester Railway
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
Cheltenham’s Young Kato have a brand spanking new video out for ‘Help Yourself’, their next single out on BMG/Chrysalis on the 24th of March. Pure pop goodness. Watch it below.
The band placed #7 on our 10 for 2014 readers’ poll at the end of 2013; we interviewed frontman Tommy Wright then and you can read our feature here. After a one-off date in London in March to launch the single, they’ll be heading out on an extensive UK/Irish tour in April and May, supported by Oxford’s Pixel Fix; all the dates are listed under the video embed.
Monday 27th March 2014 – London Islington Garage
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th April 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Friday 25th April 2014 – Norwich Epic Studios
Saturday 26th April 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Monday 28th April 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 29th April 2014 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – Belfast Limelight 2
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Dublin Academy 2
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Bath Moles
Brighton-based four-piece Wildflowers center their folk rock sound around the vocal harmonies of sisters Siddy and Kit Bennett. Siblings almost always have a unique ability to perfectly match their vocal diction for seamless harmonies, but the sisters also share a love of rebellious female songs, citing Alanis Morrisette as an early musical influence. Hints of Morrisette certainly appear in Wildflowers’ lyrics and Siddy Bennett’s vocal delivery, but the overall sound leans more toward the bluesy country of Patsy Cline. The Bennett sisters cite their nomadic, bohemian upbringing as an influence on their music as well, with American bands like The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac informing the full-scale vocal harmonies they share with band members James Ashbury and Kendal Sant.
On listening to the tracks available on the band’s Soundcloud page, I was struck by the variety in their songs. The live version of ‘Let It Go’ from BBC Introducing in September 2013 is catchy, upbeat and a little gritty, but nicely balanced by the sweet vocals. ‘Tell Them I’m Your Woman’ makes the Patsy Cline influence abundantly clear, and while Siddy Bennett’s voice doesn’t quite hit that mark, her throaty vocals and the sexy percussion and guitars do pack some emotional heat. The bluesy, almost gospel sound is turned up even further on ‘I Need to Hit That Road’ (don’t miss the chorus of this one!) and ‘Took Me to the River’ (see the video for this track at the bottom of this post).
Wildflowers are just finishing a supporting tour for singer/songwriter Tom Odell and are set to embark on their own headline tour of the UK in March, ahead of their scheduled appearance at SXSW 2014. Their debut EP ‘Wild Among The Flowers’ is available now.
Thursday 13th February 2014 – Sheffield O2 Academy (supporting Tom Odell)
Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Thursday 6th March 2014 – Glasgow Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s
Friday 7th March 2014 – Liverpool Korova
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
Monday 10th March 2014 – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 11th March 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 13th March 2014 – London Sebright Arms
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 7th February 2014 at 8:00 am
NYC musical collective San Fermin are headed to England for a string of dates in May. They will also appear at Live at Leeds on the Saturday for the first May bank holiday. Tickets for the individual gigs are on sale at 9 AM today (Friday the 7th of February).
Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Live at Leeds
Sunday 4th May 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 6th May 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – London Village Underground
Thursday 8th May 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 6th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
Sky Larkin have released a unique video for track ‘Newsworthy’, off their September 2013 album ‘Motto’ out now on Wichita Recordings. This is a lyric video (“the cacophony is coming for me”) but with archived footage appropriate to the song title. Watch it below.
The Leeds band have also revealed plans to tour the UK in April and will also appear at Gold Sounds Festival in Leeds in late May; all the details are below the video embed.
Tuesday 8th April 2014 – Birmingham Bull’s Head
Wednesday 9th April 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 10th April 2014 – Northampton Ledgendary Labour Club
Friday 11th April 2014 – Bristol Old Bookshop
Saturday 12th April 2014 – Portsmouth Edge of the Wedge
Wednesday 16th April 2014 – Liverpool Kazimier
Thursday 17th April 2014 – York Fibbers
Friday 18th April 2014 – Newcastle Cluny 2
26th May 2014 – Leeds Gold Sounds Festival @ Brudenell Social Club
London quartet Wolf Alice have just announced a May 2014 tour of the UK, to follow their appearance at SXSW 2014 in March. Tour dates include festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds, and Stockton’s Sunday Live the first May bank holiday, as well as the band’s largest headline show to date at London Scala on the 28th of May. Wolf Alice will be joined by Superfood on all dates except on 12th of May. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday the 5th February at 9 AM.
The band’s EP ‘Blush’ is out now on Chess Club Records. Check out the video for the song of the same title below the tour date listing.
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 2nd May 2014 – Liverpool Sound City
Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Live at Leeds
Sunday 4th May 2014 – Stockton Sunday Live
Monday 5th May 2014 – Hull Fruit
Tuesday 6th May 2014 – Sheffield Leadmill 2
Wednesday 7th May 2014 – Newcastle Think Tank
Thursday 8th May 2014 – York Duchess
Monday 12th May 2014 – Birmingham Temple
Tuesday 13th May 2014 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 14th May 2014 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Thursday 15th May 2014 – Bedford Esquires
Friday 16th May 2014 – Guildford Boileroom
Saturday 17th May 2014 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Sunday 18th May 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 20th May 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Wednesday 21st May 2014 – Preston 53 Degrees
Thursday 22nd May 2014 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 27th May 2014 – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Wednesday 28th May 2014 – London Scala