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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 4:00 pm
Niall Jackson, guitarist and vocalist with Irish bands Bouts and Swimmers, is the mastermind behind the charity single project Christmas Hearts. It was inspired by his and two fellow Dublin City University students’ project What is Home, which brings attention to the plight of the homeless and raises money for the Peter McVerry Trust, “established in 1983 by Father Peter McVerry to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. Since then it has supported thousands of young people on the margins of Irish society.”
To benefit the trust this holiday season, Jackson and mates including Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers (pictured at top performing in DC last year), MayKay of Fight Like Apes, Jim McNulty of Spring Break, Shane Murphy of Land Lovers, Enda Canavan of Paddy Hanna and Brian Kelly from So Cow recorded a new single, ‘Christmas is in Your Heart’.
The song is out on iTunes, Rdio, CD and Bandcamp today, so if you like what you hear in the live video below, please buy it to support this charity. There will be an official launch party for the single at Dublin Whelan’s on the 11th of December. Tickets are just €10 and all proceeds go to Peter McVerry too. Either way you want to spend your money, dig deep for this very worthy charity!
Jessie Ware is a South London-born pop/r&b singer/songwriter who first came to prominence in 2011 when she appeared as a featured artist on SBTKRT’s self-titled album. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until a year later, when she released her debut studio album ‘Devotion’, that she cemented her place within the music industry.
The lead single from the album ‘Running’ proved particularly popular, largely down to the remix of the track from electronic music duo Disclosure. Whereas the following singles ‘110%’ and ‘Wildest Moments’ failed to make a significant impact on the charts, the album certainly didn’t go unrecognised. ‘Devotion’ debuted at #5 in the Official UK Albums chart and was also in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize award in 2012 (alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ went on to win). Ware was also nominated for Best Female Act at the MOBO Awards in 2012 and 2013, narrowly losing out to Emeli Sande and Laura Mvula respectively.
In October 2014, Jessie Ware released her second album ‘Tough Love’, which charted at #9 in the weeks of its release. The title track from the record peaked at #34 in the UK Singles Chart to give Jessie Ware her first UK Top 40 single. However, ‘Say You Love Me’ – the second single from the album which she co-wrote with fellow singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran – proved to be her most successful release to date, reaching #22. ‘You & I Forever’, the third track to be lifted off ‘Tough Love’, is currently scheduled for a release on the 12th of January 2015.
2015 looks set to be a big year for Jessie Ware, as she embarks on a 20-show headline tour of the UK and Europe in January and February, which includes two dates at the London Brixton Academy. She’ll be following the tour up with a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015 in March.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
You either love or hate American late night talk show host and all around big mouth Jimmy Kimmel. There is, however, no denying he’s invited some amazing bands to perform on his show. This might have been a questionable collaboration between the comedian and fellow Sin City babies The Killers, but hey, it’s December and it’s the holidays, right? Chuckle along as Brandon Flowers and co. write their new holiday tune ‘Joel, the Lump of Coal’. Santa Claus as a villain? Yeah, this one is a little bit strange.
For previous coverage on the Killers on TGTF, including their holiday video in 2011 on World AIDS Day, right this way.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 4:00 pm
The Rag Factory in Brick Lane, East London, is a pretty special performance space. It opened in 2006 “to provide affordable space for people working in the creative industries, whether performance-based, such as theatre, film, dance, music and fashion or visual arts such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation and graphic design”. As we all know, this business is becoming increasingly difficult to make a living from, so any space designed to be used by creative types regardless of the money in their pockets is something we all should get behind.
Woman’s Hour, whose Secretly Canadian debut album released this year is already appearing in top albums of 2014 lists around the blogosphere, recently filmed this live performance of ‘Her Ghost’. And you can watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 10:00 am
Your Thursday just got better. Sivu‘s debut album ‘Something on High’, released in October, was a brilliant LP. (Don’t believe me? Read my review of it here.) While he’s on tour this month supporting Bombay Bicycle Club – whose own Jack Steadman remixed his single ‘Can’t Stop Now’, which you can listen to below – you can enjoy the five-track ‘Sivu’ EP for free by simply signing up for his mailing list on his official Web site. He’s a sweet guy, isn’t he?
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 9:00 am
Liverpool-based trio All We Are have announced a massive European tour for the first three months of 2015, and that includes UK and Irish dates in March. Dates are detailed below, and tickets are on sale now.
The band have also revealed the promo video for ‘Keep Me Alive’, from their self-titled debut album that will be released on the 2nd of February 2015 on Domino Records / Double Six.
Monday 9th March 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – Brighton Green Door Store
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – London Corsica Studios
Friday 13th March 2015 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Tuesday 17th March 2015 – Glasgow Broadcast
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