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Bands to keep a watch out for in the future: #9: Scouting for Girls

 
By on Wednesday, 20th June 2007 at 7:50 pm
 

Scouting For Girls Having won the Innocent Unsigned bands talent search last year and the chance to play at their Fruitstock Festival, Londoners Scouting For Girls have had an amazing year. Signing to Epic Records on Valentine’s Day this year, they’re about to release their first EP, the incredibly anthemic “It’s Not About You” which will just grab you by the heart strings and make you think “YES!” and become addicted to them. Or you can just write them off as another bunch of Keane wannabes. You choose, but you know what I think.

Scouting For Girls are the sort of band that are perfect to open the festivals – people lounging around, feeling rough after the previous night, and just wanting some music to take them to “that happy place”. As they say themselves in their biography, they’re “unashamedly nostalgic, mottled with loss, disillusion and a poignant lamentation for innocent past times”.

Many bloggers have been very excited about their current material, with favourable reports emerging about their live shows. Needless to say, for those of you fortunate enough to be going to Glastonbury this weekend (and if so, why aren’t you there already?), they’ll be playing on Friday night at 8pm at the Late N Live Stage.

Reminiscent of both Keane (for their Piano-led pop-rock) and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (for Sam Duckworth’s brilliant knack of conveying feelings and images of a time and place), Scouting For Girls are sure to gain a devoted following soon.

After the jump, catch their video for “It’s Not About You”. Picture was taken from Scouting For Girls’ MySpace.
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Ticket alert: Interpol

 
By on Wednesday, 20th June 2007 at 5:23 pm
 

InterpolInterpol have announced a one off show at London’s Astoria ahead of their new album, ‘Our Love To Admire’ which is out on July 9.

The tickets went on sale at 9am this morning (yes, yes, I’ve been out shopping today so have only just found this out!)

Tickets available from See tickets for their latest date.

Photo taken from Pinkbelt’s flickr stream.

 

Ticket alert: Maps, Kula Shaker, Mark Ronson

 
By on Monday, 18th June 2007 at 3:19 pm
 

MapsTwo new tours have been announced today, with Northampton bedroom maestro Maps on tour in July now that he’s recruited a fill band you can see him at:

Fri 6th July – Manchester Int. Festival
Sunday 8th July – London Sonic Cathedral
Thursday 12th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
Saturday 14th July – Coventry Godiva Festival
Sunday 15th July – Glasgow Indian Summer
Monday 16th July – Mermaid Theatre London
25th July – Northampton Church Of The Holy Sceptre
30th July – London Borderline

90’s Britpop kids Kula Shaker are back on the road in October, playing:
Sunday 30th September – Southampton Uni
Monday 1st October – Liverpool Carling Academy
Tuesday 2nd October – Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 5th October – Newcastle Northumbria University (Stage 2)
Saturday 6th October – Manchester University
Monday 8th October – Wolverhampton The Civic Hall (Wolfrun)
Tuesday 9th October – Cambridge The Junction
Wednesday 10th October – London Koko

Kula Shaker tickets are on sale from tomorrow (Tuesday 19th June), with Maps tickets already on sale / available for most dates.

Photo taken from Maps’ myspace page.

Mark Ronson is on tour in October as well, for what is shaping up to be an amazing month for live music. Tickets on sale on Tuesday at 9am. He plays:
Liverpool Carling Academy – Fri 12 October
Manchester University – Sat 13 October
Newcastle Carling Academy – Sun 14 October
Birmingham Carling Academy – Thu 18 October
Leeds University Union – Fri 19 October
London Shepherds Bush Empire – Thu 25 October
London Shepherds Bush Empire – Fri 26 October

 

Live: Muse at Wembley Stadium (Saturday 16th June)

 
By on Sunday, 17th June 2007 at 3:11 am
 

This post was originally posted over at Londonist.

Never ones for being the most talkative on stage, Muse played the first night of their two night stand at the new Wembley Stadium with few words to the audience. This was more than made up for however by the enthusiastic set full or surprises. If you’re going to the Sunday Muse gig I’d strongly suggest not reading on if you want to keep it all a surprise.

Muse at WembleyGoing back to the start however and Rodrigo Y Gabriella surprised many in the audience who had slated their unique brand of Mexican acoustic guitars to not work in a stadium. However work they did as they perhaps managed to out-perform Dirty Pretty Things who followed them up, putting in a decidedly average performance, playing lots of new material and seemed to get the crowd going less that Rodrigo Y Gabriella did.

The last support was The Streets who managed to get everyone going perfectly, creating a bit of a party atmosphere as he confided in the 90,000 strong crowd that he has a yearning to be like Freddie Mercury, leading to a mass sing-along. Wheeling out all of his well known material, he did a storming job of warming everyone up, however did manage to jinx it my proclaiming that “there definitely won’t be any rain” – come the second half of Muse’ set, rain it does.

Finally the time came for what we’d all paid for. Muse. Set amongst a futuristic stage of Satellite Dishes, giant light-up balloons and a video screen that makes your brand new top of the range plasma look like something your Gran should own, they really had outdone themselves with the set. Twenty minutes late the stage lights dim and searchlights go round. Smoke oozes out and yet no Muse. Instead, they arrive from the back of the sound stage in the centre of the stadium, in a blast of tickertape that is still coming down four songs in.

Muse at WembleyWalking through the walkway set in the middle of the standing area, they reach the stage, immediately launching into “Knights of Cydonia” and “Hysteria”, which got everyone going nicely before launching into “Supermassive Blackhole”, sending those in the crowd not already going ape over the edge. Dominic Howard, Muse’ drummer, was the most talkative, commenting “It looks like you’re having fun, I know we are!”

Playing all of the old favourites, Muse managed to squeeze 22 songs into their two hour set, finishing their main set with an extended version of “Newborn”. However, the best was saved for the encore. “Soldiers Poem” was dedicated to “unsung heroes”, and featured a stadium full of people holding phones aloft before a dreamy rendition of “Blackout”, which featured two acrobats suspended by giant white balloons soaring above the crowd for possibly one of the most beautiful moments to be seen so far at Wembley. All attention was off the lads as the two acrobats flipped and twirled with grace and beauty, with the music providing the perfect soundtrack.

“Plug in Baby” was the last all-out energy filled number for many people, complete with tens of huge balloons filled with glitter floating around the stadium. Final encore was saved for the epic trio of “Micro Cuts”, “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Take A Bow”, all of which were, well, amazing, ending in a bout of fire and glitter that would make many lesser artists quiver in their boots.

After such an epic evening it’s easy to see how Muse could sell out Wembley twice. Theatrical, amazing musical talent and all out entertainers. The future of Rock? I think so.

After the jump: Photos, setlist and video in a few days.

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Live: Tom McRae at Shepherds Bush Empire – 15th June 2007

 
By on Saturday, 16th June 2007 at 2:36 am
 

This post is also available on Londonist. Pictures and video after the jump.

Tom McRae at Shepherds Bush Empire - 15th June 2007“One broken collar bone, one sprained ankle and a severe case of man-flu – that’s the toll of a three week UK tour” joked Tom McRae as he chatted with the crowd at last night’s tour finale at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Taking the audience on a journey through his past three albums and his most recent, King of Cards, he manages to play all the old favourites and a few new ones.

Opening up was the marvellous Steve Reynolds, who had a broken collar bone, done whilst playing football – Tom later commented “I can still hear that crack in my head now… it was horrible!” Clearly in agony, he even so managed to romp through some crowd pleasers and some new material, all of which was absolutely amazing. He managed to restrain himself from berating an incredibly noisy audience, even though he clearly wanted to.

A few minutes later and the guy we’d all been waiting for, Tom McRae comes on stage, explaining that he has man flu, which is apparently a million times worse than a broken collar bone (said jokingly). To warm his voice up, we got three (presumably) untitled new songs before he broke into the better known ones.

In between songs his banter with the audience was amusing as ever, with Tom discussing the Sun’s review of his new album (“They accused me of dumbing down with a “pop” sound that’s “happier” than before… you know things are bad when the Sun says you’re dumbing down. So here’s a happy one from my new album!” before launching into “Got a Suitcase, Got Regrets, perhaps one of the darker songs on the new album ironically.)

Old favourites “My Vampire Heart”, “Walk to Hawaii” and “Dose Me Up” all got airings, greated like old friends. One of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for when Tom promised to bring the Hotel Café tour back to the UK early next year – one of my highlights of last year musically, and a great idea.

However, the best was yet to come. Coming back for his encore, Tom unplugged his guitar, and Ollie the keyboardist grabbed an accordion for a sensational rendition of “Bloodless”, with Tom singing without any amplification, and audience sing alongs galore. It was short and to the point, but decidedly poignant with everyone singing and the full meaning of the song just hitting everyone full-on.

When he finished this, there was only one way to go, with the song everyone had been shouting from the start – “Boy With The Bubblegum”. Simple, yet oh so effective, it brought the whole evening to a close in perfect style.

Tom McRae – one of our nation’s best kept secrets?

After the jump, catch larger pictures and also a video of Bloodless live.

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Ticket alert: Ladytron

 
By on Thursday, 14th June 2007 at 12:00 am
 

LadytronI know, I know, I said that the last post would be the last one about events on sale this week. I was wrong. Just found out that one of my like all time favourite bands, Ladytron, are playing the Bloomsbury Ballroom on Friday 31st August.

They fuse electro and indie and shoegaze altogether for one hell of a mishmash of sounds, that is just sublime. Plus the two front girls are decidely easy on the eyes.

Photo from anadah’s flickr stream.

 
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