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Bruce Springsteen / December London date

By on Tuesday, 28th August 2007 at 6:47 pm

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen has announced that he’ll be playing a one off date at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 19th December.

The American Legend will most likely add further London dates as demand predicts, but at the moment we only get one visit. Tickets go on sale for O2 customers on Wednesday (tomorrow folks) from 9am, or on Thursday (30th August) 9am for the rest of us.

Springsteen has a new album, “Magic”, out on October 2nd. Whether it’s any good is up to you – though undoubtably it will sell well, as most Springsteen records do.

Photo taken from Sister 72’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.


Kaiser Chiefs / Secret Blackpool Show

By on Tuesday, 28th August 2007 at 5:57 pm

Kaiser Chiefs @ NME signingPop / indie cross-over extrodinaires Kaiser Chiefs have announced that they’ll be playing an exclusive show for Vodafone’s TBA.

The show will take place somewhere in Blackpool, with the venue being announced on the day. To win tickets you’ll have to enter one of two draws on the 30th or 31st August (this Thursday and Friday) on the Vodafone Music website.

However even if you don’t win tickets it’ll be shown on channel 4, so don’t worry.

Photo taken from rocktographer’s flickr stream.


Foo Fighters / November Arena Dates

By on Tuesday, 28th August 2007 at 1:08 pm

Foo FightersSince headlining V Festival last weekend, The Foo Fighters have announced a string of UK Arena dates for November. Expect many dates to be extended to more nights, as there are plenty of gaps to be filled in their schedule.

Support comes from Serj Tankian, and tickets go on sale on Friday (31st August) at 9am. Presale is available to those of you who were pre-existing members of their mailing list.

Friday 2nd November – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 5th November – Newcastle Metro Arena
Tuesday 6th November – Birmingham NEC
Friday 9th November – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 10th November – Aberdeen AECC
Monday 12th November – Sheffield Hallam Arena
Tuesday 13th November – Cardiff International Arena
Saturday 17th November – London O2 Arena
Sunday 18th November – London O2 Arena

Photo is taken from Audunn’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.


Kaiser Chiefs / Winter Tour extension

By on Monday, 27th August 2007 at 2:55 pm

Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs have extended yet again their seemingly never-ending winter tour to include Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brighton Dates. The tour covers the entire length and breadth of the country it seems

The new dates are italicised below, along with the rest of their tour dates. New tour dates are on presale here, and the other dates are available from the usual sources.

Wednesday 21st November – Exeter Westpoint Arena
Thursday 22nd November – Bournemouth BIC
Saturday 24th November – Cardiff CIA
Tuesday 27th November – Birmingham NIA
Wednesday 28th November – Nottingham Arena
Friday 30th November – Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday 1st December – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 3rd December – Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
Tuesday 4th December- Hull Arena
Thursday 6th December 2007 – Glasgow SECC
Saturday 8th December 2007 – Aberdeen AECC

Monday 10th December – Newcastle Metro Arena
Friday 14th December – London Earls Court
Saturday 15th December – London Earls Court
Sunday 16th December 2007 – Brighton Centre

Photo taken from Hi tekznologik’s flickr stream.


XFM’s Big Night Out

By on Monday, 27th August 2007 at 12:22 pm

Fratellis at XFMXFM have announced details of their now anual Big Night Out in October.

Saturday October 13th sees the radio station celebrate its 10th birthday in style at Brixton Academy. Maximo Park are headliners, and will be joined by a host of special guests who have yet to be announced though will be pretty big – in past years Hard-Fi, The Fratellis, The View, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, We Are Scientists and The Feeling have all played the night.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday August 29 priced at £20 plus booking fees. Doors are from 8pm – 2am.

Photo is taken from XFM’s 2006 Big Night Out photo album on XFM’s website by Darran Armstrong.


The New Pornographers / Challengers review

By on Sunday, 26th August 2007 at 8:44 pm

New Pornographers - ChallengersWhen a band has a slow burner hit such as the New Pornographer‘s Twin Cinema or The National’s Alligator, their follow-up effort has an incredible burden of expectation placed upon them. Sometimes they manage it (see The National’s Boxer – Alligator’s equal if not better), and other times they just miss the mark, as is the case with “Challengers“.

Challengers is their fourth album and all expectations were pointing towards it being another indie-pop classic such as Twin Cinema, having the fun, slightly chaotic vibe that made them so many fans. However, Challengers has much more of a “morning after the chaotic party” vibe. Many of the songs suffer from too much production, taking away any sort of feeling or atmosphere, and as I mentioned earlier this year it sounds too much like AC Newman’s project instead of the Canadian Super-Group they were way back. The energy gone, the collection is like a Canadian version of a Feeder album – all consistently good tracks, just all a bit samey and nothing new or innovative, which is a shame given their debut Mass Electric, and their third album, Twin Cinema.

When they break into “All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth” early into the album I couldn’t help but feel that things were going to go on an up, however how wrong I was when 2 minutes in you realise it’s just repetitive, lacking in any of the power-pop juice songs like The Bleeding Heart Show had.

As the album progresses things get better, with an air of managing to master the pomp and circumstance of an end-of-film soundtrack, rather than soundtracking the party. “Adventures in Solitude” is a slow builder that manages to capture a snippet of the magic Twin Cinema once managed. Followed by album closer “The Spirit of Giving In” the pair provide the standout tracks to the album. A campfire sing-along, it manages to capture a tiny bit of their old magic.

Perhaps this lacklustre album is partly down to the lack of Neko Case and Dan Bejar playing the large roles that they used to in the band, or perhaps it’s just a running out of energy as the band members focus more on side projects. Either way, it’s an okay collection, but by no means a match for Twin Cinema.


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