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Yellowcard + Saves the Day / November and December 2011 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 9:30 am

American bands Yellowcard (pictured above) and Saves the Day have announced a short co-headlining tour of the UK for late November / late December. Tickets are on sale Friday (22 July) at 9 AM.

Monday 28th November 2011 – Glasgow Garage
Tuesday 29th November 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Wednesday 30th November 2011 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 1st December 2011 – London HMV Forum


Crystal Fighters / September 2011 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 9:00 am

Spain’s Crystal Fighters have announced three UK tour dates for September. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the band’s official Web site.

Wednesday 14th September 2011 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 15th September 2011 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 16th September 2011 – Glasgow Stereo


WU LYF / October 2011 English Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 8:30 am

The ever mysterious Manchester band WU LYF have announced a tour of England for this October. Tickets for this tour go on sale on Friday (22 July) at 9 AM.

Monday 17th October 2011 – Newcastle Other Rooms
Tuesday 18th October 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Wednesday 19th October 2011 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 21st October 2011 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 22nd October 2011 – Liverpool Kazimier
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 26th October 2011 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 27th October 2011 – Brighton Coalition


Incubus / November 2011 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 at 8:00 am

I’m probably showing my age, but I still think Incubus’s 2000 song ‘Drive’ is pretty cool. But that’s ancient history. The California band will be playing arena gigs in the UK come November on their “If Not Now, When?” tour. Tickets are £27.50 each (£28.50 for London Alexandra Palace) and will go on sale at 9 AM this Friday (22 July).

Thursday 3rd November 2011 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Friday 4th November 2011 – London Alexandra Palace
Saturday 5th November 2011 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Monday 7th November 2011 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Wednesday 9th November 2011 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Friday 11th November 2011 – Glasgow SECC


Video of the Moment #527: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By on Tuesday, 19th July 2011 at 6:00 pm

Here’s the new promo vid for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s song ‘The Body’. It’s a delightfully sunny video with just a twinge of the angst of…growing up. And oh, those kids they chose to be the kid versions of themselves are adorable.

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Mercury Prize Shortlist 2011

By on Tuesday, 19th July 2011 at 2:16 pm

The shortlist for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2011 Albums of the Year were announced by 6music presenter Lauren Laverne this morning in a special ceremony at London’s Hospital Club. As usual, some of the nominees were expected to receive the prestigious industry nod, while some were definitely less than expected.

Not surprisingly, soul singer Adele‘s critically acclaimed and best-selling album on both sides of the Atlantic, ’21’, received a nom. There are plenty of new artists on this year’s shortlist, in exactly the same shoes Adele was in 3 years ago with ’19’. Sultry-looking and equally sultry-sounding Anna Calvi received a nomination for her eponymous debut; again, this is hardly surprising given she was shortlisted in late 2010 for the BBC Sound of 2011. James Blake, #2 on the Sound of 2011 list, also garnered a nod for his self-titled debut album bringing dubstep more to the mainstream. (Read Natalie’s review of the album here.) Electronic producer Ghostpoet is nominated for his debut album that sounds more like the title of a cookbook, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’.

After winning the gong in 2008 with ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, Elbow will try their hand to win again this year with their newest, ‘build a rocket, boys!’ (Read John’s review of the album here.) A win for the Mancunians seems highly appropriate in light of the development of their own limited edition golden ale, named after their new album and true to their roots, to be made locally in Stockport and sold exclusively at Robinsons pubs in the UK.) Speaking of Manchester, the eclectic ‘Man Alive’ (my review here) from Manchester-based Everything Everything is also up for the award.

New urban music makes a good showing on this year’s shortlist. Katy B‘s ‘On a Mission’ received a nomination, as did Tinie Tempah‘s ‘Disc-Overy’. But legends also figure in the nominations. Influential singer/songwriter PJ Harvey has been recognised for ‘Let England Shake’, her first album in 4 years. The Domino-released collaboration between Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and electronica artist Jon Hopkins, ‘Diamond Mine’, that was a labour of love for 7 years is also nominated. Brighton dance band Metronomy‘s highly-anticipated third album released in April, ‘The English Riviera’, is also a contender. (Read Luke’s review of the album here.) And if we’ve learned anything from 2 decades of the Mercury Prize, there is always at least one album that comes out of left field. This year, that nomination goes to Welsh jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and his ‘Good Days at Schloss Elmau’. (I Googled it: Schloss Elmau is a luxury hotel in the foothills of Bavaria. Maybe that’s a good place for the to-be-announced Mercury Prize winner to escape inevitable press and paps in mid-September?)

The winner of the 2011 Mercury Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 6 September.

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