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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 13th November 2013 at 9:00 am
Bombay Bicycle Club have announced a UK tour for next March. The general ticket sale begins this Friday (the 15th of November) at 9 AM.
Bombay’s fourth album, with a title yet to be revealed, will be released on the 3rd of February 2014 on Island Records. Stream the first taster from the album, ‘Carry Me’, below; access the interactive version here.
Sunday 2nd March 2014 – Leeds Academy
Monday 3rd March 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Tuesday 4th March 2014 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 7th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 9th March 2014 – Norwich UEA
Monday 10th March 2014 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 13th March 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Cardiff Uni Great Hall
Monday 17th March 2014 – Exeter Uni Great Hall
Tuesday 18th March 2014 – Brighton Dome
Thursday 20th March 2014 – Manchester Albert Hall
Header photo by Jen Carey
New Zealand pop veteran Neil Finn has released the video for ‘Divebomber’, the lead single from his forthcoming solo album ‘Dizzy Heights’, following a live webcast of a rehearsal session for the new songs. The rehearsal featured Finn on piano and acoustic guitar, accompanied by a full orchestra, and also contained an audience participation element, with Finn answering questions submitted in real time via Twitter and Facebook. If you missed the live Webcast, it is now archived at Finn’s Web site and can be viewed here.
In the webcast, Finn remarked that several of the songs on ‘Dizzy Heights’ include large arrangements with either orchestra or full band, revealing the expansive direction of the new material. “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way,” he says, explaining his collaboration on the record with co-producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and fellow New Zealand musicians Connan Mockasin and Sean Donnelly (SJD).
Though he is best known for the catchy pop tunes of Crowded House, Finn has always seemed to take inspiration for his songwriting from unexpected sources, particularly in his solo material. ‘Divebomber’ was inspired by a 1941 film of the same name, which received an Oscar nomination for its vibrant cinematography. Finn’s ‘Divebomber’ video is less boldly graphic, instead using video footage from a beach vacation in Greece overlaid by diffuse aerial cloud imagery to match the discordant, unsettled tone of the musical setting. But the track’s soaring strings, marching percussion and breathy vocals reflect the heroic and tragic nature of the film’s plot line, as well as the bravery and risk involved in Finn’s recent songwriting ventures. As the song’s lyrics state, ‘There’s only one way down’, and with ‘Divebomber’, Finn has taken a headlong plunge into uncharted territory.
‘Dizzy Heights’ will be released on 10 February 2014 via Lester Records / Kobalt Label Services. Watch the video for ‘Divebomber’ below. Finn will be playing a one-off show at St. James’ Church in London on 27 November but the gig is already sold out.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 7th November 2013 at 9:00 am
Beguiling singer/songwriter Anna Calvi will be touring the UK and Ireland in February. Tickets to this tour are on sale now.
Calvi’s next single ‘Suddenly’ will be released on 7” and digitally, backed by a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Fire’.
Saturday 1th February 2014 – Dublin Vicar Street
Sunday 2nd February 2014 – Belfast Empire
Tuesday 4rd February 2014 – Leeds Met University
Wednesday 5th February 2014 – Glasgow Arches
Thursday 6th February 2014 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 8th February 2014 – London Troxy
Monday 10th February 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Tuesday 11th February 2014 – Brighton All Saints Church
Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Bath Komedia
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 4th November 2013 at 9:00 am
The Courteeners will be touring the UK in December. Tickets are on sale now.
Monday 2nd December 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 5th December 2013 – Middlesbrough Empire
Friday 6th December 2013 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Saturday 7th December 2013 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 9th December 2013 – Hull University
Tuesday 10th December 2013 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Wednesday 11th December 2013 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Friday 13th December 2013 – Manchester Phones 4U Arena
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at 9:00 am
Reverend and the Makers have announced a new tour for February and March 2014 in the UK. Tickets are on sale tomorrow (the 1st of November).
The band, fronted by the irrepressible Jon McClure, will be releasing their four album ‘Thirty Two’ on Cooking Vinyl Records on the 24th of February, the day before the tour commences in Leeds. Stream a brand new track appearing on the forthcoming LP, ‘Your Girl’, directly under the tour dates below. Support the band by preordering your copy of the new album on their PledgeMusic page.
Tuesday 25th February 2014 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Wednesday 26th February 2014 – Hull Welly Club
Thursday 27th February 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 28th February 2014 – Preston 53 Degrees
Saturday 1st March 2014 – Liverpool Academy
Monday 3rd March 2014 – Dunfermline PY Molloys
Tuesday 4th March 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 7th March 2014 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 10th March 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Tuesday 11th March 2014 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 13th March 2014 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 14th March 2014 – Norwich Waterfront
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at 8:30 am
Kendal’s Wild Beasts have announced a string of five dates for the tail end of November. Tickets to this brief jaunt are on sale now.
Rumour has it that Wild Beasts’ follow-up to 2011’s brilliant ‘Smother’ is expected to be out in spring 2014 on Domino Records.
Tuesday 26th November 2013 – Liverpool Academy
Wednesday 27th November 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 28th November 2013 – Oxford Academy
Friday 29th November 2013 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Saturday 30th November 2013 – Norwich Arts Centre