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Oklahoma singer/songwriter JD McPherson has announced three live dates in the UK, following the release of his latest album ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, released back in February on Rounder Records. Below the tour date listing, you can watch the video for album track ‘It’s All Over but the Shouting’.
Tickets for the following live dates are available now. Previous TGTF coverage of JD McPherson can be found here.
Tuesday 16th June 2015 – London Koko
Wednesday 17th June 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 18th June 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers will be touring his new album ‘The Desired Effect’ in Ireland and the UK later this spring, starting with an already sold out Dublin date and including a newly added second date at London’s Brixton Academy. ‘The Desired Effect’ is Flowers’ second solo album, due for release on the 18th of May. You can find the puritanical video for the album’s first single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.
For previous TGTF coverage of Brandon Flowers’ solo career, head this way. Our previous coverage of The Killers can be found right here.
Tuesday 19th May 2015 – Dublin Olympia Theatre (sold out)
Thursday 21st May 2015 – London Brixton Academy (sold out)
Friday 22nd May 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 24th May 2015 – Manchester Academy
Monday 25th May 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 26th May 2015 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 28th May 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Canadian alt-pop band and SXSW 2015 alums Alvvays have just announced a late summer tour of the UK around their already scheduled festival appearances at this year’s Reading and Leeds, Ireland’s Electric Picnic and the End of the Road festival. The tour will culminate with the band’s previously announced live dates in Manchester and London.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday the 1st of April, except for the Manchester and London shows, which are available now. Previous Alvvays coverage on TGTF is this way.
Sunday 30th August 2015 – York Duchess
Monday 31st August 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Cardiff Globe
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – Bristol Fleece
Thursday 3rd September 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 7th September 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 9th September 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 10th September 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 11th September 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Hot on the heels of his recent album release, James Bay has announced an autumn tour of the UK and Ireland in addition to his previously scheduled April tour dates. Bay’s LP ‘Chaos and the Calm’ came out last week, just after his appearances at SXSW 2015 in Austin, Texas. If you missed it, you can read my review of ‘Chaos and the Calm’ right here.
Tickets for the following shows go on sale this Thursday, the 2nd of April, at 9 AM.
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – Manchester Apollo
Thursday 24th September 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Sunday 27th September 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Monday 28th September 2015 – Leeds Academy
Wednesday 30th September 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 5th October 2015 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Bournemouth Solent Hall
Thursday 8th October 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 9th October 2015 – Swindon Oasis
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Belfast Ulster Hall
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Brighton indie pop group The Go! Team have announced a list of summer shows to follow the release of their new LP ‘The Scene Between’ on the 30th of March. The LP was written, produced and performed by frontman Ian Parton, who will be joined on the tour by original bandmates Ninja and Sam as well as Simone Odaranile (drums), Cheryl Pinero (bass) and Maki (guitar and vocals).
To celebrate the album release, Buzzfeed Music will be hosting a new album track video each day this week. You can watch the first of the five videos, ‘What D’You Say?’, just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following live dates go on sale this Friday, the 27th of March.
Previous TGTF coverage of The Go! Team can be found here.
Friday 5th June 2015 – Bristol Marble Factory
Saturday 6th June 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 7th June 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 17th June 2015 – London Village Underground
Saturday 20th June 2015 – Dublin Whelan’s
Sunday 21st June 2015 – Manchester Sound Control
Saturday 4th July 2015 – Brighton Haunt
In an era when indie rock bands strive to play international arena shows, Little Comets have instead spent the last 7 years capturing adolescent spirits across the UK’s smallest venues. The Tyneside trio have subsequently inspired a dedicated legion of fans and last Thursday night, following on from the release of ‘Hope is Just a State of Mind’ (reviewed by editor Mary here), they brought these fans together at London’s Koko.
Move aside, Kanye: this might have been your patch for a secret show a week ago, but this near sell out crowd was always going to prove very different. Little Comets added fellow Geordies Lisbon to open up, with a short but sweet taster of spritely indie pop. A tight sound and crowd pleasing set offered great variety; from the slow jam catchiness of ‘Blue Love’ that makes these guys a big tip for the future to the other end of the spectrum where the electro-pop grit of big drums and chanting lyrics on ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Native’, also sparked appreciation.
Already hotly tipped, Dundee’s Model Aeroplanes were also supporting and showed exactly why they’re commanding so much buzz lately. In short, this lively four-piece are the band to tell all your friends about, with driving rock melodies and an outstanding stage presence. Vocalist Rory Fleming-Stewart delivers youthful lyrics superbly on all occasions, even during the drunken sentiments of ‘Club Low’. “So much regret stuck in your teeth and you’re too proud to pick it out…”, he brims confidently, before changing tact on an upbeat chorus that the entire crowd can chant, “let’s face it we’re wasted, nowhere else to go…”.
This is a band who clearly enjoy their live sets, as Grant Irvine (guitar) and Ben Buist (bass) slid across the stage to add intricate riffs, whilst Kieran Smith gave a flawless performance behind the drums. There is an ever-present air of The Holloways in their jubilant indie refrains, and a tight set that included the likes of ‘Whatever Dress Suits You Better’ and ‘Rollercoaster’, showcased the potential for every track to be a worthy single. Don’t be mistaken by their playful charm, because this band have the showmanship and quality to hit even bigger stages in the next 12 months.
But it was when the headliners arrived that this crowd really started to get interesting. ‘Gift of Sound’ from Little Comets’ latest, independently released album – the first of their three to enter the top 40 album charts at number 31 – begins their set, followed by the timeless Brit-rock swagger of early, first album track ‘Isles’. By this point there are already fans climbing on one another’s shoulders, surging mosh pits and crowd surfing. It’s yet more evidence of how this band have channelled a youthful energy and angst, that other bands find impossible to replicate.
It would be naive however, to think their song writing has remained unchanged, and solely epitomised by these youth-cult classics. For all the excitement and wild scenes provoked by ‘Joanna’ and ‘Dancing Song’, Little Comets have also touched on as many profound and philosophical problems. ‘Woman Woman’ and ‘Violence Out Tonight’ create a chilling atmosphere, and amidst the enthused audience, still command a respectful peace. A respect that is held for just how diverse and thought-provoking this band’s songwriting can be.
They race through nearly 20 songs in all tonight, spanning across all their albums. There’s no encore here, and aside from there simply not being enough time, it would remain impossible to pick a select few to close on. Rob Coles, his brother Mickey and Matthew Hall, have been overcome by the scenes judging by their patter between songs, and it’s easy to see why: tonight undoubtedly highlights why this band are so special. This is a crowd that’s grown up with Little Comets over several years, and every time the band have reinvented themselves and their influences. It makes ‘In Blue Music We Trust’ all the more fitting to close their set, with lofty harmonies and a tale of positivity, and poignancy. Little Comets won’t be burning out anytime soon.