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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 13th November 2013 at 9:30 am
American band Shearwater have announced a four-date tour for England for April and May next year. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch the video for the band’s cover of Xiu Xiu’s ‘I Luv The Valley OH!’ below; this version features on ‘Fellow Travelers’, Shearwater’s new collection of reinventions and collaborations with artists they’ve toured with over the years; their new album is due out the 25th of November.
Wednesday 30th April 2014 – London XOYO
Thursday 1st May 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 2nd May 2014 – Bristol Fleece
Saturday 3rd May 2014 – Brighton Haunt
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
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 12th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
Now blonde and kind of looking like Miley Cyrus, Jessie J just finished up a sold-out arena tour of the UK and has released this clip of a performance of ‘Alive’ from the London O2. This sort of gyrating in skintight clothing is not my cup of tea at all, but thousands of fans can’t be wrong. Or can they? Watch below and make up your own mind.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 8th November 2013 at 4:00 pm
The Honey Ants – the duo made up of John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer – appeared at the Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, London, last month. And we’re pleased to bring you this performance of ‘See You Again’ from the show. Filmed in dreamy sepia tones, this one’s a keeper. Watch it below.
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