Fall Out Boy have announced a March 2014 arena tour of the UK in support of their upcoming record, ‘Pax Am Days’, which was produced by Ryan Adams, in Adams’ Hollywood studio. Tickets for the UK shows are onsale now.
Saturday 15th March 2014 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Birmingham NIA
Monday 17th March 2014 – Manchester Phones 4 U Arena
Thursday 20th March 2014 – London Wembley Arena
Friday 21st March 2014 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday 22nd March 2014 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 23rd September 2013 at 9:00 am
Scottish rock heroes Franz Ferdinand will be touring the UK and Ireland next March. Tickets are on sale now.
And if you want a laugh, watch the video for ‘Evil Eye’, from their current Domino Records album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ (reviewed by John here) embedded below the tour dates. A bit gruesome but funny gruesome.
Friday 14th March 2014 – London Roundhouse
Monday 17th March 2014 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 18th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Wednesday 19th March 2014 – Southampton Guildhall
Friday 21st March 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 22nd March 2014 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 23rd March 2014 – Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 25th March 2014 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Wednesday 26th March 2014 – Leeds Academy
Thursday 27th March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 10th September 2013 at 9:00 am
NME darlings Palma Violets have revealed a massive tour for this coming winter. Tickets are available now.
Monday 18th November 2013 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Tuesday 19th November 2013 – Lincoln Engine Room
Thursday 21st November 2013 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Friday 22nd November 2013 – Newcastle University
Saturday 23rd November 2013 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 25th November 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 26th November 2013 – Manchester Ritz
Thursday 28th November 2013 – Oxford Academy
Friday 29th November 2013 – Coventry Kasbah
Saturday 30th November 2013 – Plymouth University
Monday 2nd December 2013 – Southampton University
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – Bristol Academy
Wednesday 4th December 2013 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 5th December 2013 – London Coronet
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 10th September 2013 at 8:00 am
Those lovable Geordies Little Comets will be getting back on “the touring horse” as they described earlier this week, touring the UK in February 2014. Tickets are on sale on Friday.
I interviewed Rob and Matt from the band when they were in DC for a gig last month; more details on that here.
Wednesday 5th February 2013 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 6th February 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 7th February 2013 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Saturday 8th February 2013 – Belfast Limelight
Sunday 9th February 2013 – Dublin Academy
Tuesday 11th February 2013 – Birmingham Library
Wednesday 12th February 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Thursday 13th February 2013 – Stoke Sugarmill
Saturday 15th February 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Sunday 16th February 2013 – Brighton Concorde 2
Monday 17th February 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 18th February 2013 – Bath Komedia
Thursday 20th February 2013 – London Electric Ballroom
Friday 21st February 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Eels, as everyone knows, is the musical project of singer and bandleader Mark “E” Everett; not far off its 20th birthday, the project has shifted through many forms, from near-solo performances, through big band arrangements, to today’s incarnation, a five-piece guitar combo with a penchant for existential swamp-rock.
The entire performance is couched in slightly unsettling terms: the five-piece band is clad identically in Adidas tracksuit, beard and sunglasses; when they are introduced halfway through, it becomes apparent for reasons of convention they have all been given human nicknames, but don’t be fooled – the truth is that E has perfected the theory and practice of human genetic cloning, and has pressed it into service for the benefit of musical performance. The clue is in the leader’s name: he’s standing far stage right, and if you tag each musician from left to right, starting at the beginning of the alphabet, you finally get to E, the E-vil genius behind the whole affair.
On record, Eels have an eclectic way with an arrangement: latest LP ‘Wonderful, Glorious’ features bits of synth, electronic beats, and as many downtempo low-fi moments as electric guitar excursions. Not so live, however – tonight it was guitar central. Now, anyone who claims the guitar band is dead just has to look at what Eels can do with an electric guitar ensemble to refute their own claim. They start as they mean to go on – with noise and aggression. An extended play of ‘Dog Faced Boy’ rocks thumpingly hard. A surprise version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ is quite a treat so early in the set, the band revelling in the stop-start call-and-response section. Older heads in the audience nod along sagely. After such a noisy start, the tempo inevitably needs to slow down for a while. “Here’s one for the ladies”, E declares, before shifting into the gentle beauty of ‘The Turnaround’. See, girls, he’s not all beard and shouting, there’s a delicate side to him as well. Not that it lasts all that long, the band clearly ache to wind up the overdrive and rock out again for the drawn-out end coda.
But there’s more to Eels than just fret wizardry. There’s a strong theatrical streak throughout, at times almost disturbingly surreal. There’s a false alarm of some structural deficiency in the auditorium (ironic considering the venue’s collapsing floor incident of some years ago), complete with sirens and the band ducking for cover. There’s banter between the band and their tour crew, including the fantastically stereotypical tour manager who repeatedly attempts to limit them to just one more song. It’s obviously just for show, but there’s enough doubt in one’s mind to make it fun. They run back on stage to play a final song even as the stage is being dismantled; again, perfectly staged, but quite striking anyway, as the crew wander around coiling leads and packing kit, the band are belting out one final song. Were they allowed? Was it all for show, or a genuinely subversive act? Either way, it shows a sense for the dramatic, an awareness of the fourth-wall abstract that raises a simple rock ‘n’ roll performance to more profound heights. A memorable performance that barely scratched the surface of Eels’ back catalogue.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 4th September 2013 at 9:00 am
They’ve gone and conquered this year’s Latitude. Is a headline slot for Foals at Reading/Leeds not far off? While you are busy contemplating this, you should probably know that Yannis Philippakis and co. have planned a UK and Irish tour for February 2014. Support for the tour will come from American alt-rock band Cage the Elephant. Tickets are available now and are going like *that*, so you should probably hurry up and get your tickets now and not wait if you’re keen.
Tuesday 4th February 2014 – Dublin Olympia
Wednesday 5th February 2014 – Dublin Olympia
Friday 7th February 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 8th February 2014 – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 9th February 2014 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Tuesday 11th February 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 14th February 2014 – London Alexandra Palace (sold out)
Saturday 15th February 2014 – London Alexandra Palace