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By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th January 2013 at 9:30 am
King Charles will be playing a gig a night, every night in April. All the dates and locations have been announced…except the one on the 30th, which remains secret. At least for now. Tickets are on sale now for the 1st of April through the 29th of April shows.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th January 2013 at 9:00 am
The Enemy will be appearing at Propaganda clubs across the UK and in Dublin in February and March. The price? A mere 5 pounds in the UK and just 5 euros in Dublin. What are you waiting for? Tickets are on sale now.
Straight after this tour, the band will head out to America, first to New York to play New York Sound City (the American arm of Liverpool Sound City) on the 11th of March, and then to Austin to showcase at this year’s SXSW.
Friday 1st February 2013 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Friday 8th February 2013 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Dublin Academy
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Leeds Academy
Friday 22nd February 2013 – London Islington Academy
Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Oxford Academy
Friday 1st March 2013 – Birmingam Academy
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 8th March 2013 – Northampton Roadmender
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 7th January 2013 at 3:00 pm
Update 24/01/2013: this tour has been cancelled while the band takes a break, according to the band’s Facebook. “There are currently no plans to reschedule the dates. If anything changes we will let you know.” Read all about it here.
General Fiasco have announced a UK tour starting at the end of this month in Glasgow. Tickets are available now. All shows are 18+, except where noted.
The Belfast band released their latest album, ‘Unfaithfully Yours’, in summer 2012; the album made my top 10 albums of 2012. Read more about that here.
Thursday 31st January 2013 – Glasgow King Tuts (14+)
Friday 1st February 2013 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Saturday 2nd February 2013 – Wigan Indiependence (16+)
Sunday 3rd February 2013 – York Duchess
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Newcastle Think Tank Hoults
Wednesday 6th February 2013 – Leeds Cockpit 2
Thursday 7th February 2013 – Hull Fruit
Friday 8th February 2013 – Chester Compass
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Sunday 10th February 2013 – Leicester Soundhouse
Monday 11th February 2013 – London Camden Barfly
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Brighton Haunt
Wednesday 13th February 2013 – Bristol Louisiana
Thursday 14th February 2013 – Gloucester Guildhall
Friday 15th February 2013 – Swansea Sin (16+)
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 at 10:00 am
Reading’s Empress have been announced as support for Toronto band Cancer Bats‘ March 2013 UK tour. And in celebration of that, the band want you to have their cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Breathe’ on their Facebook page here. And one better, their mate Ross Leppard put together a nice video for the song as well, which you can watch below. Below the video are all the dates for their support slot on Cancer Bats’ tour. (I’m too lazy to type out all the dates.) Tickets are on sale now.
John profiled Empress for a Bands to Watch feature last summer, which you can read here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 8:00 am
The Courteeners have announced a sizable tour for early next year. Tickets are on sale now. After the list of tour dates, you can watch the new Reading Festival video for ‘Lose Control’, the first single from their new album ‘Anna’, to be released in February.
Thursday 21st February 2013 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 22nd February 2013 – Leeds Academy
Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 25th February 2013 – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Dundee Fat Sams
Thursday 28th February 2013 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 1st March 2013 – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Edinburgh Picture House
Monday 4th March 2013 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Tuesday 5th March 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 7th March 2013 – Bristol Academy
Friday 8th March 2013 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Saturday 9th March 2013 – Oxford Academy
Monday 11th March 2013 – Leicester Academy
Tuesday 12th March 2013 – Cardiff University Solus
Thursday 14th March 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 15th March 2013 – Sheffield Academy
Saturday 16th March 2013 – London Brixton Academy
The tail end of 2012 sees London’s BRIT award-winning minimalist three-piece the xx take on a handful of UK dates in promotion of sophomore long-player ‘Coexist’, before moving on to a far more substantial tour with the unspoken objective of cracking the notoriously fickle US market. TGTF caught their show in Newcastle upon Tyne, with the agenda of assessing how their darkly atmospheric sound would be received across the pond.
Support for the UK dates comes from Ireland’s Mmoths. Jack Colleran generates ethereal swathes of synths and found sounds, unnamed voices drifting with nary a care through his delicately spun melodies. Reminiscent of Baths at his somnambulent best, tonight he is occasionally backed by a live drummer and bassist; the weight which this adds to the sound is sorely needed live, the restless crowd silently pleading for something solid to alleviate their anticipation. Mmoths’ debut EP ‘Diaries’ is out next year.
The xx are a stylish band. Clad all in black, a complex white light show enhancing their studied, aloof manner, they carefully recreate much of ‘Coexist’, with selected pickings from lauded debut xx. Immediately it’s obvious that the live show brings a sense of soul and involvement that the records can sometimes lack. Romy Madley-Croft’s soft yet assertive vocal is entirely engaging, the delicacy of ‘Angels’ allowing her voice to gently whisper sweet somethings across the hushed audience. When the band are at their best, things soar majestically, but there’s always a metaphorical distance, an unseen foot on the brake. Their considerable appeal – bear in mind this is a big venue, fully sold out – is difficult to define. Such slow-burning subtlety isn’t usually a guarantor of mainstream appeal. Whether the Mercury nod, or the fashionable Bauhaus bleakness, there is something afoot here.
Despite the knowing stylings, and the adult themes, there’s something childlike about the simplicity on show tonight. Guitar chords are eschewed for singly-plucked notes, bass is straight as a die, rarely, if ever, wandering from root. There is more space than sound. The entirety of ‘VCR’ could be a child’s TV theme tune. But absent is the glee of childhood: this is the music of care; of thinking; of the architecture of love; of autism. Only Jamie Smith reveals and revels in anything resembling the conventional transcendentiality of music: only in his superb live drum machine work and real-time mangling of the entire band’s sound does anything approaching a release of emotion occur. But just when it seems that might inspire the entire band to shift to another gear of engagement, the song draws to a close, and the stage is shrouded in darkness once again.
The xx live experience is quite unique. It is elegant, distinctive, soulful and heartfelt. Yet at the same time aloof, knowing, and, at times, hollow. Rather a mixed bag then – more for thinking than dancing, more for savouring than devouring. Whether this suits the US taste in music is an impossible quandary – they’ve chosen mostly southern states, which one might lazily think not the perfect match. However, The xx have conquered all with their subtle charms – and it seems likely the US will be the next to succumb.