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By Mary Chang
on Monday, 22nd July 2013 at 9:00 am
Scottish band The View have announced a massive tour of the UK and Ireland for this winter. Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday 23th November 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 24th November 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday 26th November 2013 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 27th November 2013 – Gloucester Guildhall
Thursday 28th November 2013 – London Scala
Friday 29th November 2013 – Southend Chinnerys
Saturday 30th November 2013 – Windsor Fire Station
Monday 2nd December 2013 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Wednesday 4th December 2013 – Dublin Academy 2
Thursday 5th December 2013 – Belfast Limelight
Saturday 7th December 2013 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Sunday 8th December 2013 – Birmingham Academy 2
Monday 9th December 2013 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 10th December 2013 – Liverpool EVAC
Thursday 12th December 2013 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Friday 13th December 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Saturday 14th December 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 15th December 2013 – Newcastle Hoults Yard
Tuesday 17th December 2013 – Carlisle Brickyard
Wednesday 18th December 2013 – Glasgow Academy
Thursday 19th December 2013 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 20th December 2013 – Kilmarnock Grand Hall
Sarurday 21th December 2013 – Edinburgh Picture House
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 25th June 2013 at 9:00 am
Dublin’s Kodaline, whose debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ debuted at #3 on the UK albums chart this week (good work, boys!), have announced an English tour to take place in November 2013. Tickets are on sale this Wednesday (26 June) at 9 AM through a fan presale and on general sale Friday (28 June) at 9 AM. Tickets are priced at £11.50, except London, at £13.50 (not including booking fees).
Friday 8th November 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Saturday 9th November 2013 – Oxford Academy
Sunday 10th November 2013 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 13th November 2013 – Leeds Stylus
Saturday 16th November 2013 – Gateshead Sage 2
Monday 17th November 2013 – Manchester Ritz
Monday 18th November 2013 – Bristol Academy
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 6th June 2013 at 8:00 am
I was devastated, absolutely devastated to hear that atmospheric alt-pop band Trophy Wife, who I’ve never had the chance to see live, will be disbanding later this summer. Or technically I guess they have already disbanded, since they’ve already announced their plans that they will be no more. They’ve told fans that there will be life after the current incarnation, it’s just unclear what exact form the band and the music will take in the future.
If you live in the UK, however, there is one saving grace: the Oxford trio will be going on one final tour of the UK next week, and if I were you, I’d not miss it. So grab your tickets and catch them…while they still exist. I’ll be crying on this side of the Atlantic, mind…
Monday 10th June 2013 – Manchester Night and Day
Tuesday 11th June 2013 – Leicester Cookie Jar
Wednesday 12th June 2013 – Bristol Start the Bus
Thursday 13th June 2013 – London Birthdays
Friday 14th June 2013 – Oxford Academy 2
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 29th March 2013 at 8:00 am
Miles Kane will be touring England in May and June. Tickets to this tour go on sale Friday the 5th of April at 9 AM.
Kane’s newest album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ will be released on the 3rd of June. He also recently appeared on the NME Awards tour alongside Django Django, Palma Violets and Peace. Our North East correspondent Martin Sharman caught the tour in Newcastle, and you can read his account of the night along with viewing his amazing photos here.
Saturday 4th May 2013 – Holmfirth Picturehouse
Sunday 5th May 2013 – Sunderland Independent
Monday 6th May 2013 – Middlesbrough Empire
Saturday 11th May 2013 – Oxford Academy
Sunday 12th May 2013 – Bath Komedia
Tuesday 14th May 2013 – York Duchess
Saturday 1st June 2013 – Birmingham Academy 2
Sunday 2nd June 2013 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Friday 7th June 2013 – London Dingwalls (album launch party)
Monday 10th June 2013 – Northampton Roadmender
Tuesday 11th June 2013 – Bedford Corn Exchange
The former solo project of Elena Tonra, London trio Daughter have released their first full length ‘If You Leave’ on 4AD. Ten tracks of pure gorgeousness, ‘If You Leave’ is reminiscent of the EPs that came before it, but shows a development and sophistication that only comes from working hard and finding your voice. While Tonra was stellar as a singer on her own, the advent of Daughter as a band was a move that cemented the unique and lustrous sound.
I hate to compare Tonra’s voice to Florence Welch, but it’s there, pre-‘Ceremonials’ when Welch was more about the music and less about the power and production. A better comparison would be to replace the electronics from Sia, take away the little girl quality from Regina Spektor, add the evocative lyricism of Evanescence’s Amy Lee and then you would have an idea of Daughter’s sound. They maintain a decidedly delicate tone. Solidly indie, it never veers close enough to singer/songwriter, alt-folk or girl rock for me to give it any of those labels. The folk references might come from an eerie similarity to long ago Suzanne Vega. Perhaps that would be true if Daughter were still a solo effort, but guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella create such a soundscape behind Tonra’s ethereal vocals that it deviates into mysticism rather than folk.
The album opens with positively haunting vocals layering and entwining with the peal of the guitar in the smashing tune ‘Winter’. Replete with the longing of loss, this track sets the tone for the rest of the sparse beauty woven throughout the album. One of the best tracks found on the earlier EPs has thankfully been included on this album. ‘Youth’ is a perfect storm of songwriting, soaring instrumentation and beauty. Despite her youth (yes, pun intended), the maturity of Tonra’s lyrics belies her age: “And if you’re still bleeding, you’re the lucky ones / ’cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone / we’re setting fire to our insides for fun / collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home / it was a flood that wrecked this home”.
Simplicity wins out on this album; every track title is a single word. That is not to say that this is a simple album though; it has depth and complexity. I could listen to this album over and over, in fact I have, the EPs too. I think it not only stands up to repeated listening, it builds with each listen. The guitar is delicate, understated, the drumming insistent and evocative, the voice is smooth and layered. With not too much going on at once, you can really hear what they were doing with each layer, flowing and swirling and never, never boring. The build it gives you is satisfying, especially in ‘Human’, the slightly more upbeat track on the album.
This is an absolute stunner of an album. Do yourself a favour and get a hold of it soon. Daughter’s star is on the rise, even the pop luminary Katy Perry recently Tweeted about their music. This spring has Daughter touring Europe and North America, but they’ll be back on home soil for a few quick dates in April; see dates below.
Daughter’s debut effort ‘If You Leave’ is now out on 4AD.
Monday 22nd April 2013 – Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – Oxford Town Hall
Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 10:00 am
Ghostpost is offering up this free download of track ‘MSI MUSMID’, from his forthcoming album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, which is scheduled for release on the 6th of May on PIAS. This second album is the follow-up to Ghostpoet’s 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’. Listen to and download the teaser song below. He’ll be touring in May and June, all the details are below.
Saturday 18th May 2013 – Coventry Kasbah
Tuesday 21th May 2013 – Liverpool East Village Arts Club
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 – Sheffield Queens Road Social
Thursday 23rd May 2013 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 24th May 2013 – Glasgow Broadcast
Saturday 25th May 2013 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Monday 27th May 2013 – Bournemouth Winchester
Tuesday 28th May 2013 – Manchester Gorilla
Wednesday 29th May 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 30th May 2013 – London Village Underground
Sunday June 2nd – Leicester Academy
Monday June 3rd – Oxford Academy
Friday June 7th – Suffolk John Peel Arts Centre