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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 29th May 2013 at 10:00 am
The Manchester/Marple brotherhood is alive and well. Need evidence? Dutch Uncles have just been announced as support for Everything Everything‘s October UK tour (all the dates listed below) and they’ve gone and done a remix of EE’s ‘Duet’ that is now available as a free download to all. Win-win for all of us!
Friday 4th October 2013 – Newcastle Academy*
Saturday 5th October 2013 – Edinburgh Picture House* (added 12 July; on sale 19 July)
Sunday 6th October 2013 – Glasgow ABC* (added 12 July; on sale 19 July)
Tuesday 8th October 2013 – Dublin Academy
Wednesday 9th October 2013 – Belfast Limelight
Friday 11th October 2013 – Manchester Ritz* (sold out)
Saturday 12th October 2013 – Manchester Ritz*
Sunday 13th October 2013 – Liverpool Academy*
Tuesday 15th October 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Wednesday 16th October 2013 – Portsmouth Pyramid*
Thursday 17th October 2013 – Cardiff University*
Friday 18th October 2013 – Birmingham Institute*
Sunday 20th October 2013 – Norwich UEA*
Monday 21st October 2013 – Nottingham Rock City*
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 – Sheffield Academy*
Thursday 24th October 2013 – London Forum*
Friday 25th October 2013 – London Forum*
* with support from Dutch Uncles
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 30th April 2013 at 9:00 am
Bastille have announced a tour of England for October and November. Tickets go on sale 9 AM this Friday (the 3rd of May).
Bastille headlines Saturday night at Brighton Dome at this year’s Great Escape, but top-up tickets have already sold out.
Tuesday 15th October 2013 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 17th October 2013 – Leicester Academy
Monday 21st October 2013 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 – Manchester Academy
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 – Sheffield Academy
Friday 1st November 2013 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 2nd November 2013 – Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 3rd November 2013 – Birmingham Academy
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 18th April 2013 at 11:00 am
Exeter blues/punk band The Computers will be releasing their second album ‘Love Triangles Hate Squares’ on the 29th of April on One Little Indian, so it makes perfect sense that the group will be touring in support of it in May and June. So what does the tour have to do with TGTF? We’ve managed to blag a pair each to their London 100 Club (Wednesday the 8th of May) and Manchester Deaf Institute (Saturday the 11th of May) shows and we want to give them away to two lucky TGTF readers. You’re asking yourself, how do I win a pair of these tickets? Well, keep on reading…
To be in the running for the pair of tickets of your choice, complete the form below with your full name (seriously folks, I need your real first and last name), your email address and which city you want to win tickets for (London or Manchester). Then answer this question: what is the name of their lead singer? (Hint: Find this out on their last.fm page.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Monday the 22nd of April. We’ll choose a winner from all the correct entries received then. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only, and duplicate entries will be discarded.
If you fancy buying tickets to see the Computers instead, their upcoming UK dates in May are listed below. Support comes from Crowns and the Dead Formats. And to get you in a Computers mood, I’ve embedded the video for title track ‘Love Triangles Hate Squares’ at the bottom of this post.
This contest is now closed and the winners will be contacted soon.
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
Around since early 2007, when they were still being called 21 Demands, the band now known as Kodaline became the first group to have an independently released track hit #1 on the Irish singles chart. And now the Dublin-based band, most recently honoured with a BBC Sound of 2013 longlist nomination, has something new for us. The ‘High Hopes’ EP has two original songs, a cover and a remix.
With influences from indie and a touch of the modern folk rock movement, both ‘High Hopes’ and ‘The Answer’ are gorgeous simple tunes. Singer Steven Garrigan’s clear, earnest delivery gives us the perfect foil for the quandary of an enamoured suitor. Even the cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’ (video here) fits this mould. Only the remix of ‘All I Want’, originally from their first EP, seems out of place, all audio pixelated and jangly. However, you may be able to pick out recognisable parts to it because this tune was reworked as an instrumental for the music in Google’s quite amazing ‘Zeitgeist 2012’ advert (see below).
I think it was brave to attempt a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘All My Friends’, and it is the track I am most taken with on the EP. Rather than a bouncy description of life traveling where one’s music will take you, this treatment is quite stripped back. It’s more a mournful exhortation of the plight of the musician on the road, moving on day after day to yet another gig. In this version, you can really hear that it’s not always the party life on the road can seem to be; but maybe if you have your friends there with you, it’ll be all right.
The video below for ‘High Hopes’ develops the kind of story that only a masterful storyteller can achieve in just four minutes. Up, down, downer still, and then, thankfully, up again the redemptive quality of hope is perfectly mirrored between the lyrics and images.
Kodaline’s debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ is due out on the 1st of April on Sony, but before then, catch them as they traipse through Britain from mid-March through to early April. The band will head on over to Austin for SXSW. (We previewed them in the singer/songwriter and folk UK bands chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013.)
Saturday 23rd March 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 24th March 2013 – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 25th March 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday 26th March 2013 – Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 28th March 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 29th March 2013 – Newcastle Cluny
Saturday 30th March 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sunday 31st March 2013 – Glasgow King Tuts
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 – Birmingham Institute Library
Wednesday 3th April 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 4th April 2013 – London Scala
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 8th February 2013 at 10:00 am
Pigeon Detectives released the first single from their forthcoming album, out later this year, in late January. You can get the single ‘Animal’ free from the band’s official Web site. But first, get a taste of the song from the video below. You can catch the band on tour in the UK starting in late April; we’ve included their spring tour dates below.
Thursday 25th April 2013 – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 26th April 2013 – Whitehaven Civic Hall
Saturday 27th April 2013 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 28th April 2013 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 30th April 2013 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Middlesbrough Empire
Friday 3rd May 2013 – Glasgow Arches
Saturday 4th May 2013 – Live at Leeds
Monday 6th May 2013 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 8th May 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Thursday 9th May 2013 – London Dingwalls
Friday 10th May 2013 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 11th May 2013 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms