By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 10:00 am
Following on from their September/October tour of the UK, Bombay Bicycle Club from North London have announced six more tour dates across the UK for December.
Thursday 10th December 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Friday 11th December 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Sunday 13th December 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Monday 14th December 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Friday 18th December 2009 – London KOKO
By Phil Singer
on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 1:35 am
The pretty amazing Imogen Heap has announced a string of UK tour dates for next February.
Tickets go on pre-sale at 10am today (27th October 2009) here, or on Friday (30th October) at 9am for everyone else.
Sunday 7th February 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Monday 8th February 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – Leeds Metropolitan Uni
Thursday 11th February 2010 – Bristol O2 Academy
Friday 12th February 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Saturday 13th February 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Monday 15th February 2010 – Gateshead The Sage
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 19th February 2010 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Saturday, 24th October 2009 at 2:00 pm
“Eclectic” is an overused adjective in music journo land, but I can’t help but use it to describe the music of Cymbals Eat Guitars, a quartet from New York City. The band is comprised of singer/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino (who goes by ‘Joseph Ferocious’), bassist Matt Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Matthew Miller. The band is releasing their debut album, ‘Why There Are Mountains’, in the UK on 26 October through Memphis Industries.
The album begins with ‘…And the Hazy Sea’, an epic clocking in at over 6 minutes. I call it an epic because it has distinct parts to it, like a Wagner opera. This is just not done in popular music…or is it? What follows is exactly the opposite, a 4-second song called ‘Some Trees (Merrit Moon)’ that left me confused. Luckily, ‘Indiana’ comes on next and is a triumph: guitar feedback starts the proceedings, then Hamilton’s keys jangle like all good ragtime piano should, joining symbiotically with Ferocious’s vocals. But lest you think this is all there is to the song, it then morphs into this playful song that you just know will be short-listed as one of the happy musical interludes used in next season’s ‘American Idol’. (Groan.) Then the song explodes. Audibly. I guess the band is into sonic theatrics. ‘Wind Phoenix’ has a similarly jaunty feel, but without concluding combustion.
What I find most intriguing about Cymbal Eat Guitars’s songs is that some of them start out innocuously – safe, like something you might find on any pop or folk album. But then they turn into all-out rockers. Or you find the song has become a dreamy, Pink Floyd-like affair. You know how you can listen to some albums and say to yourself, “all the songs sound exactly the same. Boring!” This is definitely not one of those albums.
Ferocious’s voice can be shouty at times on those aforementioned rockers, but you can’t help but wonder that when the day comes that they get that treasured major label deal (and you know they will get one), the rawness of the vocals will be ironed and flattened as we’ve seen with so many other bands that have come before. So if you’re the type who enjoys bands when they’re at their freshest, raw state, check out these guys. Now.
So what’s next up for Cymbals Eat Guitars? They were personally chosen by Wayne Coyne to open for the Flaming Lips‘s 2 nights at London’s Troxy on 10-11 November. These dates kick off the band’s first-ever tour through Ireland and Britain. Not bad for four indie kids from New York who just got going in 2006. I enjoyed the band’s performance as they opened for fellow New Yorkers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart last month at Washington’s Black Cat. From what I hear, their music went down extremely well at shows in July at London’s ICA and Brixton’s Windmill, so if you like what you hear on their MySpace, catch them on tour in the UK and Ireland next month before they head out to conquer the Continent.
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – London, Troxy (supporting the Flaming Lips)
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – London, Troxy (supporting the Flaming Lips)
Thursday 12th November 2009 – London, The Lexington
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Dublin, Crawdaddy
Sunday 15th November 2009 – Belfast, Auntie Annie’s
Monday 16th November 2009 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Tuesday 17th November 2009 – Manchester, Night & Day
Wednesday 18th November 2009 – Birmingham, Academy 3
‘Why There Are Mountains’, Cymbals Eat Guitars’s debut album, will be released in the UK on 26 October through Memphis Industries.
After the cut: more photos from the Cymbals Eat Guitars’s opening slot for the Pains at Being Pure at Heart at Washington DC’s Black Cat on 30th September 2009.
Continue reading Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
The Magic Numbers have announced a pretty big UK tour, going back to their roots for late November and early December by playing some smaller venues around the UK.
They’re also giving away a shiny new free MP3 in exchange for your email address – just pop over to their offical website or jump straight there.
Catch the guys at:
Saturday 21st November 2009 – Oxford Jericho
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Manchester Band On The Wall
Monday 23rd November 2009 – Preston 53 Degress
Tuesday 24th November 2009 – Liverpool Masque Loft
Wednesday 25th November 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Friday 27th November 2009 – London St Aloysius
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Gloucester Guildhall
Sunday 29th November 2009 – Exeter Cavern Club
Monday 30th November 2009 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Saturday 5th December 2009 – Cork Opera House
Monday 7th December 2009 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 9th December 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 10th December 2009 – Edinburgh Bongo Club
Friday 11th December 2009 – Leeds Brudinell Social Club
Sunday 13th December 2009 – Northhampton Roadmender
Monday 14th December 2009 – Nottingham Bodega
TGTF favourites The xx have announced some of their biggest headlining dates so far.
They’ll play the below shows in early March next year.
Monday 1st March 2010 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 5th March 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Saturday 6th March 2010 – Manchester Academy 2
Monday 8th March 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 9th March 2010 – Edinburgh Studio 24
Wednesday 10th March 2010 – Liverpool The Kazimier
One of the biggest bands to come out of Australia for a while, Wolfmother are hitting the road again in 2010 for a European tour, including the below stops.
Catch the guys at:
Wednesday 13th January 2010 – Dublin Olympia
Thursday 14th January 2010 – Glasgow Academy
Friday 15th January 2010 – Newcastle Academy
Sunday 17th January 2010 – Manchester Academy
Monday 18th January 2010 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 19th January 2010 – Birmingham Academy
Thursday 21st January 2010 – London Brixton Academy