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Neil Diamond / June and July 2015 UK and Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 at 9:00 am
 

In a bit of random-but-perversely-interesting music news, veteran pop singer/songwriter Neil Diamond has announced details of his forthcoming new album ‘Melody Road’, along with a list of UK and Irish tour dates for summer 2015.

Out this week via Capitol Records, ‘Melody Road’ is Diamond’s first album of original material in 6 years and features the production talents of Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and Jacknife Lee (Snow Patrol, One Direction, Taylor Swift). Below the tour date listing, you can view the lyric video for album track ‘(Ooo) Do I Wanna Be Yours’. Tickets for the following live shows are on sale now.

Tuesday 30th June 2015 – Belfast Odyssey
Friday 3rd July 2015 – Dublin 3Arena
Tuesday 7th July 2015 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Thursday 9th July 2015 – Manchester Arena
Saturday 11th July 2015 – Birmingham Arena
Tuesday 14th July 2015 – London O2

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Video of the Moment #1652: PINS

 
By on Monday, 20th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Manchester quartet PINS have followed up their cassette-format EP ‘Come Back’ with a video for its title track, a cover of The Belles 1966 garage rock classic. Our own Martin featured a stream of the track in his previous review of the EP, but the video adds a new dimension to PINS‘ quirky take on the song. Directed by Amy Watson, it takes an off-kilter, behind-the-scenes look at the sterile and artificial quality of bands in manufactured television appearances. As in Honeyblood‘s recent video for ‘Super Rat’, the pristinely made-up members of PINS eventually descend into chaotic destroying of desserts and the systematic ruin of their carefully coiffed image. Are these grunge rock girl bands trying to make a point or something?

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Video of the Moment #1651: Bear’s Den

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Alt-folk trio Bear’s Den have just published the video for ‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’, the next single from their upcoming debut album ‘Islands’. Lead singer and guitarist Andrew Davie says, “‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ is a song we started playing in the back of a VW camper on our first-ever tour, and we’ve played it live at every show we’ve played since”. It’s easy to see why, as the song captivates from the moment it begins, with the understated yet poignant opening lyric “You built our home out on the slopes, Pompeii beneath, she laid above / How she haunted our home, how she haunted our home”.

The video for ‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ is equally compelling, its austere simplicity matching the instrumental arrangement of the music and allowing the lyrics their full emotional impact. The subtle expression in the dancers’ faces and especially in their hands is a perfect pairing for the same graceful quality in the song itself.

‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ by Bear’s Den will be released on the 13th of October, with the full album ‘Islands’ following on the 20th of October, both via Communion Records. Catch the trio live on tour in February and March 2015 in the UK and Ireland.

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Live Gig Video: Sivu performs ‘Better Man Than He’ in Cap Blanc Nez for La Blogotheque

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

French Web site La Blogotheque does atmospheric on location filming very, very well. Take for example their most recently revealed video featuring Sivu, who will be releasing his debut album ‘Something on High’ on Monday on Atlantic Records. The album’s stunning, I can assure you; I reviewed it earlier this week.

This live video takes us to Cap Blanc Nez, a cape in Northern France with stunning cliffs ala the White Cliffs of Dover, and Sivu’s accompanied by a brass band. While Sivu will be playing London Oslo Hackney next Tuesday, the 14th of October, as well as continuing as the primary support for Nick Mulvey on his UK tour which lands tonight in Falmouth, you’re unlikely to see a performance of ‘Better Man Than He’ like this at those shows. Watch the video with a gorgeous French sunset in the background below.

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Video of the Moment #1650: Chromeo

 
By on Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

The latest video from Canadian dance duo Chromeo has some all-star cameos, including the Haim girls, as the story unfolds in a ‘Love is a Battlefield’ meets Coyote Ugly sendup. ‘Old 45’s’ appears on the band’s current album ‘White Women’, out now. Watch the promo below.

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Live Gig Video: CYMBALS play five tracks live for Seattle radio station KEXP

 
By on Thursday, 9th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Carrie and I were just talking last week about us catching CYMBALS perform live at SXSW 2014 at Cheer Up Charlie’s, where I almost missed them by accident. The English band were over here in the States over the summer for a short string of live dates. Naturally, when they were in Seattle, they recorded a live set for radio station KEXP, as you do. In the video below are ‘Erosion’ ‘You Are’, ‘Winter ’98’, ‘The Natural World’ and ‘Like an Animal’, now committed to film for posterity. Enjoy.

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