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Mono / March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 22nd February 2009 at 1:12 pm
 

Mono (side)Just about the only Japanese band that I can think of that’s actually got a following here in the UK, Mono have announced a string of shows for March around the UK, ahead of the release of their forthcoming album.

Hymn to the Immortal Wind will be released on 23rd March. It features Mono’s trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully alongside the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The whole album is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard amazing setup.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £9 and £12 each.

Friday 20th March 2009 – Brighton Digital
Saturday 21st March 2009 – Birmingham Hare and Hound
Sunday 22nd March 2009 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 23rd March 2009 – Glasgow Stereo
Tuesday 24th March 2009 – Sheffield Corporation
Wednesday 25th March 2009 – Bristol The Croft
Thursday 26th March 2009 – London Scala

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Papa Roach / April 2009 UK shows

 
By on Thursday, 19th February 2009 at 2:20 pm
 

Papa Roach (side)Papa Roach have announced three shows for mid April as part of their European tour.

Tickets are on sale now for the Californian rockers, priced at £16 for Manchester and Birmingham and £17,50 for London.

Thursday 16th April 2009 – Manchester Academy
Friday 17th April 2009 – London HMV Forum
Saturday 18th April 2009 – Birmingham Academy

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Rock the Vote with the NME Awards: Part 2

 
By on Thursday, 19th February 2009 at 10:50 am
 

So it’s that time of year again, the NME awards are fast approaching, the tours almost over, this year Glasvegas and White Lies headlined to bring back post punk, supported by Friendly Fires and Florence. The tour seems to have gone down well, but now all eyes are on the awards, a short week away… I bring you part two of who I think should win…

The Ting TingsBest Track -This award goes straight to MGMT (pictured top). The Ting Tings (pictured right) and Kings of Leon provided us with musical sex with their efforts and Shadow Puppets songwriting was far superior to the other contenders, but on a whole the synth-pop ‘Time to Pretend’ was an instant classic and there’s no question who deserves this the most.

Best Video – Come on! Who doesn’t like seeing a load of wanabee Noel and Liams from around the world?? Of the selection Oasis walk away with the prize. It’s one of the less respected awards but hey, a prize is a prize right.. (NOTE: expect shocking results, last year Justice’s brilliant video for D.A.N.C.E. lost out to the Monkeys studio vid – Teddy Picker, a true WTF moment..)

Best Live EventReading – based on line up alone..

Best TV Show – The Mighty Boosh would seem favourites though they haven’t actually put anything out this year.. Skins would’ve been alright if it was last years series, this year our screens were graced with the same old thing marketed as a ‘new breed.’ It’s getting better though, and Effy being sex-on-legs keeps up watching.. Before I go to far on a tangent, this one is up to whoever…

Best FilmThe Dark Knight. Easily beats the rest, there’s no need to even look at the other contenders..

FoalsBest DVD -This one’s easy too.. the Rolling Stones continue in their pathetic attempt to hold on to their former glory.. washed up and washed out they need to stop trying.. Arctic Monkeys scoop this one, their film actually made it into Vue so it must have done something right, plus it came with an uber trendy free poster..

Best Website -Seeing as we didn’t quite gather enough votes to be in the running, I’ll have to go Last.fm..

Best Band Blog – No Lily Allen?? WTF! If we have to chose from the rest then Foals (pictured left)with the tour shenanigans and free downloads walk away with this one..

Best Album ArtworkThe Killers

Best Dancefloor FillerDizzee & Calvin

Best VenueAstoria

Hero of the  Year – Let’s say Obama, purely because I think he’s a sincere guy, though if he screws up don’t point to this as us jumping on the badwagon..

Villain of the YearJohn McCain, not because he ran against our hero, but because he’s a stupid bible bashing  idiot.. the man is a grade A fool and was better off out of the race in my much insignificant opinion.. he’s an absolute twat, and the most deserving wanker for this award.. (Where is Boris Johnson?? the man’s a tool, and now I can’t drink on the tube – not that I (or anyone else) ever did…)

Best DressedNoel Feilding.. Sorry Alexa .x.

Worst DressedJohhny Borell – purely because he needs to be given an award with ‘worst’ at the front..

Worst AlbumJonas Brothers, I don’t even have to listen to it, these guys are a disgrace to music and need to take their disney-emo-wankshit and flush it down the corporate toilet, we can’t wait to see these guys crash’n’burn..

Worst Band -We’re spoilt for choice, do we chose the ‘gender-confused-but-not-enough-balls-to-become-a-tranny’ Tokio Hotel, emo-pin ups Fall Out Boy or the revolting Jonas Bros. it’s up to which one makes you churn the most..

Sexiest Man – In my heterosexual opinion – Miles Kane..

Sexiest Woman – Tbh I’m not a fan of any of them.. some of them (no names) look too much like men to do anything for me..

The NME awards are around the corner, if you want to have your say head on over to the nominations page and cast your votes now! Voting closes at 4pm today (19th February)

 

The King Blues / April and May 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 9:18 pm
 

King Blues (side)The King Blues have announced a tour for April and May around the UK’s Student orientated venues.

Hailed as “The most exciting live band in Britain.” by Kerrang, but when it comes to describing their music The King Blues are a hard to pigeonhole semi-acoustic punk/rap outfit who sound like the Pogues one minute, the Streets the next, or like one of those US pop-punk bands who emerged in the wake of Green Day. Then again, sometimes they might sound like a skiffle band or a ska band, at others like an agit-prop electro-rock act like Asian Dub Foundation.

Tickets are on sale now for all dates, costing about £8 each it seems.

Monday 27th April 2009 – Sheffield Students Union
Tuesday 28th April 2009 – Derby Students Union
Wednesday 29th April 2009 – Brunel Students Union, Uxbridge
Thursday 30th April 2009 – Bath Students Union
Friday 1st May 2009 – Swansea Sin City
Sunday 3rd May 2009 – Hull University Union
Monday 4th May 2009 – Surrey Students Union
Tuesday 5th May 2009 – Colchester Students Union
Wednesday 6th May 2009 – Norwich Waterfront
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Bucks Students Union, High Wycombe
Friday 8th May 2009 – Reading Students Union
Saturday 9th May 2009 – Liverpool University Guild – Stanley Theatre
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Monday 11th May 2009 – Strathclyde Students Union, Glasgow
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – Warwick University Students Union, Coventry

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Pet Shop Boys / June 2009 UK Shows

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 8:39 pm
 

Pet Shop Boys - Yes (cover)The Pet Shop Boys have announced two large shows for June to celebrate their “Outstanding Contribution To Music” award at tonight’s Brits.

The 80’s duo have a new album out on 23rd March called Yes.

Tickets go on general sale from 9am on Friday morning (20th February), and are priced £30 a ticket.

Thursday 18th June 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 19th June 2009 – London The O2

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Rock the Vote with the NME Awards: Part 1

 
By on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 7:38 pm
 

So it’s that time of year again, the NME awards are fast approaching, the tours almost over, this year Glasvegas and White Lies headlined to bring back post punk, supported by Friendly Fires and Florence. The tour seems to have gone down well, but now all eyes are on the awards, a short week away… I bring you who I think should win…

Best British Band -The Shadow Puppets were fun, but not exactly up to scratch for this award. Oasis are pretty strong contenders, the band put out a decent record and are set to go on an arena tour in the coming months, being NME favourites it’d be foolish to count them out. But if we’re looking at quality of music, then there’s only one band destined for this year award – Bloc Party (pictured top). Kele & co. have been in full force this year, touring and of course putting out the brilliant ‘Intimacy.’ Dancefloor-filling ‘Flux’ and ‘Mercury’ have also gone down a treat and the album itself has some epic tracks. In this category they clearly deserve success..

Vampire WeekendBest International Band – Main fight here no doubt is between Vampire Weekend (pictured right) and MGMT, though Kings of Leon put up a good fight too. Two brilliant new bands with sensational records and ace singles to match. The two seem inseparable, to choose one would be madness.. take our advice and go with the one your prefer, if you can’t choose (like I couldn’t), flip a coin and see where it takes you.. Oh and whatever you do – don’t vote Crystal Castles!!

Best Solo Artist -Chances are that this being the NME Pete has pretty much walked it. Aside from this though I don’t see the need to vote for anyone, Jay-Z puts in a good shout but the true winner – Kanye West – isn’t even up for nomination!! Something is seriously wrong with this category, it’s another flip, this time between Pete and Jay-Z..

GlasvegasBest New Band -Fucking hell.. this is impossible, every band is deserving and each one of them should be walking away with the title. Out of them all I may like Glavegas the least but they’re still awesome (though massively overhyped too). This ones a tie folks..

Best Live Band -I haven’t been to any of their shows so perhaps I’m not the best to talk you all through, but I have seen them all on BBC Three’s Reading highlights, (if that counts for anything). If I had to go with one band, based on just energy and explosiveness it’d have to be Kings of Leon. They deserve an award this year and their live show was (apparently) flawless.

Best Album -I notice I’ve been a little indecisive over the last couple of awards, but here I’m decided. Though the nominations aren’t great and are lacking some classics from last year (Clinic, Kanye (again!), The Metros, MGMT (if counted), Xiu Xiu etc. etc.)  Bloc Party are enticing us again as are Kings of Leon, and I know I said I’d decided, but I lied..

Find out the rest of my choices tomorrow morning at 11.

The NME awards are around the corner, if you want to have your say head on over to the nominations page and cast your votes now! Voting closes at 4pm tomorrow, 19th February.

 
 
 

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