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The Feeling / March UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2008 at 10:01 pm
 

The FeelingFans of soft-rock rejoice, The Feeling are back on the road again in March. Oh yes, just when you thought the nation had had enough of their middling sugary pop-rock, they bounce back with a new album, ‘Join With Us’, which will be in the shops on Monday 18th February.

Tickets are on sale now, priced around £15 for each date. See my review of them at Shepherds Bush in November 2006 here.

Friday 7th March – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 9th March – Bristol Academy
Monday 10th March – Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 11th March – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 13th March – Manchester Academy
Thursday 14th March – Glasgow Barrowlands
Friday 15th March – Leeds University
Sunday 17th March – Southampton Guildhall
Monday 18th March – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th March – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Late of the Pier / February 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 6th December 2007 at 7:08 pm
 

Late of The PierGlam superstars Late of the Pier have announced a full headlining tour next February.

Tickets are on sale now priced between £6 and £7.50

Monday 4th February – Exeter Cavern
Wednesday 6th February – Oxford Carling Academy
Thursday 7th February – Reading Fez
Saturday 9th February – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Monday 11th February – Bedford Esquires
Friday 15th February – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 16th February – Birmingham Bar Academy
Sunday 17th February – Manchester Club Academy
Monday 18th February – Newcastle Carling Academy 2
Tuesday 19th February – Aberdeen Moshulu
Friday 22nd February – Liverpool Korova
Sunday 24th February – Peterborough Met Lounge
Tuesday 26th February – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 27th February – Northampton Soundhaus
Friday 29th February – Hertford Marquee

 

Monkey Swallows The Universe / Final UK dates

 
By on Monday, 3rd December 2007 at 7:51 pm
 

Monkey Swallows the UniverseSheffield quintet Monkey Swallows the Universe have announced that they’re to go on indefinate hiatus, but before they disband, they’re to play 7 final shows over the coming three months.

Tickets are available now for each date from each venue’s box office. Catch them at:

Saturday 15th December – Farndale, The Band Room
Thursday 20th December – Sheffield, University
Friday 11th January – London, Bush Hall
Friday 18th January – Sheffield, The Boardwalk
Saturday 9th February – Glasgow, The Flying Duck
Sunday 10th February – Aberdeen, The Tunnels
Monday 11th February – Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire

 

The Courteeners / Winter 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 20th November 2007 at 5:44 am
 

The CourteenersManchester’s The Courteeners have announced details for a full UK tour early next year, playing 20 dates around the UK over a month.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, 22nd November, at 9am from the usual sources.

Wednesday 16th January – Preston 53 Degrees
Thursday 17th January – Hull Welly Club
Friday 18th January – Warrington Parr Hall
Monday 21st January – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 22nd January – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Saturday 26th January – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Sunday 27th January – Reading Fez Club
Monday 28th January – Leicester Charlotte
Tuesday 29th January – Cambridge Barfly
Thursday 31st January – Peterborough Met Lounge
Friday 1st February – Oxford Academy
Saturday 2nd February – Swansea Sin City
Monday 4th February – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 5th February – Turo L2 Nightclub
Wednesday 6th February – Plymouth University
Thursday 7th February – Stoke Sugarmill
Saturday 9th February – Middlesbrough Arena
Thursday 14th February – Inverness Raigmore
Friday 15th February – Aberdeen Kef
Saturday 16th February – Dundee Fat Sams

 

Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

 
By on Monday, 19th November 2007 at 2:06 am
 

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the CityOne of the strongest albums of the year, Bloc Party have just re-released their “A Weekend in the City” collection with the addition of “Flux”, their new single. The collection was originally released in February of this year, and quickly launched Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong to superstardom, building on their debut, “Silent Alarm”. A distinctly different sound, the lyrics have much more depth than the oblique nature of their debut, with Kele providing his view on the wrongs of 21st Century London, post September 11th and July 7th.

Starting off with “Song for the Clay (Disappear here)”, you initially worry that they’ve gone down the ever-increasingly popular “rock opera” route, with incredible theatrics akin to My Chemical Romance (though distinctly better pulled off). Thankfully though, “Hunting for Witches” soon appears which puts us into the right vein for the album. Electronic bleeps and interference make a return, akin to “Positive Tension” from “Silent Alarm”, and make the song much stronger, with a frantic strumming that reflects in the urgency of the lyrics: “The Daily Mail says the enemy’s among us, Taking our women and taking our jobs.”

“Waiting for the 7:18” rolls around, with the dreariness of the morning commute and a soul-destroying job morphing into plans to escape to Brighton for the weekend. Quickly followed by the disco-stomp of first single, “The Prayer”, which received some of Bloc Party’s first major US radio airplay, with its instantly memorable hook “Tonight make me unstoppable / I will charm, I will slice, I will dazzle with my wit”. Even a whole year after its initial release, it is still an amazing single that is sure to get everyone and anyone dancing.

“Uniform” is a rant against the growth of globalisation and lack of individualism: “All the young people looked the same / Wearing their masks of cool and indifference / Commerce dressed up as rebellion”, and is one of the stand out tracks of the album. The outspoken-ness of this is duplicated in “Where is home?”, which appears to be a rant about Kele’s heritage, and the growth of racism in the UK: “In every headline we are reminded that this is not home for us / Second generation blues or points of view not listened to / Different worlds and different rules of allegiance”. It soon grows into a stronger rant, with Kele commenting “I want to stamp on the face of every young policeman today / and break the fingers of every old judge”. These two songs formed much of the publicity around the album release, showing Bloc Party as a 21st Century force who are very much in touch with today’s issues.

Bloc Party's Kele OkerekeThis album re-release also includes a stunning DVD of their set at this year’s Reading Festival, which was held at the end of August and saw Bloc Party playing to around 160,000 people as the sun goes down. It was a homecoming of sorts, with much of the crowd holding out in blistering temperatures that was more akin to Arizona than central England as temperatures soared to close to 30C

Normally when a band re-releases an album with an extra track the whole collection suffers as a whole, however “A Weekend in the City” is much stronger for the addition of “Flux”. Fast paced, Kele is again agonising about the future of society: “We must talk about our problems / We are in a state of flux”. After this brutal disco-thump, “Sunday” brings the album to a slower pace, savouring a relaxing Sunday morning in central London, waking up next to someone loved and reflecting on the previous night’s adventures. “SXRT” starts off incredibly slowly; almost sleep-inducingly so before bringing the album to a crashing crescendo.

Kele sang “I will outshine them all” on “The Prayer”, and with this re-release of “A Weekend in the City” Bloc Party sure do an amazing job of outshining their competition, leaving them looking like pale imitations.

 

The Enemy / Spring 2008 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th November 2007 at 4:54 am
 

The EnemyCoventry’s The Enemy have announced details of a suitably impressive range of dates next March and April. Currently they only have four dates that See Tickets have announced, but surely there are more to fill the gaps, so bear with us and we’ll update this as soon as we know.

Tickets go on sale on Friday morning (9th November) at 9am for these:

Wednesday 19th March – Manchester Apollo
Friday 28th March – London Astoria
Saturday 29th March – London Astoria
Saturday 5th April – Coventry Ricoh Arena

 
 
 

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