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Blossoms / May 2018 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Stockport’s Blossoms have announced their second album will be out in April. ‘Cool Like You’, the follow-up to their enjoyable debut ‘Blossoms’ from summer 2016, will be released on Virgin EMI on the 27th of April. Shortly following the release of their new long player, the psych pop group will tour England on a short string of dates. The tour kicks off at home at Stockport Plaza on the 4th of May and concludes in Norwich on the 12th of May. Something tells me there will be more dates announced soon, perhaps in the autumn following music festivals? Just a thought. For more on Blossoms here on TGTF, use this link.

Friday 4th May 2018 – Stockport Plaza
Monday 7th May 2018 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 8th May 2018 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 10th May 2018 – London Kentish Town Forum
Friday 11th May 2018 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Norwich Nick Rayns LCR at the UEA

 

Stella Donnelly / May 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th March 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Welsh/Australian songwriter Stella Donnelly will play a run of headline dates in the UK this spring, around a pair of May festival appearances. In addition to the listed headline shows, Donnelly will play Live at Leeds 2018 on the 5th of May and The Great Escape 2018 on the 17th of May. Just below the tour date listing, you can watch Donnelly’s most recent promo video for ‘Mechanical Bull’; the track features on her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. Keep an eye on TGTF for our upcoming coverage of Stella Donnelly at SXSW 2018 starting next week.

Friday 4th May 2018 – Farndale Band Room
Monday 7th May 2018 – Manchester Castle Hotel
Tuesday 8th May 2018 – London Lexington
Friday 11th May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Saturday 12th May 2018 – Wrexham Undegun
Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #405: Jade Bird

 
By on Thursday, 1st March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Francesca Allen

Editor Mary covered London-based singer/songwriter Jade Bird briefly last year leading into SXSW 2017 and Live at Leeds 2017, but we think she warrants a closer look ahead of SXSW 2018 this month. Bird’s early life and musical influences intertwine to create a unique and thoughtful sound, with country, rock, and jazz styles intermingling seamlessly in her songs. Her ‘Something American’ EP was released last summer via Glassnote Records.

The press release for Bird’s newly released cover of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Right Through You’ provides some enlightening context to what looks on the surface like a typical girl-with-guitar setup. “Born in Hexham, UK, Jade’s early life was spent mainly in flight as an ‘army brat.’ One of [her] life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women. At first via her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Jade become obsessed with, from empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith. Alanis Morissette‘s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ was a similar early touchstone.” With this in mind, ‘Right Through You’ seems to be a particularly apt choice. It fits nicely both in Bird’s voice and in her dryly ironic (yes, I went there), mildly rebellious style.

Bird’s current single ‘Lottery’ was released earlier this year, also on Glassnote. Its recorded version is upbeat and bright, with a jaunty guitar accompaniment and a distinct rock tone to its vocals. The lyrical conversation between Bird’s youthful protagonist and her lover is related in an offhand tone, but its between-the-lines subtext is much deeper: “I’ll tell you about a guy that I’ve been with / you ask how old is he and I laugh, twenty-six / nah, but he’s thirty / how messed up is that?”

The acoustic version of ‘Lottery’ is surprisingly different to the original recording. The musical accompaniment is shifted to solo piano, and its subtle jazz harmonies are a clever change from the song’s previous country-rock stylings. Bird’s voice is more exposed here, and a little shrill in moments, but it holds up remarkably well as the dynamic and dramatic intensity rises.

For those of you on the eastern side of the Atlantic, Jade Bird is currently in the midst of a UK headline tour which will run through the 11th of March. If you’re in the market for a last minute gig, tickets for the following shows are available now.

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 2nd March 2018 – Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Sunday 4th March 2018 – Brighton Green Door Store
Monday 5th March 2018 – London Village Underground
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds 2
Thursday 8th March 2018 – Glasgow Poetry Club
Friday 9th March 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Saturday 10th March 2018 – Salford Eagle Inn
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Leeds Oporto

Following these shows, Bird will hop a plane for America and SXSW. If you’re on this side of the pond and can’t make it to Austin, you can catch Jade Bird on her spring and summer North American tour dates with Colter Wall and First Aid Kit; a full listing of Bird’s upcoming live dates can be found on her official Web site.

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

Video of the Moment #2796: Let’s Eat Grandma

 
By on Monday, 26th February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Header photo by Charlotte Patmore

Norwich electro-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma, aka Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, have revealed details of their latest single ‘Hot Pink’, a collaboration with producers SOPHIE and Faris Badwan of The Horrors. ‘Hot Pink’ is the first taste of the follow-up to Let’s Eat Grandma’s 2016 debut LP ‘I, Gemini’.

The ‘Hot Pink’ video was directed by Balan Evans and produced by Try Hard. Describing the inspiration behind her visual interpretation, Evans says, “The song had a really strong digital feel, so I wanted to input that into the aesthetic. The image of a tall building with a strong coloured light was something from an old memory that has stayed with me, and it felt like a fun idea, another building block.” The band themselves explain the metaphor behind the video as follows: “We’re trying to navigate through a city where people’s perceptions of reality are becoming more and more distorted in the fear that we’ll end up the same way.” Take a look into Let’s Eat Grandma’s surreal ‘Hot Pink’ cityscape just below.

Just below, you’ll find a list of Let’s Eat Grandma’s upcoming live shows in the UK, starting with a one-off show in March and picking up in mid-April. Tickets for the following shows are available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Let’s Eat Grandma is back through here.

Thursday 8th March 2018 – London Lightbox
Wednesday 4th April 2018 – Glasgow Stereo
Thursday 5th April 2018 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 7th April 2018 – Leeds Belgrave
Sunday 8th April 2018 – Sheffield Plug
Monday 9th April 2018 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Birmingham Castle and Falcon
Thursday 12th April 2018 – Cardiff Globe
Friday 13th April 2018 – Bristol Lantern

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2793: Courtney Marie Andrews

 
By on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Arizona native alt-country singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is set to follow her 2016 album ‘Honest Life’ with a new and powerful LP titled ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. The new record is due for release on the 23rd of March via Fat Possum/MamaBird (U.S.) and Loose Music (UK). In the interim, Andrews is scheduled to appear in Austin early next month for SXSW 2018. Last week, Andrews unveiled a new promo video for the uplifting, gospel-flavoured album track ‘Kindness of Strangers’, which you can view below.

Filmed in Los Angeles by The Brothers Wright, the ‘Kindness of Strangers’ promo has a muted lo-fi aesthetic created by the combined effects of a 35mm lens and super 8 film. Double exposed images of Andrews capture the internal sense of loneliness and introspection in the song itself, which she says was “written directly after some legendary musicians took their own life.” She continues, “It sparked this long and deep thought about how we all feel disconnected with each other at some point in our lives. When you’re at your lowest of lows, even a friendly cashier can make your month. Human connection is essential for survival, and I’ve felt that void at so many different points in my life. This song portrays that void, and how even the smallest amount of kindness can save you.”

Following her stop in Austin for SXSW, Courtney Marie Andrews will cross the pond to play a run of live dates in the UK and Ireland this April. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 19th April 2018 – Edinburgh Summer Hall
Friday 20th April 2018 – Dublin Whelan’s
Saturday 21st April 2018 – Liverpool Arts Club
Sunday 22nd April 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Monday 23rd April 2018 – Brighton Komedia
Tuesday 24th April 2018 – London Islington Assembly Hall

 

Charles Watson / May and June 2018 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 12th February 2018 at 9:00 am
 

Newly established as a solo artist, Charles Watson (also known here at TGTF as part of indie pop duo Slow Club) has announced a list of UK headline shows to follow the upcoming release of his debut LP ‘Now That I’m a River’. The album is due out on the 18th of May via Moshi Moshi. Watson’s headline tour will begin the following evening at Ramsgate Music Hall and extend through the first part of June.

Along with the tour announcement, Watson has also unveiled a new promo video for the surprisingly groovy album track ‘Abandoned Buick’.  Directed by Jacob Wyatt and Alistair Baines and produced by RND Media, the promo is simple in design and has the same lo-fi vibe as the song itself. Watson, for his part, is equally low-key in his commentary. “Although the new video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ may at first appear to be just some clever camera work, a clapped-out Mercedes and deceptive shots of my manager wearing exactly the same jacket as me,” he quips, “it is, in fact, evidence that I have successfully achieved my life long goal of having a touring clone”.

You can watch the video for ‘Abandoned Buick’ just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now. And ICYMI, our review of ‘No Fanfare’, the first single from ‘Now That I’m a River’, is right back this way.

Saturday 19th May 2018 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Monday 21st May 2018 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Bristol Louisiana
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 24th May 2018 – Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 26th May 2018 – London LSO St Luke’s
Sunday 27th May 2018 – Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Tuesday 29th May 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Thursday 31st May 2018 – Manchester Soup Kitchen
Friday 1st June 2018 – Glasgow Hug and Pint
Saturday 2nd June 2018 – Sheffield Picture House Social

 
 
 

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