Justin Townes Earle is set to release His New West Records debut 'Kids in The Street 'on 26th May. The 12-song set was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit) at his ARC Studios, and is the first time in his career that Earle has worked with an outside producer.
Justin has announced three UK dates in the summer: so far
He has also shared the video for album closer 'There Go a Fool'. The video, directed by Alicia J. Rose which follows two young girls hitchiking together and ending up in a bar where Justin is playing. He told Billboard: "It reminded me a lot of playing the Springwater in Nashville. When I was 15 years old I would play from noon 'til seven at night there. There used to be this [girl] that showed up in mini-skirts and halter tops and she and her friends would dance in front of the stage. There'd be two old drunks at the bar, the girls dancing in front of me - and those girls never looked like the ones in the video, that's for sure."
'Kids In The Street' marks a decade into Justin's recording career which has already produced some wonderful music.
1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What's She Crying For
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What's Goin’ Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool
Damien Dempsey released his debut album in 2000, 'They Don’t Teach This Shit in School', which set him apart as a unique and important voice which, is still true to this day.
Now seventeen years into his career, Damien Dempsey releases his seventh studio album, 'Soulsun', which featues a stellar cast of female guest vocalists, referred to in the sleeve notes as ‘the mighty Celtic Warrior High Queens’. Dido joins Damien on a tender love song, 'Beside the Sea' and fellow Dubliner, Imelda May, appears on 'Big Big Love', an anthemic rock love song and 'Pretty Bird Tree' features Dingle singer Pauline Scanlon, a regular collaborator over the years.
'Soulsun' was recorded with long-term producer and collaborator, John Reynolds in north London. Damien lived in London for months, immersing himself in writing songs and soaking up inspiration from London's rich tapestry of all human life. ‘This might sound strange but London is a real retreat for me” he explains. “I don’t know too many people in London, so I don’t go out raving or partying. When I go to the pub, it will usually be somewhere around Kilburn, sitting on my own with a notebook’
'Soulson' is released on 26th May followed by a tour of the UK and Ireland;
Watch the video for the title track from the album 'Soulsun' Here
Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have announced that they will be touring the UK this July including dates in Manchester, Bristol, and London as well as a main stage slot at the Cambridge Folk Festival on the 28th of July.
See full dates below:
THURSDAY 20 JULY - MANCHESTER, RNCM CONCERT HALL
FRIDAY 21 JULY - NOTTINGHAM, ALBERT HALL
SATURDAY 22 JULY - SHEFFIELD, LEADMILL
MONDAY 24 JULY - BIRMINGHAM, TOWN HALL
TUESDAY 25 JULY - BRISTOL, BIERKELLER
WEDNESDAY 26 JULY - BRIGHTON, CONCORDE 2
FRIDAY 28 JULY – CAMBRIDGE, FOLK FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30 JULY - LONDON, ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
2017 is a special year for Wilko Johnson. Not only does it mark the 30th anniversary of the Wilko Johnson Band, but this year sees the guitarist celebrating his 70th birthday, with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 26th September 2017.
Given the events of recent years, this gig is truly a celebration with Wilko leading his own party long time partners; Norman Watt-Roy (bass), Dylan Howe (drums), family, friends and special guests.
The wonderful news is that Michael Head who is best known for his time with The Pale Fountains in early eighties Liverpool with younger brother John and the band they both went on to form, the legendary, Shack.
Eleven years since the release of his last album 'On The Corner Of Miles And Gil' released on Noel Gallagher's Sour Mash label, Michael Head is in the studio again, adding the finishing touches to his highly anticipated new album. 'Adiós Señor Pussycat' which will be released in the summer, preceded by a single. Both will be released on Michael's own Violette Records.
Watch this space for more news to come soon.
Doors open at midday for a rockin' Saturday on 17th June at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.
Playing a full headline set and closing the afternoon festivities at Indigo at The O2 will be the iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult after which The O2 Arena's Main area will open up for headliners Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow who will be preceeded by British glam rock legends Sweet. There will also be an After Party with Steve’n’Seagulls from Finland. Skillfully re-working some of metal’s finest moments into a new breed of country hoe-down guaranteed to shake you all night long!
Full details of everything happening on the day are below;
Speak Easy Lounge
One of the must-visit destinations at last year’s event, the Speak Easy Lounge, is back to make you shed tears of laughter with a whole host of performances to be announced including comedian and singer-songwriter Phil Nichol, who found fame in the Canadian comedy music trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, comedy club regular Rich Wilson, hailed by Time Out as “Highly entertaining” and a very special live recording of Stuart Goldsmith’s Comedians’ Comedian podcast featuring a big comedy name to be announced (previous guests include Tim Minchin, Bill Burr and Jimmy Carr).
Big Entrance Stage
The Big Entrance Stage will be there to welcome all Stone Free Festival goers with a bang as they arrive into the venue and will have performances throughout the afternoon providing a non-stop soundtrack to the variety of entertainment on offer.
Headlining will be the menacing Evil Blizzard who with four basses and a singing drummer will bring their dystopian madness to proceedings. Joining them will be the rock and soul infused Buck & Evans, Australian hell-raising rockers , Brit rockers Massive Wagons and the heavy metal stalwarts Death Valley Knights.
The Beer Garden
With no chance of rain stopping play, there will still be the chance to bask outside in London’s summer sun. Outside the entrance to the O2 will be The Beer Garden with street food stalls and more live music to entertain fans as they eat, drink and get merry.
Classic Rock Vinyl Fair
Free to the general public, VIP Record Fairs will be returning to Stone Free on Saturday 17th June. VIP Record Fairs produce more Vinyl Record Fairs than any other company in the world and at the Stone Free Festival they will present specially selected vinyl dealers from around the UK.
A new box set which includes a 20 page limited edition book, artworks and lyrics. 2 x 180g Vinyl and 2 x CD, 1 x DVD sets, containing the complete works from The Mission’s 2016 album, 'Another Fall From Grace' will be released on 12th May.
To coincide with the release The Mission will be touring the UK in May with The Skeletal Family and Pauline Murray supporting on all UK shows (except Norwich). The seven UK dates start in Norwich on May 11th and include Wayne’s Birthday celebration show in Sheffield, before concluding in Leicester on May 27th..
'Another Fall From Grace' was produced by Wayne Hussey and Tim Palmer, features guest backing vocals from Gary Numan, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Ville Valo (HIM), Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Evi Vine.
With the original members Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler being joined by new drummer Mike Kelly in 2011 the band are still cranking out great shows;
Watch a new video for Only You & You Alone (featuring Martin Gore)
THE MISSION ANOTHER FALL FROM GRACE TOUR 2017
Thu 11th Norwich Waterfront *
Fri 12th Belgium Leuven Het Depot
Sat 13th Germany Oberhausen New Waves Festival
Sun 14th Germany Flensburg Roxy
Wed 17th Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thu 18th Oxford O2 Academy
Fri 19th Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 20th Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 24th Greece Athens Gagarin 205
Fri 26th Sheffield O2 Academy (Wayne’s Birthday celebration show)
Sat 27th Leicester O2 Academy
Tues 30th Netherlands Hengelo Metropol
Wed 31st Netherlands Tilburg 0-13
Sat 3rd Germany Hannover Musikzentrum
* For the opening night in Norwich and we, understand from the band that they are maybe planning to play one of their infamous 2 set gigs that night as a warm-up for the rest of the tour.
THE MISSION with ALICE COOPER and THE TUBES November tour 2017:
Sat 11th Leeds First Direct Arena
Sun 12th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Tue 14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wed 15th Manchester Manchester Arena
Thu 16th London The SSE Arena, Wembley
Broken Social Scene have released their first new song in seven years. Entitled 'Halfway Home,' the new song follows the band’s 2010 album 'Forgiveness Rock Record' and their storming performance at the End of the Road festival last year.
Band members Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French, and Dave Hodge will be playing the dates below as Broken Social Scene
See Broken Social Scene live:
23/5 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Albert Hall
24/5 - London, United Kingdom - Brixton Academy
26/5 - Neustrelitz, Germany - Immergut Festival
28/5 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
29/5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
30/5 - Paris, France – Alhambra
1/6 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
4/6 - Toronto, Ontario - Field Trip
24/6 - Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco Weekend
5/8 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga
With the release of their first album in five years, 'VOIDS', Seattle's, Minus The Bear have announced a string of EU/UK dates for June 2017.
The new dates will follow on from a 29-date spring tour across North America, culminating in a hometown Seattle show on 15th April .
Thu 01 Jun - Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 02 Jun - Glasgow, Stereo
Sat 03 Jun - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sun 04 Jun - Newcastle, Riverside
Mon 05 Jun - Nottingham, Bodega
Tue 06 Jun - London, Scala
Thu 08 Jun - Cardiff, The Globe
Fri 09 Jun - Oxford, The Bullingdon
Sat 10 Jun - Brighton, The Haunt
Sun 11 Jun - Southampton, Talking Heads
Mon 12 Jun - Antwerp, Kavka
Tue 13 Jun - Amsterdam, Paradiso Upstairs
Wed 14 Jun - Cologne, MTC
Thu 15 Jun - Prague, Futurum Music Bar
Fri 16 Jun - Berlin, So36
Sat 17 Jun - Mannheim, Maifeld Derby
'VOIDS' is the Seattle band’s sixth full-length album, and first new LP in half a decade. It also marks the band’s return to their original label home, Suicide Squeeze Records, a longtime pillar of Seattle's indie rock scene.
Maximo Park unveil 'What Did We Do To Deserve This' as the next track to be released from their forthcoming album 'Risk To Exist.' which is released on 21st April.
You can pre-order the album digitally and receive two tracks instantly here
UK Tour Dates
Fri 5th May Birmingham O2 Institute 1
Sat 6th May Newcastle O2 Academy
Mon 8th May Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Tue 9th May Glasgow O2 ABC
Wed 10th May Sheffield Leadmill
Fri 12th May London Royal Festival Hall
Sat May 13 Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion
Mon 15th May Cambridge Junction
Tue 16th May Cardiff Tramshed
Wed 17th May Falmouth Princess Pavillion
Fri 19th May Manchester Albert Hall (10pm curfew)
Maximo Park are Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keyboards) and Tom English (drums).
Looks a lot of fun creating a little 'roadside rom-com' for Emily Barker's new song 'Sunrise'.
"Sunrise’is about a romantic road trip" and was recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Service with Matt Ross-Spang at the helm as producer and Memphis musicians: Dave Smith (bass), David Cousar (electric guitar), Steve Potts (drums) and Rick Steff (keys). "We recorded live and direct to tape".
New album 'Sweet Kind of Blue' is due out on 19th May and can be pre-ordered here
Soulful London quartet The King’s Parade have a new single out now called ‘Haze’.
‘Haze’ is the first taste of new music following the band’s 2015 debut EP Vagabond, which saw The King’s Parade build their fanbase with shows at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Oslo as well as a residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s.