27 August 2013

Frank Turner Tour Dates Announced For Feb 2014

Frank Turner has just announced dates for a UK Arena tour in Feb 2014

FEB 6: CARDIFF MOTORPOINT ARENA
FEB 7: NOTTINGHAM ARENA
FEB 8: EDINBURGH CORN EXCHANGE
FEB 9: MANCHESTER ARENA
FEB 11: PLYMOUTH PAVILLIONS
FEB 12: LONDON 02
FEB 13: PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL


The announcement comes ahead of the release of Frank's new single 'Losing Days' (out on September 1) and off the back of his performances at Reading & Leeds Festival at the weekend, where he played as the highest billed UK artist on the main stage.

You can watch Frank's performance of 'The Way I Tend To Be' taken from that set by clicking the link HERE

Frank Turner has had a busy year, even by his own standards. Following the release of his fifth studio album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ in April, he played a sold-out tour of the UK and has been on the road with his band The Sleeping Souls ever since. So far his global tour has taken him across Europe, to the Far East, Australasia and North America.

Tickets go on general sale from Fri 30th August

Thanks to Louise at Partisan PR

25 August 2013

Tiny Paragraphs Of News

I get a lot of emails from PR's announcing new tour dates, upcoming releases and any other update considered relevant enough/important enough/interesting enough...to merit a news article being composed around it. But, apart from a few here and there at an editors insistence, I haven't really ever taken much to do with the 'news item' side of things - and I possibly should do. So as of today I will make an effort to do that. Do not be expecting press release sized news articles - because the exact opposite is likeliest - and what once filled you with jittery anticipation will now torment you with plundering frustration. Ask any psychoanalytic psychologist if that is correct and they shall answer 'yes that is correct' but they shall not just leave it at that because you might remain unconvinced by their monosyllabic reply and that in itself is an internal conflict waiting to happen! No, they shall not procreate such a harm in you - but instead proceed to bolster the harmony of your normality with the informative explanation of how 'internal perception is governed by unconscious complexities and is not spontaneous - so is therefore a contradistinction of the symptomatic derivative' etc etc anticipation/frustration. I digress hugely....so...

SKID ROW
Skid Row are set to release their second single This Is Killing Me from their United World Rebellion – Chapter 1 E.P on November 4th 2013. October and November will see SKID ROW and UGLY KID JOE play a 29 city, 12 country co-headline tour of Europe and the UK. Dates will kick off in England on Oct 22nd and run through Nov 26th ending in Austria. With combined sales of millions of albums, each band will play a full set of the songs fans want to hear. As a special treat for fans, there is also to be a bundle package that includes the songs of 'UNITED WORLD REBELLION - Chapter One' and the bonus tracks on high quality vinyl and an exclusive Skid Row shirt, available only through the UDR Store!

Tour Dates
Tues  22 Oct Southampton, ENGLAND Mo'Club
Wed  23 Oct Rugby, ENGLAND The Vault
Thurs  24 Oct Manchester, ENGLAND NQ Live
Fri  25 Oct Nottingham, ENGLAND Rock City
Sat  26 Oct Wrexhan, WALES Central Station   
Mon  28 Oct Glasgow, SCOTLAND The Garage
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NOAH AND THE WHALE
Noah And The Whale will release their fourth studio album, Heart Of Nowhere, on September 24th via Caroline Records. The album, recorded at West London's British Grove Studios, is the band's fourth record in five years, and follows 2011's platinum-selling Last Night On Earth
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RUSH
This year’s celebration of Rush continues with the highly anticipated release of a remixed version of the band 2002’s album VAPOR TRAILS. In 2009, two tracks from VAPOR TRAILS (“One Little Victory” and “Earthshine”) were remixed for the Retrospective III collection, setting fans into a frenzy in anticipation of a possible remixed version of the entire album being released one day. Four years later, that day is finally approaching as the remixed album will be available on September 30 from Atlantic/Rhino. "Vapor Trails' was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances - sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again - and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill's remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work,” says Geddy Lee. Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of ‘One Little Victory,’ ‘Secret Touch,’ and ‘Ceiling Unlimited’ to the melodic musicality of ‘Sweet Miracle’ and ‘How It Is’… these songs have been redeemed. 

The remixed version of VAPOR TRAILS will also be included in the new 7-disc boxed set THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1989-2007, which features every studio album Rush recorded for Atlantic Records. The collection includes the Gold & Platinum albumsPresto (1989), Roll The Bones (1991), Counterparts (1993), and Test For Echo (1996), as well as their covers EP Feedback(2004) and the Billboard Top 5 album Snakes & Arrows (2007). THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1989-2007 features each album presented in a wallet sleeve that faithfully reproduces the original artwork (except for VAPOR TRAILS, which features a reinterpreted version of the original cover) and is available on September 30 from Atlantic/Rhino.
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BLACK MARKET CLASH
EXHIBITION of rare items
& pop up store

75 berwick st, SOHO, LONDON
   for 2 weeks only
Saturday 7 Sept – Sunday 22 Sept 2013
Store opening times: 12pm – 8pm Monday to Saturday & 11am – 5pm on Sunday

FEATURING AN EXHIBITION SHOWCASING UNIQUE ITEMS
FROM THE CLASH ARCHIVE
 PLUS
LISTENING LOUNGE AND EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE AREAS

In celebration of one of the most iconic bands to have ever come out of the UK, the first ever BLACK MARKET CLASH pop-up store will open for 2 weeks in the heart of Soho, London. The store opening coincides with the release of The Clash’s 2-disc ‘HITS BACK’ and collected recorded works ‘SOUND SYSTEM’ box, alongside re-releases of all of the band’s seminal studio albums, lovingly remastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of The Clash. The store, which is fully art directed and curated by the band and Robert Gordon McHarg lll of The Subway Gallery, will open for a limited time only, from Saturday 7 September to Sunday 22 September 2013 at 75 Berwick Street, Soho.
The store will open with an exclusive launch party, attended by the band on Friday 6 September.
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18 August 2013

Emilie Autumn: Gig Listing


EMILIE AUTUMN
EDINBURGH PICTURE HOUSE
FRIDAY AUG 23RD
TICKETS £15
Beautiful, bizarre and brazen sonic seductress and violinist extraordinaire, 
Emilie Autumn wants you to fight alongside her on her upcoming ”Fight Like A Girl” tour.

Each show promises to be an unforgettable adventure, and is never the same way twice. Not a rock show, but a rock opera with a real story to tell, the “Fight Like A Girl” tour will undoubtedly be Emilie Autumn’s most memorable run yet. Whether you’re one of her affectionately dubbed “Plague Rats” or amongst the uninitiated, this is a lavish and powerfully entertaining spectacle that is not to be missed.
Beyond her dramatic vocal performance, which masterfully fluctuates from operatic to filthy industrial and back again (she’s notorious for performing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as a nightly encore), she elegantly strikes that effervescent balance between sex, violence, and English literature. Part Broadway, part Vaudeville, part rock concert, part history lesson, and part mad tea party, there is nothing remotely like it anywhere…
It’s more brutal, bloody, and beautiful, “affirms the ringleader with a playful grin. There is more girl-on-girl action and glitter. The corsets are even tighter. It’s become a Victorian Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It’s a roller coaster ride. You’re going to feel like you’ve stepped into a dark Disneyland, and you aren’t going to want to leave.

Live DVD Review: Level 42

Level 42
'LIVE'
(Wienerworld)

The 1980's was a decade of one-hit wonders, blatant commercialism and preposterous egotists. It spent half it's years with only one eye on the ball, floundering in weary indifference and being culturally overwhelmed by a flood of instantly forgettable synth-pop tunes and narcissistic big hair anthems. It was, without question, the decade that good taste ignored. Of course there were notable exceptions. Level 42 oozed originality and perception, the soulful jazz/funk sound of their self titled debut album towered above anything else at that time,  with its skilled balance of perfectly weighted styles and remarkable musicianship it was a flourishing symphonic conclusion by anyones standards. In 1985 the commercial success of the single 'Something About You' kick started the ascension to super stardom and an entire nation, it seemed, were Level 42 fans. Recorded live at the Town and Country Club in London in March 1992 the recently released DVD captures a dynamic and inspired Level 42 performance. From the roving, funk paced opener 'Hot Water' they rarely miss a beat and are consistently flawless song to song, the shimmering cohesion of the horn section, the solid punctuation of Gary Husband's accomplished drumming, Mark King's unconventional guitar virtuosity and those unexpected flourishes that such clever musicianship conjures up. They unfurl their back catalogue with remarkable style – heartbreak ballad 'Leaving Me Now',  refined pop tune 'Running In The Family', the infectious bounce of 'Children Say' and groovy funk classic 'Lessons In Love' are among them. A wildly jubilant crowd is the true measure of any live performance and the greatest review you'll ever see – as the celebratory ones who filled this venue to full capacity proved.