Monday, 30 November 2009

Mumford & Sons Announce 2nd London Shepherds Bush Empire Show

Mumford & Sons are pleased to announce details of a second night at Shepherds Bush Empire in March, after the first date sold-out this morning in an hour. (27.11.2009)
The British folk-rockers will now play the London venue on the 13th and 14th March. Their Spring UK tour went on sale this morning at 9am, with tickets available through
Mumford & Sons release their new single, ‘Winter Winds’ on the 7th December through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records.
Mumford & Sons play:
3rd March – Glasgow O2 ABC
4th March - Manchester Academy 1 (Upgraded from Academy 2)
6th March - Wolverhampton Wulfrun
7th March - Newcastle University
9th March – Liverpool O2 Academy
10th March - Cambridge Junction
12th March - Brighton Corn Exchange
13th March - London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire – SOLD OUT
14th March – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – EXTRA DATE ADDED
16th March – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
18th March - Dublin The Academy
20th March - Belfast Spring & Airbrake

Friday, 27 November 2009

Codeine Velvet Club Debut Album release date

Double A-side single - “Hollywood” plus “I Am The Resurrection” - December 28th
Debut Album – “Codeine Velvet Club” – December 28th 
Codeine Velvet Club, the sensational new band featuring chief Fratelli Jon Lawler and Glasgow chanteuse Lou Hickey, will release a new single to coincide with the release of their eponymously titled debut album on December 28th ‘09. Side A will feature album highlight and 21st century wall of sound masterpiece “Hollywood” while the other Side A will feature Codeine Velvet Club’s unique take on the Stone Roses’ classic “I Am The Resurrection”, a song that the band covered for fun as an encore and has since been recorded because so many fans demanded it!
Codeine Velvet Club is a new musical collaboration that celebrates Jon Lawler and Lou Hickey’s shared love of ’60s girl-boy duets, dramatic orchestral pop, and dark post-war Hollywood romanticism. Since their fantastically well reviewed (see press quotes!) debut headline shows in Glasgow at the Classic Grand and at London’s Bush Hall Codeine Velvet Club are heading out on a full UK tour throughout November and December. The full list of shows is:

26 - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
28 - Glasgow, SECC - Homecoming Festival

29 - Dundee, Doghouse
30 - Aberdeen, Warehouse
02 - Inverness, Ironworks
03 - Sunderland Independent
04 - Newcastle 02 Academy 2
05 - Glasgow 02 Academy Club Noir
06 - Sheffield Leadmill Steel Stage
07 - Birmingham, Glee Club
Click here to Pre-order "Codeine Velvet Club" Debut Album
“With his rough bad-boy edges smoothed off by the velvet hand of Glasgow songwriter Lou Hickey, this camply glamorous, jazzy boy-girl duet is no so much ‘Creepin’ Up The Backstairs’ as swishing down the red-carpeted grand staircase.”NME 7 Nov ‘09
“…it marks a definite departure from The Fratellis’ sound…Hickey’s oft-soft voice drips with a noir-ish menace alongside Lawler’s grizzly barks, a delicious contrast in ‘Vanity Kills’ and ‘Time’.  ‘Hollywood’ encapsulates some of the tuxedoed swagger of The Last Shadow Puppets.  Boosted by jazz-club horns and a boozy, burlesque chorus, it captures the mood of this record perfectly: gritty Brit music tainted by soul-sucking Hollywood.”NME 14 Nov ‘09
“…the equal of The Last Shadow Puppets.  Much of this is down to Jon (Fratelli)’s co-vocalist Lou Hickey, a voluptuously voiced latterday Peggy Lee.”MOJO Dec ‘09
“..this outfit oozes class and a sense of fun that is lacking in many other retro-styles projects”. Glasgow Herald – September 17th
“Codeine Velvet Club are what 2009 has been waiting for”. Glasgow Herald September 17th
“…one of the most exciting records of 2009”. Daily Record September 9th
“an album jampacked with everything from a gospel choir to an orchestra…  Throw in a big band, an electric sitar and – honestly – a cow-bell and you’ve got one of the most exciting records of 2009.”  Daily Record 9th Sept ‘09
“Soaring strings, biting brass, sweet as sugar guitar licks and a healthy dose of noir drama….  Add the kind of retro glamour that conjures up late nights in Vegas or Hollywood, stir in the kind of songwriting that oozes class and sophistication then freight in a few world-beating pop hooks.  That’s the recipe for the sensational new sound of Codeine Velvet.”
News Of The World 13th Sept. ‘09
“A whole album of evocative 1960’s tinged music in a collaboration that might give Isobel Campbell’s collaboration with Mark Lanegan some serious competition” Glasgow Herald 15th Sept. 09
“Codeine Velvet Club – Classic Grand Glasgow 5*   It’s the songs that impress most: Lawler’s post T-Rex pop-rock sensibility married to Hickey’s showtune glamour.  From the opener, the hook-laden ‘Hollywood’, there was hardly a dip in the set that concluded with a sensational reworking of The Stone Roses’ ‘I Am The Resurrection’.  Codeine Velvet Club are what 2009 has been waiting for.”  This may well turn out to be one of those evenings where, if everybody who claims they were there actually was, the venue would have had to be the size of Hall 4 at the SECC! Glasgow Herald 17th Sept ‘09
“They conjure up a Sixties-inspired sound that’s equal parts Phil Spector’s teenage symphonies and John Barry’s sharp 007 soundtracks.” News Of The World 20th Sept. ‘09

Friday, 20 November 2009

Peter Kay new tour MEN Arena in Manchester

Peter Kay has announced a new tour residence at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster Uk tomorrow Saturday at 11:00 am for the following dates:

* 27th April 2010
* 28th April 2010
* 29th April 2010
* 30th April 2010

Peter Kay’s stand–up career started when he won a competition in Manchester, beating fellow stand-up comedian Johnny Vegas. Kay's experience working at the Manchester Evening News Arena, the residence of this newly announced tour, inspired him to wear the official yellow jacket of the MEN Arena for the final performance of his "Mum Wants a Bungalow" tour.

Kid CuDi Pursuit of Happiness & The Monster Ball

Kid CuDi ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ feat. MGMT and Ratatat - Monday 11th January 2010

‘Following in a line that includes legendary fabulists like Ralph Ellison and Sun Ra and intersects with hip hop via artists like the Wu Tang Clan, Outkast and CuDi's mentor, Kanye West, this Cleveland-raised former film student expands hip-hop's language by exploring the inner life of the inner city the way others focus on the action in the street.’ The L.A. Times
‘A serious new talent in alt-rap.’ The Sunday Times
‘CuDi’s got a rare pop gift.’ The Stool Pigeon
‘The song is a deeply stoned singsong nugget.’ Pitchforkmedia

Produced by Crown Heights, Brooklyn electronic-indie duo Ratatat ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ is the second UK single from Kid CuDi’s debut album ‘Man On The Moon : The End Of The Day’.
Psychedelic rock stars MGMT sing the ghostly chorus over Ratatat’s trademark half-step beats, swirling synths and heavily processed guitars. CuDi’s vocal has the mixture of melody and vulnerability that he has made his own. CuDi wrote ‘Already Home’ for Jay Z on ‘The Blueprint 3’.
CuDi’s album debuted at #4 on the Billboard shipping 120,000 copies on its first week, making him one of the biggest breakthrough stars of the year in the US. He has been announced as the main support on Lady GaGa’s forthcoming Monster’s Ball Tour through the US in November, December 09 and January 2010.

The Monster Ball Tour
Nov. 27 – Montreal, QC @ The Bell Center
Nov. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
Nov. 29 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Dec. 1 – Boston, MA @ Wang Center
Dec. 2 – Boston, MA @ Wang Center
Dec. 3 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna
Dec. 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec. 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec. 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic
Dec. 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBD
Dec. 19 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
Dec. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
Dec. 31 – Miami, FL @ Knight Center
Jan. 3 – Orlando, FL @ The Hard Rock
Jan. 7 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox
Jan. 8 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Jan. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Jan. 12 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
Jan. 16 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
Jan. 20 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
Jan. 21 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Bombay Bicycle Club re-release "Always Like This"

Having released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ earlier this year, selling out the London Garage for their album launch show and playing a summer of stand out festival performances including a spellbinding set at Glastonbury, Bombay Bicycle Club are back on the road for a fully sold out UK tour before returning to release their next single. The London based four-piece will re-release live favourite ‘Always Like This’ on November 23rd through Island Records. ‘Always Like This’ was initially released on the band’s own label in April and was the first track from the album to catapult the band into the nation’s conscience and is likely to propel them even higher this time. Celestial vocal loops meet echo chamber guitars and afrobeat rhythms, as Bombay Bicycle Club juggle ecstatic, anthemic melodies with an uncompromised experimental vision. Led by lead singer Jack Steadman’s unique tremulous vocals, ‘Always Like This’ is defined by an irresistible bass led groove, climaxing into a Hot Chip-like 4/4 bass heavy climax. The single will be backed by several remixes including one by the hotly tipped dubstep producer Pariah, who has recently reworked The XX. Additionally, Bombay’s frontman Jack Steadman will be producing The London School of Samba recording a cover of the single for another b-side. The album ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ is available now through Island Records.

Bombay Bicycle Club are:

  • Jack Steadman - vocals, guitars

  • Jamie MacColl - guitars,

  • Suren De Saram - drums

  • Ed Nash - bass

Artist:   Bombay Bicycle Club   Title:    Always Like This

Label: Island Records Release date: November 23rd 2009