Friday, 22 April 2011

Blues Legend Live in Barnstaple

Described by The Guardian as ‘a master of the contemporary blues’, Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald comes to the Gallery Sessions at Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre on Thursday 12th May for an exclusive solo performance. Providing guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals, Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. Born Bernard Alexander in 1949, Dayton, Ohio, Skip McDonald learned to play the blues on his father's guitar from the age of 8, although by the time he was 12 years old he had opted to perform doo-wop. But from picking up a guitar as a child, and returning to his roots with Little Axe, there has been a long twisting road. McDonald, along with bass player Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour. In 2010 Skip McDonald recorded Bought For a Dollar, Sold For a Dime, an album which covers his extended career, with new versions of old tracks. “I see myself as a time traveller,” he says. “I started out live and went into studio culture. I’ve gone all the way back and come full circle, though this time I’ve got the advantage of technology as well. Hey, I’m even doing covers of my own songs. It’s all part of the same puzzle.”
Tickets are priced at £9.40 plus a 60p Love Arts fund payment. Students and young persons’ tickets are just £5. For further information or to book, call the Box Office on 01271 324242 or visit

Lush new dawn for rock'n'roll. Camden's Tribes ‘WE WERE CHILDREN’ EP & UK Tour Dates

If the past couple of years have been rock’n’roll’s radio iceage, right now our toes are teetering on the briof a lush new dawn. The question is; beyond the frenzy of supposed saviour bands whose name-drops have christened the New Year, which of the lauded gangs of axe-wielders are the genuine sculptors of tomorrow? Well, of the few promised Next Big Things, none have earned their hype more than Camden's Tribes. “When you’re a kid you want to be cool, so you make experimental weird music. But for us, I think there just came a point where we couldn’t be bothered messing around anymore," prophesises singer Johnny Lloyd. "I realized that there’s no point being in a band if you’re not gonna be one of those life-changing bands. Not the one’s you stroke your chin too, the one’s you beat your heart plate to.” It's this unabashed manifesto of anthemia that’s taken the rag-tag four-piece from prodigious debutant slots opening for idols The Pixies, to relentless grassroots grafting of the UK's dives, to being christened "The future of rock'n'roll" by fanboys The Mystery Jets, a sentiment chimed by everyone from NME to Radio 1's Huw Stephens. They're a shining testament to the blood, sweat and tears so many buzz bands seem to bypass these days, at their peril. Joining the dots between Mudhoney and The Libertines, their debut EP 'We Were Children' (which has already gained Zane Lowes coveted ‘Hottest Record In The World’ status) is a fittingly heart-racing call-to-arms for a generation left crying out for band name worthy of being Tip-Ex'd onto a satchel. Released on June 6th through Island Records, the band will be coming straight back at us with their debut album in August which is currently being recorded in Liverpool with Mike Crossey. Don’t miss their trademark live shows over the coming months when they support Funeral Party and play their own headline shows as well as festival dates. See below;

30/04- Island Life @ Camden Crawl – Enterprise, London (**EARLY SHOWTIME** 2PM)
01/05- Nation of Shopkeepers – Live @ Leeds
13/05- NME Radar @ The Great Escape - Brighton
19/05- Oran Mor - Glasgow (w/Funeral Party)
20/05- Liquid Room - Edinburgh (w/Funeral Party)
21/05- Independent - Sunderland
22/05- Rescue Rooms - Nottingham (w/Funeral Party)
24/05- Heaven - London (w/Funeral Party)
26/05- Concorde - Brighton (w/Funeral Party)
30/05- Leadmill - Sheffield (w/Funeral Party)
31/05- Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton (w/Funeral Party)
01/06- Club Academy - Manchester (w/Funeral Party)
04/06 - Fruit - Hull
05/06- Intro Festival – Middlesborough
06/06 - Stereo – York
07/06- Shipping Forcast – Liverpool
08/06 - Arts Institute – Cardiff
09/06- Dingwalls – London
11/06 - Start The Bus – Bristol
12/06 - Flapper - Birmingham
13/06 -Haymaker – Cambridge
14/06 - Joiners - Southampton
15/07- 2000 Trees Festival - Cheltenham
23/07- Secret Garden Party - Huntingdon
05/08- Underage Festival - London
06/08- Field Day - London
08/08- Y Not Festival - Matlock

Back to the Blues: G. Love new album, Fixin’ To Die set for release

G. Love has announced the details of his new album, Fixin’ To Die, set for release on on Brushfire Records. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, and produced by The Avett Brothers, this new body of work is arguably G. Love’s most sincere and candid work to date. After a chance meeting in Boston last fall, G. Love and The Avett Brothers forged a friendship and bonded over their love of back road blues. After performing together onstage and discovering their shared musical heritage, G. Love invited Scott and Seth Avett to not only produce his new album, but perform on it as well. The result is Fixin’ To Die, a collection of  G. Love originals, rearranged traditionals, and a classic cover, many simmering for over a decade, all sharing a common goal: to strip away all pretense and capture the original spirit and sound G. Love has cultivated over his entire career but never fully embraced until now. From the ragged jangle of its opener “Milk & Sugar” and floorboard stomp of Bukka White’s “Fixin’ To Die,” over the loping lilt of “Home” and longing for “Katie Miss,” through the greasy fried “Get Goin’” and moonshine reverb of “Heaven,” to the hip shake hootenanny in Paul Simon’s infamous kiss off “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” G. Love and The Avetts deliver a life lesson in how to find a song’s sweet spot. “It was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of focus, care and passion Scott & Seth brought to it. It was a tremendously positive and encouraging experience. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record,” G. Love said. As Scott Avett says, “There’s a little bit of this record on all the previous G. Love records, you just had to look for it. This is the record we all knew he should make and he could make, but again, he had to open himself to the core to make it. That’s the difference.” 


Thursday, 21 April 2011


It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce our planned 2011 European Summer tour has been rescheduled. When we booked the tour last year, we were confident that we would have the new album out before the Summer. Turns out we were mistaken as the album is taking longer than we thought and won't be out till later this year. We hoped we would have some new songs to play rather than do another 'greatest hits tour' which you all saw last Summer. As much as we know our fans would be cool with that, we feel that we owe you guys something new when you spend your money to come see us. Frankly, it's what needs to continue for us to remain vital. The three of us are working very hard to do what we set out to do when we re-formed...get a new blink-182 album recorded. Apologies to all of our fans who have bought tickets and were looking forward to the Summer shows but we'll be back soon with the rescheduled dates in Summer 2012, have a new album out and be able to play new songs for you all. Thanks for all of the continued support and understanding. The rescheduled dates are on the bands website ( and are listed below as follows: NEW DATES ADDED: On sale date is Thursday 21st April 2011

For those of you who hoped to see us at Oxegen and T In The Park festivals this year, we’re very sorry that we won’t be there as we were looking forward to playing them so much. However, we’ve added Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow arena dates listed below onto next summer’s tour so we can see our Irish and Scottish fans.
Tuesday 12 June, 2012 - Dublin, The O2 0818 719300
Wednesday 13 June 2012 - Belfast Odyssey Arena - 028 9073 9074/084427774455
Wednesday 20 June 2012 - Glasgow SECC - 0844 4999 990 /
RESCHEDULED DATES – June/July 2012Thursday 07 June 2012 - Birmingham NIA - 0844 338 8000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 01 July 2011
Friday 08 June 2012 - London The O2 - Tickets still valid from Monday 18 July 2011
Saturday 09 June 2012 - London The O2 - Tickets still valid from Tuesday 19 July 2011
Friday 15 June 2012 - Manchester MEN Arena - 0844 847 2000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 8 July
Saturday 16 June 2012 - Birmingham LG Arena - 0844 338 8000 - Tickets still valid from Friday 15 July 2011
Sunday 17 June 2012 - Sheffield Motorpoint Arena - 0114 256 5656 - Tickets still valid from Thursday 7 July 2011
Tuesday 19 June 2012 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena - 0844 493 6666 - Tickets still valid from Tuesday 12 July 2011
Tuesday 10 July 2012 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - 029 2022 4488 - Tickets still valid from Saturday 16 July 2011
Wednesday 11 July 2012 - Nottingham Capital FM Arena - 0844 412 4624 - Tickets still valid from Wednesday 13 July 2011
Thursday 12 July 2012 - Liverpool Echo Arena - 0844 8000 400 - Tickets still valid from Monday 04 July 2011
Original tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates. For further information or queries regarding the rescheduled dates please contact the ticket agent where you purchased your tickets.

Friday, 15 April 2011

NEXT BIG THING Refreshing Notes from Alex Winston - Sister Wife

A talented multi-instrumentalist with a voice reminiscent of Joanna Newsom, Lykke Li and PJ Harvey, Detroit born Alex Winston is causing quite a stir in the pop world. Having recently headlined a NME Awards Show, signed to Island Records, Alex is now making serious waves in America – her video for last single ‘Locomotive’ was the number 1 most played video on Pitchfork TV. Taken from her critically acclaimed mini album (of the same name), new single ‘Sister Wife’ will be released as a digital download on May 16th through Island Records. Written by Alex and produced by New York whizz-kids The Knocks, ‘Sister Wife’ looks back at Winston’s upbringing in Detroit. The soulful chorus, “Hey there sister wife / Get the hell out / It’s my night / You don’t know they way to his heart like I do” is set against a wall of melody and muscular percussion. The defiant ‘Sister Wife’ highlights an impressive skill for crafting the perfect pop song and beckons at a talent we’re only just discovering. Alex is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album - due September 2011 which will be recorded with The Knocks and the award winning Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine). Having only played her first ever live shows at CMJ 2010, those who have seen Alex can attest to the energy and power of her live performance. She will be making her debut at SXSW this month before returning for a string of dates including London’s XOYO and Brighton’s Great Escape festival.

Upcoming European dates
Tuesday 10th May – King Tuts, Glasgow
Friday 13th May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
Saturday 14th May – Futuresonic Festival, Manchester
Sunday 15th May – The Sugar Club, Dublin
Wednesday 18th May – XOYO, London
Friday 20th May – Paradiso, Amsterdam

Alex Winston: Title: Sister Wife Label: Island Records Release Date: May 16th 2011 Format: Digital download - Alex Winston Sister Wife CD CLICK TO SHOP

“The catchiest new prospect to crop up in 2010” NME
“The key few seconds in pop this year” Sunday Times Culture ‘Songs of 201
“An inspired new talent” Music Week
“Infectiously uplifting” Q
“A promising prospect indeed” Time Out
“Maddeningly catchy” The
"Something special" Neon Gold ‘The Sound of 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

The Killing 5 DVD is now out

If you have just missed the fantastic BBC4 series The Killing, don't worry, critically acclaimed and billed as one of the finest murder investigation series ever produced, this riveting thriller is now out on DVD
THE PLOTThe murder of a young girl launches Detective Sarah Lund into an extended police investigation. Lund's plans for a new life in Sweden are put on hold as she can't bring herself to leave the case behind. As the parents of the dead girl's parents and friends struggle to cope with their loss, a link is revealed between city hall and the murder, causing a dilemma for one of Copenhagen's mayoral candidates. Over the course of twenty episodes, one for every day of the investigation, Copenhagen's secret corruption and power struggles are intriguingly unravelled as the hunt for the killer intensifies and the truth becomes ever harder to find.

Click here to read about the series, cast and characters at BBC4

Buy the The Killing 5Dvd 2011 CLICK TO SHOP

Monday, 4 April 2011

MONA announce self titled debut album out May 16th + their biggest show to date

Mona today announce details of their debut album, ‘Mona’, which will be released through the band’s own imprint Zion Noiz Recordings/Island Records on CD, Digital Download and limited edition collectors vinyl from May 16th. The band will also play their biggest show so far at the Electric Ballroom a day later. The album, which was originally recorded in the band’s Nashville basement, was mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Glasvegas) and produced by the band. Following a series of sold out shows across the UK, including London’s Garage, the band have confirmed they will be headlining their biggest show to date, playing to over 1200 people at London’s Electric Ballroom on May 17th. Tickets went on sale on Friday 11th February, for an exclusive fan pre sale head over to 2011 has started strongly for Mona, winning MTV’s Brand New For 2011, polling over 35% of of 200,000 public votes and beating off competition from Jessie J, The Vaccines and Jamie Woon. This is not to mention playing shows for Q, Channel 4 drama Skins, appearing on Later..With Jools Holland at the end of 2010 and supporting The Walkmen last month.
Full Track Listing:
1. Cloak And Dagger
2. Listen To Your Love
3. Teenager
4. Lines In The Sand
5. Taboo Lights
6. Lean Into The Fall
7. Say You Will
8. Shooting The Moon
9. Pavement
10. Trouble On The Way
Listen to Your Lover EP - Mona Listen to Your Lover EP - Mona
May 17th - London - Electric Ball Room Box Office Number -0844 871 8803 / 0844 811 0051

“Take heed lovers, fighters, poppers, rockers, godless, God-fearing... Mona are coming for your souls” NME
“Mona are very much rock’n’roll’s great white hopes” The Guardian
“Expect balls-to-the-wall guitars and heartening lyrics designed to stimulate your mind” Clash