Friday, 30 March 2012

Tribes new single ‘Corner of an English Field’ /Tour Dates

January 2012 saw the eagerly awaited release of Tribes debut album ‘Baby’, critically acclaimed across the board the LP went straight into the UK’s Top 20. The Camden quartet are pleased to announce the release of new single and stand-out album track ‘Corner of an English Field’ on April 2nd through Island Records. A sure-fire Summer festival anthem in the making, the track is already a massive hit live. Currently on the UK live circuit with Two Door Cinema Club, Metronomy and Azealia Banks for the NME Awards Tour, the band will be back in Europe for another stint this month, followed by a pre-SXSW US tour. Its non-stop touring for them when they land back on British soil for their own headline tour of the UK throughout April and May. (full dates below). With tickets already going fast, the Manchester date has already seen a venue upgrade due to popular demand.
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HEADLINE TOUR
21/04 - Brighton, The Haunt
22/04 – Norwich, Arts Centre
24/04 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
25/04 – Bristol, Thekla
27/04 – London, Shepherds Bush Empire
29/04 – Leeds, Cockpit
30/04 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
01/05 – Manchester, Academy 2
03/05 – Liverpool, Academy 2
04/05 – Dublin, Academy 2
05/05 – Belfast, Stiff Kitten
07/05 – Sheffield, Leadmill
08/05 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
09/05 – Birmingham, Academy 2
www.tribesband.com
http://www.facebook.com/tribesband
http://twitter.com/#!/tribesband
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“An early contender for album of 2012” NME, 9/10
“A strong debut… The songs are big on riffs, hooks, choruses, sex and swagger” The Guardian, ****

Steel Panther New Single: 17 GIRLS IN A ROW/March Live Events

Steel Panther have confirmed the release of the single “17 Girls In A Row” to coincide with their almost sold out UK tour this Spring. The single will be released via Universal Records on 2nd April 2012. The track is taken from the bands acclaimed second album, BALLS OUT, which was released in October. Steel Panther will be returned to the UK in March 2012 for a headlining tour. The March 2012 dates are as follows:
  • TUESDAY 27 MARCH O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM – SOLD OUT
  • WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW
  • FRIDAY 30 MARCH MANCHESTER ACADEMY – SOLD OUT
  • SATURDAY 31 MARCH O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
The band comprise of Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). 2011 saw the band release their second album and embark on a UK arena tour with Motley Crue and Def Leppard to a rapturous reception. 2012 sees the band about to embark on their first trip to Australia (Soundwave 2012), return to the UK for another tour and play the highly coveted main stage at Download this June.
myspace.com/steelpanther
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“The headline news is this: Steel Panther genuinely rock…. The crowd absolutely adores them” – THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
“Their polished second album is certainly a musical match for any of the hard rocking legends it affectionately spoofs” – CLASSIC ROCK
No one else – neither the legends nor the young pretenders – is making records as good as this” – METAL HAMMER

New Soul from Mayer Hawthorne. ‘THE WALK’ ft. Rizzle Kicks watch video

Mayer Hawthorne, one of the most exciting artists in the new soul movement, played an amazing SOLD OUT headline show at The Scala earlier this month. Mayer releases a new version of ‘The Walk’ featuring chart-topping duo Rizzle Kicks, on May 7th. Watch video ere;


Mayer’s debut album ‘How Do You Do’ is released on May 14th.· Check out the original video, watched by over 1 million people, here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmfcYli6vV4 - Do you recognize any of these fans? - www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF6qZBJo0YU Get ready to meet Mayer Hawthorne and say “How Do You Do”.www.mayerhawthorne.com Loved by Justin Timberlake, John Mayer and Snoop Dogg, who features on the album, has declared him as his “favourite new artist”.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

NICKI MINAJ ‘PINK FRIDAY’ UK TOUR JUNE 2012

Nicki Minaj, one of the hottest artists on the planet, and indisputably the biggest breakthrough artist of 2011, has announced that she will be returning to the UK this June for the ‘Pink Friday’ Tour. She will perform in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Nicki Minaj tickets are available from www.livenation.co.uk 2011 was an incredible year for Nicki, with her multi-platinum selling debut album PINK FRIDAY boasting the most charted singles by any female rap album in Billboard history. Nicki also became the first artist to have 7 singles on the Billboard HOT 100 chart simultaneously. She criss-crossed the US playing to massive sell-out audiences with friend and mentor Lil Wayne on the sold–out “I Am Music II” tour and then slayed audiences as the special guest on Britney Spear’s US tour. In addition to winning Best Hip Hop Video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards along with Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album and Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist at the 2011 American Music Awards, Nicki was recently nominated for three Grammys for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. Nicki’s feverishly anticipated new Young Money/ Cash Money album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, will be released on April 2nd, featuring her brand massive number 2 hit single “Starships” which was produced by multiple Grammy-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, RedOne, whose 35 international hit singles include a staggering 18 #1 singles, for the likes of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, and Mary J Blige, to name but a few. “Starships” shows Minaj headed straight into clubland territory - that means heavy synths, an infectious chorus and fist-pumping breakdowns. With 3 million albums sold globally, 15 million likes on Facebook, over 10 million followers on Twitter and a profile that is rising by the day, 2012 looks like being an even bigger and better year for this 5’ 2” phenomenon.

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NICKI MINAJ PINK FRIDAY TOUR JUNE 2012
  • SUNDAY 24 LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
  • MONDAY 25 LONDON HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
  • TUESDAY 26 BIRMINGHAM NIA ACADEMY
  • THURSDAY 28 02 APOLLO MANCHESTER  

Forence and the Machine - Never Let Me Go Island Records April 2

Florence + the Machine are set to release ‘Never Let Me Go’ as the follow up to ‘No Light, No Light’ on April 2. This emotionally charged huge song is suffused with an elegantly weary grandiloquence, gospel chords shine the way for a multi-tracked flock of Florences to soar in free flight. “The gospel thing comes from my obsession with hymns. I’m drawn to anything that has a hymnal quality, be it Spiritualized or dusty old albums by Georgian choirs.” In the two months since the release of ‘Ceremonials’, love for Florence’s second album continues apace, a mainstay of the UK and US chart top10s with worldwide sales now in excess of 1.5 million. Fresh from a non-stop globe-spanning jaunt of live shows (the US, Brazil and a first visit to Japan), Florence has just returned to the UK where she performed at the Brit Awards & The NME Awards before embarking on her biggest UK tour to date in March. All 120,000 tickets for the spring tour were snapped up by her ever expanding army of fans up and down the country.

Never Let Me Go Island Records April 2 - myspace.com/florenceandthemachine
+ Sold Out (120,000 tickets) UK Tour
+ 1.5 million albums sold worldwide
+ Performances at The Brit Awards & NME Awards

Friday, 9 March 2012

PAUL WELLER new album Sonik Kicks & March Live dates at the Roundhouse


Enjoying a constant critical high and a never ending creative peak, Paul Weller continues to push the boundaries with his new album SONIK KICKS, due for release on March 26th 2012. This is the follow up to the Mercury Music Award nominated WAKE UP THE NATION and Paul’s eleventh solo album. Once again, it's his best yet. If you’d like a taste of what’s to come, head to www.paulweller.com now where you can check out the album track ‘Around The Lake’. The track is set to an excellent sequence from a short film called '24hrs, Pavey Ark' directed by Mike Moloney & John Hooper which Paul is massively in to. SONIK KICKS features appearances from the likes of Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon. The 14 tracks you can look forward to are: Green / The Attic / Kling I Klang / Sleep of the Serene / By the Waters / That Dangerous Age/ Study in Blue / Dragonfly / When Your Garden’s Overgrown / Around The Lake / Twilight / Drifters / Paperchase / Be Happy Children. With SONIK KICKS Paul Weller once again shakes up his palate and stirs his influences anew. He mixes pop art punch with soulful communication; jazzy explorations into psychedelia and dub with razor-sharp melodies and abstract soundscapes with clear-eyed forest-folk. Weller isn’t one to wait 20 years to be invited to perform his ‘classic’ album. He would rather do it here and now, there’s no need for nostalgia to play its part. So SONIK KICKS will be performed in full at The Roundhouse. Live dates as follows:
  • 18th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 19th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 20th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 21st - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 22nd - London Camden Roundhouse
Tickets go on sale from the 24 hour booking hotline www.bookingsdirect.com / 0844 338 0000.
Supported by Baxter Dury.

PAUL WELLER New Album SONIK KICKS out March 26th 2012 myspace/paulweller 
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

‘MARLEY’ TO BE RELEASED BY ISLAND RECORDS ON APRIL 16th 2012

The Third World’s first superstar and arguably the most recognizable human being on the planet, reggae giant BOB MARLEY is celebrated this year in a film by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (‘One Day In September’, ‘State Of Play’, ‘The Last King Of Scotland’, ‘Touching The Void’ and ‘Life In A Day’). ‘MARLEY’, which received a rapturous reception at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb 12th, will be released in the UK on 20th April ’12 through Universal Pictures and features stunning live performances, intimate interviews with friends and family, and rare documentary footage, which tells the definitive story of the superstar who rose from the ghetto to become one of the greats of popular music before dying tragically young at the height of his fame. BOB MARLEY was born February 6, 1945 in rural St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica, leaving home at 14 to pursue a music career in Kingston. A naturally gifted musician and singer he recorded his first track in 1962. In ’72 finding himself stranded in London with his band the Wailers he signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records and went on to enjoy global success and to put reggae on the music map. Many of his songs – which highlighted both Jamaica’s poverty and the spirituality of its people – have since become universal anthems. MARLEY died of cancer on May 11, 1981, aged 36.Says Kevin MacDonald: " MARLEY the film is an intimate, human portrait of the legendary singer . But as with any film about an artist - the main purpose has got to be to send the listener back to the music with a renewed appreciation for its beauty and significance. That's why I am so happy that Island are releasing this special collection of songs from and inspired by the movie." Says Chris Blackwell: “Kevin MacDonald has made a wonderful film about Marley. I think it will touch the hearts of many. It tells Bob’s story properly for the first time and you get a real sense of the man and his incredible talent. His spiritual message is as relevant now as it ever was and his music still resonates around the world.” The soundtrack to ‘MARLEY’ will be released on Island Records on 16th April ’12. It will be released in two formats: 2CD and a 3LP. It includes, for the first time on record, the 1978 One Love Peace concert performance of ‘Jammin’ during which Marley joined the hands of bitter political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, a gesture which went some way towards restoring peace to a strife-torn Jamaica. The tracklisting of the soundtrack, which follows the chronology of the film, is as follows:
  • 1) Corner Stone
  • 2) Judge Not
  • 3) Simmer Down
  • 4) Put It On
  • 5) Small Axe
  • 6) Mellow Mood
  • 7) Stir It Up
  • 8) Concrete Jungle
  • 9) Crazy Bald Heads (Groucho mix)
  • 10) Natty Dread
  • 11) Trenchtown Rock (live at The Roxy Theatre)
  • 12) Get Up Stand Up
  • 13) Work
  • 14) Jammin (live at One Love Peace Concert)
  • 15) Exodus (Kindred Spirit Dub Mix)
  • 16) No Woman No Cry (Live at the Lyceum)
  • 17) War (Live at the Rainbow)
  • 18) I Shot the Sheriff (Live at the Lyceum)
  • 19) Roots Rock Reggae
  • 20) Three Little Birds
  • 21) Real Situation
  • 22) Could you Be Loved
  • 23) One Love / People Get Ready
  • 24) Redemption Song
  • 25) High Tide Or Low Tide
Marley – The Original Soundtrack Release date: 16th April Formats: Double CD - 00602527985985 - Triple Vinyl - 00602527985992
FILM TRAILER: 


‘MARLEY’ – WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“Kevin MacDonald’s detailed portrait of Bob Marley grapples with the last king of reggae’s philosophical and religious convictions. 4*” The Guardian 13.2.12
“A documentary with scope and soul, this cradle-to-grave portrait of Bob Marley…is bottling what made Asif Kapadia’s ‘Senna’ such a success. 4*” Daily Telegraph 14.2.12
“One of the main treats in Berlin was Kevin MacDonald’s massive feature documentary ‘Marley’…What makes it inspiring is the music, the exhaustive research and the personality of Marley.” The Independent 17.2.12
“…the most enjoyable film so far is ‘Marley’, in which the life and career of the reggae icon is explored through archive footage and enlightening interviews with some of Marley’s most idiosyncratic collaborators…” Time Out 16.2.12

TYGA - CASH MONEY’s NEXT BIG THING RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM

US superstar in the making Tyga, whose number 1 monster hit “Rack City” introduced him as the latest superstar to emerge from Cash Money Records, the red-hot hip hop label and home to Lil Wayne, Drake & Nicki Minaj, has his eagerly anticipated debut album ”Careless World : Rise Of The Last King” released on March 12th. The album includes “Rack City” one of the biggest tracks of the year so far with well over 1 million downloads sold to date. Tyga, whose cousin is Travie McCoy from Gym Class Heroes, is joined on ”Careless World : Rise Of The Last King” by a stellar cast including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Big Sean and J Cole. The album stormed in at number 1 on the US iTunes chart and European fans will have a chance to see Tyga live as he is close to confirming an extensive European tour during the month of May. Born in Compton 1989 Michael Stevenson - the same town as Hip Hop Legends Dr Dre, NWA, The Game & more, Tyga first came to prominence as one of the featured artists on the Young Money collective’s top 10 UK smash ‘Bedrock’ as well as the massive street track ‘Roger That’. He has also featured on Chris Brown’s hit ‘Deuces’, has over 4 million fans on Facebook www.facebook.com/tyga & well over 2 million Twitter followers. Tyga is no stranger to the UK having completed 2 club tours on these shores and appeared on Tim Westwood’s 1Xtra show. He’s released a flurry of mixtapes including a collaborative one with Chris Brown - http://www.youngmoneyhq.com/2010/05/18/tyga-chris-brown-fan-of-a-fan-mixtape-download/ & ‘Well Done 2’ - http://www.datpiff.com/Tyga-Well-Done-2-mixtape.252451.html

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius are WZRD| New Album ‘WZRD’ Out March 5th

WZRD is the alternative to everything because no one is doing what we’re doing. This album is something the world needs to hear,” says Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi of his new genre-bending album with long-time collaborator Dot Da Genius. The album kicks off with a full-instrumental track called “The Arrival” and then continues to take the listener through a journey of intricate sounds, as well as a standout acoustic record called “EFFLICTIM.” Right from the start, it’s evident that this project is a bold move, even for one of the most innovative musicians of the last few years. Cudi and Dot have came a long way since 2006, when the duo would record late into the night in Dot’s family’s East New York apartment. Cudi met Dot through a mutual friend while working at Abercrombie & Fitch and the two began crafting a spacey-melodic sound that was different, and a breath of fresh air for the hip-hop game. Cudi would hum melodies as Dot would construct beats around them, and songs soon came to fruition. The process of recording came easy to Dot and Cudi, but the circumstances weren’t. After Cudi got evicted from his Staten Island apartment, it looked like he would have to move back to his hometown of Cleveland, and the budding musical chemistry he and Dot were developing would have to come to an end. But, despite knowing Cudi for just seven months, Dot’s parents saw the potential in the young tandem and let Cudi stay with them until he got back on his feet. The two kept at it in the Omishore basement, hoping their grind would one day pay off. After working together for a year, the most noteworthy result of one of Cudi’s hummed melodies and Dot’s producing prowess, “Day N’ Night,” was recorded. The innovative, out-of-the-box song would go on to sell over 2,000,000 digital downloads, receive two Grammy nominations, and peak on Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 3 on May 9, 2009. It was the song that catapulted Kid Cudi into a household name, and changed everything for the duo. The pair, who liken their relationship to that of brothers rather than band mates, would continue to make music throughout the years, and in 2010 when they were adding guitar riffs to “Trapped In My Mind” a Dot-produced standout on Cudi’s sophomore album “Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager” it spawned the idea of a full rock album. Soon after, Cudi picked up the lead guitar and Dot would learn the bass. “The next day we went to Guitar Center and he bought a guitar and all the pieces. Since then he hasn’t parted with it. He’s been playing it non-stop and gradually getting better,” says Dot. They would record on Cudi’s tour bus and in Cudi’s house, purposely staying away from big-budget studios to capture an organic, garage band type of sound. No lessons, just hours exploring the instruments and learning as they went on. It was on the tour bus and in those makeshift studios that “WZRD” was formed. The duo studied bands like Nirvana, Pink Floyd, and even covered Lead Belly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” Like “Day N’ Night” Dot and Cudi once again created a sound that was far from cookie-cutter. As Cudi tells it, “We’re just trying to push the envelope and put people up on a new sound. Each band has their sound, and “WZRD” is something that’s very grassroots
myspace/kidcudi - www.kidcudi.com

Paul Weller New single released on March 11th & Live Dates

March 11th sees Paul Weller release the first single from his forthcoming, highly anticipated new album Sonik Kicks (out March 26). Entitled That Dangerous Age it will be available on CD digipack, two 7” singles and a download EP. The formats include brand new B Sides ‘Portal To The Past’ and ‘The Piper’. If that’s not all, there also features remixes of That Dangerous Age by Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys and Ladytron plus an explosive version of album track ‘Green’.
Live dates: March
  • 18th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 19th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 20th - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 21st - London Camden Roundhouse
  • 22nd - London Camden Roundhouse
Paul Weller New single released on March 11th on Island Records. myspace/paulweller

Nicki Minaj brand new single "Starships" out soon

US Superstar Nicki Minaj, one of the hottest artists on the planet, and indisputably the biggest breakthrough artist of 2011, releases her brand new single “Starships”. The single was produced by multiple Grammy-winning producer, musician, and songwriter, RedOne, whose 35 international hit singles include a staggering 18 #1 singles, for the likes of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, and Mary J Blige, to name but a few. “Starships” shows Minaj headed straight into clubland territory, that means heavy synths, an infectious chorus and fist-pumping breakdowns, and is taken from Nicki’s feverishly anticipated new Young Money/ Cash Money album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, which will be released on April 2nd
Nicki Minaj| ‘Starships’ – Released March 19th - myspace/nickiminaj