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The Slits announce UK and European tour dates.

The Slits announce UK and European tour dates.

The Slits announce UK and European tour dates.

The Slits announce European dates. The Slits known for their infusion of punk and reggae sounds are one of the most significant female punk-rock bands in history. Both legendary and somewhat notorious there is a satiric, tongue-in-cheek quality to their songs instead of a strident peachiness. The Slits are loud, brash, bold and unrepentant. They never compromised their image or stance and their very presence threatened those that considered rock to be a male-only pursuit. In the late 1970’s an early 1980’s the band toured with legendary punks such as The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Sex Pistols.   They went on to influence many generations of bands including The Gossip and Sonic Youth whom they played with in 2007. The Slits continue to expand the boundaries of punk, combining it with various ethnic and experimental sounds and plan to continue doing so for years to come. Their latest album Trapped Animal was released October 2009. The current lineup features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt along with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook), Anna Schulte and Adele Wilson.

European Tour dates May, 2010:

6/5 Dublin Crawdaddy Ireland
7/5 Manchester Moho Live UK
8/5 Newcastle The Cluny UK
9/5 Glasgow ABC2 UK
10/5 Liverpool The Loft UK
11/5 London Islington Academy UK
12/5 Oxford Academy 2 UK
13/5 Brighton The Great Escape UK
14/5 Utrecht Ekko Holland
15/5 Groningen Vera Holland
16/5 Copenhagen Loppen Denmark
18/5 Stockholm Strand Sweeden
20/5 Berlin White Trash Germany
21/5 Koln MTC Germany
22/5 Turin Spazio Italy
23/5 Rome Roads to Ruins Festival Italy
25/5 Athens Venue TBC Greece
27/5 Paris Café Le Dance France
28/5 Barcelona Primavera Spain

New Network for bands and musicians in the UK

bandsDid you know that there is one place you can go that has listings of musicians, bands, gigs, teachers, venues, suppliers and so on, in short everything you need to help you make music or find what you are looking for in the musical world? That place now exists and can be found at www.musiconnections.co.uk.

However, they aren’t just a directory of listings but so much more:
• Listings of everything you need – bands, musicians, venues, teachers, shops, etc.
• Gig guides – advertise your gigs and concerts here
• Forums – chat, express opinions, inform or get informed here on all aspects of music making
• News, articles and blogs – Got something to say? Get it published on the web right here.
• Not just pics but audio/video clips as well – Let your audience or other musos see and hear what you do.

They are free to join so check them out and register today at www.Musiconnections.co.uk/signup.php

Go and check out the site now and remember that although we are still fairly new they are aiming to be the best musicians network in the UK and they need your help as the more people that are registered the more useful the site will become.

Ayrplay Scotland’s Unsigned contest

scotlande28099s-greatest-battle-of-the-bandsUNSIGNED Bands are getting the chance to enter AYRPLAY; Scotland’s greatest battle of the bands competition.

Held in conjunction with the Burns Festival, the winning band will open the stage at Burns Rock at the Racecourse concert, Ayr Racecourse over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May 2009. This year’s main stage was headlined by rock legends, Status Quo who performed to a crowd of more than 7000 fans.

Bands have until January 16th to get their entries in before the 13 week competition starts in February, with heats being held at Ayr’s renowned live music venue, The Auld Hoose.

Winners of AYRPLAY 2008, White Ace supported rock legends Status Quo and since their win, the young rock sensations have been catapulted to the forefront of the UK’s music scene playing gigs up and down the country.

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Take That Hits A Million

takethat460U.K pop act Take That has become one of the fastest million-sellers of all time with their new set “The Circus” (Polydor), according to the Official Charts Company.

The revived boy band will have sold their millionth copy in the U.K. early today (Dec. 19), it’s 19th day in stores. The OCC tally was 990,000 by the end of Dec. 18.

Its rapid sale makes “The Circus” the second fastest seller ever, behind only Oasis’ “Be Here Now” (Big Brother), which took 11 days to hit a million sales in 1997. Take That’s previous 2006 set Continue reading →

N.E.R.D – ‘Sooner Or Later’

nerd_fly_or_die_lAnyone who subscribes to the theory than Liberal Democrat Vince Cable foresaw the current global recession should check out N.E.R.D’s ‘Sooner Or Later’. Pharrell Williams saw this one coming ages ago. Check out the video on RTV Channel  now. The acronym N.E.R.D. stands for “No One Ever Really Dies,” but childhood friends Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, and Shay most certainly used the group to proudly emphasize the nerdier aspects of their musical personalities. Before this side project took shape, Hugo and Williams — as the Neptunes — had established themselves as giants in the field of pop production, whether they were working with hardcore rappers, smooth crooners, or teen pop groups. Although their faces were known to many due to this prominence, N.E.R.D. allowed the duo to take center stage, as rock stars, even if a new alias was being used.

The trio recorded its first album, In Search Of…, and released it in Europe in late 2001. Not entirely happy with the results, they reshaped the album using live instrumentation — with significant assistance from the funk-rock band Spymob, to further differentiate the material from Neptunes productions — before issuing it in the U.S. in March of 2002. Singles “Lapdance” and “Rock Star” made minor indentations on the singles charts; despite this, the album didn’t come close to achieving the kind of commercial success won by the average Neptunes production. In March of 2004, after another endless influx of hitmaking Neptunes work, they resurfaced with Fly or Die. This time out, Hugo and Williams handled more of the instrumentation. Unrelenting in their knack for the absurd, lead single “She Wants to Move” was promoted with a video that depicted the three members performing in the rear “compartment” of a female-shaped space vessel — a very literal interpretation of the line “Her ass is a spaceship I want to ride.” The trio’s third album, Seeing Sounds, followed four years later.

Upcoming artists Two Way Radio

 two_way_radioLast Saturday the band Two Way Radio won the Grote Prijs van Nederland (Big Prize of The Netherlands) in the Pop / Rock category. The Grote Prijs is the most important contest for new upcoming artists.

Two Way Radio consists of seven members, including three female singers and their music is a combination of solid rock, mixed with a clubby sound and electronica. The jury said the winners had made ‘the most progression’ of all finalists in their category this year. Two Way Radio have already supported the Editors and The Golden Earring during their shows in The Netherlands and they are now working on their first full album. Other winners this year were: Applescal in the category dance / producer, M.O> & Brakko for hip hop / r&b and Fabiana Dammers as the best Singer/Songwriter. Former winners in the history of the Big Prize of The Netherlands include; Junkie XL, Racoon, Total Touch and songwriter Lucky Fonz III.

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