Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels announce July UK tour dates.

Eels are set to embark on a three date UK tour this July around their appearances at T in The Park and Oxegen Festivals.

The dates follow last year’s massive 2010 world tour and the release of album ‘Tomorrow Morning.’ ‘Tomorrow Morning’ was the final installment of a trilogy that began with ‘Hombre Lobo’ (June 2009) and ‘End Times’ (January 2010).

Eels 2011 UK Tour Dates

Wed 06 July – Brighton Dome
Sat 9 July – Oxegen, Ireland
Sun 10 July ‘ T in the Park, Scotland
Mon 11 July – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 12 July- Leeds O2 Academy

R.E.M. reveal new album name to be released in Spring 2011

R.E.M. reveal new album name to be released in Spring 2011

R.E.M. reveal new album name to be released in Spring 2011

R.E.M. reveal new album name. Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference. R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2′s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.  Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008′s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles ‘Supernatural Superserious,’ ‘Hollow Man,’ and ‘Man-Sized Wreath.’ The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October. On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX – a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Man On The Moon,’ have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.

Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album

Arcade Fire's

Arcade Fire's

Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs, will be released digitally on 11th October 2010 via Sonovox. From Arcade Fire’s third studio album, the track was described by the NME as having the “urgent fractious energy of ‘Tunnels’… stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff.” Ready to Start is a follow up to Arcade Fire’s first single We Used To Wait. The music video for which, The Wilderness Downtown, has already received over 25 million views worldwide. An interactive online only video, The Wilderness Downtown filled social networking sites twitter and facebook, again causing Arcade Fire to top Hype Machine. Billboard found Chris Milk’s interactive video, ‘an eye-popping interactive film/experience. further pushing the boundaries of the music video concept” while the Guardian called it ‘an extremely impressive use of technology’. The Suburbs went to Number 1 in the UK and the US, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and Belgium on release in August and the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The band will return to the UK in December for two shows in London followed by dates in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. ‘Arcade Fire knew they were ready to start a third album when they sat down and jammed an urgent indie-rock thumper appropriately titled Ready To Start.’ Q – October 2010

Westlife cancel tour after family death

westlife_beachWestlifeWESTLIFE have cancelled a promotional tour after band member Nicky Byrne’s father died suddenly.  Byrne has flown back to Ireland to be with his family after dad Nicky Snr died yesterday from a suspected heart attack aged 60.  Byrne, 31, had been on a promotional tour with Westlife in London, but he has jetted home to comfort his mother Yvonne, sister Geraldine and brother Adam.  He was understood to be very close to his father, who used to be a musician and singer on the cabaret scene and had his own band called ‘Nicky and the Studz’. He inspired Continue reading →

Mika Conquered The World, America Is Next

mikartvAt first impression, the man no one knows as Michael Penniman seems uncharacteristically quiet. As he takes a well-earned break from rehearsing for a tour to promote one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated global releases, he seems tired and anxious, a far cry from his usual upbeat ebullience. He knows it, and he apologizes politely for his demeanor before taking a drawn-out pause to Continue reading →

Paolo Nutini releases ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’

Paolo NutinionrtvPaolo Nutini releases his exuberant new single ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’ on October 26 – the third to be taken from his critically-acclaimed No.1 album ‘Sunny Side Up’, which has sold over 400,000 copies so far and has been a permanent fixture in the Top Ten since its June 1 release. Written by Paolo Nutini and produced by Paolo and Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon), ‘Pencil Full Of Lead’, one of the album’s many highlights, sees Paolo’s vocals bounce along to the tune’s ragtime pop at their show-stopping best. Paolo reckons s the songs of ‘Sunny Side Up’ are already changing the way he performs. ‘I have to stand with my chest out,’ he says. ‘Different things are coming out. This record’s called ‘Sunny Side Up’ for a reason. I want to keep it positive.’ To coincide with Paolo’s 15-date UK Tour, Continue reading →

Last 10 finalists chosen for Eurovision

eurovisi Greece, represented by heart-throb pop star Sakis Rouvas, was among the last 10 countries chosen as finalists in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 early Friday morning.  The 10 countries to qualify were Azerbaijan, Croatia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Albania, Moldova, Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Greece after voting by television viewers and juries across Europe. All 25 countries that will participate in Saturdays final are now known, setting up a showdown to determine who will take the crown in the annual extravaganza of music and camp being hosted by Russia this year. The other 15 finalists are Turkey, Sweden, Israel, Portugal, Malta, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, Russia, France, Germany, Britain and Spain. The countries eliminated in the second semifinal were Ireland, Latvia, Serbia, Poland, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and the Netherlands.

British Sea Power to headline 2000trees festival

britishseapowerThe award-winning 2000trees festival today unveiled the headline acts set to lead a third year of great live music in the picturesque Cotswolds.

British Sea Power, Fightstar and Frank Turner will perform alongside around 60 acts at the event, which takes place on July 17 and 18.

Also lined up for the main stage are Danananaykroyd, Rolo Tamassi, Wild Beasts, Amplifier, The Chapman Family, Imperial Leisure, Six Nation State, Baddies, Sucioperro, Diagonal and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.

While the Leaf Lounge will see The Epstein, The Brute Chorus, Babel, Orphans and Vandals, Sailorette, Sandra and the Memory Machine, Wojtek Godzisz, Stanton Delaplane, The Master Chaynjis, Jim lockey, John Crampton, Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band, Randall Stevens, Sara Schiralli and Dan Heaver.

Early entry passes are also available for just 500 festival fans for a ‘Special Guests Night’ of live music – and a prime camping spot – on July 16.

More acts are still to be announced.

The festival sold out last year and won the ‘A Greener Festival Award’ – for raising awareness of green issues and demonstrating its commitment to sustainability by recycling 78 per cent of waste among a host of eco-friendly measures. It was also shortlisted for Best Small Festival in the UK Festival Awards 2008.

It was born out of the organiser’s general disillusionment with the mainstream music festivals they had been attending for the last decade. Six friends increasingly frustrated with ever spiralling costs, poor facilities and pursuit of profit at all costs.

They were determined to set up an event with less commercial emphasis; and instead be about a love of live music and having a great time in a relaxing, affordable and inspiring environment.

Tickets cost £47 and early entry passes for July 16 cost £7. For more information visit

More about British Sea Power .
british-sea-powerBritish Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England, although three of the band hail originally from Kendal in Cumbria. Their style encompasses sweeping and often epic guitar pop with more visceral, angular and esoteric noises and instruments. Critics have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure to Pixies. They have released three albums and a number of EPs (most on Rough Trade) since they formed in 2000. The band is currently comprised of:

Yan (Scott Wilkinson) – Vocals, guitar
Noble (Martin Noble) – Guitar
Hamilton (Neil Wilkinson) – Bass, vocals, guitar
Wood (Matthew Wood) – Drum

Yan, Hamilton and Wood are school friends from Kendal in Cumbria. They were in a number of bands together while at school, but after finishing his exams Yan moved to study at Reading University, where he met guitarist Noble. A few years later Hamilton and Wood moved down to join them and form a band.

They played some gigs and produced a 4 track demo in Reading as British Air Powers, before relocating to Brighton in search of a more vibrant music scene. “British Sea Power” was actually the name of one of these demo tracks, and was eventually reworked into Carrion. In Brighton, BSP amassed a strong local following, due mainly to their own club night called “Club Sea Power”. The club nights featured many different support bands, and other forms of entertainment such as a 1930s fashion show, and were most frequently hosted at the Freebutt and the Lift (the latter has now closed down).

Their debut single, Fear of Drowning, was issued in limited numbers of their own Golden Chariot label. The artwork for the B side “A Wooden Horse” borrows heavily from the dust cover of the 1950 book “The Wooden Horse” that details the escape of Allied POWs during WWII. Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records saw the band live and in September 2001 signed them to his label. A number of singles were issued on the label, and Eamon (Eamon Hamilton) was recruited to play live keyboards in autumn 2002.

The Decline of British Sea Power, the band’s debut album, was released in June 2003 to critical acclaim. A single from the album, “Carrion”, became the band’s first Top 40 single. The album only charted in the lower reaches of the UK Album Chart, but turned out to be a word of mouth success, shipping well over 60,000 copies over the following two years and allowing them to play sell-out UK tours to venues of over 1,000 people.

The follow-up, Open Season, was released in early April 2005, and also enjoyed wide critical praise. It showcased a more accessible, produced sound and charted at #13 in the UK Albums Chart. Lead single It Ended on an Oily Stage charted at #18 in the UK Singles Chart a week earlier.

British Sea Power have a reputation for elaborate and well-thought out live shows and won the 2004 Time Out London Live Band of the Year award. The stage is often decorated with foliage and plastic birds and sets generally finish with a semi-improvised song called “Rock in A”, which sometimes lasts for over 20 minutes. Various members often climb riggings and tear down the foliage, Eamon walks around the audience beating his marching drum, and a ten-foot bear, Ursine Ultra, occasionally makes an appearance – often taking a beating from various band members. This has become one of the signatures of the band. Their tours often include unusual venues such as the Scillonian Club on the Isles of Scilly, Grasmere Village Hall, the St. John Boste Social Club in Kendal, Cumbria and Carnglaze Caverns in Cornwall.

The band have built up an eccentric image in interviews and press releases; some of which is based on fact, other times merely whimsical building of outward personas. This has included giving journalists grid references at which to meet them, and expressing obsessions with Field Marshal Montgomery and bird watching.

The band has a fiercely loyal and devoted hardcore fanbase, sometimes referred to as the Third Battalion.

At the beginning of 2006, it was announced that Eamon had left British Sea Power to concentrate on his own band Brakes. The group spent part of late 2006 working on new material in Montréal, and are preparing a DVD.

In 2007, American Laundromat Records announced that British Sea Power would record a version of the Pixies’ “Caribou” for an album called “Dig For Fire – A Tribute To Pixies.”

In October 2007, the band went on tour throughout the east coast of America to showcase their new 5-track EP, Krankenhaus Ep. In November 2007, they toured a variety of unusual locations in the UK including a seaside cafe in Saltdean, East Sussex; a ferry across the River Mersey, Liverpool; the Tan Hill Inn, the UK’s highest inn; All Saints Church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and White Mischief, an indoor festival mixing live bands with unusual vaudeville acts.

Their Krankenhaus? EP was released digitally for purchasable download in October 2007 and was released on CD and vinyl on November the 20th. Their third album, Do You Like Rock Music? was released on 14th January 2008 in the U.K. and scheduled for release on 12th February 2008 in the U.S. Prior to their tour in support of Do You Like Rock Music? (visiting Ireland, UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany and US), Wood injured his back and had to be temporarily replaced by Tom White of Electric Soft Parade and Brakes fame.

In January 2008 the keyboard and cornet player ended up in hospital after being knocked unconscious when he attempted a stage dive. The crowd at Leeds Irish Centre failed to catch Phil Sumner, who jumped off a 12-foot PA system landing head first. The press department at Rough Trade Records reported “The impact knocked him out. Thankfully an ambulance was quickly summoned and he was whisked away, bloody and unconscious and despite a concussion, a broken molar and a maze of stitches in his chin, a very groggy Phil is expected to make a full recovery.” In spite of this, he returned to the stage with the rest of the band a day later in Kendal.

In February 2008, the band appeared on Later with Jools Holland, playing Waving Flags, Canvey Island and No Lucifer. They were ably accompanied by a small number of the London Bulgarian Choir and a display of Cumbrian wrestling. The band are also scheduled to play at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, T in the Park and Bestival.

Sir Elton John snubbed Argentina’s President.

elton_john_hiThe pop diva was reportedly so angry Christine Kirchner delayed their arranged meeting by five hours he left the country.

According to an insider, the ‘Your Song’ singer “hit the roof” on hearing Kirchner had postponed their meeting following his concert in Buenos Aires.

He almost immediately left for Chile.

Argentine commentator Javier Gonzalez said: “Christine always keeps VIPs waiting. It would seem she is as much of a diva as Elton John.”

Elton’s show will now hit the US until the end of May. He will then return to Europe for dates in Ireland, Britain and Germany.

The 61-year-old singer is also returning to his beloved soccer club. Elton walked away from his role as Honorary Life President of Hertfordshire club Watford FC two months ago after an ongoing feud with the club’s former chairman Graham Simpson.

Just weeks later, Simpson resigned from his post, prompting the singer to consider rejoining the club. He even visited the club’s training grounds late last month, chatting happily with players and staff.

Elton has been involved with Watford FC since 1976, holding the position of owner, chairman, director and president and the club is keen to have him involved once again.

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