OK Go new album details

OK GoThe LA based four-piece’s third album, ‘Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky’, was recorded in New York under the expert guidance of Dave Fridmann (famed for his work with MGMT and The Flaming Lips) throughout 2009. If we’re going for a pithy comparison, let’s just say it combines the strut of Prince’s ‘Sign Of The Times’ (or better yet, Beck’s ‘Midnight Vultures’) with atmospheric, euphoria-fuelled guitars alá MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’. Continue reading →

La Roux announces November tour

la-roux-rtvLa Roux’s third single ‘Bulletproof’ went straight in at #1 in the UK top 40 last week, her debut album ‘La Roux’ entered at #2 yesterday with 63,000 sales.  Of all the pop debutantes perched on the edge of success as 2009 began, La Roux – AKA 21 year old South Londoner Elly Jackson – is currently the only one to be commanding such genuine mass crossover appeal. Her music is as likely to appear on urban blogs, as it is to be blazing out of cars and over summer parks from Radio 1 or pounding out of Shoreditch clubs. This spring she headlined the sold-out NME Radar tour, which, considering the previous year’s headliners were art-punk dilettantes Crystal Castles, pays great testament to both La Roux’s credibility and broad appeal. After all, not many artists headline an alternative music tour while sat at the top of the charts.  This self-possessed young girl, poised beneath an extraordinary gravity defying hair sculpture, making music that looks backwards to leap forwards, has leapt beyond her electropop contemporaries with the raw confessional quality of her songwriting and the sharp sophistication of her through-the-looking-glass 80s aesthetic. La Roux seems to know exactly who she wants to be and is fully aware she’s already achieving it with ease.  After playing to a packed out dance tent at this years Glastonbury and a rip-roaring album launch show at the Forum last week – Elly Jackson is pleased to announce a series of live shows this coming November.

Live dates are:

12/11 Dublin, Academy
13/11 Leeds, Stylus
14/11 Newcastle, University
16/11 Glasgow, ABC
17/11 Nottingham ,Rock City
18/11 Birmingham ,O2 Academy
20/11 Bristol ,O2 Academy
21/11 Manchester, Warehouse*
22/11 Norwich, UEA
24/11 Southampton, Guildhall
25/11 London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Paul Weller announces a UK tour

paul-weller-rtvPaul Weller announces a UK tour throughout November & December 2009. This time around Paul will be playing a slightly more eclectic bunch of places than usual.  2009 has been another great year for Paul with his 2008 album ’22 Dreams’ still picking up plaudits including ‘Best Album’ at this year’s ‘Mojo Honours’. And of course his 2009 Brit Award for ‘Best UK Male Solo Artist’.  Paul is currently working up on his follow-up to ’22 Dreams’ which will be released sometime during Spring 2010.  The 14 dates are as follows:

Wed 25th Derby, Assembly Room 01332 255 413
Thu 26th Norwich, UEA 01603 508050
Sat 28th Preston, Guildhall 0845 344 2012
Sun 29th Glasgow, Barrowlands 0141 204 5151
Mon 30th Dundee, Caird Hall 01382 434 94

Wed 2nd Halifax, Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
Thu 3rd Carlisle, Sands Centre 01228 625 222
Fri 4th Bridlington, Spa 01262 678 258
Sun 6th Bradford, St George’s Hall 01274 432 000
Mon 7th Llandudno, Venue Cymru 01492 872 000
Tue 8th Portsmouth, Guildhall 023 9282 4355
Thu 10th Margate, Winter Gardens 01843 292 795
Fri 11th Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
Sat 12th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 8

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Beverley Knight announces UK tour

beverley-knightUK soul queen Beverley Knight will be undertaking her first UK tour in 2 years this November, and has also announced a headline show in 2010 in the prestigious surroundings of London’s Royal Albert Hall.  Knight has also just completed work on her 6th studio album, entitled ’100%’ and due for release on September 14th 2009. The multi award winning star has worked with a fine array of collaborators and producers to complete a body of work that is sure to be widely acknowledged as the best album of her career so far. 100% sees triple Mobo award winning Knight working with illustrious former writing partners Guy Chambers and Jimmy Hogarth (Adele, Duffy) as well as with multi Grammy Award winning legends Jam and Lewis, and Ivor Novello winning songwriter Amanda Ghost (Beyonce, Shakira). Knight and Ghost are co-writers of the album’s first single, ‘Beautiful Night’, due for release on September 7th  September also sees the launch of Knight’s cosmetics range for dark skin: ‘K by Beverley Knight’, to be launched exclusively in Selfridges stores and rolled out to John Lewis and other stores afterwards. A new album, a cosmetics range and a UK tour in November – details to be announced very soon – 2009 is set to be Beverley Knight’s year – 100%.

Full details below:

Thursday 3rd September –ICA, London SOLD OUT
Tuesday 3rd November – Ipswich Regent
Wednesday 4th November – Cardiff St David’s Hall
Thursday 5th November – Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 6th November – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Sunday 8th November – Glasgow ABC
Monday 9th November – Preston Guild Hall
Tuesday 10th November – Liverpool Philharmonic
Thursday 12th November – Brighton Dome
Friday 13th November – Southampton Guild Hall
Sunday 15th November – Folkestone Leas Cliff
Monday 16th November – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 17th November – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Thursday 19th November – Southend Cliff Pavillion
Sunday 22nd November – Sheffield City Hall
Monday 23rd November – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 24th November – Gateshead Sage
Wednesday 7th April 2010–London Royal Albert Hall

’100%’ is released on Hurricane Records September 14th 2009.

Dance act Nobody Beats The Drum tours the UK

nobody-beats-the-drum-160x160-scale-nocrop-q80For Nobody Beats The Drum, the EuroSonic Noorderslag festival 2009 in Groningen, which starts January 15th, will be the kick-off for a tour to the UK.

On Friday 16 January they will play De Puddingfabriek with Yuksek, The Subs and Fake Blood. Afterwards they will play five dates in and around England, and a date in Wales. Recently Nobody Beats The Drum caught the attention of the media with their creative video for The Drum. Especially notable, when hip hop superstar Kanye West wrote on his blog that he really loved the clip.

These are the complete dates and venues:

20.jan.2009 – Royal College of Art, London
22.jan.2009 – Vic Inn, Derby
23.jan.2009 – Cargo, London
24.jan.2009 – the Beat Club (@ Newport University), Newport
26.jan.2009 – the Queen Charlotte, Norwich
31.jan.2009 – Start the Bus, Bristol

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