Frankie & The Heartstrings to support Edwyn Collins UK Tour.

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Frankie & The Heartstrings to support Edwyn Collins in November. Frankie & The Heartstrings are pleased to announce they will tour with Edwyn Collins on a string of dates in November.  The shows follow the final recording sessions for the Sunderland five-piece’s debut album which Collins has produced at his West Heath Studios in London. The album is due for released in February 2011. F&TH release their third 7′ single Ungrateful this week (their first single to also be available digitally) and are currently on a co-headline UK tour with Summer Camp. They play their second sold out London show at The Lexington tomorrow night (Friday 8th). A six-track PopSex Ltd white label CD EP is being sold at the shows featuring single Ungrateful plus Want You Back, What Goes Around, It’s Obvious, their Brian Eno cover Needle In The Camel’s Eye and Ungrateful (extended mix). October sees the band head Stateside for the very first time to play at New York’s CMJ festival before a whistletop trip to Japan for a show in Tokyo. In November the band play their debut European shows and release the aforementioned six-track EP there too.

08 – Lexington, London (w/ Summer Camp)
09 – Cluny, Newcastle (w/ Summer Camp)
10 – Stealth, Nottingham (w/ Summer Camp)
20 – Littlefield (CMJ), New York NY
21 – Delancey’s (CMJ), New York NY
24 – British Anthems, Tokyo JP

On tour with Edwyn Collins:
04 – Komedia, Brighton
05 – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
06 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
07 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
09 – Cluny, Newcastle
10 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

European shows
12 – London Calling @ Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
15 – King Georg, Koln DE
16 – Cafe Keese, Hamburg DE
17 – Marie Antoinette, Berlin DE
18 – Ponyhof, Frankfurt DE
19 – Inrocks Indie Club, Paris FR

Ungrateful single formats:
7″ vinyl: Ungrateful, It’s Obvious
iTunes: Ungrateful, What Goes Around (exclusive to iTunes), It’s Obvious,
Ungrateful (extended mix)
Other UK digital stores: Ungrateful, It’s Obvious, Ungrateful (extended mix

Paramore preps ‘brand new’ release

paramoreParamore is preparing to release its third album, “brand new eyes” on Sept. 29 via Fueled By Ramen. The Nashville group – who sounds nothing like Nasheville — tapped superstar producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) to man the decks.  The set’s first single “Ignorance” will be released to radio at the beginning of next month and will go up for sale on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital stores on July 7. Pre-sales for the record also goes up on July 7 via the band’s website.  “brand new eyes” will be released as a normal CD as well as a doozy of a deluxe version, limited to 15,000, which “includes the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’ handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a color vinyl 7″ single with four acoustic songs, a DVD featuring an exclusive making-of documentary (with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, the ‘Ignorance’ music video and making-the-video footage, plus rare band vignettes from, a 16-page full-color booklet, an exclusive Paramore poster, five limited edition collectible Paramore photos printed on hardstock paper, and a numbered certificate of authenticity” according to a release from Atlantic. Whoosh.  “brand new eyes” is the follow-up to Paramore’s breakthrough set “RIOT!,” released in 2007. The group gained even more exposure as its track “Decode” was included on the soundtrack to “Twilight.” However, as the band told Billboard, fans shouldn’t expect any Paramore songs on the “New Moon” soundtrack.  “We don’t want to be, like, the vampire house band,” drummer Zac Farro explains. “It was really fun to be a part of that, and great exposure, but I think ‘Twilight’ was it for us. We don’t want to seem like we’re trying to get in every single movie they put out.”  The band has been previewing new material as it has been opening for No Doubt on the road, now through the beginning of August. They are also scheduled to air an “MTV Unplugged” special in September.

Here is the tracklist to “brand new eyes”:
1.      Careful
2.      Ignorance
3.      Playing God
4.      Brick By Boring Brick
5.      Turn It Off
6.      The Only Exception
7.      Feeling Sorry
8.      Looking Up
9.      Where The Lines Overlap
10.  Misguided Ghosts
11.  All I Wanted

Here are Paramore’s/No Doubt’s tour dates:

27        Wantagh, NY                        Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
29        Cleveland, OH                       Blossom Music Center
30        London, ON                          John Labatt Centre
2          Milwaukee, WI                      Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
3          Detroit, MI                             Palace Of Auburn Hills
5          St. Paul, MN                          Xcel Energy Center
6          Kansas City, MO                   Starlight Theatre
8          St. Louis, MO                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10        Indianapolis, IN                     Verizon Wireless Music Center
11        Chicago, IL                            First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13        Winnipeg, MB                       MTS Centre
15        Calgary, AB                           Pengrowth Saddledome
16        Edmonton, AB                       Rexall Place
18        Vancouver, BC                       General Motors Place
19        Seattle, WA                            White River Amphitheatre
21        Concord, CA                          Sleep Train Pavilion
22        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
24        Sacramento, CA                    Sleep Train Amphitheatre
25        Mountain View, CA              Shoreline Amphitheatre
27        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
28        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
31        Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
1          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7          Tokyo, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009
8          Osaka, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009

anderson record clip in Hollywood and tour around the world

anderson2This week anderson announced some exciting news. Last week their record came out in the USA and right now they’re about to start their summer World Tour 2009. Anderson flew to Japan for 5 shows and afterwards they go to Norway and Sweden, followed by a 2 week USA West Coast album release tour.  Earlier this year anderson shot their new music video for ‘Michael * Running On The Asphalt’ together with director Matthew Stubstad in Hollywood, California.

You can watch the video at their MySpace:

Tour dates:
23.06 Shibuya O-Nest – Tokyo (JP)
01.07 Seaside Festival – Risoya (NO)
02.07 Gulbranna Festival – Halmstad (SE)
07.07 Album Release Party @ U&L Records – Los Angeles CA (USA)
08.07 Roxy – Los Angeles CA (USA)
10.07 Epic – Ventura CA (USA)
11.07 Lestat’s – San Diego CA (USA)
12.07 TBC Rockit Room – San Francisco CA (USA)
13.07 Instore IODA Records – San Francisco CA (USA)
14.07 The Revolution – Ashland OR (USA)
15.07 Someday Lounge – Portland OR (USA)
16.07 TBC Mix Lounge – Seattle WA (USA)
17.07 TBA – Bend OR (USA)
23.07 Youth Camp Festival – Borås (SE)
24.07 Strand Festival – Oskarshamn (SE)
31.07 Private Party – Rotterdam (NL)
01.08 Freakstock – Borgentreich (GER)
06.08 Campfest – Presov (SK)
08.08 Frizon Festival – Orebro (SE)
21.08 Flevo Festival – Bussloo (NL)
27.08 Zomerparkfeest – Venlo (NL)
02.09 Dot Club – Berlin (GER)
03.09 Tower – Bermen (GER)
04.09 Jugend Kultur Festival – Solingen (GER)
05.09 Club Zooma – Plauen (GER)

Lady Gaga Visits Seoul for First Time

Lady GaGa

Lady GaGa

LOS ANGELES – Pop star Lady Gaga lived up to her reputation as a fearless fashion icon when she wore a black see-through catsuit with an exaggerated clown collar to a press conference in Seoul, Wednesday. “Gaga style does not equal kooky. I have a natural inclination for haute couture and avant-garde fashion. To me, this is not shocking,” Lady Gaga said, referring to the skintight outfit by Tokyo-based designer Dress Camp. “It’s vogue and beautiful.”   Lady Gaga was in Seoul for a three-day promotional trip, which included a showcase at Club Answer, Cheongdam-dong Wednesday evening.  The petite blonde singer has topped the charts with catchy dance songs like “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say).” However, it was her eclectic style that elicited more questions during the press conference than her music.  “It’s exciting for me (to be considered a fashion icon). A year and a half ago, when I first came out, people said I looked funny. … It’s great that now it’s so mainstream,” Lady Gaga said.  Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga grew up in Manhattan and studied at a private Catholic school where she has said she was an “outcast.”  Now that she’s a star, Lady Gaga still feels like a “outcast.” “In some ways I’m still a pop cultural misfit. I don’t think I’ve changed. I’m still myself,” she laughed. Beneath the outrageous outfits, it was obvious that Lady Gaga takes her music, fashion and performances very seriously.  “You can say the philosophy of Gaga is fashion-music-technology-performance art. It’s an interactive experience for the audience,” she said. “I design everything together and New York is the nexus of my inspiration. I was born and raised in New York City. I am inspired by street fashion and the attitude. Andy Warhol is a huge inspiration of mine and I have a lot of Pop Art elements in the show. I am so passionate about my music.” Lady Gaga is planning to release a new version of her debut album, tentatively titled “The Fame Monster,” later this year. “I’m obsessed with 1950s science fiction monster movies. The inspiration from the album comes from the sort of dark infatuation with monsters and apocalypse and darkness and theater. So you will see in this album, a more scary Lady Gaga, if I wasn’t already freaking you out enough,” she said, wryly.   Lady Gaga is currently planning a fall tour with hip-hop star Kanye West in the U.S., but Korean fans just might have a chance to see her againthis summer. “Nothing’s been decided on a international tour with Kanye, but I’m tentatively coming to Korea this summer on my own for some summer festival,” she said.  During the press conference, Lady Gaga, who loves collecting wigs, was given a traditional Korean wig.  She also revealed that one of her best friends while growing up in New York was a Korean adoptee.  “We used to go out for Korean food together. She’s never been here before so I sent her photos and told her about what I’ve seen here. It’s personally very exciting for me,” she said.

Gerard Way and wife welcome daughter Bandit Lee

gerard-wayMy Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has become a dad for the first time with the birth of his baby daughter. Way and wife Lindsey Ballato welcomed Bandit Lee on Wednesday (May 27). The couple married in September 2007. According to , “Bandit Lee Way was born in Los Angeles at 2.57pm and weighs 6 pounds, 5.6 ounces. Everyone is healthy and happy.” As previously reported, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Beyonce are set to headline Japanese festival Summer Sonic. Nine Inch Nails, Kasabian, Elvis Costello, The Specials, The Enemy and The Flaming Lips are also among the bands on the 2009 bill. The festival takes place in Tokyo and Osaka between August 7 and 9.

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