News Round-Up: Idles, Disclosure and more

Idles at Leeds Festival (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Idles at Leeds Festival (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

You’re in the right place if you’ve missed any of the week’s top news stories – here Live4ever’s News Round-Up presents a recap of the biggest and best headlines we featured during the last seven days…

Idles had been inviting us all week to join bass player Dev on YouTube for an at-home workout, and it turned out to be the time for the band to unveil the first single from their upcoming third studio album.

Mr. Motivator has been given the monumental task of going first in the march towards Idles’ follow-up to 2018’s landmark Joy As An Act Of Resistance, frontman Joe Talbot saying they wanted to begin this challenge with a clear message

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The National‘s Matt Berninger will release his debut solo album later this year.

Serpentine Prison is out on October 2nd, produced by the legendary Booker T. Jones and featuring a vast list of collaborators which includes Matt Barrick, Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Gail Ann Dorsey and Brent Knopf.

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Foxes has returned after three years away with her new single Love Not Loving You.

“This song is about finally falling in love with myself, about not depending on anyone else for my own happiness,” Louisa Rose Allen aka explains. “And being able to stand on my own two feet. I hope the message in this song can inspire others to do the same.”

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Disclosure live at the Alexandra Palace in London, March 2013 (Photo: Andy Crossland for Live4ever Media)

Disclosure live at the Alexandra Palace in London (Photo: Andy Crossland for Live4ever Media)

After returning in February with the Ecstasy EP, Disclosure have confirmed the release of their third album ENERGY on August 28th.

The title-track has been picked to stream first, and sees hip hop preacher Eric Thomas reprising his role from When A Fire Starts To Burn; “When we found Eric many years ago, he was like a goldmine of inspirational quotes and motivational speeches,” the duo say.

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140 music venues in the UK have been taken off the ‘critical’ list mere weeks after the launch of the #saveourvenues campaign.

The initiative was launched less than a month ago after the coronavirus pandemic put an already perilous situation into even graver, sharper focus, but thanks to crowdfunding donations from music fans, industry insiders and more – as well as interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor’s Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England – over £1.5million has been raised.

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Since the launch of his latest project The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows via a European tour this month is no longer possible, Damon Albarn instead introduced it online during a Boiler Room session last week.

Inspired by the landscape of Iceland where Albarn has been a frequent visitor since his earliest days with Blur, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows was written and composed entirely in the country and takes its name from the John Clare poem Love and Memory.

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