July, 2020

Bastille enlist Graham Coxon on new single WHAT YOU GONNA DO???

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 10:09am

Bastille have enlisted Graham Coxon on their new single WHAT YOU GONNA DO???.

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R.E.M’s 1999 Glastonbury headline to be screened in full on YouTube

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 8:38am

Last month was a time for classic Glastonbury sets with the BBC screening past headline and notable performances across its platforms – such as David Bowie’s Pyramid Stage appearance in 2000 – to both fill the void left by the festival’s enforced cancellation and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

R.E.M. were a part of all that, and they’ll be continuing the party by screening their 1999 Worthy Farm gig in full on YouTube next Thursday, August 6th.

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Album Review: Taylor Swift – folklore

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 7:58am

It’s not uncommon for many people to be skeptical when discussing Taylor Swift, an artist who has always sat in the pop world and one they argue has been too quick to bite the hand of the celebrity clickbait that’s sustained her fame as much as any music ever has.

And yet, despite grounds for cynicism, the ambitious songwriter who relocated from Pennsylvania to Nashville in her early teenage years and redrew what country music could achieve is definitively essential, the world’s most recognisable female artist and one with enough commercial heft to bend the likes of Spotify to her will.

To get here has taken some brave leaps, starting with 1989 – her fifth album on which she embraced modernity, and since then new directions have both refreshed and widened her appeal. Swift was even able to get away with Look What You Made Me Do, the precursor to 2017’s Reputation and a clumsy unsex jam which bordered on self-parody.
Reputation was followed only recently by the far less salty Lover, and with her personal life apparently now set to private, little activity this year was expected. But then ‘folklore’ arrived with zero build-up, along with a brief essay in which its creator described the characters as both real an imaginary, explaining that, ‘Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history and memory’.

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The Human League detail UK tour on 40th anniversary of classic album Dare

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 7:01am

The Human League are making plans to tour their commercial breakthrough album Dare around the UK on its 40th anniversary.

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Billie Eilish releases new single ‘my future’

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 6:50am

Billie Eilish has released her new single ‘my future’.

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New Music Friday: Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

Posted on 31 Jul 2020 at 5:05am

Fontaines D.C. have released their second album A Hero’s Death today – have a listen on New Music Friday below.

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Sam Fender to play first socially distanced concert at the Virgin Money Unity Arena

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 at 10:06am

With other ventures falling by the wayside, Sam Fender is set to play the UK’s first large-scale socially distanced concert at Newcastle’s Gosforth Park on August 13th.

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Review: Calva Louise – Popurri EP

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 at 9:08am

The terminology behind an EP has been stretched in the digital age. In old money, an extended play would have to comprise either twenty-minutes-plus of music or at least four songs (but less than seven) to warrant its status.  This new EP from Calva Louise consists of three short bursts of pop propulsion which would have made it a single, rather than an EP, back then.

Gripe over. Although it does make for a slight offering, Popurri is a potentially useful guide to where Calva Louise are going with their next album; the debut Rhinoceros managed to flirt with the fringes of sugar-sweet pop music without fully crossing over, and had the bounce and vibrancy becoming of a new band. Then, late last year, they unveiled the Interlude For The Borderline Unsettled EP, for which this acts as a good sister piece.

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Liverpool Sound City confirms dates for 2021 after cancelling this year’s event

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 at 8:19am

Sound City organisers have decided not to go ahead with this year’s event in Liverpool, but have confirmed the dates for their return in 2021.

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I Like Trains preview new album KOMPROMAT with A Steady Hand

Posted on 30 Jul 2020 at 7:55am

I Like Trains are keeping the mood consistent on the latest preview of their new album KOMPROMAT.

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