Dua Lipa books Elton John, Miley Cyrus for Studio 2054 live event

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 9:31am

Dua Lipa has been rattling through her star-studded address book for the performance.

Elton John and Miley Cyrus are among the names confirmed to be joining FKA twigs at the multi-faceted live event which Dua Lipa will be hosting tomorrow.

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Bombay Bicycle Club to broadcast live performance from Konk Studios

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 8:58am
Since ending their hiatus, Bombay Bicycle Club have released a brand new album entitled Everything Else Has Gone Wrong.

After being on a break for the best chunk of half-a-decade following the 2014 release of So Long, See You Tomorrow, making a comeback as the world was hurtling towards a pandemic probably wasn’t the best timing for Bombay Bicycle Club.

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Album Review: Tourists – Another State

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 8:18am

The debut Tourists album is out now on Modern Sky UK.

It’s not clear whether Tourists named themselves ironically or not.

From the sleepy retirement destination of Torquay, about as far as you can get from the music industry’s zeitgeist as possible, under normal circumstances in the summer months of the year it’s overrun with just those kinds of visitors, celebrating the rustic paraphernalia of an English seaside town.

Perhaps the truth though is a little more complicated. A quintet who have gradually evolved into something quite musically striking, the overriding impression from their debut album is that of innocents trying to escape from themselves, their work layered and enigmatic, whilst in singer James Coile they possess a frontman with a dream-giving voice.

Tourists have made themselves a composite of well-thumbed influences – The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Stone Roses, The Wild Swans – but whilst in some ways this is familiar sonic territory, it’s often hard to see where the old times are lost and the new era begins.

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Nadine Shah premieres video for Kitchen Sink cut Trad

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 7:59am
Nadine Shah released Kitchen Sink back in the summer.

This week, Nadine Shah has been appearing at the UK’s DCMS Committee inquiry into the streaming music market, highlighting the injustice of acclaimed artists with significant fanbases still struggling to make ends meet, particularly in this year of live music shutdown.

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Taylor Swift shares live version of ‘exile’ with ‘folklore’ collaborator Justin Vernon

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 7:16am

Taylor Swift has just released a Disney+ documentary on her eighth studio album.

To coincide with the live album recorded at her ‘folklore’ collaborator Aaron Dessner‘s Long Pong studio in Hudson, New York being made available for streaming, Taylor Swift has shared a video of her ‘exile’ performance from the session, joined remotely by another album collaborator, Justin Vernon.

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The Kinks release animated Lola video ahead of Powerman And The Moneygoround reissue

Posted on 26 Nov 2020 at 6:52am

Another Golden anniversary is coming up for The Kinks.

Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd of Biff Cartoon, with video and creative direction by John Paveley and Andy Galloway, have put an animated take on The Kinks‘ Lola as part of Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround Part One’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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The National remaster early releases for three reissues next year

Posted on 25 Nov 2020 at 10:21am
The National will take a fresh look at the work which preceded their 2005 breakthrough Alligator.

It took four years of persistence before The National could believe they were getting the attention they deserved; still longer before the Top 10 successes and Grammy nominations which they’ve become accustomed to today.

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Sam Fender unveils cover of Lindisfarne’s Winter Song

Posted on 25 Nov 2020 at 9:07am
Sam Fender has partnered with People Of The Streets, an organisation which supports those experiencing homelessness in the UK.

Sam Fender has covered a track by his Newcastle forebears Alan Hull and Lindisfarne in time for the festive season.

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Live4ever Interview: Goat Girl reflect on the wide impact of lockdown ahead of On All Fours album release

Posted on 25 Nov 2020 at 8:13am
Goat Girl have been chatting to Live4ever ahead of the release of their new album On All Fours on January 29th next year.

As you probably know, there is quite a large gap between the recording of an album and its release.

Mastering, artwork, production, promotion…all these things take time, even before factoring in when is most financially beneficial to release said album. And while 2020 has given everyone the ‘luxury’ of time, for Brixton’s Goat Girl it has meant sitting on their sophomore album for well over a year.

Fortunately, the quartet are confident in it enough to take events in their stride, with no fear of losing the momentum built by their well-received, self-titled debut of 2018. “Not playing the songs, it still feels really new with not touring,” they tell Live4ever over Zoom during mid-Lockdown #2.

“That’s something to look forward to, and it still feels really fresh even though they are a year old! 2021 just made more sense. We got to take our time with the videos and everything else.”

As is their wont, creatives are rarely happy with the ‘finished product’, but with so much extra time to play with, was there ever any temptation to tweak the album? “You can always hear something and hear how it can be different.”

“It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that things can constantly mould and change, but it’s quite nice that it’s set in stone because it’s a snapshot of that period of time, when we were writing and how we were writing.”

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Arab Strap announce new album As Days Get Dark

Posted on 25 Nov 2020 at 7:27am
The previous Arab Strap album goes all the way back to 2005.

Arab Strap have detailed their first studio record since The Last Romance.

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