Beth Nielsen Chapman breaks ‘Hearts Of Glass’

Beth Nielsen Chapman is readying the 9 February release of her new studio album, ‘Hearts Of Glass’, which will be supported by an extensive UK tour in March. This includes a London show at Cadogan Hall on 22 March.

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I’m With Her will ‘See You Around’

I’m With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, are headed to London in support of their full-length debut, ‘See You Around’.

Although their 30 January show at Bush Hall is already sold out, the trio will be back on 17 May at Union Chapel.

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Henry Green making a ‘Shift’

Henry Green has revealed his debut album, shared a new single, and announced a headline London show.

The electronic artist, who’s played shows with London Grammar and Nick Mulvey and had his cover of MGMT hit ‘Electric Feel’ remixed by Kygo, is releasing ‘Shift’ on 30 March and plays Corsica Studios on 3 May.

The single ‘Another Light’ is out now.

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‘Resistance is Futile’ as Manic Street Preachers return

Manic Street Preachers are back with their first new music in three years, which will be followed by a national tour. ‘International Blue’ is the lead single from the Welsh trio’s forthcoming album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ and spiritually marks a return to their punk-rock roots following the electronic influences that characterised 2014’s ‘Futurology’ album.

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Black Country Communion: This is your time

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Black Country Communion | Eventim Apollo | 4 January 2018

Black Country Communion, Glenn Hughes reminds a packed Eventim Apollo, began after he and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed together at Los Angeles’ House of Blues back in 2009.

Enlisting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboard player Derek Sherinian, the quartet released three albums in as many years, until the wheels came off.

“One day I woke up and decided to be an asshole,” Bonamassa admits tonight during the band’s second live show since reforming. But as the quartet storm through a set drawn primarily from their first two self-titled LPs and last year’s seismic ‘BCCIV’, the hatchet seems well and truly buried.

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Mark Lanegan Band: Still-life with roses in a vase

Mark Lanegan Band | KOKO | 12 December 2017

Mark Lanegan’s voice is so rich and textured that he can, and sometimes does, perform without a full band. But while there’s a purity and intimacy to the stripped back approach, there’s a real thrill to hearing the songs as they were recorded, those robust vocals paired with equally uncompromising instrumentation.

The five songs performed from far-reaching current album ‘Gargoyle’ especially benefit from a full musical palette. Brooding set opener ‘Death’s Head Tattoo’ pairs a motorik beat and rumbling bassline with muted but threatening guitars; the off-kilter waltz ‘Sister’ takes full advantage of keyboards and female backing vocals; the bright and breezy ‘Emperor’, all shiny happy guitars and lush organ swells, swings like an Americana hit on speed; the industrial blues of ‘Nocturne’ would lose its menace without the synth drums and pounding heartbeat bassline; and ‘Beehive’ absolutely needs those jangly guitars and that Peter Hook-Stephen Morris groove to sound like the best song New Order never wrote.

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Calexico bringing ‘Voices In The Field’ to Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Calexico, who return with their ninth studio album in January and two UK shows in March, are building anticipation for its release with a new single.

‘Voices In The Field’, says vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns, draws inspiration from Mavis Staples, Bombino, Joe Strummer, and Bob Dylan.

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