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Music News: Monday 12th March 2012

Lisa Bentley



Liam Gallagher Named Greatest Frontman

According to a poll by XFM Liam Gallagher is the greatest frontman of all time. Freddie Mercury came in 2nd place.

NME Celebrates 60 Years

Infamous music magazine NME has reached its 60th anniversary. For six decades the New Musical Express has kept us up to date with all current music sensations as well as introducing us to the best in new music. Happy Anniversary NME.

Juan Zelada – Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back!

Juan Zelada released his debut album High Ceilings and Collarbones earlier this year. The singer has promised audiences a good time on his aptly named ‘Good Times’ tour that he is even offering money back to those who do not have a good time. Check out his Facebook page for more information – http://www.facebook.com/zeladaband/app_192764147499862.

New Bob Dylan Album

Details of a new Bob Dylan album have been released. It will be the 35th studio album from the folk favourite. The album has been recorded at Jackson Browne’s Los Angeles studio.

Girls Aloud To Reunite

Girls Aloud have plans to reunite and tour in 2013. The band was created on TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals and will reform for their tenth anniversary.

Ronnie Montrose: – 29th November 1947 – 3rd March 2012

Guitarist Ronnie Montrose died 3rd of March. It is believed that his long battle with prostate cancer is the cause of death. Over the years of his career he worked with many artists including Van Morrison and Sammy Hagar. He was 64.

Jimmy Ellis: 1938 – 2012

Jimmy Ellis, lead singer of The Trammps has passed away. His daughter has revealed the cause of death was comlications due to Alzeimher’s Disease. He was 74.

Honour for Etta James

Etta James is to be inducted into the Apollo Theatre’s Hall of Fame. The soul singer died earlier this year aged 73. Lionel Richie will also be honoured at the event.

Alex James Reunion Promise

Alex James, Blurs bassist has confirmed that the band has big plans for their reunion tour but has lain to rest rumours of a new album. James has said that a new track will be revealed on tour.

Michael Jackson Back Catalogue Stolen

Deceased singer Michael Jackson has reportedly had his back catalogue of music stolen. Among the stolen music was the unreleased recordings that Jackson performed with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Will.i.am. Two men have been charged with the theft proving that they are not Smooth Criminals.

Lady Gaga Tops Twitter

Lady Gaga hit a Twitter milestone this week as she reached two million followers. The American singer has the most followers on the social networking site.

Florence for MTV Unplugged Album

Florence + the Machine are set to release a live album as part of the MTV Unplugged franchise. The performance was recorded in New York last year and is set for release later this year. The set includes a cover version of Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness.

Cole and Del Rey Collaborate

Cheryl Cole has reportedly teamed up with Lana Del Rey to write a track for the Girls Aloud singer’s third album. Lana Del Rey is set to produce the recording.

Jarvis Cocker On The Radio

Jarvis Cocker has been given a half an hour program on Radio 4. It has been described by Jarvis Cocker as “nocturnal exploration of the human condition”.

Artists Cover Classic

Beck, James Murphy and Devendra Banhart have recorded I Only Have Eyes For You for a new art installation in America. The song will accompany the work of Doug Aitkin in a museum in Washington, DC.

Katy Perry in 3D

Katy Perry is set to release a 3D concert movie. The concert movie will be featuring her California Dreams tour. The movie will be called Katy Perry: Part of Me.

The Raconteurs to Release DVD

The Raconteurs are set to release a DVD of their performance at the 2008 Jazz Festival. The DVD will be called Live at Montreux.

Free Food and Drink at Reading and Leeds

Melvin Benn, the organiser of Reading and Leeds Festival has promised a free beer and burger for weekend ticket holders for this year’s event. This year’s line-up will be revealed later this evening (March 12th).

Live Announcements

Boat To Row

Boat To Row have released details of their extensive list of live dates.

5th March – Communion, Oxford

9th March – Nambucca, London

10th March – The Haunt, Brighton

16th March – Taylor Johns, Coventry

24th March – The Jericho, Oxford

25th March – The Fleece, Bristol

26th March – Slaughtered Lamb, London

27th March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

28th March – Bodega Inn, Nottingham

31st March – King Tut’s, Glasgow

4th April – Driftwood Sessions, London

7th May – Magpies Nest Fest, London

26th May – Mayhem In The Meadow, Poole

31st May – Empire, Leeds

2nd June – Lunar Festival, Birmingham

15th June – Big Session Festival, Derbyshire

13th July – Larmer Tree Festival, Salisbury

14th July – 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucestershire

5th August – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

11th August – Farmer Phil’s Festival, Shropshire

Boots Electric

Catch Boots Electric on his current tour.

12th March – Cockpit, Leeds

13th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

14th March – Garage, London Highbury

15th March – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

16th March – Thekla, Bristol

Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak will be playing five UK dates in October. Get your ticket from www.livenation.co.uk.

4th October – Bridgewater, Manchester

5th October – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

6th October – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

8th October – Colston Hall, Bristol

9th October – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

Christine Soraia

Tickets for Christine Soraia’s tour can be purchased from www.gigsandtours.com.

10th April – Memorial Hall, Sheffield

11th April – Pleasance, Edinburgh

12th April – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

13th April – Oran Mor, Glasgow

14th April – RNCM, Manchester

15th April – Glee Club, Birmingham

17th April – Komedia, Bath

18th April – 250, Exeter

19th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

20th April – o2 Academy, Oxford

22nd April – Open, Norwich

23rd April – Junction, Cambridge

24th April – Old Market Hove, Brighton

25th April – Union Chapel, London

27th April – Stanley Theatre, Liverpool

29th April – Sugar Club, Dublin

1st May – Stiff Kitten, Belfast


Daley will be heading out on tour playing four UK dates.

13th April – Deaf Institute, Manchester

15th April – Academy 3, Birmingham

16th April – Bowery, London

18th April – The Croft, Bristol

The Heartbreaks

The Heartbreaks will be touring in May. Details of their live dates can be found below. Tickets can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th May – The Wardrobe, Leeds (Live at Leeds)

6th May – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

8th May – The Joiners, Southampton

9th May – Hoxton Bar and Grill, London

11th May – The Rainbow, Birmingham

12th May – Stealth, Nottingham

13th May – The Victoria Inn, Derby

14th May – Head Of Steam, Newcastle

15th May – Mad Ferret, Preston

18th May – The Bowery, Sheffield

Jaguar Skills

Make sure you get your ticket for the Jaguar Skills and his Amazing Friends tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

16th March – Chibuku, Liverpool

17th March – Scala, London

23rd March – Waterfront, Norwich

24th March – HMV Institute, Birmingham

30th March – Oxford Academy, Oxford

7th April – Road Mender, Northampton

Jake Bugg

New single from Jake Bugg Trouble Town is due for release March 26th. Catch him on his tour.

14th March – Hootanannys, Inverness

15th March – Newmarket, Thurso

16th March – Ceiidh, Ullapool

21st March – Yardbird, Birmingham

24th March – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

25th March – Head Of Steam, Newcastle

27th March – Old Queens Head, London

29th March – The Castle, Manchester

30th March – Fibbers, York

James Bourne

Ex Busted and Son Of Dork artist James Bourne will be heading out on tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

12th March – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

13th March – Academy 3, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

16th March – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

17th March – o2 Islington Academy 2, London (0844 477 2000)

Jay Z and Kanye West

Jay Z and Kanye West have added further UK dates to their Watch The Thrones tour. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

18th May – o2 Arena, London

19th May – o2 Arena, London

20th May – o2 Arena, London

21st May – o2 Arena, London

22nd May – o2 Arena, London

8th June – o2 Arena, Dublin

11th June – Manchester Arena, Manchester

12th June – Manchester Arena, Manchester

13th June – LG Arena, Birmingham

21st June – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield

22nd June – LG Arena, Birmingham

Karima Francis

Looking for a new artist to listen to? Then look no further than Karima Francis who will be touring extensively over the next few months.

20th March – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

21st April – The Plugs Small Room, Sheffield

22nd April – The Albert, Brighton

23rd April – Cellar, Southampton

24th April – Louisiana, Bristol

26th April – Glee Club, Birmingham

27th April – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

28th April – Sin City, Swansea

29th April – Jericho, Oxford

1st May – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester

2nd May – Eric’s, Liverpool

3rd May – Night & Day, Manchester

4th May – ABC2, Glasgow

6th May – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

7th May – Cluny, Newcastle

8th May – Madferret, Preston

9th May – South Street, Reading

11th May – Great Escape, London

13th May – Moles, Bath

14th May – Cavern Club, Exeter

16th May – Bodega, Nottingham

17th May – Hoxton Hall, London

Maximo Park

Maximo Park are playing two intimate dates to preview their new material for their fourth album. They will also play The Great Escape festival in Brighton.

8th May – Sugarmill, Stoke

9th May – The Duchess, York

10th May – Dome, Brighton (The Great Escape)

Modern Faces

Modern Faces will be playing throughout April.

7th April – PJ’s, Dunfermline

8th April – PJ’s, Dunfermline

12th April – The Wheelbarrow, London Camden

14th April – The Cluny, Newcastle

20th April – Moho, Manchester

21st April – Erics, Liverpool

27th April – The Vic, Derby

28th April – Sumo, Leicester


Follow Me the debut single from Peace will be released April 23rd. Check them out on their upcoming tour.

9th March – The Box, Crewe

10th March – The Rainbow, Birmingham

13th March – The Haunt, Brighton

14th March – Start The Bus, Bristol

15th March – 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff

16th March – Confession @ Moles, Bath

17th March – The Old Blue Last, London

19th March – Kasbah, Coventry

21st March – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

22nd March – The Registry, Portsmouth

23rd March – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth

24th March – Unit, Southampton

25th March – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

26th March – Bumper, Liverpool

27th March – Castle, Manchester

28th March – Sleazy’s, Glasgow

29th March – Doghouse, Dundee

30th March – Mad Ferret, Preston

31st March – Edge, Luton


Rapper PW will be supporting Mindless Behaviour on their upcoming live dates.

28th May – HMV Institute, Birmingham

29th May – Academy 3, Manchester

30th May – Indigo 2, London

Reverend & The Makers

To find out the dates that Reverend & The Makers will be playing this year then check out the list of live dates below.

2nd June – Playfest, Pontefract

23rd June – Knebworth Park

24th June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland

30th June – Greenzone Festival, Loughborough

4th August – Y-Not Festival, Derbyshire

18th August – V Festival, Chelsford

19th August – Summer Sundae, Leicester

19th August – V Festival, Stafford

11th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle

12th October – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

13th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

14th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester

17th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

18th October – Stylus, Leeds

19th October – Open, Norwich

20th October – o2 Academy, Sheffield

21st October – o2 Academy, Birmingham

23rd October – Concorde 2, Brighton

24th October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

25th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

26th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London


Check out Summerlin on their four live dates in April.

22nd April – Barfly, Camden

24th April – Leopard, Doncaster

28th April – Satans Hollow, Manchester

The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap are hitting the UK. The band’s new self-titled album will be released May 21st.

9th May – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

10th May – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

12th May – Coal Exchange, Cardiff

13th May – Northumbria University Student’s Union, Newcastle

14th May – o2 ABC, Glasgow

16th May – HMV Institute, Birmingham

17th May – HMV Ritz, Manchester

18th May – Arts Academy, Liverpool

21st May – Koko, London

22nd May – Koko, London

6th July – T in the Park, Kinross, Scotland

8th July – Phoenix Park, Dublin


Tribes will be playing many times during this years’ SXSW festival. If you cannot make it to Texas for the festival never fear, the band are also playing UK dates.

21st April – The Haunt, Brighton

22nd April – Arts Centre, Brighton

24th April – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

25th April – Thekla, Bristol

27th April – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

29th April – Cockpit, Leeds

30th April – Oran Mor, Glasgow

1st May – Academy 2, Manchester

3rd May – Academy 2, Liverpool

4th May – Academy 2, Dublin

5th May – Stiff Kitten, Belfast

7th May – Leadmill, Sheffield

8th May – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

9th May – Academy 2, Birmingham

Released This Week

Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka

Tuskagee – Lionel Richie

Marcus Collins – Marcus Collins

All Of Me – Estelle


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