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Music News: Monday 1st August 2011

Lisa Bentley


Matt Cardle


Matt Cardle’s Secret Gig Appearance

Last week MTTM included The Orgasmatron club night in Shoreditch’s Favela Chic.  Those of you smart enough to attend would have been witness to a secret set by X Factor winner Matt Cardle who wowed audiences with his version of Dolly Parton classic Jolene.  The club night which has been in production for many years often surprises its audience with unexpected performers; these have previously included Katie Melua and Example.  The next Orgasmatron will be September 29th.  For more information please visit http://guychambersorgasmatron.tumblr.com.

Amy Winehouse Tribute from Music Legend

With the sad news of Amy Winehouse’s death still rocking the musical world, musicians and fans alike are displaying the best ways to honour the singer.  Music legend and hero of Amy Winehouse, Ronnie Spector has covered one of Winehouses best known songs Back To Black.  The song will be available for download and the proceeds are set to go to charity.  Check out Ronnie Spector’s cover of the song at www.rollingstone.com.

Quadrophenia set for Release

November 14th sees the release of the director’s cut of the infamous album.  Pete Townshend has said that this is the album that he is most proud of.  Recorded in 1973, the album went on to inspire the eponymous movie which was released in 1979.  The DVD and a hardback book are included in the boxset.

36 Crazyfists tour Cancelled

Unfortunately due to illness 36 Crazyfists have had to cancel their upcoming UK tour.  The tour has been cancelled due to a family illness for the singer Brock Lindow.  The singer offered his apologies in the following statement – ‘Dear friends, It is with great sadness that I am writing you all to let you know that we will not be able to tour Europe in October this year.  I have a family member who is very ill and I must be at home to help and support my family in every way I can.  We will definitely make it up to all our friends who had planned on attending the shows. All of you mean everything to us and we are so grateful…thanks for your understanding and we will see you with a new album next year.  All my respect, Brock 36CF.’  The band have no plans to reschedule the dates.

The Selecter Song Brought To A Standstill

The Selecter,  having recently covered Amy Winehouse’s notable record Back To Black have halted downloads.  The single was eerily released the day of Amy Winehouse’s death.  The band have pulled downloads in respect to Amy Winehouse’s family, friends and fans who are still in mourning over her untimely death.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

It has been 10 years since the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney was released.  Interestingly the soundtrack to the album became one of the 10 top selling soundrack albums of all time.  This August see’s the release of the album in a special 2 disc edition to celebrate a decade passing since its release.  The Coen brothers film saw legendary music producer T Bone Burnett have create control over the soundtracks production.  The re-release will be available August 29th.

Howling Bells Give Away Music

With their new album The Loudest Album coming out September 12th and their first single from the album Into The Sky available from September 5th the quartet are feeling a tad generous.  The band are offering the title track from the album as a free download from their website www.howlingbellsmusic.com.

Another Free Download

Te debut album from Acrylics was released this month.  The band, currently with Gung-Ho! Recordings have decided to give away the song Molly’s Vertigo for free.  Go to the following link to download now – http://soundcloud.com/gung-horecordings/acrylics-mollys-vertigo-gung.

Posthumous release from Punk Star

Punk legend Poly Styrene who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer is set to have a posthumous record release.  The single Ghoulish will be released August 8th and is taken from the completed album Generation Indigo.

Winehouse Laid To Rest

Amy Winehouse’s funeral was held on Tuesday.  The small ceremony saw the celebration of the singer’s short lived life with 400 guests in attendance including music producer Mark Ronson and long time friend Kelly Osbourne who flew in from America to attend.  The streets of Camden, Amy Winehouse’s home during the past few years became a sight for fans tributes including flowers, letters and candles.

Concert Tour Announcements

Asking Alexandria

Heavy rock outfit Asking Alexandria have announced a headlining tour for 2012.  Tickets are available now costing £12.50 – £14 from www.gigsandtours.com and other retailers.

12th January – o2 ABC, Glasgow (www.triplegmusic.com 0844 209 7327)

13th January – o2 Academy, Newcastle (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 844 0444)

14th January – Ritz, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 844 0444)

15th January – Met Uni, Leeds (www.ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 844 0444)

16th January – Rock City, Nottingham (www.alt-tickets.co.uk 0844 854 1348)

17th January – Waterfront, Norwich (www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk 01603 508 050)

19th January – Solus, Cardiff (www.gigsinscotland.com 0844 844 0444)

20th January – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 844 0444)

21st January – The Forum, London (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 844 0444)

22nd January – o2 Academy, Bristol (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 844 0444)

23rd January – Pyramids, Portsmouth (www.seetickets.com 023 92824355)


Austra are set to play three dates in September.  Earlier this year MTTM’s Lexy Bright caught the band so make sure you check out her photo gallery.  Tickets for the tour are available now.

4th September – Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland

5th September – Deaf Institute, Manchester

6th September – Scala, London

Charlie Simpson

After the success of his small sample solo tour earlier this year Charlie Simpson has announced October live dates.  The news of the tour comes after the release of his debut solo album Young Pilgrim which is out August 8th.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday 27th August 2011, costing between £12.50 – £13.50 via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th October – Anson Rooms, Bristol

20th October – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton

21st October – Waterfront, Norwich

23rd October – Garage, Glasgow

24th October – Cockpit, Leeds

26th October – Academy 2, Manchester

27th October – o2 Academy, Islington

28th October – Brighton


For the first time in 4 years American rockers Evanescence are headed for the UK to play a handful of live dates.  They will be supported by The Pretty Reckless and Fair to Midland.  Tickets cost £28.50 – £29.50 and can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

4th November – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

5th November – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

7th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester

8th November- Academy, Glasgow

10th November – Pavilions, Plymouth

12th November – o2 Academy, Leeds

13th November – o2 Academy, Birmingham


22 year old performer Grimes is heading out on a UK tour starting next month.  New album Geidi Primes will be out later this year.  Tickets are available now (* With How To Dress Well).

3rd August – Whelans, Dublin

4th August – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London

5th August – Corsica Studio, London

8th August – The Arches, Glasgow *

9th August – The Deaf Institute, Manchester *

10th August – Thekla, Bristol *

12th August – The Haunt, Brighton *

Is Tropical

Is Tropical will be playing several dates this summer.  Preliminary dates have been given but keep an eye out for more, the bands are expected to announce more over the coming weeks.  Along with their solo gigs make sure you check the band out at their festival sets this summer.  Tickets for the bands headlining shows cost £6.50 – £7.50 and are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th August – Underage Festival, Victoria Park, London

25th September – Deaf Institute, Manchester

4th October – Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London

Junior Boys

Canadian duo Junior Boys are heading out on an epic European tour.  The band will play 3 UK dates where they will be playing songs from their recent album release It’s All True. 

10th December – Twisted Pepper, Dublin IE

11th December – Butlins Holiday Resort, Minehead UK

12th December – Heaven, London UK

Laura Marling

Laura Marling releases her third album A Creature I Don’t Know on September 12th and has announced a rather unique tour to follow its release.  Marling will be playing in cathedrals across the UK.  Tickets for the tour cost £20 – £22.50 and are available from www.gigsandtours.com.

14th October – Exeter Cathedral

15th October – Winchester Cathedral

17th October – Guildford Cathedral

18th October – Gloucester Cathedral

21st October – York Minster

22nd October – Sheffield Cathedral

24th October – Manchester Cathedral

25th October – Bristol Cathedral

26th October – London Central Hall Westminster

28th October – Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

29th October – Birmingham Cathedral

Manchester Orchestra

With their third album released earlier this year the critically acclaimed Manchester Orchestra are heading on their first headlining tour.  Tickets to see the orchestra cost £11 – £12.50 via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd October – Thekla, Bristol (www.alt-tickets.co.uk 0845 413 444)

3rd October – Oran Mor, Glasgow (www.pclpresents.com 0844 847 2487)

4th October – HMV Institute, Birmingham (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 248 5037)

5th October – Academy 2, Manchester (www.gigsandtours.com 0161 832 1111)

7th October – Koko, London (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 847 2258)

The Pierces

On the back of the success of their top five album You and I and their recent stint supporting Coldplay at the iTunes festival, The Pierces have announced their biggest tour to date.  Tickets for the gig cost £13.50 – £16 and are available from www.gigsandtours.com.  Still undecided whether you like The Pierces or not, then check out both the live and album review and gig photographs from MTTM’s own Siobhanne Beattie and Lexy Bright.

7th October – Leadmill, Sheffield

9th October – Academy 3, Manchester

11th October – Concorde 2, Brighton

12th October – Glee Club, Birmingham

13th October – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

15th October – Junction, Cambridge

16th October – Waterfront, Norwich

17th October – Glee Club, Cardiff

19th October – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

20th October – Anson Rooms, Bristol

21st October – University Stanley Theatre, Liverpool

The Rapture

With the release of the long awaited third album In the Grace of Your Love set for release September 6th The Rapture have announced a six date tour.  Tickets cost £13.50 – £15 from www.gigsandtours.com.

28th October – Cockpit, Leeds (www.lunatickets.com 0113 2444600)

29th October – Kasbah, Coventry (www.seetickets.com 02476 554473)

30th October – SWG3, Glasgow (www.pclpresents.com 0844 8482487)

2nd October – Koko, London (www.gigsandtours.com 0844 847 2258)

3rd October – Coalition, Brighton (www.ticketweb.co.uk 01273 606312)

Rock Sound Riot Tour

Music magazine Rock Sound have announced a tour featuring the best of pop-punk, rock and metal bands that currently grace the heavier rock scene.  Headlining the event are Every Time I Die.  Tickets cost £14-£15 and are available from www.gigsandtours.com.

30th November – Electric Ballroom, London (0207 403 3331)

1st December – Concorde 2, Brighton (01273 673 311)

2nd December – Sugarmill, Stoke (01159 454 593)

3rd December – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

4th December – Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508 050)

5th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (0845 413 4444)

6th December – Club Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

7th December – King Tuts, Glasgow (0844 4999 990)

8th December – Cockpit, Leeds (0113 245 5570)

9th December – Corporation, Sheffield (0114 276 0262)

10th December – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (023 9286 3911)

11th December – Uni Great Hall 2, Cardiff (029 2078 1458)

12th December – o2 Academy 2, Oxford (0844 477 2000)


The support for Rhianna’s Loud tour has been announced.  Calvin Harris has been named as the act to play before Rhianna on the upcoming tour.  Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

5th October – o2 Arena, London

6th October – o2 Arena, London

7th October – Echo Arena, Liverpool

9th October – Evening News Arena, Manchester

10th October – SECC, Glasgow

11th October – SECC, Glasgow

13th October – o2 Arena, London

15th October – LG Arena, Birmingham

16th October – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

13th November – o2 Arena, London

14th November – o2 Arena, London

15th November – o2 Arena, London

18th November – LG Arena, Birmingham

19th November – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

21st November – Evening News Arena, Manchester

22nd November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

23rd November – SECC, Glasgow

27th November – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

28th November – Evening News Arena, Manchester

29th November – NIA, Birmingham

1st December – o2 Arena, London

2nd December – Evening News Arena, Manchester

20th December – o2 Arena, London

21st December – o2 Arena, London

22nd December – o2 Arena, London

The Secret Sisters

Following the release of their eponymous self-titled debut, The Secret Sisters have announced solo dates for later this year as well as reminding you of the festival appearances you can expect over the summer.  Tickets for the solo performances cost from £12.50 – £16 from www.gigsandtours.com.  Want to know what they are like live?  Check out Jo Cox’s Live Review.

28th July – Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival

2nd September – End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree, Salisbury

11th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

14th November – Union Chapel, London

16th November – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

Mirror Traffic the new album from Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks is due out August 22nd following the release of single Tigers, released August 15th.  The band has announced live dates and tickets are available now.

9th November – Button Factory, Dublin (0818 719 300 www.ticketmaster.ie)

10th November – Ritz, Manchester (0115 912 9000 www.seetickets.com)

11th November – The Arches, Glasgow (0141 565 1000 www.thearches.co.uk)

12th November – Constellations Festival, Leeds (0113 2444600 www.seetickets.com)

14th November – Koko, London (www.seetickets.com)

Twin Sister

With the wait for the release of debut album In Heaven nearly over Twin Sister have announced a plethora of live dates for later this year.  The album will be released September 26th and tickets for the tour are available now.

25th October – Cargo, London

2nd November – Jam, Brighton

4th November – Jericho, Oxford

5th November – Start the Bus, Bristol

6th November – Mojo, Liverpool

7th November – Deaf Institute, Manchester

9th November – Captains Rest, Glasgow

10th November – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh

11th November – Build Festival, Belfast

12th November – The Grand Social, Dublin


Black Spiders have been announced as the support for Volbeat’s upcoming tour.  Tickets for the tour cost £12 – £13.50 and can be purchased from www.livenation.co.uk.

22nd October – Academy, Dublin

23rd October – Spring and Airbrake, Belfast

24th October – The Garage, Glasgow

26th October – Corporation, Sheffield

27th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham

28th October – Academy 2, Manchester

29th October – HMV Forum, London


Hip Hop star Xzibit has announced a tour for this coming October.  Tickets are on sale now and cost £20 – £22 via www.gigsandtours.com.

19th October – o2 ABC Glasgow

20th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

21st October – HMV Institute, Birmingham

22nd October – Academy 2, Manchester

23rd October – IndigO2, London

Young Guns

The upcoming tour by Young Guns will see the band supported by Every Avenue, The Xcerts and Dangerous!  Tickets are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.

9th September – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

10th September – QMU, Glasgow

11th September – Ironworks, Inverness

12th September – Northumbria University, Newcastle

14th September – Academy 2, Manchester

15th September – Institute, Birmingham

16th September – HMV Forum, London

New Album Releases

Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You – Wakey! Wakey!

23 Red – Antigone Rising

Waves – Rhydian

Sky Full of Holes – Fountains of Wayne

100% – Beverly Knight

Azari & III – Azari & III