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Music News: Monday 20th May 2013

Lisa Bentley



Rihanna Sues Topshop

Umbrella singer Rihanna is suing the high street clothing chain Top Shop for £5million, claiming they have been selling t-shirts with the singer’s image on the front without expressed permission.

Baby No.2 for the Carters

Rumours are rife that Beyonce and Jay-Z are pregnant with their second child, fueled by a cancelled concert in Belgium. Beyonce was due to perform in Belgium on May 14th but cited exhaustion and dehydration as the reasons that she was unable to go ahead.

Wes Scantlin Arrested

Puddle of Mud frontman Wes Scantlin has been arrested for an alleged assault on his ex-wife. She probably hates him now.

George Michael in Motorway Collision

George Michael had to be airlifted to safety this week after being injured in a collision on the M1. It is believed that Michael is fine but has sustained some head injuries. He was a passenger in the vehicle.

Bon Scott Monument

AC/DC have plans to erect a monument in memory of lead singer Bon Scott in Kirriemuir, Scotland. Scott died in 1980 and the tribute to him is currently being designed by John McKenna, a sculptor.

The Ivor Novello Winners Revealed

The winners list of the 58th Ivor Novello Awards are listed below.

Best Contemporary Song: Pelican. Written by Sam Doyle, Rupert Jarvis, Orlando Weeks, Felix White and Hugo White; Published in the UK by BMG Chrysalis.

PRS for Music Most Performed Work: Next to Me. Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sande; Published in the UK by Naughty Words Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Steller Songs Ltd – EMI Music Publsihing.

Best Television Soundtrack: Lucian Freud – Painted Life. Composed by John Harle; Published in the UK by Chester Music.

The Ivors Inspiration Award: Marc Almond

Album Award: An Awesome Wave. Written by Thomas Green, Joe Newman, Gwilym Sainsbury and Augustus Unger-Hamilton; Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing

Ivors Classical Music Award: Errollyn Wallen MBE

PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Achievement: Justin Hayward

Best Original Film Score: Anna Karenina. Composed by Dario Marianelli; Published in the UK by Universal Music Publishing.

Best Song Musically and Lyrically: Next to Me. Written by Hugo Chegwin, Harry Craze, Anup Paul and Emeli Sande; Published in the UK by Naughty Words Ltd – Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Steller Songs Ltd – EMI Music Publsihing.

International Achievement: Gavin Rossdale

Songwriter of the Year: Calvin Harris

Outstanding Song Collection: Noel Gallagher

PRS for Music Special International Award: Randy Newman

New Fuck Buttons Album

Fuck Buttons will be releasing a new album in July. The album will be called Slow Focus.

NIN Bassist Says Bye Bye

Eric Avery, the bassist with Nine Inch Nails, has left the band. He has released the following statement about his departure: “I just got overwhelmed. I just got home from a year of heavy travel with Garbage, the idea of leaving town for another year and a half, and with all the intensity that Nails demands . . . fortunately my friend Trent understands all this and appreciated my pulling the plug now instead of deep into 2013 and 14.”

Frankie and the Heartstrings Record Shop

The band Frankie and the Heartstrings will open their very own record shop in Sunderland next month. This is another great step in the conservation of independent record stores.

Google to Stream Music

Google have set up a service to rival Spotify. The search engine will let you stream music and is said to be marketed at a much lower cost than other rival companies.

Americana Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2013 Americana awards have been announced. Below is a list of the categories and nominees. Let us know who you think should win.

Album of the Year: Buddy & Jim – Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Cheaters Game – Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson, From The Ground Up – John Fullbright, O Be Joyful – Shovels and Rope, Old Yellow Moon – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Cromwell.

Artist of the Year: Buddy Miller, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson.

Emerging Artist of the Year: JD McPherson, John Fullbright, Milk Carton Kids, Shovels & Rope.

Song of the Year: Birmingham – Shovels & Rope, Good Things Happen to Bad People – Richard Thompson, Ho Hey – The Lumineers, North Side Gal – JD McPherson.

Duo/Group of the Year: Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Cromwell, Shovels & Rope.

Instrumentalist of the Year: Doug Lancio, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Larry Campbell, Mike Bub.

Live Announcements

Avenged Sevenfold

Tickets for Avenged Sevenfold’s tour are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

30th November – Manchester Arena, Manchester

1st December – Wembley Arena, London

5th December – LG Arena, Birmingham


Blue have added extra dates to their tour. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

13th October – Rock City, Nottingham

14th October – UEA, Norwich (Sold Out)

15th October – Manchester Academy, Manchester (Sold Out)

17th October – o2 Academy, Newcastle

18th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

19th October – o2 Academy, Glasgow

21st October – Institute, Birmingham (Sold Out)

22nd October – Hammersmith Apollo, Hammersmith

23rd October – o2 Academy, Bristol

25th October – o2 Academy, Oxford

26th October – o2 Academy, Sheffield

27th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

29th October – o2 Academy, Bournemouth

30th October – Great Hall, Cardiff

31st October – Pavilions, Plymouth

2nd November – Guildhall, Portsmouth

3rd November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

4th November – Regent, Ipswich

6th November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

7th November – Institute, Birmingham

8th November – Brighton Centre, Brighton

Brendan Benson

Brendan Benson has announced four live dates in August.

21st August – Dingwalls, London

22nd August – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

23rd August – The Cluny, Newcastle

24th August – The Electric Circus, Edinburgh

The Cult

The Cult will be touring in October.

18th October – University Great Hall, Cardiff

19th October – Great Hall, Exeter

20th October – Guildhall, Southampton

22nd October – UEA, Norwich

23rd October – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

25th October – Academy, Manchester

26th October – Barrowlands, Glasgow

28th October – Rock City, Nottingham

29th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

31st October – Roundhouse, London

Deaf Havana

Deaf Havana have announced tour dates.

30th June – Hard Rock Calling (supporting Bruce Springsteen)

17th October – Guildhall, Southampton

18th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

19th October – Institute, Birmingham

20th October – Picturehouse, Edinburgh

22nd October – Academy, Liverpool

23rd October – Rock City, Nottingham

24th October – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

25th October – Roundhouse, London

Dirty Rivers

Check out the latest Deltasonic find – The Dirty Rivers – on their current tour.

20th May – Fibbers, York

21st May – Mixtape @ The Keys, Middlesbrough

25th May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

31st May – Macbeth, Hoxton Square, London

Ed Harcourt

Ed Harcourt starts touring at the end of the month.

29th May – Colston Hall 2, Bristol

30th May – Cadogan Hall, London

31st May – Slade Rooms, Wolves

2nd June – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

3rd June – St Philip’s Salford, Manchester

4th June – Library Theatre, Sheffield

6th June – Holy Trinity, Leeds

7th June – Scandinavian Church, Liverpool

9th June – Sage 2, Newcastle

10th June – NCEM, York

11th June – Arts Centre, Norwich


Indiana is touring this month. Make sure you get a ticket.

24th May – Gorilla,Manchester (Dot to Dot Festival)

25th May – The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (Dot to Dot Festival)

26th May – Thekla, Bristol (Dot to Dot Festival)

7th July – Barn on the Farm Festival, Gloucester

20th July – Splendour, Nottingham


letlive. have announced a headlining tour.

3rd October – The Fleece Bristol

4th October – Talking Heads, Southampton

5th October – Asylum, Birmingham

6th October – Cockpit, Leeds

7th October – Warehouse 34, Newcastle

9th October – NQ Live, Manchester

10th October – The Limelight, Belfast

11th October – Fibber Magees, Dublin

12th October – King Tuts, Glasgow

14th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

15th October – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

17th October – Underworld, London

London Grammar

London Grammar’s new single Wasting My Young Years is due for release June 16th. Check them out on their current tour.

24th May – Dot to Dot, Manchester

25th May – Dot to Dot, Bristol

26th May – Dot to Dot, Nottingham

8th June – Rockness, Lochness

29th June – Pilton, Glastonbury

21st July – Longitude Festival, Dublin

27th July – Kendal Calling, Kendal

28th July – Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon

2nd August – Camp Bestival, Dorset

9th August – Wilderness Festival, Cornbury

6th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

Men’s Adventure

Men’s Adventure are currently touring.

31st May – Old Blue Last, London (with Blue Skies)

25th June – Birthdays, London (EP Launch Show)

Mindless Self Indulgence

Mindless Self Indulgence will be touring in November and December. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

28th November – Concorde 2, Brighton

29th November – Koko, London

30th November – Waterfront, Norwich

1st December – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

3rd December – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

4th December – Ritz, Manchester

5th December – Anson Rooms, Bristol

Nina Nesbitt

Nina Nesbitt is touring in October. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

8th October – The Haunt, Brighton

9th October – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

10th October – KOKO, London

11th October – Waterfront, Norwich

13th October – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle

15th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

16th October – o2 ABC, Glasgow

17th October – Manchester Academy, Manchester

19th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

20th October – Cockpit, Leeds

21st October – Temple, Birmingham


Tickets for Paramore’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

2nd September – The o2 Point, Dublin

20th September – Manchester Arena, Manchester

21st September – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

23rd September – LG Arena, Birmingham

24th September – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham

27th September – Wembley Arena, London

The Pigeon Detectives

The Pigeon Detectives will embark on an autumn tour.

17th October – Lemontree, Aberdeen

18th October – Fat Sams, Dundee

19th October – Electric Circus, Edinburgh

21st October – Warehouse 34, Newcastle Upon Tyne

22nd October – The Engine Shed, Lincoln

24th October – The Nines, Barrow-in-Furness

25th October – Academy 2, Manchester

26th October – Slade Rooms, Wolves

27th October – Gloucester Guildhall, Gloucester

29th October – The Globe, Cardiff

30th October – Koko, London

31st October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

1st November – Quarterhouse, Folkestone

2nd November – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart has announced details for a four date September tour.

17th September – Echo Arena, Liverpool

20th September – o2 Arena, London

24th September – Leeds Arena, Leeds

27th September – Metro Arena, Newcastle

Ruen Brothers

Below are the live dates for Ruen Brothers.

24th May – Dot to Dot, Manchester

25th May – Dot to Dot, Bristol

26th May – Dot to Dot, Nottingham

14th July – T in the Park, Kinross

15th July – Electrowerks, London

20th July – Latitude, Suffolk

27th July – Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon

11th August – Wilderness, Cornbury

8th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight

Sleeping With Sirens

Sleeping With Sirens have announced a handful of live dates. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

30th September – Guildhall, Southampton

1st October –Rock City, Nottingham

2nd October – Dublin Academy, Dublin

3rd October – Mandela Hall, Belfast

5th October – Barrowland, Glasgow

7th October – Academy 1, Manchester

10th October – o2 Academy Brixton, London

11th October – o2 Academy 1, Birmingham

The Strypes

Make sure you check out The Strypes.

20th June – The Fleece, Bristol

21st June – Islington o2 Academy, London

10th July – Sugarmill, Stoke

11th July – 53 Degrees, Preston

25th July – o2 Academy, Oxford

22nd August – Globe, Cardiff


Suede are touring in October. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

22nd October – Guildhall, Southampton

23rd October – Cliff Pavilion, Southend

24th October – o2 Academy, Bristol

26th October – o2 Academy, Leeds

27th October – Barrowlands, Glasgow

28th October – Olympia, Dublin

30th October – Academy 1, Manchester

31st October – Academy 1, Birmingham


Texas have announced a tour. Tickets are available via www.livenation.co.uk.

9th November – Barbican, York

10th November – Leisure Centre, Inverness

11th November – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

13th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

14th November – Hammersmith Apollo, London

15th November – Pavilions, Plymouth

17th November – Apollo, Oxford

18th November – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

19th November – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

21st November – Dome, Brighton

22nd November – Guildhall, Portsmouth

24th November – Regent Theatre, Ipswich

25th November – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

26th November – City Hall, Sheffield

28th November – o2 Academy, Glasgow

29th November – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tonight Alive

Tonight Alive will be touring later this year.

29th September – The Haunt, Brighton

1st October – Institute Library, Birmingham

2nd October – King Tuts, Glasgow

3rd October – Academy 3, Manchester

4th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool

5th October – Academy 2, Dublin

6th October – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

8th October – Academy 2, Newcastle

9th October – Electric Ballroom, London

10th October – Peel, Kingston

11th October – Cockpit 2, Leeds

Trigger Effect

Trigger Effect are touring in June.

8th June – Fighting Cocks, Kingston

9th June – Cavern, Exeter

10th June – Beercart Arms, Canterbury

11th June – Bar Bloc, Glasgow (Free Entry Show)

12th June – Old Blue Last, London (Free Entry Show)

13th June – Joiners, Southampton

14th June – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

15th June – Wheatsheaf, Oxford

Wave Pictures

Wave Pictures have announced their summer live dates.

2nd June- The Barbican, London (Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You? 30th Anniversary)

5th June – The Musician, Leicester (supporting Jeff Lewis and Peter Stampfel)

8th June – Long Division Festival, Wakefield

26th June – The Basement, York

27th June – The Basement, York

28th June – The Basement, York

30th June – The Lexington, London (Jason Molina Fundraiser)

27th June – Indietracks Festival, The Midland Railway Centre

28th June – Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn

4th August – Rhondda Rocks Festival, Porth

Woe Is Me

Woe is Me have announced details of an autumn tour.

27th November – Waterfront, Norwich

28th November – The Haunt, Brighton

30th November – The Underworld, London

1st December – NQ Live, Manchester

2nd December – Academy 2, Newcastle

4th December – Cockpit, Leeds

5th December – Cathouse, Glasgow

6th December – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

7th December – Asylum, Birmingham

9th December – The Fleece, Bristol

10th December – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Released This Week

Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Trouble Will Find Me – The National

Black Dog Barking – Airbourne

Seesaw – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa

The Conversation – Texas

Love Lust Faith + Dreams – 30 Seconds to Mars

Demi – Demi Lovato

Momentum – Jamie Cullum

How Mercy Looks From Here – Amy Grant