Canadian rockers Rush are set to be honoured with their own customary stamp. The band were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.
Backstreet’s Back, Alright! No, we are not joking. The Backstreet Boys are working on new material for a new album set to be called In A World Like This. Kevin Richardson, who previously departed the band is now back for the new album. The new record is due for release at the end of July.
Cian Ciaran of Super Furry Animals has released details of his second upcoming solo album. They Are Nothing Without Us is due for release mid-September.
Courtney Love has promised a new album by Christmas; the new album Died Blonde’s release is seto for the same time as the release of her memoirs.
Babyshambles have revealed that the artwork for their new album The Sequel to the Prequel was designed by Damien Hirst. The twelve track album will be released early in September.
Nine Inch Nails have caused controversy by using actual blood on the design of their new album cover. The album will have four different designs which have been created out of many materials besides blood yet it has still caused some upset. What do you think? Artistic license? Deliberately controversial? Or just plain stupid?
The Strypes have released details of their debut album. The album – Snapshot – will be released in September and will feature original tracks as well as cover versions.
Mazzy Star are set to release their first album in 17 years. The new album Seasons Of Your Day is due for release in September.
Panic! At The Disco have revealed details of their new album; Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die will be released in October. Check out our Live Announcements section for details of their upcoming tour.
Melody Calling, the new EP by The Vaccines will be released in August.
James Blunt will release a new album later this year. Moonlanding will be the fourth album from the Goodbye My Lover singer.
Danny O’Donoghue has followed in the footsteps of fellow judge Jessie J and quit the BBC talent show The Voice. Danny made the following announcement via Twitter “I had two wonderful seasons on The Voice and as everybody knows I gave it my heart and soul and couldn’t be more proud of the show and what we have achieved. My focus will be on The Script moving forward as we are about to embark on the most important part of our career as a band.”
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has announced that he is engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Congratulations.
Glee Star, 31 year old Cory Monteith’s death has been ruled as an accidental overdose. A lethal cocktail of alcohol and narcotics led to his untimely death. Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel on the 14th July 2013.
Harvard University has established a hip-hop fellowship in honour of musician Nas. The fund will aid and assist scholars and artists.
Rumours have been circulating that Beady Eye and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has fathered a secret love child with celebrity journalist Liza Ghorbani.
John Lydon has been honoured with a BMI Icon award. John ‘Johnny Rotten’ Lydon has been selected for the award due to his contribution to music.
Jay Z has dropped the hyphen he formally used in his name. At the current time we are unsure as to the significance that this will have on the rapper or his music but we wish him hyphen-less luck.
In other Jay Z news, the rapper travelled through England this week to view the original Magna Carta, a play on which he used for the title of his current album.
Tina Turner has married Erwin Bach, her partner since the 1980s. Congratulations to the couple.
John Cooper Clarke has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Salford.
In light of the success of Record Store Day a new event has been created. Cassette Store Day is an event which is set to preserve the history of the cassette tape. The event will take place on September 7th and will include instore performances and limited edition releases of music specifically for the event. Similar events will be held globally including New York and Tokyo. For more information visit www.cassettestoreday.com.
Carrivick Sisters have announced live dates up until the end of October.
7th August –Malmesbury Carnival, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
8th August – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Devon
12th August – Burton Bradstock Festival, Dorset
23rd – 24th August – Purbeck Folk Festival, Langton, Matraverd, Dorset
25th August – FoxStock Festival, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire
3rd September – Dartford Folk Club, Dartford, Kent
8th September – The Big Green Cardigan Festival, Battle, East Sussex
10th September – Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Westcliffe On Sea, Essex
20th – 21st September – From A Distance Festival, Southport Festival of Americana, Southport
23rd September – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
29th September – Norden Farm Centre For the Arts, Maidenhead, Berkshire
4th October – Colston Call, Bristol, Somerset (Official Album Launch)
8th October – Folk at the Roses, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
9th October – The Milton Rooms, Matlon, North Yorkshire
10th October – Montrose Folk Club, Montrose, Angus
11th October – Stonehaven Folk Club, Stonehaven, Aberdeen
24th October – Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne, Dorset
25th October – The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
26th October – Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shaftesbury, Dorset
30th October – The Famous Willow Folks Club, Arundel, Sussex
31st October – Stanborough Chorus Festival of Vocal Music, Kingsbridge, Devon
CHVRCHES have announced details of a tour.
10th October – ABC, Glasgow
12th October – Leadmill, Sheffield
14th October – Ritz, Manchester
15th October – Anson Rooms, Bristol
17th October – 17th October – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Tickets for The Feeling’s tour are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
21st October – Sage 2, Gateshead
22nd October – Oran Mor, Glasgow
23rd October – Academy, Manchester
25th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
26th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham
27th October – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
29th October – o2 Academy, Leicester
30th October – o2 Academy, Bristol
31st October – o2 Academy, Bournemouth
2nd November – Junction, Cambridge
3rd November – Solus – Cardiff University, Cardiff
Check out Foy Vance over this summer at a range of festivals. Don’t worry if you miss a live show though, there are plenty more coming up in November and December.
26th July – Kendal Calling, Cumbria
3rd August – Indiependence Festival, Cork, Ireland
15th August – Tennent’s Vital 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland
14th September – Southsea Festival, Portsmouth
18th November – Club Ifor Bach, Cardiff
19th November – Arts Centre, Norwich
21st November – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
22nd November – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
23rd November – Gorilla, Manchester
24th November – Bodega, Nottingham
27th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
28th November – Koko, London
29th November – Leadmill, Sheffield
30th November – Non Zero’s, Dundee
3rd December – Tollbooth, Stirling
4th December – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
6th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway
7th December – Whelans, Dublin
8th December – Sandinos, Derry
8th December – Limelight, Belfast
In association with YHA (the Youth Hostel Association) The Intermission Project will be performing dates this summer. For more information about tickets please check out http://www.livemoreyha.co.uk/.
6th August –The Campfire Session, YHA Danywenallt
8th August – The Roadtrip Session, YHA Bristol
10th August – The Barbecue Session, YHA Treyarnon
Jay Z has added extra dates to his UK tour.
3rd October – Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester
4th October – o2 Arena, London
6th October – o2 Arena, Dublin
8th October – NIA Arena, Birmingham
10th October – o2 Arena, London
11th October – o2 Arena, London
12th October – o2 Arena, London
14th October – o2 Arena, London
Liam Fray has added extra matinee dates to his tour.
19th September – o2 Academy, Liverpool
20th September – Cockpit, Leeds
21st September – King Tut’s, Glasgow (Matinee)
21st September – King Tut’s, Glasgow
24th September – o2 Academy 2, Oxford
25th September – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
26th September – Scala, London
27th September – Leadmill, Sheffield
29th September – Ritz, Manchester (Matinee)
29th September – Ritz, Manchester
Lisbee Stainton will be touring in November.
7th November – The Artrix, Bromsgrove
8th November – The Gala, Durham
9th November – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
10th November – The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
12th November – The Courtyard, Hereford
13th November – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
14th November – The Elgiva, Chesham
15th November – The Atkinson, Southport
19th November – Cecil Sharp House, London
Panic! At The Disco will be playing a UK tour in November following the release of their new album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!
17th November – Rock City, Nottingham
18th November – Picturehouse, Edinburgh
20th November – Academy, Manchester
21st November – Kentish Town Forum, London
Travis have added three extra dates to their upcoming tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
19th October – o2 Academy, Bristol
21st October – Olympia, Dublin
23rd October – Sage, Gateshead
24th October – The Roundhouse, London
26th October – o2 Academy, Birmingham
27th October – The Ritz, Manchester
28th October – o2 Academy, Leeds
17th November – Picture House, Edinburgh
18th November – Music Hall, Aberdeen
19th November – Iron Works, Inverness
Now That’s What I Call Music! 85 – Various Artists
Love Never Fails – Jahmene Douglas
Magna Carter Holy Grail (Deluxe Edition) – Jay Z
Stars Dance – Selena Gomez
Winery Dogs – Winery Dogs
Slow Focus – Fuck Buttons
My Favourite Pictures of You – Guy Clark
Pure Vida Conspiracy – Gogol Bordello
Bliss Avenue – Dana Fuchs
Cut From A Star – James Skelly
Borrell 1 – Johnny Borrell
Chet Baker Sings – Chet Baker