Amy Winehouse was found dead at her Camden home. Police were called and pronounced the singer dead on the scene. The 27 year old had previously battled depression along with drug and alcohol abuse however the death has not been as of yet been reasoned as this and is still under investigation. Amy Winehouse released two albums in her short lived career Frank (2003) and Back To Black (2006) and won a plethora of awards for her songwriting ability – most notably Winehouse won an Ivor Novello for her stunning song Love is a Losing Game. The world of music is a sadder place without Amy Winehouse in it.
The third annual Arthur’s day line up has been revealed. So far the likes of Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics and Paloma Faith will be performing. For full details see the sponsors, Guinness’s, website at www.guinness.com.
American rapper Ja Rule was sentenced this week to two years imprisonment in a New York prison on charges of gun crime. The 35 year old Ja Rule also known as Jeffrey Atkins is expected to serve between 18 and 20 months of his sentence dependent on his behaviour.
This year’s nominees for the annual VMA awards were announced this week. Heading the nominations is Katy Perry with 9 nominations for her music. The UK’s own Adele has also had the hat tipped to her receiving 7 nominations all for the song Rolling in the Deep. The awards will be shown live on August 28th on MTV. In the meantime the public can cast their vote at vma.mtv.com.
A timeline has been created by artist Rufus Memolane about critically acclaimed musician Rufus Wainwright’s career. The interactive timeline has been created by The House of Rufus Memolane and Universal Music UK and can be viewed at “http://www.rufuswainwright.com/timeline/”wright.com, it captures Wainwright’s career over several different mediums.
Toddla T’s 60 minute long movie Always Moving was featured thus weekend at Tramlines in Sheffield. You can view the trailer at the following link: – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os65IHPK7S0.
Due to unprecedented demand for tickets The Wonder Years have upgraded the venue of the final show of their tour. Originally set to play London’s Barfly the band have changed to KCLSU in London due to its higher capacity.
American singer Joshua Radin is giving away his EP as a free download. His new single I Missed You is released 25th July and is taken from the forthcoming album The Rock and the Tide which will follow August 1st. To download the EP head to the following link: – http://www.joshuaradin.co.uk/free-downloads/acoustic-ep.htm
Legendary multifaceted musician and founder of the Beach Boys was honoured this week when he received the MOJO Hall of Fame award. Wilson has had a long and varied career plagued with health problems and insecurities however his music has always been the better for it. The award comes ahead of soon to be re-released limited edition boxsets of his albums set for later in the year and ahead of his forthcoming UK tour. For details of the tour please see this week’s Live Announcements below.
As Born Blonde tried to hold the launch party for their debut single Solar the police shut the night down. It is said that the guest list only audience was over capacity for the venue (a secret location in London). At 3.30am just as the band were getting into the set the police officers pulled the plug on the music. Arthur Delany, Singer with Born Blonde has issued this statement. “We were just about to start our set and a girl came over and said she thought we might have to wait as the police had arrived. We managed to get onstage and bang out our set and it seemed like we might have got away with it, but as we all know, the police don’t like people to have fun, and they came back at about three to shut things down. It was a shame as we all had a lot left in the tank, but were philosophical about it all as the best parties always end in that way. I think next month we’ll invite them down to party with us, show them a good time, and perhaps things might be able to go on a bit longer. We shall see!” The single Solar is now available.
The nominees for the 2011 Mercury Prize have been announced this week. Among the nominees was MTTM favourite Anna Calvi for her self-titled debut album. King Creoste and Jon Hopkins are also among the nominees with their first collaborative album Diamond Mine. Metronomy’s third album The English Riviera and James Blake’s self titled debut are also up for nomination in this year’s esteemed awards. The Mercury Music Prize Awards will take place September 6th at Grosvenor House, London.
The app for Bjork’s Biophilia project has been launched on iTunes along with two singles Cosmogony and Crystalline. The App is free to download. Bjork has announced also that her new album will be released September 27th.
Last month MTTM announced the dates of Other Lives UK tour. The band has announced three extra dates. The 3 dates which will all take place in London are as follows.
18th August – Lexington, London
23rd August – Forum, London (supporting The Vaccines)
30th August – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
The Here and Now Tour from Architects has been announced. Whilst details of support have yet to be announced the band has promised something different. Sam Carter has told fans to ‘Expect us to pull out all the stops to make these shows big for all our fans.’ Tickets cost between £14 – £15 and are available via www.gigsandtours.com
14th December – o2 ABC, Glasgow
15th December – Academy 2, Manchester
16th December – HMV Forum, London
17th December – HMV Institute, Birmingham
18th December – o2 Academy, Bristol
Rockers The Blackout are set for several festival appearances this summer before heading out on a headlining UK tour where the band will be supported by We Are The Ocean and Canterbury. The band’s new single The Storm is the concluding song on the bands recent album Hope. The single will be available August 8th. Tickets for the tour can be purchased now at www.gigsandtours.com and cost £15.
24th August – ABC, Glasgow (RNR Damnation Festival)
26th August – Reading Festival (Main Stage)
27th August – Leeds Festival (Main Stage)
4th September – Merthyr Rock Festival
27th October – Academy, Bristol
28th October – University, Leeds
29th October – Picture House, Edinburgh
30th October – University, Hull
1st November – Engine Shed, Lincoln
2nd November – Pyramids, Portsmouth
4th November – Academy, Birmingham
5th November – Academy, Manchester
6th November – Roundhouse, London
With the MOJO Hall of Fame award win this week we announce Brian Wilson’s UK tour. Set to be a truly outstanding tour from an amazing veteran of the music industry tickets are likely to see out fast. Get your ticket while you can. Tickets are available now via www.livenation.co.uk and are subject to a booking fee.
10th September – The Sage, Gateshead
11th September – The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
13th September – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
14th September – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
16th September – Royal Festival Hall, London
17th September – Royal Festival Hall, London
18th September – Royal Festival Hall, London
Known best for being one half of Australian duo Savage Garden, Darren Hayes has announced an October tour to showcase music from his new album Secret Codes and Battleships. Tickets can be purchased at www.gigsandtours.com.
15th October – o2 Academy, Liverpool (£25.00)
16th October – o2 Academy, Glasgow (£25.00)
18th October – o2 Academy 2, Birmingham (£25.00)
19th October – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (£28.50)
Metal multi-band show is back and the full line up has been revealed with Trivium headlining this year’s stage. As one of the biggest nights in the Metal calendar post Download the event will see performances from In Flames, Rise to Remain, Ghost and Insense. Tickets are available now via www.livenation.co.uk (apart from the Glasgow show – tickets for this can be purchased at www.gigsinscotland.com) and cost between £21 – £23.50 and are subject to booking fee.
1st December – Guildhall, Southampton
2nd December – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
3rd December – Academy, Manchester
4th December – Brixton o2 Academy, London
6th December – o2 Academy, Glasgow
7th December – o2 Academy, Newcastle
8th December – Pavilions, Plymouth
San Francisco based band Girls have announced the UK dates of their European tour. The band’s new album will be released in September and can be pre-ordered at www.turnstilemusic.net/shop/girls/.
8th November – The Globe, Cardiff
9th November – Electric Ballroom, London
10th November – Venue TBC, Manchester
11th November – Stereo, Glasgow
12th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
With album sales totalling over 13 million worldwide the extraordinary Incubus have announced a UK tour. Tickets are available now costing between £27.50 – £28.50 via www.gigsandtours.com.
3rd November – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (0870 320 7000)
4th November – Alexandra Palace, London (0844 811 0051)
5th November – Motorpoint Arena (0292 022 4488)
7th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (0844 4124 624)
9th November – o2 Apollo, Manchester (0844 477 7677)
11th November – SECC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)
Ahead of the release of his debut album Nameless Path Marcus Foster has announced his largest UK tour. This summer will see him play a few festivals before the shows so make sure you check him out this summer.
29th July – Camp Bestival, Dorset
13th August – Firefly Festival, Shropshire
20th August – Greenman Festival, Brecon Beacons
11th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight
1st October – Bodega, Nottingham
2nd October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4th October – King Tuts, Glasgow
5th October – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
6th October – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
7th October – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
8th October – The Rainbow, Birmingham
9th October – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
11th October – Thekla, Bristol
12th October – Dingwalls, London
The Music are set to play two farewell shows this August. The band have been together for 10 years and released 3 albums. The band issued this statement ahead of the release of tickets for the shows: – “We’ve come so far together and now it’s time to end things the right way and in the place we love the most – on stage playing live. We’re going to give it our all for these last times together and it’s going to be emotional, but were really glad to get back to Japan one last time where people have been so good to us over the years, and we send our love and thoughts to everyone there who has been affected by the terrible events of March 11th. We’ll be saying thank you to so many people over these dates and we’ll start now by saying thanks to anyone who’s been with us on this incredible trip. We’re all looking to the future and what comes next, but we’ll always be grateful for the years, times and experiences we’ve shared. We’re going to make these shows as much of a party as we can, and we hope people turn up to celebrate with us.” The tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.
4th August – o2 Brixton Academy, London (0844 477 2000)
5th August – o2 Academy, Leeds (0844 477 2000)
The New Regime, the side project from Ilan Rubin of Lost Prophets and Nine Inch Nails is set to tour supporting Taking Back Sunday on their UK tour. A free download of the bands single State of Possession can be obtained on the following link. It is taken from the band’s debut album Speak Through The White Noise. A London date for the tour is set for announcement so keep your eyes on MTTM’s Music News for the latest updates.
21st August – Academy, Dublin
23rd August – ABC, Glasgow
24th August – Academy, Manchester
29th August – Pavillion, Bath
30th August – UEA, Norwich
1st September – Institute, Birmingham
2nd September – Guildhall, Southampton
Metal Hardcore band are headed for the UK for the bands first time on British stages. The band will be sharing the stage with the likes of Fucked Up and Trash Talk as well as hitting some of the festivals.
August 4th Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
5th August – Thekla, Bristol (with Trash Talk)
6th August – Hevy Music Festival, Kent
7th August – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (with Trash Talk)
25th August – XOYO, London (with Fucked Up)
26th August – Leeds Festival
28th August – Reading Festival
Fresh from a performance at this year’s Glastonbury and ahead of the self titled album which will be released later in the year Oh Land has announced a performance at London’s Heaven Club later in the year. The performance will come after a stint supporting Katy Perry on her UK tour. Tickets cost £10.50 and are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.
10th November – Heaven Nightclub, London
Club night originally set up by Guy Chambers is back this month with music from The Go Sees, Lenny Beige, Schmidt, Koe Naiche & Tribal Law, Guy Chambers and Ross Clarke. The initial line up having been revealed is said to be holding some surprise performances. Tickets for the event cost £7 and are available on the door. Get their early
28th July – Favela Chic, Shoreditch
Rise Records European Tour 2011 has been announced. Tickets are available now and cost between £6-£7. This year’s tour will include performances from The Colour Morale, Dream on Dreamer and is headlined by Memphis May.
18th September – Joiners, Southampton
19th September- Underworld, London
20th September – Moho, Manchester
21st September – The Well, Leeds
22nd September – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
23rd September – Stealth, Nottingham
24th September – Facebar, Reading
Spring 2012 will see The Wanted performing their very first arena tour. The band who were recently nominated for a BRIT award for debut single All Time Low have issued this statement: – “After the success of our first tour (which we think the mums just may have enjoyed even more than their kids) we’re planning our first arena tour for February and March of next year. We just want everyone to come along and enjoy themselves, so don your “The Wanted” t-shirts and why not purchase a ticket-for-entry? It’ll be spiffing!” Tickets are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.
15th February – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (0844 412 4624)
17th February – MEN Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)
18th February – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (0114 256 5656)
20th February – Centre, Brighton (0844 847 1515)
23rd February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (0292 022 4488)
24th February – Echo Arena, Liverpool (0844 800 0400)
25th February – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (0844 493 6666)
27th February – SECC, Glasgow – (0844 499 9990)
28th February – AECC, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)
1st March – LG Arena, Birmingham (0844 338 8000)
2nd March – BIC, Bournemouth (0844 576 3000)
3rd March – The o2 Arena, London (0844 856 0202)
Rory Atwell’s new solo side project Warm Brains is set to play a few dates over the summer to preview tracks from the debut album Old Volcanoes which will be released August 1st.
31st July – The Chameleon, Nottingham (with Let’s Wrestle)
3rd August – Album Launch @ CAMP Basement (with Fair Ohs, Cold Pumas, Colours + Make Bonding & Tom Vek DJs)
6th August – Unit, Southampton
13th August – Yes Way Festival (Upset the Rhythm) @ Bussey Building, London
Having made their UK TV debut playing live last week on the Culture Show, this was in the week that saw them playing their biggest live show to date at Shepherds Bush Empire in London Wu Lyf have announced a UK Tour. Tickets cost £10 and are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.
17th October – The Other Rooms, Newcastle
18th October – Temple Room, Birmingham
19th October – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21st October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
22nd October – Kazimier, Liverpool
25th October – Thekla, Bristol
26th October – Shepherds Bush Empire, London
27th October – Coalition, Brighton
The Xcerts are set to support Taking Back Sunday on their upcoming rescheduled tour. The band will be playing the following dates.
23rd August – o2 ABC, Glasgow
24th August – Academy 1, Manchester
29th August – Pavilion, Bath
30th August – UEA, Norwich
1st September – Institute, Birmingham
2nd September – Guildhall, Southampton
Yellowcard and Saves The Day have announced a co-headlining tour for later this year. The new album from Yellowcard When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes is in stores now. Ryan Key of Yellowcard has said “It is really a dream come true for us to be sharing the stage with Saves The Day, a band that has been such an influence on our music through the years. The fact that it is for our first full headlining tour of Europe and the UK in five years makes it even more special.” Saves The Day’s Chris Conley has said “After 7 years away from Europe and the UK, coming back to tour with our friends in Yellowcard this autumn will be a gift. It will be a party and a pleasure to play each night.” Saves The Day’s new album Daybreak will be released this autumn. Tickets for the live dates are available now via www.gigsandtours.com.
28th November – Garage, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)
29th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham (0844 248 5037)
30th November – Academy 2, Manchester (0161 832 1111)
1st December – HMV Forum, London (0844 847 2405)
Now 79 – Various Artists
The Last Rose – Laura Wright
LP1 – Joss Stone
Ghosts Outside – Steve Mason
Psycho Jukebox – Jon Fratelli
Legendary Weapons – Wu-Tang Clan
The Drug In Me Is You – Falling In Reverse
Grandad Galaxy – The Voluntary Butler Scheme