Music News: Monday 26th September 2011

Lisa Bentley


Headlines

REM Split

After playing together for 31 years, REM have announced that they have split.  The band who produced memorable tracks such Losing My Religion, The One I Love and Everybody Hurts released the following statement.

‘To our Fans and Friends: As REM, and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. ‘We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.’

Free Download From Liz Green

Hey Joe is being offered as a free download from Liz Green.  Get downloading at http://soundcloud.com/lizgreenmusic/hey-joe/s-8lk7H.

Statement from Within Temptation

Within Temptation issued a statement this week to clear up any concerns and confusion for fans regarding band member Robert Westerholt.  Westerholt will be taking a back seat from touring to spend more time with his family however he will still be part of the band and will still be extremely involved in the writing and production of future albums.  The full statement is below.

As you know in recent years we have been blessed with the birth of three children. Since then, not only our kids but also Within Temptation has been growing fast and we are touring in more countries than ever before.

To be able to fulfil the needs of our children but just as much the needs of the band for now and also in the future, we decided Robert will step down from touring live (except for the occasional show). With this change we can give stability to our children and from the home studio Robert will have more time writing new music and developing new creative ideas for the live show, the comic, and future movies.

What makes the decision easier is the fact that Stefan Helleblad is willing to take Robert’s place in the band on stage. Stefan has been working with the band behind the scenes for some years. As a sound engineer he was involved in the production of our latest three records. Next to being a great sound engineer, mixing engineer, and producer he is also a very gifted guitar player. On our latest album ‘The Unforgiving’ you can already hear him playing some special guitar parts. His first show will be on the 21st in Heerhugowaard.

So this is not a goodbye but a new step, or actually two steps, in a very exciting, new, and inspiring time for our band.

We hope you keep joining and enjoying this adventure together with us and our paths will keep crossing each other!

‘til soon!!!

Sharon and Robert

Win For Arcade Fire

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire has been announced as the winner of this years’ Polaris Music Prize which includes prize money in the sum of £30,000.00.  The band had this to say about their win “We feel very emotional to receive an award based solely on artistic merit. We really believe in records and we are thankful to the Polaris for recognizing our work and the work of so many great Canadian artists!”

Nirvana Footage Released

Classic footage from Nirvana’s concert from 1991 has been released.  This comes with the 20th Anniversary release of Nevermind.  Make sure you check out the revamped website at www.nevermind20.com.

Free Download From Tyson

Tyson is offering  a remix of track After You’re Gone.  You can download it at the following link http://soundcloud.com/purplepr/after-youre-gone-solo-remix.

Live Announcement

Airship

Airship are continuing with their extensive tour.  They have 12 dates left so if you haven’t already got your ticket then pick one up now.

27th October – Ten Feet Tall, Cardiff

29th October – Beat Generator, Dundee

30th October – Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

1st November – Café Drummonds, Aberdeen

2nd November – Mad Hatters, Inverness

3rd November – Brickyard, Carlisle

4th November – Other Rooms, Newcastle

6th November – Harley, Sheffield

7th November – Stereo, York

8th November – Bodega, Nottingham

9th November – Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds

11th November – MET Lounge, Peterborough

The Big Pink

The Big Pink are heading out on a November tour performing throughout the UK.  Tickets can be purchased at www.gigsandtours.com.

11th November – Classic Grand, Glasgow

12th November – Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

14th November – Academy 3, Manchester

15th November – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool

17th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

18th November – Digital, Brighton

19th November – HMV Library, Birmingham

21st November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

22nd November –Thekla, Bristol

Brand New

Fans of Brand New should be excited as they have announced their first UK tour in two years.  Tickets cost £20 – £22.50 and can be purchased via www.gigsandtour.com.

8th February – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

9th February – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

10th February – Guildhall, Southampton (0238 063 2601)

11th February – Roundhouse, London (0844 482 8008)

12th February –  Roundhouse, London (0844 482 8008)

15th February – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

16th February – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

17th February – Uni Great Hall, Cardiff (0292 078 1458)

Breton

Breton are set to head out on tour with the Mercury nominated Ghostpoet.  Make sure you get down to one of their shows.

30th September – o2 Academy 2, Oxford

1stOctober – Start The Bus, Bristol

4th October – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham

6th October – The Registry, Portsmouth

7th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

8th October – The Harley, Sheffield

9th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester

10th October – Digital, Brighton

11th October – Leeds University Union, Leeds

12th October – The Duchess, York

13th October – Scala, London

21st October – SWN Festival, Cardiff

Children in Need Rocks Manchester

A host of artists will be performing this year in aid of Children in Need.  The show will feature Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, JLS, Elbow and spearheaded by Gary Barlow.  Hosted by SJM concerts, Director, Rob Ballantine has said “Gary Barlow continues an amazing 2011. Not only did Take That break all records with their Progress Live Tour and Gary has made the X Factor such compelling viewing, but he has also pulled together what could be the greatest concert ever staged at the MEN Arena. Gary’s work for BBCs Children In Need is tireless and following the success of 2009’s show in the Royal Albert Hall we are very fortunate here in Manchester to be hosting the event in our City. A ticket to this event will not only provide music lovers with one of the best nights out in their lives but the funds raised will change the lives of thousands in the process.”

17th November – Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester

Coldplay

With news of their new album Mylo Xyloto on the lips of fans everywhere and due for release October 24th, Coldplay have announced three live dates for December. Tickets cost £47.50/£55/£65 and are available from www.gigsandtours.com.

3rd December – SECC, Glasgow

4th December – MEN, Manchester

9th December – o2 Arena, London

Example

Due to the phenomenal success of ticket sales of the live dates already announced Example has added four new dates to his tour.  Ticket information below.

20th April – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (02920 224 488)

21st April – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (0844 493 6666)

22nd April – SECC, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

24th April – AECC, Aberdeen (0844 499 9990)

26th April – Capital Arena, Nottingham (0844 4124 624)

27th April – o2 Arena, London (0844 856 0202)

28th April – MEN Arena, Manchester (0844 847 8000)

30th April – BIC, Bournemouth (0844 576 3000)

1st May – NIA, Birmingham (0844 338 8000)

Fountains Of Wayne

The Stacey’s Mom singers will be playing two shows in the UK this November.  Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased via www.gigsandtours.com.

9th November – Scala, London

11th November – Club Academy, Manchester

I Am The Avalanche

I Am The Avalanche have announced details of a UK tour this coming December.  This string of shows is the first in the UK for five years.  Tickets are available now.

2nd December – HMV Institute, Birmingham (www.hmvtickets.co.uk)

3rd December – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (www.thecraufurdarms.com)

4th December – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (www.seetickets.com)

6th December – Cockpit 2, Leeds (www.seetickets.com)

9th December – Masque, Liverpool, (www.hmvtickets.co.uk)

10th December – Classic Grand, Glasgow (www.gigsinscotland.com)

11th December –Moho Live, Manchester (www.ticketline.co.uk)

13th December – The Peel, Kingston (www.bngt.co/shows)

14th December – Barfly, London (www.kililive.com)

Is Tropical

Check out new single Lies from Is Tropical.  You can also see them on tour at one of the following dates.

26th September – Stereo, York

27th September – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

28th September – Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool

29th September – The Croft, Bristol

4th October – Hoxton Square Bare & Kitchen, London

Joshua Radin

7th October – HMV Picturehouse, Edinburgh

8th October – O2 Academy, Birmingham

10th October – Manchester Academy

11th October – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Lana Del Ray

Dates for Lana Del Ray’s tour have been rescheduled.  Tickets for the dates are available from September 26th.

4th November – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

5th November – Oran Mor, Glasgow

16th November – Scala, London

17th November – HMV Institute, Birmingham

Lindi Ortega

With the release of her debut UK album round the corner Toronto based singer Linda Ortega will be playing a handful of live dates.  Make sure you try and make it down to one of her performances.

9th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (with James Vincent McMorrow)

10th October – Queens Hall, Edinburgh (with James Vincent McMorrow)

11th October – City Varieties, Leeds (with James Vincent McMorrow)

12th October – Glee Club, Nottingham (with James Vincent McMorrow)

13th October – St Phils Church, Manchester (with James Vincent McMorrow)

23rd October – The Hope, Brighton

24th October – The Lexington, London

Lisa Hannigan

Ready to release her new record Passenger, Lisa Hannigan has released details of new tour.  Tickets are available at www.gigsandtours.com and cost £17.50 – £19.50.

19th November – St Pauls, Birmingham

20th November – Arts Centre, Norwich

21st November – Duchess, York

23rd November – Oran Mor, Glasgow

25th November – St Philips Church, Salford

27th November – St Georges, Bristol

28th November – Komedia, Brighton

30th November – o2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Man Overboard

Man Overboard has announced that they will be touring with The Story So Far on their UK tour.  Make sure you check them out at one of the following shows.

25th January – Cockpit, Leeds

26th January – Star and Garter, Manchester

27th January – Sumo Club, Middlesbrough

28th January – Classic Grand, Glasgow

29th January – Red Room, Nottingham

30th January – The End, Birmingham

31st January – Old Blue Last, London

1st February – The Croft, Bristol

2nd February – Forum, Tumbridge Wells

3rd February- The Hydrant, Brighton

4th February – Fighting Cocks, Kingston

5th February – Masque, Liverpool

6th February – Whelans, Ireland

Panic! At The Disco

P!@TD have announced details of a headline tour for early 2012.  Tickets are available now from www.gigsandtours.com.

25th January – o2 Academy, Newcastle

26th January – o2 Academy, Leeds

27th January – Academy, Manchester

28th January – Barrowlands, Glasgow

29th January – o2 Academy, Birmingham

31st January – o2 Academy, Bristol

1st February – Guildhall, Southampton

2nd February – o2 Academy, Brixton

Some Velvet Morning

The new single from Some Velvet Morning Don’t Think is due for release in October.  The band has announced a handful of live dates.

28th September – Buffalo Bar, London

16th October – Mr Kyps, Poole

21st October – Half Moon, Putney, London

23rd October – The Cellars, Portsmouth

25th October – Fleece, Bristol

10th November – The Latest, Brighton

11th November – The Masque, Liverpool

8th December – Roehampton University, London

The Stranglers

With their 17th album currently in postproduction The Stranglers have announced details of a 2012 tour.  Tickets cost £23 – £26 and can be purchased at www.gigsandtours.com.

1st March – o2 Academy, Leeds (0844 477 2000)

2nd March – Alhambra, Dunfermline (0844 499 9990)

3rd March – o2 Academy, Glasgow (0844 499 9990)

5th March – o2 Academy, Liverpool (0844 477 2000)

6th March – Rock City, Nottingham (0845 413 4444)

8th March – Corn Exchange, Cambridge (01223 357 851)

9th March – Roundhouse, London (0844 482 8008)

10th March – o2 Academy, Birmingham (0844 477 2000)

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

13th March – Pyramid, Portsmouth (02392 824 355)

15th March – Engine Shed, Lincoln (0844 8888 766)

16th March – Dome, Brighton (01273 709 709)

17th March – o2 Academy, Bristol (0844 477 2000)

19th March – Spa Assembly, Leamington (0844 854 1358)

20th March – G Live, Guildford (0844 770 1797)

22nd March – o2 Academy, Newcastle (0844 477 2000)

23rd March – o2 Academy, Sheffield (0844 477 2000)

24th March – Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111)

Surfer Blood

New EP from Surfer Blood, Tarot Classics is released October 24th and the band will be playing two dates in December.  Make sure you get your ticket.

8th December – Brixton Academy, London (with The Vaccines)

12th December – ATP Nightmare Before Christmas, Somerset

The Swellers

Good For Me the new album from The Swellers is due for release 21st November.  With it comes exciting news of a tour.

29th November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

30th November – Cockpit, Leeds

1st December – King Tuts, Glasgow

2nd December – Academy 2, Newcastle

3rd December – Corporation, Sheffield

4th December – Academy 3, Manchester

5th December – Academy 3, Birmingham

6th December – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

7th December – Borderline, London

Woe Is Me

Woe Is Me are set to tour later this year supporting various bands.  For details of when you can see them perform check below.

25th September – G2, Glasgow

26th September – Academy 2, Newcastle

27th September – Cockpit, Leeds

28th September – Club Academy, Manchester

29th September – Electric Ballroom, London

30th September – Academy 2, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)

1st October – Concorde 2, Brighton

2:54

Sister duo 2:54 are set to head out on tour with The Big Pink as well as performing some of headlining shows.  Make sure you catch one of their performances.

4th November – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth

6th November – Louisiana, Bristol

9th November – Corsica Studios, London

11th November – Classic Grand, Glasgow (with The Big Pink)

12th November – Constellations Festival, Leeds

14th November – Academy 3, Manchester (with The Big Pink)

15th November – Academy 2, Liverpool (with The Big Pink)

17th November – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (with The Big Pink)

18th November – Digital, Brighton (with The Big Pink)

19th November – HMV Library, Birmingham (with The Big Pink)

21st November – Rescue Room, Nottingham (with The Big Pink)

22nd November – Thekla, Bristol (with The Big Pink)

Released This Week

The Awakening – James Morrison

Neighborhoods – Blink 182

Nevermind (20th Anniversary Rerelease) – Nirvana

Cinderella’s Eyes – Nicola Roberts

The Whole Love – Wilco

Nameless Path – Marcus Foster

Lady And Gentlemen – LeAnn Rimes