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Music News: Monday 5th March 2012

Lisa Bentley



Davy Jones: 30th December 1945 – 29th February 2012

Davy Jones, the lead singer of 60s pop group The Monkees has passed away. Jones suffered from a heart attack at his home in Florida. Public memorials will be held in England and in New York. The funeral service will be held in Florida. Since his death there has been a massive increase in the bands spotify playing, an increase of 3000%.

NME Awards Results

This years’ NME Awards took place on the o2 Brixton Academy this week. The best of British Indie stepped out for the event which saw some shocking performances and some deserving winners. See below for the full list of winners.

Best British Band (supported by Sonos): Kasabian

Best International Band (supported by T4): Foo Fighters

Best Solo Artist (supported by Rekorderlig): Florence + The Machine

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh): The Vaccines

Best Live Band (supported by Carling): Arctic Monkeys

Best Album (supported by HMV): The Horrors Skying

Best Track (supported by Fender): Florence + The Machine Shake It Out

Dancefloor Anthem (supported by NME Radio): Katy B Broken Record

Best Video (supported by NMEVideo.com): Hurts Sunday

Best TV Show: Fresh Meat

Best Festival: Glastonbury

Best Film: Submarine

Best Music Film: Foo Fighters Back And Forth

Greatest Music Moment Of The Year: The Stone Roses reunite

Best Reissue: The Smiths Complete Reissues

Best Book: Noel Fielding The Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton

Hero Of The Year: Matt Bellamy

Villain Of The Year: Justin Bieber

Worst Album: Justin Bieber Under The Mistletoe

Worst Band: One Direction

Best Album Artwork: Friendly Fires Pala

Best Band Blog Or Twitter: @LadyGaga

Best Small Festival: RockNess

Most Dedicated Fans: Muse

Hottest Male: Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars

Hottest Female: Hayley Williams, Paramore

Tupac Musical News

Casting for the music about Tupac Shakur’s life, Holler If You Hear Me has begun. The musical is set to debut on Broadway later this year.

Bez Will Not Be Twisting Our Melons Man

Bez has announced that he will not be reuniting with his Happy Monday band mates on their upcoming tour. He has said “I won’t be on the stage because my performing days are over. Basically I’m too old. I’m incapable of doing the job, I’m carrying too many injuries. All good things come to an end.”

Adele Tops Bowie

Adele’s weeks in the UK chart are set to surpass that of David Bowie. The Someone Like You singer’s album appears to keep winning awards and pushing musical record boundaries.

Best Coast and Urban Outfitters Clothing Collaboration

Beth Cosentino has created a range of clothing for the shop Urban Outfitters. The clothing collection is due to launch in May.

Johnny Marr Talks Politics

Johnny Mar has made the claim that he would reform The Smiths if the current government coalition steps down. We are thinking Win/Win. Come on Cameron, do it for music.

Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation Launched

Lady Gaga headed for Harvard this week to launch her foundation Born This Way. The foundation speaks out against bullying. Other guest included Oprah Winfrey and co-founder Cynthia Germanotta.

Rolling Stones Photo Book

The Rolling Stones are going to celebrate their 50th year anniversary with a book of photographs celebrating their history in the music industry. The book is set to feature over 700 pictures and will be published by Thames and Hudson.

Cypress Hill Defends Marijuana

Rap group Cypress Hill have led a march in America extolling the positive impacts of Marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The use of the drug has previously been legalised in 16 American states.

Cee Lo Green set for Vegas Residency

Cee Lo Green will be embarking on a residential stay in Las Vegas’s Planet Hollywood casino. The Fuck You singer has promised a spectacular show with showgirls and pyrotechnics. His residency will start in August 2012.

Monica and Brandy Reunite

Monica and Brandy are set to reunite on Brandy’s new album. The first time that the singers recorded a duet was in 1998 on their Grammy winning hit The Boy Is Mine.

Wilson Philips Anniversary Album

Wilson Philips are set to release a 20th Anniversary album. The Hold On singers have revealed that the album will include cover versions from artists such as The Beach Boys and Mamas and the Papas.

Live Announcements

Alex Winston

Alex Winston’s new album King Con is released March 5th. She will be touring in March and April.

20th March – Deaf Institute, Manchester

21st March – King Tuts, Glasgow

22nd March – Hare & Hound, Birmingham

23rd March – Thekla, Bristol

4th April – XOYO, London

Alyssa Reid

Alyssa Reid is heading out on tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

11th April – Borderline, London (0870 060 3777 – £10)

12th April – HMV Institute Temple Room, Birmingham (0844 248 5037 – £8.00)

13th April – Club Academy, Manchester (0161 832 1111 – £8.00)

16th April – o2 Academy 2, Newcastle (0844 477 2000 – £8.00)

18th April – o2 Academy 2, Liverpool (0844 477 2000 – £8.00)

19th April – o2 Academy 2, Bristol (0844 477 2000 – £8.00)


Austra are playing three live dates in June.

4th June – Optimo at Berkley Suites, Glasgow

6th June – Soup Kitchen 150, Manchester

8th June – No Direction Home Festival, Welbeck Abbey

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

October sees the beginning of Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s epic tour. Get your tickets from www.gigsandtours.com.

1st October – Concorde 2, Brighton

2nd October – Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

3rd October – The Phoenix, Exeter

4th October – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

5th October – Sin City, Swansea

6th October – Academy, Bristol

8th October – Town Hall, Oxford

9th October – Northumbria Uni, Newcastle

10th October – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh

11th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

12th October – Ironworks, Inverness

13th October – Oran Mor, Glasgow

15th October – Varieties, Leeds

16th October – Plug, Sheffield

17th October – Irish Centre, Birmingham

18th October – Junction, Cambridge

19th October – Waterfront, Norwich

20th October – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

22nd October – Brickyard, Carlisle

23rd October – Stanley Theatre, Liverpool

24th October – KOKO, London

25th October – HMV Ritz, Manchester

26th October – Sugar Mill, Stoke

27th October – The Duchess, York

29th October – Central Station, Wrexham

31st October – Roisin Dubh, Galway

1st November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

2nd November – Whelan’s, Dublin

3rd November – The Limelight, Belfast

Duke Special

Catch Duke Special on the upcoming May UK tour. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

15th May – Glee Club, Birmingham

16th May – Glee Club, Nottingham

17th May – ARC, Stockton

18th May – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh

19th May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

20th May – The Wardrobe, Leeds

21st May – Glee Club, Cardiff

22nd May – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

24th May – Union Chapel, London

25th May – Deaf Institute, Manchester

26th May – St Peter’s Church, Ely

27th May – Open, Norwich

28th May – Exeter, Phoenix

29th May – Komedia, Brighton

Ellen and The Escapades

Catch Ellen and The Escapades on their current UK tour.

5th March – The Portland Arms, Cambridge

6th March – Sumo, Leicester

7th March – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford

8th March – Boileroom, Guildford

9th March – Royal Tunbridge Wells, Forum

11th March – The Railway, Winchester

15th April – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (Leeds album launch)

16th April – The Lexington, London (London album launch)

17th – April – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff

18th April – Thekla, Bristol

19th April – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

20th April – The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

21st April – Cluny, Newcastle

22nd April – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

The Heartbreaks

Debut album from The Heartbreaks, Funtimes is due for release 7th May. To coincide with the release the band will be touring the UK. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

5th May – The Wardrobe, Leeds (Live at Leeds)

6th May – Ruby Lounge, Manchester

8th May – The Joiners, Southampton

9th May – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

11th May – The Rainbow, Birmingham

12th May – Stealth, Nottingham

13th May – The Victoria Inn, Derby

14th May – Head of Steam, Newcastle

15th May – Mad Ferret, Preston

18th May – The Bowery, Sheffield


With new album One Man Army due out April 30th and new single I can’t Fly out February 27th we can see that Kassidy are very busy. However you can catch Kassidy when they head out on tour. Ticket details below.

10th March – Academy 2, Liverpool

12th March – Academy 3, Birmingham

13th March – Jericho Tavern, Oxford

14th March – Moles, Bath

15th March – The Soundhouse, Leicester

16th March – Fibbers, York

Other Lives

Currently Other Lives are supporting Radiohead on their tour however the band has announced details of four headlining UK dates.

4th April – Village Underground, London

5th April – Academy 3, Manchester

9th April – No Direction Home Festival, Sheffield

10th April – Parklife Festival, Manchester

Simian Ghost

The debut album from Simian Ghost, Youth, is due for release this week. The band will be playing four live April dates.

11th April – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester

12th April – The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

13th April – Joiners, Southampton

14th April – Surya, London

Simian Mobile Disco

Check out Simian Mobile Disco on their April/May tour.

21st April – Mixmag Live @ Village Underground, London

3rd May – Concorde 2, Brighton

5th May – Liquid Rooms, Edinbugh

6th May – Simple Things Festival, Bristol

12th May – Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham

18th May – Fabric, London

19th May – Magnet, London

The Smoking Hearts

The Smoking Hearts new album Victory will be available for release soon. You can catch them on their upcoming tour.

6th April – Hobos, Bridgend

8th April – The George, Andover

9th April – Harry’s Bar, Stoke

10th April – Upstairs @ The Caledonian, Liverpool

11th April – Karma Café, Norwich

12th April – Avondales, Southampton

13th April – Finns Rock Pub, Weymouth

20th April – Soundcircus, Bournemouth

27th April – Voodoo Rock @ Electrowerkz, London

2nd June – Crash Doubt Festival @ The Showroom, Lincoln


Spector have announced details of their Spectour III. Tickets are available via www.gigsandtours.com.

1st May – Bodega, Nottingham

2nd May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

3rd May – Circus, Edinburgh

4th May – Sound Control, Manchester

5th May – Live at Leeds, Leeds

7th May – Whelans, Dublin

8th May – Limelight, Belfast

11th May – The Great Escape, Brighton

12th May – Boiler Room, Guildford

13th May – Union Society, Cambridge

14th May – HMV Temple Bar, Birmingham

15th May – The Fleece, Bristol

17th May – Electric Ballroom, London

2nd June – Field Day, London

4th June – Evolution Festival

9th June – Parklife, Manchester

24th June – Isle of Wight Festival

8th July – T in the Park

15th July – Benicassim

27th July – Camp Bestival

Summer Camp

Summer Camp’s new single Losing My Mind will be released 19th March. Catch them on their March tour.

13th March – Louisiana, Bristol

14th March – The Rainbow, Birmingham

15th March – Arts Centre, Norwich

16th March – Night and Day, Manchester

17th March – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

19th March – The Harley, Sheffield

20th March – Portland Arms, Cambridge

21st March – Scala, London

Released This Week

Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

In My Dreams – The Military Wives

Secret Symphony – Katie Melua

How About I Be Me (And You Be You) – Sinead O’Connor

Giants – The Stranglers

Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars

Mountain Echo – Jodie Marie

Rise Ye Sunken Ships – We Are Augustines

Break It Yourself – Andrew Bird

Scars & Stories – The Fray

Troubled Times – Cast

Prisoner – The Jezebels

Tuskagee – Lionel Richie

Morning Parade – Morning Parade

Ex Lives – Every Time I Die

The Clearing – Bowerbirds

Angels & Enemies – Sound Of Guns

King Con – Alex Winston


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