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