Great news to report the return of Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards who will release their new album ‘Distance’ through The State51 Conspiracy on 18th August, with ‘Burning Hearts’ being the first single out on the 4th August.
An impressively quick follow up to last year's ‘Blindspot’, Dan Michaelson returns to a full-band sound on what he describes as a ‘misleadingly upbeat’ first single from the LP. A romantic tale of two lovers dancing their way towards the end of the world.
Produced and mixed by Ash Workman, the album was written in Montauk, Long Island NY and recorded in sunny Hackney in London. Joining Dan in the studio were Magic Number Romeo Stodart (bass), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar and piano), Horse (guitar and pedal steel), Gabriel Stebbing (cello) and Johnny Flynn (violin).
So that is something to look forward too next month!
A day for good news, now we also some dates announced by The Boxer Rebellion in Manchester and two London shows where they will be playing their four albums in full:
Gorilla, Manchester Wed, 01 Oct
Cyprus Avenue Cork Fri 03 Oct
Dublin Academy, Dublin Sat 04 Oct
Songs From Exits And Union @ Scala, London Tue 07 Oct
Songs from The Cold Still + Promises @ Scala, London Wed 08 Oct
Great news has arrived to say that Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl will be playing some UK dates in September.
A 'must see' band at SXSW, they also appeared in our 'best of 2014 (so far) list'
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Wed 03 Sep
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester Mon 08 Sep
Dingwalls, London Wed 10 Sep
Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton Thu 11 Sep
Tickets are HERE
Band Website HERE
Sad news to hear that Crazy Horse bassist, Billy Talbot, has suffered a mild stroke. This means for the first time ever Billy will miss a Crazy Horse tour with Neil Young. The good news is that "Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery," the group said in a statement but, "They have advised Talbot to sit this tour out and recover his strength."
Billy's place will be ably filled by Neil Young's long time bassist Rick Rosas and Mahogany Blue's Dorene Carter and YaDonna West will also join the tour, filling in for Billy's backing vocals.
Neil and Crazy Horse had to cut short their Euro tour last summer because of an ongoing injury to guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro's hand.
Like all our heroes (and ourselves), none of us are getting any younger .. so if you want to see the great Neil Young and friends in concert, here are the European tour dates;
July 07, Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavík, Iceland
July 10, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland
July 12, Hyde Park, London
July 13, Echo Arena, Liverpool
July 15, KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
July 17, Yarkon Park, Tel-Aviv, Israel
July 20, Münsterplatz, Ulm, Germany
July 21, Collisioni Festival, Barolo, Italy
July 23, Wiener Stadthalle, Wien, Austria
July 25, Warsteiner Hockeypark, Mönchengladbach, Germany
July 26, Filmnächte am Elbufer, Dresden, Germany
July 28, Zollhafen - Nordmole, Mainz, Germany
July 30, København Forum, København, Denmark
August 1, Bergenhus Festning - Koengen, Bergen, Norway
August 3, Stockholm Music & Arts Festival - Stockholm, Sweden
August 5, Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren, Belgium
August 7, Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, Monaco, France
August 8, Foire aux Vins de Colmar, Colmar, France
Ásgeir first came to our attention via his collaborations with John Grant and we have been captivated with his voice since. Following the release of his widely acclaimed Top 40 debut 'In the Silence', Ásgeir is now set to release a new single, 'Was There Nothing' from the album on 28th July via One Little Indian records.
Last in the UK for a sold out April tour that culminated with a show at the Union Chapel, he next returns to the UK to play the 6Music tent at the Latitude Festival and also plays his own previously announced headline show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 26th November. Full details HERE
Sheffield’s finest Reverend and The Makers return with a new single ‘The Devil’s Radio’ on 7th July and the band are also playing some UK summer festivals with appearances at The Libertines’ British Summer Time, T in the Park and Camden Rocks before preparing for their 10th year anniversary Sheffield’s shows.
These shows will be at the O2 Academy where the band will play 'The State Of Things' and 'French Kiss in The Chaos' in their entirety on 24th October followed by '@Reverend_Makers' and 'Thirty Two' on 25th October.
So all you have to do is get a ticket, oh and the band have collaborated again with Thornbridge Brewery to produce the Reverend American Brown Ale which was launched in tandem with the new album, ''Thirty Two'.
5th July British Summer Time Hyde Park London
12th July Triumph Live 2014 Warwickshire
13th July T in the Park Kinross
19th July Splendour Nottingham
26th July Blackthorn Music Festival Stockport
27th July Stockton Weekender Stockton
9th August Strawberry Fields Leicester
17th August Beautiful Days Devon
23rd August Summerjam Festival Bradford
24th October O2 Academy Sheffield
25th October O2 Academy Sheffield
Whilst we are on the subject of lists, here are our Top Ten albums of 2014 so far, will they still be there on our end of year lists?
The War on Drugs Lost in a Dream
The Antlers Familiars
My Sad Captains Best of Times
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Sharon van Etten Are We There
Temples Sun Structures
Marrisa Nadler July
Gruff Rhys American Interior
The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun
Our tips for Glasto, just in case you are online in your tent or, fast forwarding though the TV coverage;
1. Royal Blood (John Peel Stage, Saturday 14:00-14:40)
Loud enough to make your ears bleed. Well, not quite, but this duo are nothing but raw power. Get ready; it’s going to be loud.
2. Tune-Yards (West Holts Stage, Friday 19:00-20:00)
Get ready to dance the night in with Tune-Yards on the West Holts stage. The obvious plus is that the Brothers cider bus is an arms length away.
3. Temples (John Peel Stage, Friday 15:00-15:40)
A contender for album of the year, this 70’s-esqe rock band will blow you away with their toxic guitar riffs and nifty hair cuts.
4. Metallica (Pyramid stage, Saturday (21:45-23:45)
The much talked about headline set from Metallica is bound to be full of hits, and maybe the odd explosion or too.
5. Fatboy Slim (Sonic, Saturday 22:30-00:30)
If Metallica aren't your thing then head over to Sonic. Having already stormed We Are Fstvl early in the summer, get ready to dance, dance dance.
In the wake of a sold out tour throughout the UK and Europe, a Rough Trade album of the Week and heavy praise from our RCUK correspondent at SXSW St Paul & The Broken Bones announce the release of new single ‘Call Me’ on July 7th 2014 and another UK/Euro tour in August & September.
Don't miss this one!
Friday 22 - Belgium, Vlaanderen, Feest in Het Park - Stage 1
Saturday 23 - France, Paris, Rock En Seine
Sunday 24 - France, Charleville Mexieres, Cabaret Vert Festival (6:30pm)
Tuesday 26 - Germany, Erfurt, Franz Mehlhose
Thursday 28 - UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 29 - UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Saturday 30 - UK, Larmer Tree Gardens, End of the Road
Monday 1 - UK, Glasgow, Oran Mor
Tuesday 2 - UK, Manchester, Gorilla
Wednesday 3 - UK, London, Electric Ballroom
Thursday 4 - UK, Birmingham, Temple
Saturday 6 - Netherlands, Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open
Sunday 7 - Netherlands, Maastricht, Bruis Festival
Happyness have their smart and creative debut album ‘Weird Little Birthday’ released next Monday 16th June.
There is also a short UK tour to celebrate;
June 16th Rough Trade West: In-store
June 17th London Servant Jazz Quarters
June 18th Sunderland Pop Store: In-store
June 19th Glasgow Teenage Riot, Bloc
June 20th Manchester, The Castle Hotel
June 21st Leeds Brudenell
Oh, and you can stream the record HERE
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco will release a new solo (ish) album on 15th September through his own dBpm Records called Sukierae (sue-key-ray). Not quite a solo LP It is the debut release by duo,Tweedy, which features 20 new Jeff Tweedy-written songs, performed by Jeff in a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy.
“When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Jeff said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”
With Spencer on drums, Jeff is also joined by Scott McCaughey, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Take a list to the first song streamed for the project, ‘I’ll Sing It’ and U.S. Tour details are HERE.
Samaris are set to release a new single ‘Brennur stjarna’ from their ‘Silkidrangar’ album on 28th July as well as playing a whole host of festivals in Europe this summer;
Best Kept Secret Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, 20th June
Southside Festival, Neuhausen, Germany, 21st June
Hurricane Festival Scheessel, Germany, 22nd June
Palac Akropolis Prague, Czech Republic, 23rd June
Roskilde, Denmark 29th June
All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 11th July
Longitude Marlay Park, Ireland 18th July
The Pav Cork, Ireland, 22nd July
De Barras Clon, Ireland, 23rd July
Set Theatre Kilkenny, Ireland, 24th July
Mountain Dew Festival Macroom, Ireland, 26th July
Longlake Festival Lugano, Switzerland, 31st July
Stuck! Festival Salzburg, Austria, 1st August
Nachtdigital Markkleeberg, Germany, 2nd August
Green Man, Glanusk, Wales UK, August 14th August
Liverpool International Music Festival, Liverpool UK, 23rd August
Soundrive Festival, Gdansk, Poland, 6th September
Þórður Kári Steinþórsson, aka ‘Doddi’, Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir’s are the enchanting, Samaris