The website Echoes and Dust recently started a series called Musical Therapy, where they are exploring the relationship between music and mental health with the aim of raising awareness and confronting the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. You can read the articles and contribute your own experiences if you want to HERE
If you do wish to contribute, Dan from Echoes & Dust says;
> “There's no word limit, minimum or maximum. Articles submitted so far have ranged from 200 - 1500 words
> We won't edit the piece before publication, except for spelling and grammar. The content will remain the same, and we'll ask you for a preferred title
> We're happy to publish pieces anonymously or under a pseudonym, alternatively, we can publish it under your name and link to you; whichever you'd prefer
> We're interested in publishing whatever people want to write about, and aren't being at all prescriptive in terms of content. However, if there is graphic content in the piece we would consider putting a content warning on it, which we'd discuss with you before publication.
> We're not just after contributions from musicians; a lot of current contributions are from the point of view of the listener”
Have a read, they also have some decent Top Tens from 2013!
Jocie Adams from the Low Anthem returns to the live scene with her new project ‘Arc Iris’ with an appearance at The Great Escape in Brighton and UK dates as follows:
Fri 02 May Night & Day Manchester
Tue 06 May Louisiana Bristol
Wed 07 May Bush Hall London
Working under the banner 'New Music. New Circuit', the Satellite Tour will see three new bands on a a new touring circuit and, all for just £4 a ticket (including all booking and handling fees).
The tour includes: Sons & Lovers (Polydor Records),Eliza & the Bear (Capitol Records) and Fed Page (Virgin/EMI Records)
Dates for a fabulous night out in February are;
5th Canterbury The Ballroom
6th High Wycombe Bucks New Uni SU
7th Ipswich The Malthouse
8th Rotherham The Trades
10th York The Duchess
11th Carlisle Brickyard
13th Ayr The Basement Coffee House
The debut album from Messrs Joe Pernice, Norman Blake and Mike Belitsky aka The New Mendicants is out now on One Little Indian records and it's called, ‘Into The Lime’.
The New Mendicants play three shows this week:
Thursday 23rd London Dingwalls
Friday 24th Dublin Whelans
Saturday 25th Glasgow Celtic Connections @The Arches
To tie in with the release of a new single, ‘Shouting Match’ on 24th March further UK dates from the band are planned, details below:
Sunday 16th The Cellars at Eastney, Southsea
Monday 17th Model Village @The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Wednesday 19th The Greystones, Sheffield
Thursday 20th The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Friday 21st The Dulcimer, Manchester
Monday 24th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
The NME AwardsTour during March 2014 with feature the mighty Interpol plus Temples, Royal Blood and Circa Waves.
Dates are below and tickets are on sale from usual outlets on Friday (24th Jan);
O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow Tue 18th
O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds Wed 19th
Manchester Academy Thu 20th
O2 Academy Liverpool Sat 22nd
Rock City, Nottingham Sun 23rd
O2 Academy Birmingham Tue 25th
O2 Academy Bristol Wed 26th
O2 Academy Brixton, London Thr 27th
The Fratellis return with brand new single ‘She’s not gone yet, but she’s leaving' which comes from their latest album 'We Need Medicine' Out Now via BMG. The band should alos be touring in the UK & Europe again very soon.
USA & CANADA
21/02: Atlanta, GA @ Hell Stage (at The Masquerade)
22/02: Orlando, FL @ The Social
26/02: Vancouver, BC @ VENUE
27/02: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
01/03: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
29/03: Tokyo - Punkspring Festival @ Messe
30/03: Osaka - Punkspring Festival @ Kobe World
Ja Ja Ja returns to London on 13th February and features Atlanter, Schultz & Forever + Vökat at The Lexington.The UK's foremost musical Nordic night Ja Ja Ja returns for their first event of 2014,
The series continues on from the roaring success of their inaugural Ja Ja Ja Festival at The Roundhouse last November, as well as bringing Mø, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Satellite Stories and Olof Arnalds to London over the past year.
The line-up for the February Ja Ja Ja will feature Norwegian Americana band Atlanter, maverick Danish singer-songwriter Schultz & Forever and atmospheric Icelandic electronic trio Vök, plus resident DJs Project Fresh Socks. here. Tickets are £5 in advance (£7 for non-Ja Ja Ja members), on sale now from Billetto or more on the door on the night.
Ja Ja Ja regulars can become members to get discounted tickets and other Nordic treats on signing-up
Full details on the artists and the series is HERE
The rather wonderful Marissa Nadler has a new album called 'July' out on 10th ... wait for it ... Feburary and some rare U.K. dates have been announced as well.
Cube Cinema Bristol Sun 20 Apr
Square Chapel Halifax Mon 21 Apr
Komedia Brighton Tue 22 Apr
Cafe OTO London Wed 23 Apr
Full Details HERE