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The Automatic / November 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009 at 4:13 pm

Still trying to prove that they’re a “real band”, The Automatic have announced a string of tour dates starting next week, playing some of the skankiest venues in the UK.

Lucky them.

Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Southend Chinnerys
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Kingston Upon Thames McCluskys
Friday 13th November 2009 – Rhondda Cwmparc
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Thursday 19th November 2009 – Swansea Oceana
Friday 20th November 2009 – Preston Lava Ignite
Saturday 21st November 2009 – Ipswich Liquid
Wednesday 25th November 2009 – Sunderland Independent
Thursday 26th November 2009 – Carlisle Brickyard
Friday 27th November 2009 – Stockton-On-Tees Ku Bar
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Coventry Kasbah


Julian Casablancas / December 2009 UK and Ireland Tour

By on Wednesday, 28th October 2009 at 11:03 pm

The Strokes’ frontman, Julian Casablancas has announced a foursome of UK and Ireland shows for mid December.

Tickets are on sale now for the four shows:

Friday 11th December 2009 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 12th December 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 14th December 2009 – Dublin Academy
Wednesday 16th December 2009 – London Forum


Field Music / November 2009, January 2010 Tour

By on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 5:00 pm

Sunderland’s Field Music have announced a string of UK gigs for November and a one-off in London in January.

Friday 13th November 2009 – Liverpool, The Bumper
Thursday 19th November 2009 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Saturday 21st November 2009 – Glasgow, Captain’s Rest
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Friday 27th November 2009 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Newcastle, The Cluny
Thursday 7th January 2010 – London, Hoxton Bar & Grill


Bombay Bicycle Club / December 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 27th October 2009 at 10:00 am

Following on from their September/October tour of the UK, Bombay Bicycle Club from North London have announced six more tour dates across the UK for December.

Thursday 10th December 2009 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Friday 11th December 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2
Sunday 13th December 2009 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Monday 14th December 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Bristol O2 Academy 2
Friday 18th December 2009 – London KOKO


Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

By on Saturday, 24th October 2009 at 2:00 pm

Cymbals Eat Guitars (cover)Eclectic” is an overused adjective in music journo land, but I can’t help but use it to describe the music of Cymbals Eat Guitars, a quartet from New York City. The band is comprised of singer/guitarist Joseph D’Agostino (who goes by ‘Joseph Ferocious’), bassist Matt Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Matthew Miller. The band is releasing their debut album, ‘Why There Are Mountains’, in the UK on 26 October through Memphis Industries.

The album begins with ‘…And the Hazy Sea’, an epic clocking in at over 6 minutes. I call it an epic because it has distinct parts to it, like a Wagner opera. This is just not done in popular music…or is it? What follows is exactly the opposite, a 4-second song called ‘Some Trees (Merrit Moon)’ that left me confused. Luckily, ‘Indiana’ comes on next and is a triumph: guitar feedback starts the proceedings, then Hamilton’s keys jangle like all good ragtime piano should, joining symbiotically with Ferocious’s vocals. But lest you think this is all there is to the song, it then morphs into this playful song that you just know will be short-listed as one of the happy musical interludes used in next season’s ‘American Idol’. (Groan.) Then the song explodes. Audibly. I guess the band is into sonic theatrics. ‘Wind Phoenix’ has a similarly jaunty feel, but without concluding combustion.

What I find most intriguing about Cymbal Eat Guitars’s songs is that some of them start out innocuously – safe, like something you might find on any pop or folk album. But then they turn into all-out rockers. Or you find the song has become a dreamy, Pink Floyd-like affair. You know how you can listen to some albums and say to yourself, “all the songs sound exactly the same. Boring!” This is definitely not one of those albums.

Ferocious’s voice can be shouty at times on those aforementioned rockers, but you can’t help but wonder that when the day comes that they get that treasured major label deal (and you know they will get one), the rawness of the vocals will be ironed and flattened as we’ve seen with so many other bands that have come before. So if you’re the type who enjoys bands when they’re at their freshest, raw state, check out these guys. Now.

So what’s next up for Cymbals Eat Guitars? They were personally chosen by Wayne Coyne to open for the Flaming Lips‘s 2 nights at London’s Troxy on 10-11 November. These dates kick off the band’s first-ever tour through Ireland and Britain. Not bad for four indie kids from New York who just got going in 2006. I enjoyed the band’s performance as they opened for fellow New Yorkers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart last month at Washington’s Black Cat. From what I hear, their music went down extremely well at shows in July at London’s ICA and Brixton’s Windmill, so if you like what you hear on their MySpace, catch them on tour in the UK and Ireland next month before they head out to conquer the Continent.

Tuesday 10th November 2009 – London, Troxy (supporting the Flaming Lips)
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – London, Troxy (supporting the Flaming Lips)
Thursday 12th November 2009 – London, The Lexington
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Dublin, Crawdaddy
Sunday 15th November 2009 – Belfast, Auntie Annie’s
Monday 16th November 2009 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Tuesday 17th November 2009 – Manchester, Night & Day
Wednesday 18th November 2009 – Birmingham, Academy 3

‘Why There Are Mountains’, Cymbals Eat Guitars’s debut album, will be released in the UK on 26 October through Memphis Industries.

After the cut: more photos from the Cymbals Eat Guitars’s opening slot for the Pains at Being Pure at Heart at Washington DC’s Black Cat on 30th September 2009.


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The Magic Numbers / November and December 2009 UK Tour

By on Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 5:00 pm

The Magic Numbers have announced a pretty big UK tour, going back to their roots for late November and early December by playing some smaller venues around the UK.

They’re also giving away a shiny new free MP3 in exchange for your email address – just pop over to their offical website or jump straight there.

Catch the guys at:

Saturday 21st November 2009 – Oxford Jericho
Sunday 22nd November 2009 – Manchester Band On The Wall
Monday 23rd November 2009 – Preston 53 Degress
Tuesday 24th November 2009 – Liverpool Masque Loft
Wednesday 25th November 2009 – Wrexham Central Station
Friday 27th November 2009 – London St Aloysius
Saturday 28th November 2009 – Gloucester Guildhall
Sunday 29th November 2009 – Exeter Cavern Club
Monday 30th November 2009 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Saturday 5th December 2009 – Cork Opera House
Monday 7th December 2009 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 9th December 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 10th December 2009 – Edinburgh Bongo Club
Friday 11th December 2009 – Leeds Brudinell Social Club
Sunday 13th December 2009 – Northhampton Roadmender
Monday 14th December 2009 – Nottingham Bodega


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