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Jamie T / February and March 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 11th February 2009 at 9:42 pm
 

Jamie T (side)Jamie T has announced a string of five tour dates for later this month and early March.

Tickets for the five dates go on sale tomorrow morning (12th Feb) at 9am.

Catch Jamie at:

Saturday 28th February 2009 – Glasgow Kings Tut’s
Sunday 1st March 2009 – Liverpool Zanzibar
Monday 2nd March 2009 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 3rd March 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Wednesday 4th March 2009 – Kingston The Peel

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Live Review: Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic (Sunday 1st February 2009)

 
By on Monday, 2nd February 2009 at 2:30 am
 

Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall (side)I was expecting a lot heading into tonight’s show by Bloc Party. They’d done a so-so cover of Girls Aloud’s “Call the Shots” on Radio 1, and I’d heard talk on the grapevine of something sensational with an acoustic guitar.

It takes a lot to keep me happy, and when the snow meant that we arrived almost an hour after doors, I was not in a good mood. We’d missed the first support, Wet Paint, however managed to sneek our way into the downstairs bit instead of our boring balcony seats to catch Tommy Sparks, who immediately cheered me up, with his great 70s style pop. A surprising choice to support Bloc Party, but then Matt was quoted recently as saying they may well be turning their back on indie.

Then the main act… the last night on their short tour meant all guns were blazing, banter between songs at its best. Every time I catch them, Kele seems to be chattier and chattier, tonight joking about topics  ranging from his dislike of Klaxons’ legacy (the throwing of glow sticks), Matt’s new pearl necklace, and the random objects thrown on stage (shoes, condoms, dirty (guy’s) underwear). Oh yes, they were chatty compared to that first night in Southampton over 2 years ago.

The songs? Well, we got the usuals. Positive Tension’s deafening finale, Song For Clay segueing perfectly into Banquet, Kele’s front-row walkabout for Mercury. All well and good, perfect as ever. However, where were those “gig defining” moments? The ones you remember for a looooong time? Well, to be honest the first one I felt was a let down – Letters to My Son featured an acoustic guitar, which was great but not amazing – I was hoping for a reworked “So Here We Are” or, a la Placebo, a slowed down version of an old classic.Still, as Matt commented after, “I never knew when we wrote that song that we’d see a circle pit going!” Indeed they did. It seems it really is true – Sunday night is the new night to party!

However, for the encores the double drums made a more than welcome return with “Sunday” from “A Weekend in the City” being wheeled out for Gordon to go head to head with Matt. Encores? Not encore? Yes, you read me right. Everyone’s filing out as Kele, Russell, Matt and Gordon sneek back on to plunge into Girls Aloud’s “Call the Shots”. It’s far better than their version on Radio 1, bringing the energy right back to how it was at the first song – everyone ready and up for it. Flux closed the evening, but not before Matt did a quick run around the stage in some fetching fluorescent undies. Needless to say, as we trudged out into the newly fallen snow, shared smiles said it all. No words were needed, and it more than made up for the painfully slow drive home.

Yes, I love Bloc Party in an unashamedly fan-like way instead of my usual head-screwed-on music blogger kind of way. However, they really are one of the brightest hopes for today, when everything’s topsy-turvy, Kele’s lyrics and Matt’s driving drums give us something to be happy about, and something to think about. Haven’t seen them yet? They’re playing two shows at London’s Olympia on Easter weekend, and will be back for a winter UK tour most likely. As ever, keep an eye on TGTF for the latest news.

Finally, in true fan-boy style, enjoy a shaky, dodgy quality video of “Call the Shots” from last night.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIXbDpIYOI8]

After the Jump: full setlist and some pictures. Fun.

Continue reading Live Review: Bloc Party live at Wolverhampton Civic (Sunday 1st February 2009)

 

Marmaduke Duke / February and March UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 7:49 pm
 

Marmaduke Duke (side - credit)Marmaduke Duke have announced a week long tour in early March around the UK.

The band is a side project of Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil and Sucioperro‘s JP Reid.

Tickets go on sale shortly I believe.

Saturday 28th February 2009 – Edinburgh Bongo Club
Sunday 1st March 2009 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 2nd March 2009 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 4th March 2009 – London Heaven
Thursday 5th March 2009 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 6th March 2009 – Glasgow School of Art

Side photo comes from st0dge’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons license.

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The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm
 

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.

 

Spinto Band / February 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 2:10 pm
 

The Spinto Band (side)The Spinto Band are coming back to the UK for a week long tour of some of our venues in late February. The Delaware, USA six piece released their sophomore album, Moonwink, last summer on the legendary Fierce Panda records (who have released the likes of Coldplay and Keane in their early days).

Their new album has been described as a “razzle dazzling delight of feverish melodies, happifying chord changes and clever tunesmithery”, so if that appeals to you, get on down to one of the dates below.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £5 and £10 a pop.

Catch the Spinto band at:

Saturday 21st February 2009 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Sunday 22nd February 2009 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Monday 23rd February 2009 – Manchester Night & Day
Tuesday 24th February 2009 – London Camden Dingwalls (Fierce Panda 15th Birthday Show)
Thursday 26th February 2009 – High Wycombe Bucks Uni (Club Fandango)
Friday 27th February 2009 – Southampton Joiners

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The Xcerts / February 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 23rd January 2009 at 1:11 pm
 

The Xcerts (side)The Xcerts have announced a string of tour dates for a full Uk tour starting in just over a week’s time.

The Brighton-via-Scotland-and-Exeter trio embark on a tour of some of the dingiest venues, all in the name of some good music. They’ve become used to playing bigger venues over the past year when they’ve supported the likes of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Twin Atlantic, Feeder and Fight Like Apes. Now, their first headline tour co-incides with the release of their debut album, “In The Cold Wind We Smile”, which is out on the 23rd March.

So go catch them at the below dates if you can!

Monday 2nd February 2009 – Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh
Tuesday 3rd February 2009 – Café Drummonds Aberdeen
Wednesday 4th February 2009 – Mad Hatters Inverness
Thursday 5th February 2009 – Dog House Dunde
Friday 6th February 2009 – White Room Sunderland
Sunday 8th February 2009 – Club 85 Hitchin
Monday 9th February 2009 – Boiler Room Guildford
Tuesday 10th February 2009 – Hamptons Southampton
Wednesday 11th February 2009 – Old Blue Last London
Friday 13th February 2009 – Tap ‘n’ Tin Chatham
Saturday 14th February 2009 – Marquee Hertford
Sunday 15th February 2009 – Barfly Cardiff
Friday 27th February 2009 – Frebutt Brighton

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