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Update: Liverpool Sound City 2012

 
By on Monday, 23rd April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Haven’t you heard? TGTF will be coming to Liverpool Sound City this year and we’ll soon be revealing information on who’ll be playing our showcase…but that’s not all of the good news. Since Mary’s original preview posted in February, the full Sound City line-up has been announced, and it’s a doozy.

Manchester’s D/R/U/G/S are new to the line-up, as are obvious football fans and good bunch Flat Back Four. They join a host of larger acts, ranging from Radio1 friendly rapper Professor Green headlining the Thursday (17 May), to favourite to every advertiser around, those Aussie boys the Temper Trap (pictured at top) headlining Friday. Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow closes out the festival as Saturday’s headliner.

TGTF favourites I Dream in Colour are another band who have managed to secure a place at this rapidly growing musical showcase. It’s the kind of festival you go to, if you just want to be ahead of the game. You want to be able to say a year down the line, when all your friends are raving about this new local band Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, you can say, “oh by the way, I saw them about a year ago at Liverpool Sound City”.

That’s what you are in for if you buy one of the outstandingly cheap tickets for the festival, which at £45 for a 3-day wristband works out at the simply mad price of 76p per gig. Yeah, I know, don’t feel bad because you feel like you are robbing the organisers, you’re not! And if you only want to check out the talent on one day, day wristbands are only £25. These tickets, along with 14+ ones at £15, delegate badges at £150 and assorted t-shirts are available here.

 

Video of the Moment #764: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Friday, 13th April 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

In the Twilight Sad‘s new video for ‘Dead City’, a group of older folks move and groove to James Graham and co.’s song. We’ve been told a remix version of ‘No One Can Ever Know’ (their fab new album released this year; read my review here).

They recently performed at SXSW and Mary was there to catch their appearance at the Discovering Scotland showcase; read all about it here. That must be one lucky shirt because take a look at the photo at the top of this post; James was wearing the same shirt at that very showcase! Fancy seeing them live? Well, you’re in luck. The band have also announced a series of English gigs in May and two summer festival dates, as well as an appearance at Glasgow Barrowland on the 15th of December. In case you’re looking that far ahead…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wi5iyxGsIQ[/youtube]

Thursday 10th May 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Friday 11th May 2012 – Brighton Coalition
Saturday 12th May 2012 – Norwich Waterfront Studio
Saturday 2nd June 2012 – Wakefield Long Division Festival at the Hop
Friday 17th August 2012 – Leicester Summer Sundae (Drowned in Sound stage)
Saturday 15th December 2012 – Glasgow Barrowland

 

General Fiasco / May 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 8:30 am
 

Tickets are on sale now for General Fiasco‘s headline tour of the UK this May. ‘Unfaithfully Yours’, their album followup to debut ‘Buildings’, will drop in June on Dirty Hit Records.

I caught up with the Belfast quartet at SXSW; watch my video interview with them here.

Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Dunfermline PJ Molloy’s
Wednesday 9th May 2012 – Inverness Ironworks
Thursday 10th May 2012 – Dundee Doghouse
Saturday 12th May 2012 – Hartlepool Pitch Invasion Music Festival
Tuesday 15th May 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Wednesday 16th May 2012 – York Duchess
Thursday 17th May 2012 – Northampton Roadmender
Friday 18th May 2012 – Leeds Cockpit 3
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 – Wolverhampton Little Civic
Thursday 24th May 2012 – Kingston Hippodrome New Slang
Friday 25th May 2012 – London Koko (Club NME)
Sunday 27th May 2012 – Southampton Talking Heads
Monday 28th May 2012 – Guildford Boileroom
Tuesday 29th May 2012 – Oxford Jericho Tavern
Wednesday 30th May 2012 – London Notting Hill Arts Club (Death Disco)
Thursday 31st May 2012 – Brighton Hydrant

 

Single Review: The Crookes – Afterglow

 
By on Friday, 6th April 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

In the lead-off single to their second album, Sheffield’s Crookes demonstrate their ability to bounce around a monochrome soundstage like the cheeky chappies they are, whilst bashing out a good old fashioned indie-by-numbers tune. Crashing drum intro, big guitar riff, singalong “oh-oh-oh” chorus? Check, check, and indeed check.

It’s all about the business of growing old, something the young whippersnappers clearly know absolutely nothing about – they’re keener on eating guitars and tormenting their drummer by stealing his kit. But such curmudgeonliness is to spectacularly miss the point – this is a ton of fun, a spirit-lifting song for when one needs a reminder that life can be at its best when it is at its simplest. Cheers, lads.

7/10

The Crookes’ new single ‘Afterglow’ will be released on Monday (9 April) on Fierce Panda. The band will be touring the UK in May; all the details are under the video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5-PVeWgIM[/youtube]

Monday 21st May 2012 – Manchester Sound Control
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 – Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Wednesday 23rd May 2012 – Hull Fruit
Thursday 24th May 2012 – Derby Victoria Inn
Tuesday 29th May 2012 – London Borderline
Wednesday 30th May 2012 – Stoke Sugarmill

 

WIN / Tix to see Happy Mondays in Manchester -OR- London

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd April 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Massive fan of the Happy Mondays? Is Shaun Ryder your heroes? Do you still have your hippie clothes from the acid house days? But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Baggy fan to get in on this. We’ve blagged two pairs each to the Happy Mondays’ shows at Manchester Arena (5th of May) and London Brixton Academy (19th of May) and we want to give them away to four lucky TGTF readers.

To enter, fill out the form below completely. First, enter your name and email address. Second, choose the gig you want to win tickets for (Manchester or London). Third, correctly answer this question: who is the lead singer of the Happy Mondays? We’ll close the contest on Monday the 9th of April at 5 PM British time and pick two winners each for Manchester and London from all the correct entries. Good luck!

This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted by email; if you receive an email from Mary saying you’ve won, please email her back ASAP with your postal address as we need this information to post you your tickets.

 

The Temper Trap / May 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 30th March 2012 at 9:30 am
 

The Temper Trap will be touring the UK in May in support of their hotly anticipated second album (confusingly titled ‘The Temper Trap’), which will include lead single ‘Need Your Love’. They will also be making an appearance on the Friday of Liverpool Sound City. Tickets are on sale now.

For a taste of the Aussie band’s live performance these days, read my review of their Stubb’s BBQ show on 15 March at this year’s SXSW.

Wednesday 9th May 2012 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Thursday 10th May 2012 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (sold out)
Saturday 12th May 2012 – Cardiff Coal Exchange
Sunday 13th May 2012 – Newcastle Northumbria University Student’s Union
Monday 14th May 2012 – Glasgow O2 ABC
Wednesday 16th May 2012 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Thursday 17th May 2012 – Manchester HMV Ritz
Friday 18th May 2012 – Liverpool Arts Academy (Liverpool Sound City appearance)
Monday 21st May 2012 – London Koko (sold out)
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 – London Koko (sold out)

 
 
 

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