Category: Sound/Vision

Dhani Harrison, All About Waiting & New Album IN///PARALLEL

Grammy Award winning musician Dhani Harrison’s first solo album  IN///PARALLEL will be released on October 6 through BMG. Today, he also shares the first single from the album All About Waiting and on first (and second) listening it sounds amazing! Dhani Harrison has been busy since the release of his last album with his collective thenewno2. In the past four years Harrison has scored a handful of feature films, marking his big screen debut as a composer on Warner Bros.’s Beautiful Creatures, which the LA Times praised for its “cool alt-rock sound thanks to the haunting music of Harrison”, as well...

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Vision: Alison Moyet, The Rarest Birds

Alison Moyet unveils the video for The Rarest Birds, the second single to be taken from her much-praised album Other. Filmed in her beloved hometown of Brighton and directed by award-winning photographer and videographer Steve Gullick, the video explores themes of diversity and acceptance. “The Rarest Birds is a paean to LGBTQ, to Brighton, to coming out after the darkest nights into the arms of those that delight in your flight. From me to you,” Alison told Rockshot Magazine A long-time advocate of Equal Rights and a patron of the charity, Diversity Role Models, Alison celebrates her LGBTQ friends,...

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Vision: Grizzly Bear, Neighbors

Grizzly Bear has released Neighbors, the fourth new song from their forthcoming fifth album Painted Ruins (out August 18th on Columbia Records). Neighbors follows the release of three other tracks from Painted Ruins, including Three Rings, Mourning Sound and Four Cypresses. Grizzly Bear began as a moniker for songwriter Ed Droste in the early 2000s. The band has grown to be four peice in the studio using electronic sounds as the centrepiece but now taking more risks with traditional and more established instruments.   GRIZZLY BEAR TOUR DATES Aug 14 – Portland, ME – State Theatre Aug 15 – Kingston, NY – BSP...

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Sound: Samantha Urbani, Hints & Implications. New EP, Policies Of Power

Samantha Urbani may be best known as the front-woman for conceptual punk pop chart crashers Friends but, now with her long awaited solo project, she is about to cut her own unique swathe through the music landscape all over again. Until now, Samantha Urbani has been teasing us with sporadic drops of tantalising pop gems – from the urban strut of U Know I Know, to the sparkling, irresistible rush of 1 2 3 4 and, most recently, the RnB infused Go Deeper. Now, Urbani is about to unleash the full scale of her brilliantly skewed pop vision with her...

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Vision: Dinosaur Jr, Knocked Around

The new album, Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is out now on JagJaguwar, the new video for Knocked Around is above. In keeping with the ongoing plethora of activity in the Dinosaur Jr. camp off the back of last year’s widely acclaimed Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not LP, today J, Lou and Murph are pleased to announce a further run of UK dates this December alongside their already-announced headline show at Camden’s historic Roundhouse on December 13th. The mighty Cloud Nothings, fresh from releasing their acclaimed fourth album Life Without Sound early this year via Wichita...

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Vision: Live For The Moment With The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks have today announced the release of their single titled Live For The Moment ahead of their debut album of the same name, due for release August 18th. Live For The Moment is an energetic song that bristles with confidence and triumph. Filled with big bold drums, a galloping bassline, an infectious guitar riff and a vocal that’s delivered with heartfelt honesty that inspires the listener to LIVE FOR THE MOMENT. After a sold out UK Tour last September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks have been relentlessly touring the UK ahead of the release of their debut album and dates have...

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Vision: Felix Hagan & The Family, Delirium Tremendous

The song is an electro rock stomper with a glitter-smacked take on its dark troubled themes about substance withdrawal, which is inspired by Felix’s own journey out of addiction. Directed by photographer Andrew AB the video perfectly matches the song and envelopes Felix Hagan & The Family ethos, capturing their theatrical and musical side and giving the impression that they are a large group..a seven piece no less. Delirium Tremendous is the first taste of the band’s forthcoming album due later this year. It follows the release of 2015’s Kiss The Misfits EP, which saw the band achieve high profile...

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Sound: Shelby Lynne and Alison Moorer, Every Time You Leave

Shelby Lynne and Alison Moorer have shared their reimagination of The Louvin Brothers’ classic Every Time You Leave. The song is drawn from the sisters’ first ever collaborative album Not Dark Yet, which sees the two musicians reinterpret songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Nick Cave, The Killers, Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard, and Jason Isbell. The 10-track collection was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016 with producer Teddy Thompson. A collaboration showcasing the sisters’ individual and collective artistry, the LP ends with a co-written original (Is It Too Much) that highlights their strong...

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Vision: Gloves Off for Future War Bride

Future War Bride Release Video For Gloves Off “Can you keep your head when everyone around you seems to be losing theirs? Can you lose yourself for a while and let down your guard without giving up fighting for a peaceful, better and more equal world? Can you win your battles without creating losers?” Future War Bride’s frontman, Mikkel Böstrom has channeled these simple messages into their new video for debut single Gloves Off. A track that was recorded at the same time the Copenhagen based singer’s memory was actually failing him. The song itself is a fragmented example of...

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Singer, Songwriter and Equality Activist Ani DiFranco Video for Play God

In a career that has spanned over 25 years, DiFranco has released more than 20 studio albums, as well as live albums, EPs, and collaborations. Many of her songs have been woven with her views on the issues she’s passionate about, Trickle Down discusses racism and gentrification, while To the Teeth speaks about the need for gun control, and In or Out questions society’s traditional sexuality labels. DIY pioneer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco continues to advocate for women even more strongly in light of the November 2016 election.  Play God (from last year’s full-length release) was the first new Ani...

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Sound: David Ramirez, Watching From A Distance

David Ramirez returns with Watching From A Distance, the first single from his upcoming fourth album, We’re Not Going Anywhere. Discussing the song, the Austin-based singer-songwriter told Rock Shot: “Most times, when a relationship ends, there is a season of mourning but then the clouds part, the sun rises, and we move on. What happens if and when the sun doesn’t rise? What happens if, no matter how hard we try, we can’t move on?” The LP it precedes marks a departure for Ramirez who built on the rootsy sound of his early albums by incorporating musical influences from his...

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Vision: The Moonlandingz, The Rabies Are Back

Fresh from their Glastonbury performance, The Moonlandingz are sharing the video for new single The Rabies Are Back. Discussing the video, which stars frontman Lias Saoudi, a large log, and a razor blade, the band told Rock Shot: “We shot the video on the outskirts of Sheffield in the Peak District. Lias came up with the idea of shaving with a giant log as a representation of the human struggle, so he went into this wood and found the biggest, heaviest trunk he could find – and we attached a razor blade to the bottom of it. “Just holding...

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VISION: CAGE THE ELEPHANT, WHOLE WIDE WORLD

Cage The Elephant reveal a taster of their new Unpeeled album with a video for Whole Wide World. The live performance video gives fans an idea of what to expect on the band’s upcoming first ‘unplugged’ show in the UK. The Grammy Award-winning act will be playing an unusually intimate show in London in July, with a stripped down arrangement, including a string quartet. Unpeeled will be avaiable from 28 July via RCA Records. The new album was recorded live across various US cities. It features 21 tracks, mostly reworkings of previously recorded songs, plus three cover versions, including...

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Vision: Introducing… Rubén González

“The greatest piano soloist I have ever heard in my life. He’s like a Cuban cross between Thelonious Monk and Felix the Cat” – Ry Cooder Recorded in two days immediately following the completion of Buena Vista Social Club with many of the same musicians, Introducing….Rubén González now gets a welcome reissue on double 180gm vinyl. Mastered at Abbey Road, two tracks are now heard in unedited, full length form for the first time with the addition of a further track that has never previously been released. The re-issue will coincide with the summer 2017 world-wide theatre release of Buena...

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Vision: Wildwood Kin, Run

Having recently signed to the newly re-launched Sony imprint Silvertone, acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin will release their much-anticipated debut album Turning Tides August 18th. In the meantime here is their new single and video Run. Wildwood Kin, a family trio formed in Exeter, borrow heavily from early folk influences, but their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments. It boasts inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their sublime three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on original songs,...

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Sound Premiere: Guide Dog, I Am The Daddy

“I Am The Daddy is the perfect representative soundbite to introduce Guide Dog and our debut album.”  Guide Dog told us “It’s a sprawling rambling reflection on parenthood, being in your mid thirties and working in accounts in the construction industry, set to a sleazy rumpy pumpy wedge of indie three piece rock”.   Guide Dog are Pete Roberts (vocals/ guitar), John Maloney (drums) and Ian Russell (bass). So, Pete and John met in school and were part of the band Robot’s In The Sky, which first put out a red double A-Side 7″ in 1999 on the Cardiff Council funded...

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Sound: Glassmaps (Joel Stein), Summer Rain

Glassmaps, the solo project of Howling Bells’ guitarist Joel Stein, release their debut single, the cinematic garage rock gem Summer Rain. This would fit right in with anything from Twin Peaks or Stranger Things soundtracks, a real cheese-grater of a song, imagine! Like an organic Black Lips given a symphonic pop sheen, ‘Summer Rain’ crowns a pugilistic blues-rock stomp with the sunny psych harmonics of its dreamy chorus and the insouciant twang of surf guitar. Joel Stein’s swooping vocals muse on the concept of wanting to be saved from oneself, of blaming others for one’s own demons. “It’s about the...

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Vision: Oumou Sangaré, Kamelemba

Oumou Sangaré is sharing the new video for Kamelemba, lifted from her new album Mogoya. Set in Paris’ 13th arrondissement, the all female Afro-futurist video shot by Chris Saunders references Congolese “La Sape” dandy culture in a deliberately non-gender, European setting. Performances by the female dancers of the Swaggers Group form a retort to the mistreatment of women by the womanisers of Kamelemba, which Sangaré outs in her lyrics. She told us: “It’s about men who show off, who bring women down, about women who fall badly in love. I wrote that song to give advice to our sisters...

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Vision: Tricky, The Only Way

Tricky is back with new material in the form of The Only Way, an orchestrated song in which we hear him bare his soul, with more than a nod to his Maxinquaye era and featuring his own trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop. Recorded in Moscow late last year and described by Tricky himself as Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2, The Only Way is a beautifully rare glimpse into the now Berlin-based Tricky’s future, released on his own label imprint False Idols (via !K7 Music) on 9th June He told us that “A few years ago...

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Vision: Amplifier, Kosmos

Amplifier return with their sixth and most definitive album to date, Trippin’ With Dr Faustus, due for release via Rockosmos this June 30th. First track Kosmos instantly delivers Amplifier’s calling cards of massive riffs with lyrical sentiments that reach far beyond space, time and the limitations of ones, zeros and polycarbonate manufacturing. The story of Faust is more relevant than ever in the 21st century. In stark contrast to the compact kidney punch that was 2014’s Mystoria – ‘Trippin’ With Dr Faustus’, like all epic journeys, is in no rush to let the plot unfold and spill out its secrets. “Each...

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Vision: Placebo, Life’s What You Make It

PLACEBO NEW SINGLE LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT PLUS NEW UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED Placebo have made a stunning video to their brilliant cover version of Talk Talk‘s Life’s What You Make It For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers, from Nick Drake to Boney M and Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode, demonstrates Brian Molko and...

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Vision: !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Dancing Is The Best Revenge

New York City dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) recently released their new album, Shake The Shudder  out May 19th on Warp Records. The latest single  and video Dancing Is The Best Revenge elaborates on the dance performance elements of  the first single from the album, The One 2, by giving the song to some ladies who can really walk the walk and perform the song in the spirit of reinvention. Lead singer Nic Offer describes the idea behind the video: “When we recorded Dancing Is The Best Revenge I pitched up my voice, becoming Nicole Fayu in the studio – much like Prince...

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Vision: Foo Fighters, Run

Surprise! American stadium rockers Foo Fighters have just gone and dropped new single Run just weeks before the rock troupe headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival! An ageless melodic hard rock anthem that showcases everything that’s made Foo Fighters an unstoppable road and radio conquering machine, Run is the first new Foo Fighters music since the band gifted fans with the free Saint Cecilia EP in late 2015. Run is accompanied by a time-traveling mind-warp of a video in the group’s often-comedic style directed by the band’s own Dave Grohl, in which the song’s dive-bombing verses and soaring choruses are matched...

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Vision: Elles Bailey, Same Flame

Bristol-based Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music. Elles’s trademark husky, lived-in voice may sound like this young songstress keeps up a 60-a-day habit, but was actually caused by a serious childhood illness. At the tender age of just three, Elles contracted both viral and bacterial pneumonia. The ever-resilient, Elles recovered, but her voice had changed completely. Thankfully no permanent damage was caused, but as the specialist prophetically observed, “If she ever...

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Vision: The Amorettes, Whoot Woo

In response to increasing fan demand, Scots rockers, The Amorettes, today announce the re-issue of their acclaimed debut album, Haulin’ Ass. Recorded at the very start of the band’s career, and only ever available at live shows, Haulin’ Ass displays all the raw aggression, and youthful exuberance of a band with everything to prove, and nothing to lose. “We initially had no initial intention at all of re-issuing Haulin’ Ass,” says guitarist/vocalist, Gill Montgomery, who is also the band’s primary songwriter. “However, during the last couple of years there have been so many requests from people asking where they...

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VISION: 5 Billion In Diamonds, Gravity Rules from Butch Vig’s New Supergroup

New Supergroup featuring Garbage drummer and legendary American Producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins), UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks, 5 Billion In Diamonds have announced the release of their self-titled debut album, out 11th August on 100% Records. The lineup is completed by guitarist Alex Lee (Goldfrapp, Strangelove and Suede), bass player Sean Cook and drummer Damon Reece (Spiritualized, Massive Attack and Elizabeth Fraser), vocals from Helen White (Alpha), Sandra Dedrick (The Free Design), David Schelzel (The Ocean Blue) and finally The Soundtrack of Our Lives singer Ebbot Lundberg, who Butch and James roped...

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Vision: You Me At Six, Take On The World

Filmed at their headline show in London’s Alexandra Palace on 15 April (a gig that RockShot attended and which you can read about here), You Me At Six are back to reveal their video to Take On The World, a release from from their critically acclaimed 5th studio album Night People. 2017 got off to a flying start for YMAS with the release of their chart-topping album and the accolade of being the first band to land 15 consecutive Radio 1 A-Listed records. The band have just concluded their extensive European and UK tour and have also been announced for a headline...

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Vision: Black Lips, Can’t Hold On

Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips have announced that their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, is set for release May 5th in the UK through Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll. The video of Can’t Hold On is directed and produced Ian Cone the director of photography is John Manfredi. During the recording the band isolated themselves from the outside...

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Vision: The Amazons, Junk Food Forever

After a first appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, confirmation of a set at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend later this month and the announcement of a major headline tour, The Amazons have now shared a new video for the track Junk Food Forever. The Junk Food Forever video reflects the track’s themes – “the fear of being left alone in my dead little commuter town” says vocalist/guitarist Matt Thomson. The band power through a performance of the song in an empty living room – much to the consternation of a cleaner who remains on hand to keep the chaos tidy. The...

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Vision Premiere: Linah Rocio, Warrior Talk, Live at Royal

Born in Santiago, Chile and currently based in Zurich, Linah Rocio‘s music is expressive and somewhat fragile – a mix of jazz, indie and pop with a spark of avant-garde. Her songs are encrypted in poetic language, mostly autobiographical – her voice touching yet strong. The video shows a great live performance of her song Warrior Talk taken from the album of the same name at the album’s launch party at Baden‘s Royal venue in Switzerland. The first single Kill The Monsters taken from the album Warrior Talk, was released in January 2017 on Aveline Records and it follows Linah’s journey of finding her true authentic self,...

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Vision: It’s Haim Time! New music Right Now drops

Californian sister-trio Haim have (finally!) announced the forthcoming release of sophomore album Something To Tell You, a good four years since debut Days Are Gone came out. Teasing new music with huge billboards posted in cities across the world in recent weeks, today saw the release of new album cut Right Now and it’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live video, the group stopping by Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music to tell the Kiwi DJ how acclaimed Boogie Nights and Magnolia filmmaker Anderson shot the video in one day “before he was going to work” while the group performed a live studio version of the track, the simple...

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Premiere: William Poyer, The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves

The Liars The Bitches The Crooks & The Thieves, is the last single released off William Poyer’ debut Album, Born Lucky. A record written during William’s time in Mexico City, this song explores the reality of mans quest to find the goodness in himself. William told us that ‘The whole album consisted of songs written in a fairly short space of time; around six months. However, this song came from a riff that I had had for many years, but I’d never been able to finish the song. It wasn’t untilI I had the title, The Liars, The Bitches...

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Vision: Katie Von Schleicher, Paranoia from Shitty Hits

Katie Von Schleicher announces her debut full-length album, Shitty Hits, for release on July 28th 2017 via Full Time Hobby Records in the UK and Europe and Ba Da Bing Records in the US. Today she also shares a video for the lead single, Paranoia, which was directed by Matt Strickland. Katie told us following about the track: “Paranoia is the first song I wrote for Shitty Hits. It’s an attempt to crystallize a feeling which would later be embodied in different forms throughout the album. Deciding to self-produce — to make this maximal and woozy sound I was dying to...

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Vision: Blondie, Long Time

Long Time is the third offering from this remarkable new album, once again perfectly demonstrating the record’s blend of Blondie’s pioneering past with new influences from modern music’s great innovators. The track also reignites a winning formula of Debbie Harry and collaborator Dev Hynes (AKA Blood Orange). Set in the city where Blondie’s story began over four decades ago, the video for Long Time sees the band in a chaotic, loud, and fast-paced New York. The video flips between scenes of front woman Debbie Harry driving recklessly in a signature yellow cab and the band playing on the streets...

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Premiere: Betti, Toxic

Betti reworks Britney’s hit track Toxic in a visually stunning and provocative video Currently on tour with Rag’n’Bone Man in Europe, having performed to sold out crowds at Elysée Montmartre in Paris, Ottakringer Brauerei in Vienna and Melkweg in Amsterdam, to name just a few, Betti, is pleased to announce details of a brand new version of Britney’s hit Toxic, showcasing the emerging jazz-pop singer’s old world charm and elegant fragility. “”I was born in 1994, so when I was a young girl Britney was “everything”. Toxic has always been a favourite of mine, and with the help of my producer...

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Todd Rundgren new album White Knight

Todd Rundgren. the iconic songwriter, recording artist, producer and innovator, will release his newest and 26th solo album White Knight on May 12 via Cleopatra Records. The 15-track collection features a dynamic range of original songs and deft studio work by Rundgren, with an incredible array of guests to match, including Dam Funk, Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, Trent Reznor and Moe Berg, The songs on White Knight,  all Rundgren originals or co-writes with some of the album guests, range from hip-hop flecked funk and dystopian synth rock to soaring ballads and crisp power pop. “It’s easy to get used...

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Vision: Public Service Broadcasting, Progress

Public Service Broadcasting today share the video for the current single Progress. Directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy, previous collaborators of the band on their videos for Sputnik and Go! and produced by Yes Please Productions, the video is a playful look at a serious and pertinent topic, namely mechanisation and its true place in the ‘progress’ of humanity. The clip is inspired by sixties’ cold war films and was filmed in a jet engine testing facility in Suffolk, itself a nod to the band’s past with debut album track Spitfire, written about the design and construction of the famous fighter plane. Given that Progress nods to Kraftwerk, the band...

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Vision: Sparks, New Video is Hippopotamus

Sparks have announced their new album Hippopotamus for September 8th release, plus an EU & UK tour. For the past forty years, Sparks have consistently been one of pops pivotal influencers, and the band’s new album will carry on a the tradition of innovation. Four new songs were played at the 6 Music Festival last Friday, (watch the performance here: http://bbc.in/2mH7ah3) and give a taste of the new records catchy, intelligent and sometimes downright insane tone. UK Tour Dates Wednesday 20 Sep              Queens Hall, Edinburgh Friday 22 Sep                       O2 Ritz, Manchester Saturday 23 Sep                   Rock City, Nottingham Sunday 24 Sep                      O2 Institute 1, Birmingham Tuesday 26 Sep                   02 Academy,...

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Vision: GirlPool, 123

Girlpool have announced that they’ve signed to Anti- Records and released a video for 123, the lead single from the new album Powerplant, the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut. Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. “Before BTWWB, I was just out of high school, living in my old neighborhood,”...

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