Month: April 2018

The Psychedelic Furs

UK tour dates The Psychedelic Furs return to the UK to play three regional shows in June, calling in at Leicester, Cardiff and Liverpool. June 12th – Leicester 02, Academy June 13th – Cardiff, Tramshed June 16th – Liverpool, 02 Academy If you were to dissect today’s alternative rock music, you’ll find much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs scored major hits with “Love My Way”, “Pretty In Pink”, “Heaven”, “The Ghost In You”, and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums, spawning several compilations, a boxset and a live concert DVD. Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene, the Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US college radio scoring a multitude of number 1 singles. With the advent of MTV in the early 80s the band took off into the stratosphere and when John Hughes approached the band with his film built around the Furs song “Pretty In Pink”, the band’s legacy was cemented. After a brief hiatus in the 90s and a side project called “Love Spit Love”, the band regrouped at the dawn of the new millennium. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards) and Paul Garisto (drums). In 2018...

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I S L A N D

UK & EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR ANNOUNCED INCLUDING LONDON’S KOKO ON 23RD MAY RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘FEELS LIKE AIR’ – OUT NOW FEATURING THE RECENT SINGLES ‘RIDE’, ‘THE DAY I DIE’ & ‘TRY’ “The one band everyone is raving about.” – Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) ‘Absolutely love’ – Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1) “Impeccable indie newcomers” – Clash ‘One of the most exciting bands at the moment’ – Wonderland “Delicious” – Metro Ahead of their UK and European tour dates, we are excited to announce the release of ‘Feels Like Air’, the debut album from ISLAND, out 6th April...

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THE BLOOD CHOIR

POST-ROCK DUO ANNOUNCE FIRST ALBUM FOR 6 YEARS: ‘HOUSES OF THE SUN’ OUT 22 JUNE VIA VILLAGE RECORDINGS + MAY UK TOUR DATES + ‘SWITCHING OFF THE PERFUME GARDEN’ TEASER TRACK – LISTEN HERE “something rather special” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music “soundscapes, reverb and blizzards of overdrive.” – Guitarist Magazine “Low slung, spaced out psyche rock” – Echoes & Dust Breaking a six year hiatus this summer – THE BLOOD CHOIR – are overwhelmed to announce their sophomore album: ‘Houses of the Sun’. Set for release on the 22nd June 2018, the long-awaited follow up to their 2012...

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Ari Up and see this movie

by Rob Jones Here to be Heard: The story of The Slits is the movie that brings to life the history of one of the most important cult bands of all time! The screening at Chapter, Canton exposed the magnitude of the music plus the focus of females in rock – and, in particular the nucleus of Ari Up, Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt and Palmolive. Yes, there have been other members of this influential act either side of the fab feminine four but this quartet were the most renowned version of this vehement outfit. The Slits may have slipped...

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Words, Art, Music – the Ynyshir way

by Rob Jones The Worker’s Art & Design Gallery, Ynyshir is on the site of the old library in the area. Gayle Rogers along with Chris Williams are to the fore of this fantastic enterprise that exhibits and also sells a range of arts, crafts and accessories (such as books, cards and trinkets). As well as the array of splendid endeavour there are also social events and under the banner of WAM (Words Art Music) the month of April offered another diverse presentation. WORDS Phil Carradice used his expertise as a broadcaster, writer and historian to discuss poetry and...

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