PARQUET COURTS

Parquet Courts are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated follow-up to Light Up Gold, Sunbathing Animal, out 2nd June on Rough Trade.

The record’s “a journey, man”; it’s a steady build through the terrains of existential unease, humor for the sake of laughing in the face of unspeakable creative repression, and ultimately, hits moments of catharsis at its peaks (see: title track).Today the band premiere a new video on Noisey by Andy Capper for the title track and first single off Sunbathing Animal. The aforementioned warmth-relishing creature is Frida, singer/guitarist Andrew Savage’s two-year-old cat:

“Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile…. I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.”

PARQUET COURTS play Glasgow late June:

Fri. June 21 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3

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COURTNEY BARNETT

With her official UK debut, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett cast her woozy spell over listeners with her hazy tales of suburban banalities and mindless procrastination, with the breakthrough track “Avant Gardener”

Now Courtney unveils the beautifully crafted, monochrome animations of the video for ‘Anonymous Club’, directed by Celeste Potter , which perfectly captures the languid, romantic melancholia of the track. In Celeste’s own words:

“When I was making this video, I thought a lot about how dust is mostly dead skin cells; and when I spend time with someone, pieces of us are floating about around our heads. The space between you and me is made of us. I also thought about how we form one another through our shared experiences. I just wanted to make a video that communicated a feeling of people creating one another through relationships. All the dust and relationships makes me feel so connected to others but also incredibly lonely at the same time. I wanted to help people feel that. I think Courtney’s song feels like that.”

Having wowed at Coachella this weekend just gone, Courtney embarks on a headline tour across the country, alongside festival appearances at the likes of The Great Escape, Primavera Barcelona and Porto and Field Day.

Courtnet play’s Glasgow as part of the Stag and Dagger festival on Sunday May 4th. Tickets HERE.

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ELECTRIC FROG & PRESSURE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL

The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival have confirmed the final acts added to the exclusive official festival after party bill for the two day event this May Bank Holiday weekend.

Stretching across two of the city’s best club venues SWG3 and The Admiral, the festival organisers have confirmed that Tiga, Killer Kitsch and Mash will play the Admiral venue on Saturday 3rd May.

Acts Pan-Pot, Derrick May, Slam, notsosilent, Ivan Kutz, Lindsay Green and Kendal Baird have already been confirmed on Saturday’s SWG3 bill with Sunday’s SWG3 party seeing Visionquest, Francois K, Lord of the Isles, Sunday Circus, Craig Moog and Kev Stevens take to the decks.

Melting Pot at the Admiral will host sets from Derrick Carter Does Disco, Melting Pot and Pistols at Dawn on Sunday, bringing the weekend to a monumental end.

Kicking-off at 11 PM each night as the outdoor festival draws to a close, Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival After Parties are the best way to celebrate the day to night affair in the city.

The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside festival have confirmed an outstanding line-up boasting an eclectic mix of legendary and up-and-coming talent for the two day festival including headliners 2ManyDJs, James Jones, Laurent Garnier and Pan-Pot.

Acts Andrew Weatherall, Cajmere, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Felix Da Housecat, Francois K, Lord of the Isles (live), notsosilent, Mash, Matthew Dear , Melting Pot, Moritz Von Oswald, DJ Sneak, Slam, Sunday Circus, Tiga, Visionquest and Vitalic (live) will also appear over the two day festival.

The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside festival will feature two covered stages, street food, a variety of bars and stalls bringing together a real carnival atmosphere.

After party tickets are on-sale now available for £10, for entry you must have a wristband / ticket from the festival. Festival tickets are priced at £35 for day tickets and £60 for weekend tickets,you can get tickets here.

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THE WAR ON DRUGS

THE WAR ON DRUGS are shaping up to be one of 2014’s breakthrough success stories. The band’s third album Lost In The Dream landed to ecstatic reviews across-the-board last month and entered the charts at Number 18, whilst on the live front the band’s London KOKO show has been sold-out for a number of weeks. The good news is that Adam Granduciel and co have just announced a UK tour in early November including a date at Glasgow’s ABC.

Saturday 8 November – GLASGOW – 02 ABC tickets

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Wickerman

Wickerman, one of Scotland’s best-loved independent music festivals, has revealed that the Friday night headliner for this summer’s event will be British rap superstar Dizzee Rascal. Also joining the red hot Summerisle Stage line-up will be The Feeling, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Zombies and Big Country amongst others.

On Friday 25th July, Dizzee Rascal is set to deliver an explosive set in what will be his only Scottish festival appearance this year. Performing an amped up mix of classic hits from his five studio albums, the MC’s roof raising style is set to electrify the crowds.

Legendary rock band Big Country will add a Scottish touch to proceedings and are sure to stir up a storm with their folk infused sound. Wickerman favourites and Dumfries & Galloway natives Finding Albert will showcase their distinctive blend of rock and electronica whilst Dundee’s Model Aeroplanes, fresh off the back of winning ‘Best Newcomers’ at the 2014 Scottish Alternative Music Awards last weekend promise a set filled with fun and fresh pop music.

Wickerman Festival Coordinator Helen Chalmers is thrilled to be revealing the first raft of Wickerman 2014 acts. She commented:

“We are delighted that Dizzee Rascal will be joining the party this year, his live performances are incredible and I can’t wait to see the crowd’s reaction to his headline set.

From hip hop, pop, folk to motown and alternative rock, this year’s line up will once again be a truly diverse offering and we look forward to announcing further exciting additions including our Saturday night headliner over the coming weeks.”

Friday 25th & Saturday 26th July 2014 East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, Dumfries & Galloway

Tickets HERE!

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WE WERE EVERGREEN

WE WERE EVERGREEN are Michael Liot, Fabienne Débarre and William Serfass, outside of live shows, spent most of 2013 holed up writing and recording the album with Charlie Andrew (Alt-J etc) down in Brixton. The results of which, all three are extremely proud to call their debut.

‘Towards’ is an exciting amalgamation of beats and rhythms from across the world, a combination of warm vocals and electronic-pop melodies displayed as a collection of universal modern tales that draw on the power of images to create songs both happy and dark, whilst predominantly feeding on the carefree fun of just being young.

“We have evolved in the process of making this first album, which is why it is called Towards. It is about going somewhere, anywhere, even if the direction doesn’t make sense. It is about movement versus stillness, body versus mind, personal mythology versus collective memory. And we can’t wait to get moving all across the UK to present this album on our first actual headline tour.”

Having built up a strong live following after early shows at SXSW, CMJ and Secret Garden Party and support slots for Little Dragon and London Grammar, the band have already played their own sold out shows across Europe, including Village Underground in the UK.

The band have now announced as part of their first UK tour proper, a date at King Tuts in Glasgow on Tuesday 6th of May, tickets on sale now.

You can pre-order the album here.

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Amazing Snakeheads @ Broadcast 28/02/14

Last Friday, late into the night, Glasgow’s raucous Amazing Snakeheads blew the roof off with the first of their late night residency shows at Glasgow’s Broadcast. Packing out the small room and swigging from a bottle of Buckfast, the Glasgow band were on riotous form. The Guardian has described the lads as what would happen if Francis Begbie formed a band. Tonight though, it was the crowd who were reminiscent of the famous Trainspotting scene shot in a Glasgow pub not far from here. It’s not easy crowd surfing in a venue that holds 150 people, but as the venue erupted into a good-natured Begbie bar brawl, the ecstatic crowd just couldn’t help themselves!

Signed to Domino and with an album due out on the 14th of April, the debaucherous Amazing Snakeheads are pure rock ‘n’ roll, an almost dangerous band to see live. Highlights of the charged set were new single ‘Flatlining’ and the ‘Truth Serum‘. Usually it’s possible to pick up the set list and list the tunes below, tonight though the stage (and setlist) is soaked in Buckfast and beer, this is a band going places.

Amazing Snakeheads are back for their unmissable late night residency on March 28th with the final night of the residency in April.

March

20 Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen
22 Buskers, Dundee
28 Broadcast, Glasgow
30 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

April
03 Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London
25 Broadcast, Glasgow

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Paolo Nutini

After his stunning performance at the Boston Arms just a few weeks ago and a small run of dates already planned for March including a SOLD OUT show at the BARROWLANDS, Paolo Nutini has announced further UK dates for this spring including one at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

In what is set to be a huge year for the Paisley born singer-song writer, with LP ‘Caustic Love’ released April 14th and first single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ out March 31st,

Tickets for the Usher Hall in Edinburgh go onsale this Friday at 9am.

Paolo Nutini plays the following dates:

May
Sun 25th GLASGOW, Radio 1 Big Weekend
Tue 27th EDINBURGH, Usher Hall

July
Saturday 12th July  T in the Park

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Withered Hand

Active in the world of visual art and dabbling in music for many years, Dan Willson (Withered Hand) came late to singing and songwriting at age 30, in a period of reflection between the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child. The resultant material, much of which went on to become the album Good News, was praised for its depth and startling honesty, and won him accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone and Mojo, as well as fans from Jarvis Cocker to Marc Riley. The ensuing years saw him embraced by the now defunct Fife-based musical powerhouse the Fence Collective and his songs picked up by MTV and cult series Skins.

A prolific live performer, recent Withered Hand shows have included Pam Berry of seminal 90s US noisepop band Black Tambourine (who also contributes vocals to the new album) amid a rotating cast of musical friends embellishing Dan’s exuberant and original songwriting, alongside his fragile and uplifting solo performances.

Aided by a grant from arts council body Creative Scotland, New Gods saw Withered Hand entering a proper studio for the first time to work with legendary Scottish producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Mountain Goats, Teenage Fanclub), and features guest appearances from a veritable who’s who of Scottish music including King Creosote, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines, and members of Belle & Sebastian (Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes) and Frightened Rabbit (Scott Hutchison).

New Gods is out now on Fortuna POP this week and he’ll be hitting SXSW this week including the SCOTTISH SXSW SHOWCASE. If your not in Texas you’ll be happy to know he’s also announced some Scottish dates.

17th April 2014 - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (Band Show)
18th April 2014 - Glasgow CCA (Band Show)

LISTEN TO WITHERED HAND HERE

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Wide Days 2014

The showcase line up for Wide Days 2014, which take place across three Edinburgh venues on Thursday 10 April has been announced. As in previous years, the bill consists of an eclectic range of genres which includes everything from pop-folk to electronica.

The six acts are Angus Munro, Birdhead, The Jellyman’s Daughter, LAW, Model Aeroplanes and Tuff Love. They were selected in consolation with a network of promoters, journalists and broadcasters.

“Wide Days has established a great reputation for presenting some of the most exciting talent in Scotland,” says the event’s founder Olaf Furniss. “We are very much looking forward to this year’s gigs and would like to thank all the artists who applied.”

All showcases are open to the public and free tickets are available.

Video: Model Aeroplanes for Vic Galloway Courtesy of BBC Introducing on Radio Scotland

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T BREAK 2014

Today Tennent’s Lager begin their nationwide search for Scotland’s freshest unsigned musical talent with the launch of T Break 2014 and the search for 16 unsigned artists to play the legendary T Break Stage.

Tennent’s Lager passionately believe in supporting Scotland’s grassroots music scene and T Break offers an unrivalled opportunity for acts to showcase their material to industry experts and music fans alike on the biggest platform for emerging talent at T in the Park – the T Break Stage. This year’s Friday headliners Biffy Clyro are testament to where this support can help lead to.

T Break’s judging panel consists of 14 of Scotland’s most influential music industry experts including promoters, bookers, artist managers, music business academics and members of the media. This team of music industry experts will listen to every demo submitted before handpicking the 16 acts to play the T Break Stage over the 11th – 13th July.

T Break 2013 acts have had huge success since playing the T Break Stage last year with rock duo Honeyblood heading out on a US tour, including a date at SXSW, The Merrylees supporting Paul Weller on his Forestlive tour dates this summer and three T Break 2013 bands, Machines in Heaven, Pronto Mama and Hector Bizerk all being nominated for Scottish Alternative Music Awards, across many categories.

T Break are also delighted to announce their new partnership this year with Glasgow based multimedia music platform Tenement TV. Tenement TV are well known for their signature cinematic live sessions shot in a large tenement flat in Glasgow’s west end. Their sets have showcased many up-and-coming and well established players in the Scottish music scene and beyond.

T Break is open to musicians of all genres. To get involved entrants must be 18 or over, live in Scotland, and must be currently unsigned – full details on how to submit demos is available on the T Break Facebook page and at www.tennents.com/tbreak and entries must be submitted before the deadline of midnight on Monday 31st March.

Tickets for T in the Park 2014 are on sale now.

Tennent’s Lager will announce the line-up for the T Break Stage in May.

T Break 2014 – key dates

· March 31st – demo entry closes at midnight
· Early May – judging sessions take place
· Mid May – 16 bands selected to play the T Break Stage at T in the Park are announced
· July 11th -13th – T Break Stage at T in the Park

Picture: FAKE MAJOR playing T BREAK @ T in Park 2013

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Klaxons

The last few weeks have seen the return of Klaxons with their first single in 4 years ‘There Is No Other Time’ and accompanying A-Side track ‘Children Of The Sun’. Now they announce further details of their hotly anticipated third studio album as well as a run of UK tour dates for April.

The new album, recorded throughout 2013 with Tom Rowlands, Gorgon City, Erol Alkan and James Murphy is entitled ‘Love Frequency’ and will be released on June 2nd on Akashic Rekord.

The double A single is released on March 30th and you can listen to ‘There Is No Other Time’ and ‘Children of The Sun’ HERE.

The short tour will showcase material from Love Frequency as well as remind fans of the tracks from their debut album ‘ Myths of the near Future’ and follow up ‘Surfing the Void’. ‘Love Frequency’ is available now for pre-order exclusively through Klaxons.net on vinyl and CD, signed by the band.

Klaxons play Kings Tut on April 1st tickets Onsale Friday 7th March @ 9AM with a pre-sale via Klaxons.net @ 10am Wednesday March 5th.

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