30 Jun, 2012
The Streets: Free Audiobook Download
The Guardian have made Mike Skinner's music biography 'The Story of The Streets' available as a free audiobook download from their website. The book reflects the ten-year history of The Streets, in a manner described by the Guardian as "half Dostoevsky . . . half Samuel Pepys".
Ned's Atomic Dustbin: Wolverhampton Civic
Joining Ned's Atomic Dustbin on December 1st are those splendid indie-rock-funksters from Leeds CUD, plus stalwart Irish alt-rockers The Frank & Walters and, not content to settle with two of the finest examples of 90s indie, a certain Mr Steve Lamacq has decided to attend to ensure that the gaps in between bands are filled with the absolute cream of 90s indie hits with a seminal DJ set.
It's almost as if Ned's Atomic Tardis has landed in 1991 and picked up some unsuspecting indie-rock legends then dropped them off in 2012 for the party of all parties!
- Steve Backman
The Crookes: New Single 'Maybe In The Dark'
The Crookes new single 'Maybe In The Dark' from their second album 'Hold Fast' is released on 9th July.
- Steve Backman
The Stone Roses at Heaton Park
The most highly anticipated events of the summer take place this weekend, with the three sold-out The Stone Roses shows at Heaton Park in Manchester. Primary Talent artists Beady Eye provide the main support on Saturday 30th June, and Plan B on Sunday 1st July.
Underground Heroes: New Album 'Estuary English'
"When the Undergound Heroes started all we ever wanted to do is play our music to as many people as possible, and give you all a chance to listen to our album. We played to loads of you, god knows how many gigs we have played ... but due to things out of control we never got to release our first album.
But we are putting it out now!
Over the next couple of weeks you will find 'Estuary English' appearing on streaming sites like Spotify, Zune, iHeartradio, Deezer and Google Play, as well as your opportunity to buy it on iTunes and Amazon. When it hits them we will let you know on our Facebook page.
If you have been to our gigs you will know the songs because this is the first album we always wanted to put out, and just because time has gone by, we didnt want to change that.
Hopefully it will take you down memory lane, but also if you share it about, a whole new generation of people will be able to hear what we put together.
We all wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the years. This album is for you, and for you alone"
Aaron, Joe, George and Jak
- Steve Backman
Lana Del Rey: Completed Video for 'National Anthem'
Lana Del Rey's completed video for her next release 'National Anthem' has just been unveiled. The video features rapper A$AP Rocky, who plays former US President John F. Kennedy, while she plays his wife Jackie O.
The single will be released on the 8th July.
Hadouken!: New Single 'Bad Signal'
Hadoken release 'Bad Signal', their first single for their new label Ministry of Sound', on 5th August.
The bass-heavy riff is based around the chorus of the old Supremes classic 'You Keep Me Hanging On'.
Natives: New Single 'This Island'
Natives release their new single 'This Island' on 23rd July.
- Ed Sellers
Lana Del Rey: Video Trailer for 'National Anthem'
Brand new - a sneak peak of the trailer for the forthcoming Lana Del Rey video for 'National Anthem', featuring A$AP Rocky.
The Bots to Support Blur in the UK
The Bots are very excited to have been asked to support Blur on four of their sold-out UK shows in August.
01 Aug: Winter Gardens, Margate
05 Aug: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
06 Aug: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
07 Aug: Pavilion, Plymouth
- Ed Sellers
Converse 'Represent' Free Concerts at 100 Club
Converse are sponsoring a series of free concerts at London's 100 Club throughout August. There will be 45 artists performing over 9 nights, including these from Primary Talent:
30 Jul: Plan B & L.Marshall
02 Aug: The Bots
07 Aug: Santigold, Django Django & Citizens!
08 Aug: Toots & The Maytals, Natty & Janice Graham Band
09 Aug: Wet Nuns
10 Aug: Kano
Lana Del Rey: BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Lana Del Rey delivers a spellbinding performance of 'Video Games' on the 'In New Music We Trust' stage at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.
Dizzee Rascal: BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Dizzee Rascal performs 'Fix Up Look Sharp' at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend.
Michael Diamond: New Single 'Phone Sex'
Michael Diamond aka Blood Diamonds releases his first single for 4AD.
'Phone Sex' features Grimes and is out on 16th July (Europe) & 24th July (North America).
- Nathalie Blue
Dub Pistols: New Album 'Worshipping The Dollar'
Dub Pistols release their new album 'Worshipping The Dollar' on 2nd July on Sunday Best.
They are currently touring festivals throughout Europe.
- Serena Parsons
Strummerville Festival 2012
This year's Strummerville will take place in the Blackdown Hills, near Taunton in Devon, between 17th-19th August. It will feature Primary artists:
...Basement Jaxx (DJ)
...Sonic Boom Six
Honey Ryder: Music Week Album of the Week
Honey Ryder's second album entitled 'Marley's Chains', released on 2nd July is today's 'Album of the Week' in Music Week.
- Serena Parsons
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: 'Everybodys On The Run'
The new single 'Everybodys On The Run' from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is released on 6th August. It will also feature a re-mix of a previous single 'AKA... What A Life' by Amorphous Androgynous.
The video stars 'The OC' actress Mischa Barton, and was directed by Mike Bruce.
Two Door Cinema Club: New Album 'Beacon'
Two Door Cinema Club release their new album 'Beacon' on 3rd September through Kitsune Records and Glassnote. It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jacknife Lee.
- Matt Bates
The Presets: New Album 'Pacifica'
The Presets announce their long-awaited return with their new album, 'Pacifica', to be released on September 14th 2012 on Modular Recordings.
Featuring ten prismatic, synth-laced songs, 'Pacifica' sees The Presets boldly venture into new, uncharted musical territories. Traversing both light and shade in energy and emotion, the album was produced by the band - Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes - and mixed in Los Angeles with Tony Hoffer.
It's been over four years since The Presets captured the nation's imagination with their blitzkrieg of an album, the sophomore 'Apocalypso'.
Spawning five hit singles and exceeding Triple Platinum sales, 'Apocalypso' set dizzying new heights for dance music in Australia. The single 'My People' stayed in the ARIA charts for over 75 weeks, making it the longest charting Australian single in ARIA chart history.
The Presets took out six ARIA and ARIA Artisan awards (including Album of The Year - the first electronic band to do so, Best Group, and Best Dance Release) at the 2008 ARIA Awards, and 'Apocalypso' also received Triple J's 'J Award' for Album of The Year.
The following year The Presets were awarded Songwriters of The Year at the APRA Awards and again Best Dance release at the ARIAs that year for 'Talk Like That'. Their last national tour saw them play to over 70,000 people, including three consecutive Hordern Pavilions in Sydney and three Festival Halls in Melbourne. The band have also performed in front of mammoth crowds at some of the world's most popular music festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, T In The Park, Benicassim and Electric Picnic as well as showcasing at major international music conferences CMJ and SXSW.
The Presets are also confirmed to appear at Parklife 2012
K.Koke: Featured On New Josh Kumra Single
London rapper K.Koke is featured on the new single 'Helicopters & Planes' by Josh Kumra, which is released on 15th July.
K.Koke has signed a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label and Sony RCA
Maxsta: New Single 'I Wanna Rock'
First radio play for the debut single and freestyle from Maxsta - 'I Wanna Rock' by Toddla T on BBC Radio 1 on 15th June. Single released 5th August 2012 on RCA Records, Sony Music Entertainment.
Parklife 2012 - The Poster
Australia's travelling festival Parklife makes it's way around the country in September and October, taking with it a whole host of Primary and Decked Out talent including The Presets, Justice (DJs), DJ Fresh / Fresh Live, Citizens!, Plan B, Chiddy Bang and Rizzle Kicks.
Dates are as follows:
...29th September: Brisbane
...30th September: Sydney
...1st October: Perth
...6th October: Melbourne
...7th October: Adelaide
Dub Pistols: New Single 'Mucky Weekend'
Dub Pistols release their new single 'Mucky Weekend' on 25th June. It's taken from their fifth studio album 'Worshipping The Dollar' on Sunday Best, which comes out on 2nd July.
Dub Pistols are out on tour all through the summer.
- Serena Parsons
Thunderbird Gerard: New Video 'Thunderbird'
New York born, producer, multi-instrumentalist and the Kerouac of new Hip Hop, Thunderbird Gerard announces an exciting new video for the track 'Thunderbird'. It features dancers from the hit Broadway musical 'Fela' and premiered on FACT Magazine: "Gerard's clearly got that same soft snarl the 'I could kill you, but I'd rather seduce your girl' that's worked so well for Pharrell and Kano in the past, and we're all for it."
Gerard will release the single this Autumn, the first from upcoming album 'Year 1', an emotional and intelligent tale of the journey from Smalltown USA via Slumtown London to current Hometown Berlin.
Currently booking dates around Europe for a tour later this year, collaborating with other musicians and working on a mixtape, there is a lot more to expect from Thunderbird Gerard.
- Serena Parsons
19 Jun, 2012
Django Django to Support Hot Chip
Django Django will be supporting Hot Chip on some of the dates on their UK autumn tour.
Monday 15th October: O2 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 16th October: Guildhall, Southampton
Friday 19th October: O2 Brixton Academy, London
T In The Park 2012
T In The Park takes place in Kinross, Scotland between 6th-8th July and features a whole host of Primary Talent artists:
...Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
...Two Door Cinema Club
...We Are Augustines
Youth In Trouble
- Peter Elliott
The Very Best: New Single 'Kondaine' feat. Seye
'Kondaine' is bubbling, life-affirming collaboration with the Nigeria-born, London-based musician Seye, and it shows The Very Best and Seye cruising through the Kenyan countryside, visiting a witch doctor, and having a tripping-balls experience in the desert. Be warned: There's some fairly graphic goat-sacrifice footage.
Plan B: New Single 'Lost My Way'
Plan B's new single 'Lost My Way' is released on 2nd July on Atlantic Records followed by the 'ill Manors' album on the 16th.
There is an in-depth review of 'ill Manors' the movie, and an interview with Ben Drew in yesterday's The Guardian... CLICK HERE to read it.
Luke Ritchie: New Music Boxes
Luke Ritchie has put a new batch of his Music Boxes into circulation, a small metal tin containing an MP3 player with his new album 'The Waters Edge'. For full details of how this works, check out the video.
- Steve Backman
Lana Del Rey: New Song Debuted at El Rey, LA.
Lana Del Rey debuted a new song 'Body Electric', at her three recent sell-out shows at Los Angeles' El Rey theatre, over the 3rd, 4th and 5th June.
The Mission & Dropkick Murphys at Download
The 10th anniversary edition of the Download Festival will take place at Donnington Park this weekend. The Mission will headline the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday 9th June, and Dropkick Murphys play the Zippo Encore stage on Sunday 10th.
Kylie: Diamond Jubilee Concert
Kylie performed at the 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert', in front of 12,000 people outside Buckingham Palace on Monday.
O Children: New Single and Album
'Chimera' set for release on 11th June, is the first single to be taken from O Children's second album 'Apnea' which is due out on 4th June.
Patti Smith: New Album 'Banga'
Patti Smith releases her new album 'Banga' today (Columbia Records), her first set of original songs since 2004's 'Trampin'.
'The Best of Kylie Minogue' Released on 4th June
EMI Catalogue will release 'The Best of Kylie Minogue' on June 4th. The album features 21 of the best known Kylie songs from her incredible 25-year career, on one disc. The tracks were chosen by the fans through extensive market research conducted by EMI late last year. 18 of the tracks were top 5 in the UK, including 5 number 1's !
A 'Special Edition CD/DVD' will also be made available, with the DVD featuring all the accompanying videos.
Kylie's first single, 'Locomotion' was released on 28th July 1987... 25 years ago this July! She is celebrating this milestone throughout the year with an eclectic program of musical releases, performances, collaborations, publications, merchandise, film and other surprises.
She recently headlined the Mardi Gras in Sydney before immediately embarking upon her bold and much anticipated 'Anti Tour'. September sees her headlining Proms in the Park, followed by a continuing series of surprises, world-wide.
Professor Green: New Single 'Remedy'
Professor Green releases a new single today 'Remedy', featuring Ruth Allen, taken from the album 'At Your Inconvenience'.
Jim White: New Video & UK Tour
Jim White has released a new video for the track 'Infinite Mind', and he will be touring the UK between 6th - 12th June.
Amon Tobin: ISAM Live at Sydney Opera House
Saturday 2 June - Amon Tobin ISAM Live
9PM AEST (7AM NYC / 12:00 Noon London)
10:45PM AEST (8:45AM NYC / 1:45PM London)
Following sold out tours across Europe and North America, Amon Tobin's audiovisual spectacle ISAM Live comes to Sydney Opera House - a landmark development in concert presentation. Taking projection mapping, electronic performance and technological syncopation into more immersive territory, Amon Tobin's reputation as an innovative artist has long been recognized by critics and peers alike; with ISAM Live, he has finally captured the imagination of the broader public worldwide.
Sydney Opera House, in partnership with Google, will stream two full matinee, back-to-back ISAM Live performances on a dedicated YouTube channel during Vivid LIVE, its annual ten day music event within Vivid Sydney (May 25 - June 11), the city's annual festival of light, music and ideas.
The live stream series will premiere a custom camera application called FRONTROW, which will allow the audience to use pan and zoom features to change their view and take photos during the live stream, apply lens filters and immediately share with their friends through Twitter, Facebook and Google+.