Monday 17 June 2024

Lunar Vacation - Set the Stage

Photo credit: Violet Teegardin

Decatur, GA-based outfit Lunar Vacation have returned today with the announcement of their second album, Everything Matters, Everything’s Fire – produced by Drew Vandenberg (Faye Webster, Toro y Moi, Of Montreal) which will out September 13th on Keeled Scales. The news comes backed by the record's first single Set The Stage, a towering, scuzzy pop jam centred around the choices we often make when clouded by love. “This was the first love song I wrote about someone and then sent it to them. That is the first and last time I will ever do that. Love can make you do really strange things,” says vocalist and guitarist Gep Repasky (she/they). “It took some convincing on my end to fully realise this song, but that’s the best part about making music with my bandmates; they are the voice of reason and I trust them. So once the walls were down, we went in blazing, and changed the vibe of the sad, acoustic demo to the monster that it is now.” Take a listen for yourselves below with the music video directed by actor and musician Finn Wolfhard.

North American tour dates:
July 24th | Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
July 28th | Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
July 30th | Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
July 31st | Boston, MA - Royale *
Aug 1st | Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steele *
Sep 13th | Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records (In-store performance)
Oct 30th | Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
Oct 31st | Omaha, NE - Slowdown
Nov 2nd | Fort Collins, CO - The Coast
Nov 4th | Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Nov 8th | Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO ~
Nov 11th | San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre ~
Nov 13th | Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium ~
Nov 15th | San Diego, CA - PETCO Park ~
Nov 16th | Las Vegas, NV - The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas ~
Nov 17th | Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre ~
Nov 19th | Dallas, TX - Southside Ballroom ~
Nov 20th | Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center ~
Nov 22nd | Atlanta, GA - The Eastern (The Stuffing) ~

~with Manchester Orchestra & Thrice


Thursday 13 June 2024

Etta Marcus - Death Grips (Visualiser)

Following on from the release of her captivating mini-album ‘The Death Of Summer & Other Promises’, Etta Marcus has returned with‘Death Grips’, a track that actually pre-dates the aforementioned body of work, written 4 years prior. Yet it's a track that's taken on many forms over the years before gracing us today in its heady art-form, showcasing her abounding talent. "As I grow up, I find the meanings of songs change. Death Grips became one of those songs. At that time, the ending of my teenage-hood came hand in hand with the ending of my first relationship. Mourning the loss of both these things, I felt stripped of identity, frustrated and suffocated like most teenagers do. The drama of it all took shape in the form of this song. Over ten versions written and finally it decided to make itself clear this year. It took one day of lyrical changes and transposing it onto a piano for the intention to feel newly relevant to me. Violent yet soft, the drama is still there but it’s all grown up now." Take a listen for yourselves below.  




Pale Waves - Perfume (Official Video)

Credit: Kelsi Luck

Today might have just been like any other unassuming rainy Thursday's, that was until Pale Waves made their unexpected yet highly awaited return with their brand new single, Perfume. Injecting a vibrant kaleidoscopic array of colour into the other wise monochrome state life's become in the UK, the track's shimmery 80's inspired synths and catchy vocals offer an alternative outlook. The new single is taken from their fourth album Smitten, due 20th September via Dirty Hit and premiered last night as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record. “I found myself writing about not just a certain time period, but my whole life, from years ago,” shares Heather (Baron-Gracie). “When I fall in love, I fall deep, and it’s interesting to me that you can feel so fascinated and smitten with someone and then they can become a total stranger. So I feel like Smitten really summarised perfectly what I felt for others at a certain point.” Continuing about the new single Perfume’, she says: "’Perfume’ is the perfect introduction into the new world we’ve created. It's queer, feminine and romantic and it encapsulates the essence of Smitten." Take a listen for yourselves below.

2024 Live Dates (* w/PVRIS)

12 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
14 - Minneapolis, MN - Uptown Theatre*
15 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues*
16 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall*
19- Toronto, On - The Danforth Music Hall*
21 - Boston, MA - House of Blues*
22 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts*
24 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
26 - Washington, DC - 9:30 club*
28 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl*
29 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade, Heaven*

01 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live*
06 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Austin*
07 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues, Cambridge Room*
09 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Burn*
10 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North*
12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern*
20 - Benicassim Festival, Spain

03 - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire UK
04 - Kendal Calling Festival, Kendal UK

05 - Manchester, England - Neighbourhood Festival


Zaho de Sagazan announces headline EU tour

credit: Arno Lam

Following on from the release of Zaho’s cover of David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’, the rising French artist has this week announced a string of European dates including a stop at London's Islington Academy. Having extensively toured over the last twelve months with 116 concerts and two sold-out Zenith Arenas in France, as well as a sold-out show at London’s Village Underground, this summer she is set to grace a score of festivals and headline major venues in France and Europe as she continues her ascent. Check out the full list of dates below.

Zaho de Sagazan 2024 Live Dates

17 October - CBE - Cologne, DE
18 October - Gretchen - Berlin, DE
19 October - Tolhuistuin - Amsterdam, NL
21 October - Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
21 November - Métropole - Lausanne, CH
24 November - ING Arena - Brussels, BE


Catfish and the Bottlemen announce 10 Year Anniversary release of The Balcony

Following on from their recent return with their brand new single Showtime and string of live dates set to see their monstrous return to the live circuit, Catfish and the Bottlemen announce a special 10 Year Anniversary release of The Balcony. Out September 13th September, the album will be available on limited edition 1CD, Cassette and ultra-clear 2LP with inverted white artwork and 6 bonus tracks. Fans can also access a 7” box set, limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, which features the full album, plus ‘Hourglass’ (Ewan McGregor version) and rare bonus track ‘ASA’, available on a 7” again for the first time after the original pressing 10 years ago. You can check out the full tracklsiting below. 

The Balcony 10th Anniversary track listing:

7" Singles Box (album versions)


Side A: Homesick

Disc 2

Side A: Rango

Side B: ASA

Disc 3

Side A: Fallout

Side B: Sidewinder

Disc 4

Side A: Hourglass

Side B: Hourglass (Ewen McGregor version)

Disc 5

Side A: Kathleen 

Side B: Business

Disc 6

Side A: Cocoon

Side B: 26

Disc 6

Side A: Pacifier

Side B: Tyrant


Disc 1 - Side A






Disc 1 - Side B







Disc 2 - Side A

Kathleen (Acoustic)

Cocoon (Acoustic)

Pacifier (Acoustic)

Disc 2 - Side B

Rango (single version)


Hourglass (Ewan Mcgregor Version)

Catfish and the Bottlemen UK & IRE Live dates
11th July - Sefton Park, Liverpool
19th July - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
20th July - Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
23rd Aug - Leeds Festival
24th Aug - Royal Highland Showgrounds, Edinburgh
25th Aug - Reading Festival
31st Aug - RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin


Wednesday 12 June 2024

Better Joy - Situations

Today sees the wonderful return of Better Joy and their ambitious fourth single Situations, via new independent label Fader Amp. The track follows previous releases ‘Talking Around’, ‘Dead Plants’ and ‘Hard To Love’ and is the penultimate single taken from their forthcoming EP set to be announced soon. With its huge towering melodies and catchy rhythms, the track quickly picks up pace as the band once more blend their darkened lyrical content in a buoyant juxtaposition with its upbeat energy. Bria says; “At the heart of this song is an apology. An acknowledgement of past actions, self-reflection and owning up to the times you let someone down. No-one’s perfect, sometimes running away from something feels like the easiest option at the time, but it can only fuel self-doubt and guilt later on. It’s like pressing the ejector seat to be able to survive, but missing out on the adventure itself because fear holds you back. It's all the things I wished I could have figured out sooner and had the guts to say face to face.” Take a listen for yourselves below 

Fri 14 th – Leeds – Key Club (with Swim Deep)
Sat 15 th – Newcastle – Think Tank (with Swim Deep)
Sun 16 th – Edinburgh – Mash House (with Swim Deep)
Fri 18 th – Rotterdam – Left of the Dial festival


The Manatees - Innocence of Youth

Photo Credit: Luke Shadrick

Telly fans will have last week caught the band performing live, providing the musical entertainment for the cast of 'Made In Chelsea' as they played in Oslo, Hackney. Now the band keenly return with their explosive new single Innocence of Youth. From its unassuming synth intro, the new single quickly breaks in to a charging energy as convulsing percussion and anthemic pop sensibilities come crashing down. "I wrote ‘Innocence of Youth’ as a ‘coming to terms’ with past mistakes," explains singer Jay. "Growing up is hard and we’re bound to slip up. We’re human - we harm, we lie, we steal, we cheat. We also get hurt, get lied to, get stolen from and get cheated. As a band we’re now in our '20s, we’ve hurt and we’ve been hurt. I put it down to the innocence of youth. It’s not a get out of jail free card, regret is a good thing, but we need to move on eventually. Of course it’s easy to say, harder to practice.We recorded it in Liverpool with our long term producer-turned-friend, Tarek Musa (Spring King, The Big Moon, Gengahr). The soundscape is nuts, it’s shoegazey, vibrant, dense and euphoric. It's hooky too, a proper windows down screamer." Take a listen for yourselves below. 

Sat 8th June | Golden Touch Festival, Portsmouth
Sun 28 July | Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
Sat 10th Aug | Birkenhead Live, Liverpool
Sat 24th Aug | Hereford Indie Food Festival, Hereford
Fri 27th Sept | Camden Assembly, London *
Sat 28th Sept | Papillon, Southampton *
Sat 12th Oct | Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough

* Headline Shows


Tuesday 11 June 2024

The Heavy Heavy - Happiness (Official Video)

credit: Nicholas O'Donnell

The Heavy Heavy have today announced details of their debut album, One Of A Kind, set for release on 6th September via ATO Records. To coincide with the news the band have shared the record's lead single Happiness, a 3 minute rolling pop effort that's filled with luscious guitar melodies and catchy vocals, all coated in a shimmering sun-kissed energy. Take a listen for yourselves below. To celebrate the album's release the duo will head out on an in-store tour with the full dates below. 

7th Sept – Patterns, Brighton
8th Sept – Rough Trade East, London
9th Sept – Rough Trade, Bristol
10th Sept – Rough Trade, Nottingham
11th Sept – Jumbo, Leeds
12th Sept – Rough Trade, Liverpool


Monday 10 June 2024

GREEN MAN FESTIVAL share day-by-day line-up and second wave of artists for 2024

As the exciting days tick ever closer to Wales's largest celebration of music, science and arts, Green Man have announced the day-by-day run down of acts along with their second wave of artists set to play the 2024 edition.

Joining the Green Man 2024 line-up is experimental electronic music collective Kokoko!, rising Vermont-based musician Lutalo, legendary Birmingham punk group The Nightingales, and Sam Morton, the collaborative project of Oscar-nominated actor, director and writer Samantha Morton and revered producer, songwriter and XL Recordings founder Richard Russell. 

Also added to the line-up are HotWax, O., Harriet Jaxxon, Liz Lawrence, Michael Head, Sam Grassie, Plantoid, Ellie O'Neill, Toni Sancho, and the Talking Heads tribute Byrne’s Night.

The Chai Wallahs line-up for 2024 has also been revealed, packed with acts who will fuel the merrymaking long past sundown. Amongst the names are K.O.G, known for their electrifying live sets, Spanish bass wizard Vincen Garcia, future-dub duo Omega Nebula, and the celebratory collective TC & The Groove Family.

And if that wasn't enough, Green Man also recently announced the finalists for its annual Green Man Rising contest, which offers a slot opening the Mountain Stage to one of the winners. Nature Kids, TTSSFU, Mari Mathias, Ladylike and The Orchestra (For Now) reached the final round after a record breaking 3,500 entrants. The finalists will perform at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff this week on 13 June, before the winner who will be decided by the festival’s panel of industry experts is announced.

Take time to digest the full new line-up below with the latest additions in bold.

Big Thief | Sampha | Jon Hopkins | Sleaford Mods | 

 The Jesus and Mary Chain | Explosions In The Sky | 

Arlo Parks | Ezra Collective | Black Country, New Road | 

Osees | Mount Kimbie | Devendra Banhart | This is the Kit | 

Fat White Family | Blonde Redhead | The Mary Wallopers | 

Nadine Shah | Tinariwen | Julia Holter | Johnny Flynn | 

Omar Souleyman | Joy Orbison | Sherelle | Max Cooper (live AV) | 

John Maus | Mannequin Pussy | Beak> | Hurray For The Riff Raff | 

 King Creosote | Blondshell | Bdrmm | Wednesday | Sheer Mag | 

Metz | Model/Actriz | Ibibio Sound Machine | Nabihah Iqbal | KOKOKO! | 

Bar Italia | Sam Morton | Royel Otis | The Waeve | Lonnie Holley | 

Fabiana Palladino | Oracle Sisters | John Francis Flynn | Lambrini Girls | 

Moonchild Sanelly | Michael Head | Sofia Kourtesis (DJ) | 

JJUUJJUU | Lime Garden | Pictish Trail | One Leg One Eye | 

Jess Williamson | A. Savage | Muireann Bradley | Ye Vagabonds | 

Personal Trainer | HotWax | Das Koolies | Hotline TNT | 

John | Liz Lawrence | Lynks | Orions Belte | N'famady Kouyat√© | 

Islet | Blue Bendy | Annahstasia | Georgia Ruth | Hannah Holland | 

Opus Kink | Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog | Tapir! | Brown Horse | MRCY |

 Malice K | O. | The Nightingales | Rachael Lavelle | The Tubs | 

Cerys Hafana | Lutalo | Pys Melyn | Marta Del Grandi | Sam Grassie

Ellie O’Neill | Gillie | Byrne’s Night | Harriet Jaxxon | Deptford Northern Soul Club | 

The Social | PRAH | Transgressive DJs

Big Special | Borough Council | Brown Wimpenny | Dog Unit | Getdown Services | 

Gia Ford | Humane The Moon | Lemoncello | Loose Articles | Man/Woman/Chainsaw | 

Maruja | Plantoid | No Windows | The New Eves | Revival Seaon | Shelf Lives | Slate | Toni Sancho | Ugly

Green Man 2024 runs from Thursday 15th August to Sunday 20th. Tickets are sold out. More info

Thursday 6 June 2024

Hippo Campus - Tooth Fairy (Official Video)

Photo Credit: Brit O'Brien

Coinciding with the news of their biggest UK show to date at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on December 4th, Hippo Campus have unveiled their scintillating new single Tooth Fairy. Speaking ahead of their single release, Hippo Campus revealed: “Our dreams have become so twisted these days. We spend too much time filling our brains with useless shit that has nowhere else to go but to our dreaming state. It all comes out sideways and in confusingly gnarly, mangled ways. ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a release; a process that leads to a letting go of fear and our athletic coping mechanisms.” Take a listen for yourselves below.

2024 Live Dates
6/8 - New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
6/28 - Milwaukee, WI - SummerFest
7/13 - Seattle, WA - Day In Day Out Festival 
7/18 - Indianapolis, IN - Rock the Ruins
7/20 - Saint Paul, MN - Minnesota Yacht Club
8/2 - Saint Charles, IA - Hinterland Festival
8/3 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/8 - Ogden, UT- Ogden Twilight ^
12/4 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

^ w/ Killer Mike