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New Music : Out This Week (20/10/14)

Slipknot “5 : The Gray Chapter”

Slipknot release their fifth studio effort today, their first studio album since 2008’s “All Hope Is Gone” and their first without bassist, Paul Gray and drummer, Joey Jordison; Gray overdosed in May 2010 while Jordison quit the band last December. The album includes the singles, “The Negative One”, “The Devil And I” and “Custer”.

Bear’s Den “Islands”

Trio, Bear’s Den release their debut album this week. It follows their EPs, “Agape” and “Without/Within” and the country/folk band will be out on the road in February and March 2015.

Inspiral Carpets “Inspiral Carpets”

Veteran Manchester-band, Inspiral Carpets release their fifth, self-titled album today, their first since 1994’s “Devil Hopping”. It includes the single, “You’re So Good For Me”. The band will be out on tour later this year, including a gig at Glasgow’s 02 ABC in December.

Ben Howard “I Forget Where We Were”

Singer/songwriter, Ben Howard releases his highly-anticipated second studio album today, “I Forget Where We Were”. It follows his 2011 debut, “Every Kingdom”. The album includes the title track single, “I Forget Where We Were”.

Billy Idol “Kings & Queens Of The Underground”

Rebel rocker, Billy Idol makes a triumphant return with his seventh studio album today. It’s his first studio effort for almost a decade following 2005’s “Devil’s Playground”. It includes the single, “Can’t Break Me Down”.


Gig Guide, Glasgow : 17/10/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Bury Tomorrow will performing at Glasgow’s Garage on Sunday (19th October). The five-piece from Southampton’s tour follows the release of album, “Runes” earlier this year which reached number one in the official UK Rock Chart.

American pop sensation, Lady GaGa will be also be in Glasgow on Sunday, making an appearance at the SSE Hydro. Last month GaGa’s fifth studio album “Cheek To Cheek” was released; a collaboration between herself and legendary crooner, Tony Bennett. It debuted at the top spot of the US Billboard Chart making this her fifth consecutive number one album.

The O2 ABC will play host to old-school rockers, The Boomtown Rats next week. Forming in 1977The Rats had a very successful 8 year career as a band before splitting up. However, last year the band reformed and announced they would embark on UK And Ireland Tour, following the release of a Greatest Hits compilation. They play in Glasgow on Monday (20th October).

On Thursday (24th October) Glasgow’s Cathouse Rock Club will see American metal-core band, The World Alive take to the stage. This summer saw the band release their third album “Real” which, in an interview prior to its release, frontman, Telle Smith said it would contain “the heaviest songs that the band have ever produced”.

Announced This Week

Chuck Ragan has announced that he’ll be coming to Scotland to play at Edinburgh’s The Caves next year. As well as being a member of the band, Hot Water MusicRagan has a successful solo career with latest solo album “Till Midnight” being released this year.

Neil Diamond will be coming to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro next summer on July 7th 2015. With a career that started in the 1960’sthe American singer/songwriter is one of the biggest selling artists of all time. With an amazing 30 studio albums to his name, Diamond is undoubtedly a music icon who music reasonates with all ages.

Slipknot will be taking to the stage at the SSE Hydro on 25th January 2015 as part of their forthcoming World Tour. Throughout their colourful career, the band have caused controversy over their masked image and lyrics, but this has not stopped the band making music with new album “5: The Grey Chapter” set to be released this month.

Former Oasis guitarist and “Madchester” legend, Noel Gallagher unveiled forthcoming single, “The Heat Of The Moment” and details of his second solo album, “Chasing The Sun”, scheduled for release in March 2015. And, if that wasn’t enough, Noel and his High Flying Birds will be out on the road in early 2015; Noel will be at The SSE Hydro on 7th March 2015.


New Music : Out This Week (13/10/14)

Jessie Ware “Tough Love”

Singer/Songwriter, Jessie Ware puts out her second studio album today, it follows her 2012 debut offering, “Devotion” and includes the singles, “Tough Love” and “Say You Love Me”

You + Me “Rose Ave”

Pop punk wildchild, P!nk (aka Alecia Moore) has teamed up with Canadian singer/songwriter, Dallas Green to form You + Me. The duo are set to unleash their hybrid of folk and soft rock onto the mainstream with debut album, “Rose Ave”, released today.

Slash “World On Fire”

Former Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist, Slash releases his third solo album, “World On Fire” this week. It follows 2012’s “Apocalyptic Love” and his self-titled debut from 2010. The album has already spawned five singles, released over the past 4 months, including, “Bent To Fly”, “30 Years To Life”, “Stone Blind” and titled track, “World On Fire”.

Jessie J “Sweet Talker”

Following her 2011 debut, “Who You Are” and 2013’s “Alive”, Jessie J returns this week with her third helping, “Sweet Talker”. The album includes her smash-hit collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang” and latest single, “Burnin’ Up” featuring 2 Chainz.

Ella Henderson “Chapter One”

Spawned from the world of reality TV, Ella Henderson came 6th in The X Factor in 2012. This week she releases her debut studio album, “Chapter One”, it includes her hit single, “Ghost” and latest single, “Glow”.

U2 “Songs Of Innocence”

Today sees legendary Dublin band, U2 release THAT album. “Songs Of Innocence” marks the band’s first studio release in 5 years, following 2009’s “No Line On The Horizon” and is already the most controversial album of 2014 thanks to a little deal with Apple and the violation of millions of iTunes music libraries . . .


Happy Birthday, Hydro : 10 Acts Who Have Rocked Glasgow!

The SSE Hydro celebrated its first birthday last week; since opening its doors in September 2013, the venue has become one of the most exciting in Glasgow, playing host to some of the BIGGEST names in music. We say, “Happy Birthday, Hydro” by looking back at the biggest and best who have rocked Glasgow these past 12 months!


Mrs Jay Z brought her world tour to Scotland for the very first time when she played The SSE Hydro for two nights in February as part of her, “Mrs Carter World Tour”. It followed a debut stint at T In The Park in 2011.


Veteran rock band, Eagles played The SSE Hydro back in May of this year. The LA band who formed in 1971 played the best of their extensive back catalogue as part of their “The History Of The Eagles” tour.

Katy Perry

Californian girl, Katy Perry brought her “Prismatic World Tour” to Glasgow’s Hydro in May of this year; the singer had to add a second date due to phenomenal demand. The tour was in support of her third studio album, “Prism”, released in October 2013.

The Proclaimers

Scots twins, Craig and Charlie Reid were the first act booked to play The SSE Hydro last October, before Rod Stewart swept in and beat them to the punch! The Proclaimers celebrated 25 years in the music business with a date at Glasgow’s then-newest gig venue with very special guests Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire and Glasvegas.

Miley Cyrus

Madcap Miley came to Glasgow in May as part of her “Bangerz World Tour” back in May 2014. The twerking wild-child was touring in support of her fourth studio album, “Bangerz” and played to a sold out crowd.

Simple Minds

Scottish rock band, Simple Minds played a sold-out show in November 2013 at The Hydro, in celebration of more than 35 years as a band. Jim Kerr and Co are scheduled to release their 16th studio album, “Big Music” next month.

Dolly Parton 

The original blonde bombshell brought her “Blue Smoke World Tour” to Glasgow in June, just a week shy of her Glastonbury super-stint. Dolly Parton played her biggest hits, including, “Jolene” and “9 To 5″ to a packed house.

Fleetwood Mac

The SSE Hydro played host to legendary band, Fleetwood Mac in October 2013, just weeks after opening its doors. The band were out on the road for the first time since 2009 to mark the 35th Anniversary of 1977 album, “Rumours”.


The Purple One paid a visit to The Hydro in May for his first headline Glasgow gig in 19 years. It was his first UK arena tour since 1995 and support came from 3RDEYEGIRL.

Justin Timberlake 

Pop superstar, J.T played at The SSE Hydro in April of this year, as part of “The 20/20 Experience World Tour”. The tour came in support of his long-awaited comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience”, which has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.

It has been a promising start for the Glasgow venue and it look set to get bigger and better with the likes of Paolo Nutini, Kasabian, The Script and Culture Club all booked to perform at The Hydro in the coming months. Here’s to 2015!

Gig Guide, Glasgow : 10/10/14

Glasgow Gigs This Week

Brother and sister duo, Southern play Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s this weekend (Sunday 12th October). Hailing from Belfast, the pair released their debut, self-titled EP last year and single, “Where The Wild Are” was released in March of this year.

Californian rock band, The Neighbourhood play The Art School this Sunday (12th Oct) as part of their current tour. The band released their debut album, “I Love You” in April, following EPs, “I’m Sorry . . .” from May 2012 and “Thank You”, released in December 2012

Kids In Glass Houses will be returning to Glasgow for the last time as part of their “Farewell Tour” on 16th October. After announcing their split earlier this year and thanking fans for their continued support throughout their career, which has lasted over a decade, these Welsh rockers are definitely not to be missed when they will appear at the Garage.

Also on the 16th, Californian-based band, Black Veil Brides will be taking to the stage at Barrowlands. The fourth studio album by the band, “Black Veil Brides IV”, is due to be released at the end of this month.

Announced This Week

With details of their fourth studio album “The Mindsweep” announced this week for a release in January 2015, Enter Shikari are giving fans another treat by embarking on a UK tour in the new year. Reynolds and Co will take to the stage at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on 21st January.

“Avonmore” is the 14th studio album by former Roxy Music frontman, Bryan Ferry due to be released next month; a preview of the first track “Loop De Li” was made available this week. The British singer, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, will be coming to Scotland in May next year to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on the 24th and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on the 29th.

Ryan Adams will be making an appearance at the Usher Hall on 24th February 2015. This tour was announced following the release of the 39 year old’s self-titled and self-produced 14th album in September.

Dutch DJ Nicky Romero who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Calvin Harris, Avicci and David Guetta is taking his own show on the road next year. The 25 year old who has recently gained mainstream success for his music will be at the O2 ABC on 30th November.

Tickets for all of these events go on sale today (October 10th).


Live Review : Modern Baseball, Audio, Glasgow (24/09/14)

Returning from hiatus, Spraynard act as main support for Modern Baseball this evening. It’s far more pop-punk in the traditional sense than the headliners. The three-piece from West Chester, Pennsylvania are all about the Mom jokes, song dedications, anti-homework messages and “start your own band” #stayposivibes. They are a little less posi however when the stage dives and crowd surfing get a little out of hand. Musically, they are most interesting when broadening the scope of the genre. “Damn You, A Box” is the stand-out as a sing-along, but still heavy enough to get a reaction. It’s a ‘quick pizza break’ short of a set that Sunrise Skater Kids would be proud of.

Modern Baseball begin proceedings with the same two tracks as sophomore LP “You’re Gonna Miss it All”. “Fine, Great” includes the first of many safety warnings about stage diving, seriously affecting the fun being had by those in the front row. It’s a tight-rope between acting like a major Buzz Killington and trying to get the same three dudes taking seven stage dives per song to take it easy and stop kicking the same girl at front of stage in the face. It would be easy to put it down to a cultural difference and a lack of familiarity with the notoriously enthusiastic “Glasgow crowds” or young boys trying to have a good time, but it doesn’t seem to be the case and the boys look uncomfortable. Many bands and artists have taken the tight-rope harder in the past including Fugazi, At The Drive-In, even more locally Dananananaykroyd. The main concern of Modern Baseball however seems to just be everyone being able to have a good time.

A cultural difference does show in dialogue between band and crowd when “Get your tits out!” is misheard as “Get my dick back?” by guitarist/singer Jake Ewald. “Pothole” gives both band and crowd some respite and the contrary scene unfolds of girls on shoulders echoing every word back. They come across well, if only a little awkward, bassist/band figurehead Ian Farmer gets the customary love and attention as his name is chanted between songs to bashful reaction. Some of the love is passed on to Spraynard by the band. Musically the pop-punk/emo scene is generally where Modern Baseball fall, but there’s a little more depth than most, the bluegrass nod of “Going To Bed Now” and the preference to steer well clear of lazy half-time or even double-time sections gives it more substance than some contemporaries.

This penchant for variation continues as “The Weekend” with Sean Huber’s drummer-led verse providing a shift from the usually softer Moldy Peaches tones. A goofy outro rendition of The Killers’ “When You Were Young” raises smiles. The aforementioned Mr. Huber was even kind enough to allow a drunken fan in Nice N Sleazy’s to chew his ear off about drumsticks and other such nonsense for far longer than most would. Where the next LP takes them is anyone’s guess, but we definitely won’t miss it all.

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