She Makes War Announces New Album And Releases Video

She Makes War releases her sophomore album Little Battles on April 9th. The album was co-produced by She Makes War and Myles Clarke (Sparkadia, Kid Harpoon, Belakiss) during the summer 2011. Recorded around the corner from the Hackney riots, London’s tension is echoed throughout the album – it’s honest and vulnerable yet confident, all melancholy romance and hope for the future.

To accompany the album, She Makes War has released a video for the song ‘Exit Strategy’. She describes the video as “Ms Pacman is brought to life in this claustrophobic Groundhog Day meets horror flick”.

Watch the video for ‘Exit Strategy’ lifted from the album below.

MP3: She Makes War – Exit Strategy

She Makes War is the gloom-pop solo project of Laura Kidd who is a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. She has toured across the world while playing bass and singing for Tricky, A-Ha, I Blame Coco, The Young Punx and Alex Parks. Kidd released her debut album Disarm in September 2010 accompanied by five DIY videos and follows up its success with this new album, Little Battles.

Little Battles will be launched with a musical / visual extravaganza on April 11 @ The Half Moon, Herne Hill, featuring special guests including She Makes War’s indie supergroup The Olympians, alongside an international webcast party. An extensive UK tour will follow – see the list of tour dates below.

Tour dates:

April 11 – Little Battles Album Launch @ Half Moon, Herne Hill, London
April 16 – Bristol @ Louisiana
April 17 – Southampton @ Joiners
April 18 – Manchester @ The Garrett
April 19 – Cardiff @ Gwdlhw
April 20 – London @ Hoxton Hall – supporting Sunday Driver
April 24 – Chester @ Telford’s Warehouse
April 25 – York @ Stereo
April 26 – Aberdeen @ Cellar 35
April 27 – Edinburgh @ Banshee Labyrinth
April 28 – Glasgow @ Admiral Bar
April 29 – Leeds @ All Hallows Church
May 4 – Sheffield @ Lantern Theatre
May 5 – Margate @ Tom Thumb Theatre
May 6 – Newport Pagnell @ The Watershed MK
May 7 – Nottingham @ The Maze
May 8 – Brighton @ Friends Meeting House
May 9 – Cambridge @ Portland Arms
May 10 – London @ Hub Westminster
May 12 – Folkestone @ Googies
May 13 – Bury St Edmunds @ The Nutshell
May 17 – Norwich – Divine Hammer @ Olive’s

Go to www.shemakeswar.com/live.htm for ticket links and full information

For more information on She Makes War, visit www.shemakeswar.com.

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Concubines Release Debut Single And Video

Concubines’ debut single ‘Darkness’ will be released on limited edition vinyl via Howling Owl Records on May 14. Concubines is an indie rock band influenced by Nick Cave, TV on the Radio, Roxy Music and Arcade Fire and have similarities to The Editors and Interpol.

Watch the video for ‘Darkness’ below.

The video for ‘Darkness’ was directed by Míša V Krabičce who applied her love for German Expressionism as well as influences from Kate Bush videos and the Shen Wei dance arts to the choreography of professional dancers, Finn Matthews and Izzy Bree.

Concubines are playing their debut London show at Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch on April 21st.

For more information on Concubines, visit www.concubinesuk.com.

PS I Love You Release New Track + Announce Tour

PS I Love You have release a new track, ‘Princess Towers’, which is lifted from their latest album, Death Dreams. The album will be available on May 8th (Canada / US) and May 28 (UK) on CD and limited edition 180 gram white vinyl + CD) via Paper Bag RecordsDeath Dreams was truly low budget – it was recorded with Meet Me At The Muster Station (their previous album) producer Matt Rogalsky on his portable studio in the band’s rehearsal space. No big budget studios for these lads. The album’s photography and design of the album’s artwork was created and executed by Benjamin Nelson.

Listen to the super catchy yet raunchy ‘Princess Towers’ below.

MP3: PS I Love You – Princess Towers

You can also listen to the first single release from Death Dreams, ‘Sentimental Dishes’ via Soundcloud below.

PS I Love You will embark on a thirteen-date tour kicking off in Toronto at the Garrison and ending in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario at the Grad Club (full tour schedule below) in support of Death Dreams.

Tour Dates:
May 15 Toronto – The Garrison
May 19 Hamilton – The Casbah
May 21 London – The Alex P Keaton
May 23 Chicago – Schubas Tavern
May 25 New York – Mercury Lounge
May 26 Brooklyn – Glasslands
May 28 Hamden – The Outer Space
May 29 Fredericton – The Capital Complex
May 30 Charlottetwon – Hunters Ale House
May 31 Halifax – Michael’s
June 2 Montreal – Il Motore
June 6 Ottawa – Mavericks
June 9 Kingston – The Grad Club

For more information on PS I Love You, visit http://psiloveyouband.bandcamp.com/.

Japandroids Announce Sophomore Album, Single and Tour Dates

Vancouver duo Japandroids have announced the follow-up to their 2009 debut Post-Nothing. The new album titled, Celebration Rock will be released on June 5th through Polyvinyl Record Co. and will be available on CD, LP and digital as well as limited edition  180-gram red vinyl available for pre-order at polyvinylrecords.com/celebrationrock.

Celebration Rock was recorded in Vancouver at The Hive with engineer Jesse Gander, who previously worked with the band on Post-Nothing.

Track listing:
1. The Nights Of Wine And Roses
2. Fire’s Highway
3. Evil’s Sway
4. For The Love Of Ivy
5. Adrenaline Nightshift
6. Younger Us
7. The House That Heaven Built
8. Continuous Thunder

The band will release the first single off the record On May 15th, ‘The House That Heaven Built’ as the 4th installment of their 7” series, which also features a B-Side cover of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ track ‘Jack The Ripper’.

Listen to ‘The House That Heaven Built’ below.

Starting mid-May, Japandroids will be touring in Europe and North America through mid-July.

Tour dates
5/17 – Cardiff, UK @ Club Ifor Bach
5/18 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
5/19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
5/21 – Bristol, UK @ Cooler
5/22 – London, UK @ CAMP (basement)
5/23 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
5/24 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
5/25 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit 2
5/26 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
5/31 – Barcelona, ESP @ Parc del Forum (Primavera Sound)
6/11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
6/12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
6/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
6/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
6/16 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6/23 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
6/25 – Montreal, PQ @ La Sala Rossa
6/26 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/27 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
6/30 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
7/3 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
7/7 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore

For more information about Japandroids, visit www.japandroids.com.

Album Review: Eight And A Half – Eight And A Half

Eight and a Half is a new project featuring Justin Peroff ( from Broken Social Scene), and Dave Hamelin and Liam O’Neil (formerly of The Stills). Their self-titled debut, ‘Eight And A Half’ will be released on April 10, 2012 through Arts & Crafts on vinyl / CD and by digital download. From start to finish, ‘Eight And A Half’ combines pop hooks with atmospheric soundscapes to take the listener on an interesting journey through many different sonic textures. This is definitely an album that is best  played loud through good headphones to get the full impact of what they had attended the listener to hear.

MP3: Eight and a Half – Scissors

Standout tracks: Frantic drums and beautiful synth textures of ‘Walked Into Diazapene’ and distorted percussion, sweeping organ and gentle vocals of ‘The Turn Around’.

Tracklisting and cover art:

  1. When I Was Twenty Nine
  2. Scissors
  3. Go Ego
  4. The Turn Around
  5. Took A Train To India
  6. Wait Up
  7. Two Points
  8. Walked Into Diazepene
  9. Oh, My Head
  10. My Forevers

The Civil Wars Release Cover Of ‘Sour Times’

The Civil Wars have recorded a cover of Portishead’s ‘Sour Times’ and performed it live in a London alley. This recording will be featured as the B-side to The Civil War’s upcoming Billie Jean 7 inch vinyl, releasing on Record Store Day 2012.

Watch their performance of ‘Sour Times’ below.

Civil Wars are an enigmatic duo made up of Nashville via California transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They have independently sold over 215,000 copies of their album ‘Barton Hollow’ already in the USA through touring and word of mouth. The band is touring extensively in support of ‘Barton Hollow’ during 2012.

Tour dates:

Mar 13 – Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
Mar 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy
Mar 16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Mar 17 – Lancaster, UK @ Library
Mar 18 – Leeds, UKLeeds @ Metropolitan University
Mar 19 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Mar 21 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia
Mar 22 – Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy
Mar 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Queen’s Hall
Mar 24 – Highland, UK @ Big Top @ Isle of Skye
Mar 26 – Koln, Germany @ Kultukirche
Mar 27 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
Mar 28 – Paris, France @ Point Ephémère
Mar 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ De Duif
Mar 31 – Södermalm, Sweden @ Kägelbanan
Apr 01 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Abart
Apr 02 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Apr 04 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Salon
May 06 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 23 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 25 – George, WA @Sasquatch Music Festival
Jun 10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnarroo Music Festival
Oct 28 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall
Oct 29 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
Oct 30 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Apollo
Nov 01 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Nov 02 – Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC
Nov 03 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
Nov 04 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Nov 06 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
Nov 07 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome
Nov 08 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Centre
Nov 10 – Southampton, UK @ Southampton Guildhall
Nov 11 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University

For more information on The Civil Wars, visit thecivilwars.com.

Santigold Releases Latest Video From Forthcoming Album

Santigold has released the official video for ‘Disparate Youth,’ the first official single from her forthcoming album, Master of My Make-Believe, which is out in the UK on April 23 and US on May 1, 2012.

Watch the video below.