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‘Harper Simon’ is the long awaited self-titled debut album from Paul Simon’s son Harper. Taking psychedelic country and rock music of the late 1960’s and 70’s as inspiration the ten-track album features a whole host of legendary production and musical talent. Recorded in Nashville (with Bob Johnston  on production duties), Los Angeles and New York, guest musicians include Sean Lennon and Paul Simon himself, with cover art contributed by Tracey Emin.

The first Harper Simon video,directed by Joshua Leonard, is for his single ‘Wishes and Stars’ taken from his self-titled debut album.

 

‘Wishes And Stars’ showcases Harpers inherent ability to pen beautiful lyrics and straightforward Americana tune.

You can catch Harper Simon performing across the UK on the following dates:

June
23 Grand Canal Theatre (supporting Marianne Faithfull) Dublin
July
18 Apollo Victoria (with Tori Amos) London
24 Port Elliot Festival
August
1 Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge
Belladrum Festival Inverness Scotland
Arts Centre Pocklington (Part of Pocklington 10th Anniversary music festival)
14 Summer Sundae Leicester

“these are 10 cleverly written, elegantly played and beautifully sung pieces of pop craftsmanship” Uncut 4* ‘Debut Album of the Month’
“adopting the various styles of American folk-rock cheerfully and unselfconsciously… it’s a treat” The Guardian 4*
“intriguing debut” Mojo
“sweet sounding, impossible-to-dislike” Q
it could be Elliott Smith’s younger brother” The Sunday Independent
“the singer’s airy vocals keep the record afloat, bringing to mind the delicate best of Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue or Neil Young’s lighter moments.” Drowned In Sound

Album Reviews BBC , StrikeSparksAnywhere, Too Cool To Die, Music OMH

The buzz surrounding Kano’s new track is immense and “getting wilder” everyday, following the tracks premiere on Tim Westwood’s BBC 1Xtra show on May 21st, and the first ever live performance of the track that night (clips from both are featured in the video below).

Recorded across 3 different capital cities – London, Berlin and Kingston – and mixed in New York, ‘Get Wild’ sees Kano joined by Jamaican dancehall star Aidonia and maverick talent Wiley. Ripping it up back to back, the trio concoct a head-spinning whirlwind of rapid-fire lyrics. Berlin-based producer Boyz Noise, whose other recent credits include production for the new Kelis LP, crafts ‘Get Wild’s’ compelling and boisterously banging beat

Kano’s album ‘Method To The Maadness’ is released on Bigger Picture Music later this year 

Directed by Rize Of The Robotz.

New video from Sway ft Donae’o and directed by Antoine Dixon-Bellot

Rolo Tomassi’s Diplo-produced sophomore album ‘Cosmology’, is being critically acclaimed as a step up from their debut album ‘Hysterics’.

With radio and press support from Huw StephensZane Lowe, XFM X-posure, Drowned in Sound, NME, Kerrang, The Quietus, BBC Music and much more, the band are in the middle of an expansive UK tour, taking in Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, supporting Biffy Clyro on various dates.

Check out the video for ‘Party Wounds’ below, directed by Charlotte Knight

Press pieces on Rolo Tomassi

DiS Review

  1. National ‘High Violet’ [4AD]
  2. Tracey Thorn ‘Love And Its Opposite’ [Strange Feeling]
  3. Dizzee Rascal ‘Tongue N’Cheek’ [Dirtee Stank] Platinum Status
  4. XX ‘XX’ [Young Turks] Gold Status
  5. Temper Trap ‘Conditions’ [Infectious Music] Gold Status
  6. Jamie Lidell ‘Compass’ [Warp]
  7. Vampire Weekend ‘Contra’ [XL Recordings] Gold Status
  8. Flight Of The Conchords ‘I Told You I Was Freaky’ [Sub Pop]
  9. Charlatans ‘Some Friendly’ [Beggars Banquet] Gold Status
  10. Flying Lotus ‘Cosmogramma’ [Warp]

 

‘Becoming A Jackal’ is the debut album from one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to emerge this decade. 

Villagers is the brainchild of Conor J. O’Brien, and on ‘Becoming A Jackal’ he introduces us to Villagers’ vivid narratives, gripping poetry and melodic depth. 

Conor J. O’Brien’s clear and distinctive voice weaves a remarkable spell, delivering an album of rare, alarming beauty. From restrained to unleashed, from a whisper to a literal howl, the album mutates, intrigues and beguiles in equal measure. 

Following a mesmerising performance on ‘Later’ when Conor blew the other more seasoned performers off the stage with quietly intense and powerful renditions of ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and ‘The Meaning Of The Ritual’, he supported Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Cass McCombs and Wild Beasts, before heading out on a series of UK dates in April and May 2010. 

Villagers will be supporting Field Music at Meltdown and Noah & The Whale at Somerset House and will also be appearing at festivals like the Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Glastonbury, Oxegen and Latitude, amongst others. 

Villagers full band performing on The View, think The Late Review, but Irish. RTE Player  

Latitude Festival is in it’s fifth year, following the theme of 5’s here’s 5 interview questions from Villagers, who play The Word Arena

1. When you think of Latitude what 5 words spring to mind? ‘Regular’,'stardust’, ‘homogeneity’, ‘sorted’, ‘nebulous’. 

2. If you could only see one performance at this year’s festival what would it be? The Unthanks!!!

3. What 5 items will you be bringing to Latitude? I shall be bringing one small guitar, a packet of strings, pliers, underpants, and a new pair of cheap sunglasses.

4. Do you have anything special planed for your performance at Latitude? Yes. And it will be outrageous. It is secret and it is special. 

5. Latitude is 5 years old, how did you celebrate your fifth birthday? On my fifth birthday I dreamt I could fly. Everything since that day has been a let-down. 

Press pieces on Villagers 

Guardian Guide | Independent | Independent On Sunday | Irish World | Mojo | Q | Yahoo | Yours Truly

On Monday May 24, Metric release of the deluxe version of their ‘Fantasies’ album in the UK, which includes a bonus disc featuring exclusive acoustic tracks, remixes, new covers + a photographic poster designed by the band. 
 
To celebrate, they are coming to play in London with a show at Koko on Sunday May 23 and another at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 24  

The band will also be performing on BBC’s ‘Later with Jools Holland’ alongside Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Corrine Bailey Ray, Crystal Castles and Tom Jones.  Tune in on Tuesday May 25 & Friday May 27 to catch the show!

San Francisco drum punk trio Mi Ami will be on tour in Europe to support  their Thrill Jockey album ‘Steal Your Face’.

With Daniel Martin-McCormick on vocals, Jacob Long on bass and Dan Palermo on drums, they promise to deliver their legendarily energetic and volatile performances. 

Take a listen to album track ‘Latin Lover’ below and get a taste of Mi Ami!

You can catch Mi Ami on tour across the UK on the following dates: 

June
2 Prince Albert with 20jazzfunkgreats (DJ) Brighton
Barden’s Boudoir with 20jazzfunkgreats (DJ) London
Nation Of Shopkeepers Leeds
Sleazys with Divorce Glasgow
The Ruby Lounge Manchester

   

     

Steve Mason will shortly release a new single, ‘Am I Just A Man’, through Double Six. The track is take from his recent much-applauded 10-track album solo, ‘Boys Outside’ produced by Richard X and Steve Mason and also featuring the singles ‘Lost & Found’ and ‘All Come Down’.     

 

Having previously recorded as both King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, both largely electronic based projects, Steve Mason enlisted the help of producer Richard X and consciously made a decision to go back to basics; the album was written entirely on acoustic guitar with many of the finished tracks stripped back to reveal his undoubted songwriting talent.     

Currently rehearsing for his first run of solo shows, Mason has already announced a number of festival appearances over the summer. He will also shortly announce a full UK headline tour for the autumn.    

You can catch Steve Mason performing across the UK on the following dates:     

June
11 The Haymakers Cambridge
12 Parklife Festival Manchester
21  Static Art Studio Liverpool
22 Cargo London
24 Hanbury Ballroom Brighton          
25 Glastonbury Festival (Park Stage)
July
24 Truck Festival, Abingdon                     
25 The Applecart Festival Shoreditch Park, London
August
12 Louisiana Bristol
13 Summer Sundae Leicester
18 Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
20 Green Man Festival Brecon Beacons
September
Electric Picnic Festival Ireland
11 Bestival Isle of Wight
Press quotes on Steve Mason 
“Epic” – Q 4/5
“Boys Outside is truly lovely. Mason’s finest solo record” Uncut 4/5
“Mason’s best post Beta Band work” Mojo 4/5
“Elegant and stirring” NME 8/10
“Beautiful, spare & elegant” - Independent    Press quotes on Steve Mason

“Epic” Q 4/5
“Boys Outside is truly lovely. Mason’s finest solo record” Uncut 4/5
“Mason’s best post Beta Band work” Mojo 4/5
“Elegant and stirring” NME 8/10
“Beautiful, spare & elegant” - Independent

Quasi are due to tour the UK this month, the dates are below, and you can also view the video for ‘Little White Horse’, directed by Vanessa Renwick, taken from

You can catch Quasi performing across the UK on the following dates:

May
25 The Freebutt Brighton
26 Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen London
27 Night & Day Manchester
28 Captain’s Rest Glasgow