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Music news round up: w/e 10 March

19-year old Northern Irish singer-songwriter Paul Shevlin, 16-year old classical piano player Sarah Gardner and female fronted rock band Floodliners have been named the winners of the inaugural Next BRIT Thing.

The competition for 11-19 year olds, backed by the UK music industry, the BRIT Awards and the government, was judged by McFly, Noah Stewart, Laura Wright and managing director of Columbia Records, Mike Smith. Shevlin won the general category and gets a recording session at Abbey Road; Gardner won the classical category and gets to perform at Classic FM's Autumn Concert at the Royal Albert Hall; Floodliners won the songwriting category and get a songwriting session. Each winner also gets a share of £10,000-worth of musical instruments from Roland UK.

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With their debut album Shallow Bed charting at No.14, Dry The River have announced that the next single to be taken from it will be 'New Ceremony', set for release on April 16th as a digital download and limited edition gatefold 7" as part of Record Store Day. Check out the video, directed by Raul B. Fernandez, below.


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Echotape have revealed that their debut EP Sky Above Quarley Hill will be released on iTunes on March 19th. You can grab a free download of non-EP track 'Came Into My Blood' from Echotape's website. They are also heading out on tour later this month, with full details as follows:

23 - Barfly - Camden, London
25 - Yardbird - Birmingham
26 - Kasbah - Coventry
27 - Joiners - Southampton
30 - Dry Bar - Manchester
31 - Escobar - Wakefield

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Girl group Vanquish have unveiled their debut video. The track, 'The Harder You Love', was written with Ivor Novello Award winner Jorgen Elofsso.


'The Harder You Love' is released on April 22nd and you can read our interview with Holly from the band here

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Deer Tick have announced the UK release of their new album Divine Providence, available on April 2nd via Loose Music.

You can get a taster of the album with a free download of ‘Let’s All Go To The Bar’:


The band are also releasing the Tim EP, which sports unreleased material from the Divine Providence sessions, including an acoustic version of album track ‘Main Street’. The EP will be included as a free CD with the first 1,000 copies of the Divine Providence CD sold and will also be available to buy digitally from April 2nd.

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Bear Driver will release new single 'Big Love' on March 26th, ahead of the release of their eponymous debut album in June.


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Cowboy Junkies are releasing The Wilderness, Volume 4 of The Nomad Series, on March 26th, marking the conclusion of an ambitious schedule of four releases over an 18-month period. The group’s Michael Timmins says of the new CD: “The title, The Wilderness, in some odd way seemed to define what these songs were actually “about”: fragility, emptiness, loneliness, beauty, chance, loss, desperation - the delicate balancing act that makes up a life. They are about being lost in the wilderness of age, the wilderness of parenthood, in the wilderness of just trying to find meaning and substance, happiness and truth in one’s day to day life. They are about standing alone in middle of it all, breathing in the cold, still air and wondering.”

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Nina Nastasia flies into the UK and Ireland to perform three solo shows later this month, the first for Opera North in Leeds, followed by London and Dublin dates, performing selected material from her entire catalogue.

Saturday 31st March - Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Monday 2nd April - The Macbeth, London
Tuesday 3rd April - Whelan’s, Dublin

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Karima Francis has announced a 22-date spring tour, which will include a date at London’s Hoxton Hall on May 17th, along with a new single 'Wherever I Go' out on May 13th. Karima is joined on tour this spring by guitarist Simon Robbs and bassist Ben Adey, with full details are as follows:

March:
Tue 20th LONDON, The Slaughtered Lamb

April:
Sat 21st SHEFFIELD, The Plugs Small Room
Mon 23rd SOUTHAMPTON, Cellar
Tue 24th BRISTOL, Louisiana
Thu 26th BIRMINGHAM, Glee Club
Fri 27th CARDIFF, Clwb Ifor Bach
Sat 28th SWANSEA, Sin City
Sun 29th OXFORD, Jericho

May:
Tue 1st CHESTER, Telford’s Warehouse
Wed 2nd LIVERPOOL, Eric’s
Thu 3rd MANCHESTER, Night & Day
Fri 4th GLASGOW, ABC2
Sat 5th LEEDS, LIVE AT LEEDS
Mon 7th NEWCASTLE, Cluny
Tue 8th PRESTON, Madferret
Wed 9th READING, South Street
Sun 13th BATH, Moles
Mon 14th EXETER, Cavern Club
Wed 16th NOTTINGHAM, Bodega
Thu 17th LONDON, Hoxton Hall

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Gemma Ray has announced details of her forthcoming new album Island Fire which is released on April 16th on Bronze Rat Records. To coincide with this announcement, one of the album's tracks 'Runaway' is now available as a free download.


Gemma has just been supporting Kitty, Daisy and Lewis on tour in Europe and will head out to Austin, Texas next week for five shows at this year's SXSW festival. Listings as follows:

Gemma Ray at SXSW 2012
March 12th: Austin, SXSW – CNN Grill, Max’s Wine Dive, 10pm
March 14th: Austin SXSW, Puma Social, 3.30pm
March 14th: Austin SXSW, The Tap Room at Six 11pm (Official showcase)
March 15th: Austin SXSW, Redeye Artist Lounge, OK Mountain Gallery, 11am
March 16th: Austin SXSW, Doritos Jacked Stage, 1pm

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Reverend And The Makers have announced an October UK tour, in support of new album @reverend_makers out on June 18th. Tickets are on sale now, with full details as follows:

11th October – Newcastle, Academy
12th October – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
13th October – Liverpool, Academy 2
14thober October – Manchester, Ritz
17th October – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
18th October – Leeds, Stylus
19th October – Norwich, Open
20th October – Sheffield, Academy
21st October – Birmingham, Academy
23rd October Brighton,Concorde 2
24th October – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
25th October – Bristol, Academy
26th October - London, Shepherds Bush Empire

The band will also be supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers at Knebworth and Sunderland's Stadium Of Light on June 23rd and June 24th respectively.

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'Corner Of An English Field' will be the next single taken from Tribes' excellent debut album Baby. The track is out on April 2nd through Island Records and you can check out the video below.


Tickets are still available for the Camden four-piece's upcoming UK tour; full details as follows:

21/04 - The Haunt - Brighton
22/04 - Arts Centre - Norwich
24/04 - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth
25/04 - Thekla - Bristol
27/04 - Shepherds Bush Empire - London
29/04 - Cockpit - Leeds
30/04 - Oran Mor - Glasgow
01/05 - Academy 2 - Manchester
03/05 - Academy 2 - Liverpool
04/05 - Academy 2 - Dublin
05/05 - Stiff Kitten - Belfast
07/05 - Leadmil - Sheffield
08/05 - Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
09/05 - Academy 2 - Birmingham

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Willy Moon's new single 'Yeah Yeah' will be out on April 23rd through Luv Luv Luv Records. Check it out below.


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Due out on April 9th to coincide with her UK tour, 'The Fire' will be the new single released by Laura Gibson. Check it out below and grab your free download of it while you're at it:


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Californian punk rockers Pennywise have announced that their new album All Or Nothing will be out on April 30th through Epitaph Records. You can check out the title track by visiting the KROQ website.
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The Futureheads will be releasing their a cappella versions of Black Eyed Peas' 'Meet Me Halfway' and Sparks' 'The No.1 Song In Heaven' as a double A-side on April 2nd, the same day as new album Rant is out. Check out 'Meet Me Halfway' below.


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The Space Between Us, Daniel Land & The Modern Painters' second album, will be out on May 28th through Club AC30. The album will be preceded by new single 'Eyes Wide Shut', released on Record Store Day (April 21st). Check it out below.


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We Were Promised Jetpacks have announced a string of Scottish dates in May & June.

23 May Dundee Doghouse
24 May Aberdeen Lemon Tree
25 May Inverness Ironworks
26 May Dunfermline PJ Molloys
31 May Stirling Tolbooth
01 June Coatbridge Soundwave Studios

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OFF! are offering a sneak preview of songs from their forthcoming self-titled album via this behind the scenes studio video that Noisey shot. Hear some tunes and discussion of what it's like to cut 17 songs in three days below.


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Taken from the debut album Hollandaze, ‘Busted Lip’ becomes the latest single from Odonis Odonis on May 21st. ‘Busted Lip’ was actually OO’s debut ultra-limited edition 7" single on Canadian label We Are Busy Bodies prior to signing to FatCat last year.

Originally a solo project for prolific songwriter/ bandleader Dean Tzenos, Odonis Odonis will be playing their first UK tour in April. Details as follows:

Sat 14-Apr-12 Brighton, Green Door Store
Sun 15-Apr-12 Nottingham, Red Room
Mon 16-Apr-12 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Tue 17-Apr-12 Glasgow, Captain's Rest
Wed 18-Apr-12 Manchester, Kraak Gallery
Thu 19-Apr-12 London, Old Blue Last

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The Pond is a "democratic mud pit" in which Kathryn Williams has teamed up with fellow musicians, Simon Edwards and Ginny Clee, for a pop project and the band have now announced live dates for late May and early June. Full details as follows:

Mon 28 May Brighton Komedia
Tue 29 May London Union Chapel
Wed 30 May Manchester Ruby Lounge
Fri 01 Jun Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sat 02 Jun Glasgow King Tuts
Sun 03 Jun Gateshead Sage 2

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