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Music news round-up: w/e 29 Sept

James Blake will play three shows this December, his first in the UK since his Kentish Town Forum gig almost a year ago. Tickets are on sale now and full details are as follows:

03/12 – Bristol, Thekla (
04/12 – London, Conway Hall (
06/12 – Manchester, Gorilla (


To coincide with their Oct/Nov UK headline tour, The Civil Wars will release 'Poison & Wine' as a radio single and re-issuing the EP of the same name on November 4th. The four-track EP features the title track, alongside covers of 'Talking In Your Sleep' (The Romantics), 'Between The Bars' (Elliott Smith) and 'Disarm' (Smashing Pumpkins). Tickets are still available for selected dates of their tour with full details below as well as the video for 'Poison & Wine'.

Oct 28 Belfast Mandela Hall
Oct 29 Dublin Olympia
Oct 30 Manchester Apollo
Nov 1 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Nov 2 Glasgow o2 ABC
Nov 3 Gateshead Sage
Nov 4 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Nov 6 London Roundhouse
Nov 7 Brighton Dome
Nov 8 Coventry Arts Centre
Nov 10 Southampton Guildhall
Nov 11 Cardiff University


Having formed in January this year, four-piece Night Engine are set to make their London debut at the Sebright Arms on October 17th, prior to an appearance at this year's SWN Festival. To get you in the mood, listen to their track 'I'll Make It Worth Your While' below.


Available to download for free from, the Won’t You (Be There) EP is the first new material released by Nero since their number one debut album Welcome Reality. Their new album is set to be released in summer 2013.


November 4th sees the release of 'See Ya Light', the latest track taken from Rita Ora's number one, certified gold debut album ORA. Check out the trailer for the video (which saw Ora return to her home country of Kosovo for the first time in eight years) below.


Available on 10" and digitally from November 12th through Transgressive Records will be Theme Park's Two Hours EP. The four-track EP will feature the title track (which you can see the video for below) and covers of Jessie Ware’s 'Wildest Moments', The National’s ‘Bloodbuz Ohio’ and Hot Chip’s ‘Ready For The Floor'. Tickets are now on sale for their Electrowerkz headline gig on December 6th.


The Tricks will release their debut 7" EP 49 Mercury on November 5th through Unison Music group. The four-track EP features the title track (also available digitally on October 7th) and the three previous one-off singles released to mark their monthly Bop! club night - ‘Part Time Lover’, ‘On Trial’ and ‘Not Too Young’. Check out the video for '49 Mercury' below.


Ahead of the release of their new album Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun on October 8th, Canadian quintet The Wooden Sky have unveiled a brand new video for their forthcoming single 'I'm Your Man', which you can see below.

The band embark on a UK tour next month playing shows in London, Cardiff, Preston, Glasgow, Hartlepool, Oxford and Sunderland.

03/10 - CARDIFF, Buffalo Bar
04/10 - LONDON, Windmill
05/10 - PRESTON, Mad Ferret
09/10 - LONDON, Slaughtered Lamb
10/10 - GLASGOW, Captain’s Rest
11/10 - HARTLEPOOL, The Studio
12/10 - SUNDERLAND, Independent
13/10 - OXFORD, Oxjam


Guitar maestro Gwyn Ashton is back with Radiogram, a hard-driving renegade rock and blues album that is out on October 22nd on Fab Tone Records. Radiogram, boasts nine self-penned tracks plus a phat groove version of Willie Dixon’s 'I Just Wanna Make Love To You'.

The rhythm section on Radiogram, features Ashton on bass, along with stalwart drummer Kev Hickman. The diverse guest artist roster includes Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant, Bronco, Silverhead), Johnny Mastro (LA’s Mama’s Boys), Mark Stanway (Magnum, Phil Lynott), Mo Birch (UB40, Go West, Culture Club) and young up-and-coming guitarist Henry Parker.


A specially curated, new mash up of DJ Shadow’s ‘I Gotta Rokk’ track has been released for free download by London turntablist surgeon STEREO:TYPE and IRN MNKY.

Commissioned alongside six other incredible artists by Xfm’s Eddy Temple-Morris, STEREO:TYPE was invited to create a new mix using the former UNKLE members’ tracks, in a tribute to his career in music. The new mash-up blends classic samples from Guns & Roses, The Prodigy and Led Zeppelin cut into DJ Shadow’s beats.

Both Eddy and STEREO:TYPE will headline the decks of the Battersea Barge for this year’s Crossfire Halloween Massacre on Saturday October 27th following a skateboard jam with guest pro skaters at the brand new BaySixty6 skate park during the day. Infamous for promoting London’s most raucous Halloween parties, Crossfire will roll out a nautical themed boat party on the to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s fatal destiny.

All details for the Crossfire Halloween Massacre can be found at


Iconic hardcore / punk band Bad Brains will release Into the Future (November 19TH / Megaforce), their new album featuring the classic lineup of H.R., Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know and Earl Hudson. Hear lead track ‘Into The Future’ here:


Pinback have announce their New album Information Retrieved is to be released on Temporary Residence Records on November 12th with a London date to follow at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on December 13th.


Following four successful installments of the celebrated Punk Goes Pop series, Fearless Records is proud to unveil the album details for the highly-anticipated Punk Goes Pop Volume 5, set to release on November 5th. Punk Goes Pop 5 will feature 13 of the hottest pop-rock and hardcore bands covering major chart hits with their own flair. Check out for the premiere and free download of Upon This Dawning's storming rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's ‘Call Me Maybe’. Also featured is Memphis May Fire's interpretation of ‘Grenade’, originally performed by Bruno Mars.

Track list for Punk Goes Pop 5:
1. Memphis May Fire - Grenade (Originally recorded by Bruno Mars)
2. Upon This Dawning - Call Me Maybe (Originally recorded by Carly Rae Jepsen)
3. Mayday Parade - Somebody That I Used To Know (Feat. Vic Fuentes) (originally recorded by Gotye)
4. We Came As Romans - Glad You Came (Originally recorded by The Wanted)
5. Like Moths To Flames - Some Nights (Originally recorded by Fun.)
6. Breathe Carolina - Billie Jean (Originally recorded by Michael Jackson)
7. Forever The Sickest Kids - We Found Love (Originally recorded by Rihanna)
8. Issues - Boyfriend (Originally recorded by Justin Bieber)
9. The Maine - Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Feat. Adam Lazzara) (Originally recorded by Cyndi Lauper)
10. Crown The Empire - Payphone (Originally recorded by Maroon 5)
11. Craig Owens - Paradise (Originally recorded by Coldplay)
12. The Word Alive - Mercy (Originally recorded by Kanye West)
13. SECRETS - Ass Back Home (Originally recorded by Gym Class Heroes)


BLEECH are set to release their new single ‘Break My Nose' on October 22nd. The punchy new video, directed by Ben Kent was shot in Repton Park boy’s gym previously used in the legendary UK film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and stars International Super Middleweight contender Frank Bugliani in the ring with Courtney Pryce.

See the band on tour in the UK at the following venues:

25th - Bristol, UK – Louisiana
26th - London, UK – Barfly
29th Sunderland, UK - Independent
30th - Edinburgh, UK – Electric Circus

4th - Kent, UK – Live Transmission
11th - Leicester, UK – Lock 42
12th - Leeds, UK – Empire
13th - Sheffield, UK – Harley
28th- Edinburgh – Haddow Festival

9th - Bourgoin, France – Les Abattoirs

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