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Music news round up: w/e 12 May

The Hives are pleased to reveal the new music video for 'Go Right Ahead', directed by Travis Schneider. The video was filmed live during the recording of the album, at RMV Studio on the island of Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. Their new album, Lex Hives, is due out on June 4th and is now available to pre-order on iTunes, alongside a Deluxe Edition that features bonus tracks produced and recorded by Josh Homme.


Ray Davies brings his songbook of classic British hits – from his days in The Kinks up through recent solo repertoire – to the forefront of the national psyche with an appearance at Hop Farm on June 29th and a UK tour with his band later this year. Tickets go on general sale Friday May 18th from with full details as follows:

Sun 24th DERRY, Millennium Forum
Fri 29th KENT, Hop Farm

Sun 30th CANTERBURY, The Marlowe Theatre

Mon 1st MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Tue 2nd GATESHEAD, The Sage
Thu 4th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
Fri 5th SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 6th SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall
Mon 8th YORK, Barbican
Tue 9th LEICESTER, de Montfort Hall
Fri 12th GLASGOW, The Royal Concert Hall
Sat 13th BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Sun 14th NOTTINGHAM, Royal Centre
Tue 16th BRIGHTON, Dome
Wed 17th LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic
Thu 18th BATH, Forum

A treasure trove of Kinks’ sessions, live recordings and unreleased material entitled The Kinks At The BBC is released on August 13th through Universal. This quintessentially English collection comes in a 5CD + DVD book package in the style of the Radio Times with liner notes by Peter Doggett and Doug Hinman and is the definitive guide to this landmark musical institution.


Kyla La Grange has announced four new UK tour dates for the end of May, leading into her biggest London headline show to-date at The Village Underground on May 29th.

21 - Joiners, Southampton.
22 - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton.
23 - Moles, Bath.
24 - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells.
29 - Village Underground, London. (with support from Gabriel Bruce)

Kyla's current single 'Vampire Smile' is out now on Chess Club Records:


Ben Howard is pleased to announce details of a third night at Brixton Academy later this year. The Devonshire singer-songwriter will now play the London venue on November 30th, in addition to the previously announced, and now sold-out, nights on November 28th and 29th. The shows conclude a full UK tour, which in turn follows a very busy summer of festivals. Tickets are on sale now. Watch the new video to Ben Howard’s new single, 'Only Love', taken from his debut album Every Kingdom, below.

Ben Howard Live:
16th June - Goldcoast Oceanfest, Devon
23rd/24th June – Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, London
7th July – T In The Park, Kinross
15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold
18th August – V Festival, Chelmsford
19th August – V Festival, Stafford
6th September – Bestival, Isle of Wight
2nd November - Brighton, The Dome SOLD OUT
3rd November - Plymouth, Pavilions SOLD OUT
4th November - Cardiff, University SOLD OUT
5th November - Bristol, Colston Hall SOLD OUT
7th November - Dublin, Olympia
9th November - Belfast, The Waterfront VENUE UPGRADE
10th November - Glasgow, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
12th November - Manchester, O2 Apollo SOLD OUT
14th November - Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
16th November - Newcastle, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
17th November - Aberdeen, Music Hall
19th November - Cambridge, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
20th November – Lincoln, Engine Shed
21st November - Leicester, O2 Academy
22nd November - Nottingham, Rock City SOLD OUT
24th November - Birmingham, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
25th November - Bournemouth, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
26th November - Southampton, Guild Hall SOLD OUT
28th November - London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
29th November – London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
30th November – London, O2 Brixton Academy **NEW SHOW**


Following the sell out of Somerset House, M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) is pleased to announce two more UK shows – at the Picture House, Edinburgh on June 27th and London’s Brixton Academy on November 8th.

M83 UK Live dates:
26 Jun Mandela Hall, Belfast
27 Jun Picture House, Edinburgh
16 Jul Somerset House, London - Sold Out
08 Nov Brixton Academy, London - ** NEW DATE **


Electro-rock duo The Unkindness Of Ravens are celebrating the release of their debut album Virus with a video for the track ‘The Spaces In Between’. Instrumentalist Ben Raine mentions that the song is about an ex-girlfriend: "We had the most messed up on-off thing for so long, but it gave me a lot of fuel to write about." The dark and fetishistic style of the video was inspired by Pam Hogg's fashion designs. "I've been wanting to do something with bondage tape for quite some time now, so this really is the result of all these elements combined," front woman Nina Wagner noted.


Ahead of their forthcoming EP Clairvoyant Fortnight, out on June 11th, Knifeworld have released the video for the EP's title track. The video reflects the song's playful nature and the band's upbeat sense of humour with frontman Kavus Torabi leading a prog induced séance ending in the appearance of snooker legend Steve Davis.


Amy Macdonald has unveiled the video to 'Slow It Down', the first single to be taken from her third album Life In A Beautiful Light, out on June 11th. Check it out below.


London-based Vuvuvultures have announced that their new single 'I'll Cut You', taken from their VVV EP released earlier this year, will be out on July 2nd. Have a listen below.

Vuvuvultures will be touring the UK throughout June and July. Full details are as follows:

Sat 16th – Venue TBC w/ GHXT, London
Sun 17th – ECLAF, Village Underground, LONDON
* Tues 26th – Hoxton Sq. Bar & Kitchen w/ Foe, LONDON *
Wed 27th – Oporto, LEEDS
Thu 28th – Trof, MANCHESTER
Fri 29th – Bungalow & Bears, SHEFFIELD
Sat 30th – Oakford Social Club, READING

Sat 07th – ISLAND 1st BIRTHDAY / SINGLE LAUNCH: 'I'll Cut You' @ Emigre Studios, Hackney


'Paint It Red' will be the new single released by Two Inch Punch, out on June 25th through PMR Records. The track features guest vocals from Mikky Ekko and is taken from Two Inch Punch's forthcoming EP Saturn: The Slow Jams. Have a listen to 'Paint It Red' below.


Jettblack have unveiled the video to the title track from their new album Raining Rock, out on June 4th through Spinefarm Records. Check it out below.

The Buckinghamshire quartet will play an album launch show at London's Borderline on May 30th.


To kick off the Music is GREAT week, Jessie J will play a one-off show at HMV's flagship store in Oxford Street this Monday (14th). Melanie C will be introducing Jessie onto the stage at the event which kicks off at 1.45pm, with admittance on a first come first served basis at the store. The Music Is GREAT DVD will be released on the same day, featuring 14 live performances from the likes of David Bowie, Queen, Radiohead, Spice Girls, Adele and Take That.


Canadian duo PS I Love You have unleashed their Paper Bag Session video for 'How Do You' ahead of the release of their second album Death Dreams, which is set for release on May 28th.


Dead Belgian announce Love & Death: The Songs Of Jacques Brel out July 2nd on Limefield Records. Dead Belgian are a Liverpool-based band playing the music of Jacques Brel. They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s music with all who would listen. Each member brought their own influences to the band, from European folk to progressive rock, stripping the songs to their bare bones and fattening them up again using a ramshackle drum kit, ukulele, guitar, accordion, saxophone, mandolin, clarinet and flute.

Tour dates
05.06.12 20.00 The Basement YORK
06.06.12 20.00 Hotel Deux NOTTINGHAM
07.06.12 19.30 The Lantern Theatre SHEFFIELD
08.06.12 19.30 Spiegeltent - Bath Festival Fringe BATH
11.06.12 19.30 Kitchen Garden Bar and Cafe BIRMINGHAM
24.06.12 15.00 Ryan’s Bar LONDON
29.06.12 19.30 The Kazimier LIVERPOOL With Attila the Stockbroker and Rory Ellis
30.06.12 19.30 The Brindley RUNCORN


Maroon 5 release their fourth studio album Overexposed on June 25th through A&M Octone. The first single, ‘Payphone’ featuring Wiz Khalifa, is released on June 18th and follows their global hit ‘Moves Like Jagger’ – the second biggest selling UK single last year with 1.2 million sales. Watch the video below.

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