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Music news round up: w/e 26 May

The Kinks will release a definitive new box set The Kinks At The BBC on August 13th through Universal.

With a jukebox of classic Kinks' songs this collection features sessions, live recordings and unreleased material and follows the band’s first steps on the Pye label to their glory days as one of the greatest British acts of all time. Documenting their journey to the heart and soul of rock ‘n’ roll cool, The Kinks At The BBC has been assembled by trawling the BBC archives, but also by inviting contributions from fans who helped dust off rogue broadcasts which may have fallen by the wayside.

Presented in a 5CD + DVD book package in the style of the Radio Times – with liner notes by Peter Doggett and Doug Hinman – also included is a DVD of The Kinks sought after appearances on Top of the Pops, In Concerts and the Old Grey Whistle Test.


Boston based trio Dispatch release their new LP Circles Around The Sun on August 20th. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National) and recorded at The Clubhouse (Rhinebeck, NY), Water Music (Hoboken, NJ) and Tarquin Studios (Bridgeport, CT), Circles Around The Sun is released on the trio’s own Bomber Records.

Dispatch play:

Tue 14th EDINBURGH, Liquid Rooms

Tickets are on sale now.


Keane will release their brand new single 'Sovereign Light Café' on July 16th through Island Records. The band's new album Strangeland remains at number one in the UK album chart for a second week - their fifth consecutive number one album. Keane are now set to continue their world tour with a string of sell out UK dates in May and June, before heading to North America and Europe, and returning to the UK for T In The Park and V Festival later in the summer.


Bombay Bicycle Club announce the release of ‘Beg’, which is to be the last single released from A Different Kind Of Fix, on July 9th. Have a listen below.

To celebrate the release of ‘Beg’ as the final single from the album, the band commissioned a remix by the American superstar disco production guru, Tom Moulton. The world-renowned record producer, whose previous collaborations include disco giants Gloria Gaynor and Grace Jones, is known as the ‘King of Disco’. Moulton is widely credited as being the producer who invented the ‘Disco Mix’.


Yeasayer are set to release Fragrant World on August 20th through Mute, the follow up to 2010’s Odd Blood. Last week, the band sent 200 random fans a physical CD of the first track ‘Henrietta’ and encouraged them to share it. Yeasayer wanted the fans to experience the music first and told them so in an accompanying letter. The track went up a few days later and was picked up across the world. Download the new track here -

Fragrant World track listing:

1. Fingers Never Bleed
2. Longevity
3. Blue Paper
4. Henrietta
5. Devil and the Deed
6. No Bones
7. Reagan's Skeleton
8. Demon Road
9. Damaged Goods
10. Folk Hero Shtick
11. Glass of the Microscope


The final line up for Bushstock Festival has been announced. Taking place at various venues around Shepherds Bush, London, on June 2nd, the line up includes headliners Mystery Jets as well as Fink, Let's Buy Happiness, Bastille and many more artists.

ST STEPHENS CHURCH (Coverdale Road, W12 8JJ)
1pm doors
1.30 - 2 David McCaffrey
2.30 - 3 Mahalia
3.30 - 4 Nick Mulvey
4.30 - 5.10 Raghu Dixit
5.30 - 6 Sarah Jarosz
6.30 - 7 Bear's Den
7.45 - 8.15 Lanterns On The Lake
8.45 - 9.30 Fionn Regan
10 - 11 Daughter
11pm curfew

DEFECTORS WELD (170 Uxbridge Road, W12 8AA)
1.30pm doors
2 - 2.30 Dog Is Dead
3 - 3.30 Rae Morris
4 - 4.30 Fink (acoustic)
5 - 5.30 Joe Banfi
6 - 6.30 Alessi's Ark
7 -7.30 Matthew And The Atlas
8.15 - 8.45 Silent Devices
9.15 - 9.45 Let's Buy Happiness
10.30 - 11.30 Bastille
**official aftershow party**
11.30 - 12.30 Sunday Best DJs
12.20 - 2am Sophie Robinson DJ
2am curfew

SHEPHERDS BAR (G11 Shepherd’s Building, Charecroft Way, W14 0DA)
2pm doors
2.30 - 3 Harry Oakwood (Millionaire)
3.30 - 4 JP Cooper
4.30 - 5 Juan Zelda
5.30 - 6 Ellen & The Escapades
6.45 - 7.15 Dan Croll
7.45 - 8.15 Paul Thomas Saunders
8.45 - 9.15 Pales Seas
9.45 - 10.15 Jamie N Commons
11.15 - 12.15 Mystery Jets
12.15pm curfew

GINGLIK (1 Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8PH)
5.30pm doors
6 - 6.30 Oh Burgundy
7 - 7.30 Gabriel & The Hounds
8 - 8.30 Amber States
9 - 9.30 Burning Beard
10.15 - 11.15 Marcus Foster
11.30pm curfew

Tickets are priced at £27.50 and are available from here: while further details can be found on the official Bushstock site here:


Funeral For A Friend is gearing up to begin a fresh new era as they announce the departure of long-serving drummer Ryan Richards and welcome new drummer Pat Lundy, formerly of Rise To Remain, to the fold. Lundy’s first performances with the band will be at Slam Dunk Festival, starting with the sold-out Leeds date tonight (26th) and then at Hatfield tomorrow (May 27th).


Leeds lad Rupert Stroud is giving away the lead track of his new album Chasing The Night all of this week to celebrate its release. The album offers impressive, beat driven arrangements that are dynamic, inventive and at times sweetly intimate. Chasing The Night is a fine collection of songs which puts Stroud firmly in the emerging talent pool.


Newly signed to R&S, New York duo Teengirl Fantasy have announced that their new single 'Motif' will be out on June 25th, backed by a new track 'Eternal' and an Actress remix of 'Motif'. Check out the original version below.


Chew Lips have unveiled the video for their new single 'Do You Chew?', out on June 11th through the band's own label Family Records, as part of a new deal with Sony Music.

The dance pop duo will be touring the UK in the coming months, with full details as follows:


Mon 4th London Queen of Hoxton, Coppafeel! Curated by Fearne Cotton
Thurs 7th London New Slang club night
Fri 15th London Fred Perry / Subsonic @ Garage
Sun 17th London Lovebox Festival / Dalston Superstore Stage
Thurs 28th Bristol Louisiana
Fri 29th Manchester The Soup Kitchen
Sat 30th Glasgow Captains Rest


Tues 3rd London Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
Sat 21st Sheffield Tramlines
Fri 27th Cornwall Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall


For the second year running, Nordoff Robbins - who transform the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and adults across the UK through music therapy - have teamed up with Ticketmaster to find the Best Live Act of the last 12 months.

The Top 30 has been selected based on gig reviews and ratings by Ticketmaster customers on their website, all from live performances that have taken place over the last twelve months. Voting is now open and closes at midnight on June 25th, with the winner announced at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on June 29th.

Nominees include Paul McCartney, Take That, Elton John and Coldplay. For the full list and to vote, visit, where you will also have the opportunity to support Nordoff Robins by choosing to 'Vote and Donate'.


LA punkers Joyce Manor will be traversing the Atlantic for their first UK and European tour. The band have just recently released their sophomore album Of All The Things I Will Soon Grow Tired in the UK via Big Scary Monsters. The band are also giving away a taste of the record by sharing the track 'Violent Inside'.


Fri 21 Sep 2012 Southampton Joiners
Sat 22 Sep 2012 Kingston Fighting Cocks
Sun 23 Sep 2012 Leicester The Soundhouse
Mon 24 Sep 2012 Birmingham Rainbow
Tue 25 Sep 2012 Manchester Star and Garter
Wed 26 Sep 2012 Glasgow King Tuts
Thu 27 Sep 2012 Leeds The Cockpit
Fri 28 Sep 2012 London Old Blue Last


THE AUDITION hit UK shores this week with performances at Slam Dunk festival followed by some further headline dates. To celebrate, they’re giving away a track from forthcoming EP ‘Chapter II’ which is set for release on June 11th.


26th May Slam Dunk Festival Leeds University
27th May Slam Dunk Festival Herts Uni, Hatfield
28th May Slam Dunk Wales Cardiff Uni
29th May Southampton The Cellar
30th May Brighton The Hydrant
1st June London Facedown The Scala


After being last seen on these shores supporting La Dispute in January, Iowa-based noiseniks Former Thieves return to the UK as main support for Defeater this July.


01/07 – Ghostfest, Leeds, UK
02/07 – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston, UK
03/07 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
04/07 – The Croft, Bristol, UK
05/07 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
06/07 – Underworld, London, UK


Orchestral-pop songstress Erica Wexler has announced a free MP3 giveaway of a new track, 'Flesh', at her brand new official website Erica has just completed her debut album Sunlit Night, executive produced by XTC's Andy Partridge, and mixed by Andy Bradfield (Rufus Wainwright, Elbow, David Gray). The record is due out in September this year, with the EP and lead single 'Wildflowers' coming out on June 25th.

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