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Music news round up: w/e 8 June

James BrownBest of Live At The Apollo – 50th Anniversary, will be released on June 24th. This 12-track album celebrates 50 years since the release of James Brown's classic 1963 live album, Live At The Apollo, and showcases his many great performances recorded at the iconic Los Angeles venue. This title comprises 12 tracks from James Brown’s three landmark albums recorded at the historic venue: Live At The Apollo (recorded 1962, released 1963), Live At The Apollo Vol. II (recorded 1967, released 1968) and Revolution of the Mind: Recorded Live At The Apollo Vol. III (recorded and released 1971). Additionally, this set includes two unreleased tracks taken from the album, Get Down at The Apollo with The J.B.’s: Live At The Apollo Vol. IV – recorded in September 1972 but ultimately never released.


Boston, Massachusetts indie-pop rock quintet The Hush Now have announced that their third album, Memos, will be released on June 17th. Described as "audio candy for the art school crowd”, the album is influenced by bands from a wide array of genres, such as My Bloody Valentine, Guided By Voices, The Cure and Hall & Oates.


San Francisco natives The Dodos have announced the release of their new LP, Carrier, out worldwide on August 27th via Polyvinyl Records. The album will be released on CD, LP (180 gram blue vinyl), cassette (limited edition of 100 white cassettes) and all digital outlets.


Ahead of the release of second album Nature Nurture, Dinosaur Pile-Up are giving away an exclusive free track which won’t be appearing on the album itself. You can download ‘Hanging By A Thread’ over on their Facebook page.

JULY – headline tour

Tues 2 UK, Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Wed 3 UK, Newcastle Think Tank
Thurs 4 UK, Dundee Beat Generator
Fri 5 UK, Aberdeen Tunnels
Sun 7 UK, Glasgow King Tuts *New show
Mon 8 UK, Hull Fruit
Tue 9 UK, York Duchess
Wed 10 UK, Leeds Brudenell Social Club *New show
Fri 12 UK, Manchester Ruby Lounge *New show
Sat 13 UK, Liverpool Shipping Forecast
Sun 14 UK, Cardiff Buffalo Bar *New show
Mon 15 UK, Birmingham Flapper
Wed 17 UK, London Cargo
Thu 18 UK, Southampton Joiners
Fri 19 UK, Bristol Louisiana *New show
Sat 20 UK, Brighton Hope


Hot on the heels of the news that their 2003 breakthrough album Ocean Avenue has just been certified platinum (over one million sold), American pop-punk band Yellowcard have another reason to celebrate: this year marks the tenth anniversary of that single and its album of the same name. To kick it off, Yellowcard and Hopeless Records are releasing Ocean Avenue Acoustic, a re-imagining of all 13 songs from that album in an acoustic format.

Soon after the release of the acoustic album, the band will hit the road throughout the US, Europe & Australia and will be performing the entire record acoustically from start to finish, and then closing the show with an electric set that covers the other albums.


12th November Trinity, Bristol
14th November RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
15th November Union Chapel, London
16th November Warped Tour, Alexandra Palace
17th November Warped Tour, Alexandra Palace


Hailing from Southern California, The Body Rampant will release their highly conceptual debut album Midnight Mayfair on July 15th. Dealing with a character whose heart stops beating and enters a hallucinogenic state where he appears to go through many visual and mental encounters, each song can be represented as a memory or story from past years of his life, mixed in with scary monsters and colourful twists that he cannot explain. 'Underachiever', which you can listen to below, is one such song from the album.


Due to a huge demand for tickets, a second night at the Roundhouse in Camden, London has been added today to The Cult's much anticipated ‘ELECTRIC 13’ tour in October.

The Cult are also proud to announce that Japanese psych-core four-piece Bo Ningen will join them in support across all of the ELECTRIC 13 regional dates. Now based in the capital, these four, skinny enlightenment activists from the Far East psychedelic underground, will be playing tracks from their previous EP’s and forthcoming new album scheduled for release in October. An exciting line up of acts for the two London shows will be announced soon.


19th - EXETER GREAT HALL w/ Bo Ningen
22nd - NORWICH UEA w/ Bo Ningen
25th - MANCHESTER ACADEMY w/ Bo Ningen
28th - NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY w/ Bo Ningen
29th - LIVERPOOL 02 ACADEMY w/ Bo Ningen




Night Verses' debut album Lift Your Existence will be released in the UK on July 22nd and the band have just posted a new track from the record online.


Legendary punk/thrash icons Suicidal Tendencies have released their first new music in over 13 years. Entitled 13 and released via Suicidal Records, the album marks the 30th anniversary of Suicidal Tendencies. The band also return to the capitol on July 7th for a special appearance at the Electric Ballroom with support from thrashers Evile.


Funeral For A Friend have announced four UK dates in October to follow on from their exhaustive run of dates in support of latest album Conduit earlier this year.

2nd Oct Cardiff University, The Great Hall 2
3rd Oct London Electric Ballroom
4th Oct Glasgow Garage
5th Oct Manchester Academy 2

Sat 15 Jun Reading Uni Summer Ball
Sun 16 Jun Edinburgh Electric Circus
Mon 17 Jun Aberdeen Tunnels
Wed 19 Jun Inverness Ironworks
Thu 20 Jun Dumfermline PJ Malloys
Fri 21 Jun Carlisle The Brickyard
Sat 22 Jun Doncaster Leopard
Sun 23 Jun Derby The Venue
Thu 27 Jun Tunbridge Wells The Forum
Thu 04 Jul Colchester Arts Center
Fri 05 Jul Oxford Academy 2
Sat 06 Jul Northampton Roadmender
Wed 10 Jul Sunderland Independent
Thu 11 Jul Lincoln Tokyo
Fri 12 Jul Cheltenham 2000 Trees Festival
Sat 13 Jul Coventry Kasbah - Tricky Disco
Wed 31 Jul Crewe The Box
Thu 01 Aug Aldershot West End Centre


Johnny Borrell has announced that his debut solo album Borrell 1 will be released on July 22nd through Stiff Records/Virgin EMI. The lead single 'Pan-European Supermodel Song (Oh! Gina)' is currently available on iTunes and Borrell heads out on tour next week. Full details as follows:

Tues 11th June Southampton, The Cellar
Wed 12th June Aldershot, West End Centre
Thurs 13th June Bristol, Louisiana
Fri 14th June York, Fibbers
Sun 16th June Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Mon 17th June Leicester, Lock 42
Tues 18th June London, 100 Club


South London's Amplify Dot will release her new single 'I'm Good', featuring Busta Rhymes, on July 22nd through Virgin EMI Records. Listen to the track below.


Body Music will be the debut album from AlunaGeorge, out on July 29th through Island Records. The album will be preceded by the rerelease of 'You Know You Like It' on July 28th and tracklisting is as follows:

01. Outlines
02. You Know You Like It
03. Attracting Flies
04. Your Drums, Your Love
05. Kaleidoscope Love
06. Bad Idea
07. Diver
08. Lost & Found
09. Best Be Believing
10. Superstar
11. Just A Touch
12. Body Music
13. Friends to Lovers
14. This Is How We Do It [Bonus Track]


Gauntlet Hair will release their second album Stills on July 15th through Dead Oceans. The album was recorded in Portland and produced by Jacob Portrait, with the band recently unveiling the video for single 'Human Nature' which you can view below.

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