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News round up - w/e 14 Jan 2012

Voting is now open for MTV Brand New For 2012 as, for the first time ever for an unsigned artist, Context was named the final nominee. He will compete against the likes of Lana Del Rey and BBC Sound Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka for the crown, with the full list of nominees available on the official website -

Two exclusive gigs will take place at London's KOKO later this month with The Maccabees, Lana Del Rey and Charli XCX performing on January 24th, and Emeli Sandé, Michael Kiwanuka and Delilah performing on the 25th.


BBC Sound Of 2012 nominee Dot Rotten's new single 'Are You Not Entertained?' will be out on March 5th. Check out the video below.


TMF fave Nerina Pallot has unveiled the video for her new single 'All Bets Are Off', out on January 30th. Check it out below.


Following their debut release 'Bloodflood / Tessellate' last October, quartet alt-J have revealed details of the follow up. Double A-side 'Matilda / Fitzpleasure' will be out on February 27th through Infectious Music, with their debut album to follow in May on the same label. You can catch the band support Ghostpoet on his February tour but, for now, check out 'Fitzpleasure' below.


Glasgow band Die Hard release their debut self-titled album the 27th of February on Halleluwah Hits. Listen to a preview right here:

Die Hard by Halleluwah_Hits


VCMG release one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album Ssss, out on Mute on 12 March 2012. It marks the long awaited reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode), who have joined forces for the first time in over thirty years to craft a 10-track album which demonstrates their mutual love of electronic music.

Ssss Tracklisting:
Windup Robot
Bendy Bass
Single Blip
Skip This Track


Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny release their new single 'Sweet Tooth Bird' on February 20th. The song is taken from their debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose out the 6th of February. Watch the video here:


Twelve Clay Feet will release their debut album Totem Bells on February 27th on Kiln Records. Check out album opener 'Cornfed' below.


The Detours will release their debut EP, Ignite, on March 12th on Contraflow Records. 2011 was a year of firsts for the band: first festival appearance, first single launch and first music video. 2012 welcomes The Detours with open arms, and will kick off fully when they play select Scottish tour dates with Attack! Attack! this February. Check them out at


Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega touches down in the UK for a string of solo shows, taking her ruby red cowgirl ditties across the country.

Fri 20th EDINBURGH, Voodoo Room
Sat 21st GLASGOW, Mitchell Theatre
Sun 22nd NEWCASTLE, Cluny 2
Tue 24th BRISTOL, St Bonaventures
Wed 25th LONDON, 12 Bar
Thu 26th SHEFFIELD, Bowery
Fri 27th LEEDS, Cockpit 3
Sat 28th OXFORD Jericho Tavern
Mon 30th NOTTINHAM, Rescue Rooms
Tue 31st BIRMINGHAM, Academy 3 (240)

Wed 1st LIVERPOOL, Leaf
Thu 2nd MANCHESTER, Castle



Auction For The Promise Club are an indie rock three piece with raw vitality and serious potential. Their debut EP, One is out February 24th and was recorded at London’s famed Abbey Road. Be sure not to miss the band’s special show at London’s 100 Club on Feb 24th which marks the release of the EP.

See the new video for the track 'Under China' below.


St. Spirit are a five-piece band named after the island San Esperito from the cult Xbox game Just Cause. Originating from South London the five nineteen year old friends formed the band whilst at college last year. Their debut album was recorded in a living room, by the band and mixed in a garden by world-renowned engineer Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters). The first taste of which is the EP Pigeon, released through Distiller Records on February 20th.

Check out the video for the title track below.

Experience St. Spirit live at the following shows:

2nd February - Camden Barfly, London, NW1
14th February - The Social, London (Huw Stephens Introducing), W1W
17th February - Amersham Arms, London, SE14
29th February – Buffalo Bar, London, N1


Aussie garage-pop ‘n’ surf-punk band Bleeding Knees Club are set to embark on a UK tour this February ahead of the release of their debut album Nothing To Do, out on IAMSOUND/Columbia Records on February 27th. Alex, Jordan and Matthew will return to the UK in support of the album, kicking off with their first show at the Green Door Store in Brighton on February 22nd followed by two London shows at the Old Blue Last on the 23rd and KOKO on the 24th.

22nd – Green Door Store, Brighton
23rd – Old Blue Last, London
24th – KOKO, London
25th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
29th – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds


The Magnetic Fields will be releasing ‘Andrew In Drag’, the first single from their forthcoming album Love At The Bottom Of The Sea, on February 27th. The single features an exclusive new b-side entitled ‘When Next In Love I Fall’. The album will be released by Domino on March 5th.


Metronomy have announced the release of AA single ‘The Look / Corinne’ on February 27th through Because Music. They will be backed by remixes from Camo & Krooked and upcoming West London producer Two Inch Punch.


Here's the new Back To The Future II-inspired video for 'Delorean' from Smiler, which also features Wretch 32.


Double A-side 'Say Arr Ee / What Does She Know' will be the next release from Bullion on January 30th, following on from his "non-LP" last year You Drive Me To Plastic'. Check out 'Say Arr Ee' below.


'Monkey (Go Home Now)' will be the next single taken from Dear Reader's latest album Idealistic Animals. The track is out on January 23rd and comes a week after Dear Reader performs a joint album launch show with label mate Laura Gibson at The Social in London this Monday (16th). Check out an acoustic performance, filmed in Berlin, of 'Monkey (Go Home Now)' below.


Tyson's new single 'Die On The Dancefloor' is set for release on February 20th and will be backed by remixes from Round, Table Knights, Joakim, Stubborn Heart, Mickey and Kidnap Kid. Check out the original version below.


London-based quartet Apologies, I Have None have announced that their debut album London will be out on March 19th. You can download album opener '60 Miles' for free from their official website - - and catch the band on tour leading up to the album's release. Full details are as follows:

31: LONDON, Old Blue Last (w/ Man Overboard)

29: PLYMOUTH, White Rabbit (w/ Austin Lucas)

01: BRISTOL, The Croft (w/ Austin Lucas)
02: BRIGHTON, The Hydrant (w/ Crazy Arm)
03: LEICESTER, Firebug (w/ Crazy Arm)
04: KINGSTON, Fighting Cocks (w/ Crazy Arm)
05: NORWICH, Karma Cafe (w/ Crazy Arm)
17: MANCHESTER, Manchfester 2
18: NEWCASTLE, The Central
19: LEEDS, Santiagos
20: BIRMINGHAM, The Flapper
21: PORTSMOUTH, Edge Of The Wedge
22: LONDON, Old Blue Last


Craig Finn will be supporting The Felice Brothers on a UK and European tour in March:

Tue 13-Mar London, UK MacBeth
Wed 14-Mar Birmingham, UK HMV Institute
Thu 15-Mar Dublin, IR Academy
Fri 16-Mar Belfast, UK Spring & Airbrake
Sat 17-Mar Glasgow, UK ABC
Sun 18-Mar Manchester, UK Academy 2
Tue 20-Mar London, UK Koko
Thu 22-Mar Brussels, BE AB Box
Fri 23-Mar Nijmegen, NL Doornroosje
Sat 24-Mar Gronigen, NL Oosterpoort
Mon 26-Mar Berlin, DE Postbahnhof
Tue 27-Mar Utrecht, NL Tivoli

Prior to this Finn will play an intimate instore gig at Rough Trade East on January 25th at 7pm in support of his debut solo album.


Theme Park and The Cast Of Cheers have announced a co-headline tour for February and March. Kicking off in Glasgow on February 27th, the tour takes in the likes of Leeds, Manchester and Southampton before winding up at Kingston's New Slang on March 8th. Tickets are on sale now and full details are as follows:


27 - Art School, Glasgow
28 - Electric Circus, Edinburgh
29 - Cockpit, Leeds


1- Bodega, Nottingham
2 - Charlie Browns, Luton
3- Temple, Birmingham
4- Deaf Institute, Manchester
5- Louisiana, Bristol (The Cast Of Cheers only)
6- Lexington, London
7- Joiners, Southampton
8 - New Slang, Kingston


'Rows Of Houses' will be the next single released by Canadian troubadour Dan Mangan. The track is out on March 19th through City Slang and you can check out the video below.

Dan will also be heading out on an eight-date tour throughout April and May. Tickets are on sale now and full details are as follows:

27th: BRIGHTON, The Hope
28th: MANCHESTER, Castle
29th: GLASGOW, Stereo

1st: NEWCASTLE, Cluny 2
2nd: BRISTOL, Louisiana
3rd: LONDON, Bush Hall
4th: OXFORD, Jericho Tavern
5th: LEEDS, Holy Trinity Church

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