Grammy® Award-nominated multiplatinum singer and songwriter JULIA MICHAELS unleashes a new song, “All Your Exes,” via Polydor Records today. She also surprised fans with the announcement that her long-awaited full-length album debut will arrive on April 30th.
About "All Your Exes" and the upcoming album Julia says, "In the past I’ve definitely been a bitter lemon when it came to love, but all of that has changed. Now that I’m in a healthy relationship I’ve redirected that angst from my ex to my current partner’s exes,” she laughs. “I hope fans will appreciate the dark humor of the song. I wrote it with JP, and it’s about being so obnoxiously in love that it’s actually painful to think about that person having been with anyone else- like how is that even possible that you were with someone else before me?” she exclaims.
“I love that songs like this exist on the new album,” she adds, “These are songs that explore the upside of being in love as much as the depths of being hurt. It’s a new experience for me, and I’m excited for fans to laugh and smile with me.”
ABOUT JULIA MICHAELS
Over the past few years, no songwriter has had more of an impact on reshaping pop music than Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Julia Michaels, whose razor-sharp perspective on love, loss, and the wide spectrum of the human experience has deservedly catapulted her to the forefront of her industry. Lauded for her work on hit singles by artists like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Niall Horan, Dua Lipa, Janelle Monáe, Shawn Mendes, P!NK, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld, The Chicks, Keith Urban, Jessie Ware, and more, Julia has spent the last decade honing her craft and delivering fans some of the most evocative music of a generation.
In 2017, Julia embarked on a solo career separate from her work synthesizing the stories of the stars around her with “Issues,” her 5x-platinum selling debut single. A year later, her peers recognized her stunning work with Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year.” Committing to her solo work, Julia released a series of critically acclaimed EPs, including 2017’s fan-favorite Nervous System and 2019’s critically acclaimed Inner Monologue Part 1 and Inner Monologue Part 2. She also embarked on The Inner Monologue Tour, which marked her first-ever headline tour throughout the U.S. following an enviable run touring the world with an incredible array of artists including Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK.
In 2020, she received her third Grammy nomination, and second in the prestigious “Song Of The Year” category, for her collaboration with JP Saxe on “If The World Was Ending,” in addition to earning her second #1 as a songwriter on the Billboard Hot 100 for Selena Gomez’ “Lose You To Love Me.”
Rag‘n’Bone Man’s spectacular return continues today with the announcement of UK autumn dates, kicking off with a big hometown arena show at the Brighton Centre, also including London’s Eventim Apollo on November 6th. Tickets on pre-sale March 23rd, and on general sale March 26th here.
The shows are set to promote Rag ‘n’Bone Man’s highly anticipated new album ‘Life By Misadventure’ - out April 23rd on Columbia - which is one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. His latest single, the sublime ‘All You Ever Wanted’, continues to blow up off the back of its’ Radio 1 & Radio 2 playlist spots, racing to #1 in both the Airplay and iTunes charts.
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man recently turned in all -star performances on Later...with Jools Holland and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Tickets on pre-sale March 23rd, and on general sale March 26th here.
Sun 17th Brighton, Brighton Centre
Mon 18th Dublin, Olympia Theatre
Tue 19th Belfast, Waterfront Hall
Thu 21st Leeds, O2 Academy
Fri 22nd Bristol, O2 Academy
Sat 23rd Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Mon 25th Glasgow, O2 Academy
Thu 28th Plymouth, Pavilions
Fri 29th Manchester, O2 Apollo
Sun 31st Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham
Wed 3rd Newcastle, O2 Academy
Sat 6th London, Eventim Apollo
His 2017 landmark debut ‘Human’ was a phenomenal success; a 4x platinum album which shot to #1 week of release in the UK, became the fastest-selling album by a male artist for the entire decade and earned him BRIT and Ivor Novello Awards.
If that’s a hard act to follow, Rag‘n’Bone Man tore up the rule book and went to Nashville to write and record what would become ‘Life By Misadventure’, returning to the UK just before the pandemic first erupted. While a dose of heavy blues and soul lives within some of these new tunes, the majority of this new album finds Rag‘n’Bone Man taking a huge step forward as an artist, a songwriter, and a singer capable of showcasing tremendous warmth and real emotion with every breath.
“Life By Misadventure’ is the perfect tonic for these times and an incredible collection of emotional songs to touch us when we need it most. It’s an album of depth and soul, about growing up and moving forward. Enjoy the trip.
ENTER SHIKARI have announced the rescheduled dates for their 'Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible' tour
Today, Enter Shikari announce the rescheduled UK and European May / June 2021 ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’ tour.
The new dates will span December 2021 and February 2022.
Alongside the rescheduled shows, the band have also announced a handful of additional UK dates, with the tour now taking in stops in Lincoln, Bristol, Hull, Liverpool and Leeds.
Original tickets for all dates remain valid for the rescheduled dates, while tickets for the additional dates will go on sale from 10AM Friday 12th March at http://www.entershikari.com/shows and all ticket retailers.
Special guests for all UK dates are Dinosaur Pile-Up and Nova Twins. Special guests for European dates to be announced.
UK - December 2021
Sat 4th - LONDON - Alexandra Palace
Sun 5th - MANCHESTER - O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tues 7th - LINCOLN - Engine Shed
Wed 8th - HULL - Asylum
Thur 9th - BRISTOL - O2 Academy
Sat 11th - LIVERPOOL - Mountford Hall
Sun 12th - LEEDS - O2 Academy
Mon 13th - EDINBURGH - Usher Hall
Wed 15th - BIRMINGHAM - O2 Academy
Thur 16th - CARDIFF - Great Hall - SOLD OUT
Fri 17th - SOUTHAMPTON - O2 Guildhall
Sun 19th - MIDDLESBROUGH - Town Hall
Mon 20th - NOTTINGHAM - Rock City - SOLD OUT
Tues 21st - NOTTINGHAM - Rock City - SOLD OUT
EUROPE - January / February 2022
Mon 31st - AMSTERDAM, NL - Melkweg
Tues 1st - HAMBURG, DE - Grosse Freiheit 36
Thur 3rd - BERLIN, DE - ColumbiaHalle
Fri 4th - COLOGNE, DE - Palladium
Sat 5th - ANTWERPEN, BE - Trix
Mon 7th - ZURICH, CH - X-Tra Limmathaus
Tues 8th - STUTTGART, DE - LKA Longhorn
Wed 9th - MUNICH, DE - TonHalle
Thur 10th - OFFENBACH, DE - Stadthalle
Black Honey have announced details of a UK tour set for September and October 2021, with dates set for London’s Heaven and Manchester’s Academy 2. First ticket access will go to those who have pre-ordered the album from the band’s store here, with pre-sale tickets on sale on Wednesday 10th and general sale on Friday 12th March. Black Honey’s highly-anticipated second album ‘Written and Directed’ is set for release on 19th March 2021.
‘Written & Directed’ is Black Honey’s second album. It follows their outstanding self-titled debut released back in 2018 when the world that surrounded the Brighton fourpiece looked and felt like a very different place. Black Honey however are still the bad-ass, truly original band they have always been, they’ve just graduated from the intriguingly anomalous newcomers to becoming one of UK indie’s most singular outfits. They've travelled the world and released a Top 40 album; graced the cover of the NME and become the faces and soundtrack of Roberto Cavalli's Milan Fashion Week show; smashed Glastonbury and supported Queens of the Stone Age, all without compromising a shred of the wild, wicked vision they first set out with.
‘Written & Directed’ delivers one, very singular, message, aiming to unashamedly plant a flag in the ground for strong, world-conquering women. For fierce frontwoman and album protagonist Izzy B. Phillips – it’s the most important message she could send to inspire her cult-like fanbase and fill the female-shaped gap that she felt so acutely when she was growing up and discovering rock music for the first time.
With a typically hyper-visual world referencing grindhouse cinema, kitschy pulp films and a flip-reverse of female cinematic representation all primed to unfurl and explode around them, Black Honey’s ‘Written & Directed’ is set to come alive on stage this year, expect them to pull out all the unpredictable stops. The sound of Black Honey strapping in and saddling up, of harnessing their quirks, and, as the Phillips has always hoped, riding them joyously into the sunset.
Full UK tour dates:
24th June – Banquet Pryzm, Kingston (Social Distant)
14th September – Jumbo, Leeds
15th September – Action, Preston
16th September – Vinolo, Southampton
17th September – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough
23rd September – Brighton, Chalk
4th October – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
5th October – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
7th October – Glasgow, St Lukes
8th October – Manchester, Academy 2
9th October – Newcastle, Think Tank
10th October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (Community Room)
12th October – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
13th October – London, Heaven
York’s alt rock songsmiths, Bull have today announced their debut album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ which will be released on the 26th March by EMI Records, in conjunction with Young Thugs.
To celebrate, the band have today released ‘Eugene’, a mini-symphony of self-flagellation which trips through the various stages of feeling down on yourself (lethargy, frustration, anger etc) using tempo changes to paint an audio picture. It manages to be both melancholy and spritely at the same time, another example of the band’s idiosyncratic song writing.
“I wrote the song Eugene when I was feeling dissatisfied with what I was doing” Tom (guitar/vocals) explains. “It's kind of a self-hate song, you know when people talk about self-love? It's not that. I'm slating myself; it moves through the key changes and different moods, and ends in a way that mocks the sadness, another form of self-deprecation!"
The video for the track is again a collaboration with artist friends of the band that reflects the different moods of the song. Dan and Kai from the band kick things off with some DIY Claymation before handing over to artists Jack Iredale, Rory Welbrock, Roxy Linklater and Holly Beer who each tackled a different animation style.
The band’s debut album, ‘Discover Effortless Living’ is a cornucopia of alt rocks sounds, the band having refined their song writing style into 13 indie bangers. The album includes previous singles such as ‘Disco Living’ (actually an abbreviation of the album title) ‘Green’, ‘Bonzo Please’ and ‘Love Goo’.
At radio the band are already being championed by the likes of Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at 6Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Introducing Clara Amfo, as well as being acclaimed by fellow musicians like Elton John on his Beats 1 show and Declan McKenna.
Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.
They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band have plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands. The band hope that 2021 will see them returning to the stage alongside the release of their debut album.
Discover Effortless Living
Celeste has announced details of her first headline UK tour. The ascending soul star, who released her debut album ‘Not Your Muse’ last week to high acclaim, will perform six headline shows in spring 2022 including Glasgow Barrowland on 7th April 2022.
Celeste has announced details of her first headline UK tour. The ascending soul star, who released her debut album ‘Not Your Muse’ last week to high acclaim, will perform six headline shows in spring 2022, culminating at London’s Roundhouse on April 21st. The tour news follows the announcement of Celeste’s first London shows since December 2019. The five dates, which will take place at Union Chapel in July this year, sold out in less than 4 minutes.
Despite the ensuing pandemic putting paid to all touring and festival plans, including a sold-out show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and a tour with Michael Kiwanuka, Celeste continued her remarkable rise throughout 2020. The singer songwriter achieved the double win of BBC Sound of 2020 and the BRITS Rising Star award…. Celeste’s spell-binding performance of ‘Strange’ at The BRITS in February placed her firmly in the global spotlight, winning her a legion of new fans blown away by its raw intimacy. She released a string of captivating songs - the sentiments of which resonate in these uncertain times - including ‘Hear My Voice’ which was co-written with Golden Globe®-nominated composer Daniel Pemberton and is the focus track of the Netflix film The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Aaron Sorkin. ‘Hear My Voice’ is tipped as an Oscars contender for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards this year. ‘A Little Love’, which was written and recorded for the John Lewis and Waitrose Christmas advertising campaign, has been widely praised as a Christmas classic in the making and marks the first time an artist has been commissioned to write and perform an original song for the ad, marking another milestone. Following this, Celeste closed out the year with the live debut of her uplifting new single ‘Love Is Back’ on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny.
With the release of her phenomenal debut album ‘Not Your Muse’ and eagerly awaited live shows back on the map, this year looks set to belong to Celeste too.
Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 5th February at 9am, with pre-sale starting on Wednesday 3rd Feb at 11am.
March 31st Birmingham Institute
April 3rd Bristol O2 Academy
April 7th Glasgow The Barrowland Ballroom
April 12th Cambridge Corn Exchange
April 16th Manchester Albert Hall
April 21st London Roundhouse
Alternative-rock duo The Blue Stones announced their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Hidden Gems, set for release via Entertainment One (eOne) on March 19th. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. These developments are clear on the band’s thundering new single “Spirit,” which made its debut on YouTube earlier today. The song blends the perfect mix of electrifying guitars and tempo riding drums mixed with more mellow moments. Lyrically, vocalist/guitarist Tarek Jafar addresses the push and pull he feels within himself to do what he thinks is best versus more self-destructive habits, belting through the chorus “I don’t trust myself, I feel like somebody else.”
Speaking on the creation of “Spirit”, Jafar stated:
"I've always felt a little torn between two selves. The person who does what he should, and the other who does what he wants. It's ping pong for the psyche, and I've played it extensively this past year. I'd like to consider myself a normal, contributing member to society; and that's only true because I let myself indulge in the 'wants' every now and then. That's what letting your spirit play is.”
When Jafar and Justin Tessier (drums/vocals) formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As the band were working with Paul Meany on what would become their sophomore-effort, Hidden Gems, they realized they wanted to take the sound they had become known for and give it a new edge. Across the ten songs on the album, the band pairs rock songs built to be played in a stadium with layered, R&B leaning numbers and moody, grunge tracks. The songs resonate with a powerful emotional intensity both sonically and lyrically, with Jafar penning his most personal lyrics to date. Centered around self-confidence, the album works through accepting your strengths and weaknesses, touching upon heartbreak and bad habits.
Album opener “Lights On” serves as a perfect introduction to the diverse sound found across Hidden Gems, before kicking into hit single “Shakin’ Off The Rust” which charted Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and has seen over 13 million streams worldwide. As the record continues, the band brings in a smooth and funky vibe through a mix of keys and 808 kick drums on songs like “Careless”, “L.A. Afterlife” and “Make This Easy”. “Let It Ride”sets course as an explosive rock anthem, while the album ends with the bouncy, indie-rock driven “Oceans”. On Hidden Gems, the band have crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that you can’t help but be swept up and carried off by these songs. The Blue Stones have redefined who they are, but at the same time ensured they kept their identity intact, making them one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.
Rising Atlanta pop duo Chapel has announced their brand-new EP Room Service, due out 23rd April via Rise Records. Produced and engineered by the band – Carter Hardin (vocals/guitar/keys) and Kortney Grinwis (drums) – mixed by Matt Huber (Nightly, joan), and mastered by Sam Moses (Smallpools, Nightly), the 4-song EP showcases Chapel’s signature playful-yet-emotive lyrics, soaring pop melodies, and R&B inflected rhythms, synths, and guitars. You can pre-save Room Service HERE.
News of the band’s forthcoming EP comes with the release of opening track “First Love” and a music video shot and directed by the duo at home
Sometimes in the back of your head you hope you and your first love work out. If not at the beginning maybe later in the future. Most of the time the reality is it doesn’t ever work out and although it doesn’t you both will always share this weird bond together. This song explores that pain and acceptance. - Chapel
“First Love” follows Chapel’s previously released EP track “Pillow Talk,” which dropped in January and has already racked up multiple spins on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. Since releasing their debut EP Sunday Brunch in 2017, Chapel has accrued more than 8 MILION streams across platforms while receiving accolades from Billboard, SPIN, POPULAR, Alternative Press, and more.
Chapel’s new EP – Room Service – is out 23rd April via Rise Records
One of Australia’s most compelling young rock acts RedHook have just revealed their fiery new single ‘Bad Decisions’; the title track of their long-awaited debut EP - produced by Stevie Knight (Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Hands Like Houses, Underoath).
Unrelenting and infectious, ‘Bad Decisions’ is two and half minutes of cathartic alternative rock, led by the relatable, and, at times, uncomfortably honest lyrics of lead vocalist Emmy Mack. Featuring gang vocals from a bunch of RedHook's mates in Yours Truly, The Dead Love, Grenade Jumper, FANGZ, Down For Tomorrow and The Last Martyr, the confessional punk rock singalong hurtles through its blistering guitar solo to its ecstatic finale.
Mack describes 'Bad Decisions' as a “self-loathing anthem”; "I always joke to the boys that it's my theme song," she laughs. "I wrote it when I was feeling depressed as fuck, trapped in a spiral of self-destructive behaviour and making a lot of *checks thesaurus* questionable life choices that only served to intensify my rubbish headspace and feelings of deep self-loathing.”
She continues, "(‘Bad Decisions') is me reflecting from rock bottom on how on earth I went from being a straight-edge, dux-of-my-Catholic-school goody-two-shoes to feeling like a totally lost and fucked up mess of an adult. It's me laughing at myself and, I guess, trying to take something positive away from all it all. Hopefully someone else out there can relate."
RedHook’s debut EP Bad Decisions, which also features previous single ‘Cure 4 Psycho’, is due out on Friday, 23rd April.
Prior to the worldwide pandemic, the band toured relentlessly, including multiple headline Australian tours and a debut UK/European tour. This also included appearances at Download UK, Good Things, BIGSOUND and Halloween Hysteria 2019, as well as supporting the likes of The Amity Affliction, Sevendust, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove.
Previous releases have seen extensive support from Spotify, Apple Music, triple j (three singles added to full rotation) and triple j Unearthed, with the three-piece winning the Download Sydney triple j Unearthed competition. They’ve also received glowing support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Rock Sound (UK), Kerrang! (UK), Pilerats, Hysteria Magazine, HEAVY Mag and Don’t Bore Us, as well as hosting the ABC’s esteemed video program Rage, with multiple music videos being added to rotation.
In the coming weeks, RedHook will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Bad Decisions’.
‘Bad Decisions’ is available worldwide now
Zak Abel has released his new track, ‘Be Kind’ — his first new solo music of 2021. Co-written with Nate Cyphert (Marshmello, Bebe Rexha) and produced by Nick Ruth, ‘Be Kind’ radiates the warmth and sincerity that Zak put out into the world throughout the course of 2020.
Now signed to Island Records, Zak has re-discovered his calling and the things that really make him tick; writing songs that mean something to people, that uplift people, that make people wonder, dream, feel.
Whether by performing tracks from home via his Instagram Live every night in April or regularly checking in with fans across his socials, the importance of reaching out, talking, and listening remains at the forefront of Zak’s songwriting. “Talking things out and feeling connected is really important,” he says, “and it made me realize that, sure we all come from different backgrounds, but we’re all experiencing the same things, just in different orders.”
A smoky, feel-good jam full of verve and groove, ‘Be Kind’ itself listens like an anthem for the soul, an antidote to the division and intolerance that Zak sees and feels all around him. Zak says: “We are living through a strange time where it feels like we are so divided, and intolerant of people that we disagree with or are different to us. Often, that intolerance is based on someone’s race or religion, sexuality, gender, or identity. To me, the content of one’s character is the much, much more important factor. In a world where you can be anything, I’ll be kind to you. Could you be kind to me?"
‘Be Kind’ follows the success of 2020’s ‘Freedom’ — a collaboration with Superstar dance producer Kygo which has since amassed over 100 million streams — and a sold-out European Tour in 2019, which culminated in Zak selling out a 3000-cap headline show at The Roundhouse in Camden, a stone’s throw from where he grew up. With more new music on the horizon, 2021 promises to be an exciting year for the Zak Pack (the name of his fan club) - stay tuned!