Opeth confirm UK tour dates

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Opeth have announced a set of UK tour dates scheduled to take place in October.

British fans were up in arms recently when the band announced a set of European shows that didn’t feature any dates on UK shores. But keyboardist Joakin Svalberg later explained: “Hold yer horses! More dates to be announced real soon. Big festivals usually have clauses in their contracts, stating no shows nearby are to be announced until the festival happens.”

Svalberg was referring, of course, to Download which took place last weekend. True to their word, now that the festival is over, the UK dates have been revealed. Opeth will play:

10th of October: O2 Academy, Bristol
11th of October: Roundhouse, London
12th Of October: Rock City, Nottingham
14th of October: O2 ABC, Glasgow
15th of October: Manchester Academy
16th of October: Birmingham Institute

Opeth release their new album, Pale Communion, on the 25th of August. Tickets for the above shows go on sale this Friday, the 20th of June.

Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was the recipient of the Golden God award at last night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods award ceremony. You can read a full list of award winners here.

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The Gaslight Anthem announce new album and UK tour

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The Gaslight Anthem have revealed details of their new album and UK tour.

Titled Get Hurt, the album will be released via Virgin/EMI on the 18th of August. It was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios with producer Mike Crossey at the controls.

The release will be supported by a five-date UK headline tour, with the band playing some of their biggest UK shows to date. The live shows will kick off in Manchester on the 17th of November, before passing through London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Birmingham.

A full tracklisting for Get Hurt is as follows:

“Stay Vicious”
“1,000 Years”
“Get Hurt”
“Stray Paper”
“Helter Skeleton”
“Underneath The Ground”
“Rollin’ And Tumblin'”
“Red Violins”
“Selected Poems”
“Ain’t That A Shame”
“Break Your Heart”
“Dark Places”
“Sweet Morphine” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)
“Mama’s Boys” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)
“Halloween” (Deluxe edition only bonus track)

Confirmed UK headline tour dates are as follows:

17th November: O2 Apollo, Manchester
19th November: Alexandra Palace, London
21st November: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
22nd November: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
23rd November: O2 Academy, Birmingham

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James to release new album, La Petite Mort, in June

James La Petite MortManchester indie legends James are to release their first album in six years next month.

La Petite Mort will be released on the 2nd of June via BMG Chrysalis and Cooking Vinyl.

The album was produced by Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse) and follows James’ 10th studio album Hey Ma, which was released in 2008, and 2010’s EPs The Night Before and The Morning After. La Petite Mort was written by the band’s frontman Tim Booth after the deaths of his mother and best friend.

The album will feature the single ‘Moving On’ and ‘Frozen Britain’, both of which can watch and listen to below.

The release will be supported by a sold out Summer in the City gig at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 11 with special guests Starsailor, and a set at Camp Bestival on August 1. The band are also due to announce a UK arena tour.

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Johnny Marr: Factory Records story is “a crock of s**t”

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Renowned guitarist Johnny Marr has dismissed years of gossip about Factory Records turning down The Smiths as “a crock of shit.”

Speaking in an interview in this week’s edition of NME, Marr says that the band were never refused a deal by the infamous Manchester label. “If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony Wilson for his papal blessing to stick you in the studio, and I wasn’t about to do that,” he says.

“So much has been made of Factory apparently turning The Smiths down, but that’s a crock of shit,” he continues. “The Smiths would have signed to Factory over my dead body… I didn’t want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic. Before we knew it, we would’ve had side-partings and khaki shorts, with bongos round our necks… No disrespect to A Certain Ratio.”

The new edition of the NME is a 30th anniversary special celebrating the release of The Smith’s debut album from 1984. The magazine is on newsstands now.

Blood and Fire Records to relaunch

B&F RecordsThe Manchester based record label Blood and Fire Records is to relaunch.

The reggae and dub specialist was originally founded in 1993 and released a slew of records such as re-issues of King Tubby, the Congos and many others. In recent years the label has been dormant, but that is about to change.

The label’s relaunch is in partnership with VP Records, and their first release of 2014 is scheduled to be a limited edition 12″ re-issue of Gregory Isaacs’ 1978 song ‘Mr. Know It All.’ The disc will be available from 19th April, coinciding with this year’s Record Store Day.

In a statement, Blood and Fire have revealed that they will re-release between 10 and 12 of their collections in the next 12 months with each release set to feature new content and packaging. They will also be launching an official line of merchandise, overseen by label A&R boss and co-founder Steve Barrow.

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