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  • Grammy winning Minnesotan singer-songwriter DAN WILSON releases his brand new solo album ‘LOVE WITHOUT FEAR’ on Ballroom Music via Kobalt Label Services on April 14th 2014. A man whose songs have already touched millions, Dan is best known in the UK as the frontman for Semisonic with their huge hits ‘Closing Time’, ‘Secret Smile’ and the million selling album ‘Feeling Strangely Fine’ which went platinum in the US and the UK.
  • Aventine is the new single from Agnes Obel, released 31st March 2014. The title track from Obel’s critically acclaimed new album, Aventine is the third single to be taken from the album, following The Curse and Dorian. Aventine is the southernmost of Rome’s seven hills, which in folklore is reputed to be haunted by birds of ill omen. Appropriately, Aventine is a stunningly beautiful, darkly atmospheric song from this singular Danish talent.
  • THE ICON…THE VOICE…THE MASTER…THE JACKSONS THE GLAMOROUS HENLEY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES…   PERFORMING ON THE FLOATING STAGE   BRYAN FERRY – WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY   JOSS STONE – UK FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE – THURSDAY 10TH JULY   BURT BACHARACH – FRIDAY 11TH JULY   THE JACKSONS – SATURDAY 12TH JULY   STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED– SUNDAY 13TH JULY   TICKETS ON SALE 24th MARCH 2014 www.henley-festival.co.uk   The glamorous Henley Festival, in partnership with BMW, is a series of extraordinary and atmospheric evenings, featuring performances from an array of world class acts. Taking place from 9th – 13th July 2014 on the stunning banks of the River Thames, this eclectic festival, now in its 32nd year, has been described as 'the summer's greatest party'.   With only 5,000 tickets available for each chic black-tie evening, indulge your senses with the finest music and food, accompanied by a selection of witty comedy shows, art & sculpture exhibitions and quirky street theatre performances.TheHenley Festival’s charity work continues and this year we are thrilled to announce a new initiative with HRH The Prince of Wales's charity, The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts. Tickets to each special show will be available from 24thMarch at www.henley-festival.co.uk.
  • Kodiak Jack release their second album Alhambra, with an album cover that features a pocket watch vertically placed in dead leaves, whilst a raven pauses, key pincered in its beak. Taking the book by its cover the surprise is that Kodiak Jack are from the English City that gave birth to Charles Dickens, whilst comparisons with the infamous Spanish fortress are somewhat off the mark. Turning the page and opening the book reveals an album that is drenched in rock. This is music designed with a blueprint of good old fashioned rock, the ubiquitous guitar solos and the gravel deep vocals. Having already garnered favourable notation off the back of their 2011 debut album release Your Death: My Glory, this five piece South Coast band are hoping that Alhambra might push them beyond supporting Everything Everything and Elvis Jackson to that next stage of their progression. With support from Metal Hammer; Classic Rock Magazine; and a clear vision of what they want to achieve, then Alhambra should be that step up in class. What Alhambra delivers is eleven rock and at times heavy rock music, but that’s all it delivers. Each track seems padded out to the nines with regular bass lines, head nodding drumming, lead guitar soloing, those gruff vocals and you would expect it to hit home, but it just seems to be lacking something. Whether that’s variety on a theme or jaw droppingly impressive shredding, Alhambra just lacks a real punch, one which has you aurally reeling.  It also doesn’t help that if you’re going to release a second album, don’t repeat nearly a third of the previous album by re-recording tracks. Crossfire, Wasted Youth and Waves alarmingly appear on Alhambra as they did on Your Death: My Glory. It either leaves the listener thinking the band didn’t have enough quality material to span two albums or they were rushed in releasing Alhambra off the back of the critical acclaim they received for their debut album. Whatever the reason it places worrying thoughts in the mind even before the tracks are dissected.  There is no doubt that Kodiak Jack can rock, opening track Get Out Alive promises much. That fast paced guitar, the chant like vocal and support before the drums keep the pace up. Chorally it is reminiscent of Feeder, but by track four and the almost prophetic line “there’s got be much more than this”, there is almost a desire to exclaim well yes and where is it? Too many tracks fly by without the picture changing, it isn’t until Live to Fight, that Kodiak Jack break the mould and deliver a soaring ballad fuelled rocking montage that tries so hard to add some life into the album, but by that stage the last rites have been uttered. For those looking for that classic rock album then Kodiak Jack’s Alhambra isn’t going to be an offensive purchase, but if you want an album that surprises, challenges and delivers a step forward in quality then you probably need to look elsewhere – difficult second album territory? For the sake of Kodiak Jack let’s hope so.
  • Appletop - Brave Mountains Armellodie Records A three piece outfit hailing from the south of France, Appletop were formed by Pierre Cancellieri, Pierre Cristofari and Nicolas Faou back in 2008 in Hyeres. Following a string of EPs and debut album, The City Can Wait in their home territory, Brave Mountains is the bands sophomore effort released here via Armellodie Records. Clearly in thrall to the indie rocking sounds of the US and the UK, Appletop have a sound that evokes the likes of The Strokes, Dinosaur Jr, Babyshambles and elements of Deus. Openers Headstrong and Twenty-Five are strong out of the gates numbers that instantly introduce you to this bands particular brand of insistent indie rock nirvana, when Cristofari lets out an angsty growl midway through Twenty-Five and the guitars crescendo into a warm and fuzzy scrawl, it is very clear that this is a band capable of very great things indeed. Continuing the exuberant giddiness with Burning Land and Nikolai, Appletop maintain their alt rocking stance, delivering further examples of their song writing prowess and bringing a certain early nineties nostalgia buzz that evokes Dinosaur Jr in their Green Mind era glory. Nebraska has a distorted charm to it replete with slanted guitar work and effortlessly sounding melodic intent, whilst Madonna In Love skips and trips along on scrawling guitar solos and scuzzy guitar riffs. With Johnny's Theme, the trio certainly have their sights set on a certain Babyshambles like indie rock sound, but it's one of the few misfires here, a by the numbers sounding song that adds little to proceedings and comes across a little too vanilla and borrowed to set the world on fire. The slower burning Portland is a more inspired and impressive sounding entry fortunately, Appletop reminding you that this is a band with the power to engage and delight in equal measure. With Brave Mountains, Appletop deliver an indie rocking album that impresses and excites throughout, full of distorted guitar gems full of melodic exuberance and giddy excitement, they evoke a certain early nineties alt rock aesthetic that for fans of a certain bent will hit a magical chord.
  • Mount Eerie, The Budos Band, Rubblebucket, and more added to lineup   Treefort’s roster, which already features acts like Run the Jewels, RJD2, Blockhead, Polica, The Joy Formidable, Dan Deacon, Built to Spill, Odezsa, Cody Chesnutt, includes over 320 artists. New additions to the lineup include:   MOUNT EERIE THE BUDOS BAND RUBBLEBUCKET GIFT OF GAB THE CAVE SINGERS THE ENTRANCE BAND THEESATISFACTION FEVER THE GHOST NURSES PURLING HISS YVETTE TARTUFI WILD THRONE LA LUZ   FULL ARTIST LISTING: http://treefortmusicfest.com/press-fortress/releases/02-13-14/#artists     TICKETS   General Admission 4-day wristbands, Zip Line, and Secret Handshake passes are currently available for purchase. For details about Treefort ticketing options and to purchase passes,visitwww.treefortmusicfest.com/tickets/.  
  • Announce 2014 Line Up featuring Public Service Broadcasting, Melt Yourself Down, Channel One Soundsystem, DJ Food + More Friday 1st to Saturday 2nd August 2014 @ Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset Tickets on Sale via https://tickets.partyforthepeople.org.uk/events/205-farmfestival-2014 Farmfestival ‘really, really, really excited!’ by great acts lined-up for 2014 The organisers at Farmfestival have announced that they are ‘really, really, really excited’ at how the line-up is taking shape this year. Public Service Broadcasting, the sonically combustible propaganda pilferers, will headline alongside volatile world-funksters Melt Yourself Down. With legendary dub-reggae crew Channel One Soundsystem and DJ Food also contributing to the line-up, and other notable acts including Alpines, Emily and The Woods, Skinny Lister, Beans on Toast and Gorgeous George, the excitement emanating from Farmfest 2014 sounds well placed!
  • Fou De Toi - Dreams Fou De Toi comprise of Erik Haager on vocals and guitar, Johan Malmberg on guitar and Daniel Karlson on bass. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden this is a trio that engage in anthemic and euphoric indie rock judging from new single Dreams. Gliding in on a playful piano riff, Dreams is soon bolstered by dynamic guitar chords and vocals that veer between infectiously melodic verses and anthemically bold choruses. Erik Haager possesses a vocal range that can deliver a certain shivers down the spine impressiveness and a definite mainstream appeal at the same time, a hybrid between Bono and Chris Martin in essence which certainly bodes well for their commercial chances going forward. A bold and euphoric sounding single, Dreams finds Fou De Toi in confident sounding territory and may well have you salivating to hear more from this impressive sounding trio.
  • FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE SUNDAY 15TH JUNE KINGS OF LEON   ALSO APPEARING TRAVIS…CLEAN BANDIT…THE SPECIALS JOHN NEWMAN…DEAP VALLY… NINA NESBITT THE HORRORS…GORGON CITY…THE STRYPES THE POLYPHONIC SPREE…FROM THE JAM NEON JUNGLE…SWIM DEEP…CHLÖE HOWL THE SELECTER…DUKE DUMONT…PEACE JULY TALK…THE MOVE…DAPPY LAWSON…THE VAMPS   Topping off the Main Stage headliners on Sunday 15th June, Kings of Leon make a much-anticipated return to the Isle of Wight Festival for avery special Festival exclusive performance. To be there and experience this epic weekend of music and excitement, get your tickets from www.isleofwightfestival.com now. With the Isle of Wight Festival payment plan and amazing ticket and travel packages available, it’s never been easier to be a part of the action.    Kings of Leon’s Grammy Nominated 6th studio album ‘Mechanical Bull’ entered the UK charts at number 1 and now they’re taking the top slot on the legendary Main Stage on Sunday 15th June.   John Giddings, the Festival’s promoter said: “It’s a rock ‘n’ roll weekend! Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings of Leon- rock the Wight!”   Travis said: “We’re made up that we are making a trip back to the Isle of Wight, last time was a top gig. There's a lot of rock and roll history gone down on that little island and it's great to be a part of it again.”   Tickets are available now, simply head to www.isleofwightfestival.com and spread the cost with their popular payment plan, which returns for 2014 alongside various ticket and travel packages.

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