Music News - Copyright (c) 2014 Gigwise. All rights reserved. Music News from en-us Music News - 144 32 15 gigwise94948 <![CDATA[Listen: Charli XCX unveils new track 'London Queen']]>'London-Queen' Charli XCX has released the latest single from her delayed album Sucker. Listen to 'London Queen' below.

The provocative pop sensation, fresh from the undeniable brilliance of 'Boom Clap' and 'Fancy', has just released the audio for 'London Queen'. Produced by Justin Raisen, she describes the track's sound as "future Ramones". Accompanied by driving guitars it shows XCX discussing the strangeness of moving to America, her ambition to fill her house full of gold plaques and, in a more macabre fashion, feeling like JFK when she's driving. 

Listen to London Queen by Charli XCX below.

Earlier this month XCX, announced that her album ‘Sucker’ would not be released on 21st October as planned but would be delayed until 26th January in the U.K./Europe and 16th December in the U.S.

This came about due to the surprise success of her solo single “Boom Clap.” XCX spoke of the delay on Twitter and revealed:

Tickets to Charli XCX’s show this autumn in London at Heaven are on sale now. For tickets and more information visit here.

Below: Exclusive photos of Charli XCX at Islington Academy

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:19:16 GMT
gigwise94947 <![CDATA[Flying Lotus thinks he should have been on Kanye's Yeezus]]>'s-Yeezus Flying Lotus has revealed he wishes he was surprised not to be asked to contribute to Kanye West's Yeezus.

Speaking to Newsweek, the acclaimed producer came out in praise of West's work, but expressed confusion about why he wasn't asked to work on the album.

The producer, real name Steven Ellison  told the publication: "I should have been on it... It was kind of weird that I wasn’t. Just being totally real, not on some ego shit... I was like, 'They didn’t even call!'"

After saying it was his favourite record from West's discography, Ellison then went onto explain he's been trying to collaborate with Kanye on his own material as well: "I’ve been trying, man!.. I feel like, at this point, it’s been expressed enough. He knows where I’m at."

Yeezus wasn't the only album FlyLo felt he missed out on. "There's a few things that came out that I really wish I was on." Ellison explained. "I wish I was on the Earl [Sweatshirt] album, the Doris album."

Watch the video for Flying Lotus' recent collaboration with Kendrick Lamar below:

Flying Lotus' new album You're Dead is out now on Warp Records, and features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar and others. Click here to read Jamie Cullum's review of the album for Gigwise.

It was recently announced that the producer will play his biggest UK show to date at O2 Academy Brixton on 17 April 2015. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit here.

Below: Working together - the 14 best collaborations of 2014 so far

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:09:35 GMT
gigwise94945 <![CDATA[New music project Spiritland opens in London's Shoreditch]]>'s-Shoreditch A new pop-up music residency will launch this month at Merchant's Tavern in London's Shoreditch, offering a true audiophile's experience of expertly curated rare vinyl.

Merchant's Tavern, already well known for its exceptional menu by Angela Harnett, will be home for the next three months to a very different sort of luxurious listening experience.

Founded by radio producer Paul Noble and restaurateurs Patrick Calyton Malone and Dominic Lake, Spiritland is the kind of place where you can settle in and enjoy some truly exceptional albums, playing on vinyl over a stunning Tannoy sound system, while sipping a 'Go Hartnett Or Go Home' cocktail.

Imagine an album playback but with stronger drinks, better food and without the awkward note-taking and you'll get the idea.

Some of the confirmed guests that Gigwise are looking to check out are music historian/DJ Bill Brewster, Mojo's Pete Paphides, Ace Records' Dean Rudland, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and the brilliant Fred Deakin from Lemon Jelly.

More esoteric events will also take place with a night dedicated to electronic soundtracks, one to the music of Lou Reed, Simon Price playing the music of Prince, Twitter favourite Rhodri Marsden's celebration of Prefab Sprout and author Andrew Mueller's collection of highly emotional country.

Perhaps most intriguing of all there will be a session dedicated to Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm’s extensive jazz collection, loaned to Spiritland by his family.

Spiritland will open as a permanent restaurant, bar and members club in its own right in 2015. In the meantime, we'll see you at Merchant's Tavern - we'll be the ones at the bar eating the deep fried oysters discussing the merits of 'When Love Breaks Down'

Spirtland takes place at Merchant's Tavern, 36 Charlotte Road London EC2A. For more information see 

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:31:53 GMT
gigwise94944 <![CDATA[Foo Fighters to play five nights on Letterman]]> Foo Fighters have announced they will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman for five consecutive nights next week.

Taking over the iconic late-night chat show, the band will be playing on every night in support of their forthcoming eighth album Sonic Highways, and according to a press release will be joined by a host of special guests.

The guests in question have yet to be announced, however they will reportedly have special significance to the album, which was recorded in eight different cities around the US.

Frontman Dave Grohl will also appear as a guest on the show on Monday (13 October) ahead of the band's first performance of the week.

Watch Foo Fighters perform on Letterman in the past below:

Foo Fighters will release Sonic Highways on 10 November, whilst a six part documentary of the same name will air on BBC Four on 26 October, with later episodes available on BBC iPlayer.

Below: 17 photos of Foo Fighters rocking London's House Of Vans

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:28:46 GMT
gigwise94943 <![CDATA[Julian Casablancas announces European tour - tickets]]> Julian Casablancas has announced a seven date European tour for December 2014, ticket details are below.

Fresh after releasing his second solo album with new band The Voidz, The Strokes frontman will be hitting the road this winter for a short run of dates, playing at London's The Coronet before heading out around Europe.

The London show is the only date in the UK currently scheduled, with no news as to whether gigs in other parts of the country will be added to the tour.

The announcement comes in the wake of Tyranny, Casablancas' second solo album which is released later this month through Cult Records.

Watch the video for new single 'Where No Eagles Fly' below:

Tickets for Julian Casablancas and The Voidz European tour go on sale Friday (10 October) at 9am. For more information and tickets visit here.

Tyranny is out 13 October, check out the full list of tour dates below:


7 London, Coronet
8 Paris, Casino de Paris
10 Antwerp, Trix
12 Amsterdam, Melkweg Mag
13 Berlin, Postbahnhof
14 Hamburg, Mojo
16 Copenhagen, Vega Main Hall

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:10:13 GMT
gigwise94934 <![CDATA[Hugo Boss accused of copying 'Intro' by The xx for ad]]>'Intro'-by-The-xx-for-ad Hugo Boss have been publicly criticised by Young Turks for ripping off The xx's 'Intro' for their new ad campaign. Compare the songs below.

As reported by Consequence Of Sound, the xx's label Young Turks has complained that the track accompanying the new visuals for their eyewear is a poorly constructed ripofff of the band's signature 'Intro'.

Naturally, when you first hear of such things you expect the soundalike to perhaps nod to the original but sadly for Hugo Boss it appears that whoever provided the audio accompaniment for this ad appears to have ripped off The xx's original almost beat for beat.

It resembles nothing more than the instrumentals that used to soundtrack shopping at Clinton Cards or anemic soundalikes that only exist when an artist isn't on Spotify.

Young Turks are unsuprisingly unhappy about this situation, tweeting:

Compare the two tracks below:


Watch The xx playing the Eden Sessions live below


This summer The xx revealed that their third album sounds 'completely different' to previous efforts and will be recorded in Iceland. 

Their label XL's in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald has told  Dazed Magazine that the Mercury-winners third LP has a “completely different concept” their previous two.

"We’re doing it in Texas and Iceland, and maybe France," he said. "So that’s kind of starting in the middle of July, I’ve already spent a bit of time with them in Texas.

"There are songs which have come out of our experiences in New York and Texas that would never have come out in London; the colours and the ideas and the moods on some of these songs are just not things you would write in London. It’s about opening things up a bit more.

He added: "They are a London band, but they’re also a band that’s spent a lot of time in different countries. So we’re trying to push that further with the Iceland trip, which is happening in July."

Last year, the band spoke to NME about their third album, saying: "We don't find it easy as a band to write on tour, so we haven't got much done yet with new songs, because we've been touring Coexist so much. We're looking forward to having time off to be creative again."

The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2010, and was awarded the Mercury Prize. Their second album, Coexist, was released in 2012.

Below: Photos of The xx, Florence + The Machine and more at Bestival 2012

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:58:55 GMT
gigwise94932 <![CDATA[Listen: ...Trail of Dead unveil new track 'The Ghost Within']]>'The-Ghost-Within' And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead have unveiled a new track titled 'The Ghost Within'. Gear it below.

The first track to be taken from the group's forthcoming album IX premiered on Clash Music this morning. It is decidedly more subdued than the rest of their back catalogue, yet remains true to the meticulously crafted signature sound they've cultivated over the last two decades.

IX follows 2012's Lost Songs and will be the band's ninth album, released later this month through Superball Music.

Listen to 'The Ghost Within' below:

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead will tour the UK in November, with one particular show at Dingwalls seeing the group play their seminal record Source Tags and Codes in full.

Check out the list of dates below, and for more information and ticket details visit here. XI is released 20 October.

14 Glasgow Art School
15 Coventry Kasbah
16 Manchester Ruby Lounge
17 London Dingwalls
18 London Dingwalls (‘Source Tags & Codes’ show)

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:19:49 GMT
gigwise94931 <![CDATA[Cock rock cover band Vag Halen hope to end musical misogyny]]> Candian lesbian rock band Vag Halen, described as "the most powerful all-female band in rock history" by critic Chuck Klosterman, have hit out at misogyny in the music industry.

As reported by The Independent, the band are set to appear at Bournemouth's Arts By The Sea festival this week. This act specialize in covers of Guns N'Roses, Led Zeppelin and Motorhead tracks, albeit delivered in an art-rock feminist fashion.

“When Robert Plant sings 'Whole Lotta Love', he’s a man impersonating a woman having an orgasm," singer Vanessa Dunn told The Independent. "When I sing it and use those stage antics with microphone as a woman, doesn’t it make more sense?”

The band were inspired by a deep rooted love of rock'n'roll and it's aesthetic, notably Tawny Kitaen the model who featured in Whitesnake's videos. Dunn describes her as “the most-beautiful, powerful woman in the world. But I also realised the portrayal of women was problematic and there was a power dynamic at play”.

Dunn manages the delicate task of appreciating a band's songs but despising their believes, exemplfiied by Axl Rose who she describes as “a misogynist asshole, although he looked beautiful and feminine”.

The band make their debut UK performance this week at the Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival on 9 October and their first ever London show at the Dreamland Social Club at the Alley Cat on 11 October.

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:12:21 GMT
gigwise94929 <![CDATA[Beats by Dre headphones banned by NFL following Bose deal]]> The inescapable sight of sportsmen wearing Beats by Dre headphones before a game is set to change after the NFL in the US have banned players wearing them.

No longer will American football players be permitted to wear the headphones ahead of games following a massive sponsoship deal with Bose. According to Sporting News' Jasmine Watkins, the league has said they will prohibit any headphone use other than Bose while they are on camera.

Watkins explains "The restriction of other headphone usage includes preseason training camps, practice sessions, game day, postgame interviews, and it remains in place until 90 minutes after the game has ended."

This may make things complicated for a number of players, such as San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks  Richard Sherman as both have appeared in Beats By Dre commercials.

Below: See Richard Sherman in the Beats by Dre commerical   

Interestingly at the moment the Premier League doesn't have an official commercial technology partner but it would be intriguing to see if something similar could happen in the UK - when the sums of money involved, we wouldn't bet against something happening on this side of the Atlantic by next season.

This year Dr Dre topped the list of the highest paid acts in hip-hop, thanks to his sale of Beats Audio to Apple earlier this year.

Dre tops Forbes magazine's annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings ranking the most financially successful performers in rap. Apple shelled out $3 billion to acquire Beats Audio, with Dre quick to label himself hip-hops first billionaire. The rapper can count his pretax earnings at $620 million.

Dre's total is the highest annual earnings of any star ever evaluated by Forbes with his total topping the earnings of all 24 other artists on the list combined. DJ Khaled, who comes in at number 20 with $7 million told Forbes, “It’s safe to say headphones is a good business”.

The entire list with each artist's figures is below:

1. Dr. Dre – $620 million
2. Jay Z – $60 million and Diddy – $60 million
2. Diddy – $60 million
4. Drake – $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $32 million
6. Kanye West – $30 million
7. Birdman – $24 million
8. Lil Wayne – $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams – $22 million
10. Eminem – $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj – $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa – $13 million
13. Pitbull – $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg – $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million
16. Ludacris – $8 million
16. Tech N9ne – $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz – $8 million
16. 50 Cent – $8 million
20. Rick Ross – $7 million
20. J. Cole – $7 million
20. DJ Khaled – $7 million
20. Lil Jon – $7 million
20. Mac Miller – $7 million


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:35:02 GMT
gigwise94927 <![CDATA[Anna Calvi announces special London gig with orchestra - tickets]]> Anna Calvi has announced details of a special one-off London gig this December, with a choir, orchestra and special guests. Full dates and ticket details are below. 

Aside from her support slot for Morrissey at the O2 Arena, this is the two-time Mercury nominee's only confirmed UK gig for the rest of 2014, and it's going to be very special indeed.

"On Saturday December 13th, I will be hosting a very special one off show in the beautiful intimate surroundings of St John Church of Hackney in London," said Calvi in a statement.

"The Heritage Orchestra - who I had the pleasure of working with for the Giorgio Moroder show at the Sydney Opera House - will be providing a string section and an all female choir, and I will be inviting past, present, and future collaborators on the night to join me as special guests on stage.

"We will be performing new orchestra versions of my album songs, some album songs that have never ever been performed live, new covers, and hopefully some new original material!"

Her past collaborators include David Byrne and Marianne Faithful, so maybe they'll make an appearance?

Anna Calvi will perform at St John Church in Hackney on 13 December. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 8 October. For tickets and more information, visit here

Below: Exclusive photos of Anna Calvi at The Troxy + George Tavern

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:31:43 GMT
gigwise94926 <![CDATA[Trent Reznor explains why his songs 'aren't that catchy']]>'aren't-that-catchy' Trent Reznor has given a revealing interview concerning his creative process, with the musician revealing precisely why his songs 'aren't catchy'.

An acclaimed composer as well as a rock icon, Reznor spoke to CBS ahead of the release of Gone Girl, David Fincher's new film for which the Nine Inch Nails frontman composed the score.

Discussing his difference in writing style between projects, Reznor explained: "With Nine Inch Nails I realize that a lot of times my strategy of writing a pop song isn’t to start with a hook and mechanically try to make this product that’s catchy."

"It’s more that I start with a feeling or sometimes a visual, and then I try to dress that visual with sound, and a song comes out the other end. That’s probably why my songs aren’t that catchy."

Watch the interview in full below:

In the past Reznor has scored films such as The Social Network and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Gone Girl is out now in UK cinemas.

Alongside his film work, this year saw Nine Inch Nails play a host of rare live shows, including a lenghty US tour which came to an end last month. 

Below: 11 exclusive photos of Nine Inch Nails at Manchester Arena

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:25:23 GMT
gigwise94924 <![CDATA[Drake surpasses The Beatles for most top 100 singles]]> Drake has surpassed The Beatles for the number of singles to appear in the Billboard top 100, with 72 tracks from the rapper charting in the states.

The Toronto rapper's remix of iLoveMakkonen's 'Tuesday' initiated his move up the charts, placing at number 90 in this week's chart and seeing him pass The Beatles' total of 71 entries.

This now sees Drake and Aretha Franklin tied for eighth place on the list, with touring mate Lil Wayne still way ahead with a whopping 122 entries.

The cast of TV show Glee currently hold the top spot with 207 entries between them.

Listen to Drake's remix of iLoveMakkonen's 'Tuesday' below:

This news rounds off a strong 2014 for Drake, who has just finished a sold out US tour with Lil Wayne, and also hosted the ESPY awards earlier this year.

Below: That's SO Drake - the Drake-iest things Drake has ever done


Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:49:17 GMT
gigwise94923 <![CDATA[Steven Tyler to start recording solo record, might 'go country']]>'go-country' Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has announced plans that he may finally be releasing a solo album - and he may also be going 'country'.

As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, during a recent Q&A session at Twitter's headquarters, the Aerosmith frontman revealed that new tracks could see him experimenting with country music. "I'm going down to Nashville in January, February, March, April to write and see what we get," Tyler said. "Doing an album is like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget - and you work on the nugget."

Tyler later added "I grew up with the Everly Brothers and there's a piece of me that just loves country so much. I'm not sure what kind of country that is, but it's got the fifth harmony. Anyone who knows the Everly Brothers - it's those kinds of melodies that are just so good."

Other questions gave more varied responses including why he wouldn't remake any old Aerosmith videos with CGI ("I don't know if I'd fix any of 'em"), why he bought a house in Maui (he first visited in '76 and felt he belonged there) and how he didn't have feathers in his hair for American Idol. What comes across most is how charming Tyler is, particularly when delivering lines like "I live on the tail of a comet anyway". Our highlight? Seeing him give the alternative titles to Aerosmith songs, such as "Don't Want To Kiss Your Thing and 'Pickin Out a Wedge'.

This summer Aerosmith headlined both Calling and Download. Recently Joe Perry has revealed that Aerosmith may never make another album again, as their contract with Sony has come to an end. The band released their latest album, Music From Another Dimension!, in 2012, which performed disappointingly in the charts. It was the band's first collection of original songs in over a decade, but none of its four singles reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

Below: Aerosmith rock the O2 Arena

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:47:41 GMT
gigwise94921 <![CDATA[Karen O covers Radiohead and The Doors at rare London gig]]> As well as showcasing her new album Crush Songs during her first London solo gigs, Karen O also performed two unique covers. Check them out below. 

As NME reports, during her gig at London's Bush Hall on 4 and 5 October, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs acompanied by a three piece backing band (and a drum machine) performed 1970 Doors' track 'Indian Summer'. During her encore she performed a brief cover of Radiohead's 'High and Dry'.

Watch Karen O perform 'Indian Summer' below

Watch Karen O perform 'High & Dry' below 

  The rest of her set was composed overwhelmingly from her new solo album Crush Songs, with the addition 'San Fran', 'Hideaway' from the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack and 'The Moon Song' that featured in Spike Jonze's film Her.

Karen O played:

'NYC Baby'
'Indian Summer'
'Other Side'
'So Far'
'Comes The Night'
'Sunset Sun'
'San Fran'
'Native Korean Rock'
'Day Go By'
'High And Dry'
'The Moon Song'

Karen O recently explained her solo debut by explaining: "When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours."

Below: See the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rock Manchester

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:20:20 GMT
gigwise94920 <![CDATA[Bryan Ferry announces massive 2015 UK tour - tickets]]> Bryan Ferry has announced details of a massive UK tour for 2015. Full dates and ticket details are below. 

The Roxy Music turned solo icon will be hitting the road in May to tour his vast array of Roxy Music and solo classics as well as cuts from his upcoming album, Avonmore - due for release on 17 November. 

Full dates are below. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 10 October. For tickets and more information, visit here

Fri 08-May-2015 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sat 09-May-2015 - Oxford New Theatre
Mon 11-May-2015 - Cardiff St Davids Hall
Tue 12-May-2015 - Southend Cliff Pavilion
Thu 14-May-2015 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
Fri 15-May-2015 - Bridlington Spa
Sun 17-May-2015 - Newcastle City Hall
Mon 18-May-2015 - Manchester Palace Theatre
Wed 20-May-2015 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sat 23-May-2015 - Harrogate International Centre
Sun 24-May-2015 - Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tue 26-May-2015 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 27-May-2015 - Sheffield City Hall
Fri 29-May-2015 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sat 30-May-2015 - Blackpool Opera House
Mon 01-Jun-2015 - London Royal Albert Hall
Thu 04-Jun-2015 - Brighton Dome
Fri 05-Jun-2015 - Portsmouth Guildhall
Sun 07-Jun-2015 - Poole Lighthouse
Mon 08-Jun-2015 - Bristol Colston Hall

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:09:07 GMT
gigwise94919 <![CDATA[Haim, Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani are on Calvin Harris' new album, Motion]]>'-new-album-Motion Haim, Big Sean, Ellie Goulding, Hurts and Gwen Stefani are all to feature on Calvin Harris new album Motion, due for release in November.

The DJ and producer is set to release Motion on 3 November, his first album since he released 18 Months in 2012.

Included on the album are No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Hurt's Theo Hutchcraft, rapper Big Sean, R&B singer Tinashe and Gigwise favourite's Haim, alongside previous collaborator Ellie Goulding.

Harris' Facebook message says: "There’s a new track with Ellie Goulding, a new track with Ummet Ozcan called 'Overdrive', a new track with Big Sean, a new track with R3hab called 'Burnin', a new track with Tinashe, a new track with HAIM, a new track with Firebeatz is on there, another brand new song with Hurts, a new track with All About She. Also Gwen Stefani is on my new album 'Motion'. And there's a couple more with me singing."

For those wondering, Ummet Ozcan is a Turkish DJ,  R3hab a Dutch DJ, Firebeatz are a Dutch dance act and All About She are a garage trio from London.

Watch: Calvin Harris video for 'Blame' below.

Harris has had a spectacular few months. His track 'Summer' has named the most streamed song of the past six months by Spotify, having racked up an impressive 160 million listens on the streaming service since its release back in June.

Harris was recently named the richest DJ on Earth by Forbes magazine. His fortune has risen from $46 million to $66 million over the past 12 months, with Forbes' estimates based on earnings from record sales, live shows, merchandise sales, endorsements and external business ventures.

It was recently announced that Harris will play a Halloween gig in the Bermuda Triangle for Barcadi alongside Kendrick Lamar and Ellie Goulding.

Below: The 12 highest paid DJs in the world - who earns what?

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:01:20 GMT
gigwise94918 <![CDATA[Ryan Adams announces 2015 UK tour dates - tickets]]> Ryan Adams has announced his return to the UK, with an extensive tour kicking off in February 2015. Full dates and ticket details are below. 

It's been a pretty eventful year for the 'Gimme Something Good' alt-country hero, after the huge critical acclaim for his latest self-titled album before his eventful run of UK shows last year - where he played the Invictus Games, stunned the iTunes Festival and was even joined on stage by Johnny Depp at his two London shows. 

Now, you've got another chance to catch him again. We highly recommend you do. Full dates are below. There will be fan pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday before tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 10 October.

For tickets and more information, visit here

Feb. 19 - Brighton/Brighton Dome
Feb. 21 - Leicester/Leicester De Montford Hall
Feb. 24 - Edinburgh/Usher Hall
Feb. 25 - Leeds/O2 Academy Leeds
Feb. 27 - London/Eventim Apollo
Feb. 28 - Wolverhampton/Wolverhampton Civic
Mar. 1 - Liverpool/Liverpool Guild of Students

Ryan Adams latest, self-titled album is out now. To celebrate, we asked him to take over Gigwise.

 See our Ryan Adams takeover below

Ryan Adams speaks openly about battling his demons to overcome writer's block


Adams tell us about his favourite comic books - and his dream of publishing his own

Ryan Adams tells us about life inside his studio, and collaborating with Bob Mould, Johnny Depp and his new band

Adams opens up about his love of heavy metal music

Below: 8 stunning photos of Ryan Adams live at iTunes Festival

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:40:09 GMT
gigwise94916 <![CDATA[Queen + Adam Lambert now rumoured for Glastonbury 2015]]> After tickets to Glastonbury sold out in a record time of just over 25 minutes, the rumour mill for next year's event continues - with Queen and Adam Lambert being the latest act tipped to top the bill.

All 135,000 general tickets were sold out in a flash yesterday, after 15,000 coach and ticket packages went in just 15 minutes earlier last week. Impressive, seeing as no line-up announcements have been made yet. 

However, that hasn't stopped the speculation. Fleetwood Mac are currently bookies' favourites to headline, with AC/DC and Muse also hotly-tipped. However, an interesting development over the weekend saw odds on Queen headlining cut from 20/1 to 14/1.

"There are some massive names in the frame but the money suggests Fleetwood Mac are the most likely, although today’s gamble has been for Queen," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Glastonbury 2015 takes place from Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 June, with other rumoured acts including Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Diana Ross, Foals and Fatboy Slim. 

Queen and Adam Lambert have announced details of a UK and European tour for 2015, so they'll certainly be on the road - and certainly have the status and catalogue to pull off topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage. 

Full dates are below. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and more information, visit here

Tue 13 January NEWCASTLE Arena
Wed 14 January GLASGOW Hydro
Sat 17 January LONDON O2 Arena
Sun 18 January LONDON O2 Arena
Tue 20 January LEEDS Arena
Wed 21 January MANCHESTER Arena
Sat 24 January NOTTINGHAM Arena

Mon 26 January PARIS Zenith
Thu 29 January COLOGNE Lanxess Arena
Fri 30 January AMSTERDAM, Ziggo Dome
Sun 1 February VIENNA Stadhalle
Mon 2 February MUNICH Olympiahalle
Wed 4 February BERLIN O2
Thu 5 February HAMBURG O2
Sat 7 February FRANKFURT Festhalle
Sun 8 February BRUSSELS Palais 12
Tue 10 February MILAN Forum
Fri 13 February STUTTGART Schleyerhalle
Sun 15 February HERNING Jyske Bank Boxen
Tue 17 February PRAGUE O2
Thu 19 February ZURICH Hallenstadion

Below: Who could perform at Glastonbury 2015?

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:19:46 GMT
gigwise94915 <![CDATA[Professor Green slaps unruly student at Durham University gig]]> Professor Green has been caught on video slapping a fan in the face during a gig at Durham University's Fresher's Ball. Watch the video below.

Green, whose new album Growing Up In Public was released last week, was apparently subject to verbal abuse from a drunken gig goer. In the video below, the rapper can be seen stopping the music and slapping the suspect.

According to eye witness reports he then announced "This is what happens when you call me a c***." 

Below: Watch Professor Green slap a gig goer in the front row

Green has since tweeted about the incident, saying:

Green will shortly embark on a UK tour, hopefully during which those attending won't feel the need to hurl needless abuse at him. For tickets click here.
Friday 28th November – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 29th November – Newcastle Academy
Monday 1st December – Liverpool Academy
Tuesday 2nd Dec – Carlisle Sands Centre
Wednesday 3rd December – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 5th December – Manchester Academy
Saturday 6th December – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 7th December – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 9th December - Bristol Academy
Wednesday 10th December – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 11th December – London Roundhouse

Below: Professor Green touring in happier times

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:05:57 GMT
gigwise94914 <![CDATA[Muse join Instagram, share photos + video from the studio]]> More exciting news for Muse fans - the band have finally joined Instagram, and have been sharing photos and videos from the studio of progress of their upcoming album.

Late last month, drummer Dom Howard joined the social network to confirm that work on their new album had begun, and now the band has their own Instagram page

The three images posted so far show the band set up and rocking out in the round, the band behind the mixing desk listening to some 'phat bass distortion' and a video of Dom Howard's beefy drums backing a fast-shredding (but sadly muted) riff from Matt Bellamy. We're sure it's only a matter of time until a hardcore fan picks out his movements on the fretboard to play the riff themselves. 


The guitar amp is in another room...

View on Instagram


Day 1...

View on Instagram


Listening to some FAT bass distortion.

View on Instagram


Meanwhile, here's another new one from Dom Howard: 

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Managed to get a mid-take selfie..

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In a series of tweets earlier this summer, frontman Bellamy described the new album's central themes as "deep ecology, the empathy gap and World War 3." There may be high levels of irony in this part. He also revealed that his disdain for guitar solos has mellowed on the new album, and mentioned a "sequel" to Origin Of Symmetry track 'Citizen Erased'. 

The band have previously spoken about how the record will be 'rockier', 'more raw' and much more back to basics than the synth and classical-inspired sounds on their more recent albums. 

Last month, frontman Matt Bellamy has taken to Twitter to answer questions from fans about the new band:

Not only that, but Bellamy went on to say that he and the band's friend and filmmaker Tom Kirk were going through over 15 years of footage to release online - potentially to tie in with the band's anticipated 20th anniversary: 

The played a number of shows in the US and South America this year, but bassist Chris Wolstenholme told Gigwise that they had no plans to play any European festivals in 2014. Fans await news of the 20th anniversary tour they teased at last year, but the band have been quiet about any potential plans to mark the occasion.

Meanwhile, they're also among the many rumours for Glastonbury 2015.

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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:58:22 GMT