It’s only March and already it’s been a tough year for all live performers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No less so than Jedward, who back in January announced their Voice Of A Rebel U.K. tour dates, to originally take place in May. Fast forward to just a few weeks later and the duo have had to reschedule. Today they announced the new dates for their tour.
Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date, Good Souls Better Angels out April 24th on Highway20/Thirty Tigers. Following the release of ‘Man Without A Soul’, the first powerful track to be taken from the forthcoming album, Lucinda has this week released raw album opener, ‘You Can’t Rule Me’, which can be listened to here.
Richard Marx has released total of 12 studio albums, with his most recent, ‘Limitless’, his debut with BMG. The eleven track album is Marx’s first since 2014’s ‘Beautiful Goodbye’, and it stands up with the best of anything else released this year. Marx’s music still falls into the “adult contemporary” genre, but what does that even mean these days? His sound is rocky, radio ready, and limitlessly re-playable.
Esteemed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage has recently revealed her most bold, courageous and stunning endeavour to date coming in the form of album ‘Character’. Polly caught up with Rachael to catch her thoughts on her new album, overcoming battles and empowering females in the music industry.
5 Seconds of Summer once again teamed up with director Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, 5SOS’ ‘No Shame’) for the official ‘Old Me’ video. Filmed in Sydney, Australia, the video recreates moments throughout the band’s career and includes home footage from their early beginnings. The final shot features 5 Seconds of Summer walking onto the stage at the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert for National Bushfire Relief. Watch the video:
It was July 1986 and I was standing at Wembley waiting to see Queen play their last world tour date at the famous National Stadium. I had watched support bands INXS, Status Quo and The Alarm whip the sold out crowd into a frenzy of expectant excitement that seemed almost impossible to match and yet, and unsurprisingly, Queen managed to not only match but surpass all expectations in what became remembered as an iconic gig.
2020 is well under way, and Sea Girls are grabbing it with both hands. The band today release their incredible new EP ‘Under Exit Lights’ in the same week that the boys announced a full sell out of their upcoming UK April headline tour, as well as latest single ‘Ready For More’ landing on the Radio 1 C List.
Blancmange, the hugely successful British electronic band have a new album and a tour to go with it. Kicking off in Scotland on May 1st and working their way across the U.K. to finish in October. To go with the tour they have a new album ‘ Mindset’ which releases on May 22nd. Blancmange music has been used in so much recent music by La Roux, LCD Sound System and Hot Chip. So influential is the band and their music that electronic superstar Moby described the, as “the most underrated electronic band of all time”, high praise indeed. Since Stephen Luscombe was forced by illness to stop touring or recording after 2011’s ‘Blanc Burn’, the band’s evolution has continued with Neil Arthur at the helm and Essentially Pop were lucky enough to chat with him this week about the new album, the tour and even ABBA, who’s ‘Day Before You Came’ they superbly covered. It’s an honour to get a glimpse at what motivates one of our own electronic superstars.
Singer-songwriter supreme Rufus Wainwright has announced the release of his long awaited new album, ‘Unfollow The Rules’, out on BMG Friday, April 24; pre-orders are available now HERE. Rufus will also play two intimate shows at Islington’s Assembly Hall on April 27th. The first an early show with doors at 18:00 & the second at 20:45, with a UK tour to be announced shortly.