Former Kaiser Chiefs man Nick J.D. Hodgson talks debut album

Former Kaiser Chiefs man Nick J.D. Hodgson talks debut album

With his debut solo album set to drop later this week, erstwhile Kaiser Chief Nick J.D. Hodgson has announced a series of in-stores to promote the release, including a visit to Edinburgh’s VoxBox on Friday (January 26). Released the previous day, Hodgson’s debut solo offering, Tell Your Friends, was were written and recorded at his home studio in London last summer. As main songwriter and founder member of Kaiser Chiefs, Hodgson already has an enviable…

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Listen: Will Varley shares new track ahead of Edinburgh gig

Listen: Will Varley shares new track ahead of Edinburgh gig

Hot on the heels of the announcement of a UK headline tour that brings him to Edinburgh’s La Belle Angele this February, esteemed songwriter Will Varley has shared new track Statues. You can listen to it here. Unfurling from its sparse, organ and slide guitar-backed beginnings, Statues explores the push/pull between our past, present and future selves. Swelling to a fully-fleshed, resonant chorus which posits the idea that time is deceptively static, Statues finds Varley’s…

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Watch: The National share new video for Sleep Well Beast

Watch: The National share new video for Sleep Well Beast

Cincinnati-based indie group The National have released the video for new single Sleep Well Beast – and you can watch it right here. The band – who went down an absolute storm during their two-night stint at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall in September – released their seventh studio album, also titled Sleep Well Beast, on 4AD a few months back. Now they have shared a video for the album’s title track. The abstract video was directed…

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Listen to new N.E.R.D. track featuring Kendrick Lamar

Listen to new N.E.R.D. track featuring Kendrick Lamar

Virginia Beach hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock fusion trio N.E.R.D. have released a politically-charged new track called Don’t Don’t Do It!, a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. You can listen to it here. The song follows on from Rihanna-featuring comeback single Lemon, Rollinem 7’s featuring Andre 3000 and Future collab 1000. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, N.E.R.D mainman Pharrell Williams explained how the track was inspired by the death of Keith…

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Listen: Manic Street Preachers release first new single in four years

Listen: Manic Street Preachers release first new single in four years

The mighty Manic Street Preachers have unveiled new single International Blue – the Welsh rockers’ first new release in four years. You can listen to it here. Taken from the band’s 13th studio album, Resistance Is Futile, which is out 6 April, the single is unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers. Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French artist Yves Klein, bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire…

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Watch: Franz Ferdinand share video for new single

Watch: Franz Ferdinand share video for new single

Scottish indie favourites Franz Ferdinand have shared the video for comeback single Always Ascending, taken from their forthcoming album of the same name. You can watch it right here. The Mercury Prize winners are gearing up to release their long-awaited fifth studio album – and the band recently played a secret comeback gig at The Rum Shack in their hometown, their first live outing since performing in front of 25,000 fans at Madrid’s Dcode festival. With founder member…

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Grime star Stormzy scores hat-trick at MOBOs

Grime star Stormzy scores hat-trick at MOBOs

Chart-topping grime star Stormzy was the big winner at the 2017 Mobos – picking up three awards. At last night’s glitzy ceremony at Leeds’ First Direct Arena, the 24-year-old south Londoner was named best male act and best grime act, and he also won best album gong for Gang Signs & Prayer. Stormzy broke into the mainstream this year with a No.1 album and top 10 hit single, Big For Your Boots. “Amazing, incredible… You watch…

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Listen: Dita Von Teese releases first single from debut album

Listen: Dita Von Teese releases first single from debut album

Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese has teased her debut album by releasing its lead single Rendez-vous. You can listen to it right here. The 45-year-old American icon will release her self-titled debut in February. The album was produced by acclaimed French artist and 2008 Eurovision representative Sebastien Tellier, who says he approached Von Teese directly about the project.  “When I saw Dita dance to a piece of music I had written for her, I had a feeling that her…

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Watch: The Sherlocks share new tour video for Will You Be There?

Watch: The Sherlocks share new tour video for Will You Be There?

Following the recent success of debut album Live For The Moment – and with a return visit to Edinburgh in the diary for February – Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks have released a new tour video for acoustic track Will You Be There? You can watch it right here. The song is an infectious an indie dancefloor filler. With lively drumming, powerful guitar riffs and an instantly catchy chorus, singer Kiaran Crook confidently delivers relatable lyrics. “It’s about the…

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RavenEye to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

RavenEye to visit Edinburgh on UK tour

Milton Keynes rockers RavenEye have announced a string of live dates for early 2018 – the tour concluding at The Mash House in Edinburgh on 12 February. Check out the official video for Come With Me below. Since releasing their wildly successful EP, Breaking Out, and debut album NOVA, RavenEye has toured globally, supporting Slash, Deep Purple, The Darkness, KISS , Bush, Aerosmith, Chevelle and Halestorm, amongst others. The band has headlined their own tours through Europe and America as well as…

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