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Frankie & The Heartstrings Stream New Album & Reveal Instore Details

Stream The Day Run Away, the second album from Frankie & The Heartstrings over on NME.com now. The album is out on Monday and available to pre-order now on the Wichita store.

The band have also revealed details of instore performances scheduled to take place in their record shop, Pop Recs Ltd. which opens in Sunderland on Saturday.

1st June – Store Officially Open Ross Jarman (The Cribs) DJ set (afternoon)

2nd June- An afternoon with Paul Smith (Maximo Park) featuring band of his choice (afternoon)

3rd June-Frankie & The Heartstrings live (evening)

4th June-Martin Stephenson & The Daintees live (evening)

6th June-The Futureheads live (evening)

7th June-Bernard Butler, Jackie Mcewan, Field Music, Warm Digits Kraut-Rock Experience (evening)

8th June-An afternoon with The Lake Poets live (afternoon)

9th June-Liliput Live (afternoon)

10th June-Badly Drawn Boy live (evening)

11th June-Sons of Bido Lido Live (evening)

12th June-Visual Arts Exhibition curated by Michael Gardener (Evening)

13th June-Local collective sculpture Exhibition (Evening)

15th June-Edwyn Collins live (Evening)

Waxahatchee Announce New Single And London Show Details

 

Waxahatchee release her first official UK single, the riff-laden and buoyant Coast To Coast, on 23 June.  Hear the track here.

Having sold out her first ever UK headline show at the Shacklewell Arms next month, a second London date has been added the following night at Dalston Roof Gardens on 14 June 2013. The already acclaimed new album Cerulean Salt is released on 1 July.

Waxahatchee will support  Tegan and Sarah on their European tour in June – along with a run of headline shows. Details for all dates below:

 

June

8 – Ritz, Manchester*

9 – ABC, Glasgow*

11 – The Troxy, London*

12 – The Institute, Birmingham*

13 – Shacklewell Arms, London (SOLD OUT)

14 – Dalston Rooftop, London (+ screening of Badlands)

15 – EKKO, Utrecht

17 – Capitol, Offenbach*

18 – Huxleys, Berlin*

19 – Monarch, Berlin

20 – E-Werk, Cologne*

22 – Dia De La Musica, Madrid

24 – Point Ephemere, Paris

25 – Le Trianon Hall, Paris*

26 – Paradiso, Amsertdam*

27 – AB Club, Brussels*

 

(* w/ Tegan and Sara)

 

 

 

 

Frankie & The Heartstrings Are Opening A Record Store!

Frankie & The Heartstrings are opening a record store, Pop Recs Ltd,  in Sunderland on 1st June. Located on Fawcett Street, in the heart of  Sunderland and housed in what was formerly the area’s tourism office, the  store is being opened thanks to assistance from the local council, who have granted the space on an initial lease to the band  as the nascent partnership look to create another social and cultural destination for  the  local  creative community. Alongside the record store that will be  selling all the current record releases from across Britain and beyond, a comprehensive range of music from artists in the North East , Pop Recs Ltd will be home to a performance area, recreational space and as well as a gallery wall which will be utilised by local and national artists of varying disciplines.

 

The opening two weeks will see  a comprehensive  list  of instore performances by the great and the good  hailing from the North East of Britain’s  vibrant music scene. Following an opening night  show by Frankie & The Heartstrings , the likes of The Futureheads,  Maximo Park , Field Music , Bernard  Butler and Martin Stephenson  have all  confirmed sets along with  selected DJ appearances by The Cribs amongst others – a full itinerary of events will be available prior to opening.

 

The  store’s gallery space will see a variety of artists grace its walls including  photographer Keith Pattison (the band used his  ‘No Redemption’ images for their debut album)  and Paul Knox and in keeping with the DIY  ethos , liquid refreshment will be provided by local coffee merchants Ouseburn Coffee of Newcastle, Tim Burgess roasted beans and  for those  preferring something a little stronger there will be a limited batch of FATH’s bottles  of locally brewed  Maxim Brewery ale . Meanwhile ,  renowned artist Pete Fowler (Super Furry Animals) has promised art/  image adorned coffee mugs too

 

The idea to  to open their own record store is in many ways is in many ways a direct reaction by the five-piece  to the issues that a band of their ilk has in terms of  the diminishing marketplace for  the physical formats. The band’s  debut album ‘Hunger’ attained Top 40 status in February 2011, thanks in no small part  to the backing of music retailers like HMV . The subsequent paring down of the retailer’s music selection and also, closure of  many stores, means that the band  decided  the best way to combat the disappearance of physical music is to join the  independent  record stores that they love hugely.

 

The additional and equal aim is to create an inclusive space for the Sunderland  arts community, one that hopefully brings benefits  to many of the city’s creative groups. The area itself  has been home to a disproportionate amount of creative people – artists, musicians and photographers – but sometimes fails to benefit from the same spotlight  and support that other major cities in the area do.

 

Going public , Frankie Francis  said : “It’s really brilliant. I love records, and to be able to  become part of that community of people  who sell records in the UK is exciting and in some way a bit of an honour.” The British record shop has a huge legacy and one that e can contribute to in a small way. The level of backing from Sunderland council  thus far has been incredibly inspiring. We as a group  are  proud of who we are and where we are from and moments like these  only affirm that sense of community and belief  that the area as a creative hub are supported by the people around us.

 

Cloud Nothings Announce Festival Dates

 

Cloud Nothings will be returning to Europe for a run of  headline shows and festival dates this summer. Full details below:

 

August

1 – 007, Prague, Czech Republic

3 – B72, Vienna, Austria (Tickets)

5 – Strøm, Munich, Germany (Tickets)

6 – Treibhaus, Luzerne, Switzerland (Tickets)

7 – Hana-Bi, Ravenna, Italy

9 – Terraneo Festival, Sibenik, Croatia (Tickets)

10 – Visions Festival, London, UK (Tickets)

 

Watch New Video From Frankie & The Heartstrings

Watch the video for Nothing Our Way by Frankie & The Heartstrings here. Nothing Our Way is out 20th May and is the first single taken from the band’s upcoming second album The Days Run Away – out 3rd June and available to pre-order now.

Along with the video the band have also shared a series of Sunday League Soccer Skills tips which you can watch here.

And don’t miss the band on tour next month…

June

5 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*

6 – Deaf Institute, Manchester*

7 – University, Newcastle*

8 – King Tuts, Glasgow*

9 – The Studio, Hartlepool*

11 – The Louisiana, Bristol*

12 – Scholars Bar, Leicester*

13 – The Garage, London

(* w/ Spectrals)

 

 

Listen To New Track From Sky Larkin

Listen to Motto, a new track taken from their upcoming third album now over on Pitchfork.

Catch the band when they join Dutch Uncles and Marnie Stern on tour – all details below:

May

2 – Scala, London*

4 – Live at Leeds, Leeds

21 – Fibbers, York*

22 – Portland Arms, Cambridge*

23 – The Fleece, Bristol*

24 – The Joiners, Southampton*

25 – Water Front, Norwich*

26 – Handmade Festival, Leicester

30 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham^

31 – Queens Social Club , Sheffield^

 

June

1 – Ruby Lounge, Manchester^

2 – Broadcast, Glasgow^

3 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds^

4 – Louisiana, Bristol^

5 – The Garage, London^

7 – 9 – Long Division Festival, Wakefield

July

13 – 2000trees festival, Cheltenham

20 – Tramlines, Shefield

 

August

3 – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

(*w/ Dutch Uncles, ^ w/ Marnie Stern)

Waxahatchee Announe New London Show + European Dates

Waxahatchee has announced a new London show for June, having already sold out their first ever London show at The Shacklewell Arms. Waxahatchee will play Dalston Roof Top on Friday 14th June as part of The See Hear Club series of shows, the night also includes a screening of the film Badlands. Tickets are on sale for the event now.

Full list of June tour dates, including some recently announced European shows below:

 

June

8 – Ritz, Manchester*

9 – ABC, Glasgow*

11 – The Troxy, London*

12 – The Institute, Birmingham*

13 – Shacklewell Arms, London (SOLD OUT)

14 – Dalston Roof Top, London

15 – Ekko, Utrecht

17 – Capitol, Offenbach*

18 – Huxleys, Berlin*

19 – Monarch, Berlin

20 – E-Werk, Cologne*

21 – Aalhus, Hamburg

22 – Dia De La Musica, Madrid

24 – Point Emphemere, Paris

25 – Le Trianon Hall, Paris*

26 – Paradiso, Amsertdam*

27 – AB Club, Brussels*

 

(* w/ Tegan and Sara)

 

Cerulean Salt is out 1st July and available to pre-order now on the Wichita store.

It is also available now to stream on Spotify,

Spectrals Announce New Single + UK Shows

Spectrals will release new single A Heartbeat Behind on 27th May – listen to it over on soundcloud now.

The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Sob Story which was recorded with Girls’ Chet ‘JR’ White and is out on 3rd June. The album is available now for pre-order on the Wichita shop on CD, LP and digital download.

The band have also announced UK tour dates, including a run of shows supporting Frankie & The Heartstrings, details below.

June

4 – Birthdays, London (Free tickets – info here)

5 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds*

6 – Deaf Institute, Manchester*

7 – University, Newcastle*

8 – King Tuts, Glasgow*

9 – The Studio, Hartlepool*

11 – The Louisiana, Bristol*

12 – Scholars Bar, Leicester*

(* w/ Frankie & The Heartstrings)

 

FIDLAR Announce European Festival Dates

We are very happy to have FIDLAR returning to Europe this summer for a long run of festivals and headline shows. By now you know their shows are not to be missed and you can catch them as they bring the punk rock good times to these events and venues…

June

12 – Academy 2, Dublin, Ireland

14 – Download Festival 2013, Castle Donnington, UK

16 – Nova Rock Festival, Burgenland Austria

18 – Sun- Agostino, Modena, Italy

19 – Bunker, Torino, Italy

22 – Hurricane Festival, Hamburg, Germany

23 – Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany

24 -  Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany

25 -  Luxor, Cologne, Germany

26 – Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands

28 –  OpenAir St.Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland

29 – Festival Garorock 2013Marmande, France

 

July

4 – Rock Werchter, Belgium

5 –  Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival, Belfort, France

7 –  Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark

12 –  T in the Park, Kinross, UK

August

23 – Reading Festival, Reading, UK

24 – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK