NEWS: Chris Tucker Announce UK Stand Up Shows

Superstar actor and stand up comedian Chris Tucker has today announced that he will be coming to the UK in November to perform 3 very special stand up shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Chris Tucker tickets will go on sale 9am Friday 7th September from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.livenation.co.uk
The American actor and comedian is best known for playing the role of Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series. Tucker became a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He came to prominence in 1995 film Friday alongside Ice Cube, and then appeared in Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element before beginning work on the highly commercially successful Rush Hour films.
In 2006 he negotiated an unprecedented $25 million salary to appear in Rush Hour 3, which at the time made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Tucker is also a humanitarian and spends much of his spare time traveling and working with his foundation. He has recently completed a film project entitled “Silver Lining Playbook” with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper due out later this year.
Tickets are sure to fly out the door for these rare shows, so don’t miss your chance.
November 2012
SATURDAY                   24         LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
MONDAY                      26         BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
WEDNESDAY                28         02 APOLLO MANCHESTER
 
Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 7th September priced at London £38.50 &£35.00 adv / Regional £32.50 adv (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
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NEWS: Stone Sour Add Second Date To Their UK Tour

Due to phenomenal demand, Grammy nominated Iowa rock giants, STONE SOUR, have added a second Brixton show to their previously announced UK tour, their first in two years. Both London shows will feature very special guests Papa Roach.
The tour will be their first since the hugely successful ‘Audio Secrecy’ album cycle, which saw the band rack up gold album sales in the UK, headline the mammoth Download Festival’s Stage 2, and sell-out a UK tour, including two nights at Hammersmith Apollo.
These dates come hot on the heels of the release of the first part of their ambitious and expansive new album project, ‘House of Gold & Bones’.  The album concept is a two-disc beast with the initial CD – and first half of the ‘story’ – hitting stores on 22nd October and the concluding disc materialising next Spring.  Further details are available at www.houseofgoldandbones.com, where you can also hear the album’s lead tracks, ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘Absolute Zero’.
Frontman and lyricist Corey Taylor, himself a Sunday Times best-selling novelist with last year’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, wrote the lyrics for the 24 tracks that make up the ‘House of Gold & Bones’ as a linear storyline, that tells the tale of a character at a crossroads in his life.  The release of ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘Absolute Zero’ is the initial part of an unveiling, which continues as the album cycles unfold.  Music is just one medium that Stone Sour are using to tell the story that pins both albums together.  Further elements will act as a companion to the music, for fans looking to fully immerse themselves in the ‘House of Gold & Bones’ experience.
Taylor is suitably excited to be returning across the pond with Stone Sour, stating; “It’s gonna be awesome to bring the House of Gold and Bones to fans live.  We’ve given people a taste of Part One, and now we’re gonna bring them the best Stone Sour show they’ve ever seen!  It begins soon.  Get ready!”
Special guests at both the London shows are the multi-platinum PAPA ROACH, who release their new album, ‘The Connection’ on 1st October.
STONE SOUR
 
Mon 10th Dec – LONDON – O2 Brixton Academy (with special guest Papa Roach)
Tues 11th Dec – LONDON – O2 Academy Brixton (with special guests Papa Roach)
Thu 13th Dec – MANCHESTER – O2 Apollo 
Fri 14th Dec – WOLVERHAMPTON – Civic Hall 
Sat 15th Dec – BOURNEMOUTH – O2 Academy
 
Tickets for all shows are on sale now priced £29.50 for London and £23.50 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available via www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk   

NEWS: Matchbox Twenty Announce London Show

Currently lighting up the airwaves with their feverish new Radio 2 A listed single ‘She’s So Mean’, Matchbox Twenty head to the UK to play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on September 18th. Matchbox Twenty tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 17thAugust and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
The band are also gearing up for an eagerly anticipated show as part of the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse September 19th.
The Florida four-piece – Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook and Brian Yale – unleash exhilarating new album ‘North’, September 3rd on Atlantic Records; their first album of all new material in ten years.
Written by the band – who have rekindled their relationship with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Serletic (Aerosmith, Santana, Willie Nelson) – highlights include the romantic ‘Overjoyed’ and the groove-laden ‘Put Your Hands Up’.
‘North’ follows the band’s most recent release, 2007’s ‘Exile On Mainstream’; a mixture of greatest hits and new tracks.
MATCHBOX TWENTY
Tuesday 18th September – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 17th August priced at £25.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available fromwww.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The Kaje Sessions: Benny Marchant

The Kaje Sessions presents Benny Marchant. Far from a newcomer to the music world, Marchant formed his first band NRG with a group school mates, which lead to gigs all over the globe, however, post-Graduation NRG split and Marchant relocated to Nashville to pursue his musical dream. After scoring minor success on local radio, Marchant relocated once again to Southern California where he found success awaiting him. With the So. Cal. crowd cheering him on, Marchant has set his eyes breaking Europe and as our The Kaje Session in the park shows, Marchant may not have to have to wait too long…

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

Queensway, Kensington Gardens.

What made you choose to use this location?

I was excited to get an opportunity to explore London and perform outside of a studio!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

My College Alumni Festival.  Was interesting playing in front of all of my friends and family .

What made you choose to sing ‘Be With You’ for the session?

This is one of my favourite songs to sing live!  This setting seemed like a great place for it.

The Kaje Sessions: The Ex Senators

The Kaje Sessions presents The Ex Senators. Having been blown away by The Ex Senators  latest single “Start A Fight”, The Kaje could not resist hooking up with D-Mac and Van when they hit London for a brief visit. With a promise that they will return later in the year for a full-blown UK Tour, we jumped at the offer to record an exclusive performance of album track “Angel”, a number which immediately highlights the group’s versatility. With the album set to hit in August, we hope you enjoy this spine tingling rendition…

Where did you record The Kaje Session? 

At St James Square in London. 

What made you choose to use this location?

We needed a quiet space in London and St James presented itself quite nicely at the time. 

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?  

Too many to count. But most recently we played an acoustic set at a club while the Semi final with Spain in the Euro’s ran long And we had to start the set while the giant screen was on above us.  So in mid song the whole crowd yells Oi!  Or a big “aaaaah”.  And you kind of look over your head to see who scored.   

What made you choose song title for the session?

Since The Kaje so kindly featured our first single “Start A Fight” last month we thought it best to play the next single “Angel” which kicks off the album.  Incidentally the album kicks off August 7 at online retailers everywhere (shameless plug there!). 

http://www.theexsenators.com

The Kaje talks Olympics to Mira Calix

Mira Calix, or Chantal Passamonte to her friends and family, is a name that needs to be known. Having to date released five albums through Warp Records and won British Composer for her composition “My Secret Heart”, it is little surprise that the acclaimed musician has been selected to sculpt a new musical experience for the London Olympics. Curiously titled “Nothing Is Set In Stone”, The Kaje jumped at the chance to find out more…

“Nothing Is Set In Stone” is part of the “Secrets: Hidden London” programme-can you tell us a little bit more about the sound sculpture?

It’s a monolithic stone sculpture made up of metamorphic rock called Gneiss. Sound is set in the stone. The structure holds a piece of music, which  is in motion, the audience influences by seeking it out. for me the object is at once – enduring; the stone, and ephemeral; the sound.

What are the defining features of Nothing Is Set In Stone?

It is of course a sculptural work, although I look at it as the physical manifestation of a song.  by walking around the form, moving closer and further away and putting your ear to the stones, you create your own version of the piece.

The audience’s movements trigger subtle changes in what is emitted from the stones. It’s for the audience to create the piece of music as a whole and to enjoy its aesthetic nature both visually and sonically. With that, I hope it gives them an opportunity to consider and reflect on the notions that brought me to create the piece. The idea that the Greek Philosopher Heraclitus so eloquently described as ‘never being able to step in to the same river twice’.

How did you set about exploring London sonically and sculpturally?

I didn’t. Although this piece is  very much for London, the sounds  are of nature and the human voice.

What for you is the essence of London?

I think for me, it’s the immense diversity of it’s inhabitants. It’s  a truly global city. Like all cities, it’s the people that make it what it is.. Yes, the architecture make it different to New York or Paris, or anywhere else in the U.K. or abroad, but it’s really how it’s used by the people, how they fill the spaces. The sight and the sounds of them that make it unique and make me love it.

What was your starting point for designing ‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’?

This idea of creating a stone sculpture made up of many stones that appear to be magnetised rather than to build a more classical stone wall.

‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’ stems from a standing stone sculpture at Fairlop Waters, how did the sculpture inspire your sound?

This very much goes back to what the piece is about, my original fascination  and inspiration was with removing a single pebble from a beach or river bank and how when you take one pebble home, you slow down time for this stone. The erosion process. however, for the stones left behind, time speeds up. This paradox of the speed of time is the source of inspiration for both the sound and visual aspect of the work. All the sound reflect these observations of fluidity in nature.

‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’ immediately alludes to a fluidity of structure-is this how you see London? Or city life in general?

Yes I do in both the city and our more rural environments.  But I also see this on a very personal level – our only constant is change, life is motion.  In a city those changes are sometimes slow, sometimes deceptively quick or  glaringly obvious – a new building, a new road, but in a person, in your own life, observing the changes is often more illusive, especially to oneself.

If you had to define the inspirations for your work, what or who would you say they were?

Nature is a big inspiration for my work in general. But individual works do have very different sources of inspiration, extremely diverse and certainly not all from nature. I’m an observer, so it may be a cliche but inspiration comes from all around.

There are of course many artists working in many mediums, whose work has affected me, and I find that it’s my emotional response to a work that inspires me the most. I am in pursuit of creating emotional responses through abstraction.

Your work has undergone a transition from electronic to classical undertones-do you see all composition as exploration?

I do. It’s a really good question, for me, the transition seems completely natural, it’s all the same thing, just the tools and  presentation of the work has evolved or perhaps opened out. But my impetus remains the same, which is to move things forward and write good music.

What do you have in store post ‘Nothing Is Set In Stone’?

I’m working on a new score for Alfred Hitchock’s Champagne. The BFI are restoring all 9 of his silent films and I’m lucky enough to be working on one of them I’m a big Hitchcock fan. It’s extremely challenging but of course a very different process to creating ‘Nothing Is Set in Stone’ and a much more traditional.  The premiere will be this September 2012.

NEWS: I Dream In Colour Announce New Single And Tour

I Dream In Colour release their new single London (b-side Waiting Line) in May 2012. Released through Euphonios as a digital download, London sees the band develop a new, more mature sound. The classic song-writing structures and heartfelt lyrics have seen comparisons drawn to the likes of Coldplay and The Verve. With their stadium sized choruses they are not trying to reinvent the wheel, just trying to make really good indie/pop classics that will stand the test of time, and this is exactly what it is. Previous reviews have thrown up words such as life affirming, strong, soaring, beautiful and gritty which is exactly what they achieve with their debut single. I Dream In Colour have recently announced a tour to support their new single.

The band have sold out their last 3 London shows in Barfly, Bull & Gate and Cargo so make sure and get a ticket.

Musically, I Dream In Colour are inspired by the intricate rhythms of Led Zeppelin, the energy of Talking Heads, and the song writing skills of Radiohead. And it seems that it isn’t just musically that they take inspiration from their peers as Richard (vocals/guitar) explains “I always knew Radiohead got their name from a Talking Heads song. When I was looking for a name for our band I took their advice and looked to a hero. I picked up the Beatles anthology and turned straight to the page of John Lennon. The first line I read was ‘When I dream, I dream in colour…’ And that was that.” I Dream In Colour have earned a fierce following back in Essex, where they have spent the last year writing, gigging and spreading their word. This has not gone unnoticed elsewhere: with press, blogs, radio and top producers all singing their praises.

For music and information check:
http://www.idreamincolourband.com/
http://www.facebook.com/idreamincolourband

Tour Dates:
4th May – Innsbruck, Austria
5th May – Landshut, Germany
6th May – Regensburg, Germany
11th May – Brighton, The Great Escape, Life
14th May – Sheffield, SOYO
th May – Newcastle, Cumberland
16th May – Glasgow, Berekeley Suite
17th May – Liverpool Sound City,  Zanzibar
19th May – London, Borderline
21st May – Nottingham, Red Room
22nd May – Leicester, Firebug
23rd May – Bristol, Thekla
24th May – St Albans, The Horn
25th May – Cambridge, Corner House
9th June – Leicestershire, Chazzstock
15th July – Leicester, Lubstock Festival
4th August – Ludlow, Firefly Festival

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