It’s been a busy few weeks for us here, with Laura Gibson, Dan Mangan, The Futureheads and Portasound amongst others doing shows and This Many Boyfriends, Doldrums, Crocodiles, Scissor Sisters and Cloud Nothings putting out tracks and videos, so to bring you up to speed we thought we’d pop them all in a big catch-up post.
Firstly, Dan Mangan is in the middle of a killer UK tour at the moment, and is playing a sold out show at London’s Bush Hall tonight, before heading off to Oxford and Leeds before coming back for some Camden Crawl fun. Here’s the new video for ‘About As Helpful…’ taken from ‘Oh Fortune’.
He also did this amazing sesh for Ben Sherman and Clash at SXSW this year:
Cloud Nothings unveiled a super-cool video for ‘Stay Useless’ taken from their album ‘Attack on Memory‘. There’s an action figure with wizard-like powers and a magical school bus. Oh, and some angry apes too.
They play Cargo in London next Wednesday, May 9th before heading down to The Great Escape on Thursday for a show at Above Audio.
Blood & Biscuits‘ wonky, synthy group Portasound also sent us this karate-kicking new video for ‘Messerschmitt‘, taken from their debut EP, ‘The Second Renaissance’ which is out on May 14th.
At the opposite end of the spectrum we have Scissor Sisters, who will not only be playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 16th and 17th, but will be releasing their hotly-anticipated new album ‘Magic Hour‘ on May 28th. ’Only The Horses‘ – their new single – is out on May 13th. The video is below and guess what, it features lots of horses. And paint.
Oh, and also, French powerhouse Brodinski has put his own spin on ‘Only The Horses‘. You can hear that here:
Laura Gibson filmed a beautiful acoustic set with Virgin Red Room in London last month, and you can see it here:
Brooklyn’s Devin is here this weekend for the Camden Crawl and Live at Leeds before hitting Manchester on Tuesday and The Great Escape on Thursday. His debut album ‘Romancing‘ is out now through No Evil, and you can watch some glossy studio footage and hear ‘I Don’t Think I’ from the album below:
Always able to put a smile on our collective Work It face is This Many Boyfriends. New single ‘(I Should Be A) Communist’ is out on May 21st and was produced by none 0ther than Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman. The new video features a bear, some beers and some books. They’ll be playing single launch parties on May 19th and 20th in London and Leeds respectively.
Speaking of The Cribs, Crocodiles – the coolest Californian band in a long time (well, as far as we’re concerned) – will be joining them on the road next week around the UK, calling in at London’s Troxy on May 8th. TWO WORDS: DO IT. Here’s their stylish version of the crucifixion – ‘Sunday‘:
Aaand their new single ‘Endless Flowers‘ from the album of the same name. The album is out on June 4th, and the single is out a week later on June 11th through Souterrain Transmissions. We love it, it’s definitely in with a chance of being our Summer Album of the Year. They’re also throwing a party on a boat on the Thames on June 7th. TOO EXCITED.
Last but certainly not least we have DOLDRUMS. We’re super excited to welcome Montreal’s Airick Woodhead to our roster via Souterrain Transmissions, and you can download ‘Egypt’ for free from the soundcloud link below. He’ll be releasing a 3 track EP on June 4th. It’s colourful, exciting and totally unique, and we can’t wait to hear more. More importantly, it makes your limbs move in weird ways.