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Brittany Howard releases video for new single, “Stay High”

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Following the release of “History Repeats”, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard has issued a second single from her upcoming solo album Jaime.

Watch a video for “Stay High”, starring Everybody Hates Chris and The Expendables actor Terry Crews below:

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“This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama,” says Brittany Howard. “The actors are my family and friends. Terry Crews plays a man who isn’t out to change the world, he plays a man who just wants to come home to those who understand and love him best. We see his inner beauty, grace and humanity in a place that is so often misunderstood.”

Terry Crews adds: “I got an email from the Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family. And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn’t believe it, Brittany was like, ‘We can shoot it in LA’, and I said, ‘No, I’m coming to you, we’re going to Alabama. We’re going to where you grew up, to where your family is.’”

Jaime is out via ATO Records on September 20. Pre-order it here.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Watch The Black Keys deliver a spoof music masterclass

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The Black Keys have made a video for comedy website Funny Or Die, parodying the phenomenon of online music masterclasses.

As part of ‘The Black Keys MasterCourse’, viewers can learn about the inspirations behind Dan Auerbach’s songwriting – “I wrote that song when I was eating caviar with Michael Jordan in Paris” – as well as discovering how Patrick Carney gets his “sultry” drum tones.

Watch the video below:

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Introducing the new Uncut

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Let’s begin in New York, where Nick Hasted catches up with The Who in the aftermath of a typically incendiary show at Madison Square Garden. Over a series of extensive interviews, Nick discovers plenty about the weird logistics of The Who’s 2019 – involving a symphonic reworking of Tommy, an orchestral tour and their first new studio album for 13 years. What do we learn about this latest, long-awaited opus? I don’t want to give too much away, of course, but depending who you believe it has either “some of the best Who songs since Quadrophenia” or else, “It’s our best album since Who’s Next.” Beyond that, though, Nick’s interview highlights the exceptionally complex relationship Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have with their back catalogue – and with each other – and asks how long they can continue to operate at such a high level. “I don’t know what people want out of The Who any more,” admits Daltrey.

A few months ago, I received a letter from Alan English, one of our readers, who mentioned that, among other things, he was beginning to explore jazz – and, in particular, 1950s Blue Note albums. “I am sure there are many like me,” he wrote, “who would appreciate a good primer series on the label from a knowledgeable writer.” Serendipitously, we were already beavering away on an extensive survey of the label’s greatest albums. And I hope Alan will be pleased to learn that we haven’t solicited the talents of just one writer. For this Herculean task we have assembled an illustrious lineup of musicians, jazzers and assorted heads to assist us in compiling a definitive Blue Note Top 30. Rather than add to this challenge by trying to rank them in order of merit, we chose to arrange them by release date, beginning with Sonny Rollins on Bud Powell’s The Amazing Bud Powell from 1952 and ending with Cassandra Wilson on Don Byron’s 2000 album, A Fine Line: Arias And Lieder. Rollins and Wilson are just two of the artists involved; you’ll find contributions from Robert Wyatt, Kamasi Washington, Michael Chapman, Matthew E White, Norah Jones, Shabaka Hutchings, Bobby McFerrin, Nubya Garcia and John McLaughlin, among many others.

Elsewhere, we bid fond farewell to Dr John, visit Joan Shelley at home in rural Kentucky, meet Quentin Tarantino on the set of his latest film, reconnect with a Lucinda Williams classic, (shoe)gaze at Ride’s illustrious career to date and talk acid trips, horror films and sausage dogs with Ty Segall. It is, I’m proud to say, one of our finest issues. Enjoy!

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The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Uncut – September 2019

The Who, Dr John, Lucinda Williams, Ride, Buzzcocks and Quentin Tarantino all feature in the next Uncut, in shops from July 18 and available to buy now from our online store.

THE WHO: The rock legends are on the cover, and inside Uncut hooks up with them in New York to hear all about the state of The Who in 2019. “We sound brand new,” Roger Daltrey tells us.

NEW MUSIC CD: Our terrific free CD, Amazing Journey, features 15 of this month’s best tracks, from Joan Shelley, Ride, Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Violent Femmes, Ezra Furman, Shannon Lay, Rodney Crowell and more.

Plus! Inside the new issue you’ll find…

BLUE NOTE: We celebrate the esteemed jazz label’s 80th birthday by asking an all-star panel including Robert Wyatt and Kamasi Washington to pick their favourite Blue Note releases.

DR JOHN: We pay tribute to the legendary New Orleans Night Tripper with the help of his closest compadres, including Jim Keltner and Aaron Neville.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: The garrulous director and other key players explain how they made Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, the new film that casts a wry look at Hollywood in the late ’60s, Manson Family and all.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS: The Americana star and a host of collaborators tell the six-year story behind the title track of her celebrated 1988 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.

BUZZCOCKS: Steve Diggle takes stock of their emotional Pete Shelley tribute show and reveals all about the future of the band.

JOAN SHELLEY: Uncut heads to rural Kentucky to meet the singer-songwriter, hear all about her new album and discover how nature inspires her stunning modern folk songs.

We review new releases from Sleater-Kinney, Thom Yorke, Ezra Furman, Tyler Childers and more, along with archive selections from Pink Fairies, Suicide, Tubby Hayes, Gomez and and films about Carole King and Leonard Cohen, while Nick Cave and the delights of Glastonbury are witnessed live.

Plus Ty Segall answers your questions, Lloyd Cole revisits the music that changed his life, Ride talk us through their back catalogue, Brian Jones is reappraised as a cultural trendsetter, and former snooker champ Steve Davis unveils his new analogue synth outfit…

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Watch Paul McCartney play two Beatles songs with Ringo Starr

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Paul McCartney played the final show of his US tour at LA’s Dodger Stadium on Saturday night (July 13).

To celebrate, he brought out Ringo Starr to play drums on two Beatles classics, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Helter Skelter”. Watch the footage below:

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McCartney then closed his set with a medley of “Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End” from Abbey Road, with Eagles’ Joe Walsh guesting on guitar. Watch footage of “The End” below:

You can read more about Abbey Road and Ringo’s peace and love-fuelled journey beyond The Beatles in Uncut’s new Ultimate Music Guide to Ringo Starr, in shops now or available to buy online here.

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Watch Bob Dylan duet with Neil Young in Kilkenny

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Following their appearance at London’s Hyde Park on Friday, Bob Dylan and Neil Young played another co-headline show in Kilkenny, Ireland, on Sunday (July 14) – and this time they duetted, with Young coming on midway through Dylan’s set to play “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”

The pair previously performed the hymn together at the famous 1975 SNACK benefit show in San Francisco. Watch fan footage of the duet from Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park below:

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Neil Young also posted a snippet of the song on his Instagram account, along with the news that a stream of his Kilkenny set will be rebroadcast on Neil Young Archives at some point this week – although it won’t include “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”

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Tanya Donelly on her favourite albums: “I never recovered from seeing Kate Bush”

Originally published in Uncut’s June 2018 issue

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The Beatles
Abbey Road
1969

This is the first album I remember recognising as a connected body of songs. When I was three years old, I thought these songs were fairy tales and assumed my parents were playing the album for my benefit. We could hear the whole recording on vinyl at home, but our VW Bug had an eight-track player with a broken speaker, so we only got half the instrumentation and sometimes only backing vocals. Both versions, partial and full, sounded equally great to me. I’m not one to choose a favourite Beatles album, but this one has a special place, being my first real album memory.

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Harry Nilsson
The Point!
1971

This was introduced to me by a boyfriend 
of my mum’s, and I fell in love with the story and the vibe immediately. I also loved the movie, and this was my soundtrack for at least a solid year of childhood. When Tom Gorman and I started hanging out a lot pre-Belly, this album came up one night and we discovered that this boyfriend of my mother’s was also a friend of the Gorman folks and had introduced the Gorman kids to this music also, which led to us covering “Think About Your Troubles” as a B-side – my favourite one.

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The Go-Go’s
Beauty And The Beat
1981

This was the first album that I ever bought with money that I’d earned myself, and to this day it’s still one of my smartest and best purchases. The joy and subtextual giddy middle-finger at the heart of this album was a revelation, and I still put this on to pull myself out of a funk, or to celebrate something, or to dance with my kids. The sounds are great, and the songs are pearls – I love each of these women individually, I love this album, I love The Go-Go’s.

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Kate Bush
The Kick Inside
1978

Oh God, where to start? My first sighting of Kate Bush was on Saturday Night Live performing “Them Heavy People” – my sister Kristin was with me and I remember saying something like, “What is she doing?” or “What is happening right now?”, or something along those lines. I felt like everything that was musically possible expanded for me in those three minutes. Honestly, I never recovered from it! Kate validated my inner goth romantic, and I am still head over heels for her. Hounds Of Love is another one of my most-loved albums.

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Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home

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At this advanced stage in the career of Willie Nelson, one does not approach a new album by him anticipating an affronting of expectations. However, it is no slight upon Ride Me Back Home, or the man who made it, to suggest that if you’ve heard a reasonable fraction of Nelson’s barely calculable discography – the studio albums alone nearly clear triple figures – you’ve pretty much got the idea. A new Willie Nelson album is not so much another chapter in a body of work as a recurrence of a natural phenomenon whose origins date back to the primordial mists, like some extremely affable volcano.

Ride Me Back Home is the putative conclusion of a recent triptych of Willie Nelson albums with obviously elegiac titles – its thematic predecessors were 2017’s God’s Problem Child and 2018’s Last Man Standing. Not since Warren Zevon backed up Life’ll Kill Ya with My Ride’s Here has an artist more obviously foreshadowed a grappling with mortality.

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Like most of Nelson’s recent albums – and he has released more than a dozen this decade alone – Ride Me Back Home was produced by, and partly co-written with, fellow Nashville veteran Buddy Cannon, with the running order rounded out by covers astute and/or quixotic. Nelson is in fine fettle throughout – he has always had the advantage, as male country singers often do, of possessing the kind of voice that takes time to grow into, and he arguably sounds more like himself as a melancholy octogenerian than he did as the clean-cut kid who grinned from the cover of “And Then I Wrote” back in 1962. As ever, his guitar-playing is a marvel, that legendarily battered Martin N-20 known as Trigger still responding bountifully to Nelson’s dextrous caresses after half a century of service.

The title track is credited to Nelson and Sonny Throckmorton, who has also been shaping what we understand as country songwriting since the Earth cooled. It is unarguably a reworking of a familiar country trope – the horse as a symbol of freedom – but given the decades Nelson and Throckmorton have devoted to inventing and defining country tropes, they’re entitled to it. Inspired by the 60-odd rescue nags that Nelson keeps on his Texas ranch, it’s a gently roguish trundle anchored by keening harmonica, Nelson twinkling as he narrates a vision of pastoral sanctuary.

“Ride Me Back Home” outlines a template and sets a standard from which the album does not much deviate. The more immediately gripping tracks are the grittiest, like the prowling blues of “Seven Year Itch” or the upbeat shuffle of “Come On Time”, set to a train-song beat and underpinned by a low, twanging electric lead. It’s hard to hear either as anything other than rages against the dying of the light. On the former, Nelson sounds pleased to detect life in the old dog yet (“Getting nowhere slow, but I’m feeling good”). On the latter, he’s outright daring the Reaper to come and have a go if he thinks he’s hard enough (“I say come on time, I’ve beat you before/Come on time, what have you got for me this time?”).

But as has often been the case throughout Nelson’s career, for all that he has projected himself as the jut-jawed, ponytail-dangling, Texan rebel stoner, he’s at his best as an unaffected crooner of sentimental ballads, of which “Ride Me Back Home” has plenty. Two are Guy Clark songs, both decorated with virtuoso Trigger solos – “My Favourite Picture Of You”, and the unabashedly pro-huddled-masses-yearning-to-breathe-free “Immigrant Eyes”. (Where America’s culture wars are concerned, there has never been much doubt which side Nelson is really on.) Another is the daft but likeable Mac Davis novelty “It’s Hard To Be Humble”, recorded in cahoots with Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah. And one is Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”, which Nelson sings with a quite beautiful matter-of-fact tenderness, demonstrating that there are no shallows in which he cannot locate depth.

One of Nelson’s more arresting projects of recent years was 2018’s Frank Sinatra tribute My Way. The best of Ride Me Back Home feels as much a companion to that as to its predecessors in Nelson’s trilogy of reckoning – there’s a certain Sinatra-esque conspiratorial intimacy. On the after-dark jazz of “Stay Away From The Lonely Places” and the tottering waltz of “Maybe I Should’ve Been Listening”, Nelson reminds us – again – that while it might seem odd that an approximate contemporary of Hank Williams is still making records, it’s not like the queue of plausible replacements as the pre-eminent interpreter of American song is a long one.

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Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains

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David Berman broke up his lo-fi country-rock outfit Silver Jews suddenly in 2009. Amid an existential crisis triggered by both the worrying state of the world and the ills perpetrated by his father, Richard – a right-wing lobbyist dubbed ‘Dr Evil’ by one American media outlet – Berman chose to walk away from music. “I guess I am moving over to another category,” he wrote on the Drag City message board. “Screenwriting or Muckraking. I’ve got to move on. Can’t be like all the careerists, doncha know.”

Ten years later, Berman has finally returned to active service with Purple Mountains. While essentially a new band, there is much here that recalls the classic posture of Silver Jews – not least, the wry lyrical observations (“and now we stand the standard distance distant strangers now stand apart”) and, naturally, Berman’s rich, caustic baritone. But although the underlying spirit of the two bands is similar, it was important for Berman to differentiate between them. “I made one six-storey building and lo-fi sub-basement,” he explains. “When I thought to build a second, I found it would add to the quality of both to be offset from each other.”

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Berman has always had a way with a good opening line for his albums. Silver Jews fans will remember with fondness the shout-out to an ex that kicked off 1996’s The National Bridge: “No, I don’t really want to die/I only want to die in your eyes.” Meanwhile, 1998’s American Water opened with the deathless proclamation, “In 1984, I was hospitalised for approaching perfection.”

Purple Mountains opens in a similarly attention-grabbing manner: “Well, I don’t like talkin’ to myself/But someone’s gotta say it, hell/Things have not been going well/This time I think I finally fucked myself.” These lines are delivered by Berman over rollicking piano, drums and guitar that recall the rambunctious, rootsy spirit of Dylan and The Band. They suggest that the album’s ongoing mission will be to explore the void Berman plummeted into on retiring from music. As a consequence, the depression, defeat and disaffection he experienced during this period offer rich pickings for a songwriter as wry and self-aware as Berman.

The 10 songs assembled here owe as much to Townes Van Zandt’s picaresque story songs as they do Dylan’s sardonic poetics; they all gnaw at the heart and consciousness. Berman sings of life’s travails in fluid and acrobatic phrasing, with each spin revealing a nuance in tone or pronunciation that turns the lyric in a profound or unexpected way, a slow reveal that begs repeat listens. It’s unequivocally dark, relatable and addictive.

The album’s full of ghosts, from a declaration that “All My Happiness Is Gone” at track two, to a gut-punching admission at track five: “We’re just drinking margaritas at the mall/That’s what this stuff adds up to after all,” he sings, an indictment of the inanity that numbs and distracts us in desperate moments and daily routines, sugary booze in the absence of enlightenment.

But it’s not all misery and dashed hopes. Berman pens a stirring tribute to his late mother, “I Loved Being My Mother’s Son”, while “Snow Is Falling In Manhattan” is a calming portrait of a snow-blanketed city. These pauses between crises are something of a palate-cleanser, of course; but even the darker tracks are helped along by the sweet, smooth instrumentation accompanying Berman’s assorted meditations. Backing vocals by singer-songwriter Anna St Louis, Jeremy Earl of Woods and Haley Fohr of Circuit Des Yeux provide a contrast for Berman’s lower-register singing.

Purple Mountains is an excellent return to form for Berman; a worthy next chapter for a songwriter who quit, many believed, in his prime. As an additional delight, Berman intends to tour the album – something of a rarity given that he’s played just 100 or so shows in his decades-long career.

“Mine is not a cry for help, but an offer to provide a kind of it,” Berman says of these splendid new songs. The truth may hurt – but, listening to Purple Mountains, there are many delights and peculiarities to be found on the road to healing.

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The Hollies’ Allan Clarke announces new album, 20 years after retiring

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20 years after he retired from music to spend time with his family, The Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke has returned with a new solo album Resurgence, due out on September 20 via BMG.

Hear the first song from it, “Journey Of Regret”, below:

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“For many years, people have asked ‘Why don’t you go back to singing?’,” says Clarke. “What I couldn’t do was perform Hollies songs any more. But what I should have said was that there may be a time when I’ll be able to sing, because I’ll be doing songs that maybe I’ll write myself. It was always on the back burner.

“But then I said to my son Toby, who’s been involved musically in the family since the year he was born, ‘I’ve got a song I’ve done on guitar, but I don’t know what to do with it, what do you suggest?’ He said ‘You should learn to use GarageBand,’ and showed me how… It’s given me a new lease of life in doing something I thought I’d never do again.”

You can pre-order Resurgence here.

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Hear Devendra Banhart’s new single, “Abre Las Manos”

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Devendra Banhart’s new album Ma will be issued by Nonesuch on September 13.

Following the previously released “Kantori Ongaku”, you can listen to another song from it, “Abre Las Manos”, below:

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Sung in Spanish with a title that translates as “Open Your Hands”, the song is inspired by Banhart’s relationship with his motherland, Venezuela.

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” he explains, “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela. There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

You can check out the English translation of the lyrics to “Abre Las Manos” below and pre-order Ma here.

“Open Your Hands”

Open your wings the world awaits you
a surprise that God keeps you

Open your hands the sky keeps you
A gift that is only for you

The green of your hair
And the blue of your skin
Love is a mirror
Where nobody sees

Look at your eyes and look at your soul
A little leaf in the love tree

Open your eyes see who loves you
A branch branch branch branch

Your god is goddess
It cannot be different

My goddess is your god
Do not stop people

Look at the supply covered with blood
I was looking for you but there is nobody

Look at the museum was destroyed
For people who never
I had entered

Look at the line, a thousand hours
There is my aunt waiting for her bread

What percentage of people gone hungry
Is necessary for something to change

Yesterday my neighbor was kidnapped
I wanted to tell you but that’s nothing

Open your hands the world awaits you
A gift that is only for you

It’s just for you
It’s just for you
It’s just for you

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Bon Iver announce new album i,i

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Bon Iver have announced that their new album i,i will be released by Jagjaguwar on August 30.

Hear two more tracks from it, “Jelmore” and “Faith”, below:

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i,i was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Texas and April Base in Wisconsin. The core band for the sessions included Sean Carey, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Mike Lewis, Matt McCaughan and Justin Vernon with Rob Moose and Jenn Wasner, plus contributions from James Blake, Brad and Phil Cook, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, Naeem, Velvet Negroni, Channy Leaneagh, Marta Salogni, Francis Starlite, Moses Sumney, TU Dance, and many others.

“It feels very much like the most adult record, the most complete,” says Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. “It feels like when you get through all this life, when the sun starts to set, and what happens is you start gaining perspective. And then you can put that perspective into more honest, generous work.”

Vernon adds, “The title of the record can mean whatever it means to you or me. It can mean deciphering
and bolstering one’s identity. It can be how important the self is and how unimportant the self is, how we’re all connected.”

You can pre-order i,i here.

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Watch Neil Young play “On The Beach” for the first time in 45 years

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Neil Young and Promise Of The Real have been touring Europe this week, ahead of their co-headline show with Bob Dylan at London’s Hyde Park on Friday (July 12).

Last night in Antwerp, Young stunned the crowd by playing “On The Beach” – a song he hasn’t played in full-band electric form since CSNY’s 1974 tour. Watch fan footage below:

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Other songs aired at at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis included “Mr Soul”, “Old Man” and “Unknown Legend”. Watch footage of all those below and peruse the setlists from Young’s European jaunt here.

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Gruff Rhys unveils new solo album, Pang!

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Gruff Rhys has announced that his new solo album Pang! will be released by Rough Trade on September 13.

The album was recorded over the last 18 months with South African electronic artist Muzi. Listen to the title track below:

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“‘Pang!’ is a Welsh language song with an English title,” explains Rhys. “It started life as a folk reel and soon expanded into a ‘list’ song, listing various reasons for pangs; hunger, regret, twitter, pain, bad design etc. Using the English word pang in a Welsh language track may appear weird but I suppose it’s like using the French word ‘magazine’ in an English song. In that it’s slightly pretentious but completely acceptable.”

You can pre-order Pang! here and check out Gruff Rhys’ tourdates for the rest of 2019 below:

US TOURDATES
5th Sept – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Rooftop – US
7th Sept – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival – US
9th Sept – Chicago, IL – Hiedout – US
10th Sept – Kansas City, MO – recordBar – US
13th Sept – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon – US
15th Sept – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel – US

EU TOUR DATES
21st Sept – Bethesda, Wales, Gwyl Ara Deg – UK – sold out
15th Oct – Sage Gateshead – UK
16th Oct – Spree fest Paisley, Scotland – UK
18th Oct – Sŵn fest, Cardiff – UK
19th Oct – Future Days Festival, Birmingham – UK
20th Oct – Yes, Manchester – UK
21st Oct – Stoney’s field, Cambridge – UK
23rd Oct – Earth, London – UK
6th Nov – Paris – Le Pop-UP du Label – FR
7th Nov – Utrecht – Le Guess Who Fest – NL
8th Nov – Gent – Democrazy – BE
9th Nov – Berlin – Privatclub – DE

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Introducing Ringo Starr: The Ultimate Music Guide

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A telephone line crackles. “Hello,” says a voice, “it’s Ringo here.” My sole encounter with Ringo – to date – is a phoner interview. 30 minutes, on the button, for Uncut’s An Audience With… feature. Even so, despite these unpromising circumstances, the interview itself was great fun. Conducted while Ringo was holed up in an LA hotel doing press for his then-current album, Postcards From Paradise, here was a man of not inconsiderable wit and charisma, whose opening line went, “I was just in the car coming here, ‘Eight Days A Week’ was on the radio and it rocked.” Fair enough, you might think.

Ringo’s mood – playful, generous – was perhaps encouraged by the fact that the questions – submitted by readers as well as fans and contemporaries including Paul Weller, Marianne Faithfull and Jeff Lynne – were not restricted to those magical eight years in the Fabs. Starr gamely fielded questions about Twitter, Butlins, Peter Sellers, Harry Nilsson and Frank Zappa. He also provided some amusing insight into the early ’60s rivalry between the era’s top tier. Did you have any good nicknames for other bands?, went one question. “Bastards,” he deadpanned without missing a beat.

If anything, the interview proved Ringo was a man of many accomplishments – both with and outside of The Beatles. As our latest Ultimate Music illustrates, Ringo wore many hats – Beatle, solo artist, actor and latterly band leader with his All-Starr Band collective, now in its 30th year.

You’ll find all these different elements brought vividly to life in archive interviews from Melody Maker and NME, brand new in-depth reviews of every Ringo album, Ringo on film, rarities, comps, lives and much more. It’s in shops from this Friday — but you can buy it right now from our online store.

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The August 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from June 13, and available to order online now – with Bruce Springsteen on the cover. Inside, you’ll find The Rolling Stones, The Raconteurs, Woodstock, Black Sabbath, Beak>, Doves, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Childish, the Flamingo Club and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including The Black Keys, 75 Dollar Bill, House And Land, Trash Kit, Mega Bog and more.

Stereolab announce reissue of three late-’90s albums

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Stereolab’s archive programme continues with the news that Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996), Dots And Loops (1997) and Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage In The Milky Night (1999) will be reissued on their own Duophonic UHF Disks via Warp on September 13.

Each album has been remastered from the original tapes by Bo Kondren at Calyx Mastering and overseen by Tim Gane. Bonus material will include alternate takes, four-track demos and unreleased mixes.

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Hear one of Emperor Tomato Ketchup’s bonus tracks, “Freestyle Dumpling”, below:

For tracklistings and pre-order info – including details of a clear vinyl super limited edition version with a numbered obi strip made from Stereolab master tape – visit the band’s official site.

Peruse Stereolab’s tour itinerary for the rest of 2019 below:

July 19th | Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
July 19th-21st | Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
July 31st | Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Aug 1st | Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill
Aug 2nd-4th | Katowice, PL – OFF Festival
Aug 6th-10th | Oslo, NO – Oya Festival
Aug 7th | Copenhagen, DK – Store Vega
Aug 9th-11th | Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Aug 15th-18th | Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
Sept 16th | El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
Sept 17th | Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Sept 19th | San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Sept 20th | Austin, TX – Mohawk
Sept 21st | Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Sept 23rd | Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sept 25th | Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Sept 26th | Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Sept 27th | Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Sept 28th | Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Sept 29th | Boston, MA – Royale
Oct 1st | Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Oct 2nd | Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Oct 3rd | Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Oct 4th | Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
Oct 5th | Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct 7th | Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Oct 8th | Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Oct 10th | Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Oct 11th | Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze
Oct 13th | Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct 14th | Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Oct 15th | Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Oct 17th | San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Oct 18th | San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Oct 19th | San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Nov 16th-17th | Berlin, DE – Synasthesie Festival

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Watch Beck’s ‘freestyle’ harmonica version of “Saw Lightning”

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Beck has released a video of the ‘freestyle’ version of recent single “Saw Lightning”, in which he performs solo, accompanying himself on harmonica and foot-stomps.

Watch it below:

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The original version of “Saw Lightning”, co-produced by Pharrell Williams, will feature on Beck’s new album Hyperspace, due later this year via Capitol Records.

You can also hear Beck reunite with regular producer Greg Kurstin on The Bird And The Bee’s new version of Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”, which features on the duo’s upcoming album Interpreting The Masters Volume 2: A Tribute To Van Halen, out on August 2. Listen below:

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Watch a video for Oh Sees’ new track, “Poisoned Stones”

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Prolific psych-rockers Oh Sees’ have readied a new double album, Face Stabber, for release through their own Castle Face label on August 16.

Watch a video for the track “Poisoned Stones” below:

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This follows the release of Face Stabber’s epic closing track, “Henchlock”:

Oh Sees mainman John Dwyer describes the album as “Soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf… For fans of fried prog burn out, squished old-school drool, double drums, lead weight bass, wizard keys (now with poison), old-ass guitar and horrible words with daft meanings.”

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The August 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from June 13, and available to order online now – with Bruce Springsteen on the cover. Inside, you’ll find The Rolling Stones, The Raconteurs, Woodstock, Black Sabbath, Beak>, Doves, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Childish, the Flamingo Club and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including The Black Keys, 75 Dollar Bill, House And Land, Trash Kit, Mega Bog and more.

British Sea Power launch Krankenhaus Festival

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British Sea Power have unveiled details of their own, inaugural Krankenhaus Festival, taking place at Cumbria’s Muncaster Castle on September 6-8.

Joining them by the River Esk for “three days and nights of music, conversation, outdoor pursuits and falconry” will be Snapped Ankles, Bo Ningen, Squid, The Pictish Trail, Modern Ovens, Celestial North, Steven Morris (New Order) and Will Burns & Hannah Peel.

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The festival’s musical performances will take place in a large rustic barn within the castle grounds. The castle, along with its grounds and gardens, will be open during the day, with birds of prey giving flying displays at the castle’s Hawk & Owl Centre – all of which is included in the festival ticket price of £125 for adults (available here).

“If you want to get high in every possible sense,” say British Sea Power, “there has maybe never been anywhere to equal this blending of a gorgeously sombre setting with equally gorgeous and sombre rock music.”

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Watch The Who debut new songs at Wembley

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The Who played a big orchestral show at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday (July 6), debuting two new songs in the process.

Watch fan footage of “Hero Ground Zero” and “Still Waiting For The Big Cigar” below:

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The show also included a surprise acoustic version of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and a whole segment devoted to Quadrophenia, during which support act Eddie Vedder joined The Who for “The Punk And The Godfather”. Watch footage of those songs, and check out the full setlist, below:

‘Overture’
‘It’s A Boy’
‘1921’
‘Amazing Journey’
‘Sparks’
‘Pinball Wizard’
‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’
‘Who Are You’
‘Eminence Front’
‘Imagine A Man’
‘Hero Ground Zero’
‘Join Together’
‘Substitute’
‘The Seeker’
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’
‘Behind Blue Eyes’
‘Still Waiting For The Big Cigar’
‘The Real Me’
‘I’m One’
‘The Punk And The Godfather’
‘5:15’
‘Drowned’
‘The Rock’
‘Love, Reign O’er Me’
‘Baba O’Riley’

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