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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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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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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Stuart Murdoch: “It doesn’t take much to do something slightly differently”

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“In my mind I was as out-there as Mark E Smith!” explains Stuart Murdoch, as he takes us through eight records that have blown him away over the years. Originally published in Uncut’s Take 196 issue.

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The Go-Betweens
Tallulah
1987

When I moved to Glasgow from a provincial seaside town, a new sound was seeping into my blood, something more poetic and arty. I remember going to a club in Greenock and hearing The Go-Betweens for the first time. Their new record then was Tallulah. Great melodies, great stories – and they had two great songwriters, a rarity. This was a point in my life when music superseded every other ambition I had.

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10,000 Maniacs
In My Tribe
1987

Natalie Merchant ticked all my boxes. She was quite weird, a bit hippyish and punky, but with gorgeous melodies and a unique voice. I love singers who seem to delight in the words they conjure up. Before this, pop and rock was just something
I consumed, but this was a step up, becoming obsessed with this area of music.

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The Fall
Bend Sinister
1986

This was the first time I got to grips with The Fall and fell in love with them. This was a golden period – they were firing on all cylinders, and they had Brix Smith in the band mixing it up. I didn’t know what Mark E Smith was talking about half the time, but in my mind I was as out-there as him, staying up reading Nabokov and walking down the street with the madness of being up all night.

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Regina Spektor
Fidelity
2006

This captures one aspect of the job I do better than anything else. It’s about having a romance with the creation of music itself – it goes to a point where the writer doesn’t need anything else. She says, “I never loved nobody fully/Always one foot on the ground”, because music is always her first thing, and at any moment a song might come along and will demand more of her than that person could.

PJ Harvey – All About Eve: Original Soundtrack

After two years spent touring The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey returned home last November to take stock of her situation. “I’ve done this half my life,” she told broadcaster John Wilson in February. “Do I want to continue this way, or maybe do I want to try something different?”

Harvey has always been a theatrical performer, of course. Even the Recording In Progress project – where Harvey and her band worked on The Hope Six Demolition Project behind one-way glass in a soundproofed box beneath Somerset House – was as much performance as recording session. Increasingly, though, she has augmented her core business as a singer-songwriter with a parallel career composing scores for film, theatre and television. This, it seems, is where Harvey now chooses to focus her gifts. For an artist who has embraced such a wide range of approaches and manifestations, this latest incarnation as erudite soundtrack composer reinforces her restless creativity, evolving from the visceral savagery and raucous swagger of her early records to the urgency and historical contextualising of her most recent LPs and, now, somewhere beyond.

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Her latest score is for a new adaptation of All About Eve by the Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove. Van Hove has form here: he directed David Bowie’s Lazarus in 2015. For this story of a legendary Broadway star who is eclipsed by a manipulative aspiring actress, van Hove gave Harvey an open brief which yielded the 12 songs here, totalling 34 minutes of music. Eight of the songs are under two-and-a-half minutes; the shortest, “Cadenza”, runs for just over a minute. There are two vocal pieces – performed by the production’s leads, Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Clearly, 
this is not a PJ Harvey album such as we’re used to.

As it transpires, All About Eve partly recalls Thom Yorke’s soundtrack for Suspiria – another largely instrumental project that amplified the artist’s gifts for conjuring moods full of murky unease, fragile beauty and wistful melancholia with only the briefest sketches. There is also something of the pensive soundtrack recordings made by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – dominated by sparse piano playing and sickly, scraping drones.

Harvey sets out her stall early on All About Eve: opener “Becoming” is built around a four-chord piano motif that shifts beautifully between keys as a violin thrums above. Harvey frequently returns to this piano motif – inspired, she says, by Franz Liszt’s “Liebesträume”, which appeared
 in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s 1950 film adaptation. She nests it in shifting electronic beds on “Lieben”, the stately violin drones of “Waltz” and amid the analogue synth pulses of “Shimmer”; Liszt’s piece also forms the basis for 
“The Sandman” and “The Moth”, 
the two vocal songs here. Sung by Anderson in a theatrical delivery similar to the higher register Harvey used on White Chalk, the drifting, becalmed manner of “The Sandman” wouldn’t sound out of place in a David Lynch film. Meanwhile, “The Moth”, sung by James, is a more conventional song – there’s drums, spidery guitar lines and a 
middle-eight – where hints of piano chords and strings shift in and out, swelling and subsiding like waves lapping the shoreline.

Elsewhere, Harvey is accompanied by James Johnston and Kenrick Rowe – notably on “Descending” which features Rowe’s free-jazz drum freak-out against 
a backdrop of oscillating electronic 
effects worthy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop during its ’70s prime. It’s one of the most effective pieces – not simply because it offers a change of dynamic to the ambient, minor-chord rumblings 
that dominate the record, but because it hints tantalisingly at a fresh direction 
for Harvey.

As a creative exercise, it feels useful for Harvey to have made this soundtrack. The use of “Liebesträume” lends these pieces a thematic cohesion; while the sustained heavy drones and sinister atmospheres reflect prolonged sonic exploration. As Lily James forlornly declares “I can’t wait for night to come,” over skeletal piano lines, you might be forgiven for thinking that All About Eve’s closest companion is the cobwebbed gothic folk of White Chalk – an album of lonely beauty and piercing sorrow 
that has echoes in 
All About Eve’s depiction of the inner lives 
and complexities of its female leads.

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Buddy & Julie Miller – Breakdown On 20th Ave South

Listening to “Everything Is Your Fault”, which anchors the third album by the wife-and-husband team of Julie and Buddy Miller, is a little like listening in on a late-night argument. It opens with a gently picked acoustic guitar theme, but very quickly hardens and sours. A tambourine rattles in the background like the chains of a ghost and Buddy strangles notes out of his electric guitar, while Julie, who wrote the song, airs her grievances with unsettling directness: “You talk through me, not to me,” she accuses, then adds, “It’s so dehumanising.” On the chorus she comes up with the ultimate argument ender when she sings, “Everything is your fault, 
in the whole wide world.”

One of the most eagerly anticipated Americana albums of the year, Breakdown On 20th Ave South sounds like it was born out of frustration and distance rather than harmony and union. In the 10 years since their last record – 2009’s Written In Chalk – Buddy has become an extremely busy producer, collaborator, sideman, and 
even ship captain. In addition to tours with Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant, he has served as music supervisor on the TV show Nashville and hosted the Cayamo Cruise for Americana artists and fans, with stops in St Maarten and Tortola. Julie – herself a deft singer-songwriter with six solo albums to her name – spent most of the past 10 years at their home in Nashville, dealing with assorted medical issues.

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In his absence, she wrote songs. Lots of them. Most were raw-nerved and even confrontational, as she waited for her husband to set aside the time to make another record with her, to follow up Written In Chalk. The couple recorded at home, playing almost all the instruments and hiring various drummers to sit in for a song or two. That alarming title suggests these songs are anchored in one place; they’re about her experiences at home rather than his experiences on the road. Julie emerges on Breakdown as the main creative agent, not only writing every song but singing lead on almost all of them and reportedly dictating the low-key, lowdown sound of the record. Buddy maintains his role as a sideman, helping to amplify her weariness even when it’s directed at him.

Written In Chalk was full of odes to impermanence, stark meditations on departure and death, and their voices blended together with a sense of collective mourning. Breakdown is somehow darker, exploring the destructive effects of love and commitment: how marriage might raise you up and drag you down, how it maims as easily as it heals. “Love will tangle up your thoughts,” they sing together on “Spittin’ On Fire”, about desire gone feral. “The heart won’t be denied, even when the lips you kissed are the lips that lied.” It’s always presumptuous to read too much autobiography into songs, but that’s a hell of a line to sing to each other.

Buddy, of course, is not the villain of the album, but someone similarly caught up in this storm of love and desire. He’s a sympathetic guitar player, his crisp picking underscoring rather than undercutting the sentiments in Julie’s songs. More crucially, as a producer for Richard Thompson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, he specialises in homey-sounding records that try to erase the distance between artist and audience. Breakdown is similarly intimate – just two people making music together – even if the songs are meant to sound a little prickly, as though they might scratch you if you listen too closely. They only stumble when they look beyond themselves for inspiration: with its martial drums and strident pace, “War Child”, about the refugee crisis, sounds melodramatic more than outraged, and “Thoughts At 2 AM” defers to Dylan in how it addresses the times.

And yet, even on those two missteps, their voices just sound so good together: hers reedy and expressive, yet more guttural here than on Written In Chalk; his clear and high, somehow less grainy as he ages. Maybe that’s why this album ultimately sounds so generous and compassionate despite the many tensions it voices. It’s not about how a relationship falls apart, but how it holds together even in the toughest of times. That makes the sweet, hymnlike love song “Til The Stardust Comes Apart” sound like the album’s beating heart, its simple sentiments all the more powerful for being so hard won. “Our road may grow too hard with sorrow all around,” Julie and Buddy sing together, “but in each other’s arms we lay our burdens down.”

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The Who pay tribute to guitar tech Alan Rogan

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Pete Townshend’s long-standing guitar tech Alan Rogan has died. Rogan had worked with The Who since the mid-70s but the onset of cancer forced him to miss their current tour.

In a statement on the band’s official website, The Who wrote that “few people have meant as much to our world as Alan… He’s dodged a few flying guitars in life – but he’s free of any such worries now.”

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Posting on Instagram, Townshend called Rogan “My guitar tech, friend, saviour and good buddy” adding that “He has so many friends who will miss him, and his lovely family have been wonderful.”

As well as Townshend, Rogan worked with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, Yusef Islam, AC/DC and Tom Petty. He also played guitar, alongside Richards and Wood, on Aretha Franklin’s 1986 version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.

The Who play Wembley Stadium tomorrow (July 6), supported by Eddie Vedder and Kaiser Chiefs.

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.

The 19th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2019

Apologies, I’ve been on holiday so a little catching up going on here. Lots of good stuff – nice to have Devendra and Brittany back as well as Floating Points. The new Oh Sees is amazing, too. Plenty here, anyway; dig in.

Oh, and in case you missed it – here’s my half-time report on some of my favourite albums of the year so far…

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1.
BRITTANY HOWARD

“History Repeats”
(Columbia)

2.
DEVENDRA BANHART

“Kantori Ongaku”
(Nonesuch)

3.
JOYERO

“Dogs”
(Merge)

4.
MOON DUO

“Stars Are The Light”
(Sacred Bones)

5.
OH SEES

“Henchlock”
(Castle Face Records)

6.
MODERN NATURE

“Footsteps”
(Bella Union)

7.
O’FLYNN

“Painted Wolf”
(Silver Bear Recordings)

8.
MIKE PATTON & JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER

“Chansons D’Amour”
(Ipecac)

9.
THE BUILDING

“Purifier”
(Concord)

10.
FLOATING POINTS

“LesAlpx”
(Ninja Tune)

11.
ALASTAIR ROBERTS

“The Evernew Tongue”
(Drag City)

12.
BAT FOR LASHES

“Kids In The Dark”
(Parlophone)

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.

Johnny Marr announces hometown show

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Following his guest appearance during The Killers’ headlining slot at Glastonbury – as well as his own career-spanning set on the Other Stage – Johnny Marr has announced a new hometown show.

He’ll play Manchester’s Albert Hall on September 4. Tickets go on general sale here from Friday July 5, and for pre-sale from July 4 here.

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Check out The Killers’ Glasto version of “This Charming Man” (featuring Johnny Marr) below:



Johnny Marr’s
press office declares that “fans can expect new music coming soon” to follow up last year’s Top 10 album Call The Comet. In the meantime, you can peruse his full 2019 touring itinerary below:

July
5 – Roskilde, Denmark, Roskilde Festival
12 – Lisbon, Portugal, Nos Alive
13 – Madrid, Spain, Mad Cool Festival
19 – Norwich, Waterfront
20 – Sheffield, Tramlines Festival
26 – Cheshire, Carfest North
27 – Oxford, Truck Festival
28 – Birmingham, Inner City Live
31 – Hull, The Welly Club

August
1 – Middlesborough, Middlesbrough Empire
2 – Inverness, Belladrum
8 – London, Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown Festival
10 – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Summer Sessions
13 – Budapest, Hungary, Sziget Festival
14 – Belgrade, Belgrade Beer Fest
17 – Netherland, Lowlands Festival
18 – Hasselt, Belgium, Pukkelpop
22 – Charleville-Mézières, France, Cabaret Vert
23 – Paris, France, Rock En Seine
25 – Turin, Italy, Today’s Festival

September
4 – Manchester, Albert Hall

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.

The Cult announce 30th anniversary reissue of Sonic Temple

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The Cult will mark the 30th anniversary of their platinum album Sonic Temple with a deluxe reissue on September 13 via Beggars Arkive.

Sonic Temple 30
will be released as a deluxe 3xLP box set and a 5xCD set, as well as a standard double LP. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks.

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The 3xLP box set – numbered and limited to 3000 copies – contains the original album plus a live Wembley show recorded for the BBC, four tracks of which are previously unreleased. It also contains a cassette of demos,
plus tour memorabilia and ephemera.

The 5xCD set features additional alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions, totalling 53 tracks (six of which are previously unreleased). It is packaged in book form with rare photographs and interviews with the band by journalist James Brown. To view full tracklistings and pre-order go here.

The Cult have also announced a Sonic Temple UK tour for October. Tickets go on sale from here at 10am on Friday July 5. See the full list of dates below:

October
Tue 15th Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Thu 17th Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
Fri 18th Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff University
Sun 20th Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
Mon 21st Aberdeen, Scotland – The Music Hall
Tue 22nd Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
Thu 24th Manchester, UK – Apollo
Sun 27th London, UK – Eventim Apollo
Mon 28th Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
Tue 29th Portsmouth, UK – Guildhall

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.

Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has quit

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Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss has unexpectedly quit the band.

“After intense deliberation and with heavy sadness, I have decided to leave Sleater-Kinney,” she wrote on Twitter. “The band is heading in a new direction and it is time for me to move on.”

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Weiss played on Sleater-Kinney’s new album The Center Won’t Hold, due out on August 16, and has appeared in all the promo pictures up to this point.

A statement on the band’s Instagram account said: “We are saddened by Janet’s decision to leave Sleater-Kinney. It has been an incredible privilege to work with such a talented musician and drummer over the course of so many albums… We wish Janet all the best as she starts a new chapter in her life.”

They add: “We are so excited for everyone to hear the record, and to see you on the road this fall and beyond,” suggesting that Sleater-Kinney’s tour commitments will continue unaffected. No replacement for Weiss has yet been announced.

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.

Watch a video for Belle & Sebastian’s new single, “Sister Buddha”

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Belle & Sebastian have written the soundtrack to an upcoming film called Days Of The Bagnold Summer, directed by The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird.

Hear the first single from it, “Sister Buddha”, below:

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Days Of The Bagnold Summer is described as “a tender, touching and acutely observed coming-of-age story, which tells of a heavy-metal-loving teenager’s holiday plans falling through at the last minute, leading to him having to spend the summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum”. Set for release in early 2020, it stars Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe, Monica Dolan, Tamsin Grieg and Earl Cave (son of Nick).

Belle & Sebastian’s Days Of The Bagnold Summer soundtrack will be released by Matador on September 13. It features 11 brand new Belle & Sebastian songs, as well as re-recorded versions of “Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying” from 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister, and “I Know Where The Summer Goes”, from 1998’s This Is Just A Modern Rock Song EP.

Peruse the band’s 2019 tour dates, including their own Boaty Weekender, below:

July 2nd, Sheffield, Leadmill, UK*
July 3rd, Albert Hall, Manchester, UK*
July 4th, O2 Academy, Oxford, UK*

July 10, Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY, US **
July 11, Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA, US #
July 12, Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US #
July 13, House of Blues, Boston MA, US #
July 15, M Telus, Montreal QC, CA %
July 16, Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, CA %
July 18, The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA, US %
July 19, House of Blues, Cleveland OH, US %
July 20 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL, US
July 21 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI, US %
July 23 Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo, Minneapolis MN, US %
July 25 Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary AB, CA
August 8-12th The Boaty Weekender, Barcelona – Cagliari
Nov 1 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris, France
Nov 2, Le Krakatoa, Mérignac, France
Nov 3, Le Bikini, Toulouse, France
Nov 4 Baluarte, Pamplona, Spain
Nov 6 Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
Nov 8 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm Spain

*with support from Westerman
**with support from Barrie
#with support from Ex Hex
%with support from Men I Trust

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.

Watch The Cure close out Glastonbury with a greatest hits set

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33 years after they first headlined Glastonbury, The Cure closed out the festival last night (July 30) with a joyous greatest hits set.

The first half of their two-hour set drew heavily from their classic 1999 album Disintegration, as well as fan favourites such as “A Night Like This” and “A Forest”. Later in the set, Robert Smith left the stage “to get my pop head on”, returning to play a string of hits including “Friday I’m In Love”, “The Walk” and “Close To Me” – the latter even prompting Smith to step down on to one of the platforms at the lip of the stage and dance.

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You can watch The Cure’s entire Glastonbury set on BBC iPlayer here – along with many of the other sets from the weekend, including Vampire Weekend, Kamasi Washington, Christine & The Queens, Fat White Family and many more.

Look out for a full review of Glastonbury in the next issue of Uncut.

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.