Steve Van Zandt’s Soulifre TeachRock Tour Announced – Hallelujiah!

Stevie Van Zandt, a principle architect of the “Jersey Shore” sound and a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has announced his return to Europe this summer, including dates in Ireland and the UK for the “Soulfire TeachRock Tour 2018” following a successful run of European shows last year.  The tour will see Van Zandt (also known as Little Steven) and his 14-person band, The Disciples Of Soul, kick off things on June 28 in Dublin. They will perform shows in Liverpool, Whitley Bay, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and Norway, before the finale at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on July 27. “I can’t get back to Europe often enough. I love it all,” says Van Zandt. Continue reading “Steve Van Zandt’s Soulifre TeachRock Tour Announced – Hallelujiah!”

Hiss Golden Messenger hits the UK for summer shows

The North Carolina band Hiss Golden Messenger have announced that they’re playing two UK shows this summer. It follows on from the release of ‘Hallelujah Anyhow’ which came out towards  the end of last year. M.C. Taylor and his throng will be playing dates at Manchester’s lovely Deaf Institute on Monday 27th August and the almost as lovely Islington Assembly Hall in London on Wednesday 29th August. Tickets are available now, as the kids say.  In the meantime, why not enjoy new tune ‘Passing Clouds’ with all proceeds to Everytown For Gun Safety. Continue reading “Hiss Golden Messenger hits the UK for summer shows”

Frank Turner announces 2019 dates

Patience is a virtue, which is a good job as Frank Turner has announced dates which don’t land now until early next year. Playing a string of arenas running through early 2019, the tour is called the “Be More Kind World Tour” and although Frank was famously not very kind about socialists and the left in general, he was on good form at the AMA-UKs earlier in the year so forgiveness is pending. The album represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. Continue reading “Frank Turner announces 2019 dates”

Sons of Bill return with tour, new single, new album

It’s all going on for the Sons of Bill as they announce the release of their new album ‘Oh God Ma’am’ which comes out on 29th June via our dear friends over at Loose. The first single taken from the album, which you can listen to below, is called ‘Believer/Pretender’ and pitched as a “sort of a meditation on continuing to make music in adult life; especially in a superficial cultural and economic climate that continues to devalue the arts”. Lead singer James continues: “There is this Chinese finger trap you can get yourself into in adult life where you’re never quite sure which part of you is still genuine and which part of you has learned to fake it– which part of you plays music just for the love of it, and which part of you just desperately wants to be loved. Especially in an industry town like Nashville where it feels like posturing is half of being an artist.” Continue reading “Sons of Bill return with tour, new single, new album”

Deep Dark Woods arrive in UK next week for dates

If you go down to the Deep Dark Woods today, you’d better not close your eyes as the Canadian band drop anchor on our fair shores next week for a series of dates in support of their latest album ‘Yarrow’  which is out now on Sx Shooter Records. The band, returning after a four-year hiatus, will be playing a number of shows up and down the UK including a London show at Bush Hall on May 3rd. They will also play two shows at the Kilkenny Roots Festival before a first-time appearance in Belfast at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Continue reading “Deep Dark Woods arrive in UK next week for dates”

Teenage Fanclub: 12 nights, 4 cities – this autumn

Possibly the loveliest band to ever exist Teenage Fanclub have announced a UK tour this October/November which sees them play  Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London on the Songs From Teenage Fanclub: The Creation Records Years tour – the venues are small, so they will be playing three nights in every city, featuring tracks from their Creation Records era –  The first from between 1991-1993, the second from between 1994-1997, and the third between 1998-2000. Continue reading “Teenage Fanclub: 12 nights, 4 cities – this autumn”

Video premiere: Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals “Shelter”

Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals is the songwriting project of guitarist and composer Stephen Griesgraber and while his heart normally lies in anti-folk (which used to be one of our bylines here at AUK) he decided to go a little bit country for his new single, a split single EP with Darlin Darlin. He told AUK: “‘Shelter’ is an honest story of a relationship that is failing, but it does it in an honest, compassionate, and not-too maudlin way by acknowledging what I’m experiencing, and what I love about the woman I’m losing, and how I basically do want the best for her.” The only disappointing thing about the video is that it doesn’t feature any animals handsome or otherwise. The EP comes out on May 4th.

Charley Crockett and his lonesome shadow hit the UK for July dates

Texan Charlie Crockett’s music has been described by No Depression as “sounding like what might happen if Roy Orbison and Ry Cooder teamed up with Dick Dale” and what more of a recommendation do you need to go out and see for yourself?  Crockett arrives in the UK in July for a series of dates ahead of the release of his new album ‘Lonesome As A Shadow’ due out at the end of this month.  Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Zac Brown) and recorded at Sam Phillip’s Recording in Memphis, TN, the album is Crockett’s fourth full-length album and his first release consisting entirely of original songs. In addition to Crockett on vocals and guitar, the album features his longtime touring band, “The Blue Drifters.” Here are those dates. Continue reading “Charley Crockett and his lonesome shadow hit the UK for July dates”

Ciara O’Neill “Dreamer” – Listen

Ciara O’Neill is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Portadown, Northern Ireland who is gearing up to release her new album ‘Arrow’ in July of this year, which will be preceded by the double A-side ‘Hurtin” and ‘Dreamer’ at the end of this month. Ciara has shared one of those two tracks exclusively with AUK which is a lovely atmospheric indie folk thing. She told us: “Dreamer is about the mysterious world of dreams, a place where we are truly alone, where no one can follow, where no one can know the place we end up when we close our eyes. Dark or light, it’s a private place which not even our closest love can follow. I got the idea for the song after reading ‘The Wishing Box’ by Sylvia Plath’ one of my favourite writers!’” And ours too. Her and Stephenie Myer.

HYWAYS “The Line” – Listen

HYWAYS’ (upper case) self-titled album will be available on Record Store Day this Saturday April 21st on every format under the sun: vinyl, CD, digital and streaming via the Union Zero label. A new Seattle project led by singer-songwriter Mike Giacolino, it features an all star line up with members of Son Volt, Sera Cahoone and Rose Windows. The album pushes the boundaries of genres by seamlessly mixing country and psychedelia with indie rock, folk and prog rock, as this particularly fine example evidences (apart from the prog rock bit, which is a good thing).