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28
Feb

Skrillex officially rejoins emo band From First To Last

EDM star recently reunited with the band after 10 years for new single ‘Make War’

Back in January, Skrillex reunited with his former emo band From First To Last for new song ‘Make War’. He then performed live with the group for the first time in over a decade earlier this month. Now, he appears to have rejoined the band on a permanent basis.

The former emo singer-turned-EDM star (real name Sonny Moore) fronted the outfit for a few years in the mid-noughties, before leaving in 2007 due to a vocal chord injury and turning his focus to the dance world.  Having released ‘Make War’ on his 29th birthday, Moore later joined the band for a reunion show at Emo Night in Los Angeles on February 7.

Now, From First To Last have changed their Twitter picture to a new photo featuring Moore, along with the caption: “2017 Vibes <3”. Their Twitter bio now also includes Skrillex’s handle. See the photo below.

Moore previously told Alt Press at the Grammys: “I left the band, but I would say I’m not left anymore.”

After releasing reunion single ‘Make War’, From First To Last were accused of ripping off punk band Culture Abuse for their artwork.

Moore later responded to the allegations, writing in a statement: “Just wanted to convey we were unaware of the band Culture Abuse’s cover art with a peach similar to ours for From First To Last that we released yesterday. It was a complete coincidence, and we would never disrespect or appropriate another artist’s work. Shout out to Culture Abuse, and as a positive to come from this, hopefully people will go check out their music and show them some love.”

Skrillex has also been working with members of Incubus and Deftones.

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28
Feb

Depeche Mode announce 2017 North American tour

Band release new album ‘Spirit’ in March

Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode have announced North American tour dates for later this year.

The band’s forthcoming LP ‘Spirit’ will be released on March 17, and was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford. It’s their first album since 2013’s ‘Delta Machine’ and has been preceded by lead single ‘Where’s The Revolution’.

Having already scheduled European tour dates from May to July, Depeche Mode have confirmed that they will then tour North American from August through to October.

See those dates in full below:

Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre (August 23)
Denver, CO – Pepsi Center (25)
Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (26)
Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (30)
Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena (September 1)
Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre (3)
Montreal, Quebec – Centre Bell (5)
Washington, DC – Verizon Center (7)
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (9)
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (11)
Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (13)
Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena (15)
Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater (18)
Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre (20)
Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion (22)
Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (24)
Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion (27)
Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena (30)
Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara County Bowl (October 2)
San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (6)
San Jose, CA – SAP Center (8)
Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena (10)
Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (12)
Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (14)
Seattle, WA – KeyArena (21)
Portland, OR – Moda Center (23)
Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena (25)
Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place (27)

See the band’s European tour schedule here.

Meanwhile, Depeche Mode recently responded after being described as the “official band of the alt-right”.

Watch Depeche Mode perform ‘Personal Jesus’ live in Barcelona below:

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28
Feb

Run The Jewels launch their own beer

Rap duo recently teamed up with Zack de la Rocha

Rappers Killer Mike and El-P
Rappers Killer Mike and El-P performing

Run the Jewels have launched their own beer.

The North East style IPA named ‘Stay Gold’, after the ‘RTJ3’ track of the same was recently unveiled at the hip-hop duo’s first Terminal 5 show in New York City.

The duo have posted a video showing how the ale was put together, which you can view below.

It’s their second foray into fermentation after their 2013 partnering with Goose Island yielded a Belgian wheat ale.

The duo were recently joined by go-to collaborator Zack de la Rocha last month (January 19), during a politicised show at the Echostage in Washington DC.

Both acts joined forces for performances of ‘Kill Your Masters’ and ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)’.

Read more: Run the Jewels – The heroes we need in Trump’s America.

Killer Mike also played the group’s ‘Reagan’ track by starting a chant of: “Fuck Ronald Reagan/Donald Trump.” Midway through songs, he told the audience: “No matter who won, the day after tomorrow, this is our mother-fucking country. I don’t give a fuck who is president. This is our country. And what we will keep this republic going on is truth, honesty, integrity, love, and democracy.” 

The hip-hop duo recently released their new album ‘RTJ3’ three weeks early on Christmas Day. In our 5/5 review of the record, we wrote: “Amidst all the braggadocio and rapper-wounding one-liners, ‘RTJ1’ and ‘RTJ2’ always maintained a rage against machine, but the slow-motion horror-show of the last 12 months has focused Mike and El-P’s political ire like never before. Trump, police brutality, viral poverty and America’s accelerating descent into darkness are all grist for the mill – hip-hop has seldom sounded this righteous since Public Enemy.”

The band will be hitting Europe for a tour in March – calling at Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and London. Full dates are below. Tickets are on sale now.

Wed March 29 2017 – BELFAST Limelight
Thu March 30 2017 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Fri March 31 2017 – MANCHESTER Albert Hall
Sat April 01 2017 – LONDON Roundhouse

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28
Feb

Daft Punk reportedly replacing Beyoncé as Coachella headliner ahead of spring tour

Dance duo last headlined festival in 2006

Daft Punk could be set to replace Beyoncé as Coachella headliner ahead of a reported spring tour.

Beyoncé had originally been booked to headline this year’s festival, alongside Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar, but was forced to pull out on doctor’s orders following her recent pregnancy announcement. She has been confirmed to headline the festival in 2018 instead.

With a replacement headliner not yet officially announced, Playboy reports that “inside sources” close to the band have suggested it could be the French dance duo. “An anonymous source working on Daft Punk’s production has confirmed to Playboy that the Robots are planning a major—and we do mean major—tour this spring. Coachella would be the perfect place to kick it off,” the report continues.

This has not yet been verified and NME has approached Daft Punk’s representatives for comment.

Coachella runs this year from April 14-16 and April 21-23 in Indio, California.

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Daft Punk are currently bookies’ favourites to headline Coachella. They last headlined Coachella in 2006.

The band recently made their live return at the Grammys, performing ‘I Feel It Coming’ with The Weeknd. They also recently opened of a pop-up shop in LA.

The duo infamously did not tour to support their 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’, but did perform at the Grammys 2014 with Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers.

There has been much speculation as to whether or not Daft Punk will return for a full world tour in 2017. The band have two live albums called ‘Alive 1997’ and ‘Alive 2007’ named after their two tours, which seem to happen once a decade – adding to the theory that they’ll continue the tradition and tour this year. Fans were left disappointed after a coded Alive 2017 website suggesting a tour appeared to be the biggest hoax yet’. Many got their hopes up again when a mysterious teaser video appeared online.

Emily Eavis has also categorically denied to NME that the band would be performing at Glastonbury 2017.

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28
Feb

Papa Roach share new track and footage from the studio

Band will release new album later this year

Papa Roach
Papa Roach

Papa Roach have shared a track from their forthcoming new album.

The as-yet-untitled LP will be the band’s 10th and first since 2015’s ‘F.E.A.R.’ You can listen to their new track ‘Help’ below.

Frontman Jacoby Shaddix recently revealed that rapping will feature heavily on the record.

He told Teamrock: “We like to say that the album itself is like if 2000’s ‘Infest’ had sex with 2004’s ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and they had a child, this would be the record.

“With a track like ‘Help’, that song kind of harkens back to ‘Scars’, but it’s a little bit more uptempo and upbeat that ‘Scars’ is. But it’s just a dark anthem, and I like that juxtaposition.

Help

Help, a song by Papa Roach on Spotify

“We tapped into that on a track like ‘Scars’ back in the day, and we were, like, ‘All right. Let’s see if we wrote something in a major key again.’ We’ve done that with songs like ‘Lifeline’ in the past.”

He added: “It’s got a little element of some old school with some new school. And I’m just excited for everybody to hear the record in its entirety, because it takes you on a ride. I’m rapping on more than half the record, and then there’s tracks that are just all over the place.”

The album is currently available for pre-order directly through the band’s PledgeMusic page.

The band have also shared some footage from the studio which you can view below:

Shaddix previously joked that he once caught herpes from his uncle.

“My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this,” he added.

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28
Feb

Man found guilty of burgling Simon Cowell’s home while security guard used toilet

Serial criminal stole almost £1 million worth of jewellery

A man has been found guilty of a raid on Simon Cowell’s home which saw him steal possessions worth almost £1 million.

The burglary took place in December 2015 at Cowell’s Holland Park property in West London. Darren February, 33, was found to have entered through a patio door as Cowell and his family slept and while his security guard used the toilet (Cowell previously suggested the crime could have been an “inside job”). The man took jewellery as well as two passports.

Police have described February, who has committed 58 offences over the past two decades and has 37 convictions for burglary, as a “danger to society”. He was on licence for other burglaries and public order offences at the time of the break in and will be sentenced on Wednesday morning (March 1).

10 days after the incident, February killed a motorcyclist and was jailed last year for eight-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.

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Last year, a murderer “planned to target” Simon Cowell after keeping a spreadsheet of target victims. Michael Danaher was convicted of murdering antique dealer Adrian Greenwood at his home in Oxford after plotting for months to rob him of a rare first edition of The Wind in the Willows worth £50,000.

Meanwhile, Cowell was recently pictured with Noel Gallagher at the BRIT Awards, a photo that caused ire in brother Liam Gallagher.

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28
Feb

Mansun’s Paul Draper announces first ever UK solo tour

‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ 20th anniversary was recently celebrated at a convention

Paul Draper performing
Paul Draper performing

Former Mansun singer Paul Draper has announced his first ever solo tour.

The ex-frontman of the Chester band has lined up six dates in September taking in shows in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, London, Bristol and Birmingham. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 3).

The gigs will see Draper performing tracks from his forthcoming debut solo album.

He previously released his first solo recordings – ‘EP ONE’ and ‘EP TWO’ – in 2016. They were the first recordings since the release of Mansun’s posthumous compilation Kleptomania in 2004.

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They debuted at Number One in the UK vinyl charts.

Draper will play:

Thu 14 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 15 Manchester, Gorilla
Sat 16 Glasgow, King Tuts
Thu 21 London, Scala
Fri 22 Bristol, Thekla
Sat 23 Birmingham, O2 Institute 2

Draper previously said: “I’d originally planned on recording a solo album called ‘Spooky Action’ after Mansun split but shelved it as I wasn’t in a place personally that I could make music at the time. However, the recording session went so well that we decided to do a second recording session and I loved playing so much with my new band that I’m putting together a whole album of these songs now. We’ve got on a real roll in the studio.”

Mansun released three studio albums – ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ (1997), ‘Six’ (1998) and ‘Little Kix’ (2000) – before they split in 2003. ‘Kleptomania’ followed in 2004 after the band’s demise.

Draper recently staged a Mansun convention celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their Number One debut album ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ at Studio 2 Parr Street  in Liverpool, where the album was recorded.

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28
Feb

Watch Ed Sheeran rap as he reveals new song ‘Eraser’

Singer-songwriter delivers new SBTV live session

Ed Sheeran shares new song 'How Would You Feel (Paean)
Ed Sheeran shares new song ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)

Ed Sheeran has debuted a new song in a live session for SBTV.

The rap-heavy ‘Eraser’ will feature on Sheeran’s upcoming third album ‘÷’, which is released on March 3. Prior to this new track, the singer-songwriter had already released singles ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’, plus the song ‘How Would You Feel (Paean)’.

Sheeran delivered a new ‘F64’ session for SBTV to mark the 10th anniversary of the UK urban music channel and the 7th anniversary of his own first SBTV video.

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Read more: Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘÷’ – tour dates, release date, new songs, and everything you need to know

At the weekend, Ed Sheeran was accidentally announced for Glastonbury 2017. It is not clear whether he will indeed appear at the festival this year.

Meanwhile, Wiley has hailed Ed Sheeran as a ‘Godlike Genius’. Speaking to NME at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 earlier this month, where he picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, Wiley said: “Next year, Godlike Genius [Award], you need to be giving it to Ed Sheeran. He’s a Godlike Genius, he’s a mate, but more importantly he’s a great musician.”

Ed Sheeran’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below:

London, Royal Albert Hall (March 28)
Dublin, 3 Arena (April 12, 13)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (16, 17)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (19, 20)
Manchester, Arena (22, 23)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (25, 26)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (28, 29)
London, The O2 (May 1, 2) 

10 songs you didn’t know Ed Sheeran wrote – watch in the video below:

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28
Feb

The Jesus And Mary Chain map North America tour

Group will release their first album in over 18 years in March

The Jesus And Mary Chain performing
The Jesus And Mary Chain performing

The Jesus and Mary Chain have mapped out a North American tour taking in nine cities.

The shows will kick off in May in LA, Toronto, New York, Seattle and Vancouver.

‘Damage And Joy’, the band’s first full-length release in over 18 years, is due for release on March 23. They recently shared new track ‘Always Sad’. The band previously shared the song ‘Amputation’ from the album.

The group released their last album, ‘Munki’, in 1998 and split the following the year.

After reuniting in 2007, the band said they planned to record a new album.

Discussing the album’s origins, lead singer Jim Reid previously said: “We started to – can you believe? – listen to each other a bit more. In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other.

“Most people who know us would say that we haven’t mellowed that much. I think it was to do with the fact, dare I say it, that wisdom comes with age. Let’s live and let live, and let’s take each other’s opinions into account.”

They will play:

05/09 – St. Paul, MN @ The Palace
05/10 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
05/12 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
05/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
05/20 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
05/22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
05/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

The band previously announced plans for a UK tour in March.

See the band’s full tour dates below:

Thu March 23 2017 – Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sat March 25 2017 – Academy, Manchester
Mon March 27 2017 – Church, Leeds
Tue March 28 2017 – O2 Academy, Leicester
Wed March 29 2017 – O2 Academy, Bristol
Fri March 31 2017 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
Sat April 01 2017 – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Sun April 02 2017 – O2 Academy, Oxford
Mon April 03 2017 – Junction 1, Cambridge
Wed April 05 2017 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Thu April 06 2017 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea
Fri April 07 2017 – Academy, Dublin

In 2014 and 2015, The Jesus And Mary Chain performed a number of shows to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut, ‘Psychocandy’.

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28
Feb

Emma Watson explains why she doesn’t take photos with fans

‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Harry Potter’ star says she’d rather have a conversation

Emma Watson has revealed why she rarely takes photos with fans, arguing that “it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not”.

During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the former Harry Potter star said: “If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 metres. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.”

Instead she would rather engage in conversation with fans: “I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture.’”

Watson added that she finds it hard to say no to young children seeking photos: “When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”

Emma Watson appears in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, which is due out on March 17. Watch the trailer here.

Watson recently denied that her character Belle has Stockholm Syndrome in the movie, saying: “Belle actively argues and disagrees with [the Beast] constantly. She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm Syndrome because she keeps her independence, she keeps that freedom of thought. She gives as good as she gets.”

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