New Releases & Gigs!

Hollywood Blues-funk rockers Vintage Trouble have released a new single, The Love That Once Lingered, featuring vocals from fellow Los Angeleno, jazz, blues and soul singer Lady Blackbird. This will be the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, following the previous release of ‘Not The One’. The Love That Once Lingered featuring Lady Blackbird is taken from the forthcoming album Heavy Hymnal which is out on 23rd June. You can catch their amazing show at Leeds Stylus on June 28th. 

■ Texas

Texas have announce a special intimate acoustic performance at Brudenell Social Club on 14th July to celebrate the release of The Very Best Of 1989 – 2023.  The show will be followed by a Q&A session with Sharleen Spiteri to delve into the stories behind the album. 34 years since they recorded ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’, then watched, gobsmacked, as it reached Number Eight in the charts, Texas, one of the UK’s most loved bands, have gone on to produce ten studio albums, selling over 40 million records worldwide. So let the fireworks begin with a special 2LP & 2CD compilation The Very Best Of 1989 – 2023 – out June 16th, ahead of an appearance on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

■ The Last Dinner Party

Occasionally a band comes along that stops you in your tracks at their sheer brilliance and you know that in a short space of time everybody will know, and probably adore them. One such band is The Last Dinner Party who have unleashed their debut single, Nothing Matters.  it follows months of excitement that stems from a series of much hyped live shows inside and outside of the capital. With record labels following them down the motorway, all baying for their signatures, and the band making a glorious mess of stages ahead of the likes of Nick Cave and The Rolling Stones, The Last Dinner Party have done it all without uploading a note of music online. Until now. Nothing Matters is the sound of five young women making the music they wanted to hear and inspired by the live shows they hadn’t ever seen. It’s riveting, it’s charming, it’s exciting, and it’s really, really good.

Fronted by expressive, live wire vocalist Abigail Morris, The Last Dinner Party are a complete breath of fresh air. A band who mean every word they sing and every note they play, but really, they just want to have a lot of fun. And they want you to join them. Catch them at Leeds festival but if you want to get ahead of the crowds they play Headrow House on 27th July.

■ Art School Girlfriend

Art School Girlfriend, aka Polly Mackey, has returned with the phenomenal new song “Heaven Hanging Low”, the third song to be taken from her forthcoming second album, Soft Landing. A November UK 2023 tour has been announced, that is set to showcase the brilliance of Soft Landing. Catch her on 8th November at Oporto in Leeds. “Heaven Hanging Low” is another track that cements Soft Landing as a record that is a substantial step-forward for Art School Girlfriend. The song is a bridge between the floating melodies of debut record Is It Light Where You Are? and the small euphorias of Soft Landing. Opening with a clipped drum machine, the song blooms into an all-encompassing, main character experience detailing a dreamy love story. Speaking of the song, Mackey says: “These lyrics have a lot of religious imagery, but Heaven Hanging Low is actually a queer love song all about finding that celestial and sublime euphoria in your closer, more domesticated surroundings.” Soft Landing follows Mackey’s 2020 debut album, Is It Light Where You Are? an album made in the wake of a tumultuous time and released during one. Soft Landing feels like Mackey’s true debut, a record of curiosity and playfulness with songs that sound like they are falling effortlessly into place. Stay tuned for more news.

■ Mae Muller

Finally, if you are missing Eurovision, you’ll be pleased to know rising pop superstar Mae Muller announces the release of her hugely anticipated debut album, ‘Sorry I’m Late’, a love letter to the multiplicity of women. Mae has also announced a show at Leeds Beckett Student’s Union on the 25th November. 

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