Today sees the release of Grammy nominated troubadours The Lumineers' festive single 'Blue Christmas', available on all major platforms via Decca Records. The rework of the Elvis Presley festive classic sees the band in true holiday form, crafting their own sweetly-tinged yet distinctive take on one of the holiday's most endearing anthems. You can listen HERE.
Last night saw The Lumineers perform 'Blue Christmas' while partaking in one of the most exciting events of the holiday season, the prestigious 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in President's Park (White House). This notorious American Holiday tradition took place on the Ellipse at President's Park and saw the band amongst other notable performers such as Garth Brooks and Chance the Rapper. You can visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information about the event and its history. The event follows the band being personally invited by President Obama to perform at the White House for this year's South by South Lawn festival in the summer.
Due to overwhelming demand The Lumineers have announced a second show at legendary New York venue Madison Square Garden, selling out tickets for the February 2nd show in mere hours. Renowned for their impressive live show, The Lumineers recently wrapped their second sold-out UK headline tour of the year to huge critical acclaim, with Evening Standard (4*) stating ""The Lumineers rootsy rock was endlessly entertaining, as each member demonstrated an impressive versatility" and The Times (4*) highlighting the fact "[Lead singer] Schultz shone and his band played out of their skins to keep up his momentum".
Kate Nash unveils 'My Little Alien' video, UK live dates + confirmed to star in Jenji Kohan Netflix original G.L.O.W
Multi-talented, award-winning artist, actress and activist Kate Nash has released a brand new track and official video titled “My Little Alien.”
Shot in the Californian desert and staring her very own pet pooch Stella, “My Little Alien” is a loving tribute to her rescued “fur-baby” and as the holiday season approaches, comes with a friendly reminder to “adopt not shop” when it comes to rescuing a four legged friend.
"My Little Alien" was written after a trip to Rachel, Nevada, where I saw a UFO for the first time.” Explains Nash. “I took my rescue pup on the trip and I realized she is my best friend and although I have never met an alien she is like my little alien in a way. When I rescued her from a man in a coffee shop who wanted 20 bucks to get off drugs, she saved me at a time when I needed it most. Sometimes it feels like we're both from another planet. This song is about loving the strange.”
On the video, directed by Tyler Monsein, Nash continues. “We wanted to recreate the feeling of being the nomads that we are. Neither of us quite fit into the boxes we should but when we are together it makes sense. So we got back on the road in a vintage Chinook and drove to Area 51!'” Watch the official video for “My Little Alien” here and listen to the track on iTunes and Spotify from today.
In other news, Kate Nash has been confirmed to play Rhonda is the upcoming Netflix Original series “G.L.O.W.” Produced by award winning Jenji Kohan (Weeds, Orange is the new Black), “G.L.O.W” (aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is The New Black) and is a 10-episode comedy inspired by the real story of the 1980's female wrestling league.
Amongst filming her Netflix Original debut in Los Angeles Kate Nash is also busy working on new music, set for release in 2017.
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7 Feb - Gorilla Manchester - Manchester
8 Feb - Leeds University Union Building - Leeds
9 Feb - The Leadmill - Sheffield
11 Feb - Nottingham Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
12 Feb - O2 Institute 3 Birmingham - Birmingham
13 Feb - O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford
16 Feb - Exeter Phoenix - Exeter
17 Feb - Wedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth
18 Feb - The Haunt Brighton - Brighton
20 Feb - Village Underground - London
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Kate Nash has returned to Zone 5 and with her she brings the Summer's finest pop offering 'Good Summer', produced by Dave Bassett and out today via Kate's own imprint Girl Gang Records.
‘Good Summer’ is literally the light at the end of the tunnel, an expression of relief, the type we all feel when the sun comes out and the warmth radiates your skin after 10 months of grey sky, central heating and soggy feet. “I’ve been a referee of my emotions,” sings Nash, over upbeat synths, skittering drums and dance-y guitar lines. It’s about her own return to contentedness in London. “In Britain, in the summer you let go of the stuff on your shoulders and go, Fuck it, I’m gonna get on this banana boat. Go crazyyyyy!’” The video for ‘Good Summer’, directed by Lee Jones and shot in her mum’s garden features all her best girl friends.
A lot has happened to Nash, a BRIT school graduate, since the release of her #1 record and Brit-Award gleaning debut ‘Made Of Bricks’ back in 2007 - failed relationships, record label fall-outs, punk record releases, a relocation to the other side of the world... And so it’s wonderful that the singer-songwriter, activist and heroic spirit is here today, possessed of an impervious rebellion and a lightness of being that makes her ‘give-a-fuck?’ honesty even more contagious. Everything seems to be coming full circle..
Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones has exclusively told Virgin Radio that the band’s tenth album will come out next year – their 20th anniversary year.
Jones told Virgin Radio presenter Jon Jackson: “We’ve pretty much finished the tenth album. We’ll start mixing it on the 6 September, when the tour’s finished. I’d like to bring it out next summer or spring time if possible. If it all works out well we’re going to release the tenth studio album on the twentieth year.
“I wouldn’t want to do that with a bunch of memorabilia and B-sides and I don’t want to celebrate one album. I want to keep the band moving forward. It’s sounding good at the minute so I’m looking forward to getting it out there, coming back around and playing the shows again.”
The interview with Kelly Jones will be played out on Virgin Radio this afternoon (Monday 18 July) between 1-4pm, when Jon Jackson will be filling in for regular afternoon presenter Kate Lawler.
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