News Blast!

Rumer Announces Tour

Channelling the spirit of Karen Carpenter, Rumer has been skating all over our airwaves this month, her silky vocals dripping into our psyche with ease. If you’ve been listening too – and seeing as her self-titled debut album is the fastest selling of any female artist of 2010, chances are you have been – she’s just announced more tour dates for next year, following up her sold-out December gigs. You can catch the velvet-voiced chanteuse as she flies around the UK, taking in Bristol, Brighton, the midlands, the north and Edinburgh. Tickets go on sale today – for more click here.

Hercules & Love Affair at Heaven

New York nu-disco heroes Hercules & Love Affair are also back in the UK next year, playing their first gig of 2011 at London’s Heaven nightclub on January 19th. We caught this lot the first time round and fell in love with their self-titled debut album, a heady mix of synths, horns and classic disco beats dunked in now. Now they’re back with their second album Blue Songs and frankly we can’t wait to sample them. Blue Songs hits the virtual shelves on January 31st, with new single My House released a week earlier on January 24th. Tickets to the show are availabe bundled with the album from HMV – check out www.hmvtickets.com

Still So Manic Now

Like yeast infections, some bands just linger in your life even though you may not always be aware of them. Welsh institution Manic Street Preachers are one such gaggle of musos, who recently released their tenth studio album Postcards From A Young Man which is getting rave reviews around town as well as here at RealMusic Towers. Ever ones to plug an uplifting song title, their new single Some Kind Of Nothingness (featuring Ian McCulloch) is out on December 6th and they’re also releasing a live digital EP ahead of that on Sunday that hosts a bunch of live tracks from their recent tour. Check out the new single by clicking here.

PJ Harvey Returns

In other shatteringly exciting news, the one, the only PJ Harvey is planning a return to your life with new album Let England Shake set for release on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. We still feel bad for Polly who won the Mercury Prize on Sept 11th 2001, which meant her triumph went unnoticed by the wider world as towers fell and history was made. We just want you to know Polly that we remember and are muchly looking forward to her new clutch of material, which she’s playing at London’s Troxy in February – both shows are already sold out. If that news makes you sad, never fear – PJ has also hinted she’ll be playing the festival circuit next year, so watch this space. For more on her new album, click here. To listen to a sneak-peek of new track Written On The Forehead, click here.

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