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STREAM: Forrest – “Give You My Love”

Forrest.pngLondon-based alternative rock band, Forrest, just released their brand new single, “Give You My Love,” from a series of new tracks to be released this winter.

“Give You My Love” has a wonderful feel to it, with an 80’s rock nostalgia that can’t be missed! The single showcases the band beautifully, with frontman Ollie Forrest giving off the vibe of “effortlessly cool leading man,” harmonized with Flora Connell (keys). Louis Potts (drums) and Paul Taylor-Wale (bass) provide an irresistible rhythm that will make you want to jam along.

Stream the single below and let us know what you think in the comments:

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J.K. Rowling Announces The Return of Harry Potter

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Famed author J.K. Rowling announced via Twitter that Harry Potter will return for a whole new adventure….on the stage. The play, which has been rumored to be in the works for some time, is entitled Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, follows our favorite wizard in an “untold part” of his story. The play is currently being crafted by scriptwriter Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and songwriter Imogen Heap. The play will open at London’s Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016. Tickets will be available for purchase this fall. You can view Rowling’s tweets below:

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Michael Malarkey (TV’s Vampire Diaries) Releases New Single, Appearing in London

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American actor turned songwriter/musician Michael Malarkey, has released a new single, Through The Night and Back Again. Malarkey, most famous for his acting career (specifically his role as “Enzo” on the TV adaptation of The Vampire Diaries), will be live in London on the 8th of January for his first UK show. Tickets sold out in about two days.

The new single is taken from his upcoming EP, Feed The Flames, which is due out as a 10″ vinyl on the 8th of January, and is available for download now . You can stream it below.

 

 

“Through The Night and Back Again” has the beautiful simplicity of a singer/songwriter tune, with a poetic, almost Bob-Dylan-esque effect. The more it plays, the more in love your ears will become, especially with the soft, quick picking of the guitar, and the small-show intimacy the single brings to mind.

Born in the Lebanon, raised in the Midwest US state of Ohio and trained in London, Michael Malarkey is an Atlanta-based actor/musician. After singing in various punk and hardcore bands as a teen, Michael taught himself guitar and worked on self penned songs, developing his story-telling abilities and alternative folk sounds. Feed The Flames is his upcoming EP, said to give a playful commentary on the world around him with a beautiful guitar soundtrack. Check out the track listing below.

 

Feed The Flames EP Track Listing:

  1. Through The Night And Back Again
  2. Feed The Flames
  3. Everything’s Burned
  4. Lost And Sound
  5. The Bells Still Ring

 

 

Live in London

 8Th January 2015 – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

http://wiltons.org.uk/event.php?p=928

 

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REVIEW: Cross Wires – ‘Your History Defaced’ EP

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With a classic, almost early Beatles-influenced, classic punk sound, “Modern Art” seems to crash through the speakers, with an undeniable energy, funky tone, and distorted guitars that leave an impression of the 1970s. Everything about the track makes you want to dance and sing along like it’s your job, and breathes life into the meaning of Your History Defaced. It’s the kind of track I’d kill to make a music video for; just to bring this to life visually would be incredible. The song opens so many artistic dialogues, which is funny, considering it’s title.

“Shades of Light and Dark” keeps the energy up, with a bouncy rhythm, and an upbeat tone that contrasts with the incredible depth of the lyrics. The song provides a social commentary on how what you see isn’t always what the truth is; the pictures don’t tell the whole story. It’s a brilliant reminder that those pictures of “happy times” can also just be snapshots of the worst days; the days that are just pigs in lipstick.

With a fast-paced, classic vibe, “Tab Clear” comes crashing in. A repetitive tune, but so catchy, I hardly think it would be so obvious. In fact, I dare say the repetitive style fits with the overall tone, especially once the heavy bass and skillful guitar have been introduced, adding a new layer of skill. However, it is “Last Stand,” a beat-oriented, rhythmic, and strong track, that rounds out the EP best. Easily the best song on the EP, it’s got a great style to it; a tone reminiscent of The Beatles and a dash of Vampire Weekend, all the while sounding completely fresh and original. This is the track that has that feeling of getting into your own bed after a week at a hotel; it’s clean and crisp, but familiar.

Showcasing the punk roots a bit more strongly, “Vultures” finishes off Your History Defaced, with an element of Buzzcocks and maybe even a hint of The Ramones. It’s noisy, chaotic, and brilliant, just how punk music should be. From beginning to end, this song sparks the image of an English music festival in the 60s and 70s.

The more I listen to Your History Defaced, the more I find myself desperate to revisit the classics, as well as see Cross Wires live. One can only wonder if they wear denim vests with punk rock patches and safety pins, or if they all have matching haircuts…

 

For more on Cross Wires, click HERE.

You can purchase Your History Defaced HERE.

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Morning Smoke Announce New Single

Brighton-based Morning Smoke have been busy all summer, performing at shows and festivals, such as The Great Escape, supporting The Wytches and recording new material. Despite being new on the scene (they’ve only been a band for a year), the under-twenty band have captured the attention of numerous publications, including The Sun, Artrocker, NME, Big Cheese, Clash, and Q Magazine. They’ve even outvoted Sam Smith on BBC 1 Edith Bowman’s Show.

The band is now preparing to release their much anticipated double-a single, “Hunger”/”Stephanie I,” which will become available for sale and download on December 1st.  You can stream “Hunger” below:

 

From the chaotic opening notes, the single will leave listeners surprised, intrigued, and feeling nostalgic for early punk mix tapes. With entrancing riffs, edgy distortion, and an overall gothic flare of originality, Morning Smoke stand out amongst the crowd and would be a great addition to any Fall playlist.

 

 

LIVE DATES:

19th November The Social London (Through Heavenly Promotions)

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morning.smoke

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/morning-smoke/

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The Actions Release New Single, “The Echo”

Happy Halloween, Planet Stereo readers! Not only is it one of the most fun holidays of the year, it is also #FunFriday! With that in mind, here is an amazing new single, “The Echo,” from the London alt-rock duo, The Actions. The single, out on December 8th, will capture your attention within the opening notes. You can stream the song below:

 

 

With entrancing tones, haunting vocals, and dynamic guitars, The Actions have a raw energy that is undeniable. Seamlessly blending alternative rock with psychedelic electronic sounds, the duo prove to stand out in the best way possible.

Obviously, they’re generating attention, gaining the support of 6 Music, and recently supporting Green Day on tour.

 

LIVE LONDON DATES:

Nov 8, 2014– The Islington, Angel, London

Nov 15, 2014– The Dublin Castle, Camden, London

Nov 22, 2014– Tooting Tram & Social, Tooting, London

 

Website:http://www.theactions.co.uk

Twitter:https://twitter.com/The_Actions

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/theactionsmusic
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/user/theactions

 

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Jake Morley Releases New Single, “Falter”

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London-based singer-songwriter Jake Morley may have started out in the acoustic folk community of Lucy Rose and Ed Sheeran, but he stands out on his own with a unique depth and style to his music.

Garnering enthusiastic support from Radio 2 to 6Music, with glowing press reviews, multiple headline tours and festival slots, Morley has been making waves in the music industry; from acoustic singer-songwriter to headliner at HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival.

In his writing alone, Morley has grown exponentially, turning more towards more mature themes, and pushing the envelope with bold tones of creativity, all of which can be heard on “Falter,” produced by Calum MacColl.  You can stream it below:

 

 

“Falter” has a silent, rich power to it that explores creative arrangements and showcases Morely’s talents very well. The instrumental has something almost ethereal about it, making it irresistible, especially when paired with Morely’s smooth vocals. This is the type of track that is worthy of repetition, with an unusual sound that will appeal to the masses, with nods toward acoustic pop, a soulful undertone, and an originality that can’t be missed.

“It’s the sound,” Morley says, “of everything crashing to a halt.” “Falter” proves that his career threatens to do the reverse, and is an act worth watching. The single will be available for sale and download on 27th October 2014.

 

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jakemorley/falter

Website: www.jakemorley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jakemorleymusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jakemorley

 

LIVE DATES:

  • 12th November – Marta Bar, Bern, Switzerland
  • 13th November – Safari Bar, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 17th November – Karousel Club @ Phoenix Arts Club, London
  • 19th November –  Joiner’s, Southampton
  • 22nd November – Hemelvaart, North Yorkshire
  • 3rd December – The Slaughtered Lamb, London
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Printz Board Premieres “Hey You” on MTV Buzzworthy

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Printz Board, Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, and producer, has just premiered his newest single “Hey You” on MTV Buzzworthy, today.  This hard hitting, bass-heavy, upbeat song, with its charm and catchy hooks, will no doubt have your feet tapping away in your car, kitchen, or, the current season, festival season. Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Hey You” on MTV Buzzworthy, here: http://on.mtv.com/RpEvZL

“This song was born out of my love for the 80’s basslines. I just heard that line when I was in London. Then I thought that I wanted to have a rock type chant, so the “Nah, nah’s” came to life. I wanted this song to have that big, Black Eyed Peas type sound,” Printz explains.  Known in the industry for his work with the phenomenal super group the Black Eyed Peas, co-writing smash hit songs like “Where is the Love”“Don’t Phunk with My Heart” and “Meet Me Halfway”, Printz has also worked with Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Dr. Dre, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry to name a few.  

Check out “Hey You” on MTV Buzzworthy, here: http://on.mtv.com/RpEvZL

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New Single from Talk In Colour

London-based five-piece, Talk In Colour, is igniting a spark in the London music scene, with a fantastic live performance and a series of glowing reviews for their self-described, “cinematic, future pop,” which is a combination of electronic, and folk/indie. 

With the release of their much-anticipated single, “The Cell,” the band’s signature sound is even more pronounced. Fueled with Talk In Colour’s raw power, the track fits in beautifully with music on the rise (Alt-J, MS MR, Django Django, and The XX). Every line, every note of the catchy melodies, and the overall beautiful arrangements will have listeners pressing the repeat button for days.

 

 

 

The Cell is a great representation of a band fearlessly carving out their own unique musical journey, and it will be available for sale and download 20th of April.

 

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/talk-in-colour

Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/TalkInColour

Twitter:https://twitter.com/talk_in_colour

Website: http://talkincolour.com

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TRACK: Weak Nerves – “Bedroom Rot”

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The Weak Nerves is a London-based band comprised of Sean Keane (guitar/vox), Oliver Jeffs (bass/vox), and Lee Munday (drums). Together, they have worked to produce a sound fueled by a 90’s infusion that has resulted in a 6-track EP that is due out at the end of March.

Last year, the band released a double A-side single Cheapskates/Bedroom Rot. The track ‘Bedroom Rot’ can be heard below. For those of you that consistently reminisce on the good old grunge days of the 90s, this is the song for you!

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