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tickets for tiny laura marling show on sale today
March 4, 2010, 1:48 am
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Last month, we finally got our mitts on the artwork and tracklist for Laura Marling’s upcoming second album I Speak Because I Can, the first of two full-length releases she has planned this year, and we’re even happier to hear that the Hampshire folk darling will be gracing Camden Barfly on March 23 for what the club’s Fly Presents are accurately, tantalisingly calling an “intimate” gig. Tickets go on sale at midday today from barflyclub.com, but you may want to hedge your bets by taking part in a competition the club are running that goes live on Friday morning at www.the-fly.co.uk.

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brandi carlile announces UK show
February 24, 2010, 9:31 am
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Three bits of Brandi Carlile news today. Most excitingly, Brandi returns to the UK for the first time since the release of her third album Give Up The Ghost [review] late last year with a (so far) one-off date at Manchester’s Club Academy on April 28. Tickets are £11 plus booking fees and are on sale here. A full European tour is expected to be announced in the not too distant future. The second bit of news is that non-US residents are finally able to buy Brandi’s recent XOBC EP, released in the US for Valentine’s Day. The five-song EP includes a riotous cover of The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ and can be purchased through iTunes.

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warpaint to make UK live debut in may
February 22, 2010, 1:52 pm
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Over the course of their three-year infancy, Warpaint have been through drummers like we’ve gone through pens. Drummer number four, Corridor’s Michael Quinn, left in November after just three months of stepping into Josh Klinghoffer’s shoes, and has now been replaced by Stella Mozgawa of MINK who appears to be joining founding members Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman and Jenny Lee Lindberg on a more permanent basis, working with them on the recording of their debut album, due out later this year through Rough Trade Records. The wave of critical acclaim for last year’s Exquisite Corpse EP [review] will finally usher the group over to the UK in May for the first time to play a small clutch of shows that will no doubt be rammed full of admirers.

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natalie merchant to tour in may
February 22, 2010, 1:21 pm
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Good news for a Monday. Natalie Merchant has announced her first full European tour in what could fairly be described as an awfully long time; it’s scheduled for May and will see the legendary lady visit seven UK cities in support of her upcoming album Leave Your Sleep (now due April 12 through Nonesuch). Tickets are generally priced at £27.50 with some regional variation (*cough* London), and are on sale through livenation.co.uk and gigsinscotland.com.

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ladyfest goldsmiths 2010

2010 is a big year for Ladyfest. The US-inspired DIY organisation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and although the main Ladyfest Ten party won’t be lighting the sparklers and slicing the cake ’til October/November, there will be a number of fundraisers and mini-fests in the meantime. Most pressingly is the upcoming week-long affair at Goldsmith University’s Student Union, now in its fourth year and getting better all the time. Running from February 22–26, events include art exhibitions, discussions, cabaret, talks from female-centric activists and artists, crafternoons, performance art and the essential Ladyfest ingredient: live music.

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joanna newsom announces london dates
February 15, 2010, 11:29 am
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Joanna Newsom will play her first UK dates since her one-off show at London’s Somerset House in July 2008 with a two-night residency at the Royal Festival Hall. Tickets for the May 11-12 shows go on sale from the venue’s website from 9am Thursday, though Southbank Centre members get priority early booking from Wednesday. You know what to do people!

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soap&skin to perform with chamber music sextet
February 9, 2010, 9:07 am
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Already an unmissable live performer, Soap&Skin looks set to multiply her wow factor with a one-off ensemble show at London’s Union Chapel on April 23. Having recruited a chamber music group led by cellist Christof Unterberger, the Austrian teenager will bring her astonishing, minimalist debut Lovetune For Vacuum into life with the help of three string players, a horn player, a bassist and a backing vocalist. It’ll be her most full-blooded show to date, though it might drain ours; things can get more than a little intense in the dramatic world of Anja Plaschg’s alter ego.

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