Today's roundup includes Band of Skulls, Frightened Rabbit, Blood Red Shoes, HUNKS & Friends, Mumford and Sons, and Cass McCombs. *Remember! The news roundup gets updated throughout the day, so make sure you come back later for more news! Band of Skulls (pictured above) Band Of Skulls, whose debut album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey was released in September of this year, have announced details of their biggest U.K. headline tour to date. The band have truly been one of this years biggest buzz bands with the release of their debut album and subsequent large tours throughout the UK and America, and they've announce the physical release of their song 'I Know What I Am' on the 8th of February 2010 to coincide with the tour. I wouldn't miss seeing this band in venues of this size, as they surely won't be staying this small for long.... FEBRUARY 2010 4th Leeds A Nation of Shopkeepers 5th Liverpool EVOL 6th Glasgow King Tuts 8th Newcastle Cluny 9th Manchester Ruby Lounge 10th London 100 Club 11th Bristol Thekla 13th Southampton Talking Heads 14th Birmingham Hare & Hounds Visit Band of Skulls at Myspace Frightened Rabbit Another band, another fantastic year. The sublime Frightened Rabbit will preceed their 3rd full length, 'The Winter of Mixed Drinks' with a single entitled 'Nothing Like You' on Feburary 22nd. The album itself will follow on the 1st of March. The band have transformed from a single man, Scott Hutchinson to a full five peice to flesh out the tracks and do them the justice they deserve live, and 'Swim Until You Can't See Land', the teaser track that the band released earlier in the month, exemplifies that. Catch the band on their March headline dates, tickets available from 9am, Friday 27th November via or if you can't they've been announced as one of the first bands confirmed for SXSW 2010. 04/03/10 York Duchess 05/03/10 Manchester Club Academy 06/03/10 Aldershot West End Centre 08/03/10 Bristol Thekla 09/03/10 Oxford Academy 2 10/03/10 London Koko 12/03/10 Birmingham Academy 2 13/03/10 Sheffield Leadmill 2 14/03/10 Norwich Arts Centre Visit Frightened Rabbit at Myspace HUNKS + Friends This year, some of the finest, most hilarious and compassionate acts in UK indie have come together to help save the cats, puppies and geese who could be left homeless after the festive period by lending their beautiful voices to a Christmas song that celebrates everything awesome. The Magic of Christmas was written and recorded by Bright Light Bright Light’s Rod Thomas and Radio 1 in Wales’ Jen Long over 9 hours one Saturday in October, sat in a Cardiff flat in Christmas jumpers, drinking gin. It was then mailed around the country with members of Sound of Arrows, Copy Haho, Sky Larkin, James Yuill, Slow Club, Cereal (Calum of Dananananaykroyd), Los Campesinos!, Sparky Deathcap, The Venus Stare, My First Tooth and The Airborne Toxic Event, all adding to the track and passing it on. The track will be available to download from iTunes on December 14th with all profits going to the RSPCA Visit Awesome At Christmas at their new blog Blood Red Shoes Blood Red Shoes are back to mark their return, the duo are giving away the track "Colours Fade" as a free download via their website A taster of what's to come, "Colours Fade" sets the tone for the band's eagerly anticipated second album, out early next year. Visit Blood Red Shoes at Myspace Mumford and Sons It seems that Mumford and Sons are announcing things right left and center these days, but hey! Best to strike while the iron's hot and it sure is for the folksters. After their forthcoming Winter Fair London show, their tours to India and Australia, it seems that the guys are set to do their biggest UK jaunt to date. Be sure to check this magical band out live, their show combines everything that's wonderful about them: heart-wrenching ballads, toe-tapping folk songs and all out hoe-downs. Definitely not one to miss. Mumford & Sons live: 3rd March - Glasgow ABC 4th March - Manchester Academy 2 6th March - Wolverhampton Wulfrun 7th March - Newcastle University 9th March - Liverpool Academy 10th March - Cambridge Junction 12th March - Brighton Corn Exchange 13th March - London Shepherd's Bush Empire 16th March – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall 18th March - Dublin The Academy 20th March - Belfast Spring & Airbrake Visit Mumford and Sons at their website Cass McCombs After an incredible run of US tours with other luminaries like the National, Pitchfork favourite Cass McCombs returns to the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe for some live shows. The first tour since the release of McCombs’ fourth album, Catacombs, will kick off at the Lexington in London on the 30th November, followed by a show at Whelans in Dublin on December 3rd and dates in France, Holland, Belgium and Spain. To coincide with the tour, Dreams Come True Girl will be released as a single on November 30th. Featuring the seductive voice of Hollywood legend Karen Black (of Easy Rider and Nashville fame), Dreams Come True is a beautifully charming, dreamlike song with a skiffle beat and haunting vocals. Watch the video here: Full live dates are as follows: November 30: Lexington (London, United Kindom) December 2: Roadhouse (Manchester, United Kindom) December 3: Whelan’s (Dublin, Ireland) December 4: Transmusicales @ La Cite (Rennes, France) December 6: Ekko (Utrecht, Netherlands) December 7: Botanique (Brussels, Belgium) December 8: Vooruit w/ Brightblack Morning Light (Gent, Belgium) December 10: Club Primavera @ Neu! (Madrid, Spain) December 11: Club Primavera @ Teatro Quinto (Madrid, Spain) December 12: Club Primavera @ Auditori Fira (Barcelona, Spain) December 13: Club Primavera @ Apolo (Barcelona, Spain) Visit Cass McCombs at Myspace
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