Today's 'News In Brief' is sponsored by 'thinking their first album was WAY better'. Laura Marling will release her Ethan Johns-produced second album I Speak Because I Can on March 22nd, the follow-up to her Mercury-nominated debut 'Alas I Cannot Swim'. The album will be preceded by new single 'Devil's Spoke' on March 15th. Laura is to release a second album this year with recording starting this March, again with Johns at the helm, scheduled for release in September 2010. UK & IRELAND APRIL TOUR: 09 - Belfast - Limelight 10 - Dublin - The Academy 12 - Manchester - Lowry 13 - Glasgow - Fruitmarket 14 - Edinburgh - Queen’s Hall 16 - Birmingham - Alexandra Theatre 17 - Cambridge - Corn Exchange 19 - Newcastle - Tyne Theatre 20 - York - Opera House 21 - Bristol - Colston Hall 23 - Southampton - Guildhall 25 - London - Palladium picture
of a pumpkinjj nº 3, the latest album by jj will be released on March 9th in North America on Secretly Canadian. Here's a little taster from the album: MP3: jj - Let Go

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Ardentjohn are heading on tour! 23rd Jan - Edinburgh - The Electric circus (Album Launch) 27th Jan - Glasgow - Pivo Pivo 29th Jan - Manchester Dry Bar 30th Jan - London - Bull & Gate (Album Launch) 16th Feb - Edinburgh - Bongo Club 18th Feb - London - The Lexington picture
of a pumpkinThe Big Pink release 'Velvet' as a single proper (Feb 15th) & their NME tour kicks off in February. February 4th - Academy, Newcastle 5th - Barrowlands, Glasgow 6th - Academy, Manchester 7th - Academy, Leeds 9th - Rock City, Nottingham *SOLD OUT* 10th - UEA, Norwich 11th - Academy, Birmingham 13th - University, Cardiff 14th - Academy, Bristol *SOLD OUT* 15th - Dome, Brighton 16th - Academy, Bournemouth 18th - Pyramid, Portsmouth 19th - Corn Exchange, Cambridge 20th - Academy, Brixton *SOLD OUT*


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of a pumpkinThe Bronxand their alter egos, Mariachi El Bronx, have just premiered brand new exclusive footage 'Live in London' over on Babelgum. Filmed during the bands visit to the capital last year, it follows the LA punkers through the streets of East London in their Mariachi guise, sipping tequilas and guzzling tortillas. View the video here! They'll play the Barbican centre on Monday 26 April 7.30pm. Central London venue, The Borderline, celebrates 21 years on the London Live Music circuit with a re-launch party on Thursday 21st January 2010. The Invisible headline the night with support from fellow Londoners, Mothlite. Entry will be £12.50 and doors open at 7.00 pm.
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Egyptian Hip Hoprelease debut AA single – Wild Human Child/Heavenly on 1st February (Hit Club). January Thu 28th Start The Bus, Bristol Sat 30th Stealth vs Rescued, Nottingham February Thu 4th Stag’s Head, London Fri 5th Venue TBC, Manchester Sat 6th A Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds Sun 7th Captain’s Rest, Glasgow Fri 19th Bungalow & Bears, Sheffield Sat 20th Korova, Liverpool Mon 22nd Cargo, London - NME show w/ Delphic picture
of a pumpkinTwo Door Cinema Club announce another London show at Heaven on 26th May. Two Door Cinema Club, signed to Kitsune, release their debut album, “Tourist History” on 1st March preceded by their single, “Undercover Martyn” on 22nd February. MARCH 09 - Bristol, Thekla 10 - Leeds, Cockpit 11 - Sheffield, Academy 12 - York, Fibbers 14 - Glasgow, King Tuts 15 - Newcastle, The Other Rooms 17 - Birmingham, Academy 2 18 - London, Hoxton Bar & Grill 19 - Oxford, Academy 20 - Manchester, Deaf Institute Trans Am have confirmed an initial UK date, which is part of a wider tour of Europe....more confirmations to come! 11th May - London, UK - Corsica Studios, London 12th May - UK - TBC

Trans Am - Futureworld live from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Mat Riviere, one of our ones to watch for this year, is playing a bunch of shows! Go check him out! 19 Jan 2010 ILL FIT @ The Social, London w/ Memory Tapes & The Concretes DJ set 20 Jan 2010 Golden Hour @ The Forest, Edinburgh 27 Jan 2010, 20:00 – w/ Stairs To Korea, Bodebrixen, A Scholar & A Physician - Brainlove showcase @ Club Fandango, 229, London 6 Feb 2010 How Do You Do at The Good Ship w/ Trash Kit! London 19 Feb 2010 Kro Bar w/Internet Forever! Manchester 25 Feb 2010, 20:00 - w/ Jookabox, Maria & The Mirrors @ God Don't Like It, The Lexington, London
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of a pumpkinMarina (And The Diamonds) Diamandis releases her debut album The Family Jewels via 679/Atlantic on February 22nd, preceded by 'Hollywood' (1st February). You can catch Marina at the following shows over the coming months...
JANUARY 26 - London, MTV 10 FOR '10 @ Dingwalls (SOLD OUT) 29 - London, New to Q @ The Tabernacle, Notting Hill (SOLD OUT) 30 - Gateshead, T4's Outside-In Festival FEBRUARY 05 - London, HMV Next Big Thing @ Upstairs at The Garage (SOLD OUT) 14 - Norwich, Arts Centre 15 - Brighton, Audio 17 - Nottingham, Bodega (SOLD OUT) 18 - Newcastle, Digital 19 - Glasgow, Òran Mór 21 - Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT) 22 - Bristol, Cooler 23 - London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)