Bobby Conn announces UK tour dates

Those of you familiar with the beautiful world of Bobby Conn will be stoked to know that he will be touring three dates in the UK in June.

The Chicago legend famous for his quirky musical skills and legendary album Rise Up! is heading our way to play tracks from his latest album Macaroni that was released last year and out now on Fire Records. As usual he will be on the road with his wife and musical partner Monica Boubou regular band The Burglars and playing Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, Liverpool’s Krunk Fiesta and London’s Lexington venue. Have a free download below.

20.06.2013 UK CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH
22.06.2013 UK LIVERPOOL KRUNK FIESTA
23.06.2013 UK LONDON THE LEXINGTON

Foals Announce UK Tour Dates


Indie Math-rock band Foals have announced details of a UK tour to take place this November/December via their official website.

Foals will be playing some of the smaller cities and towns in the UK that are often overlooked on touring schedules. For a band that can pack out the NME tent at Reading & Leeds, these shows are very intimate. Here at Crossfire we can’t stress enough how strong Foals are live. Tickets go on sale this Friday and are expected to sell out quickly. The dates are below:

NOVEMBER
28th – SHEFFIELD Queens Social Club
29th – LEICESTER Lock 42
30th – STOKE Sugarmill
DECEMBER
02nd – DONCASTER Leopard
03rd – DERBY The Venue
04th – GLOUCESTER Guildhall
06th – SOUTHAMPTON Cellar
07th – BOURNEMOUTH 60 Million Lights
08th – ALDERSHOT West End Centre
10th – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
11th – TURNBRIDGE WELLS Forum

Stream Converge Album In Full

Converge-All-That-You-Leave-Behind-Artwork-CrossfireIn preparation for 2012’s most anticipated metal/hardcore album of the year, Boston’s Converge are streaming their 8th studio album, ‘All We Love We Leave Behind’ in its entirety via Youtube (embedded below).

The album has been spinning on the Crossfire HQ stereo for sometime, and let us tell you now, its intensely heavy. No one quite channels aggression in the same way as Converge. Front man Jacob Bannon comments:

“All of our albums are emotional but I feel this is our most potent album to date… Success to me is creating something that’s moving and fulfilling and I truly feel both of those things when I listen back and experience this album from start to finish.”

All We Love We Leave Behind’ will be released October 8th via Epitaph Records (vinyl on Deathwish). Fans can pre-order the album here. Converge will be performing at the following dates:

NOVEMBER
25th, London @ Koko
26th, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
27th, Colchester @ Arts Centre
28th, Glasgow @ Classic Grand
29th, Manchester @ Academy 2
30th, Dublin @ The Button Factory
DECEMBER
1st, Brighton @ Concorde 2

New Crystal Castles Material

Electronic duo Crystal Castles have announced their next record (III) will receive a global release on November 5th and is the first of their full-lengths to be produced entirely by Ethan Kath. The band have also revealed the album’s artwork.

After performing it live at Reading Festival, new single ‘Wrath of God’ was aired on Radio 1 by Zane Lowe on Wednesday 26th September. ‘Wrath of God’ and ‘PLAGUE’ (both from ‘III’) are now available to stream below and on the band’s Soundcloud.

Make sure you catch Crystal Castle’s dynamic live show as they hit the UK this November.

NOVEMBER
22nd – BIRMINGHAM Institute
23rd – NORWICH Norwich U.E.A.
24th – LONDON Brixton Academy
26th – GLASGOW ABC
27th – LEEDS Academy
28th – MANCHESTER Academy

Crystal Castles Discuss New Album and Announce UK Tour

After debuting a new song from their forthcoming album at Reading & Leeds over the weekend, the insane electro duo Crystal Castles have announced details of a UK tour this autumn and commented on their imminent 3rd album release:

“Oppression is a theme, in general… A lot of bad things have happened to people close to me since ‘II’ and it’s profoundly influenced my writing as I’ve realized there will never be justice for them. I didn’t think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had, but after witnessing some things, it feels like the world is a dystopia where victims don’t get justice and corruption prevails. I’m one step away from being a vigilante to protect people and bring justice to the people I love. I’ve thought about it.”Alice Glass

“We wanted the new album to sound like a completely different and new experience. Any keyboards and pedals used on ‘I’ or ‘II’ were traded for different keyboards and pedals so that there would be a new palette of sounds to work with. We wouldn’t allow any computers near the studio, everything had to be recorded to tape. We’d limit ourselves to 1 take because we believe the 1st take is the rawest expression of an idea.”Ethan Kath

The tour dates are as follows and you can watch Crystal Castles perform the new song ‘Wrath of God‘ below:

NOVEMBER
22nd – BIRMINGHAM Institute
23rd – NORWICH Norwich U.E.A.
24th – LONDON Brixton Academy
26th – GLASGOW ABC
27th – LEEDS Academy
28th – MANCHESTER Academy

Words: Emma Wallace

Enter Shikari Xmas Tour Dates

Well if you live in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, London or Norwich; Christmas will be coming a few days early this year as legendary live band Enter Shikari have announced a string of dates for this December. There is an added bonus as hardcore geniuses Cancer Bats will play as main support, also on the bill is live dubstep from Engine-Earz Experiment.

This is a live show NOT to miss.

The dates are as follows:

DECEMBER
06 – MANCHESTER Ritz
07 – MANCHESTER Ritz
09 – NEWCASTLE Academy
10 – GLASGOW Barrowlands
11 – GLASGOW Barrowlands
14 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
15 – BIRMINGHAM Institute
16 – LONDON Roundhouse
17 – LONDON Roundhouse
19 – NORWICH UEA
20 – NORWICH UEA