Elvis Costello & The Imposters announce new album ‘The Boy Named If’

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Elvis Costello. CREDIT: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Elvis Costello has shared details of his new album with The Imposters, ‘The Boy Named If’, as well as the record’s first single.

”The full title of this record is ‘The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories),” Costello explained in a new press release.

“‘IF,’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own.”

Discussing the lyrical content of the record, the veteran songwriter said: “Once upon a time, when I didn’t know what a kiss could do and didn’t even dare to caress, the way ahead was a mystery; a departing from that magic state called innocence for the pain that leads to pleasure and all that jazz.”

He added: “Don’t get me started about the guilt and shame and all those other useless possessions that you must throw overboard before you set sail with your dreamboat (and a runcible spoon).”

The album is preceded by rock’n’roll track ‘Magnificent Hurt’ – you can listen below.

Costello described the album as a collection of songs that “take us from the last days of a bewildered boyhood to that mortifying moment when you are told to stop acting like a child – which for most men (and perhaps a few gals too) can be any time in the next fifty years.”

Produced by Sebastian Krys and Costello and released on EMI, ‘The Boy Named If’ will arrive via CD, vinyl, cassette, download, streaming, and a numbered and signed, 88-page “Hardback Storybook Edition”. Fans can pre-order the album here.

Last month (September 10), Costello released a Spanish reimagining of his classic 1978 album ‘This Year’s Model’.

The record, a collaboration with Costello’s regular sidekick Sebastian Krys titled ‘Spanish Model’, followed the previous release of ‘La Face de Pendule à Coucou’, a six-track EP featuring French adaptations of songs from Costello’s 2020 album ‘Hey Clockface’.

Keanu Reeves gifts his ‘John Wick’ stunt crew Rolex watches

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Keanu Reeves at the premiere of 'John Wick' - Credit: Alamy

Keanu Reeves has celebrated wrapping on John Wick: Chapter 4 by gifting his stunt team Rolex watches.

The star surprised the four-strong crew while having dinner with them in Paris shortly after production had ended.

Stunt performers Jeremy Marinas and Bruce Concepcion took to Instagram stories to share photos of the watch, which was personally inscribed with “The John Wick Five” on the back.

“Got that new new thank you bro KR,” wrote Concepcion next to his photo.

This is not the first time that Reeves has given gifts to his stunt team. When he filmed the first Matrix film, the actor presented his entire team with Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

John Wick: Chapter 4 will hit cinemas in May 2022. In May this year, it was announced that Rina Sawayama would make her debut acting role in the film.

“I’m so glad to have Rina on board to make her feature film debut in John Wick: Chapter 4,” director Chad Stahelski said in a statement. “She’s an incredible talent who’ll bring so much to the film.”

Reeves will next be seen on screen in The Matrix Resurrections, which will be released in December.

The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth film in the series of sci-fi films, following the 1999 original and its two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which both released in 2003 six months apart.

This new instalment is directed by Lana Wachowski, who has helmed every film in the franchise alongside sister Lilly. The latter recently opened up about why she chose not to return for this next entry, stating she “needed time away from this industry”.

 

Gang Of Youths to headline Omeara’s fifth birthday event

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David Le'aupepe performs live with Gang Of Youths. CREDIT: Getty

Gang Of Youths will headline a special show at London’s Omeara next month to mark the venue’s fifth birthday.

The Australian band will take to the stage at the Borough grassroots venue on Wednesday, November 17. Soul musician Aaron Taylor will also perform, with Omeara’s popular weekly LGBTQ+ club night ‘Feel It’ due to spin tunes into the early hours.

According to a press release, the upcoming event “promises to be a lively celebration of a very popular London music space, but also a preview of the next five, ten, and fifteen years of Omeara”.

Mumford & Sons‘ Ben Lovett, who founded the 325-capacity venue back in 2016, explained: “We’ve had some incredible shows at Omeara, and shows that people still talk to us about several years on. That’s why we started it.

“Creating those favourite gig memories that you will remember and want to talk about. We’re very proud to have reached the five-year mark, but we’re excited to now be heading towards ten years, fifteen years, and further into the future.”

Lovett added: “Omeara feels like an important venue for London, but we want it to be a venue that gets talked about in the same breath as the true bastions of the London scene for decades to come. We’re just getting started.”

Omeara has hosted shows by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Beck, Kylie Minogue and Skepta over the course of its first half-decade.

Last month saw Gang Of Youths share a stripped-back version of their single ‘The Angel Of 8th Ave.’, performed live by frontman Dave Le’aupepe on a wooden piano.

The band recently wrapped up a run of intimate UK dates, having also appeared at London’s All Points East festival and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Weekender this summer.

Meet Me @ The Altar and Nothing, Nowhere pull out of All Time Low tour amid allegations

All Time Low guitarist Jack Barakat performing live onstage
Jack Barakat performs live with All Time Low. CREDIT: Getty

Meet Me @ The Altar and Nothing, Nowhere have pulled out of their upcoming shows with All Time Low.

It comes after All Time Low guitarist Jack Barakat was accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour and sexual abuse towards female fans, who were allegedly minors at the time. In a statement, the band said that the claims were “absolutely and unequivocally false”.

Earlier this month, the Maryland group embarked on a North American tour with their labelmates Nothing, Nowhere and Meet Me @ The Altar as support. The latter band also opened for All Time Low at their UK headline dates last month.

With the tour due to run until November 12, both support acts have today (October 27) confirmed that they will not appear at the remaining gigs in light of recent events.

Meet Me @ The Altar and Nothing, Nowhere have announced five new joint shows, which will take place from tomorrow (October 28) until next Tuesday (November 2). They’ll take to the stage in Chicago, Cleveland, Syracuse, Amityville and Cambridge.

You can see both posts below.

Writing in a statement on Monday (October 25), All Time Low addressed a TikTok video in which a woman said that a “famous pop-punk band” had “let [her] on their tour bus when [she] was 13”. In the video’s comments, the woman claimed the band “tried to take my bra for their nasty collection [and] offered me beers”.

The band said that they chose not to respond to the accusations, “because of the glaring inconsistencies in the story and the apparent reluctance to mention us by name.”

They continued: “We felt that a response would have elevated and escalated an outright lie and in doing so robbed actual victims of abuse of their very real and very important collective voice.

“We believe victims. We stand with victims. We have only ever wanted to cultivate and nurture a culture around our show and band that is welcoming, healthy, and safe.”

Another woman – who remained anonymous – has since accused Barakat of sexual abuse that began in 2011, when she was 15 years old. “I had no idea that a week after my fifteenth birthday, my hero would take advantage of me,” she wrote.

Elsewhere in All Time Low’s statement, the group said that they were “investigating further the source of these false accusations” and would be “seeking legal recourse”.

Jack Barakat retweeted the message on his personal Twitter page, writing: “I feel the need to personally refute the claims being made against me and us, as they are 100% false.”

For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.

UK budget confirms £850million investment in culture sector

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, holds the budget box as he departs to deliver the annual Budget, at 11 Downing Street on October 27, 2021. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has laid out an £850million investment plan to protect museums, galleries, libraries and local culture across the UK, as part of today’s (October 27) budget announcement.

Speaking in the House Of Commons, Sunak said: “Thanks to the Culture Secretary [Nadine Dorries], over 800 regional museums and libraries will be renovated, restored, and revived.”

Tax relief for museums and galleries will be extended to March 2024, which the Chancellor stated would allow “theatres, orchestras, museums and galleries to recover from COVID.”

“The tax reliefs for all those sectors will – from today until April 2023 – be doubled,” he added. “And they won’t return to the normal rate until April 2024. That’s a tax relief for culture worth almost a quarter of a billion.”

Reacting to the budget plans for culture, AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We look forward to hearing more detail about some of the measures announced by the Chancellor today, in particular the allocation of further COVID-19 recovery funding for the cultural sector.

“On the surface, however, it doesn’t go far enough in supporting our truly world-leading festival industry. It is clear that the most effective way for the Government to support the industry’s recovery into 2022 and beyond would be to extend the VAT reduction on tickets, look closely at a permanent cultural VAT rate, and completely remove festivals based on agricultural land from the business rates system.

“Unfortunately, none of this was forthcoming today.”

Sunak also announced that Dorries had “secured up to £2million to start work on a new Beatles attraction on the Liverpool waterfront.”

Details are unclear as to what the project will be and how it will differ from the current museum dedicated to the Fab Four in the city.

‘Dune’ star Stellan Skarsgård wanted more nude scenes as Baron Harkonnen

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Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Harkonnen in 'Dune'. CREDIT: Warner Bros.

Dune star Stellan Skarsgård reportedly asked for more nude scenes as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.

Makeup artist Donald Mowat explained to The Wrap that Skarsgård stayed in the makeup chair for “six-and-a half or seven hours” for scenes in which the character appears nude.

“We added cheeks, jowls, a silicone bald cap, and eyebrow covers,” Mowat said. “I’m always looking to spot fake eyebrow covers in films, so we worked hard on those. Also, Stellan wore prosthetic hands and feet and ankles.”

The makeup artist went on to explain that Skarsgård enjoyed the finished look with his 20-pound bodysuit so much that he had requested additional scenes without clothes on.

“Stellan just loved being naked as the Baron,” Mowat said. “We all used to kill ourselves laughing when Stellan would ask for more nude scenes. He felt, quite correctly, that the Baron appeared more frightening and dangerous unclothed than cloaked in robes or armor. So he was always asking for more nudity.”

Meanwhile, Dune: Part Two was officially confirmed yesterday (October 26) after the first part earned over $40million at the US box office in its opening weekend.

In a statement (via Deadline), Villeneuve said: “I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with Dune: Part Two. It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s Dune and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”

In a four-star review, NME described Dune as lacking in closure but “the sheer ambition on display here means you get plenty of bang for your buck”.

Seven spooktacular Halloween movie cameos by your favourite musicians

Debbie Harry on the set of 'Videodrome' (Credit: A Planfilm International II/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Debbie Harry on the set of 'Videodrome' (Credit: A Planfilm International II/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

So: your popcorn’s freshly popped, your living room’s decked out in fake spider webs and you’ve secured a brave sofa-mate to cling on to during the goriest moments. The only question remaining is: what horror film are you going to stick on this Halloween?

From drawn-out psychological suspense to chainsaw-wielding villains, there’s truly something for everyone in the horror genre – and if you’re a fan of a good old-fashioned musician movie cameo, then you’re also in luck.

Whether you’re in the mood for rappers harpooning sharks, Ozzy Osbourne playing a heavy metal-hating Reverend or Sting being… creepy and chic, you’ve come to the right place.

David Bowie, The Hunger (1983)

From playing evil goblins (Labyrinth) and visiting aliens (The Man Who Fell To Earth) to an exaggerated version of himself in Zoolander, Bowie was no stranger to the silver screen. 1983 was a busy year for the late icon: as well as starring in World War II drama Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and making a fleeting and uncredited appearance in the bizarre comedy Yellowbeard as a man with a shark fin strapped to his own back, Bowie also found time to portray an 18th century vampire cellist who becomes embroiled in a bloodthirsty love triangle. More horny than terrifying, this horror flick also stars Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve.

Spooky factor: No jump-scares here – instead, just gallons of fake blood and endlessly arty shots.

Sting, The Bride (1985)

Another musician with plenty of film appearances to his name, Sting turned his hand to horror in 1985 when he starred as the infamous Dr Frankenstein in Franc Roddam’s The Bride. Based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, The Bride sees a decidedly evil scientist trying to craft the perfect wife for his monstrous creation Viktor – before he then runs off with her instead. Once they’ve eloped, he sets about trying to train Eva (played by Jennifer Beals) to think and behave like his ideal partner. Not concerning or toxic behaviour at all!

Spooky factor: Stylish enough, but not very scary – Sting wears some impressively-starched collars, though.

Debbie Harry, Videodrome (1983)

Now a cult classic, Videodrome examines humans’ fascination with technology and grisly disaster – and, decades later, it still feels timely. Predicting wake-up apps and 24-hour television years before they became reality, it also fears the consequences of viewers becoming desensitised to extreme sex and gruesome violence through being able to watch it at the click of a button. Best of all, it stars Blondie singer Debbie Harry as sadistic radio host Nicki Brand – a coolly detached character who auditions for a new mysterious show called Videodrome after being drawn to its torturous content. ”I think we live in overstimulated times,” she warns. “We crave stimulation for its own sake. We gorge ourselves on it. We always want more, whether it’s tactile, emotional or sexual. I think that’s bad.”

Spooky factor: Trading in ghosts and ghouls for science fiction body horror, David Cronenberg’s movie only feels a couple of steps away from reality – which makes it even scarier.

Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, Trick Or Treat (1986)

It’s fitting that not one but two rock stars pop up in Trick Or Treat – an ‘80s horror flick about a high schooler who becomes haunted by a heavy metal singer who’s hungry for revenge. Although he turned down the chance to play the ghost in question, KISS’ Gene Simmons still puts in an impressive acting shift as the over-enthusiastic radio presenter Nuke – the character who unleashes the undead frontman in the first place. And appearing with neatly slicked hair as the Reverend Aaron Gilstrom, Ozzy’s televangelist cameo takes the piss out of the very same people who likely branded his own band Black Sabbath as Satanists. “These evil people have just got to be stopped!” he says of metal bands while angrily wagging his finger. Genius.

Spooky factor: Two rock megastars and an underlying message about the moral panic over our beloved children being corrupted by devil-worshipping rock’n’roll? What’s not to love?

Cherie Currie – Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Based on the TV series of the same name, this Twilight Zone film adaptation remakes four episodes from the late 50s horror show. Its third segment, which is inspired by the It’s a Good Life episode, tells the story of Anthony, a young child with extensive psychic powers. It briefly features The Runways’ Cherie Currie as his sister Sara, who is glued to a TV set showing black and white cartoons. As the camera pans out to show her face, Sara has no mouth. The creepy scene paves the way for the increasingly surreal, sugar-loaded horror that unfolds.

Spooky factor: Though Currie is only in the film fleetingly, her unsettling scene – soundtracked by cartoonish children’s music – sets the tone.

LL Cool J, Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Whoever LL Cool J hired to be his acting agent deserves a pay rise. Instead of being killed off after a short cameo in the ridiculous shark horror Deep Blue Sea as per convention, his character Preacher evades near-certain death, wields a harpoon against an escaped mako shark and even finds time to contribute a fairly catchy-yet-lyrically absurd track called ‘Deepest Bluest’ to the soundtrack (sample lyric: “My world’s deep blue / Killers gotta eat too”). Amazingly, the rapper also escapes a gruesome fate during another cameo in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later – for reasons unknown, that film’s masked murderer Michael Myers shows a rare flash of benevolence, and simply… leaves LL Cool J alone. Perhaps he was a fan of ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’?

Spooky factor: Yeah, the plot is completely preposterous – but if there’s one thing more terrifying than sharks, it’s genetically-modified sharks with boosted brain-power.

Alice Cooper, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Prior to appearing in the sixth instalment of Nightmare on Elm Street, hard rocker Alice Cooper was approached by a number of other movie franchises due to his music’s horror influences. However, he usually declined their offers because casting teams wanted him to appear on-screen decked out in his usual on-stage make-up. Though Cooper doesn’t have much screen time in Nightmare 6, he’s still memorable for his role as the nasty, abusive father of future serial killer Freddy Krueger.

Spooky factor: Genuinely quite terrifying, tbh.

Wet Leg named ambassadors for Independent Venue Week 2022

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Wet Leg have been announced as next year’s ambassadors of Independent Venue Week.

The 2022 event, which champions the annual celebration of independent music venues, will take place across the UK from January 31 to February 6.

BBC 6 Music and former NME writer Steve Lamacq took to the stage at The 229 Club in London today (October 27) to unveil Wet Leg as this year’s ambassadors.

“We grew up in a place where we had no music venues at all and after living in Bristol and London, it’s been incredible to experience what it’s like to be a part of a scene; to feel that sense of community that you can pin point geographically to a place, to a venue, I think is quite important and quite special particularly for emerging bands and artists,” Wet Leg said.

“It’s a bit of a delicate ecosystem – Music makers and lovers are supported by the venues and in turn the venues are supported by bands/artists and their fans passing through. The way I see it is this – No Independent venues = No music scene. No community. And to me, I feel that that’s something worth continuing to preserve and nurture.

“That’s why we’re super stoked and very, very proud to be ambassadors for this year’s Independent Venue Week.”

Three additional ambassadors for the remaining nations for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on Friday (October 29). This year Amy Macdonald and Jordan Adetunji were among the ambassadors for the UK.

Details of shows, tours and ticket links for next year’s event are available here.

Meanwhile, Wet Leg recently announced details of a 2022 UK headline tour. They will play:

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16 – Newcastle, St Doms
17 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
19 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 – Manchester, Gorilla
21 – Bristol, Trinity Centre
23 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
24 – Norwich, Arts Centre
26 – London, Scala
27 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Bastille announce major UK arena tour for 2022

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Bastille have announced a string of tour dates across the UK, as well as two European dates, in support of their recently announced fourth album.

The band revealed details of new record ‘Give Me The Future’ last week (October 19), set to arrive on February 4, 2022 and described as “a tribute to humanity in a tech age” that “reflects on the strangeness of living through times that can feel like science fiction.”

Speaking about the forthcoming tour dates in a new statement, Bastille singer Dan Smith said: “We’re all massively excited to head out on tour with this new album that we love.

“After everything that’s happened over the last couple of years, we’re buzzing to play for everyone at these brilliant venues and can’t wait to have some fun back on the road again… here’s to gigging in 2022.”

 

A presale for tour tickets will begin at 9am on November 2, with the main sale launching at 9am on November 5. You can find details of how to purchase tickets here.

‘Give Me The Future’ April 2022 tour dates:

03 – Brussels, Forest National, Belgium
05 – Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
07 – London, The O2
08 – Manchester, AO Arena
10 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
13 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
14 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
15 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
17 – Plymouth Pavilions
18 – Brighton Centre

‘Give Me The Future’ has already been preceded by recent singles ‘Bad Days’, ‘Distorted Light Beam’‘Thelma + Louise’ and the album’s title track.

“Working on these songs in such an apocalyptic period, with everyone stuck at home, glued to screens, fed into the feeling that what is real and what is not has become pretty difficult to discern sometimes,” Smith said of the new record in a press release.

“We’re in the age of deep fake, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone. What that does to our sense of self and to our relationships is huge and it’s fascinating.”

Ed Sheeran announces intimate London show this Christmas

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Ed Sheeran performs live, 2021. CREDIT: Getty

Ed Sheeran has announced a one-off Christmas show in London – you can find all the details below.

The singer-songwriter, who releases his fourth album ‘=’ on Friday (October 29), will perform at St John at Hackney Church on December 13. Tickets are available to fans who pre-order Sheeran’s new record from his online store before 6pm GMT on November 3.

“Tickets are first come first served and not guaranteed,” an official listing reads. “If you have already ordered the album from the official store and reside in the UK you are automatically eligible and will receive a code.”

Billed as ‘Ed Sheeran’s Merry Christmas Gathering’, the intimate concert is in aid of the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation.

The musician launched the ESSMF in 2019, aiming “to help young people under the age of 18, and living in Suffolk (UK), with small but useful grants to help with studying or playing music”.

The festive London show presents a rare opportunity to see Sheeran in a small venue (the church’s capacity is approximately 2000), with the singer due to perform four nights at the capital’s Wembley Stadium next summer.

Earlier this week, Sheeran previewed every song from the forthcoming ‘=’ on YouTube Shorts. He’s previously shared the singles ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Visiting Hours’ and ‘Shivers’.

Ed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp recently revealed that the star already has another record in the can. “The material is there and it won’t be another four-year wait, I can promise you,” he said.

“Ed already knows what the next album is. He’s already got a track-listing for it, and I will get that changed over the next 12 months.”