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Gigs & Tours Round-Up: OneRepublic, Gruff Rhys, St Vincent, Girls Names, Lone and Yung Lean

By | Published on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Yung Lean

Rounding up the latest gig news…

So-oooo. Soft-rock optimists OneRepublic are touring in the autumn. And what a wild ride that’s going to be. It’s more of a ‘two show run’ than a tour, if I’m honest, consisting of shows at Liverpool’s EchoTwo (21 Oct) and The O2 in London (22 Oct). It’s one way to mark the fact that the band’s third LP, ‘Native’, is coming forth on 27 Jul.

1R’s Ryan Tedder calls it “a very modern record, a snapshot of life in 2013”, adding: “It’s so important to us that every album be an evolution, where we make these huge lateral movements with our sound and then from there write a bunch of great songs. It’s definitely a mother of a process, but it’s really the only way for us”.

Anyway. Tickets to the above shows go on sale this Friday. Fix your gaze in the meantime on the new video for lead ‘Native’ single ‘Love Runs Out’:

And guess what? Gruff Rhys has agreed to an additional show – on top of his existing festival commitments, that is – at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20 Sep. Tickets to the show, which will find Rhys showboating his new film/book/app release, concept LP ‘American Interior’, are available right now, via this link.

The always-sparkling St Vincent will follow a looming UK tour in August with another one in October, since clearly the fans are still thirsty for St V’s most recent LP, ‘Digital Witness’. Moving off from a first show at Manchester’s Albert Hall on 22 Oct, it consists of four dates in all, at the Floral Hall at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens (23 Oct), The Institute in Birmingham (24 Oct), and the Roundhouse in London (25 Oct). Listings here.

Touring the UK as soon as June are Belfast-based darkwave band Girls Names, who’ll breathe new meaning into their latest LP, last year’s very fine ‘The New Life’, via a fairly imminent series of live dates. The first British show, midway into a wider inter-continental trek, is at Brighton’s Prince Albert on 16 Jun, after which the band will move on to Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club (17 Jun), Norwich’s Epic Studios, and twice, on the Crack Stage and at Underworld, on 20 Jun, as part of London’s Camden Crawl. Here are the listings, listed.

Now it’s Lone‘s go to confirm a show. The R&S Records-signed alt-dance artist is to play extracts of his forthcoming LP, ‘Reality Testing’, at the Red Gallery in London on 18 Jun, two days after its release. It’s his first ever live set, and will feature a special AV display, with visuals by Display Copy/Planet Mu creative Konx on Pax. Click here to get tickets, and direct your ears to this stream of ‘Reality Testing’ track ‘2 Is 8’ to hear that:

Now, you may not care a lot for ’emotional’ ‘Kyoto’ hit-boy Yung Lean (pictured) and his ‘Sad’ rap leanings, but the fact still remains that he’s playing live at The Garage in London on 14 Aug. So you might as well get used to the idea, and, if you like, maybe get tickets to the show. And – and this is also optional – watch a trailer for his upcoming ‘White Marble Tour’ with all the Sad/Emotional Boys lot:

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