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One Liners: Amanda Shires, Live Nation, Mastodon, more

By | Published on Wednesday 13 July 2022

Amanda Shires


Live Nation UK has hired Ian Evans, owner of Derbyshire-based live music company IME Music, according to IQ. Evans has previously worked on festivals including Tramlines, Y Not and Truck. No details about his new role have yet been announced.

Warner Chappell in the US has promoted Andrew Ludwick to VP Business Development. “I started my career in music as an intern at Warner Records and got to where I am today by leaning into challenging business cases and seeking solutions”, he says. “I’m deeply grateful that Warner Music Group and Warner Chappell value innovation and career growth, and I’m also very thankful for the mentorship that I’ve received along the way”.

MNRK Music Group has promoted Sean Stevenson to COO. “I am excited to add to MNRK’s continued growth and success as I take this next step in my career, with one of the best truly independent teams in the game”, he says. “The past four years at MNRK have been some of the most satisfying of my entire career”.



Amanda Shires has enlisted Maren Morris for new single ‘Empty Cups’. “I recorded ‘Empty Cups’ after everyone left because I didn’t want to accidentally cry or get a shaky voice in front of my friends”, she says. “I asked Maren to sing on this one because our voices blend like sisters and because I knew that wherever my voice wavered, she’d be steady”.

Mastodon have released the video for ‘More Than I Could Chew’ from their 2021 album ‘Hushed & Grim’.

Architects have announced that they will release their new album, ‘The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit’, on 21 Oct. From it, this is ‘Tear Gas’.

Ezra Furman has released new single ‘Lilac And Black’. Her new album, ‘All Of Us Flames’, is out on 26 Aug. “I’ve started to think of us trans women as a kind of secret gang, scattered across the world”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “Or that we could be that. So I wrote this theme song for us and gave us some gang colours: lilac and black”.

Black Midi have released new single ‘Sugar/Tzu’. The song, says frontman Geordie Greep, “imagines that in 2163 it’s possible to see a championship fight between two 600lb men, albeit in a so-called ‘leadweight’ division”.

Young Fathers have released their first new track for four years, ‘Geronimo’. The song, they say, is “about contrast, because life is contrast – pushing through, giving up, all at the same time. Wanting everything and then wanting nothing, then wanting everything again. It’s kind of reflective of where we are at the moment, trying to remember how to do this again”.

Mykki Blanco has announced that they will release new album ‘Stay Close To Music’ on 14 Oct, and released new single, ‘French Lessons’, featuring Kelsey Lu. “The song is a reflection on the possibility of true love, on the notion that one truly can experience what we see in the Hollywood films”, they say. “I have been a long-time super fan of Kelsey’s and collaborating with her on this song has been a very special moment”.



Yungblud has announced that he is cancelling three North American shows this autumn. “My family in Toronto, Montreal and Salt Lake City”, he said in a statement. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, my shows this fall are going to be cancelled. You know how much I hate cancelling shows, it breaks my fucking heart but this [is] way beyond my control”.

Placebo have cancelled three shows in Romania and Macedonia this week due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the band and their crew. “We are frustrated and disappointed to not be able to perform these shows which are important to us – as we know they are to you”, said the band in a statement. “We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience and disappointment. We are doing all we can to reschedule and please check locally for further announcements”.

Cat Power is set to recreate Bob Dylan’s 1966 Royal Albert Hall performance at the same venue on 5 Nov. The original show took place shortly after Dylan ‘went electric’. Cat Power will play the same setlist, with the first half of the show acoustic and the second with a full band. Tickets on sale tomorrow. More info here.

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