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[Listen] HEALTH - 'DEATH MAGIC' (Full Album Stream)

Oh my GOD am I excited that you all can hear what I've been OBSESSING over for the past month. That's right, fam, the new HEALTH album, DEATH MAGIC is now available for streaming in full courtesy of the wonderful NPR (UK folks you can holler at Noisey UK for a listen).

Please tell me that upon listening to this record you feel prepared to go fight an intergalactic war or something else not of this world. I'm not sure if before this album I've ever listened to an album, looked back at the album title, and thought to myself, "Yep, that actually sums it up perfectly." Even the choice of all caps was the right call. I really can't get enough of this record, can you tell?

The wait for DEATH MAGIC to be unleashed on the masses is nearly over as it drops this very Friday (August 8th). There's still a little bit of time to pre-order the album if that is a thing that you do.



11/10 - MOJO, Hamburg

12/10 - Pumpehuset, Copenhagen

13/10 - Berghain, Berlin

17/10 - Meet Fcatory, Prague

19/10 - Mousonturm, Frankfurt

20/10 - Wizeman, Stuttgart

22/10 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam


25/10 - Kazimier, Liverpool Music Week

26/10 - Stereo, Glasgow

27/10 - Gorilla, Manchester

28/10 - Heaven, London

30/10    Pitchfork Festival, Paris


[Preview] Parklife Weekender 2013 - Who to see?

As you may have noticed over here on SKOA, Festival season is fully in swing. We've already had a heap of fun with trips to Live at Leeds, Dot to Dot, and Sasquatch. Summer is even yet to officially begin but this weekend we'll be hitting up Manchester's Parklife Weekender. Having grown at a rapid rate since its early years, 2013 sees it offer up its biggest line-up to date along with its biggest venue and capacity. After last year, the organisers, Warehouse Project, felt it had become a bigger being than Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield and announced earlier in the year that it'd take part at Manchester's Heaton Park. After teasing us with a few big names early in the year the full line-up was announced and boy does it deliver. With that in mind, some of you may be a little stumped as to who to give some of your allocated weekend sunshine fun time to this weekend. We thought we'd offer up a handful of artist we here at SKOA are going to be jumping up and down to this weekend, June 8-9.

Who: Action Bronson

Where: Curated by Hudson Mohawke (Sunday)

Why: Any man who can entertain as much as this while most likely high as a kite is cool in my books. Add to that the possibility of a cart-wheel and you've got my attention Mr. Bronson.

Who: Disclosure

Where: Sounds of the Near Future (Saturday)

Why: With the rising duo only having released their album, Settle, the very week they're set to headline the WHP/Now Wave curated stage, fans will already be very familair with tracks such as "White Noise". Their album is a joy to the ears and it's made for the big stages of Festivals this summer. Catch them while you can!

Who: King Krule

Where: Now Wave (Sunday)

Why: We've been fans of young Archy for a while. The young talent has been makign wave son both sides of the pond with his signature croon and this weekend he's sure to help mellow you out during the intense heat of the midday sun. 

Who: Jessie Ware

Where: Main Stage (Saturday)

Why: There's a few singers who have the personality to back up the stunning voice and this past twelve months has seen Jessie prove herself on numerous occasions. Her life vocal is impeccable and her off stage banter is next to none. Be sure to have your heart melted by this phenomenal talent late on the Saturday. You never know, if you check out Disclosure, you may be treated to a guest appearance too. 

Who: Danny Brown

Where: Curated by Hudson Mohawke (Sunday)

Why: Danny's trademark delivery and style has grabbed him headlines for numerous reasons over the past few years. In more recent, for some rather alarming ones some might say. None of that nonsense this weekend as he takes to the stage after Action Bronson though. A man sure to entertain whatever the weather, we're sure he'll be all smiles.

Who: Simian Mobile Disco

Where: Big Top (Sunday)

Why: It may have been over a year since the London group released their third studio album, Unpatterns, but they're certainly a nice way to close out your weekend of fun at the Big Top before TEED clsoes the day. No doubt the entire tent will be bouncing from start to finish.

All tickets for the weekend and days are now sold out. See you in the fields!

[Dot to Dot 2013] Who we're excited to see...

A few weeks ago we took a trip to Leeds, Yorkshire to check out the fantastic day festival that takes place across the city, Live at Leeds. We had a fantastic day and you can check out what we got up to over here. This week though, as we've mentioned previously a few times, it's all about Dot to Dot festival which will be taking place across three cities in the UK. Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham on May 24th-26th will play host to a sea of bands across a range of venues in each city.

With is set to take part in the coming days we wanted to offer up who we'll definitely be heading to see and maybe sway you in the direction of a few bands we like too. If you make the jump you can check out our hot picks and look out for a full review and report of the days antics early next week. If you like the look of the line-up above why not jump over here to grab a ticket while you still can! Get involved over the weekend and tweet us @skoblog including the #D2DFEST hashtag.

The 1975

Where & when: Manchester, The Ritz, 18:15 // Nottingham, Rock City Main Hall 22:15

Why: Having blasted into the scenes over the past 6 months, The 1975 are increasing the gigs they are playing by a substantial margin with each passing month. Check out their flawless live show at The Ritz before they play Academy 1 next January.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Where & when: Manchester, The Ritz, 20:45 Friday // Bristol, Academy 1, 20:30 // Notthingham, Rock City Main Hall, 18:00

Why: Mr. Leftwich manages to deliver that kind of music that has you leaning forward constantly a little to catch what he's saying. Add into the mix of wonderful songwriting a live touring band and you've got a recipe for a night of wonder.


Where & when: Manchester, The Attic, 22:30 // Bristol, Thekla Top Deck, 1:00 // Nottingham, Stealth Live Room 17:30

Why: London-duo Thumpers manage to blend together distant vocals and guitar tones flawlessly, resulting in a dream like state of music that you can't not drift into once you're listening. 


Where & when: Manchester, Sound Control Loft, 1:00 // Bristol, Thekla Top Deck, 18:30 // Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, 14:30

Why: We've talked about Manchester's very own Pins a few times over the past few years. We like them so much that we plugged them on 6Music way back last March. They've gone from strength to strength and promise to put on a well polished live show this weekend. 


Where & when: Manchester, Zoo, 22:00 // Bristol, Start The Bus, 21:15 // Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, 23:00

Why: Another one of Manchester's finest exports, Findlay is not one to shy away from her White Stripes and blues fantasies. Wearing her influences firmly on her chest she blast out incredible sounding raw energy that is most definitely built for a live setting.