With just a few full live band gigs behind them Pendulum have decided the time is nigh to bring their unique musical experience to these placid shores. Their successful debut album – “Hold Your Colour” – was followed up by a retreat to the outback to refocus on a new mixture of guitars and electronics. New single – their first on Ear Storm / Warners – will be entitled “Granite” and will rock your CD player from November 26th.

Pendulum will play the following dates:

November 1st – Glasgow, The Arches
November 2nd – Edinburgh, University
November 3rd – Bristol, Carling Academy
November 6th – Southampton, University
November 7th – Brighton, Digital
November 8th – Bournemouth, Opera House
November 9th – London, Fabric
November 10th – Manchester, The Warehouse Project
November 12th – Oxford, Brookes Student Union
November 13th – Sheffield, University
November 15th – Hull, Welly Club
November 16th – Newcastle, Carling Academy
November 17th – Leeds, University
November 19th – Nottingham, Rock City
November 20th – Leicester, University
November 21st – Swansea, University
November 22nd – Exeter, Lemon Grove
November 23rd – Plymouth, University
November 24th – Cardiff, University
November 28th – London, Electric Ballroom
November 29th – Hertfordshire, University
November 30th – Birmingham, Custard Factory
December 1st – Liverpool Carling Academy

Big Dada bring down the curtain on their tenth anniversary year with a three floor birthday bash at London’s Electrowerkz. On November 16th the club will host an eclectic bill based on the label’s last ten years. Newcomers such as Cadence Weapon will be joined by big hitters such as Roots Manuva and Mike Ladd. In addition to this, a host of surprise guests will be taking the mic or hitting the decks. It should be noted, though, that all acts are performing one off MC sets, rather than full band performances.

Promises to be an unforgettable demonstration of UK hip hop, lasting from 10pm all the way through to 6am. Looks like a sleepless night for the lucky few then…

New York siblings Fiery Furnaces tour in support of their critically acclaimed album “Widow City”. Released on October 8th the album has already popped up in a good few “Best of 2007” charts. However, since the band claimed a Ouiji board influenced the sound of “Widow City” its a good bet this success didn’t come as a surprise.

The tour begins on November 6th and takes in the following:

November 6th – Nottingham, Stealth
November 7th – Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
November 9th – Birmingham, Barfly
November 10th – Manchester, Night & Day
November 11th – London, Koko – Thrill Jockey 15th Anniversary
November 12th – Dublin, Whelans
November 14th – Brighton, Audio

Daniel Snaith was forced to change his original recording name from Manitoba by another musician of the same name.

His new name Caribou suggests reindeer or Pixies but his music is way more Beach Boys than Black Francis. She’s the One is very technical and seems the product of many hours of perfection-attaining music making, like Brian Wilson. But Snaith’s is a much more sedate, less sunny surf rock. It veers from despair to vague optimism, with harmonies sweeping in and out, and the disparate moods are linked effortlessly. It’s all very elegant but it is perhaps more interesting than involving.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Liverpool’s Eugene McGuinness is a solo artist who has chosen not to hide behind a mouthful of a moniker.

He’s sticking with his own plain name but there’s nothing ordinary or earnest about his music. Comparisons have been made to Rufus Wainwright with whom he shares a confident croon, but Bold Street also has the reflective melodic sound of someone like M Ward. The lyrics observe a city street as it spirals through the diurnal mess of Big Issue sellers, fake American diners and police cars that surround our lives. A 21st century update of Penny Lane.

Though the term ‘underground’ is often thrown around within dance venues or Clubnights, this usually involves being popped by a testosterone-addled loon working the doors to the strains of grainy Goa Gabba. Not anymore. Situated quite literally 100 feet underground in an abandoned Cold War relic within 24,000 feet of concrete, Kamouflage roped in German disco-tech boffin Justus Köhncke among others for a night of deep-down dance mayhem near St.Andrews, Fife.

Forget the vague whiff of Kebabs and taxi queues outside; the feet of the entrance houses artillery tanks and rockets that look as though they could wipe out the U.S.S.R. Once inside, the fittingly neon-green entrance tunnels house genuine military guards
and, of course, hundreds of eager tech-heads in the main hall.
Clash decided to let loose with our Digi Cam…here are the results.

STARS will be returning to the UK / Ireland for a 10 date tour including a London show at KOKO.

The tour will hit late January and early February 2008 on the back of their acclaimed fourth LP ‘In Our Bedroom After The War’

Thursday 24 January – DUBLIN – Tripod
Saturday 26 January – ABERDEEN – Moshulu
Sunday 27 January – GLASGOW – Oran Mor
Monday 28 January – BIRMINGHAM – Barfly
Tuesday 29 January – LONDON – KOKO
Wednesday 30 January – BRISTOL – Thekla Social
Thursday 31 January – MANCHESTER – Academy 3
Saturday 2 February – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms
Sunday 3 February – SHEFFIELD – Leadmill
Monday 4 February – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2

The Royal We are to play their last ever gig at Stereo in Glasgow 5th November.

Amusingly this will also serve as the launch party for their debut album ‘The Royal We’.

After winning the Mercury Music Prize for his free-flowing debut album Boy In Da Corner, London rapper Dizzee Rascal seemed to tense up for its follow up Showtime, with its angst-ridden tales of fame and stabbings.

Proof of the renewed relaxation on his third album Maths & English, comes with the third single to be released from it, Flex. The track sees Dizzee back in the club, checking out the ladies and throwing great lyrical shapes with whatever words come his way. The beats are still grimy but the usual cacophony is refined to a slinky groove backed by slick horns and wibbly electronics. So relaxed, it’s almost easy listening.

The Cloud Room’s main man J Stuart is a relative of composer Philip Glass, but less trivial is an incident in 2004 where a false positive HIV test result caused him to concrete his energies on making music and form a band.

Hey Now Now has hints of this drama with its simultaneous air of rejoicing and despair, and equivocal lyrics like “the smallest things are crushing me now / the crush that’s so comforting now”. It was an underground hit in the US after its release in 2005 and if you’d like the uplifting misery of Arcade Fire minus the excessive self-pity, this is a good place to start.