New York’s Fun Loving Criminals have a special gig lined up as part of Smirnoff Original Nights at London’s The Royal Courts of Justice.

The gig is part of Smirnoff’s Silent Disco series which sees the crowd wear headphones to listen in to the music being played by a Dj. This gig however is the first time the silent Disco approach has been used with a live band, combined with the unique location this is going to be one very special gig.

To get your tickets, visit the Smirnoff Original Nights page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/smirnofforiginalnights

Robert Wyatt has announced details of a new single, ‘This Summer Night’, a collaboration with French composer Bertrand Burgalat, out 20th October.

There will also be reissues of a number of his classic albums including ‘Drury Lane’, ‘Shleep’ and ‘Cuckooland’, not only on cd but also on vinyl. These will be followed in December by a Robert Wyatt boxset.

The single also features a Hot Chip remix on the b-side, a rare treat for fans of both the enigmatic acts.

Scottish pop outsiders The Aliens are set to make a welcome return in September with a brand new album titled “Luna” set to be released on September 29th.

The band are to undertake a UK tour in October, details follow –

OCTOBER 9 – EDINBURGH, LIQUID ROOMS
OCTOBER 11 – MANCHESTER, ACAD 3
OCTOBER 12 – NOTTINGHAM, STEALTH
OCTOBER 13 – BRISTOL, THEKLA
OCTOBER 14 – LONDON, HOXTON BAR & GRILL
OCTOBER 16 – BRIGHTON, DIGITAL
OCTOBER 17 – LIVERPOOL, ACADEMY 2
OCTOBER 18 – NEWCASTLE, OTHER ROOMS

Photos from Clash’s August Clash Club which saw appearances from South Central, Tomb Crew, Dexplicit and Ben Westbeech.

The event took place at London’s 93 Feet East on Saturday 2nd August.

A gallery of images from this year’s Reading Festival, held over the August bank holiday 22nd, 23rd and 24th August.

Bands appearing included Babyshambles, Biffy Clyro, The Duke Spirit, Manic Street Preachers, MGMT, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs, Vampire Weekend and Rage Against The Machine.

Read ClashMusic’s coverage from the festival.

The Charlatans release a new single, ‘Oh Vanity!’, on October 20th to coincide with a UK headline tour.

Taken from the band’s ‘You Cross My Path’ album which was initially given away for free by the band before it’s physical release in May.

The song will be available on CD single, 7” vinyl and download. The single will include the exclusive bonus songs – Complete Control, The Only One I Know (Live), Oh! Vanity (Live) and on the digital version a cover of New Order’s Murder.

The details of the band’s UK tour are –

October
1st – Belfast, The Spring & Airbrake
2nd – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
3rd – Dublin, The Academy
5th – Hull, University
6th – Warrington, Parr Hall
8th – Southend, Chinnerys
9th – Portsmouth, Portsmouth & Southsea Festival
11th – Edinburgh, The Picture House
12th – Stirling, Stirling Albert Halls
13th – Paisley, Town Hall
14th – Inverness, The Ironworks
16th – Dundee, Fat Sams
17th – Preston, 53 Degrees
18th – London, Astoria
20th – Leeds, Academy

Early bird tickets for Camp Bestival are on sale now for next year’s event , to be held 24th, 25th and 26th July 2009.

This year’s Camp Bestival saw 10,000 revellers enjoy music and typical Bestival style fun, including many child orientated activities, at Lulworth Castle including Chuck Berry, The Flaming Lips and The Wurzels.

Weekend adult camping tickets are £120, children aged 13-15 £60 and children under 13 get in free, emphasising the family nature of the event. Tickets are on sale now through the Ticketline website.

Read ClashMusic’s review of this year’s Camp Bestival.

Ben X tells the story of a gifted autistic boy who is mercilessly bullied at school. Seeking refuge from the realities of life with his condition, he begins to live through his favourite role-playing computer games, and desires to press the metaphorical reset button on his life, in much the same way as he is able to in-game.

The film flits between the in-game footage and the live-action without it ever feeling cumbersome or distracting. However, the pace of the film is uneven, and the narrative weighs heavy on the viewer midway through – there is perhaps too much of an exploration of why Ben wishes to escape the real world, and not enough time dedicated to the inevitable but very worthy happy ending.

Greg Timmermans does an admirable job of portraying the troubled eponymous Ben, but doesn’t wholly convince. Despite this, the film marks a very promising debut from director Nic Balthazar.

Words: Adam Carroll-Smith

Free champers may slip down smoothly, but its not easy playing at corporate parties to a by-invitation-only audience.

The Mystery Jets however gave a fresh and enthralling performance just a few days after their appearances at Reading and Leeds, their vocal harmonies sounding particularly vivid in an intimate club setting. Cheekily dedicating a song to ‘Mr Ericsson and his Megapixels’, it’s clear they’ve got a nice line in ironic humour, but they’re also not afraid to sing of passionate feelings inspired by their own personal experiences. Recent single “Half In Love With Elizabeth” evokes the tricky moments we’ve all had trying to get a good friend to face a few worrying truths about a wayward boyfriend. The good and bad of unfaithfulness is one theme from their current album, “21”, but we also heard brighter tunes including “Two Doors Down”, where a dry drum machine intro strikes a harsh contrast to the emotional intensity of lead singer Blaine Harrison. Speaking to Clash Music, he confidently predicted the best is yet to come, so those who get tickets for their upcoming UK tour this autumn are in for a real treat.

Words: Luke Metcalfe

A decade ago barely a week would go by without some band being hyped as the new saviours of pop, before quickly sinking into obscurity.

One of these was Bis, a Glasgow-based trio who bubblegum guitar pop somehow never found success. Well joy of joys, lead single Amanda MacKinnon, aka Manda Rin, is back with a brilliant slice of squelchy electro pop that sounds like The Ting Tings recording the soundtrack to a fitness video.

If Madonna had been less concerned with becoming a global pop phenomenon and played more video games instead, she could have made music this good.