Pink Floyd Guitarist, David Gilmour has auctioned off his one of a kind guitar collection in a move to fight climate change. The auction broke several records. 

Firstly, for the largest guitar collection sold at a charity auction, receiving bids from 2,000 bidders in 66 countries. Secondly, most expensive guitar collection sold at a charity auction, achieving $21,198,250 or £16,624,700, if you prefer. Finally, was the most expensive guitar sold at a charity auction, featuring 'The Black Strat', selling for $3,975,000 (£3,154,670) in under a minute.

‘The Black Strat’ is known for featuring in several of Pink Floyd’s biggest albums, including The Dark Side of The Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977) and The Wall (1979).

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All of this was a result of Gilmour being moved by Greta Thunberg’s message on climate change. The proceeds went to charity Client Earth, which takes the legal steps needed to fight climate change.

"As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist said in a speech earlier this year, 'Either we choose to go on as a civilization, or we don't.' The choice really is that simple, and I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change. We need a civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung." - David Gilmour on Twitter.

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Jula has released her indie-pop debut 'Leave' on Tall Mountain Records. She is set to release her debut EP, PHOENIX, in 2019. PHOENIX was deeply influenced by the obstacles JULA faced as an emerging female artist who struggled to reconcile the image of “beauty” as portrayed in the media with that of her own body, succumbing to the pressure and allowing her art to be swallowed by feelings of inadequacy. The track has been compared to mix of Daughter and Roisin Murphy with the downcast pop-hues of Lykke Li.

Jula is a trained jazz vocalist and studied music in both New York and Copenhagen. As a youngster she sang in several bands and choirs, taking singing and ballet lessons. The birth of her first child allowed her to step outside of the media circus around image, and address more pressing concerns relating to the well-being of her son and herself. This has helped her to put things into perspective, and come into herself both artistically and as a person, and PHOENIX sees her utilizing sophisticated indie-pop with a dark undercurrent to communicate the personal growth and perspective shift.

Jula explains about the creation of the track: “I remember when I first had the idea for this song; I was at home with my loop station just improvising, making soundscapes. It was a cold day and as I sat there, this song just came to me. It’s about a feeling I sometimes have, a weight that I carry with me. A feeling that overwhelms me, which I can not escape. I wallow in it for a while, cover myself in it and then, all of a sudden, it’s gone. It’s a very lonely feeling, very dark, but it’s not necessarily negative, it’s a part of me I have learned to accept and even appreciate sometimes; without the low, I can’t experience the high. That is what ‘Leave’ is about.”

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The haunting video was filmed in the abandoned portions of the Hong Kong Village Fung Hang and it premiered on

Miami OG Brit-rock outfit Modernage has released a haunting music video for their new single "Sideways". The songs inception began just before the band's two-year hiatus, being temporarily shelved when guitarist Xavier Alexander moved to Hong Kong.  Ironically it was this shift that spurned the song's completion, Xavier being inspired to finish and release the track after a powerful ayahuasca experience.

The music video mirrors the band's duel connection to the two very distinct cities of Miami and Hong Kong, having been filmed in the abandoned village of Fung Hang close to the Hong Kong Chinese border on an old iPhone 5. Shot in Black and white, the stark video highlights the juxtaposition of the beautiful surroundings with its dilapidated state, a meditation on the depths of depression and reaching out to the spirit in a last ditch effort for healing.

A woman roams about the ruins amidst lush, overgrown greenery as symbolic imagery flashes into the viewer's sight. The lyrics postulate: "Years go by/I weather the storm/I have felt this rain wash away my thoughts/Oh god/I wonder where you've been/I wonder if you're here walking me this way."
Formed by singer Mario Giancarlo, guitarist Xavier Alexander, guitarist/keyboardist Garcia Freundt, bassist Izzy Silva, and drummer Alex de Renzis, Modernage helped ignite the indie scene in Miami in the early 2000s.  With their unique brit-rock meets tropical sound, the band skyrocketed to the forefront of the music scene, going on to tour the east coast, west coast, and Mexico.

After Xavier Alexander moved to Hong Kong in 2017, Modernage reunited after a long hiatus and began production on some of their best work to date. The band has re-entered the creative atmosphere with gusto, yet again giving their fans some inimitable indie-rock bangers

PINERO|SERENE is the alternative pop outfit consisting of Cheryl Pinero on bass and
vocalist Neeq Serene. The London-based duo is the creative force behind ‘Take My Soul’,
the otherworldly single premiered by Clash Magazine on May 22, 2019.

In ‘Take My Soul’, melodic basslines, hypnotic vocals and introspective songwriting conjure
up an immersive and dreamy experience. The song is dark and atmospheric with heavy
vocals sitting in layers of sweeping instrumentation. It is an exploration of a clouded
emotional state, both in the relationship with oneself and with others, communicating a
painfully honest vulnerability.

“‘Take My Soul’ was the birth of our songwriting synthesis and was written at a time when we
were both emotionally vulnerable and unshielded,” says PINERO|SERENE, who hope that
others may identify with this powerful state of being.

The single released on 7th June, with the EP following on 28th June, recorded and mixed by
Itay Kashti of Blue Room Studios.


Hooked Like Helen's Tragedy Of Physics EP has hit the shelves, co-produced alongside Grammy award-winning mixer, engineer and producer Isha Erskine (Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas), and featuring vocals by NBC's The Voice contestant, Emily Keener.

Starting the EP off, the duo twists their idiosyncratic brand of alt-pop into a power ballad on ‘Tear This Place Apart’ and allow Nikki’s vocal intensity to boil over into cathartic exultation. The track offers lyrics about the agonies and ecstasies of love, impeccably underpinned by a soundscape that reaches nuclear-threat levels, thanks to Nikki’s voice. On ‘No Turning Back’, Hooked Like Helen takes the best parts of all of their influences and make them their own, coating everything in the breathy flutter of Nikki’s voice. The track is a kaleidoscopic soundscape, confident and emotionally resonant. In terms of pure power-pop delight, ‘Beautiful World’ is hard to beat - it's one of those tracks that tap directly into your musical pleasure centre and jabs at the best bits. It is everything that pop music should be: eloquent, glamorous, spirited, with an infusion of freshness. All in all, Tragedy of Physics is full of piano hooks, intricate, rhythmic bass lines, and epic, driving drums which carry the EP through the subject matter, but with an underlying groove and a constant sense of pop.

Speaking of the Tragedy of Physics EP, Hooked Like Helen said: “Tragedy Of Physics is growing pains in Extended Play form. Recorded in our home studio and self-produced, each track reflects a step further for us into the trek toward who we truly are, what we mean, and where we want to be..”

Tragedy Of Physics EP Tracklist:

1. Tear This Place Apart

2. No Turning Back

3. Liar

4. Beautiful World

5. It Goes On (featuring Emily Keener)

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Visceral, musically cinematic, otherworldly but strangely familiar and a bit unsettling, welcome to Pixies' brand-new studio album, 'Beneath the Eyrie', where tales of witches, Daniel Boone, misfits and other characters fit utterly into the band's inherent weirdness.  Boasting 12 new songs, the album will be released globally on Friday, September 13 via the group's new record label, Infectious/BMG, and available in a wide variety of packages.  Those formats include:

* Deluxe Box Set - features the full album in CD and clear vinyl formats, plus a second clear vinyl disc containing nine unreleased demos recorded over the past year

* Standard heavyweight single gatefold black vinyl

* Deluxe CD in a hard casebound book

* Cassette

* Digital download

 * Standard 12-song CD  (not available via, but from various retailers such as Amazon)

* Standard heavyweight single gatefold colored vinyl (Indie Record Store exclusive)

'Beneath the Eyrie', produced by GRAMMY-nominated Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies' Head Carrier), was written over the course of 2018 and recorded last December at Dreamland Recordings near Woodstock, NY.  While taking a break outside the studio - originally St. John's Church built in 1896 - Lovering spotted an eagles nest - or "eyrie" - right above the studio in a tree.  Hence the album's title, 'Beneath the Eyrie'.

For the recording of the album, Pixies opted to shine a bright - and rare - light on the process, to document every moment of what took place in the studio for a 12-episode podcast titled "It's a Pixies Podcast." The podcast welcomes fans to witness the evolution of the album's tracks, from their earliest stages to completion, in the studio's control room, the main room, and in a special “audio booth" where the band members offered their thoughts and observations throughout recording.    Produced by Pixies and hosted and narrated by New York Times best-selling author Tony Fletcher, "It's a Pixies Podcast" debuts June 27 and will be available globally on Apple, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, Google, and other podcast platforms.

 Pixies will support 'Beneath the Eyrie' with an extensive 2019- 2020 world tour that kicks off Saturday, August 31st at the Daydream Festival in Pasadena, CA.  This will mark the first time the band has shared a stage with the festival’s curators The Cure in 30 years, the first time being in 1989 at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium.  Pixies will then head to the UK for its first European tour in two years that begins September 13th.   Further worldwide dates to be announced shortly.


31  Daydream Festival, Pasadena, CA


13   Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK

14   Pavilions, Plymouth, UK

16   O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK

17   O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

18   O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK

20   Alexandra Palace, London, UK

21   O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK

22   O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

23   Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK

25   Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK

26   Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

29   Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway

30   Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden


 1    KB Hallen, Denmark, Copenhagen

 3    TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

 4    O13 Poppodium, Tilburg, The Netherlands

 5    Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany

 7    Palladium, Cologne, Germany

 8    Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

 9    Gasometer, Vienna, Austria

11   Estragon, Bologna, Italy

12   Todays at OGR, Turin, Italy

13   X-Tra, Zurich, Switzerland

15   Tonhalle, Munich, Germany

16   Forest National, Brussels, Belgium

17   Luxexpo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

19   L'Olympia, Paris, France

20   Le Radiant, Lyon, France

21   Le Liberte, Rennes, France

23   Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain

24   Riviera, Madrid, Spain

25   Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal

26   Coliseum, Galicia, Spain

Ben McKelvey's energetic folk-rock offering 'Wild Child' was recently released from his 2018 album of the same name. Produced by Jake Robbins (Natives),  driving drums, swooping guitar solos and hypnotic bass lines tell the story of the sacrifices we make in order to live our dreams.

Growing up in Essex, Ben McKelvey currently resides in Brighton. As a teenager he played the drums for the punk band, Fluid Lines, further shaping his love for music. After he quit the band at the age of 21, he became very ill and was completely bedridden. Putting his free time to good use, he taught himself how to play the guitar and write songs he didn’t intend for anyone to hear. A multi-instrumentalist at heart, Ben plays every single instrument in all of his tracks, albums and EPs.

 As a touring artist, McKelvey has most likely made his fair share of sacrifices (He has been part of many tours performing across USA, UK and Europe in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena and the London Palladium providing main support for Wet Wet Wet in 17 arenas, 20 dates for The Overtones, 50 shows as support for the Genesis supergroup, Mike & The Mechanics, touring with Marti Pellow, Scouting For Girls.) The lyrics come from a place that the young artist knows well, and the song was written for his fellow muso's. "There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all.”

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19/07/19   PENNFEST (main stage)

22/10/19   KING TUTS, GLASGOW w/ Jake Clemons

23/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, SHEFFIELD w/ Jake Clemons

24/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, LIVERPOOL w/ Jake Clemons

25/10/19   O2 ACADEMY2, OXFORD w/ Jake Clemons

26/10/19   O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON w/ Jake Clemons