Scissor Sisters Jake Spears lines up Liverpool date, Nick Ellis reveals new album plus new Gruff Rhys

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Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis

The Scottish Album of the Year longlist is revealed, plus a Gil Scott-Heron event and New York’s Powedove have Liverpool dates, here’s Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley on a busy week of music news.

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears will come to Liverpool as part of his UK tour this month.

Shears will play at Arts Club on Tuesday, August 21 which follows the release of his self titled debut album, due for release next week.

Scissor Sisters formed in New York and were one of the pop groups of the decade with huge singles including Take Your Mama, Laura, Filthy/Gorgeous and Mary.

Spears, meanwhile, released his first solo track, Creep City, last year.

The runners and riders for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) were announced last night with Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Young Fathers leading the pack.

Two featured albums are featured every day on the SAY website from Monday August 6. The list will be whittled down to ten, one of which is decided by a public vote and announced August 23, with the eventual winner unveiled on September 6.

Previous SAY winners include Anna Meredith, Sacred Paws (Getintothis‘ Album of 2017) and Young Fathers.

Mogwai

Mogwai

In alphabetical order, the selected albums of the Scottish Album of the Year for 2018 are: Adam Holmes and The Embers: Midnight Milk, BABE: Kiss & Tell, Best Girl AthleteBest Girl Athlete, Blue Rose CodeThe Water of Leith, Catholic Action: In Memory Of, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay: Bare Knuckle, Elephant Sessions: All We Have Is Now, Franz Ferdinand: Always Ascending, Golden Teacher: No Luscious Life, Happy Meals (now known as Free Love): Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Volumes IV – VI), Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy: A Pocket Of Wind Resistance, Kobi Onyame: Gold, Martha Ffion: Sunday Best, Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun, Neon Waltz: Strange Hymns, Out Lines: Conflats, Pronto Mama: Any Joy, Siobhan Wilson: There Are No Saints, The Spook School: Could It Be Different and Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar.

Closer to home, Nick Ellis has announced his third album and a special launch night in Liverpool later this year.

The acclaimed singer songwriter will release Speakers’ Corner on Mellowtone Records on Saturday, October 6. It will be launched with a live performance at the Leggate Theatre, Victoria Building in Liverpool that night.

There are just 300 vinyl LP releases available to pre-order, while tickets for the launch night are on sale now.

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Next month, City of Liverpool College will host the internationally renowned showcase performance event, The Revolution Will Be Live.

The event, created by Yesternight Promotions was first held at LIMF in 2015, since then it has toured Canada in partnership with the late Gil Scott-Heron‘s protege Malik Al Nasir.

This year’s installment will see the group returning to UK shores to collaborate with local students. They will be challenged to produce a song in one day, which will be performed at the event on Thursday, September 27.

Rumal Rackley

Rumal Rackley at LIMF 2015 for the Revolution Will Be Live

Across the other side of Liverpool, Penny Lane venue Bean There will host New York band Powerdove for a super intimate gig on Saturday, September 1.

Powerdove band leader Annie Lewendowski is an academic and makes up the band with French experimental star Thomas Bonvalet and Chad Popple.

Support will come from Fisherman Swilbert, the the gig is limited to just 50 tickets.

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From Austin, Texas, Molly Burch will come to Liverpool courtesy of Harvest Sun Promotions in support of her second album, First Flower.

She’ll play at Leaf on Bold Street on Wednesday, December 5 as part of a huge Europe and UK tour.

Gruff Rhys has released has released the gentle single No Profit In Pain  in celebration of 70 years of the NHS.

The ballad will light up Arts Club on Saturday, November 17. Meanwhile, you can listen to it below.

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