Music News: Rufus Wainwright and Paolo Nutini on Jonathan Ross + Madonna, The Pretenders

Paolo Nutini

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Kasabian played the first of three massive sold out shows at Wembley Stadium last night, with the other two performances taking place over the weekend. They’re billed as the gigs of the decade and Serge Pizzorno pinpoints the trio of dates as the focal point of the summer.

Their epic new single ‘Where Did All The Love Go?’ comes out August 17, 2009. Wait until you see the video!

Rufus Wainwright’s eagerly anticipated debut opera ‘Prima Donna’ premieres at the Palace Theatre for Manchester’s International Festival, which runs from July 10th – July 19th, a total of five performances.

He releases his live CD/DVD ‘Milwaukee At Last!!!’, September 7th, taken from his acclaimed and celebrated 2007 ‘Release The Stars’ tour.

Check out Rufus on the Jonathan Ross show tonight, 10.30pm, BBC1. His interview on Jonathan Ross’ Radio 2 show last week was hugely entertaining and very funny – expect more of the same tonight.

Paolo Nutini provides the music for the Jonathan Ross show tonight. He performs his infectious new single ‘Coming Up Easy’ out August 10th from his No.1 album ‘Sunny Side Up’.

Paolo plays the iTunes festival tonight at the Roundhouse – 20,000 fans applied for tickets to this gig, it’s set to be a cracker, after which he travels up to Scotland to play T in the Park and then Oxegen in Ireland. What a weekend!

There is an excellent piece on Paolo Nutini in this month’s issue of Word magazine. Check it out!

The Duckworth Lewis Method
strolled out to their Times sponsored showcase at The Oval on Tuesday, fully adorned in cricket regalia and Merv Hughes-esque facial hair. They opened up with their first single ‘Age Of Revolution’, which was suitably pitch perfect.

The duo, who were fully complemented by the Divine Comedy backing band were in great form throughout - they had the packed out England Suite bowled over with songs from their eponymous maiden album (out this week) and creasing up at their pre-song wibblings. It was a joy to watch!

Madonna left the UK for Europe this week following her triumphant shows at London’s O2 last weekend and Manchester’s MEN on Tuesday. The reviews were stunning including a 5* review in the Evening Standard.

Just Jack plays Somerset House tomorrow with Lily Allen. He will be performing tracks from his impressive new album ‘All Night Cinema’ August 24th.

Look out for his stunning new single ‘The Day I Died’, (August 17th) already an album highlight it has now been completely transformed with multi-layered sounds, strings and a choir. It sounded great when Jo Whiley played it on her show this week.

Jersey Budd also plays Somerset House, he’s special guests to The Enemy tonight. His new single, ‘She Came Back’, which features backing vocals from Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan is released through iTunes on Monday.

The Pretenders embark on five UK dates in six days starting at Cornbury Festival on Sunday, after which they play two special performances at Glasgow’s ABC (Tuesday) and the Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday). They round up their assault on the UK with a show with Squeeze in Liverpool (Thursday) and a performance at Latitude Festival (Friday).

Lightning Seeds have a busy weekend on the festival circuit. They play Guilfest tomorrow and Cornbury Festival plus Liverpool Pops Festival on Sunday. Their new single ‘Don’t Walk On By’ (August 3rd) is featured on the Radio 2 playlist.

Tom Hickox’s infectious new single ‘The Pretty Pride Of Russia’ had its first play on BBC6 Music on Wednesday. Chris Hawkins played the track standing in for Steve Lamacq.

Photo Credit: Kevin Westenberg
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