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CMU Planner – w/c 11 Mar 2013

By | Published on Monday 11 March 2013

Ian Watkins

A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…

Ian Watkins in court. Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is due to appear at Cardiff Crown Court today for a routine plea and case management hearing, to ensure that everything is in order before a trial date can be set. Watkins will officially enter his plea regarding various charges of child abuse and other sexual offences. So far he has denied these charges, though if he enters a guilty plea he may also be sentenced today (though an adjournment for this seems more likely, given the severity of the alleged crimes).

SXSW. It started last week and is showing no signs of stopping. Actually, the music bit of the South By South West conference only gets started tomorrow and runs through until Sunday. If you’re over there, be sure to bring us back something nice. A steak or a buzzy new band, or something.

New York Sound City. Oh, you thought SXSW was the only music industry convention taking place in the US this week? Oh no, we’re only just getting started. Also kicking off tomorrow is the one-day New York Sound City, a spin-off, of course, of Liverpool Sound City, and now in its second year. Speakers will include the music industry legend that is Andrew Loog Oldham.

Winter Music Conference. Not kicking off until Friday but running all the way through to Sunday 24 Mar, Miami’s Winter Music Conference is also taking place this week (and next, obviously), scooping up whoever’s not completely conferenced out already (or, mainly, the EDM crowd that gave the other festivities a miss). This one, of course, has the added advantage of being by a beach. In Miami. Just saying.

BBC Baroque Remixed. This BBC venture, due to air as part of the Corporation’s Baroque season, will see various music types collaborating with the BBC Concert Orchestra to reinvent works from the Baroque era of classical music. 6music’s Lauren Laverne and Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor will host the proceedings, which will feature Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Scandinavian singer-songwriter Ane Brun, and Matthew Herbert, and will be broadcast live on R3 from London’s Roundhouse on 11 Mar.

New releases. There’s not much happening with new releases this week, except that David Bowie has only got a new album coming out. I know you know this already, but let’s just think back to those days just over two months ago when we all had no idea David Bowie had even begun recording new material. Also out this week are new LPs from Eric Clapton, Stornoway, John Grant, Devendra Banhart, Letherette and everyone’s favourite former Westlife member, Brian McFadden. As well as that, Kate Boy and Soap&Skin both have EPs out that are brilliant.

Gigs. Well, we finally got rid of that Bieber guy. But what a week that was. My top tip for your gigging needs this week is Susanne Sundfør at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen tonight. It will be amazing. Also playing one-offs in London this week are My Bloody Valentine, Wall and Killing Joke. Well, we’ll assume KJ frontman Jaz Coleman isn’t going to disappear off to the desert again. And if none of that takes your fancy, well there’s always Eels‘ UK tour.

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