Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice lead 2021 Mercury Prize nominees

Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice lead 2021 Mercury Prize nominees
SAULT, Ghetts, Black Country, New Road, and more are also on the 12-album shortlist for this year’s award.

By David Renshaw

July 22, 2021

Arlo Parks, Wolf Alice


Alex Waespi/ Jordan Hemingway

The list of nominees for the 2021 Mercury Prize has been revealed with Arlo Parks, Wolf Alice, SAULT, and Celeste all featuring on this year’s list. The annual prize rewards one outstanding British album. Last year’s prize was won by Michael Kiwanuka for his album, Kiwanuka.


Other nominated albums on this year’s list include efforts from veteran noise band Mogwai, indie newcomers Black Country, New Road, and jazz musician Nubya Garcia, plus Berwyn, Floating Points, Ghetts, Hannah Peel, and Laura Mvula.

Mercury Prize 2021 nominees:


Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams
Black Country, New Road, For the First Time
Celeste, Not Your Muse
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra, Promises
Ghetts, Conflict of Interest
Hannah Peel, Fir Wave
Laura Mvula, Pink Noise
Mogwai, As the Love Continues
Nubya Garcia, SOURCE
SAULT, Untitled (Rise)
Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend

The overall winner of the 2021 Mercury Prize will be announced on September 9. The winner is decided by the judging panel on the day of the ceremony.


Clairo announces 2022 tour dates

Clairo announces 2022 tour dates
Arlo Parks and Widowspeak will open for the shows.

By Jordan Darville

July 20, 2021

Clairo. Photo by Adrian Nieto.


Sling, the new album from Clairo, dropped last Friday. If you’re eager to hear some of those songs performed live, you’re in luck: next year, Clairo will embark on an extensive tour spanning North American. Arlo Parks, recently the subject of a GEN F profile on this very website, will open the dates along with Widowspeak.


“Now that shows are starting to come back into our everyday lives,” Clairo said in a press release, “it’s important to prioritize everyone’s experience to the fullest. Everyone deserves a resource and everyone deserves to enjoy the show in peace. I want the audience to know that there is someone who will listen and believe them at every show”

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Find all the shows below; tickets go on sale at noon today.


Clairo 2022 tour dates

02/16 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
02/17 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
02/19 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Washington, D.C
02/22 – The National – Richmond, VA
02/24 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
02/26 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
02/27 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
03/02 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC
03/04 – HISTORY – Toronto, ON
03/07 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
03/08 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
03/10 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
03/18 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN
03/20 -The Fillmore – Denver, CO
03/23 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
03/25 – Arlene Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
03/28 – The Orpheum – Vancouver, BC
03/30 -The Masonic – San Francisco, CA
03/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
04/02 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
04/03 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
04/05 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
04/07- South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
04/09 – ACL @ Moody Theater – Austin, TX
04/10 – Bayou Music Center (fka Revention) – Houston, TX
04/13 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami, FL *
04/14 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL *
04/16 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA *

* – Arlo Parks not performing


Clairo announces new album details, shares “Blouse”

Clairo announces new album details, shares “Blouse”
Sling will be released in July.

By David Renshaw

June 11, 2021

Adrien Neto

Clairo has dropped new song “Blouse,” the first release from her upcoming second album Sling. The album, Clairo’s follow-up to 2019 debut Immunity, will be released on July 16 via FADER/Republic Records.

Written and recorded in up-state New York at Allaire Studios, Sling was co-produced by Clairo and Jack Antonoff. New song “Blouse” features Lorde on backing vocals (with Clairo returning the favor on Lorde’s new song “Solar Power”). Stream the song below alongside her first performance of the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


Since releasing Immunity in 2019, Clairo has shared a number of demos of new material with fans as well as appearing on Arlo Parks’ album Collapsed In Sunbeams, starring in a Haim video, and forming new band Shelly.

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