Folky bloke a-okay

• HUNKY folk singer songwriter Seth Lakeman releases his new album, Poor Man’s Heaven, on June 30.
The West Country artist’s third album is another tasty slice of acoustic rock-influenced rhythmic folk.
• Pianist and singer Sara Bareilles’s new album, Little Voice, has hit the UK.
The album, which features the breakthrough single Love Song, has already proved a big hit in the US with its radio-friendly sound.
• New Yorker Jesse McCartney is destined to be a big Jesse, after releasing his album of R’n’B slicker than a greased hog.
Described as a blend of Michael Jackson and Timbaland, the album, Departure, features the single Leavin’.
• Bag yourself a bottle of Blue Nun and turn up the fondue – 70’s Dinner Party is released on July 7.
A three CD nostalgia trip, the compilation features artists Demis Roussos, David Soul, 10cc, Art Garfunkel, Telly Savalas, Barry Manilow, Minnie Riperton and many more.
• BWO – Bodies Without Organs – release a new single, Lay Your Love On Me, on July 28.
The pop dance legends new single is a precurser to their latest album, singles collection Pandemonium, which is released on August 11.
• Swedish band Napoleon are ready to invade the UK’s shores with a raucous new single Send Me A Woman.
The sound of the band is a big as the band itself – made up of 10 members.
• Soapstar superstar Richard Fleeshman has a new single out, Back Here, on July 14.
The singer, a former Coronation Street actor, is also touring theUK during June and July – check out his myspace page for more information.
• Hip indie band Black Kids’ new single, Hurricane Jane, is released on June 23.
You can hear the song, which propelled the band onto the critics’ radars this year, at a series of UK tour dates up until August. For more details check out their myspace.
• There will be no mistaking The Corrections following the release of their debut album Repeat After Me on July 7.
The band, who have been compared to Radiohead and Arcade Fire, are back after previously hitting the shelves under the guise of The Fallout Trust.
• Former Afro Celt Sound System meber, Guinean kora and balafon player and singer N’Faly KouyatÈ releases an album with his backing band Dunyakan on August 4.
The LP, titled Tunya, tells stories frrom his West African homeland in traditional African music mixed with electronica, rock, classical and pop.
• Kaki King, the only female guitarist to ever be named a Guitar God by Rolling Stone magazine, is back with a dazzling new album Dreaming Of Revenge.
The guitarist and singer, whose virtuoso playing is world-renowned, has mixed her unearthly skills on a six-string with electronica and looping techniques to create an acheingly beautful effort.
• Cheeky Liverpudlians The Rascals have finally released their debut album Rascalize.
The indie boys’ album, a raw, energetic effort, will be lapped up by fans of The Coral and Arctic Monkeys.
• Canadian superstar Alanis Morissette has released her first studio album after a four-year absence.
Flavours Of Engagement blends her distictive pop rock sound with Eastern percussion, strings and electronica.
• Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros have released a new album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endelaust.
The catchily-titled album sees the band’s spacey sound stripped down – as does the artwork.
• Whoooo! The Black Ghosts, made up of former knob-twiddlers in Simian and The Wiseguys, release their eponymous debut album on July 7.
The electro, dubstep album, destined for the dancefloor, features the Damon Albarn collaboration Repetition Kills You.
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