Last November Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic made the wise choice to avoid the Scottish winter and boarded a plane destined for sunnier climes – Santa Monica to be exact.  The following two months were spent in the Red Bull Studios where the band recorded their forthcoming début full-length album ‘Free’. For Twin fans this album has been a long time coming and they’ll finally be able to get their hands on a copy on May 2nd 2011. In the meantime the time has come to wrap your ears around new track Edit Me, the first to be unleashed from the new album… read more.

Twin Atlantic are currently on their first UK tour of 2011.  Dates are below and tickets for most venues are still available so you have no excuse whatsoever for missing these shows.

22.01 – Sheffield, University
23 .01 – Liverpool, Academy 2
25.01 – Cambridge, Haymakers
1.02 – Kingston, Peel
2.02 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4 .02 – Plymouth, White Rabbit
5.02 – Yeovil, Orange Box
6.02 – Leicester, Lock 42
8.02 – Preston, 53 Degrees
12.02 – London, Garage (HMV Next Big Thing with The King Blues)
13.02 – Stirling, Fu Bar
17.02  – Dingwall, Oscars
18.02 – Stornoway,  Jäger Room (NOTE: Change of venue from ORKNEY Fusion)
19.02  -Thurso, Skinandis


We’ve been listening to Panic! At The Disco’s upcoming single ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’, check out our thoughts here! The track will be released 1st February through Decaydance. It’s the first single from upcoming album ‘Vices and Virtues‘, to be released on March 28th. The album, the band’s third, is the follow up to 2008’s ‘Pretty. Odd.’ and is the first to feature the two-man line up of Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith. The band will return to the UK next month for a one-off intimate show at Bush Hall in London, which we’re very excited about!

So what do you think of the new single- do you agree with the review?


Long Island favourites Glassjaw are returning to the UK for a headline show at London’s HMV Forum on March 30th. Every ticket to the show will come with a copy of the band’s upcoming EP ‘Colouring Book’, which can be collected from the venue on the night. Tickets are available now here. Glassjaw have a brilliant live reputation and an almost cult-like following, so make sure you get tickets fast! In the meantime, their new track ‘Gold’ is streaming on the band’s website here.


Hevy Fest is back in 2011 and the date has been confirmed as 5th – 8th August at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Kent. Last year’s festival was a huge hit with the CtrlAltRock girls and featured the likes of Glassjaw, Gallows, Twin Atlantic, Deaf Havana and Blitz Kids.

No details on line up or tickets just yet, but last year offered three days of quality music for under £100 – not many UK festivals can offer that now, can they? We are excited to see who they will have lined up for us this year, we’ll keep you posted.



Didn’t we say the other day that February and March’s gig calendar couldn’t get any busier? Well, clearly it can! Canadian quintet Silverstein are back in the UK in March, with support from There For Tomorrow and While She Sleeps

17.03 –  Portsmouth,  Wedgewood Rooms
18.03 –  Birmingham, HMV Institute
19.03 – Manchester, Academy
20.03 – Glasgow, Oran Mar
21.03 – Bristol, O2 Academy
22.03 – London, O2 Academy Islington


The first single off Yellowcard‘s upcoming album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes is now streaming over at For You, And Your Denial shows the band well and truly back on form and if this is a hint of what they’ve got up their sleeves then it’s no wonder that their album is one of CtrlAltRock’s most anticipated of the year!


Panic! At The Disco, who are playing in the UK next month have posted a 30 second teaser for their new single, ‘The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’, online, which will be out on 31 January 2011.

The track comes from the forthcoming album, ‘Vices & Virtues’, which is out in March and will be the first offering since the band split with Ryan Ross and Jon Walker. Apparently, they are going for a sound closer to their original and brilliant ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’, which catapulated the band to fame in 2005.

So what do you think? Be sure to let us know!


American guys There For Tomorrow are a band on a mission.. And they’re about to bring that mission blazing through Australia on Soundwave festival, also treating fans to side shows with Sum 41, The Blackout and Veara in Melbourne and Sydney. We were lucky enough to have a bit of a heart to heart with guitarist and vocalist, the eloquent and charming Maika Maile before they hit the Aussie shores… read more.


Just when we thought our February / March couldn’t get any busier, Florida’s Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have announced they will be touring the UK in March with Yashin and LYU as support.

4.03 – Plymouth, White Rabbit
5.03 – Yeovil, Orange Box
6.03 – Brighton, Concorde 2
7.03 – Southampton, Joiners
8.03 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
9.03– Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
10.03 – Leeds, Cockpit 2
11.03 – Sheffield, Corporation
12.03 – Carlisle, Brickyard
13.03 – Glasgow, The Garage
14.03 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15.03 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
16.03 – London, Relentless Garage
17.03 – Leicester, Lock 42
18.03 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
19.03 – Manchester, Moho


The two piece Panic! at the Disco (with reinstated punctuation included!) have just announced a show at Bush Hall in London on February 8th. Limited pre-sale tickets will be available to fanclub members tomorrow morning and general sale beings Saturday at 9am.