On the beat: The Drums will release their second album, Portamento, on September 9th. It’s their first as a three-piece.
After midnight: Dexys Midnight Runners’ first album in 26 years is in the works. The band have also abbreviated their name to Dexys.
Gigs aloud: Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas) have announced two Irish gigs. They’ll play Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on November 7th and Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre on the 8th.
Mercury calling: Adele and PJ Harvey are joint favourites to win this year’s Mercury Prize. The shortlist is announced next Tuesday.