31 Mar, 2012
Dizzee Rascal to Headline Shakedown Festival
Dizzee Rascal has been anounced as the main headline act for this year's Shakedown Festival, to take place in Stanmer Park in Brighton on 6th October. More acts to be announced soon.
The Wombats Join Line-up for Red Hot Chili Peppers' Exclusive 2012 UK Dates
The Wombats are the latest act confirmed to join Red Hot Chili Peppers at Knebworth Park (Saturday 23rd June) and Sunderland Stadium of Light (Sunday 24 June). The Liverpudllian trio are the final band to be confirmed for the Knebworth Park date with one remaining special guest to be announced for Sunderland Stadium of Light.
Their story so far charts a rocket-speed rise to indie stardom, from their days at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts to bagging themselves an NME award for 'Best Dancefloor Filler', The Wombats have soared to worldwide attention. Hits including 'Moving to New York', 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' and 'Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)' from their gold and platinum albums are firm favourites and may well feature in their sets at these two exclusive 2012 UK dates for Red Hot Chili Peppers.
As previously annouced Red Hot Chili Peppers will also be joined by grime superstar, Dizzee Rascal (Knebworth ONLY) and Reverend and the Makers.
- Matt Bates
Rufus Wainwright: 'Out Of The Game'
A behind the scenes look at the making of Rufus Wainwright's new video 'Out Of The Game', featuring a guest appearance from Helena Bonham Carter.
The Do: New Video 'Gonna Be Sick!'
The Do have released a new video for their track 'Gonna Be Sick!' from the album 'Both Ways Open Jaws'. See them on tour throughout Europe in April and May.
Plan B: NME Cover Star
Plan B aka Ben Drew is this week's NME cover star. His new single 'ill Manors' was released on Monday.
Plan B: New Single 'iLL Manors'
Plan B's highly acclaimed new single 'iLL Manors' is released today, in advance of the album and film of the same name.
26 Mar, 2012
Mike Skinner: 'The Story of The Streets'
Mike Skinner reads from his book 'The Story of The Streets' in todays The Guardian.
The Horrors: New Video 'Changing The Rain'
The Horrors release a new video for the track 'Changing The Rain', taken from their album 'Skying', directed by Pete Fowler.
See The Horrors on tour throughout the UK in May.
- Steve Backman
The Toy Dolls: New Video 'Deccas Drinkin Dilemma'
Those perennial punk rockers The Toy Dolls release a new video 'Deccas Drinkin Dilemma'. See them on tour throughout Spain in May.
Lana Del Rey: 'Blue Jeans' New Video
Now it's official.... the new video for 'Blue Jeans' by Lana Del Rey is now online, directed by Yoann Lemoine.
Nearly 500,000 views on YouTube already.
Mike Skinner: 'The Story of The Streets'
Mike Skinner's book entitled 'The Story of The Streets' is published by Bantam Books on 29th March. For a full in-depth interview with him, in todays Guardian, visit the link below.
Noel Gallagher: 'Songs From The Great White North'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release 'Songs From The Great White North'... an exclusive 12" vinyl 4 track single for Record Store Day on 21st April.
The 12" will be an opaque white heavyweight vinyl and in the UK will be numbered and limited. Noel says of Record Store Day:
"Record shops are as important as the records themselves."
The vinyl comprises 4 songs, all previously released as B sides:
A1 - 'The Good Rebel'
A2 - 'Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me'
B1 - 'I'd Pick You Every Time'
B2 - 'Shoot A Hole Into The Sun'
Plan B Speaks At TedX Observer
Plan B aka Ben Drew speaks at TedX Observer about youth, music and London.
His new single 'iLL Manors' is out on 26th March, followed by the album and movie of the same name.
Santigold on Pitchfork TV
Santigold talks to Pitchfork TV about her new album 'Master of My Make-Believe' at this years SWSX.
Plan B: New Single 'iLL Manors'
Plan B's new single 'iLL Manors' will be released on 26th March, followed by the movie (4th May) and album (14th May) of the same name. For the full story of the 'iLL Manors' project, listen to the interview with Ben Drew here on Radio 1Xtra.
The Cure To Headline Major European Festivals Summer 2012
The Cure will be headlining a series of major European music festivals this Summer.
Following the rapturous acclaim that greeted their 2011 Bestival appearance and Royal Albert Hall, 'Reflections' show, The Cure - Robert Smith (Voice & Guitar), Simon Gallup (Bass), Jason Cooper (Drums) and Roger O'Donnell (Keyboards) - will play a 2 hours plus set of songs drawn from all 14 of their studio albums - including tracks from their epic 'Wish' album, celebrating it's 20th anniversary in 2012.
"While punk was still reverberating through popular culture, The Cure's unique blend of moody, atmospheric and unforgettable songs pioneered a new era in popular music and marked them for greatness from the start
Their strong sense of theatricality and unique styling gave birth to entirely new subcultures, and new generations continue to discover their signature sound and make it the soundtrack to their lives."
The Cure live Summer 2012 - these shows are definitely not to be missed!
- Martin Hopewell
The Cure's Robert Smith: NME Cover Star
The Cure's Robert Smith is this week's NME cover star, as it announces that the band will occupy the headline spot at the Reading and Leeds festivals on 24th and 25th August respectively.
The Cure will be undertaking their biggest European festival tour for many years, with further headlining shows at Primaverasound and Roskilde among many others. CLICK HERE for full details.
- Martin Hopewell
Santigold: 'Disparate Youth' Video
Santigold's new album 'Master of my Make-Believe' will be released in the UK on 23rd April. In advance here is the official video for 'Disparate Youth', co-directed & produced by Santi alongside Sam Fleischner. She will be appearing live at Heaven in London on Thursday 26th April.
09 Mar, 2012
Noel Gallagher: Live At The NME Awards Video
Noel Gallagher is given the 'Godlike Genius Award' at last week's NME Awards, see his full live set plus interviews with Ray Davies, Brandon Flowers, Roger Daltrey and others.
Noel Gallagher: NME Awards 2012 Cover Star
Noel Gallagher is featured on the front cover of this week's NME after being given the 'Godlike Genius Award' at last week's NME Awards in London.
Tricky: 'Maxinquaye' Tour
As the world has received to great delight - musician, producer and actor Tricky will reunite on stage with vocalist / musician Martina Topley-Bird for the first time in 15 years to perform his award-winning debut album 'Maxinquaye' in its entirety.
We are delighted to confirm that Tricky will be performing in Manchester and also coming home to the place it first ever started and the world changed, Bristol, for the first gig of his 'Maxinquaye'. This is in addition to his previously announced performance on Friday, 27th April, 2012 at the first-ever Sundance London at London's 02.
As a performer, Tricky is probably best known as a trail blazer in the Bristol trip-hop scene of the early 1990s, and his album 'Maxinquaye' helped define "The Bristol Sound." Tricky first came to the public's attention performing and co-writing on three tracks from Massive Attack's critically acclaimed and multi-platinum debut 'Blue Lines'LP (1991). Expanding on the sonic template of his fellow Bristolians, and featuring then-girlfriend Martina Topley-Bird on vocals, 'Maxinquaye' is a dark, mysterious album featuring a combination of hip-hop, soul, dub, rock and electronica. Alison Goldfrapp also featured on the track 'Pumpkin'.
Signed to Island Records, 'Maxinquaye' proved a UK top 3 album success, selling in excess of 500,000 copies worldwide. The seminal album was also a critical success being ranked number 1 on NME & Melody Maker's Top Albums of 1995 and shortlisted for the 1995 Mercury Prize. In addition, it was placed highly in Q's 100 Greatest British Albums, Mojo's 100 Modern Classics and Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the 90s amongst others.
Noel Gallagher: NME's Godlike Genius Award
Last week saw Noel confirmed as the NME's Godlike Genius. Receiving the accolade from legendary Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr at a packed Brixton Academy in London, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds went on to play a set including current favourites and Oasis classics.
Noel also performed a one off acoustic set at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry for lucky competition winners from across Scotland last week.
The lead track from Noel's collaboration with the Amorphous Androgynous, 'Shoot A Hole Into The Sun', received it's first play on radio last week and has been attracting rave reviews. It's the B-Side of his current single 'Dream On'
Rufus Wainwright: 'Out of the Game'... in full
You can now hear Rufus Wainwright's new single 'Out of the Game', in it's entirety. It will be available digitally from 13th March.
Rufus Wainwright - 'Out Of The Game'
Single released April 16th on Polydor
Available to download from iTunes March 13th
Rufus Wainwright releases 'Out Of The Game' - the first single from his new, Mark Ronson produced LP of the same title - April 16th on Polydor.
It's the perfect opener to an LP which unashamedly celebrates the spirit of the 70s and which Rufus calls "the most pop album" he's ever made. A bold, heavenly jewel in the crown, 'Out Of The Game', is undeniably Rufus, his honey-toned voice cushioned by gospel singers as it glides through piano and electric guitar.
Rufus explains that the song was inspired by the YouTube obsessed kids of today. "For the first two verses I'm complaining, but in the third verse, it's tinged with envy as well," he says. "I'd like to be that age again and that silly, that excited about idiotic things. So I'm not being insensitive, just tired."
The single is taken from one of the most eagerly anticipated LPs of the year - 'Out Of The Game' - Rufus Wainwright's 7th studio album which is released on April 23rd. Highlights include the gospel infused rock of 'Jericho', the classical minimalism of 'Montauk' and 'Candles' - a stunning, poignant ode to Rufus' late mother Kate McGarrigle.
All in all, it's beautifully delivered reminder that the wonders of Rufus Wainwright will never cease.