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.
Kylie: Anti Tour in the UK
After four hugely successful Australian shows Kylie has announced that she will be bringing the Anti Tour to England.
Small, intimate, unexpected. A unique experience, for super fans only.
Kylie and her band performing those songs you thought you'd never hear live! The flipside to a huge "Kylie production", a once in a lifetime chance and a night to remember.
Sunday 1st April: Manchester Academy
Monday 2nd April: Manchester Academy
Tuesday 3rd April: London HMV Apollo Hammersmith
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.
28 Mar, 2012
John Cale: Royal Festival Hall Date Moved
"To coincide with the release of his new record, John Cale's performance at Royal Festival Hall that is currently scheduled for Friday 25 May is being moved to Saturday 13 October. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and we are able to offer a full refund for those ticket holders who cannot attend the new date. All tickets for the original date of Friday 25 May will remain valid."
28 Mar, 2012
Olympic Torch Relay Finale Event in Hyde Park
Coca-Cola will be sponsoring a series of events around the UK to co-incide with the Olympic Torch Relay, prior to the beginning of the games. The London concert takes place in Hyde Park, on Thursday 26th July is headlined by Dizzee Rascal and features other Primary artists: Mark Ronson, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32 and Loick Essien.
The Stone Roses at Heaton Park, Manchester
Several artists from the Primary Talent roster have been requested to support the legendary Stone Roses when they play their re-union shows at Heaton Park in Manchester, at the end of June.
Saturday 30th June: Beady Eye & Professor Green
Sunday 1st July: Plan B
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.
Azealia Banks: New Single '212'
Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay's single '212' is released in the UK today.
See her on the European festival circuit throughout the summer, and on tour in the UK in September and October.
- Matt Bates
All The Young: New Single 'The Horizon'
In advance of their debut album, All The Young release the single 'The Horizon' today. The album 'Welcome Home', is out on 2nd April.
See them on tour throughout March and April.
- Matt Bates
Polica: Debut Single 'Lay Your Cards Out'
After receiving some of the best reviews for their performance at SXSW, Polica make their debut UK release with 'Lay Your Cards Out', featuring Mike Noyce of Bon Iver.
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.
23 Mar, 2012
Glasvegas: New Demo 'If'
Glasvegas reveal a brand new demo entitled 'If'
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
Tanlines: New Video 'All Of Me'
Tanlines have just issued a new promo video for 'All Of Me' taken from their debut album 'Mixed Emotions'. It was directed by Julian Barratt from UK television's 'The Mighty Boosh'
21 Mar, 2012
Poliça: Drowned In Sounds' Band of SXSW
There has been much critical acclaim for Polica at this years' SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. From the fanzines and the blogs as well as the more mainstream media such as the Daily Telegraph.
Drowned in Sound pronounced Polica to be the Band of the Festival.
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.
Billy Vincent: New Album 'She'
London quintet Billy Vincent release their debut album 'She' on May 7th through Something Nothing records, following on from their critically acclaimed EPs - 'King Island Coyote' and 'Once On The Grand Union'.
Taking the listener on a journey through the vast musical spectrum that shapes the band's influences - from classic rock through to folk and even a touch of country - 'She' is still an album that unquestionably showcases the distinct, signature sound that could only be that of Billy Vincent.
Fronted by long-time cohorts and best mates Billy Barratt and David Vincent, who together began playing music from their time at infants' school, Billy Vincent create visceral melodies that veer from the sprightliness of opening tracks 'Dead Man's Shoes' and 'And It Fights', to the boyish boisterousness of 'The Wayward Fall In Line' and 'Pirates' and through to the harrowing poignancy of '4, 5, 6' and recent single 'Bottle Top'.
'She' is an inspired collection of tales, expertly crafted and delivered with an intense passion and assured confidence. The album's variety and inventive amalgamation of genre's reflects the bands true musicality, creating a satisfying, yet unpredictable record.
"A band who've hit their stride in an assured and superb manner" - Artrocker
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.
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend Festival 2012
The line-up for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend Festival taking place on Hackney Marshes over the 23rd/24th June, now includes the following artists from the Primary Talent roster:
...Lana Del Rey
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
Benicassim Festival 2012: Line Up
The Benicassim Festival 2012 taking place in Spain between 12th-15th July, will feature a number of artists from the Primary and Decked Out rosters including:
...Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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
Reading and Leeds Festivals 2012
The line-ups have been announced for this years' Reading and Leeds Festival in August. With The Cure headlining on the main stage at both events, and many other Primary Talent and Decked Out artists in pole positions.
Reading (Friday 24th) & Leeds (Saturday 25th)
...THE CURE (Main Stage)
Reading (Saturday 25th) & Leeds (Sunday 26th)
...METRONOMY (Dance Stage)
...AZEALIA BANKS (Dance Stage)
Reading (Sunday 26th) & Leeds (Friday 24th)
...JUSTICE (NME / Radio 1 Stage)
...TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB (NME / Radio 1 Stage)
...THE HORRORS (NME / Radio 1 Stage)
Liam Gallagher: XFM's 'Greatest Frontman'
Liam Gallagher has been voted 'Greatest Frontman of All Time', by listeners to the UK's XFM radio station. Easily beating Freddie Mercury into second place, by votes of almost two to one.
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.
Wet Nuns: New Single 'Throttle'
The Wet Nuns new single 'Throttle' is available as a free download from their website.
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'
Moonlight Matters remixes Lana Del Rey's 'Blue Jeans'
Decked Out's Moonlight Matters has remixed Lana Del Rey's 'Blue Jeans', to fine effect.
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.
Tanlines: New Album 'Mixed Emotions' 19th March
"A great song can stick with someone for their whole life," says Jesse Cohen, one half of Brooklyn's Tanlines. Made alongside his musical brother and the voice of the band, Eric Emm, Tanlines debut album 'Mixed Emotions' is a deeply personal and unique pop album.
Mixed by legendary Grammy award winning record producer Jimmy 'The Senator' Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Led Zeppelin, Gang of Four, Jay-Z) - who described the process as "life changing" for him - it is a record that pushed the band to expand their sonic ambitions and take them away from their previous experiences.
Songs were initially written just on guitar, and were later fleshed out using the band's distinctive palette of electronic and organic sounds.
Emm honed his voice, a confident and tranquil baritone, and focused on lyricism in order to lend music sonically aimed at the dancefloor an unexpected emotive edge. These songs address loss, the passage of time, and the lessons and warnings of accumulated knowledge gleaned by someone who has spent an entire lifetime in music. Emm assesses his newfound lyrical earnestness and immediacy a little more candidly - "I just reached a point in my life where I wasn't afraid and didn't give a shit."
Sometimes painful, sometimes transcendent, and ultimately a very precise labour of love, 'Mixed Emotions' is a vivid experience. Songs pulse and linger, filled with unusual textures, bubbling synths and driving kick drums, which juxtapose the more melancholic concerns that run through the lyrics. Blurring the lines between synthetic and organic, "the real" and "the fake", happy and sad, 'Mixed Emotions' is the sound of stadium pop in microcosm. And as a result, it is one of the most remarkable debut albums you will hear in 2012.
- Cecilia Chan