US band The Strokes are to make their long awaited UK festival comeback next summer when they headline the Saturday night at The Isle Of Wight festival. The announcement marks the return of the band who have been taking a break since the release of 2006’s ‘First Impressions Of Earth‘.
The band recently confirmed they have written new material set for a new album, but no confirmed details have yet been given. Earlier this month, frontman Julian Casablancas released his debut solo LP ‘Phrazes For The Young‘ to widespread critical acclaim, while the band’s seminal debut record ‘Is This It?’ was voted NME’s Album Of The Decade earlier this month.
Following sold-out rave review concerts in Amsterdam, Brussels and Hamburg, Simple Minds and special guests OMD, start their UK tour tonight at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. Both bands join forces together for the first time when they perform Kraftwerk’s ‘Neon Lights’ during Simple Minds’ set.
Simple Minds will perform music from their new album Graffiti Soul, plus their classic hits including Alive and Kicking and Don’t You (Forget About Me), while OMD will perform the electro pop classics Electricity, Messages, Enola Gay” and Joan of Arc. Ticket Hotline: 0844 888 9991, www.ticketline.co.uk.
BRMC’s home page has announced details for their new album to be released in 2010 and has posted their headlining tour dates for North America and Europe:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is set to release their fifth studio album, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, on March 8th (UK/Europe/Japan/Australia et al), March 9th (US/Canada) and March 16th (Germay). This release signifies the band’s first full-length on their own Abstract Dragon label, in partnership with Vagrant Records and Co-Op Music Group. The band wrote and recorded most of the album at The Basement Studio in Philadelphia, PA – the same room where they wrote and recorded “Howl” as well as some work in their hometown Los Angeles. Beat The Devil’s Tattoo also marks the first album with drummer Leah Shapiro.
Former Britain’s Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has recorded the fastest selling debut album ever to top the charts this week. The Scottish singer sold 410,000 copies of her new album, beating the record held by Leona Lewis, who had previously surpassed Arctic Monkeys‘ 2005 debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not‘.
Boyle also entered the top 10 in the Singles chart this week with her cover of The Rolling Stones’ track ‘Wild Horses‘. Peter Kay’s charity single for this year’s BBC Children In Need is this week’s no.1.
Following the worldwide success of their third consecutive Number One album, Perfect Symmetry, Keane are pleased to announce details of a new eight-song EP and a tour of English forests.
The Night Train EP will be released on 8th May 2010. It features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw the band playing to packed arenas in 28 countries, from Australia to Norway, Colombia to China and Lebanon to Switzerland. The EP takes its title from the band’s favoured mode of transport during the tour.
A feature length documentary film telling the story of Blur is due for cinema release on January 19th. “No Distance Left to Run” is directed by 32 (Dylan Southern & Will Lovelace) and is a Pulse Films production.
Filmed throughout the band’s 2009 rehearsals and acclaimed summer tour, No Distance Left To Run finds all four members of blur together for the first time in nine years. With previously unseen archive material alongside new interviews and reportage, the film recounts the highs and lows of a very British band from the late 80’s to their headline return at Glastonbury and Hyde Park. The result is a musing on Englishness and identity and a portrait of friendship and resolution.
At last night’s London Tabernacle gig, billed as ‘Florence As Friends‘, fans saw singer Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) joined by guests throughout a 12-song set. The tall red head was joined by the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Patrick Wolf, Kid Harpoon and Jack Penate.
“Tonight is all about collaborations, about people who I’ve worked with, and people who’ve inspired me,” Florence explained to her fans and invited her first guest – Patrick Wolf – to join her onstage to play ‘Cosmic Love‘ and ‘Dog Days Are Over‘.
The evening’s climax however saw Welch and Jarvis Cocker pair up for a version of Pulp’s ‘Underwear‘ and a version of Florence and the Machines ‘Girl With One Eye‘. The duo were backed by musicians including Cocker’s former Pulp bandmate Steve Mackey (who produced Welch’s debut single ‘Kiss With A Fist‘) on stage.
Florence Welch and Jarvis Cocker performing ‘ Girl with one Eye’
The night’s final song, ‘You’ve Got The Love’, saw Welch joined by her band as well as Kid Harpoon, Penate, Mackey and Wolf.
Florence And Friends peformed:
‘Cosmic Love’ (with Patrick Wolf)
‘Dog Days Are Over’ (with Patrick Wolf)
‘My Boy Builds Coffins’ (with Jack Penate)
‘Every Glance’ (with Jack Penate)
‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’
‘I’m Going Down’ (with Kid Harpoon)
‘Kiss With A Fist’ (with Kid Harpoon)
‘Girl With One Eye’ (with Jarvis Cocker)
‘Underwear’ (with Jarvis Cocker)
‘You’ve Got The Love’
So how do you sing to a child : “Mama I just killed a man,Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead?” Leave it up to the Muppets and The Animal to convey the emotions and feeling that went in to Queen‘s Baroque classic , just in a very G rated way.
The Muppets version was recorded to mark the 18th anniversary of Freddie Mercury‘s death (24 November 1991). A lot of super bands can only wish to attract 3 million viewers to their youtube videos in just over 3 days, but with the classic combo of Queen and the Muppets you just can’t go wrong.
Northern legends Doves will play a free warm up gig before their homecoming show at Central Hall , Manchester (December 18).
The concert is taking place on Monday December 14 at the Leeds Cockpit
They are set to take to the stage as part of an intimate series of exclusive shows which are put on by NME radio in association with JD Sports. The band had released one of the British albums of 2009 with ‘Kingdom Of Rust‘ earlier this year.
Kasabian are set to play an intimate gig at a MYSPACE music party in London next week.
The Leicester rockers, who are coming off their UK arena tour, will play the 1,200 capacity Heaven on Wednesday (December 2) .
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