Live4ever’s Essential Listening end of year retrospective continues today with our pick of the tracks and EPs which have crossed the Live4ever Ezine‘s path during the past twelve months.
Featuring stand-out singles from some of the rock world’s best established artists, as well as plenty of impressive releases from a selection of our favourite new bands, we hope the rundown will inspire you to both check out the artists featured, and let us know of your own highlights from 2011 by leaving a comment below.
And if your nearest and dearest isn’t included today, be sure to check back next Wednesday to see if they are featured on the third and final instalment of our 2011 recap, Live4ever’s Essential Listening 2011 – The Albums.
Okkervil River have released the video for new single ‘Your Life Past As a Blast‘, the first official promo from their brilliant 2011 album ‘I Am Very Far‘.
The video has been compiled by the band’s multi-talented frontman Will Sheff, and features footage from his father’s home movie collection.
Summer’s here and up and down the UK and beyond bands are hauling themselves through rain, mud, occasional sunshine and irritating TV presenters as another festival season gets in full swing. So with 2011 already careering towards July, it seems like a good time to sit back, take stock of the first six months of the year, and sort through the best of what has been hogging the speakers at Live4ever so far. Is rock n roll music currently in a state of stagnation? Hmm, let’s just say, judge for yourself…
Is your favourite album so far not included? Why not leave us a comment below to recommend your own stand-outs from the first part of 2011.
Take a quick scan of all the online articles describing Austin alt-rockers Okkervil River and a certain set of terms will permeate each piece, namely ones like ‘poetic’ or ‘bookish’ or ‘hyper-literate.’ While such language may seem somewhat nebulous when used to describe the nuts and bolts of their actual music, it does offer an obvious insight as to the way in which the written word has played an important part in the group’s creative process.
Start your week right here as Live4ever’s music collection offers you all the weekend’s chart news, our pick of the week’s new album releases, and you can also plan your next seven days with our UK Gig Guide where you will find tickets for some of the best shows currently going on across Britain.
Live4ever was lucky enough to catch dozens of memorable shows at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. For this week’s playlist, check out some official videos from eleven of the best bands we witnessed that took the festival by storm.
Day three of the SXSW festival was kicked started by a special talk by Yoko Ono, who is due to perform tomorrow at the Elysium. Beginning with a near 20 minute condensed documentary of her life, Yoko talked through parts of her life with John Lennon, the inspiration for her art, and thoughts on the recent tragic events in Japan.
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