June 11th, 2020

Focus Wales adds Richard Hawley, Gruff Rhys, The Joy Formidable, Tim Burgess after being rescheduled to 2021

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 11:14am

Focus Wales has added Richard Hawley, Gruff Rhys, The Joy Formidable and Tim Burgess to its next line-up after being rescheduled from this year to October 2021.

The Twilight Sad move Glasgow Barrowlands gigs to 2021

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 9:31am

The Twilight Sad had hoped the two shows at Glasgow Barrowlands in April this year would prove to be one of the closing achievements of their most recent album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time.

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Album Review: Muzz – Muzz

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 8:18am

Paul Banks’ last collaboration, Banks and Steelz with Wu Tang Clan member RZA, raised a few eyebrows even though the singer had always been a hip hop addict, but given that being in Interpol seems to allow plenty of vocational time off, veering off into yet another direction was the short odds bet you never really needed to place.

Muzz are a trio in which he’s joined by former Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick and Josh Kaufman, the latter of which Banks originally met at school. Since then, his production credits include The National and The War On Drugs, whilst also holding down a nominal role as guitarist in Bonny Light Horseman. Anyone in doubt however should know Kaufman is very much a co-creative force here.

Banks doesn’t often take a back seat like this, but in form this eponymously titled debut, recorded in different sessions spread out over three years due to scheduling issues, is a more delicate and understated take on contemporary guitar rock than perhaps he’s put is name to in the past, one without his host band’s whip smart precision and unintentional hubris.

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The Flaming Lips perform 1999 track Race For The Prize on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 7:39am

Social bubbles are seen as a possible ‘new normal’ as lockdown restrictions are eased; The Flaming Lips seem to have taken the idea literally.

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Jarvis Cocker unveils new JARV IS… single Save The Whale

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 6:59am

The 8-minute, green screen version of House Music All Night Long definitely puts them at least in the playoff places of the Lockdown Performances league table, and now JARV IS… have followed it up with a brand new track entitled Save The Whale.

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This year’s Coachella Festival has been cancelled

Posted on 11 Jun 2020 at 6:19am

As one of the earliest major festivals in the calendar year, Coachella was one of the first to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers hoping to stage their 2020 event in October instead of the usual two weekends in April. Now, it’s unsurprisingly been cancelled all together at the behest of Riverside County health officials.

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