Little Dragon will put out their next album New Me, Same Us in March

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 10:39am

Little Dragon will put out their next album New Me, Same Us on March 27th.

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Johnny Lloyd, William Doyle among latest additions to SXSW 2020

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 9:13am

Another lengthy list of names have been added to this coming March’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin.

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Album Review: Algiers – There Is No Year

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 8:28am

If rock n’ roll’s pioneers were almost exclusively black – Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley – then as a movement their successors have by and large been poorly served by it, constricted by its gradual slide from relevance and pushed to the margins by a form of the art which has largely abandoned them.

Algiers’ Franklin Fisher is a black man fronting a band who play some of the most polemical rock n’ roll music sitting in the mainstream; the quartet are willing soldiers who, in an age where dissidents harass what is a corporate war machine in everything but name, are as outspoken and impassioned as anyone.

Purists may argue that rock n’ roll is the last descriptor which could apply to There Is No Year, the group’s third album which takes in variously post-punk, soul, gospel and techno amongst a shifting mix of styles, but as a chapter of a revolutionary movement, homing it here is where it makes most sense.
Much of its lyrical content is based on Fisher’s lengthy poem Misophonia, which arcs narratively across the band’s personal experiences and is named after the condition from which people develop a total aversion to certain sounds.

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Parklife organisers unveil Tyler, The Creator, Skepta, Lewis Capaldi, Hot Chip for 2020

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 7:42am

Parklife organisers have unveiled their line-up for Heaton Park in Manchester between June 13th-14th.

Michael Kiwanuka, Caribou, Little Dragon, Mac DeMarco revealed as Green Man headliners

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 7:00am

Michael Kiwanuka, Caribou, Little Dragon and Mac DeMarco have been revealed as the headliners for this year’s Green Man Festival.

Ghostpoet announces new album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep

Posted on 29 Jan 2020 at 6:18am

Ghostpoet has announced his new album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep.

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Guns N Roses unveil another UK show for 2020 tour

Posted on 28 Jan 2020 at 10:39am

Guns N Roses have added another UK show to their 2020 touring.

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The Strokes add more North American gigs to their plans for 2020

Posted on 28 Jan 2020 at 8:55am

The Strokes have added a few more North American gigs to their plans for 2020.

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Album Review: Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot

Posted on 28 Jan 2020 at 8:38am

He’s probably never lost much sleep about it, but there’s a certain sort of fascination in wondering whether or not the tuned in, acerbic Neil Tennant which edited Smash Hits so long ago would approve of the Neil Tennant of now.

In the early eighties the notion of global superstardom was in its infancy (Elvis aside), with the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson a long way off from their later excesses. Given that pop is meant to be such a transitory phenomenon for both stars and audience, is it right that Tennant and the ageing first generation of musical royalty he came up with are still so first hand?

The answer, of course, is who cares? Pop after all has never been about objectivity, and anyway Tennant and his permanent foil Chris Lowe have long since thankfully become national treasures, black belts in personifying a tolerant, culturally open Britain many wished it could be.

Hotspot is the final work in a trilogy whose preceding chapters were 2013’s Electric and Super, released three years later. Each were produced in conjunction with Stuart Price and have marked a deliberate shift back to a more familiar electronic ground. This latest has also been touched by the duo visiting Berghain, the legendary Berlin club which on a weekend rarely sleeps.

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The Von Bondies announce UK tour on 20th anniversary

Posted on 28 Jan 2020 at 7:22am

For those of us whose formative musical years coincided with the hot and cold era dubbed by NME as the ‘New Rock Revolution’, there’s another rather frightening anniversary coming up.

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