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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th July 2010 at 6:00 pm
Not many bands could be put on the spot and record a great first take of a song. But Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit were real troopers for Shoot the Player, essentially the Oz version of the Black Cab Sessions and Watch, Listen, Tell. This is the video of the band playing ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’, terribly appropriate while they were being filmed at Australia’s famed Bondi Beach.
Frightened Rabbit tours the UK this November and December.
Andy Burrows (the nicest man in rock and former Razorlight drummer)’s new band I am Arrows have announced details of their maiden UK tour.
Catch them at:
Tuesday 4th September 2010 – Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 15th September 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 16th September 2010 – Cardiff Barfly
Friday 17th September 2010 – Wimbledon New Slang
Sunday 19th September 2010 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Monday 20th September 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Tuesday 21st September 2010 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Wednesday 22nd September 2010 – Manchester Moho
Thursday 23rd September 2010 – London 100 Club
Radio 2 favourite Amy McDonald has announced a sizeable UK tour to round out the year.
Catch her at:
Tuesday 19th October 2010 – Manchester Apollo, UK
Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Thursday 21st October 2010 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Dundee Fat Sams
Sunday 24th October 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Monday 25th October 2010 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 26th October 2010 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 28th October 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 29th October 2010 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 14th July 2010 at 2:00 pm
Vampire Weekend is headlining festivals everywhere this summer it seems (Rockness in June and T in the Park in July just to name two) so it was a surprise to me that they were going to play Arena, only the second largest stage at Roskilde. The preppy hipsters from New York City have two full albums to their name now, so any set by them is bound to be sunny and fun, perfect for the almost impossibly beautiful weather for this year’s Roskilde Festival.
Frontman and guitarist Ezra Koenig has perfected the art of stage patter, his disarming humour making each and every audience member laugh. Comparing their first performance ever at Roskilde to losing their virginity could have gone terribly wrong but somehow with Koenig’s boy-next-door joke delivery, it is truly funny. If Vampire Weekend’s career ever goes south, I think he has a future in stand-up.
With Vampire Weekend selling out venues in America with ease, I’m used to seeing a massive, screaming and fainting reception. So I have nearly forgotten that the Danish probably don’t really know too much about these guys from New York, unless they actually own the albums. Judging by the track by track reaction, the first album looks to have had much better traction than the newer ‘Contra’. Tracks like ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’ and ‘A-Punk’ cause the delirious, shouty, screamy responses I’m used to and for good reason: these are crowd pleasers.
And it looks like in general when it comes to festival crowds, the shorter, punchier numbers like ‘Mansard Roof’ and ‘Cousins’ go over better because of their immediacy, though ‘One (Blake’s Got a New Face)’ fares pretty well as Koenig gets everyone in the audience to scream the oh so delightfully bolshie ‘Blake’s got a new face!’ at the top of their lungs.
After their set, I reflected on just how far they’ve come since 2008’s ‘Vampire Weekend’. It’s a testament to talent that four kids that met at university could have put out two great albums and the songs can come together for such a fun, engaging set list like this. I wasn’t really sold on ‘Contra’ when it first came out in January, but seeing the songs performed live has changed my mind.
After the cut: set list.
Continue reading Roskilde Festival: Day 3 Review: Vampire Weekend
By Jess Grant
on Wednesday, 14th July 2010 at 2:00 pm
Tom Jones‘ latest record, Praise and Blame, has featured in the press a lot over the last few days – just for all the wrong reasons. A leaked email showed Island Record’s vice-president David Sharpe tearing down the album, claiming “Imagine my surprise when I walked into the office this morning to hear hymns – it could have been Sunday morning. My initial pleasure came to an abrupt halt when I realised that Tom Jones was singing the hymns!”. Sharpe went on to ask, “I have just listened to the album in its entirety and want to know if this is some sick joke????”.
Thing is, this email surely only means the joke is on Sharpe – a suited big wig, clearly expecting ‘more of the same’. “Having lured him from EMI, the deal was that you would deliver a record of upbeat tracks along the lines of Sex Bomb and Mama Told Me”, Sharpe protested. Excuse me while I hurl, David. You see, Jones has spent the past few years trying to be said groovy Grandaddy of pop – only making himself somewhat a comedy figure in the music world. His last album, 2008’s ’24 Hours’, was Tom trying to be in the now, working with hip producers attempting to make a hip record. However, with Praise and Blame, the Welsh wonder has at last ditched the hair dye, the pile of underwear on stage and general cheese in order to make a heart and soul of a record which showcases exactly why Jones still deserves to be considered one of our greats.
Carry on reading our review of Jones’ new album…
By Phil Singer
on Wednesday, 14th July 2010 at 10:00 am
We’ve featured Monarchy a few times before here at TGTF. We got a copy of their pretty amazing album earlier in the week, and frankly it’s sounding like it should be a massive summer album – smooth for lazy summer evenings and club worthy at the same time. This is a pretty ace remix of their new single, “Love Get Out of My Way” by Tim Goldsworthy.
MP3: Love Get Out Of My Way (Tim Goldsworthy remix DUB)
MP3: Monarchy – It Must Be Love
MP3: Monarchy – Phoenix Alive