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Welsh songstress Marina and the Diamonds has just released the video for her latest single ‘Shampain.’ While the song sounds upbeat, its lyrics are about getting drunk to forget about your problems, and the video is every bit as dark as it should be. The cinematography is gorgeous and just the right amount of creepy, and there is something very ‘Thriller’-esque about her back-up dancers. And I suppose it doesn’t hurt that Marina looks as stunning as always. All in all, it’s a great video, so check it out below and let us know what you think!
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
The Airborne Toxic Event is a band that means an awful lot to me. They’re the first band I ever covered and wrote about online, having made their appearance in Washington in March 2009. Having seen them wow a massive crowd at the 9:30 Club last autumn, I was feeling quite unsure on how they were going to go over in the hallowed confines of Sixth and I Synagogue, known more for their folk and classical gig nights.
The show was even more unique as it was billed as an acoustic set and would feature the Calder Quartet, who would add classical string backing to the show. This might be unusual for any other rock band but not so for TATE: in addition to keyboards, TATE band member Anna Bulbrook also plays the decidedly ‘not rock star’ viola onstage and interestingly enough, Bulbrook’s brother Andrew plays violin in the quartet. Further, the band played a much-acclaimed gig with the Calder Quartet at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles last December: for those of you who might be interested and have not otherwise heard, the concert film of this date will premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival on 30 September.
Still, I can understand how there could be some resistance to the new acoustic ‘version’ of TATE. Any of those complaints should be easily quelled by the actual performance. Rather than detract or soften the overall emotional and often riot-inducing effect of TATE’s songs, the Calder Quartet added a warmth and beauty to every number they joined in on. Frontman Mikel Jollett is an incredibly gifted songwriter; he’s able to write intelligent, sensitive couplets to catchy rock melodies. You definitely get the feeling that the sentiment he’s giving you from the stage is genuine. Pair that with four good friends who are excellent musicians in their own right and add in some additional soaring strings from four more friends, and you’ve got a recipe for something truly amazing.
Continue reading Live Review: The Airborne Toxic Event (Acoustic Set with the Calder Quartet) at 6th and I Synagogue, Washington, DC – Tuesday 7th September 2010
By Luke Morton
on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
As I sat there the other day scrolling through my iTunes and generally not knowing who to listen to I cropped up on an old favourite of mine, Les Savy Fav. After listening through their third album ‘Go Forth’, I figured it was time to see what they’ve been up to lately and on the brink of releasing a new album things can again only look good for this band.
Forming in 1995 this group have managed to produce five albums, all of which add something different to their repertoire. Not content with plodding along at the same pace, churning out track after track, Les Savy Fav have tried to produce something new which each LP.
Obviously influenced by bands such as Fugazi, the New York quintet are masters of the noise rock subgenre and often deviate into the realms of indie, art rock and post-punk. Arguably their best album is 2007’s ‘Let’s Stay Friends’ which propels them from just a post-hardcore outfit into different territory in which they flourish. Tracks such as ‘Brace Yourself’ and ‘Scotchgard The Credit Card’ are fantastic examples of this.
The new album ‘Root For Ruin’ is another step forward for the band and even though it’s possibly not as hard hitting as some of their previous work, the band seem to have matured and written some catchy as hell rock songs. Watch the video for ‘Brace Yourself’ below.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 10:00 am
The Drums‘s profile has jumped by leaps and bounds since the time I first featured their then-new video for ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ a year ago. How far they’ve come.
Recently, they recorded a live cover of Arcade Fire‘s current single ‘We Used to Wait’. The first thing that came to my mind hearing this? The Cribs. At least the Cribs before ‘Housewife’. I guess it’s the jangly guitars and the slightly snarly vocals.
The Drums will begin its biggest tour of North America to date (spanning over a month!) on Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island, co-headlining with fellow Americans Surfer Blood. The Drums will return to the UK in November.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 9:00 am
Kate Nash has announced a UK tour for October. Catch her on the dates below.
Monday 4th October 2010 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Sunday 10th October 2010 – Dublin Academy
Tuesday 12th October 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Sunday 17th October 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Monday 18th October 2010 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 8th September 2010 at 8:30 pm
In response to his first-ever UK tour this summer selling out in a matter of minutes, the American ‘Ridin’ Solo’ prince Jason Derulo will be touring the UK in the new year. Tickets go on sale Friday (10 September) at 9 AM.
Thursday 17th February 2011 – Bournemouth International Centre
Friday 18th February 2011 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 19th February 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 21st February 2011 – Derby Assembly Rooms
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 23rd February 2011 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Friday 25th February 2011 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 28th February 2011 – Cardiff CIA
Tuesday 1st March 2011 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo