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Rain Machine / April 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 1st March 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Kyp Malone from soulful art rockers TV On The Radio is coming to the UK with his solo project, Rain Machine in May.

Explaining the motives behind his new project, Kyp commented:

“I’ve been writing and recording songs alone since I moved to NYC in 2000, at first alone because I didn’t know anyone, then through the years by choice because of a particular freedom that going it alone afforded. I’ve played regularly since then, at first under the name Black Lights until some kids in Texas told me they were already using that name. Then under my own name but I didn’t like how “Kyp Malone” looked on mock ups of t-shirts and fliers, thus Rain Machine.”

Tickets are on sale for all these dates now. Catch Kyp’s Rain Machine at:

Monday 12th April 2010 – London, Shoreditch Village Underground
Tuesday 13th April 2010 – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Wednesday 14th April 2010 – Belfast Speakeasy
Thursday 15th April 2010 – Belfast the Academy

 

Band of Skulls / May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 1st March 2010 at 9:00 am
 

So, fresh from their appearance on the Twilight soundtrack last year, Band of Skulls have announced another UK tour, this time for May this year.

Catch them at:

Friday 7th May 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 8th May 2010 – Glasgow Classic Grand
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Manchester Factory
Monday 10th May 2010 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Thursday 13th May 2010 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Friday 14th May 2010 – London Electric Ballroom

 

Video of the Moment #226: Jónsi

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

You may know Jónsi Birgisson as lead singer of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. While the band is on hiatus and the other members are nurturing their fledgeling families, Jónsi will be releasing his debut solo album, ‘Go,’ on 5th April 2010. The promo for first single ‘Go Do’ was directed by Arni and Kinski, who also directed several videos for Sigur Rós and Editors. The video is just as strange and beautiful as the song itself. Check it out below and let us know what you think.

Check out Jónsi’s track ‘Boy Lilikoi,’ which we featured as our mp3 of the day on 7th December 2009. Jónsi will be playing two gigs at the London Forum on  26th and 27th May 2010. The shows are strictly 14+, and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

 

Live Review: Editors with the Dig and the Antlers at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 21 February 2010

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Lovely to see you again. Hope you’re doing okay.” Those were the first quiet words of hello from Editors‘s Tom Smith to the crowd at the sold-out 9:30 Club Sunday night. That may have been a tentative introduction but the band’s performance was anything but tentative. They played a nearly 2-hour set to an audience of adoring fans in love with their old hits like ‘Munich’ and “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors’ as well as the synthy goodness of newer tracks like ‘Papillon’ and my personal favourite off ‘In This Light and On This Evening’ (released last year), ‘You Don’t Know Love.’

It was really interesting to watch the contrast of material from their first two albums made with traditional rock band instruments against the new songs, heavy on synths. The best moment of the night for me was ‘Bricks and Mortar’, watching lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz leave his guitar behind for a moment to plug away at a synth, with Smith following not far behind to join him so they were pressing buttons feverishly in tandem. Electropop awesome sauce.

Joining the dark princes of English indie rock on this tour were the Dig, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet and the Antlers, a more fuzzed out, dream / experimental pop band. Of the two, I preferred the Dig, because they played straightforward, feel good guitar rock that isn’t showing up on American radio stations as it should. Songs like ‘You’re Already Gone’ and ‘I Just Want to Talk to You’ point to exactly what is wrong with most rock music today. It’s missing bands like this that make exciting but not over the top rock ‘n’ roll. The Dig is set to self-release their debut album ‘Electric Toys’ in America in late April.

MP3: The Dig – You’re Already Gone

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But it’s not like the Antlers really needed my endorsement anyway. The Brooklyn trio have a definite following in Britain, with their early March gigs at London’s Union Chapel and Brighton’s Hanbury Ballrooms already sold out. Songs from last year’s ‘Hospice’ are brooding pieces for the thinking man, somewhat challenging for the average pop music fan but worth the time seeking out if what you’re after is thoughtful lyrics with an interesting instrumental backdrop. I’ve heard them been compared to Fleet Foxes, Cold War Kids, Passion Pit, and I can see the reasons behind these comparisons, but I’d throw in possibly Beach House and Late of the Pier for good measure. If any of these bands named ring your bells, the Antlers just might be for you.

After the cut: photos and set lists.

Continue reading Live Review: Editors with the Dig and the Antlers at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 21 February 2010

 

Fyfe Dangerfield / One Off London Show / April 2010

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 1:35 pm
 

Guillemots frontman gone solo, Fyfe Dangerfield, has announced a one off London gig in April. Tickets are on general sale this Friday, 26th February at 9:00am, and can be purchased from See Tickets.

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – London, Bloomsbury Ballroom

 

Album Review: Petter and The Pix – Good as Gold

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even if they appear to be all over the map, Petter and The Pix don’t need any Ritalin. They might be a tad hyper, maybe a little distracted, and most likely won’t sit still for too long. But why should they? When the world catches on to their latest album, ‘Good as Gold’, they’ll have no time to sit a spell anyway.

The second album from this six-piece Swedish band is a multi-genre, mega-layered craft that is both profound and confusing, making a one word description impossible to pen down. It checks all the boxes of indie, pop, rock, dance, acoustic and even soul. Despite the veil of mystery, a few good spins will allow the listener to lift the tracks, revealing something beautiful and original, with some elusiveness still remaining.

The frenzied opening track ‘Never, Never’ is a shambolic number, with calming lead vocals, yet stands juxtaposed against a blurry landscape of manic backing vocals and a mad rush of whirling sounds – an appealing song that gets the listener interested in what follows.

What lurks in the shadow of ‘Never, Never’ is the infectious ‘In The End Of The Day’, complete with a catchy melody that is sure to stick in your head, both day and night. Another oxymoron of a tune, the song itself is very poppy and a sense of happiness within is natural, despite Petter’s talk of being alone by – surprise, surprise – the time the day ends. Meanwhile, ‘Four Walls’ suggests something reminiscent of The Cure’s early days, while the electro-pop ‘Good as Gold’ also echoes the new wave movement of the early ‘80s. Finally, the closing track, ‘Last Time’ offers a tender, ballad-esque lullaby to drift peacefully off to sleep to.

But before you slumber or make any preconceived notions of what exactly this band is or the music they create be sure to set your alarm clock to the opening track. A new slew of perceptions are bound to rouse your bones and fill your head, causing you to listen once again to this highly enjoyable album.

MP3: Petter and the Pix – Momentarily Lost

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‘Good as Gold’ by Petter and the Pix will drop in the UK on 03 May.

 
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