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Video of the Moment #344: Cee Lo Green

 
By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

We don’t often have to put disclaimers on our posts here at TGTF, but Cee Lo Green‘s latest song about a girlfriend breaking up with him for somebody richer is, well…expletive-laden. So if you think you can handle a bit of swearing, then make sure you’re not at work or around children, and take a listen to the fantastically fun and catchy, um… ‘[Expletive] You’. Cheers to Steve Lamacq who reviewed the song on the 2nd of September edition of Roundtable and simply called it ‘FU’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU[/youtube]

 

The Wombats / January 2011 UK and Ireland Tour

 
By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

Liverpool indie band the Wombats are hitting the road next January for a string of dates in the UK and Ireland in support of their long-awaited second album due out towards the end of this year. Tickets are on sale now via the band’s Web site.

Wednesday 12th January 2011 – Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Thursday 13th January 2011 – Dublin The Academy
Saturday 15th January 2011 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Sunday 16th January 2011 – Dundee Fat Sams Live
Tuesday 18th January 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Friday 21st January 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 24th January 2011 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Cardiff University Solus
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy
Friday 28th January 2011 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

 

Single Review: Kings of Leon – Radioactive

 
By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 1:00 pm
 

This autumn, few albums are as highly anticipated as American rockers Kings of Leon‘s 5th effort ‘Come Around Sundown,’ which will be released on 18th October 2010. They’ve just released the first single, ‘Radioactive,’ which they started writing in-between ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ and ‘Because of the Times,’ and was the first track they started to play around with when they began to work on the new record. This lengthy writing process really shows in the song: in it, the Followill clan goes back to their roots while simultaneously taking the band’s sound in a new direction.

When I say they’re going back to their roots, I don’t mean that it sounds like their early music, so fans who complain that they sold out with ‘Only By the Night’ will probably still complain. They’re taking it even further back: to their childhood. As kids, they traveled around the South with their father, Ivan “Leon” Followill, from whom the band takes its name. He was a United Pentecostal Church preacher, and would often enlist the boys to play music at churches and tent revivals. Since they grew up around gospel, its no surprise Caleb would turn to an old spiritual song they used to sing growing up in order to make the song work.

And it really works well. In the short verses, Caleb’s slow Southern drawl builds up to the chorus, which is loud, exuberant and backed by a choir. Rather than sounding over-the-top or clichéd, it just sounds natural, because for Kings of Leon, “It’s in the water, where [they] came from.” By going back to their roots, not only have they created an incredible song, but they may even earn their grandmother’s approval. As Nathan said, “after my grandma sees this video, she definitely doesn’t think we’re going to hell…as fast as she did think we were going.”

Kings of Leon will be playing six dates in the UK this December. Check out the TGTF ticket alert for more information.

 

Live Review: Marina and the Diamonds at the 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – Monday 6th September 2010

 
By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 11:00 am
 

This past Monday, the DC branch of TGTF put on their finery and headed into DC to see Marina and the Diamonds play at the well-loved 9:30 Club. The local hotspot has seen thousands of amazing shows over the years and has played host to some of the greats (the Police, the Ramones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers… even Bob Dylan has played there).  And Marina Diamandis, I believe, is poised to join their ranks. Already enjoying success in the UK, she is just starting to break through in the US, and as she told me in our Q&A,  “I’ve been here quite a few times now. I have never done anything more exciting than this trip though. You all feel so right! My future is here.” And even though the show didn’t sell out, judging by the crowd’s reaction, I think she’s right!

First up was opener Young the Giant from Orange County, California, who we introduced you to a couple of weeks back. I had high hopes for them because I’d loved what I heard online, and they were every bit as amazing as I expected. Their 8-song set (see the partial setlist below) was packed with energy,  with the band members literally bouncing off of each other and the instruments. Amazingly, the only casualty was the beer of one of the guitarists. Playing tambourines and maracas and dancing and strutting to the music, lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia had fantastic stage presence. Despite the fact that their debut album wont even be released until October, they had a good number of fans in the crowd, and they seemed to quickly convert the rest of the audience to being fans. Heck, even the gut who shouted “MARINA!!!” every 5 seconds eventually shut up. My favorite songs they played were ‘I Got,’ ‘Cough Syrup’ and ‘My Body,’ and these were also the songs that went over the best with the crowd. ‘I Got’ is a slower song in 6/8 time with a gorgeous melody and great vocal harmony, and their single ‘My Body’ is a high energy stomper that can really whip the crowd into a frenzy. They’re well worth seeing if they ever play near you.

But as good as they were, the night was really about Marina. She took the stage in a variety of outfits, from lingerie and a cut-up t-shirt to a letterman jacket to a full-length, long-sleeved velvet dress that caused her to exclaim in her Welsh accent, “I tell you what, this black velvet is a bitch. It’s so hot I actually want to peel my face off.” And while her stunning looks and her strutting around the stage would make anyone fall in love with her, it was her voice that really stole the show.  It is incredibly powerful and versatile and she doesn’t hold back with it at all — it sounds just as good live as it does on her record, ‘The Family Jewels,’ if not better.

As Marina mentioned in our interview, the crowd favorites were ‘Obsessions,’ ‘I Am Not a Robot’ and ‘Hollywood’ — they really had the crowd singing along, which made her face light up. She told me “American audiences are a lot more loving and expressive. They make me feel uninhibited” But some of the most special moments of the night were also the simplest and most understated. She sat down at the keyboard to play ‘Obsessions’  and the room went silent. ‘Starstrukk’ was another highlight for me. The way she can take a  mildly offensive pop song by an act as heinous as 3Oh!3 and turn it into something unsettling and thought-provoking is mind-boggling.

When she wasn’t awing the crowd with her voice, she was jumping around the stage, doing dances and playing with props — her enthusiasm was infectious. While her more serious songs like ‘Numb’ are musically enthralling, it’s hard not to have fun when Marina is gesturing with stuffed hamburgers, light-up hearts and robots. A Marina and the Diamonds show is truly a treat for the senses, and is NOT something to be missed.

Set lists and photos are under the cut.

Continue reading Live Review: Marina and the Diamonds at the 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – Monday 6th September 2010

 

Video of the Moment #343: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

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!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vHi83LTQjU[/youtube]

 

Interview: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Wednesday, 8th September 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

The lovely Marina Diamandis (aka Marina and the Diamonds) was nice enough to take some time during her US tour to answer some of our questions. Read on to hear her thoughts on the tour, how she decided to  cover ‘Starstrukk’ and her feelings on collaborations. Also, be sure to keep an eye on TGTF for my review of her show on Monday night in Washington, DC.

You played Reading and Leeds last weekend – congratulations! How was that experience?

Good and bad. The audience was incredible on both shows and both tents were rammed to over capacity by thousands at Reading. This resulted in people getting crushed though and having panic attacks so it had a bit of a negative edge. Leeds was my fave.

You’re in the middle of your 12-date American tour right now. How does it feel to be doing shows over here? Have you visited the US before?

Yes I’ve been here quite a few times now. I have never done anything more exciting than this trip though. You all feel so right! My future is here.

Have you noticed a big difference between American audiences and British ones? Which songs are going over the best?

Fave songs are “Obsessions,” “Robot” and “Hollywood.” American audiences are a lot more loving and expressive. They make me feel uninhibited.

After your US tour, you’re hitting the UK, Europe and Australia as well, and you’re pretty booked-up through the end of the year. Do you have plans for a well-earned holiday after that? What’s next for Marina?

No, I had a holiday in August when the whole music industry goes to sleep. I don’t really like relaxing. I can’t! The video for “Shampain” was just released and as soon as this year ends, I go to Australia and then onto my next works.

Continue reading Interview: Marina and the Diamonds

 
 
 

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