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Everything Everything / April-June 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 10:30 am
 

Manchester’s Everything Everything will be on an extensive tour of England through May, then joining supporting Keane on their UK Forest Tour in June.

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Preston – 53 Degrees
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Manchester – Academy 3
Friday 30th April 2010 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Leeds – Live
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Middlesborough – Teesside University
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Oxford – Academy 2
Wednesday 5th May 2010 – Bristol – Thekla
Thursday 6th May 2010 – Wrexham – Central Station
Saturday 8th May 2010 – York – Duchess
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood
Monday 10th May 2010 – London – Koko
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Norwich – Waterfront
Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Northampton – Roadmender
Friday 14th May 2010 – Brighton – Great Escape Festival
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sunday 16th May 2010 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th May 2010 – Leeds – Leeds Met University
Tuesday 18th May 2010 – London – Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 19th May 2010 – Liverpool – Soundcity O2 Academy
Friday 21st May 2010 – Manchester – Ritz
Monday 31st May 2010 – Gateshead – Evolution Festival
Thursday 10th June 2010 – Suffolk – Thetford Forest*
Friday 11th June 2010 – Kent – Bedgebury Pinetum*
Friday 18th June 2010 – Gloucestershire – Westonbirt Arboretum*
Saturday 19th June 2010 – Nottinghamshire – Sherwood Pines Forest*
Friday 25th June 2010 – North Yorkshire – Dalby Forest*
Saturday 26th June 2010 – Staffordshire – Cannock Chase Forest*
* supporting Keane

 

Live Review: Sweetlife Festival at Dupont Circle, Washington DC – 24 April 2010

 
By on Thursday, 29th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Thanks to a stroke of uncharacteristic luck, I managed to win a pair of tickets for last Saturday’s sold out Sweetlife Festival in Washington, DC. Sponsored by local restaurant Sweetgreen, the 1st annual festival attracted a crowd of over 750 people, and it was a great way to spend an early spring day. Sweetgreen’s focus is not only on their food (mainly salads and frozen yoghurt) but also on using locally sourced ingredients and minimizing their environmental footprint. So it is for that reason that they purchased carbon offsets for the entire festival, had environmentally-minded sponsors and donated all of the proceeds to DC Farm to School Network, a local charity whose mission is to “to improve the health and well being of schoolchildren in the District of Columbia, and of our local environment and food economy, by increasing access to healthy, local, and sustainable foods in all Washington, DC schools.”

For a small, first-time festival, they actually managed to arrange a pretty great lineup. The main draw seemed to be electropop group Hot Chip, who swung by the festival for a DJ set before their headlining gig at nearby venue the 9:30 Club (read the TGTF review here), but they weren’t the best part by far.

Opening the festival was local musician Matthew Hemerlein. He took to the stage by himself, and switched back and forth between the guitar and the violin, with only a drum machine and a loop pedal to flesh out his sound. He had a nice voice, which reminded me somewhat of Chris Martin’s, but there was nothing particularly engaging about his set, other than the cringe-worthy moment when he sang “I’m horny / let’s do it / ride it, my pony / my saddle is waiting / jump on it.” That is a mental image that I do NOT need at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Next up was DJ Will Eastman, who is a staple of the Washington, D.C. club scene, hosting the successful BLISS dance parties, and is co-owner of the hot new venue U Street Music Hall, where the afterparty for the festival was held. He played some great music, including remixes of Passion Pit, Miike Snow and Calvin Harris’s ‘Alone,’ and even a mash-up of the Beatles and Vampire Weekend that, quite frankly, blew my mind a little bit.

In a bit of a departure from the other acts, local rapper Phil Ade was the next to take the stage. With most of the crowd there to see either Hot Chip or U.S. Royalty, the crowd was sometimes hesitant to get involved when he asked them to sing along or wave their arms, but he was in a great mood regardless, and was persistent enough that by the end of his set he definitely won the crowd over. At one point, he even jumped into the crowd and got random audience members to sing the chorus along with him. He started out playing songs off his mixtape, ‘Starting on JV’ like ‘Replay’ and finished with a string of songs from his forthcoming album ‘the Letterman’, including ‘Unusual’ and the incredibly catchy ‘Gimme That’.

Between sets, local DJ Grant Shapiro kept the crowd’s energy up with some great remixes, including Mika’s ‘We Are Golden’ and a fantastic mash-up of Michael Jackson and Empire of the Sun. So when the next band took to the stage, the audience was pumped up and ready to go.

North Carolina rockers the Love Language have a distinctly retro, 1960s/1970s vibe to their music, and their use of harmony was really fun. For an idea of what they sound like, I recommend checking out their single ‘Lalita’ off of their self-titled debut album. It’s on more upbeat songs like this that they shined – on slower songs they tended to end with an unoriginal jumble of guitar riffs and reverb before fading out. The highlight of their set, however, was the Fats Domino cover they played at the end of their set – brilliant.

At this point, the small car park where the festival was being held was packed, as it was time for the biggest draw of the night: Hot Chip’s DJ set. Unfortunately, it was incredibly underwhelming. Though I didn’t expect a full-blown Hot Chip gig (like the one they were heading to after their set) by any means, I did expect them to interact with the crowd. Instead, they talked amongst themselves behind the decks while they played a disappointing mix of nondescript dance tracks. They played 3 of their own songs from their new album, including ‘One Life Stand’ and ‘I Feel Better,’ but even though there were mics set up for the next band, they only deigned to sing along with ‘I Feel Better’ for about 2 lines. While it could have been a nice consolation for the people who couldn’t get tickets for their sold out headlining gig, they didn’t put enough effort in for it to be much more than a “celebrity appearance.”

The part of the crowd that left after Hot Chip’s set seriously missed out, because the crowning achievement of the festival by far was local rockers U.S. Royalty‘s high-energy set. It started out a bit rocky when a problem with some of the equipment caused them to jam for about 10 minutes before their actual set began. But once they resolved that, lead singer (and epic beardsmith) John Thornley launched into his characteristic impassioned performance, belting out the lyrics to crowd favorites like ‘Every Summer’ while jumping and prancing around the stage. It was very entertaining and a very welcome change after the snoozefest that was Hot Chip’s set. Even though most of the songs were from their as-yet unreleased debut album and the audience didn’t know the words, that didn’t stop them from dancing along. In a prefect end to a great day, they even got Matthew Hemerlein and some of the members of the Love Language to join them on the fantastic track ‘My Dearest Friend’, which you can get for free when you join their mailing list.

All-in-all, the Sweetlife Festival was great. It felt more like a block party than a full-blown festival, and that was perfect for an early spring day. Here’s hoping next year’s festival is just as fantastic!

After the cut: more photos!

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Live Review: Hot Chip with the xx at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 24 April 2010

 
By on Monday, 26th April 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Washington D.C. natives were “Ready for the Floor” (insert chuckle here) for Hot Chip‘s third ever appearance at the 9:30 Club Saturday night. The sold-out gig also featured support from the xx, who have steadily built a solid reputation here in America over the last 8 months through a near relentless touring schedule. Thankfully, both London acts were already in our country before the Icelandic volcano eruption, grounding the Coachella dreams of many acts including Bad Lieutenant, the Cribs, and Delphic.

Hordes of underage kids were raring to go for the xx’s set. Why? This was the third time the band was due to play in town, and the largest yet, and I had a feeling these were the kids that had missed out on the previous smaller headlining gigs at DC9 (November 2009) and Sixth and I Synagogue (March 2010). Little was said between songs (likely due to the band’s exhaustion from being in our country touring for 6 weeks) but based on the wild reaction of the audience, it didn’t matter. They were there for the music, and the tunes were spot on as the band forged through a set of most of the songs off their debut album ‘xx’. Their performance ended on an exciting note when the band finished ‘Infinity’ with an energetic instrumental outro featuring bassist Oliver Sim beating on a drum kit high-hat vigourously.

Despite two previous stops in D.C. in support of earlier albums, I’d never seen Hot Chip before. I like a good dance number and was eager to see if the clunkers on ‘One Life Stand’ would stand up to live performance (read my review here). While I’m still not wild about some tracks off the new album, the overall exhilaration generated by these relative elders of the electropop / dance scene was amazing. Perennial favourites ‘Over and Over’ and ‘Ready for the Floor’ didn’t disappoint, and the reception to ‘One Life Stand’ and other numbers from the new album like ‘We Have Love’ and set opener ‘Hand Me Down My Love” indicate that the band have new crowd pleasers to add to future shows. So if you ever get a chance to jump on this soul train, climb aboard to dance and enjoy the ride.

America’s National Public Radio (or NPR for short) were at the show broadcasting the gig live. Thanks to their benevolence, you can listen to the streams of both bands’ sets on their Web site now.

After the cut: setlists and more photos.


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Final ever Gonzo – Kaiser Chiefs, Dizzee Rascal and Mark Ronson talk

 
By on Tuesday, 20th April 2010 at 9:00 am
 

It’s Tuesday night. You’re not even halfway through the week. What’cha gonna do? Well, it’s most likely that you’re not gonna be out living it up if you have school / work the next day, so we’d suggest you catch MTV’s Gonzo tonight, as it’s gonna be the last time you can catch it with Zane Lowe.

Yes, that’s right the New Zealander is hosting his final ever episode from the brown couch, with a sort of who’s-who of some of the biggest names from his 8 year tenure on the Gonzo sofa…. Dizzee Rascal, Serge from Kasabian, Mark Ronson, The Libertines, Nick from Kaiser Chiefs, We Are Scientists, Lostprophets and a few extra surprises.

Mark Ronson gave Zane some sneak peeks about his new album – “The Record is done, its called Record Collection, its coming out September” he revealed before mentioning some of the rather bizarre mish-mash of guest stars we can expect. “I got a lot of really cool people that are up and coming and people that you might know like Wiley, Ghost Face, Boy George”. Could we hear Karma Chameleon with Mark Ronson trumpets on? You heard it here first…

Meanwhile, UK music scene’s golden boy, Dizzee Rascal was positively upbeat about his year to date – “I am glad that I’m still in tact, I aint strung out on drugs, I aint killed myself yet, no ones pregnant and I’m alright. I’m still clear at this point!” Good work Dizzee, always the positive one.

Finally, Nick from the Kaiser Chiefs has been writing with Mark Ronson, however (thankfully) Nick commented that whilst “there’s songs, there’s no [Kaiser Chiefs] record”. Phew.

You can catch the last ever Zane Lowe fronted Gonzo tonight at 10pm on MTV Rocks (formerly MTV 2)

 

Chew Lips / April and May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 9:00 am
 

London’s Chew Lips are set to begin a tour of the UK this month. They will also play London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 01 June and are scheduled to appear at Camden Crawl the first weekend in May and Rock en Seine Festival at the end of August. Their debut album ‘Unicorn’ was released 25 January on Family Records and is available now.

Friday 16th April 2010 – Cardiff Arts Institute (Topman CTRL)
Monday 19th April 2010 – Leicester Sumo
Tuesday 20th April 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 21st April 2010 – Nottingham Bodega Social
Thursday 22nd April 2010 – Leeds Faversham
Friday 23rd April 2010 – Glasgow O2 ABC2 Glasgow
Saturday 24th April 2010 – Aberdeen Drummonds Cafe
Sunday 25th April 2010 – Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Monday 26th April 2010 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Stoke-on-Trent Sugarmill
Thursday 29th April 2010 – Bristol Cooler
Friday 30th April 2010 – London Cargo
Friday 14th May 2010 – Brighton Digital Brighton
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Brighton Above Audio
Tuesday 1st June 2010 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Young Rebel Set / April and May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 8:30 am
 

Stockton-on-Tees seven-piece Young Rebel Set are currently touring and will stop at the following venues in the UK over the next couple weeks:

Tuesday 13th April 2010 – Birmingham Rainbow
Wednesday 14th April 2010 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thursday 15th April 2010 – Hull Adelphi
Friday 16th April 2010 – Cardiff Barfly
Saturday 17th April 2010 – Southampton Lennons
Sunday 18th April 2010 – Reading Oakford Social (free show)
Monday 19th April 2010 – London Barfly
Wednesday 21st April 2010 – Leicester Music Café
Friday 30th April 2010 – Sunderland Independent
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Leeds Live @ Leeds Festival
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Middlesbrough Teesside (NME Radar Tour)
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Darlington Seen

You can grab the Young Rebel Set track ‘Borders’ for free by clicking here. The band plans to release a new, self-produced EP on 02 May in the UK.

 
 
 

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