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Preview: Glastonbury 2010

 
By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

 

Album Review: The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant

 
By on Tuesday, 25th August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant (cover)A few days back, we brought you our take on The Cribs‘ shiny new single, ‘Cheat On Me’. Well, today, we’re going one better, and shall be reviewing the band’s complete new album, ‘Ignore the Ignorant’, released September 7th. Intriguingly, this is the first album from the band which shall feature the Wakefield trio’s legendary forth new member, ex-Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr.

Let’s start by focusing on the great parts of the record. Obviously, the summery indie riffs of current single, ‘Cheat on Me’, are an album highlight. Track three, ‘We Share the Same Skies’ is similarly bright, complete with a big, happy sing-along chorus, while title-track ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ kicks off like a jigging indie sea shanty.

The smashing ‘We Were Aborted’, features a typically enthusiastic Cribs chant of “To make you feel important! Cos you knew we were aborted! It’s the same things that we’re saying all the time!”. Another top tune is ‘City of Bugs’, sung edgily by Ryan Jarman, and lead by distorted guitars and 80s-esque (aptly Smiths stylee) echoey riffs. Brother Ross Jarman’s brooding, military percussion only adds to the excitingly eerie atmosphere of the track.

The gentle indie ballad, ‘Save Your Secrets’, is romantic little track – but when vocalist Gary grows a little more powerful, he showcases a seemingly painful, croaky strain on his voice which is obvious throughout the album. Meanwhile, tracks such as ‘Hari Kari’, ‘New Years Snow’ and ‘Emasculate Me’ are perhaps the least memorable on the album, failing to climax into anything that exciting. ‘Stick to Yr Guns’, the last song on the record, is very enjoyable, however. Weeping guitars, stomping drums and – lo and behold – even strings bound from this epic, ‘punch your fist in the air and sing’, final track.

Now to summarise. The thing I initially noticed about ‘Ignore the Ignorant’, is that it seemingly lacks that excitingly raw sound of early Cribs material. Instead, the album showcases a slightly tame, slightly over produced sound from start to finish. It plods along nicely, but rarely explodes magnificently in your face. Don’t get me wrong, every single track on this album is decent, and that genius Crib lyricism remains – but the music is just not all that, wow!

Johnny Marr’s addition to the band can only be an asset, since the guitar skills amid the album are certainly an audio highlight. Indeed, Mr. Marr has certainly fitted in well, and clearly has not dictated the band’s sound in any particular direction – he’s just made it all the more ‘full’. Conclusively, ‘Ignore the Igonorant’ still sounds typically Cribs – perhaps just with a little less attitude than before.

MP3: The Cribs – We Were Aborted

The Cribs‘ new album, Ignore the Ignorant, is out on 7th September. Pre-order it from Amazon now.

 

MP3 of the Day #91: The Cribs

 
By on Wednesday, 19th August 2009 at 9:18 pm
 

This track needs little introduction. The Cribs‘ have a new album, ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ (out 7th September), and this is the first track from said album. Listen, enjoy.

MP3: The Cribs – We Were Aborted

 

In the Post #16: The Cribs – Cheat on Me

 
By on Tuesday, 11th August 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

The Cribs - Cheat On Me (cover)Following on from 2007’s critically acclaimed ‘Men’s Needs , Women’s Needs, Whatever’, Wakefield band, The Cribs, return next month with their highly anticipated fourth album, ‘Ignore the Ignorant’. The band have certainly managed to fit in a fair bit over the past 2 years. They gained a few big award nominations, a personally offered Sex Pistol support slot, and, oh, even a forth new member in the glittering form of ex-Smiths’ guitarist, Johnny Marr. So, the band’s forthcoming album should certainly be an intriguing one, especially thanks to the addition of Mr. Marr to the former Jarman brother trio.

‘Cheat on Me’ is the first musical serving of ‘Ignore the Ignorant’. Summery indie riffs skilfully led by Marr slide all over the place, as Gary Jarman coats the song with his shiney vocals. The gritty repetitive chorus hook of “That’s another! Cheat on me! Cheat on me!” is inset within the mind upon first listen, and although said lyrics get a little annoying after a few times round, it’s still pretty addictive. Sadly, ‘Cheat on Me’ fails to possess that excitingly quirky, stand-out quality of ‘Men’s Needs’. The band appear to have grown up a little, and they’re undoubtedly sounding a bit more tame, but that ultimate Cribs quality remains. Alas, I can’t wait for the upcoming album..

Check out the video to ‘Cheat on Me’, below :

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLiz1X4W87s[/youtube]

You can pre-order ‘Ignore the Ignorant’, released September 7th, at Play.com now for £8.95, or Amazon.

 

The Cribs / December 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th July 2009 at 8:48 pm
 

The Cribs have announced four of their biggest headlining shows to date in December. These follow on from their September and October tour.

Tickets for these four dates go on sale on Friday (17th July) at 9am. Catch the guys at:

Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Thursday 3rd December 2009 – London O2 Brixton Academy
Saturday 5th December 2009 – Doncaster Dome
Sunday 6th December 2009 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange

 

The Cribs / September and October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 12th May 2009 at 9:40 pm
 

Ahh, The Cribs. The bands band, things really took off for them in 2008, and now they’re locked up in Los Angeles with their new guitarist Johnny Marr recording a new album.

To celebrate, they’ll be touring throughout the end of September and first half of October.

Tickets for all of the below dates go on sale at 9am on Friday, 15th May. Catch the guys at:

Thursday 24th September 2009 – Norwich UEA
Friday 25th September 2009 – Cambridge Junction
Saturday 26th September 2009 – Liverpool Academy
Monday 28th September 2009 – Hull University
Tuesday 29th September 2009 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Wednesday 30th September 2009 – Newcastle University
Friday 2nd October 2009 – Manchester Apollo
Saturday 3rd October 2009 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Sunday 4th October 2009 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 6th October 2009 – Exeter Lemon Grove
Wednesday 7th October 2009 – Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 8th October 2009 – Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
Saturday 10th October 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Thursday 15th October 2009 – London HMV Forum

 
 
 

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