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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.


Single Review: The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen

By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Ah, The Drums, that so called ‘Band of 2010’, are really doing quite well for themselves, with their sugary indie-surf which effortlessly springs images of sunshine lit beaches, and guys on boards upon the brain. Taking DJs and dance floors by storm, the band are to release their next single, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ next month – the follow up to the hugely successful pop sensation that was ‘Best Friend’.

Kicking off with some sticky drums and a fuzzy surf bass, a gentle, twisting riff soon spirals in, sitting comfortably beneath front man Jonathon Pierce’s sweet American wisps which are full of longing, and totally love struck. The track is undoubtedly another musical recipe of everything The Drums do well, swelling with that sunny Cali pop sound. However, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ does lack those instant summertime hooks of previous singles ala ‘Best Friend’ and ‘I Felt Stupid’.

The track is missing a distinct fun, is more chilled back, and protrudes with a Delphic vibe. What I love about The Drums, and this track, however, is the fact their lyrics are fit for a soppy 70s Osmonds’ number – “And all the stars in the sky, and all the flowers in the field…..could never take you from my heart…and it’s forever, baby, it’s forever!”. Brilliant, just, genius (in this case I dig lack of pretentious crypticism).

The latter few seconds of the track take tips from the uber popular ‘Best Friend’ and resurrects those beautifully harmonious sighs, but aside from this glimmer or hope, the rest of the track certainly doesn’t topple previous material.

‘Forever and Ever Amen’ is released May 31st. Pre-order the 7″ now over at Banquet Records


Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 7:15 pm

After Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals are the granddaddy of all music festivals. Some of the best bands, the biggest exclusives and best lineups all come together for three massive days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year they “played it safe” with a lineup of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, but this year they’ve gone for a bit more interesting selection, returning to their rock roots.

This year, The Libertines are going to be the big news of the festival, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat putting their differences behind them to play the festival, supporting Reading’s Saturday night’s headliners, Arcade Fire. Meanwhile, Blink 182 and Guns ‘n’ Roses also headline the main stage.

If we were going this year, the NME stage looks pretty good, with LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons and Band of Horses all set to play what is our pick of the stages so far. Kele from Bloc Party is also playing, intriguingly billed already higher than The Drums and he hasn’t even released a track yet.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2010. Tickets are on sale now at See Tickets. Tickets are £180.00 for the weekend, or £75 per day ticket.

Catch the full lineup (so far) below…

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Live Review: Shockwaves NME Tour at Bristol Academy (Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Big Pink and The Drums) – Sunday 14th February 2010

By on Monday, 15th February 2010 at 12:18 am

NME tours are always a great way to catch tonnes of great new music, and this year’s NME tour is no different, though some of the bands on the 2010 tour have taken longer to appear than in previous years, with The Maccabees now on their second album and Bombay Bicycle Club having been around for over five years.

The Drums were typically energetic to open things up, however didn’t offer much more than when we saw them support Delphic the other week. Their Beach Boys / Cure combo looks like it could well be the anthems of the summer for some.

Second on were London’s Big Pink, fresh from supporting Muse at the end of last year. Whilst I’m sure they’re perfectly competent, their My Bloody Valentine-esque stuff is really not my cup of tea. However, they seemed to suit the Bristol Academy’s setting much more than the O2 arena, this time not hidden behind such a thick wall of smoke. Coming on in just her underwear, their drummer Akiko provided the pounding to accompny Milo Cordell’s beats. Dominoes had everyone’s arms in the air, jumping and chanting along – if only all their songs were as hit-single worthy and not buried away under such thick layers.

Bombay Bicycle Club were the reason we were at the O2 Academy – having recorded been around for half a decade already, recording their album in between A Level exams and having won the prestigious V Festival opening slot, it was time to see if live they could translate the success of their 2009 debut “I had the blues but I shook them loose”. Ambling on stage decidedly unassumingly, they had the benefit of a crowd who knew every word, and were willing to forget that its Sunday night and acting like it was the party to end all parties.

Though their set was very lively, many of their songs have quite a sense of melancholy about them – the sound of 1,200 people all chanting “I’m not home / I’m not home / I’m not ho-ome” was quite something. Closing the set with “What If”, lead singer Jack Steadman dedicated it to “anyone who’s feeling lonely today”. Whilst technically speaking they were playing in a support role to The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club showed that their years of hard work has done them well, strong pretenders to the crownd, and hopefully future NME tour headliners.

With that, roadies swarmed on the stage revealing The Maccabees backdrop, and before we knew it they arrived, looking rather shocked at the number of people stood cheering for them. Opening with “William Powers”, they set a scintilating pace, having the whole buidling dancing, only pausing for the slower, more Valentines-suitable Toothpaste Kisses. Closing out with the fantastic trio of “No kind words”, “Bag of bones” and “Love you better”, they showed that whilst it’s been six years in the making, they are more than worthy headliners.

After the jump: Photos and the Maccabees setlist.
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MTV’s 10 for 2010 – Delphic, The Drums and Death Metal Disco Scene at Camden’s Dingwalls

By on Thursday, 28th January 2010 at 12:40 pm

Making the two hour trek from Bristol from London has to be worth it on the whole, so when MTV gave us the chance to check out three of 2010’s hottest bands we jumped at the chance, and happily embarked on the trek to Dingwalls in Camden last night.

Opening up was London’s very own Death Metal Disco Scene, a sort of Yeah Yeah Yeahs lite. Having already achieved some pretty impressive official remixes for the likes of Bat for Lashes, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue, we had high hopes for what was one of the band’s first live shows. Sporting some questionable Jeggings, lead singer Scorch Shepherd is like Karen O if she was a bit calmer and not quite as derranged. A pretty amazing cover of Whitney Houston’s “Wanna dance with Somebody” was a highlight of the set midway through, all stripped back and xx like, before they amped it back up to finish with futuristic dancefloor filler 21st Century. Good, strong songs for an opening band – definately ones I’ll be watching closely in 2010 as they grow.

Next up was The Drums (interview here, pictured right), currently making a stir in most people’s “ones to watch in 2010” lists, they claimed in this week’s NME that they only make music with themselves in mind, not anyone else. However tonight they quite happily pleased the small but sold out crowd with their Beach Boys / Cure combination of sounds. Reminiscent of stellastarr* fronted by Kenneth from 30 Rock, they may have peaked a bit too early with a frantic, tambourine infused “All End in Tears” which resulted in the demolition of much of their drums’ mikes. The rest of the set was solid, fun, summery stuff that will have girls swooning and guys smiling.

Finally, after a stage set-up that would make most Health and Safety inspectors weep with the number of cables lying around, Delphic ambled on stage at 10:30, launching into an accomplished set. I first caught them last October in Southampton, and since then things have got pretty massive for the Manchester quartet (they topped our poll of bands to watch in 2010interview here). Chattier than Southampton, they coped surprisingly well when their mixer fell off the stage at the start of Submission, leading to jokes about “you won’t catch this on MTV!”. Polished, well rehearsed and owners of some pretty great songs for 2010, the only downside was that they were perhaps a bit too polished and perfect, a bit sterile. However, that didn’t stop us enjoying the light show (thankfully toned down a bit from the blinding Southampton set), and a band clearly at the top of their game. Urgent, pleading for your attention many of their songs fit perfectly into the uncertain 2010 landscape, and judging by the two shows of theirs that I’ve caught they are clearly a force to be reckoned with, and undoubtably one of 2010’s brightest stars.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing

MP3: Delphic – Counterpoint

MP3: Delphic – This Momentary (Golden Bug remix)


Video of the Moment #199: The Drums

By on Monday, 11th January 2010 at 6:00 pm

Coming in at position 9 on TGTF’s “10 for 2010”, chirpy New York-based band the Drums make another appearance here with the new promo video for their latest single, ‘I Felt Stupid’. Shot in black and white, the video compares two seemingly disparate worlds of track and field and live performance; in fact, the two are quite similar if you consider how competitive and physically demanding both are as evidenced in the video.

I bet it’ll have you going “ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaa” as the song enters your head and refuses to leave. And you won’t feel stupid at all for it, I promise.


The Drums’ releases can be purchased from Moshi Moshi Records.


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