Beyoncé and Eminem take home the big awards. Beyonce and Eminem were the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards held in Berlin last night (November 5). Beyonce scoped three awards including Best Female, Best Song for ‘Halo’ and Best Video for her song ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’. Meanwhile Eminem took home Best Male beating Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mika and Robbie Williams to the Continue reading →
Following the success of their recently sold out UK tour, Skindred have
announced a European tour including a second round of UK dates and 2
shows in Russia to promote their recently released and much acclaimed album
“Shark Bites and Dog Fights” (out now on Bieler Bros. Records) Drummer Arya G from the band said ” The response to both the album and tour has been
overwhelming , we received so many requests from promoters and clubs across
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Sony Ericsson is inviting music fans to apply for the second annual Sony Ericsson FanWalk experience at http://www.fanwalk.tv/ for the chance to attend the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards and win the ultimate prize of presenting an Award live on stage. Sony Ericsson is partnering with MTV Networks International for the fourth time, to offer all music lovers this once-in-a-lifetime music adventure that Continue reading →
BRITNEY SPEARS has cancelled next weeks’ planned concert in Poland after a contract dispute. The singer had been due to play the TWKS venue in the capital Warsaw on July 24 as part of her 63-city world tour called The Circus starring Britney Spears. A statement posted on her website said: “To Britney’s great dismay, the performance… has been canceled by the Polish promoter due to a contractual dispute that was unable to be resolved. “Britney regrets that she will not be visiting Poland’s capital during her world tour. She apologises to all her loyal fans for the cancellation and hopes to visit the culturally exciting city of Warsaw in the near future.” No further details and the organiser has yet to comment but information for ticket holders is expected to be released shortly. The Polish date would have been the singer’s penultimate stop on her European tour. She is scheduled to play Berlin on July 26 before kicking off another leg in North America on August 20.
This week anderson announced some exciting news. Last week their record came out in the USA and right now they’re about to start their summer World Tour 2009. Anderson flew to Japan for 5 shows and afterwards they go to Norway and Sweden, followed by a 2 week USA West Coast album release tour. Earlier this year anderson shot their new music video for ‘Michael * Running On The Asphalt’ together with director Matthew Stubstad in Hollywood, California.
You can watch the video at their MySpace: www.myspace.com/andersonnl
23.06 Shibuya O-Nest – Tokyo (JP)
01.07 Seaside Festival – Risoya (NO)
02.07 Gulbranna Festival – Halmstad (SE)
07.07 Album Release Party @ U&L Records – Los Angeles CA (USA)
08.07 Roxy – Los Angeles CA (USA)
10.07 Epic – Ventura CA (USA)
11.07 Lestat’s – San Diego CA (USA)
12.07 TBC Rockit Room – San Francisco CA (USA)
13.07 Instore IODA Records – San Francisco CA (USA)
14.07 The Revolution – Ashland OR (USA)
15.07 Someday Lounge – Portland OR (USA)
16.07 TBC Mix Lounge – Seattle WA (USA)
17.07 TBA – Bend OR (USA)
23.07 Youth Camp Festival – Borås (SE)
24.07 Strand Festival – Oskarshamn (SE)
31.07 Private Party – Rotterdam (NL)
01.08 Freakstock – Borgentreich (GER)
06.08 Campfest – Presov (SK)
08.08 Frizon Festival – Orebro (SE)
21.08 Flevo Festival – Bussloo (NL)
27.08 Zomerparkfeest – Venlo (NL)
02.09 Dot Club – Berlin (GER)
03.09 Tower – Bermen (GER)
04.09 Jugend Kultur Festival – Solingen (GER)
05.09 Club Zooma – Plauen (GER)
Maps – aka James Chapman – has announced details of the release of a new album, Turning The Mind, released on Mute on 28th September 2009. Turning The Mind, recorded with Tim Holmes (Death in Vegas) at the Contino Rooms in London, is Maps’ second album and follows the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlisted debut We Can Create (2007). Talking about the album, James Chapman explains, ‘Turning The Mind is essentially an album which explores themes related to the human mind and the way certain stimuli, particularly chemical, can affect the mind in different ways. A recurring theme throughout the album is that of the ‘journey of extremes’. An example of this could be from ‘depression’ to ‘euphoria’ (or ‘abyss’ to ‘bliss’, if you like). The title comes from the cognitive therapy practice of ‘Mindfulness’ which I Continue reading →
Amsterdam is a cultural magnet. Attracting people for all sorts of reasons. And some of them never leave. With the people who settled here from Africa, South America and Asia, Amsterdam is boosting with multi cultural energy. The energy you find in cities like Barcelona, London, Marseille, Berlin, and San Francisco. An international vibe, where everyone finds a way to communicate with each other. Languages and cultures melt into something new, far away from the old ‘nation-state’.
The exponent of that vibe is Pete Philly. Born in the Caribbean, he came to The Netherlands at a young age. Grew up in an international environment, it was no wonder he was breathing, dreaming and eventually started rhyming in English. Searching for the right musical direction, he coincidentally ran into Perquisite: an architecture student, who was spending all of his spare time as a producer experimenting with everything ranging from classical music to, jazz, broken beats and hip hop, and at the same time studying the cello and running his own hip hop label. Pete Philly and Perquisite found each other in their quest to widen the boundaries of the hip hop genre, which is dominated by meaningless bling videos, lyrics about boobs and guns, and music deprived from any form of creativity. Pete and Perq phrased their mission “bringing analog sound back in times of plastic.” They went back to the meaning and inspiration of the past and generated something new and fresh. It took them nearly 2 years of hard work to perfectionize the sound they could call their own. The result was the 17-tracker ‘Mindstate’ – which saw the light of day in the Spring of 2005.
Amsterdam, summer 2007. The 2-year route brought the duo from a small upper room ‘Mindstate’ release party, via gigs in Cape Town, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, Los Angeles, performing with the likes of Kanye West, Saïan Supa Crew and James Brown (RIP), to festivals and sold out shows all over The Netherlands. With a suitcase full of new encounters, touring experiences, and new musical inspiration the band traveled to a little house in the North of France to write, and worked night and day in their Amsterdam studio to finish their second full length. The result they named ‘Mystery Repeats’. The boundaries of hip hop are being tested even further. Added to their sound of jazz, classical and soul, are influences from all over the globe: flamenco, samba, reggae and afro beat. ‘Mystery Repeats’ is a sonic document boosting with diversity and ambition. Destined to reveal itself anywhere, anytime.