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Wall Street Riots self-release single

wall-street-riotsLondon-based band of rabble-rousers WALL STREET RIOTS will be putting out a self-release of the eagerly awaited single ‘One More Ride’ on September 28th. The track is backed with a very special remix of the single, by LostProphet Ian Watkins under his L’Amour La Morgue side project. Their debut, an EP titled ‘Playground Politics’, was released digitally back in May and caused an online Continue reading →

Dot To Dot Festival: Nottingham’s biggest music marathon of the year

dot-to-dot-festivalOn Sunday May 27, Nottingham plays host to the third – and biggest yet – Dot To Dot Festival. We say biggest with good reason: as well as there being over 80 artists confirmed to appear at this year’s event, there will also be a couple of new venues – Nottingham Trent University and Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms – hosting performances alongside the more established venues such as Rock City, the Rescue Rooms, Stealth and the Social.

Additionally, this year the festival spreads its wings to accommodate a whole separate city: a day earlier (Saturday 26, then), Dot To Dot will be down the M5 in Bristol, where at least 40 artists are confirmed to play across three of the city’s main venues: the Thekla Social, Louisiana, Fiddler’s. For details on the Bristol line-up/s, click to here (and here for the Dot To Dot website).

DiS’s Nottingham contingent has been excited about the festival for many a month now, so without further ado, here’s Dom Gourlay’s guide on who he’s literally busting a gut to see…

yo_chomsky_lead_203x152Yo! Chomsky
Initially formed for a laugh by a bunch of media students at Nottingham University, their recent show with Hadouken! proved that their Beastie Boys via the Human League electro grime is here to shake things up. Anyone not taking them seriously does so at their own risk.
Yo! Chomsky play the Rescue Rooms at 2:30pm

blonde-redheadBlonde Redhead
Possibly the oldest band playing at this year’s festival, Blonde Redhead have been around for almost fifteen years now without ever really gaining the commercial recognition their complex and critically acclaimed noise-saturated arrangements merit. Thankfully, all that seems set to change if reviews of their most recent record 23 (See DiS’s review here) are anything to go by, and with their visits to the UK becoming more and more sporadic, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. They are one of the most genuinely intriguing bands in the world right now. Blonde Redhead play the main room of Nottingham Trent University at 10pm

We Are The Physics
wearethephysics300Hailing from Glasgow and mixing Devo-style jerkiness with Albini-esque polemics, We Are The Physics are one of those bands who demand to be seen by as many people as possible, and to date, unless you hail from north of the border, chances are you won’t be one of the lucky few to have caught them thus far. Not to worry, as this is as good an opportunity as any…We Are The Physics play the upstairs room of Nottingham Trent University at 9:30pm

Catweasels
catweasels_203x152DiS has been raving about Chester-Le-Street-based five-piece Catweasels for a good few years now. Formerly prefixed by (The), Catweasels mix old and new wave sensibilities with a melee of sounds that occasionally winds up echoing the moan of Mansun being inappropriately manhandled by Interpol. Other times they just go for the jugular by composing grandiose pop a la XTC, the sort that you wouldn’t expect anyone with a DIY aesthetic to pull off. They manage it in pretty spectacular style. Again, this is their first show in this part of the world. Are we excited? You bet we are…
Catweasels play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 5:30pm

You Slut!
you-slutYou Slut! might be the possessors of the best name at this year’s festival by a long shot, but that only tells half the story. One listen to their “Rifftastic-post-progressive-indie-power-rock-math-disco-pop warfare” – their words, not ours – should be enough to convince anyone that the East Midlands is alive and well and simply bursting with creativity, and is about to explode any time now. Go see, then tell all your friends how great You Slut! are. You Slut! play Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms at 3:30pm

The full (provisional) timetable for Nottingham reads as follows:

Rock City Basement (14+ venue)
1:15-1:45 The Recovery
2:15-2:45 Furthest Drive Home
3:15-3:45 Sunset Cinema Club
4:15-4:45 Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man
5:15-5:45 Brigade
6:15-6:45 The Scare
7:15-7:45 Drive By Argument
8:15-8:45 The Dykeenies
9:15-9:45 Lethal Bizzle
10:15-11:00 Gallows

Rock City Main Hall (14+ venue)
2:15-2:45 I Was A Cub Scout
3:15-3:45 Help She Can’t Swim
4:15-4:45 Pull Tiger Tail
5:15-5:45 Foals
6:15-6:45 Kate Nash
7:15-7:45 New Young Pony Club
8:30-9:15 Kano
10:00-11:30 The Cribs

Nottingham Trent University Main Room (14+ venue)
2:45-3:15 Six By Seven
3:45-4:15 Absentee
4:45-5:15 Maps
5:45-6:15 Annuals
7:00-7:45 Architecture In Helsinki
8:30-9:15 Broken Family Band
10:00-11:00 Blonde Redhead

Nottingham Trent University Upstairs (14+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Love Ends Disaster!
3:30-4:00 Radar
4:30-5:00 Nova Saints
5:30-6:00 Olympus Mons
6:30-7:00 Candi Payne
7:30-8:00 Draytones
8:30-9:00 Goodbooks
9:30-10:00 We Are The Physics
10:30-11:00 The Thermals
11:30-12am Bearsuit

Lee Rosy’s Tea Rooms (14+ venue)
3:30-4:00 You Slut!
4:30-5:00 Talibam!
5:30-6:00 Catweasels
6:30-7:00 Fanfarlo
7:30-8:00 Karima Francis
8:30-9:00 Tom Mansi

The Social (18+ venue)
1:15-1:45 Grave Architects
2:00-2:30 House Of Brothers
3:00-3:30 Blood Red Shoes
4:00-4:30 Bobby Cook
5:00-5:30 The Changes
6:00-6:30 Sky Larkin
6:45-7:15 Emmy The Great
7:45-8:15 Emma Pollock
8:45-9:45 Moon Music Orchestra / Findlay Brown
10:15-11:00 Scout Niblett
11:30-3am Grimewatch with Boy Better Know and more TBA

Rescue Rooms (18+ venue)
2:30-3:00 Yo! Chomsky
3:30-4:00 Ratty Rat Rat
4:30-5:00 Mighty Roars
5:30-6:00 These New Puritans
6:30-7:00 Pete And The Pirates
7:30-8:00 Fear Of Flying
8:30-9:00 Laura Marling
9:30-10:00 Kid Harpoon
10:30-11:00 Late Of The Pier
11:30-12am Datarock
12:45-1:30am Hot Club De Paris

Stealth live room (downstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-4:30 The Whip
5:00-5:30 Holy Hail
5:30-6:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
6:00-6:30 Thieves Like Us
6:30-7:00 Metronomy (DJ set)
7:00-7:30 La La Lepus
7:30-8:00 Mum (DJ set)
8:00-8:30 We Smoke Fags
8:30-9:00 Mum (DJ set)
9:00-9:30 Kap Bambino
9:30-10:00 Opticks (DJ set)
10:00-10:30 SMK
10:30-11:00 Opticks (DJ set)
11:00-11:30 Dolby Anol
11:30-00:15 TAPEDECK (DJ set)
00:15-1am Bonde Do Role
1-1:30am TAPEDECK (DJ set)
1:30-2:30 Chromeo

Stealth DJ room (upstairs) (18+ venue)
4:00-6:00 Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
6:00-8:00 Nightmoves
8:00-10:00 Riotous Rockers
10:00-12am Surkin
12-2am Para One
2-4am Erol Alkan

For more information on the festival, visit the Dot To Dot MySpace.

Lostprophets to headline NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds

lostprophetsLostprophets return with two very special intimate festival appearances giving fans an exclusive preview of their long awaited fourth album. The band will headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage at the Reading & Leeds Festival on the August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29th August at Leeds and Sunday 30th at Reading.   The band last toured the UK in 2007 and have been working flat out in the UK and US on their highly anticipated follow up to the number one album ‘Liberation Transmission’.  Vocalist Ian Watkins commented, ‘We’ve been dying to come back to the UK and play and when we realised the timing meant we could make it to Reading & Leeds we jumped at the chance as it’s got the most amazing memories for us. We also thought, rather than playing on the main stage we could get in the tent and see the whites of the eyes of the fans down the front, and get their first hand reaction to the new songs. It’ll be amazing.’  Festival Republic commented ‘We are immensely thrilled to welcome Lostprophets back to Reading and Leeds Festivals in a very special up-close setting. They have always been a huge hit with fans at both sites and have performed some legendary shows. Lostprophets and shows like this are what Reading and Leeds are all about.’

The band join previously announced acts such as Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Eagles of Death Metal on this year’s line up with AFI, Gallows and The Gaslight Anthem supporting on the day plus many more acts to be announced.

Dates are:

29th August LEEDS FESTIVAL www.leedsfestival.com
30th August READING FESTIVAL www.readingfestival.com

City Showcase announce first round acts

City Showcase announces the first round of acts chosen to play at this year’s festival on May, 7th, 8th and 9th.  London’s premiere new and emerging music festival, City Showcase, has announced the first round of artists confirmed to play at this year’s festival and confirmed the event will be free!!  The first acts announced include Sky Larkin, White Belt Yellow Tag , My Toys Like Me , Swound , The Telegraphs , Hunting The Minatour , The Screaming Lights and The 9000 who will all play free shows at City Showcase’s prestigious Xfm sponsored nights at the Borderline on May 7th,8th and 9th.

ian-camfieldThe above nights will be hosted by Xfm’s DJs Jon Hillcock and Ian Camfield while all the events and acts chosen will receive around the clock coverage across the station. This year the City Showcase Rock Night on May 8th will also be sponsored and supported by Rock Sound magazine who has also been involved in the selection process for the evening.

Keep a look out as City Showcase will also be announcing more cutting edge acts to be playing at some exciting and interesting venues and stages across London over the course of the next few weeks.

Acts to have previously played at City Showcase’s prestigious Xfm sponsored rock, Indie and electro nights have included Razorlight , Keane, Gallows, We are the Ocean , Scouting For Girls, Hot Chip and many more and City Showcase hopes that this year’s event will also help bring similar industry awareness to more great new and emerging artistry .

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