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Cold War Kids new album

Cold War Kids new album

Cold War Kids new album

Cold War Kids new album. Indie rock sensation Cold War Kids have booked a UK tour and prepare for the release of their third album. The band has seemingly never stopped touring, as they’ve been performing a chunk of Californian shows in November, and a more extensive December tour around the US. Now they’ve just booked a Feburary tour through the UK. They will also release their third album, which will be called Mine Is Yours and be released on January 24. The eleven-track album was produced by Jacquire King, who has previously teamed up with Kings Of Leon, Modest Mouse and Tom Waits.

Sonic Youth New Years Eve date

Sonic Youth New Years Eve date

Sonic Youth New Years Eve date

Sonic Youth New Years Eve date. ATP Concerts are very pleased to present their first annual New Years Eve celebration this December 31st at London’s prestigious Hammersmith Apollo. Indie rock legends Sonic Youth will headline a stunning bill also featuring Chicago’s mighty Shellac, the Pop Group and much talked about Brit newcomers Factory Floor for this very special New Years event entitled STRANGE DAYS. They will be joined on the night by guest DJs. The show will run from 7pm – 3am and tickets cost £40. Sonic Youth will also appear the night before (Thursday 30th December) at Manchester Academy. Tickets for both events are available here: Meanwhile, Sonic Youth have done the soundtrack for the French film ‘Simon Werner a Disparu’ (‘Lights Out’), directed by Fabrice Gobert, which opened Sept 20 in France and will show later elsewhere. They are currently preparing the soundtrack for CD & vinyl release early in 2011.

New rock music channel LAVA to launch

Deaf Havana

Deaf Havana

New rock music channel LAVA launches 29 March 2010 on SKY 378, providing a platform for young rock and indie musicians.   This is the latest venture from Mushroom TV, the production company behind Channel AKA (formerly Channel U), who are aiming to repeat the success of AKA within a new genre.   LAVA will cover all rock sub-genres from Heavy Metal & Punk Rock to Grunge, Indie Rock and & Nu Metal and features unsigned acts from around the UK such as Deaf Havana, You Me At Six and Enter Shikari alongside classic and brand new Rock music. The motivation behind the launch is to uncover unsigned talent from the rock scene, before anyone else.  Channel AKA helped to launch the careers of triple award winners and platinum selling Grime artists N-Dubz; Number 1 artist Tinchy Stryder; MOBO winner Chipmunk, and Mercury prize winner and Number 1 artist Dizzee Rascal to name but a few. AKA has been the first and only station to broadcast many up & coming Grime artists on music television, offering an opportunity to build a UK-wide fan base and to help bring them to the attention of record labels and artist management.    AKA has also given many presenters a starting point for their future success, before he joined MTV to host the British version of Pimp My Ride, Tim Westwood had a show on Channel AKA, Radio 1 D.J’s Ace & Vis begun their media journey by hosting The Illout Show and MTV’s Scottie B had his TV debut with The Channel U Christmas Special. The Channel AKA and Lava formats allow the viewer to be in full control of the play list via a voting system, meaning that you only have to see the videos that you want to see.

Four Year Strong set release on Pete Wentz label

Four Year Strong set release on Pete Wentz label

Four Year Strong set release on Pete Wentz label

Four Year Strong set release on Pete Wentz label.  One of music’s premier pop punk bands, Four Year Strong, are set to release their heavily anticipated third full length album, Enemy of the World, in the UK on Defacto Records on May 31st 2010.  The band, Dan O’Connor (Vocals/Guitar), Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Josh Lyford (Vocals/Synth), Jake Massucco (Drums), and Joe Weiss (Bass), was formed in Massachusetts in 2001 after O’Conner, Day, and Massucco met through mutual friends. With influences like Lifetime, Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits, and New Found Glory, FYS has always strived to create music that they themselves would enjoy as listeners. Their motivation has manifested itself in a fluid mix of everything from punk pop to hardcore to indie rock.   Their distinct sound and incredibly energetic live shows has led to their inclusion on countless tours and also caught the attention of Fallout Boy’s Pete Wentz, who signed FYS to his label Decaydance Records in February 2008. The band’s heightened profile hasn’t stopped them from working non-stop as they continued a hectic touring schedule last year as a part of the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour and co-headlining a summer tour with Set Your Goals in the US.  Pete Wentz has also been growing his beard to prepare for the Four Year Strong album which is set to be released in the US on 9th March. He’ll be shaving his beard live on Stickam ( the night before on 8th March.  The band worked on EOTW with legendary producer, Machine (Lamb of God, Cobra Starship, Armour for Sleep).


It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now
On A Saturday
Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)
Nineteen With Neck Tatz
Find My Way Back
What The Hell Is A Gigawatt?
One Step At A Time
This Body Pays The Bill$
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Flannel Is The Color Of My Energy
Enemy Of The World

The rock ‘n’ roll comes fast in Drew Barrymore’s ‘Whip It’

whip-it-ellen-drew_detailFor all of its high-energy sweetness, Drew Barrymore’s coming-of-age roller-derby tale “Whip It” may be one of the most rock ‘n’ roll flicks of the year. The film packs 75 songs into its 111 minutes, tracking the first taste of independence from Ellen Page’s teenage character, Bliss, with a trail of contemporary music. Staples of teenage autonomy, such as the Ramones’ punk-meets-bubblegum pop

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Death Cab For Cutie Scores Lead ‘New Moon’ Single

death_cab_for_cutieDeath Cab For Cutie, the Grammy nominated indie rock band from Bellingham, Wash., has scored the coveted lead single spot on the soundtrack for “New Moon,” the intensely anticipated second installment of the “Twilight” vampire series hitting movie theaters Nov. 20. “Meet Me On the Equinox,” a song Death Cab For Cutie composed and recorded specifically for the “New Moon” movie, will be unveiled Sept. 13 on MTV’s website during the Video Music Awards broadcast.   The entire Continue reading →

The Maccabees confirm album and single details

the-maccabeesThe Maccabees are an indie rock band from Brighton, England. Debuting in 2004 with the You Make Noise, I Make Sandwiches EP (released on Haircut Records) they scored a minor indie hit in 2006 with the post-punk influenced single Latchmere (released on Fierce Panda Records) before inking a deal with the Polydor imprint (and former home of The Cure) Fiction Records.

The band released their debut album Colour It In on the 14th May 2007. To date (late September 2007) they have released three (widely available) singles from the album (First Love, About Your Dress and Precious Time) with a fourth and final single Toothpaste Kisses released on the 8th October 2007.

They are currently recording their second album.

The Maccabees are:
Orlando Weeks – Vocals
Hugo White – Guitar
Felix White – Guitar / Vocals
Rupert Jarvis – Bass
Robert Dylan Thomas – Drums

Official WebsiteThe mighty Maccabees have confirmed the details of their new album and single. The band’s second album, Wall Of Arms, is released on May 4th on Fiction. It is preceded by the single Love You Better out April 27th.

The album track listing is:

1. Love You Better
2. One Hand Holding
3.Can You Give It
4. Young Lions
5. Wall Of Arms
6. No Kind Words
7. Dinosaurs
8. Kiss And Resolve
9. William Powers
10. Seventeen Hands
11. Bag Of Bones

The band recruited producer Markus Dravs (who, as well as working with Bjork and Coldplay, helped create Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible), and left London and its distractions to focus on recording. Compared to their first album, which was, according to singer Orlando Weeks, recorded in ‘dribs and drabs’, and consequently felt more like ‘a record of songs rather than a cohesive album’, the band worked solidly on Wall Of Arms in a number of different cities such as Liverpool and Paris.

The band head out on a full UK tour next week:

Thu 19 GLASGOW ORAN MOR (Tel: 08444 999 990)
Fri 20 SHEFFIELD PLUG (Tel: 0114 241 3040)
Sat 21 COVENTRY KASBAH (Tel: 0871 220 0260)
Mon 23 DERBY THE ROYAL (Tel: 01332 255 800)
Tue 24 BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 (Tel: 01273 673 311)
Thr 26 CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION (Tel: 08450 50 8258)
Fri 27 STOKE SUGARMILL (Tel: 0115 9454 593)
Sat 28 LIVERPOOL ACADEMY 2 (Tel: 08444 77 1000)

Thu 30 NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDERS (Tel: 0115 912 9000)

Fri 01 EDINBURGH STUDIO 24 (Tel: 08444 999 990)
Sat 02 LEEDS LIVE AT LEEDS (Tel: 0113 245 4650)
Mon 04 BRISTOL THEKLA (Tel: 08713 100 000)
Tue 05 LONDON ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Tel: 020 7403 3331)
Wed 06 NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS (Tel: 08713 100 000)
Thu 07 NORWICH WATERFRONT (Tel: 01603 508 050)
Sat 09 MANCHESTER ACADEMY 2 (Tel: 0871 2200 260)
Sun 10 BIRMINGHAM ACADEMY 2 (Tel: 0844 477 2000)
Tue 12 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY SOLUS (Tel: 08713 100 000)
Wed 13 SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY (Tel: 02380 632 601)

The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show.

eurovision-song-contestAlready for 53 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favorite TV show. After more than five decades featuring some 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s collective mind. Read on to find out how it all started over half a century ago…
After 53 years, the database with Eurovision Song Contest facts and figures, stories and anecdotes is huge! A true, die-hard fan knows how many points Luxembourg got in 1980 (56), who came last in 1972 (Malta, with 48 points) and how many times the Netherlands got 12 points in 1996 (once, from Austria). Because no one can expect you to become a living Eurovision Song Contest encyclopedia, takes you through the contest’s history in fast forward. It’s all you need to know before you dive into the rich history of the Eurovision Song Contest…

How it all begun
Did you know that not only stars like ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richard and Julio Iglesias took part, but also dance act Riverdance thanks its fame to the Eurovision Song Contest? The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was formed on 12th February 1950 by 23 broadcasting organisations from Europe and the Mediterranean at a conference in Devon, United Kingdom. It was on the 6th of June, 1954, that Montreux became the venue for the first transmission by the EBU’s Eurovision Network of the Narcissus Festival and its flower-bedecked procession floats. The first Eurovision viewers eagerly watched on four million television sets in homes, bars, and shop windows in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Ambitious project
In 1955, the EBU came up with the idea of an international song contest whereby countries, represeted by their respective public broadcasters, would participate in one television show, to be transmitted simultaneously in all represented nations. This was conceived during a meeting in Monaco in 1955 by Marcel Bezençon, a Frenchman working for the EBU. The competition was based upon the Italian Festival di Sanremo, held for the first time in 1951, and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: In those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network. Satellite television did not exist yet at that time, and the Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network. Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne was born!

The successes
Without interruption, the Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, which makes it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. In 2003, the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place, while the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated her 50th anniversity 2005. Viewers picked ABBA’s Waterloo as best ever Eurovision Song Contest song. In 2007, Europe could see the first ever Eurovision Dance Contest.

The 2008 running saw a record of 43 represented countries, as Azerbaijan and San Marino joined the family. The competition has been broadcast throughout Europe, but also in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, even though these countries do not participate. In 2009, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

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