Arctic Monkeys get to work on new album. Brit-rockers Arctic Monkeys are working on their fourth album. Our source reports that the band will again work with producer James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco. Ford co-produced 2009′s Humbug alongside Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as 2007′s Favourite Worst Nightmare. In the meantime, Ford has worked with Klaxons, Beth Ditto, and Florence And The Machine. In March last year the band said that they’d get right back into the studio following the Humbug tour, and that they already had new tunes at that time. Although drummer Matt Helders said mid-last year that the only new songs they had were the leftovers from the Humbug sessions. There’s no news on when the new album will be released.
Klaxons explain three year gap Klaxons` members Simon Taylor-Davis and Steffan Halperin say they were not sitting around sipping cocktails for the three years in between their first and second albums. ‘We actually didn’t stop touring until last years Bestival. It was probably about a year ago,’ Simon tells our source. ‘We haven’t been on a beach somewhere sipping cocktails. We’ve been non-stop. As soon as we stopping touring we started writing again and then we went to Los Angeles to record. We have been busy’. Three years may be a long time in between records but Klaxons didn’t stop working. ‘We just wanted the album to be right before it was released so we just thought ‘when its ready, its ready,’ Steffan says of the album ‘Surfing The Void’. When Klaxons started work on album number two, it happened fast. ‘Most of it was written in 10 days in Wales and then we went to LA to record it,’ Steffan says. ‘We recorded it in 3 or 4 months’.
Klaxons November tour dates. Hot on the heels of two sensational London shows showcasing their new album (currently sitting at number 4 in the midweeks) Klaxons are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming tour in November. Kicking off in Manchester on November 11, their jaunt around the isle takes in a performance at London’s HMV Forum in Kentish Town. Pre-sale tickets are available from 9am on general release, Friday September 3
11/11 Manchester Academy -
12/11 Norwich UEA
13/11 Bournemouth O2 Academy
14/11 Nottingham Rock City
16/11 London HMV Forum
20/11 Birmingham HMV Institute
21/11 Glasgow Barrowlands
22/11 Leeds 02 Academy
23/11 Dublin Tripod
Klaxons return with long-awaited second album. Prize-winning nu-rave Brits Klaxons prepare for the release of their second album. More than three years after their debut Myths Of The Near Future, Klaxons will release their follow-up album Surfing The Void on 23 August 2010 through Polydor. Myths Of The Near Future won a swag of awards in 2007, including the UK’s esteemed Mercury Prize and NME’s Best Album, and ushered in the widely loved and equally widely reviled psychedelic dance punk genre ‘nu rave’. Years later, Klaxons look almost prophetic, preparing a populace for groups like MGMT, Ratatat and Yeasayer with their flamboyant, trippy electronica and glittered costumery. In November 2009 the band began working with Ross Robinson after a falling out with Myths producer James Ford. They finished Surfing The Void in February and showcased the gutsy, electro-prog song ‘Flashover’ on BBC Radio 1 in May. The first official single, ‘Echoes’, is due for release on August 10. Klaxons are currently on a pre-release tour through Europe, which extends to a post-release double-header at Leeds and Reading Festivals in late-August.
Pixies pull Israel gig. Pixies have pulled out of their first ever show in Israel citing ‘events beyond our control’ as the reason for the cancellation. The band was due to headline the Pic.Nic Festival in Tel Aviv on this Wednesday June 9, Lineup ; Placebo, G.S.S (Gorillaz Sound System), Editors, Klaxons, Carusella, Hank & Cupcakes. While the band has not publicly started the cancellation was in protest to the raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, it is known that there were sent letters from human rights activists urging them to cancel the show because of Israel’s most recent attack. Last month, Elvis Costello cancelled his tour of Israel. On his website he wrote: “Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent. “I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security. “I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation. “It is a matter of instinct and conscience. “I cannot imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, which is a matter of regret, but I can imagine a better time when I would not be writing this. “With the hope for peace and understanding. Elvis Costello
A grand will come for free for the band who sign up 500 fans the quickest. The first band to sign up 500 fans to the new NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry service before May 24 will win £1,000. NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry is the new community where artists and fans unite. If you’re a music maker, it’s easy to create a profile, add music, videos and photos and then invite people to become your fans. The new service allows bands and users to upload their music and videos onto profiles on NME.COM for other users to listen to. Acts who upload their music will have the chance to feature in NME magazine’s Radar section and on the NME.COM Radar Blog, with Radar editor Jaimie Hodgson scouting the network for the best new musical talent. There will also be opportunities for acts on NME Breakthrough supported by Blackberry to play live at NME events, and also to bag a live slot at this year’s Lovebox festival in London, which takes place on July 16-18. Head to NME.COM/breakthrough to sign up
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British Sea Power announce Tan Hill line-up. A host of acts handpicked by British Sea Power as they return to Britain’s highest Inn Tan. Everything from London based electronic act Metronomy to rootsy siblings Kitty Daisy & Lewis will be playing a tune from the top of the moors. British Sea Power themselves will be performing two shows across the weekend. Last year saw surprise appearances from Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys & Simian Mobile Disco so anything could happen. Tan Hill is sold out – just 250 tickets went on sale last month, it will be a melting pot of great music, entertainment, food & drinks. On top of all that there will be Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, guided walks, husky racing, Birds of Prey and other unpredictable activities across the weekend. For the final day they will be hosting Britain’s Highest Tea party and specially brewed “British ale power” will be available all weekend. An extra 20 tickets have been added for the event and are on sale now at www.ticketline.com
Fusing low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath’s solo project in late 2003. Kath got the moniker from the name of She-Ra’s dwelling in the -He-Man and -Masters of the Universe cartoon series; it’s also the name of a 1983 !Atari video game, which is oddly appropriate, considering that one component of the band’s distinctive sound comes from a keyboard modified with an !Atari 5200 sound chip. When Kath collaborated with singer Alice Glass on some songs in spring 2005, Crystal Castles’ lineup was complete. One of the songs the pair recorded, “Alice Practice,” was something of an accident: it was intended to be a demo of Glass testing out a microphone, but its presence on /MySpace piqued record labels’ interest. “Alice Practice” was released as a limited-edition 7″ in summer 2006 on Merok Records, also home to Klaxons; its 500-copy run sold out in three days. The duo worked on their own songs and also honed their remixing skills, tweaking songs for Klaxons as well as GoodBooks, Uffie, Health, and Bloc Party. Tours with the Presets and Metric in 2007 set the stage for the release of Crystal Castles’ self-titled debut album, which Last Gang released early in 2008. Crystal Castles set new album release date. Crystal Castles have revealed details of their new self-titled album. “Crystal Castles” is due for release on June 7th. Crystal Castles have sold over 200,000 copies of their uncompromising, independently-released debut album, which NME included in their “50 Best Albums of the Decade”. The antisocial duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have created an unexpected level of excitement and cult loyalty, clocking up a staggering 50 million plays on MySpace and Lastfm and headlining sold out tours around the world. Produced by Ethan Kath, tracks were recorded and written in contrasting environments around the world, including a church in Iceland, a self-built cabin in Ontario, and a garage behind an abandoned convenience store in Detroit. The new LP will be preceded by a limited 12″ vinyl release of “Doe Deer” on Record Store Day, followed by the single “Celestica”.
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Joining the already incredible line up of artists announced for this years’ Ibiza Rocks are The Ting Tings, Groove Armada, Friendly Fires, Soulwax, Frankmusik, Kissy Sell Out, Burn the Negative, South Central and Zane Lowe. All will take to the open air stage in the very centre of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel during Ibiza Rocks’ 5th summer season of live shows, every Tuesday from 16 June to 8 September.
The Ting Tings have already rocked the foundations of pop and now they will rock the foundations of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel as they kick off a sensational summer of sizzling hot gigs on 16 June. Supporting Ting Tings and bringing his synths and beats to the Balearics will be Frankmusik plus Radio 1 DJ and champion of the best new bands, Zane Lowe.
Hailing from St. Albans, Herefordshire, Friendly Fires have made a massive splash on the music scene with their special blend of dance come indie come post-punk pop! The critically acclaimed band will take to the Ibiza Rocks stage on 23 June for a special gig and a sneak preview of what to expect when they support Blur later this summer
On 21 July, Groove Armada will bring their incredible big beats back to Ibiza. Dynamic duo and master remixers Andy Cato and Tom Findlay are no strangers to Ibiza but this special live set at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel is certain to be an unforgettable first!
Another first comes from South Central who will be tearing up the dance floor with their electro-punk tunes, supporting Pendulum on the 28 July.
Alternative rock/electro outfit Soulwax will put on a live show like no other at Ibiza Rocks on 1 September. Also known for their influential contributions to ‘bastard pop’ under the name 2manydjs, the Belgium brothers will make an incredible FIVE appearances as 2manydjs at Ibiza Rocks’ official after party Reclaim the Dancefloor at Eden this summer. ‘Ones To Watch’ Burn the Negative will support Soulwax at Ibiza Rocks on 1 September.
Boasting its strongest and most diverse line up to date. The Kooks, Klaxons, The Enemy, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Dizzee Rascal and Pendulum also feature on this summer’s hottest line up.
Ibiza’s premier live music promoters are pulling out all the stops to make this the best summer yet! Specially priced midweek breaks for the more flexible traveller are on offer and all holidays booked with www.ibizarocks.com include a gig ticket and entry to Ibiza Rocks’ new after party ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor!’ at Eden. Advanced sales also ALL include entry into ‘Reclaim the Dancefloor!’ where the crowds can carry on the party with some of the most cutting edge DJ’s and live acts on the planet.
With the introduction of pool and stage view rooms this year, fans can quite literally book a room with a ‘star’ view and a break abroad that could cost less than a weekend festival ticket. Quickly established as the biggest youth focused hotel on the island, the Ibiza Rocks Hotel encapsulates a whole lifestyle, catering for a new live music loving generation and proving that cool and credible can crossover. Legendary live gigs from the world’s best bands, under the stars. It’s Ibiza. It’s official. It rocks!
Confirmed Line Up So Far:
16 June Opening Party with The Ting Tings, Frankmusik and Zane Lowe
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Opening Party with 2manydjs / Steve Aoki / Cassette Jam)
23 June Friendly Fires
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Chase & Status / Kissy Sellout / Toddla T)
30 June The Kooks
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Brodinski / Aeroplane / Matt Walsh)
07 July Very special guests TBC plus Kissy Sellout
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Kissy Sellout / Fake Blood / High Contrast)
14 July Very special guests TBC plus Zane Lowe
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Chase & Status /Sinden / Rusko)
21 July Groove Armada (Live)
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Steve Aoki / Aeroplane / Joe and Will Ask)
28 July Pendulum and South Central (laptop / keyboard set)
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Boys Noize / Fake Blood / DIM / Housemeister / Mix Hell
04 Aug The Enemy
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Skream / L’Amour La Morgue)
11 Aug Dizzee Rascal
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Pendulum DJ set / Scratch Perverts / Fake Blood / Sinden)
18 Aug Vampire Weekend
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Brodinski / Matt Walsh)
25 Aug MGMT
Pendulum DJ set / The Bloody Beetroots / Sinden / Benga)
01 Sept Soulwax/2manydjs and Burn the Negative
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: 2manydjs / Fake Blood / Junior Sanchez / L’Amour La Morgue)
08 Sept Closing Party with Klaxons and special guests
(Reclaim the Dancefloor: Closing Party with Digitalism / Caspa)