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Florence++The+MachineVoicst to support Florence and The Machine. In October Voicst will support the British band Florence and the Machine on their tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The tour will promote their second album A Tale Of Two Devils, which was released in these countries on September 18, on their own record label Good Busy Records.

10-05-2009: Logo, Hamburg, Germany
10-06-2009: Luxor, Cologne, Germany
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Dutch Kraak & Smaak new single + USA DJ tour

Kraak & Smaak‘I Ain’t Gonna Take It No More’ is the latest single to be released from the album Plastic People. The track is released as a radio edit (featuring Sebastian from the K&S live band on vocals) and includes a Bart B More remix as well as their own K&S club mix. In a collaboration with Kraak & Smaak has also launched a competition to create the official video for this single. The winner could win Continue reading →

The Moi Non Plus last Dutch addition to SXSW festival

the-moi-non-plusThe Moi Non Plus, hailing from Amsterdam, are the final Dutch addition to the South By South West Festival in Austin, USA. The band will play three concerts with two on the same day. One will be a showcase organised by Vice Magazine and, then later on during a showcase of the well-known American bookings agency Ground Control Touring. is an organisation which supports Dutch bands with their international career. Six acts who will play SXSW this year get the full support of, which is an initiated by Music Center The Netherlands and Buma Cultuur. Acts included are Le Le, Pete Philly & Perquisite, Kraak & Smaak, Lucky Fonz III, Monokino and The Moi Non Plus. In total ten Dutch bands will play SXSW showcase this year.

Gigs by The Moi Non Plus on SXSW:

Wednesday 18/03/09: Music Gym, Austin (Amsterdam Outsiders Showcase)
Wednesday 18/03/09: Opal Divine’s Freehouse, Ausin (Official SXSW showcase)
Friday 20/03/09: Ms Bea, Austin (Todd P & Ground Control Touring Showcase)

Nine Dutch acts head for the SXSW Festival in Austin

pete-philly-perquisiteKraak & Smaak, Pete Philly & Perquisite and Scram C Baby are among the nine Dutch bands performing at the SXSW-festival this year, with additional sets from Ducth artists including Monokino, Awkward i, Le Le, Arts The Beatdoctor and In Stereo.

Singer-songwriter Lucky Fonz III’s appearance on SXSW is well timed while he undertakes his North-American tour. Whilst on the continent, Fonz will play a string of dates, including the Canadian Music Week and the upcoming Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis. You can catch him on tour at the following dates:

Thursday 19 February: Memphis, official Folk Alliance showcase @ Jackson’s at 9 PM
Friday 20 February: Memphis, Folk Alliance showcases @ Marriott at 3 PM, 11:30 PM & 2.20 AM
Saturday 21 February: Memphis, Folk Alliance showcases @ Marriott at 2:30 PM & 1 AM
Sunday 8 March: Guelph, Canada @ The Albion Hotel
Tuesday 10 March: Ottawa, Canada @ Algonquin College
Wednesday11 March: Waterloo @ Maxwell’s Music House
Friday 13 March: Official Canadian Music Week showcase @ Clinton’s at 9 PM
Saturday 14 March: Toronto @ Hart House Theatre (show with 30-piece string orchestra at 8PM)
Saturday 14 March: Official Canadian Music Week showcase @ Global Village at 12 AM
Thursday 19 March: Austin, the Musebox SXSW party @ the Rusty Spurs
Thursday 19 March: Austin, official SXSW showcase @ Stephen F’s Bar (701 Congress Ave) at 12 AM

Kraak & Smaak – Plastic People

84-kraak-and-smaak-plastic-people-160x160-scale-nocrop-q80“The new album is a bit more grown up than the first album” says Wim “We’ve worked with some of our heroes and that’s had an effect. We still want to write tracks that rock it on a dancefloor but we’ve also done an incredible cinematic track with Carmel who was a famous jazz singer in the 80’s.” “Our dream collaboration is still Thom Yorke from Radiohead though – so if anyone can hook it up we’re ready and waiting” interjects Mark.

“We’ve kept the trademark K&S sound of funk and Fender Rhodes on some of the tracks” says Oscar  “but tracks like Plastic People have a tougher edge. It’s a natural result of playing to bigger festival crowds and seeing bands like Faithless tear crowds apart with big dark riffs. We still want to keep the party funk element to our live show but you need those dark ride moments that make it happen for the big crowds. We were really pleased when Sander Kleinenberg licensed an upfront version of one of our new album tracks for his Renaissance compilation. I don’t think that would have happened with Boogie Angst”.

The band are still raving vinyl heads with Mark’s personal collection topping 50,000. He owns two vinyl record stores in Amsterdam and Leiden and is still a firm supporter of the format. Wim is also a vinyl man but studio head Oscar is more of a film buff. “ The track we wrote with Carmel would be perfect for a David Lynch film” says Oscar “and melancholic soundtracks can be a real inspiration for emotional electronic and downtempo music.”

Kraak & Smaak released their second album Plastic People in April 08. The single Squeeze Me featuring Ben Westbeech was a hit across Europe and was supported by Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Annie Nightingale and Trevor Nelson on Radio 1.

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