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The Chemical Brothers score soundtrack for new film.

The Chemical Brothers score soundtrack for new film.

The Chemical Brothers score soundtrack for new film.

Critically acclaimed electronic duo The Chemical Brothers have teamed up with film director Joe Wright to score Wright’s boldly original adventure thriller Hanna, which stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. The soundtrack will be released exclusively through iTunes on March 15th, in advance of the film’s April 8th nationwide theatrical release through Focus Features. From the haunting “Hanna’s Theme,” written for the 16-year-old title character, to the carnival-esque track “The Devil Is In the Details” and the tension-filled “Container Park,” The Chemical Brothers deliver 20 tracks that mirror the ever-changing moods and environments that Hanna (played by Ronan) experiences in her dangerous journey as she is pursued across Europe. Of the original score, Moviefone raves “Trust us when we say they deliver something really special with this one, topping (in our opinion) the much-buzzed-about Daft Punk TRON: Legacy score… as well as Trent Reznor’s [Oscar-winning] score for The Social Network. Oh yes, we just went there.”

Kasabian to play new material at RockNess.

Kasabian to play new material at RockNess.

Kasabian to play new material at RockNess.

Kasabian to play new material at RockNess. It’s promising to be the ‘Year of the ‘Ness’ and KASABIAN, who headline the monster three day RockNess festival next June have just added serious buzz by revealing the bash in the Scottish Highlands will be one of the first opportunities to hear brand new material live! Speaking to NME, Serge Pizzorno said fans should expect some new additions to the setlist. When asked if Kasabian would be playing new songs at RockNess, Pizzorno replied: “Definitely. There may even be something out by then too. I’d like there to be. I’d love to have something out because it always gets you going when you’re playing the new shit.” Pizzorno was speaking around the release of London Boulevard, the British film he has composed the soundtrack for. He said that some of the material from the soundtrack may influence new Kasabian songs. “There may be a tune or so from the film that could surface too,” he said. “In some ways, the film and the score might be almost a little glimpse into what will happen with the band in the future.” Joining KASABIAN, is an act that can well and truly call RockNess home ‘ The Chemical Brothers. Last time Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands played the festival, they unleashed a colossal visual and sonic assault of such magnitude it reverberated the length of the Great Glen. Now in news that is generating elation with fans, they’re heading back for the first gig in Scotland since 2008. Ed and Tom said ‘it’s really exciting to be headlining one of our favourite festivals. RockNess is an amazing place to play and we can’t wait to be back there again’. Expect heaps of arms-aloft euphoria come June! Completing the Main Stage headliners is Paolo Nuttini  who promises to bring RockNess to a spectacular close on the Sunday in a massive landmark homecoming gig. Nutini’s reputation for blistering, crowd rousing live performances has seen him electrify audiences across the globe and festival organisers are inviting fans the length and breadth of the country to do whatever it takes to join this unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime occasion. RockNess 2011 takes place 10-12 June, 2011 in the village of Dores, close to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The festival won ‘LINE UP OF THE YEAR’ at last month’s UK Festival Awards for its 2010 extravaganza which saw appearances from a raft of incredible acts including The Strokes. Leftfield and Fatboy Slim. Music lovers are being encouraged to ‘Respect the ‘Ness’ by taking advantage of ‘GO GREEN’ tickets on sale that include FREE COACH TRAVEL FROM ALL MAJOR CITIES IN THE UK. This follows the instant sell out of the festival’s outrageously good value, computer crashing £99 weekend ticket and amazing Early Bird deal that also sold out!

GO GREEN ticket prices:

£149 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping
£159 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping with coach travel
£135 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping student ticket
£145 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping student ticket with coach travel
£189 – 3 day weekend camping / non camping VIP ticket


The Prodigy announce biggest ever solo show

The Prodigy

The Prodigy

The Prodigy announce biggest ever solo show. The Prodigy are proud to announce their BIGGEST EVER SOLO SHOW in the UK as they headline Milton Keynes Bowl on July 24, 2010. Featuring special guests: Pendulum, Enter Shikari, Chase and Status, Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Zane Lowe. There can be no doubt that this year belongs to The Prodigy. They’re back, getting in the world’s face and doing what they do best: they’ve proved themselves as the last gang in town all over again, selling over a million copies of new album ‘Invaders Must Die’ and playing a string of devastating live shows across the world that turn any gig into a festival and any festival into an snarling, pogoing orgy of mayhem.

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline “DJ Hero 2″

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline "DJ Hero 2

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline "DJ Hero 2

Lady Gaga, Metallica Headline “DJ Hero 2. DJ Hero is going to spin gaming on its head once again with the release of “DJ Hero 2.” Set to hit stores this October, “DJ Hero 2″ will feature tracks from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kanye West, and more. Some of the biggest hits in dance, pop, and hip-hop will be featured in the upcoming sequel to the #1 new videogame IP of 2009.  Also set to be included in the game are artists like Metallica, The Chemical Brothers, Dr. Dre and over 85 more.  One of the new tracks, a mash-up of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Deadmau5′s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” is being offered free on the Xbox Marketplace and the Playstation Store from June 8th to the 14th to coincide with the announcement. Producer Deadmau5 is also being added to the game as a playable character.  Along with brand new music for mixing and scratching, the game will also boast brand new multiplayer game modes, including DJ battles, and freestyle gameplay, as well as the new Empire Mode, where players will start off working as DJ’s before moving up to heading their own entertainment empire. “‘DJ Hero’ was the best music game of 2009 and with ‘DJ Hero 2′ we’re delivering a new easy to pick-up, challenging-to-master experience that all players can enjoy together,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Office for Guitar Hero. “With new social game modes, the inclusion of full microphone support, all-new levels of creative freedom and an amazing soundtrack, ‘DJ Hero 2′ is the ultimate mixer of music and friends.” “DJ Hero 2″ will boast over 70 new mash-ups exclusive to the game featuring some of the hottest artists in music.

Ladyhawke and Hard-Fi called in to design Beck’s label

ladyhawke-rtvBeck’s takes its ongoing collaboration with cutting edge artists to a new level this year as Ladyhawke and Hard-Fi are invited to redesign the iconic Beck’s label. Beck’s has a heritage in art dating back more than 20 years, championing the artists of tomorrow and giving support to new creativity in the boldest way possible, handing over the aesthetic control of the brand label. Others to work on Beck’s labels in the past include Gilbert & George, Sam Taylor-Wood and Tatsuo Miyajima.  Titled ‘Music Inspires Art’ the project will see two designs from the music artists appear on Beck’s bottles, launching in late summer. At this stage only early concept drawings have been released, but these indicate that the new Beck’s Art Labels are set to be as raw, creative and thought provoking as previous art labels. Hard-Fi are known for their iconic album art and have been inspired by the their own covers to create something for the Beck’s label and Ladyhawke has taken inspiration from her own music, a song called Magic. To Continue reading →

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday With Evolution Songs

charles_darwin_lToday would have been the 200th birthday of arguably the most famous naturalist of all time, Charles Darwin.

To mark the occasion we’ve formulated together a list of evolution related songs that no doubt Mr Darwin would be listening to on his iPod if he was kicking around today.

See below  our list of Charles Darwin evolution songs and a selection of related music videos.

To mark what would have been legendary British naturalist Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday this week (February 12), I present a collection of songs to mark the occasion! 

Darwin also published his seminal book ‘On The Original of Species’ 150 years ago this year, so I’ve come up with as many (loosely) evolution-related songs as possible. If you can think of any more, post them below.

David Bowie: ‘Changes’ – Nice and succinct, Bowie sums up evolution perfectly
Pearl Jam: ‘Do The Evolution’
Bruce Springsteen:  ‘Part Man, Part Monkey’
Ian Brown: ‘Dolphins Were Monkeys’ – A bit skewed, but we’ll let Ian off, he has smoked a lot of weed in his time. 
Korn: ‘Evolution’ 
Napalm Death: ‘De-Evolution Ad Nauseum’
Destiny’s Child: ‘I’m A Survivor’ – Sums up natural selection nicely. We’re not sure the ultra-religious Beyonce would be happy about being on this list though! 
Michael Jackson: ‘Earth Song’
Cher: ‘If I Could Turn Back In Time’
R.E.M: ‘Losing My Religion’ – Exactly what Darwin was no doubt feeling while writing is theory!
The Chemical Brothers: ‘It Began In Africa’ – It is where man is believed to have first evolved after all. 
Fatboy Slim: ‘Right Here, Right Now’ – For that famous evolution video
Artichoke: ‘Charles Robert Darwin’ – Says all you need to know!
Elvis Costello: ‘Monkey To Man’
Louis Prima & Phil Harris: ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ – The tune the orangutans sing to Mowgli on The Jungle Book movie
New York Dolls: ‘Dance Like A Monkey’
The Bee Gees: ‘Evolution’
Motorhead: ‘Line In The Sand’ – Comes complete with the line “Evolution is a mystery, full of changes that no-one sees.”
Amy Winehouse: ‘Monkey Man’
Buckethead: ‘Future Evolution’
Bob Dylan: ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’
Genomic Dub Collective: ‘Natural Selection’
Godiego: ‘Monkey Magic’

For those of you who get irked by creationists claiming the earth was built in six days and all that, CLICK HERE to see a comprehensive guide to musicians who have spoken out against religion.

We’ve also set up a spotify playlist in honour of Charles Darwin, which you can listen to here

For a rough (and not entirely accurate) guide to evolution in three minutes and 36 seconds, enjoy the video to Fatboy Slim’s

Watch Fatboy Slim – ‘Retrospective’ on RTV Channel

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