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Joe Jonas has revealed his dream line-up for a fantasy band

The singer, who is set to release his debut solo single See No More next week, said he would choose Sting and Kanye West as part of his ideal musical ensemble.

Having found fame with his siblings as part of the hugely successful Jonas Brothers, Joe is now venturing out on his own ‘ and proved his great music taste by picking two legendary artists as his fantasy back-up.

‘ want Sting on bass, for obvious reasons really. He’s a fantastic artist, an incredible guy and I think he would do a really great job,’ Joe told British newspaper The Independent.

‘ really want a hype man for my band, is that allowed? It would be Kanye West because I feel like he just owns it, he’s 100 percent hype and he’s got such a cool vibe to him. Everything he does is so exciting. It would be a pretty interesting group, I reckon. Something different for people to hear anyway! I’m confident it would sound cool.’

Joe also revealed the worst gig he has ever played.

Recalling a performance with The Jonas Brothers, he recalled a particularly awkward experience at a strawberry festival.

‘There was hardly anyone there, and the sound cut out halfway through, and that was a little bit upsetting. We had to perform without any sound equipment,’ he told British newspaper The Guardian. ‘We didn’t get angry and smash the place up, no. But we did get asked to judge the winning strawberry as compensation for the bad sound. The winning strawberry was fantastic.’

Adele tops Guardian’s Music Power 100

Singer-songwriter Adele and her record label boss, publisher and plugger have topped the Guardian’s Music Power 100.

The list, compiled by a panel of industry experts, names those that exert the greatest influence over the UK’s music listening habits.

The top ten of the Guardian’s Music Power 100 is:

Team Adele – Adele, Richard Russell XL Recordings, manager Jonathan Dickins, publisher Paul Connolly, radio plugger Brad Hunner
Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group International and David Joseph, chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK
Simon Cowell
Nigel Harding, music policy executive, Radio 1
Person or persons unknown, iTunes UK
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, founders, YouTube
George Ergoutadis, head of music, Radio 1 and 1Xtra
Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, Google
Simon Moran, managing director, SJM promotions
Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon

At only 23, Adele has sold millions of records worldwide. Her second album, 21, has topped the US chart seven times and it has been No 1 in the UK for the last five weeks, having previously been No 1 for 11 weeks. In February she became the first artist since The Beatles to have two top five singles and two top five albums at the same time.

Those on the advisory panel were: Geoff Travis, founder Rough Trade records; Paul Scaife, MD/publisher, Record of the Day; Terri Hall, managing director, Hall or Nothing PR; Cerne Canning, Supervision Management; and Jonathan Morrish, director of corporate comms, PPL.

The Guardian’s inaugural Music Power 100 list is published in the Guardian’s Film & Music supplement as part of a summer-long season, Music Loves Summer, in the Guardian and Observer. The season continues over the weekend with a Glastonbury ticket giveaway on Saturday and an exclusive interview with the Arctic Monkeys on Sunday in The Observer.

Visit for the latest news, reviews and offers from Music Loves Summer.

Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album

Arcade Fire's

Arcade Fire's

Ready To Start, the second single from Arcade Fire’s latest album The Suburbs, will be released digitally on 11th October 2010 via Sonovox. From Arcade Fire’s third studio album, the track was described by the NME as having the “urgent fractious energy of ‘Tunnels’… stately, melancholic but resolute, with an urgent rhythm and riff.” Ready to Start is a follow up to Arcade Fire’s first single We Used To Wait. The music video for which, The Wilderness Downtown, has already received over 25 million views worldwide. An interactive online only video, The Wilderness Downtown filled social networking sites twitter and facebook, again causing Arcade Fire to top Hype Machine. Billboard found Chris Milk’s interactive video, ‘an eye-popping interactive film/experience. further pushing the boundaries of the music video concept” while the Guardian called it ‘an extremely impressive use of technology’. The Suburbs went to Number 1 in the UK and the US, Canada, Portugal, Norway, Ireland and Belgium on release in August and the top 5 in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The band will return to the UK in December for two shows in London followed by dates in Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow. The Arcade Fire are Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara. ‘Arcade Fire knew they were ready to start a third album when they sat down and jammed an urgent indie-rock thumper appropriately titled Ready To Start.’ Q – October 2010

Kate Moss fulfills Christmas wishes with new collection

TopshopKate Moss fulfills her followers’ Christmas wishes with new collectionFans of fashion icon Kate Moss certainly won’t have any problem writing their Christmas lists this year.  That’s because this week sees the release of the British beauty’s latest Topshop collection, and this time around it’s sexier than ever. Featured alongside statement dresses and jewelled knitwear is Kate’s debut nightwear range.  Fashionistas can choose from silk pyjamas, lounge suits and luxe lingerie inspired, of course, by elements of the model’s own Continue reading →

Tegan and Sara return to UK

Tegan and SaraTegan and Sara return with the October 26th release of their new album ‘Sainthood’ on Vapor / Sire / Warner Bros. Records. The album follows their acclaimed 2007 album ‘The Con’ that won praise from publications including The Guardian, NME, Observer Music Monthly and Time Out. The duo will follow the album’s release with three UK dates in November.  Tegan and Sara recorded ‘Sainthood’ at Sound City, Los Angeles and Seattle’s Two Sticks. Production was handled by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla with Howard Redekopp and Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Ting Tings) on mixing duties.  ‘Sainthood’ addresses secular Continue reading →

The Hold Steady add more dates

the-hold-steady-3The Hold Steady add more dates 
THE HOLD STEADY have added some extra dates to their tour of UK and Europe in May.

Sun 3-May Koln, DE Luxor
Mon 4-May Rotterdam, NL Ahoy*
Tue 5-May Groningen, NL Liberation Festival
Thu 7-May Belfast, UK Odyssey Arena*
Fri 8-May Dublin, IE o2 Arena* Sun 10-May Glasgow, UK SECC*
Mon 11-May Manchester, UK Manchester Evening News Arena*
Wed 13-May Birmingham, UK NIA*
Thu 14-May London, UK Wembley Arena*
Sat 16-May Cardiff, UK Cardiff Arena*
Mon 18-May Bournemouth, UK BIC*
Tue 19-May Leeds, UK Cockpit
Wed 20-May Cambridge, UK Junction
Fri 22-May Falmouth, UK Pavilion
Sat 23-May Bristol, UK Dot to Dot Festival
Sun 24-May Brighton, UK Centre*
* supporting Counting Crows

The Hold Steady released ‘A Positive Rage’, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album on Rough Trade Records in the UK on 6 April.

‘THE HOLD STEADY are the best live band on the planet, no contest’ – Keith Cameron, Q
‘A proper, huge-sounding, feel-good rock’n’roll band… with a sold-out venue shouting back every word,.You’d be advised to invest in all their albums.’ – Jody Thompson, SUNDAY MIRROR
‘The gig of the festival. Joyous rock ‘n’ roll performed with unfettered glee to a stupidly excited crowd that stretched for miles’ – Laura Barton, THE GUARDIAN

2 Many DJs and James Morrison added to Oxegen 2009

miss-kittin-and-the-hackerWith a line-up already crammed full of fans’ favourites OXEGEN 2009 is shaping up to be the music event of the summer. The great and good of Rock ‘n’ Roll are coming from all over the world to play for you this July. Today, we are delighted to announce the latest star players to be added to the musical team sheet.  Turntable-maestros 2 Many DJs have been added to Friday’s line-up. Renowned for pioneering the mash-up scene, the Belgian duo have recently been busy working with the likes of Daft Punk and Gorillaz.

Fans can also look forward to the soulful and bluesy vocals of James Morrison. Still only 24, he’s already been compared to the likes of the mighty Otis Redding and Van Morrison.  Scottish post-rock pioneers Mogwai bring their own wall of sound to Friday. This critically acclaimed 5 piece always deliver an outstanding, often deafening live show.  Regina Spektor is a unique singer songwriter that cannot be pigeonholed. Her undoubted talent embraces influences as diverse as folk, punk, rock, hip-hop and jazz. Check out a virtuoso at work on Saturday. With 18 top 20 singles including classics such as ‘The Day We Caught The Train’ and ‘The Riverboat Song’, Ocean Colour Scene will need no introduction to the OXEGEN masses on Friday.  It’s a big welcome back to Maximo Park who last rocked out in 2007. Their eagerly anticipated third album ‘Quicken the Heart’ is due out on May 11th and OXEGEN is the place to experience it live on Saturday.  The Hours have an enviable music pedigree, with members Antony and Martin having worked with Pulp, Elastica, Black Grape and UNKLE. Now they have teamed up with their pal artist Damien Hirst on his new label,check out their cracking new single,’Big Black Hole’, due out today. A big, fresh sound for Friday night.  Fresh from starring at SXSW and riding their ever-growing wave of buzz, You Me At Six will bring their provocative punk metal sound to the up for it OXEGEN crowd on Sunday.  Since forming in the summer of 2004, Crystal Castles, the Toronto-based duo of Ethan Fawn and Alice Glass have amassed a cult following through their uncompromising and intense delivery, a slew of limited edition singles, and shows packed solely from word of mouth. Catch them on Saturday. Having supported Kings of Leon and The Killers on tour M83 come highly recommended. Jump into their dream pop sound on Friday.  Described by The Guardian as an ‘Irish Outkast’, the Republic of Loose define themselves without any reference to anyone else other than a respectful nod to James Brown and The Rolling Stones. Nominated for 2 Meteor Awards this year, they add their funk-filled sound to Friday’s line up.  BBC Sound of 2009 hot tip La Roux will go ‘In For The Kill’ on Sunday this year. Following their current support slot on Lily Allen’s UK tour and the forthcoming headline gig on NME’s 2009 Radar Tour, the annual new talent showcase will lead them nicely into their summer slot at OXEGEN.

OXEGEN artists announced so far:

Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Eagles of Death Metal, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane, 2 Many DJs, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene, The Hours, M83, Republic Of Loose

Kings of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Doves, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, The Saturdays, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism, Gary Go, James Morrison, Regina Spektor, Maximo Park, Crystal Castles, La Roux

The Killers, Razorlight, Nine Inch Nails, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Jane’s Addiction, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live), Hudson Mohawke, Wallis Bird, You Me At 6

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale NOW and are priced at a 2008 price freeze of 224.50 Euro (incl. booking fee) for 3 day including camping ticket. For an extra 20 Euro fans can purchase a 4 day including camping ticket which will include Thursday campsite stay also.

The Gaslight Anthem new single and festival dates


The Gaslight Anthem rose out of the fertile punk and hardcore scene of New Brunswick, NJ, flaunting a unique style that melded the sounds of Bruce Springsteen, Wilson Pickett, and various Motown groups with the rough, emotional grit of Hot Water Music and Jawbreaker. The band — comprised of vocalist/guitarist Brian Fallon, bassist Alex Levine, drummer Benny Horowitz, and guitarist Alex Rosamila — began establishing a loyal hometown crowd after forming in 2005, and their soulful punk rock melodies attracted wider attention upon the release of their full-length debut, Sink or Swim, which droped in May 2007 via the local imprint XOXO Records. Although rough around the edges, the album presented plenty of energetic, sing-along songs that garnered accolades from punk zines, blogs, and fans alike. The increasing popularity was enough to score gigs with the likes of Against Me!, the Loved Ones, and the Draft, and by the end of 2007, the Gaslight Anthem had played over 200 shows. They recorded the four-song EP Señor and the Queen in Austin, having managed to secure some down time between tour dates, and the record surfaced on Sabot Productions in early February 2008. Meanwhile, the Gaslight Anthem announced their brand-new deal with the California-based indie label SideOneDummy Records.

Hailing from New Brunswick, New Jersey, The Gaslight Anthem’s anthemic tales of life, loss, family, heartbreak and youth have captured the imagination and hearts of fans and media everywhere. THE ’59 SOUND was hailed as one of the albums of 2008, with Kerrang! putting the band on the cover before ever having written a word about them, NME calling THE ’59 SOUND ‘one of the best albums of 2008′ and other immensely positive press coming from the likes of Q Magazine, Rock Sound, Big Cheese, Classic Rock, Clash, The Guardian and The Sun as well as from influential American magazines Rolling Stone, SPIN and Alternative Press.

Numerous spins on Radio One, Xfm and 6Music have contributed to this band’s meteoric and well-deserved success, and special BBC Radio One (with Zane Lowe) and XFM in-studio sessions aired recently.

The Gaslight Anthem’s latest single ‘Great Expectations’ off their critically acclaimed sophomore album, ‘THE ’59 SOUND’ is released on SideOneDummy records on March 23rd. This track was recently added to the Radio 1 upfront playlist. The band will also be playing numerous festivals across the world following their storming run of headline dates in the UK including a critically acclaimed NME Awards show at Shepherds Bush Empire.


2nd Norwich @ Waterfront
3rd Nottingham @ Rock City
4th Dublin @ The Academy


April 19th Coachella (Indio, CA – USA)
May 23rd Sasquatch (George, WA – USA)
June 6th Rock Im Park (Nurburgring, Germany)
June 7th Rock Am Ring (Nuremberg, Germany)
June 13th Rock In Idro (Milan, Italy)
June 19th Nova Rock (Nickelsdorf, Austria)
June 20th Southside (Neuhausen, Germany)
June 21st Hurricane (Schessel, Germany)
June 24th Hove Festival (Hove, Norway)
June 28th Hard Rock Calling (London, UK)
July 3rd Vainstream Festival (Mannheim, Germany)
July 4th Vainstream Festival (Munster, Germany)
July 5th Ruisrock Festival (Turku, Finland)
July 9th BBK Alive (Bilbao, Spain)
July 12th T In The Park (Glasgow, Scotland) |

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