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Kings of Leon make the final eight Uncut Music Award shortlist

Kings of LeonKings of Leon Uncut magazine today announces the shortlist for this year’s coveted Uncut Music Award.  Among the eight finalists, Southern rockers Kings of Leon will go head to head with the legendary Bob Dylan.  Joining Kings of Leon and Bob Dylan in the final eight are an array of genre-spanning acts – Wilco, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, The Low Anthem and Tinariwen.  Only in its second Continue reading →

Iain Archer joins End of the Road Festival

iain-archerTwelve new artists are today announced for this year’s End of the Road Festival (11 – 13 September) confirming, among others, the country-noir of Neko Case and, by popular demand, the return of French folk-rock duo Herman Dune. The full list of new confirmations, in alphabetical order, is:

Bob Lind
David Thomas Broughton
Darren Hayman
Dirty Projectors
First Aid Kit
Herman Dune
Iain Archer
The Leisure Society
Neko Case
Richmond Fontaine
Tiny Vipers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums

Fleet Foxes and Explosions in the Sky are confirmed so far to headline the Friday and Saturday, with other acts including: The Acorn, Alela Diane, Archie Bronson Outfit, Bob Log III, The Boy Least Likely To, Broken Family Band, Charlie Parr, Dan Sartain, Dent May, The Dodos, Efterklang, Explosions in the Sky, Howlin Rain, Joe Gideon and the Shark, J Tillman, Lay Low, The Lost Brothers, The Low Anthem, Magnolia Electric Co, Malcolm Middleton, Motel Motel, Mumford and Sons, The Mummers, Ohbijou, Okkervil River, Papercuts, Peter Broderick, Sam Baker, Sparrow & The Workshop, Steve Earle, Tallest Man on Earth, This Frontier Needs Heroes, William Elliot Whitmore and Whispertown 2000

Tickets for the End of the Road Festival 2009 are available to buy from http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com

Prices are as follows…

Adults (aged 13+): £115
Children (aged 6 to 12): £30
Children (aged 5 and under): Free – but must ‘purchase’ free ticket in advance
Campervan: £35

The festival takes place from 11 – 13 September 2009 at Larmer Tree Gardens in North Dorset. All info at http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com.

The Low Anthem announce UK festival dates

the-low-anthemWith tickets selling fast for their two shows at the Slaughtered Lamb next month, and with a much bigger London date currently being scheduled for June, THE LOW ANTHEM have just announced news of numerous UK festival appearances this summer.  The Low Anthem will be performing at Glastonbury, Hard Rock Calling, Wireless, End Of The Road and Bestival, info below,

Wednesday 13 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Thursday 14 May – LONDON – The Slaughtered Lamb
Saturday 16 May – BRIGHTON – Horatios @ The Great Escape

Friday 26 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Q Stage)
Saturday 27 June – GLASTONBURY – Glastonbury Festival (Park Stage)
Sunday 28 June – LONDON – Hard Rock Calling

Saturday 4 July – LONDON – Wireless Festival

Friday 11 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Saturday 12 September – DORSET – End of the Road Festival
Sunday 13 September – ISLE OF WIGHT – Bestival

THE LOW ANTHEM look set to be one of the success stories of 2009, Their sublime music ranges from evocative folk ballads sung in gorgeous falsettos to garage-roots rockers in a Tom Waits bar-room style, The Low Anthem are a folk rock trio from Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They formed in 2003 and consist of multi-instrumentalists Ben Miller, Jeff Prystowsky and Jocie Adams. The Low Anthem began as a contemporary folk duet from Providence, RI. Member’s Ben Miller and Jeff Prystowsky met playing in the wood-bat leagues of rural Connecticut in 2003. They began a collaboration with classical composer Jocie Adams in November 2007. Their landmark 2007 release “What the Crow Brings” was independently produced by the band and has received great acclaim from major press across the country. Their rapidly expanding fan-base spans all ages remarkably, as the duo appeals to hipsters, housewives and grandparents equally. Writers have typically drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan, but you will hear strains in their music from remote Appalachia to the Delta; an urban immediacy, and a timeless grounding in the great American roots music traditions. Rolling Stone says the music on Charlie Darwin feels “homemade” and “solemnly beautiful,” and NPR Music called the song “To Ohio” a “tender stunner” in choosing it as a Song of the Day, saying, “At times languid and haunting, but with detours into Tom Waits-esque stomping and hollering, The Low Anthem’s music seems equally informed by Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Band and a late-night ride home in Joni Mitchell’s car.” The band recently performed six sets at SXSW, where the BBC called them “stunning” and said, “Expect much flowerier words of praise thrown on this band in the future; they deserve everything said about them.” Mojo describe their set as “heartbreaking” and called the band, “truly startling songwriters and instrumentalists. Theirs is a gloriously romantic vision of America that sits somewhere between Dylan and Waits.” The New York Times wrote: “At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Low Anthem, from Providence, R.I., harmonized on slow, sustained songs — often waltzes — using instruments like harmonium, clarinet, some kind of small euphonium and a set of metal
discs played with a bow for eerie high tones, perfect accompaniment for lines like “Oh, my God, the water’s all around.” Most of the music was stately and mournful, with lyrics contemplating faith, loss, destruction and self-destruction in visionary imagery: “They say the sky’s the limit/The sky’s about to fall.” Every so often, making the quiet songs sound even quieter, the Low Anthem played something electric, bluesy and distorted, but equally serene in its desolation.” The Low Anthem, which recently signed to Nonesuch, has shared the stage with Rachael Yamagata, Lisa Hannigan, Ray Lamontagne and Elvis Perkins in Dearland. This summer they will re-release Oh My God Charlie Darwin with Nonesuch and Bella Union in Europe, and will play Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Hyde Park festival in London with Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.

http://www.myspace.com/lowanthem

Fleet Foxes join End of the Road Festival

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Fleet Foxes is an indie folk band which formed in Seattle, Washington, United States in 2006. The band consists of Robin Pecknold (vocals, guitar), Skyler Skjelset (guitar), Christian Wargo (bass, guitar, vocals), Casey Wescott (keyboards, vocals) and J. Tillman (drums, vocals). They are signed to the labels Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Fleet Foxes released the six-track Fleet Foxes EP in 2006, a five-track EP, Sun Giant on April 8, 2008, and their debut full-length self-titled album, Fleet Foxes on June 3, 2008. It was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone, and compared to the likes of The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash and Psycho Karaoke from Australia. On June 6, 2008, they received a 9.0 out of 10 in a review by Pitchfork for their self-titled LP, and on December 19th, the Sun Giant Ep and the self titled LP together shared the title of Pitchfork’s #1 album(s) of 2008.

The quintet describe their music as “baroque harmonic pop jams.” They have played at major venues such as the Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle, Washington, South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas and Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May 2008. On June 24, 2008, Fleet Foxes went #1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart.
Fleet Foxes and Explosions in the Sky have been confirmed for headline slots at the End of the Road Festival 2009, with other confirmations including Okkervil River, Magnolia Electric Co, The Broken Family Band, The Acorn, The Dodos and Mumford and Sons.

Little need be said here about Fleet Foxes except that it’s hard to think of a better place to see them play than the leafy Garden Stage, with a glass of local cider and a peacock meandering about nearby. They’ll be headlining on the Saturday, with Explosions in the Sky taking the Friday slot.

In alphabetical order, the full list of artists announced today is as follows:

The Acorn
The Boy Least Likely To
The Broken Family Band
Dan Sartain
Dent May
The Dodos
Explosions in the Sky
Fleet Foxes
J Tillman
The Lost Brothers
Magnolia Electric Co
Malcolm Middleton
Mumford and Sons
The Mummers
Ohbijou
Okkervil River
Papercuts

They join a lineup already including: Alela Diane, Archie Bronson Outfit, Bob Log III, Charlie Parr, Efterklang, Howlin Rain, Joe Gideon and the Shark, Lay Low, The Low Anthem, Motel Motel, Peter Broderick, Sparrow & The Workshop, Steve Earle, Tallest Man on Earth, This Frontier Needs Heroes, William Elliot Whitmore and Whispertown 2000

Tickets for the End of the Road Festival 2009 are available to buy from http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com. Prices are as follows…

Adults (aged 13+): £115
Children (aged 6 to 12): £30
Children (aged 5 and under): Free – but must ‘purchase’ free ticket in advance
Campervan: £35

The festival takes place from 11 – 13 September 2009 at Larmer Tree Gardens in North Dorset. All info at http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com.

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