The Walkmen sign to Fat Possum for sixth album. New York rock stylists The Walkmen sign to Fat Possum and announce their sixth album. The critically-acclaimed indie rock sophisticates have spent the last year recording 29 songs in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, which have been whittled down to eleven tracks for their next album Lisbon.The title comes from the Portugese capital where the band wrote some of the core songs that form the album. Lisbon is the follow up to their lauded 2008 album You & Me, which repeatedly appeared on year-end Best Of lists. It will be released on their new label Fat Possum on September 17. The band will play Lollapalooza, then Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK in late-August, then back to the US and Canada in September before a late October/early November tour through the UK with The Black Keys
Stream Noush Skaugen Twitter’s most followed unsigned act. With a massive and ever-increasing 1.2 million followers on Twitter (comedy legend Stephen Fry has 1.3m) classically trained London rocker Noush Skaugen has the sort of viral clout that most artists can only dream about. Noush’s instinctive use of social media – crowd-sourcing poster designs from fans, and tweeting pictures of last-minute changes to hand-written set lists seconds before going on stage – has made her the number one most followed unsigned artist on the explosively popular social network, and a real force to be reckoned with. This fact has not escaped the attention of Twitter bosses, who invited her to play a live-streamed showcase from their San Francisco HQ on Friday, March 12th– the performance was watched live by thousands of her online fans on http://noushskaugen.com/live Noush’s Twitter gig kicked off a series of dates prior to the May release of her new single Run Baby Run, including a performance at the showcase of influential London promoter Tony Moore (The Kashmir Klub, The Bedford, The Regal Room) at last week’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The single can be previewed at http://myspace.com/noushskaugen With two albums under her belt and a third due for release in the spring – cut by Robbie Williams’ legendary producer Steve Power and pulling in writing talent from 80s icons Nik Kershaw, Jeff Trott and Paul Brady - The hard-working and charismatic performer has also notched up a string of impressive live dates during two years touring in the USA, appearing alongside a multitude of impressive acts including Nine Inch Nails, TV On The Radio, Paramore, R.E.M., Joss Stone and The Mars Volta at gigs in LA, Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. This culminated in her winning Alternative Pop Artist of the Year at the 17th Annual LA Music Awards, and National Independent Rock EP of the Year at The Hollywood Music Awards.
March 31st – The Elgin, Ladbroke Grove – London, UK
April 16th – Indie Week Ireland – Dublin, Ireland
MGMT’s, GZA and The Strokes appear in Devendra Banhart video. Devendra Banhart’s new video ‘Baby’ features guest appearances from MGMT’s Andrew Van Wyngarden, The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti and former Wu-Tang rapper GZA. The sexual innuendo is striking as a phallic spaceship flies into a planet’s hole where GZA hosts an intergalactic party with animated aliens. The clip is directed by Ron Winter, who has worked on clips by The Rapture, Babyshambles, LCD Soundsystem, TV On The Radio and he also animated the opening titles to ‘James Bond: Quantum of Solace’. Cool, hey? Give your comments!
Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio continue to heat things up in 2009 with a remix EP and a spring tour. Beginning April 14th in Pomona, CA, TV On The Radio plays Coachella on April 18th, New York City’s Central Park Summerstage on June 5th, and the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 12th. Little Dragons, Dirty Projectors, and Grizzly Bear will be opening on select dates. In between TV On The Radio are finding time to stop by The Tonight Show to perform “Crying” and stand around the parking lot smoking and admiring Jay’s cars.
In addition, the band is releasing Read Silence, a digital EP that features remixes of three tracks from Dear Science: “Shout Me Out (Willie Isz Remix by Jneiro Jarel),” “Stork & Owl (Gang Gang Dance Remix),” and “Red Dress (Remixed by THE GLITCH MOB).” Read Silence is available from all digital service providers April 14th. Fans can also view a “Shout Me Out” webisode on Imeem.com created by Tunde Adebimpe.
Released by DGC/Interscope on September 23rd, Dear Science was named Album of the Year by Rolling Stone, Spin, and The New York Times, and claimed the top spot on Pitchfork’s 2008 Reader’s Poll. The Associated Press called TV On The Radio, “the most vital, current band in America.” Be sure to catch them on the road in 2009.
14 The Glass House Pomona CA
16 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
18 Coachella Indio CA
11 Mr Smalls Pittsburgh PA+
12 Headliners Louisville KY+
13 Bottle Tree Birmingham AL+
15 House of Blues New Orleans LA+
16 Stubbs Austin TX+
17 House of Blues Dallas TX+
18 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City OK+
22 Fox Oakland Theatre Oakland CA*
23 Roseland Theatre Portland OR*
24 Sasquatch Quincy WA
25 Malkin Bowl Vancouver BC*
27 Edmonton Events Centre Edmonton AB*
28 Macewan Hall Calgary AB*
29 Odeon Saskatoon SK*
30 Burton Cummings Theater Winnipeg ON*
02 Sound Academy Toronto ONT*
03 Metropolis Montreal QC*
04 House of Blues Boston MA*
05 Summerstage New York NY*
06 Roots Picnic Penn’s Landing Philadelphia PA
08 930 Club Washington DC*
09 930 Club Washington DC*
10 The National Richmond VA*
11 Amo’s Southend Charlotte NC*
12 Bonnaroo Manchester TN
13 Tabernacle Atlanta GA ^
With 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:
FRI 10TH JULY
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
SAT 11TH JULY
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
SUN 12TH JULY
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.
Let the great debates begin – the full official line-up for this year’s Coachella has finally been announced. The three day heat stroke of music will find Paul McCartney headlining the opening night in his first ever U.S. festival appearance, The Killers topping Saturday, and The Cure closing out the festival on Sunday night.
Also confirmed were Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Conor Oberst, Band of Horses, Beirut, The Black Keys, MSTRKRFT, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Okkervil River, No Age, Lykki Li, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Los Campesions!, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis, Public Enemy, The Presets, Silversun Pickups, Hercules and Love Affair, Blitzen Trapper, and Paul Weller just to name a quick few.
Tickets go on sale January 30 at 9am via Ticketmaster. Three day passes will cost $269, with single day tickets going for $99. Check out more details here.