D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join headliners Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons.
More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.
Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.
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The London band have taken inspiration from Mumford's other projects.
Mumford & Sons have a new album well on the way, and they now unveil a taster in the form of first single 'Believe' - an instant download with all album pre-orders and a significant deviation from the modern 'folk rock' style that made them famous.
Mumford & Sons return with new single 'Believe'
'Believe' is taken from third album 'Wilder Mind' and already gives us some idea that we shouldn't expect material like what we saw in debut album 'Sigh No More' and 2012's number one 'Babel'. This album has been recorded at Air Studios in London and has been produced by James Ford, whose previous work includes that of Arctic Monkeys, HAIM and Florence & The Machine.
They may have a name which can cause unutterably tedious confusion ("who are you listening to?" "Dawes." "The Doors?" etc.), but over the course of their two previous albums, Los Angeles' Dawes have carved out a reputation as being the finest modern classic rock song writers of the current crop of 'retro' aping bands presently doing the rounds. Having recently opened for the farmers' favourites Mumford and Sons, Dawes return with their third album, Stories Don't End, and it might just be their finest collection of songs yet.
The album begins with the subdued Just Beneath the Surface before the curtain falls on the much more lively and upbeat single From a Window Seat; a jaunty ode to travelling which probably would not have sounded out of place on a Supertramp album. Make no mistake about it, From A Window Seat is not only the best song on the album, but also perhaps the finest moment of their oeuvre so far. The instruments take centre stage, with the bongo drums getting dusted off, tasteful guitar fills and thoughtful lyrics such as "if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
Stories Don't End is a massively diverse album in terms of tone. While sticking largely to an Americana inspired sound, Dawes dabble in slow, sparse, self-deprecating blues with Just My Luck, add in elements of folk on the largely acoustic Someone Will and the huge, major key pop rock of Hey Lover. Despite being a collection of fantastic songs, it is on the slower, more quiet numbers where Stories Don't End falls down, suffering from a poor engineering job. Songs like Just My Luck and Something In Common are ruined by moments where the bass drum peaks and crackles in the speakers, sometimes even farting along to a whole verse. Dawes have gone for an airy, live sound which has its pitfalls, these imperfections being one of them.
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A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.
French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.
To support the release of their new record 'Stories Don't End', we caught up with frontman Taylor Goldsmith to have a chat about the new album and what the band install over the coming months.
Dawes support a classic stripped-back sound with clever meaningful lyrics and simple percussive instruments to create a sound that contains the essentials of classic folk rock artists such as The Band whilst enforcing fresh grooves and maintaining their own musical identity.
Dawes new album 'Stories Don't End' is due for release on 19th August in the UK.
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Dawes - Shelly Wood (GBR), Christie Dawes (AUS Bronze medal), Shirley Reilly ( Silver medal USA) and Patricia Keller (Gold medal SUI Sunday 2nd September 2012 London 2012 Paralympic Games - at the Olympic Stadium
Dawes - Shelly Wood (GBR), Christie Dawes (AUS Bronze medal), Shirley Reilly ( Silver medal USA) and Patricia Keller (Gold medal SUI) Sunday 2nd September 2012 London 2012 Paralympic Games - Women's 500m T54 Final at the Olympic Stadium
Creating music that sounds effortless, and which has a genuine lightness of touch is something that very few bands are able to ever achieve. It is all too easy to overload songs with needless fancy production tricks and over the top instrumentation. It would seem balance is a hard thing to come by. Balance, and lightness of touch, however, does not seem to cause Dawes any problems at all on this, their second album Nothing Is Wrong.
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