A week in music videos... We caught up with Brooklyn band DIIV last week as they are currently enjoying the 2013 festival season. Talking to lead member Cole, he explained just how different it was playing festivals compared to club gigs, that it was more about coming into the world of the fans rather than bringing them into your own. He was also not shy about admitting that the pressure of working on a second album has lifted. 'People are gonna be way more patient and wanna hear what you come up with', he says. 'The first record you have to have a clear statement of purpose like a sound and catchy pop songs.' As well as taking the time to chat to us, we were treated with an uplifting live rendition of their song 'Human'. Watch the full interview here and watch the live video for Human.
With the release of their highly-anticipated sixth album 'Mechanical Bull' imminent, Kings Of Leon follow up the audio release of its first single 'Supersoaker' with a grainy, retro-style, artistically produced video. Just as we expected, 'Supersoaker' is made of the anthemic, driving and infectious stuff that previous international hits 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire' are made of and we certainly can't wait for what looks to be another well-loved record that will see us through the autumn. Watch the video for Supersoaker here.
Jazz keyboardist, George Duke, died in L.A. on Monday 5th August. The 67-year-old was best known was his collaborations with other musicians such as Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
George Duke, the American jazz musician, died in L.A. on Monday (August 5th). His cause of death has been confirmed by his family, as reported by the Washington Post, as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. He was 67 years old.
George Duke at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and Tribute Concert to Herbie Hancock, held at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
His death was confirmed by Scherrie Payne, former Supremes singer, in a statement made on Wednesday (August 7th). Payne said: "I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening."
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Duke was well respected as a man and a musician
The music world mourns the loss of one of its greats today, as the news that George Duke has died filters through. Highly regarded among his peers, Duke played with some of the world’s best musicians, reaching that status himself in the process.
"The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father's friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming," said his son, Rashid Duke, in a statement (Yahoo!) "Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support."
The musician died on Monday (Aug, 5) night in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
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George Duke and Herbie Hancock - George Duke and Herbie Hancock New Delhi, India - performs at the 'Living Dream' concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's visit to India in 1959 Monday 16th February 2009