How do you top having a dead man headline your festival? Well, in all honestly, you’re not going to. Coachella’s talent bookers must have been scratching their heads in bewilderment when it came to topping last year’s Tupac hologram and they’ve done the best they can, given the lack of deceased artists willing and able to play Coachella 2013.
The two Friday nights (the festival takes place both on April 12 – 14 and April 19 – 21) are looking like a highlight for fans of the Britpop revival, with Blur and Stone Roses lending a very British end to the evening. A newly invigorated Yeah Yeah Yeahs (well, Karen O’s dyed her hair blonde, does that count?) also play the Friday, as well as Modest Mouse, Lou Reed and Jurassic 5. Saturday has the French band Phoenix headlining, in support of their recently-announced new album. They’ll be preceded by British electronic gloom-pop band The XX, as well as Postal Service and New Order. The line-up for the Sunday nights is a slightly heavier one, with Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds making yet another return (Cave will be raking it in that weekend, as his other band Grinderman also play the Fridays), Social Distortion and Wu Tang Clan.
Coachella always has an impressive array of legendary / stalwart alternative acts as well as the hottest new bands you’ve only just heard of. What they haven’t got, is anything that’s going to grab the headlines, or the public’s attention in the same way that Tupac’s hologram did.
Nick Cave has announced the split of his Grinderman project at a show in Australia at the weekend.
The singer said the group are "over" as they played the final date of their current Australian tour at the Meredith Music Festival this weekend.
He told the crowd: "That's it for Grinderman. It's over. See you all in another ten years when we'll be even older and uglier."
Continue reading: Grinderman Split
The band, a side-project formed by members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2006, appeared at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia on Saturday night (10Dec11) and after their set, Cave told the audience it would be their last ever concert.
He said, "That's it for Grinderman. It's over," according to Thevine.com.au.
However, Cave did hint about a possible reunion in the future, adding, "See you all in another 10 years when we'll be even older and uglier."
Continue reading: Grinderman Split
Portishead don't play some of the songs from 2008 album 'Third' live because they think the audience ''would go to sleep.''
Portishead don't play some of their songs live because they think the audience "would go to sleep."
The group's founder, Geoff Barrow, admits they leave some tracks from their 2008 album 'Third' out of performances, because he doesn't feel they would entertain the audience.
He told Pitchfork.com: "Some tracks from 'Third' just don't translate; so far, we haven't played 'Deep Water' because that's kind of a weird tune."
Continue reading: Portishead Don't Want To Send Audiences To Sleep
Rumer and John Grant have each amassed a hat-trick of nominations for the MOJO Honours List 2011.
Rumer leads this year's Mojo Honours List 2011, with three nods.
The 'Am I Forgiven' singer-songwriter - a newcomer on the Honours List - has amassed a hat-trick of nominations including MOJO Breakthrough, MOJO Best Album and MOJO Song of the Year.
Rumer's 'Season's of my Soul' LP has given her a chance of taking home the Best Album award, but she faces competition from former Czars frontman John Grant - who has also been nominated for MOJO Best Live Act- with his 'Queen Of Denmark' record and MOJO Song of the Year.
Continue reading: Rumer Nominated For Three Mojos
Former Rising Signs frontman Duffy claims Cave copied his 2005 song Grey Man for Palaces Of Montezuma, from the Grinderman 2 album, released last month (Sep10).
Duffy recently admitted he considered suing the Aussie singer after comparing the songs' melodies.
He told Thecourier.co.uk, "It's (Grey Man) been up on our MySpace even after Rising Signs split, and I don't know, I can't help thinking that Nick Cave was sitting in his house one night and decided to surf some unsigned bands and saw our site, saw we were split up and thought, 'I'll have that track, nobody will ever know...'
Continue reading: Cave Denies Plagiarism Claims
A gallery of fans' ''shocking'' portraits of Grinderman frontman Nick Cave hangs at his record company's offices.
A gallery of fans' "shocking" portraits of Nick Cave hangs at his record company's offices.
The frontman of rock groups The Bad Seeds and Grinderman said he gets sent an unusual amount of fan-made art devoted to him sent to his record company, Mute, who have collected it together for him.
He explained: "There was a Nick Cave gallery, portraits people would send in, paintings and stuff, which were in turn shocking, baffling and completely awesome."
Continue reading: Nick Cave's Portrait Gallery
The cover tracks will be released monthly - starting from 28 July (08) - to mark the punk icon's 60th birthday.
Springsteen, a longtime fan, will perform Dream Blue Baby on the first EP.
Each release will feature an unreleased Suicide/Vega live track.
Continue reading: Springsteen Leads Birthday Tribute To Alan Vega