Times Square to hold a special free concert for this year's CBGB festival in addition to an already incredible line-up over the week.
The second CBGB Music & Film Festival is set to take over New York next week as hundreds of artists both old and new flood the streets in nearly 175 venues across the city.
The line-up has now been announced for year two of the CBGB Festival which will almost certainly exceed 2012's set-up. On October 8th - 13th, more than 700 artists will spread out in a celebration of some of the greatest music to have ever come out of New York - we are, of course, talking about the legendary 70s club of the same name that was founded by Hilly Kristal and saw the beginnings of icons such as Ramones, Misfits, the Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Talking Heads.
Must-see artists this year include Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket, Californian quartet The Wallflowers and New York's own Grizzly Bear. We will also get to see a special DJ set by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and all female tribute act Lez Zeppelin will be making an appearance, though with only three songs so make sure you don't miss it! It's not all about Americans either as CBGB happily opens its arms to the likes of Aussie trio Atlas Genius who released their debut album earlier this year and eclectic Irish band Bell X1 who also released an album which reached number one in the Irish charts.
This last time year music fans were agog at the quality of the line-up that Coachella Festival pulled together. It was a bill that had everything, from the likes of rap statesmen like Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, to the UK’s biggest alternative band Radiohead, a reformed At The Drive-In, blues rock giants The Black Keys and everyone’s favourite cabin dweller Bon Iver.
A year on and we’re still awaiting the announcement of Coachella 2013's bill, and as usual the rumors are flying around thick and fast as to who'll be playing on the weekends of April 12 and April 19, 2013. Everyone else is piping up with their own rumors on who’ll be appearing at the double weekender in April, so we thought we’d chip in with five that we think are likely to be making an appearance.
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Solange Knowles has returned to the pop scene. She might be better known as the younger sister of Beyonce Knowles but with ‘Losing You,’ Solange could finally prove that she’s a talented artist in her own right, with no need to live in her sister’s shadow. It’s been four years since Solange released her second album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, which may have been well-received but failed to get her a foothold on her career ladder in the music industry.
‘Losing You’ is produced by Blood Orange’s Devonté Hynes, according to LA Times and it’s a neat laid-back modern R&B song, with just enough swagger to get her personality across, but just enough retro groove to set it apart from most mainstream R&B tracks. It’s simultaneously downbeat and uplifting and the video really captures her spirit as she cycles around Cape Town, South Africa. The video was directed by Melina Matsoukas; she’s worked with Solange before, on 2008’s ‘I Decided.’
The track, which features the lyrics “I’m not the one that you should be making your enemy, tell me the truth, boy, am I losing you for good,” will be released by Terrible Records, which is run by Chris Taylor of the band Grizzly Bear. The B-side will be ‘Sleep in the Park,’ which will feature Kevin Barnes, of the band Of Montreal. Both tracks are taken from her as-yet-untitled album, which is expected to be released some time in 2013.
For Grizzly Bear's second release onto Warp Records, they give us a collection of alternate versions of old songs and covers; both them covering other artists and other artists covering them. For those, like me, uninitiated into the world of Grizzly Bear until now, it is a melancholy, autumnal place, where harmony and arrangement are carefully considered but also deliberately lo-fi. A pleasant, unconfrontational soundtrack to an afternoon spent in the attic leafing through old photo albums (the non-facebook type). This record is not the best introduction to the band (last year's 'Yellow House' is probably a better place to start), but it does contain several gems that fans will no doubt slaver over.
Opener 'Alligator' is an expanded version of a miniature that appeared on debut 'Horn of Plenty'. In this incarnation, it begins with a nursery rhyme-esque bit of doggerel, then blooms into a harmonised vocal arrangement, backed crashing guitars and drums, before climaxing with a stirring brass section. 'He Hit Me' is a cover of a 60's pop standard first performed by the Crystals. Grizzly Bear slow it down, strip it down, and turn up the psychadelica. Again, the perfectly arranged vocal parts add some real pathos to the song, and turn what would otherwise be a fairly uninspiring interpretation into something more enjoyable, sounding not unlike the Hollies or Moody Blues. 'Knife', the bands most successful single to date, it represented twice here. CSS turn in a fairly predictable electro-pop cover, replacing guitar with synthesisers and tying it together with a solid, thoroughly danceable beat. It sounds a little incongruous among the dreamy, ponderous tracks that constitute the rest of the album. Sitting more comfortably in the tracklisting is Atlas Sound's take on 'Knife', which takes a slightly surreal chiming as the its foundation and adds a wistful vocal. Final track 'Deep Blue Sea' is a home recorded version of a traditional folk song; its intimate vocals and plucked guitar outlining a longing melody and making it the most accessible track on this collection.
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