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The 15th Anniversary Line-Up For Primavera Sound Is Finally Here!


Primavera Sound Festival Ride The Strokes Black Keys The Replacements Antony and the Johnsons James Blake Richie Hawtin Simian Mobile Disco Alt-J Patti Smith Belle And Sebastian Damien Rice Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Perfume Genius The New Pornographers Julian Casablancas Interpol Underworld Caribou Foxygen The Eels Babes In Toyland Albert Hammond Jr

Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.

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Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.

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Julian Casablancas And The Voidz - Tyranny Album Review


Julian Casablancas is an angry man, or so it would appear, thanks to his latest project away from The Strokes. His second solo outing, and his first with newly formed band The Voidz, is an odd and challenging record. That's not to say that 'Tyranny' is bad, rather a drastic departure from Casablancas' usual sound. Look at it this way; if 2009's 'Phrazes For The Young' was Casablancas dipping his toe into a different body of work, here he's jumped in with both feet. It's that conviction that makes 'Tyranny' somehow more interesting than this noisy grab bag of rough ideas could have otherwise been.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny Album Review

If Casablancas' work with the Strokes pays homage to 70s New York punk, then his work with the Voidz is a clear progression to post-punk, hardcore and even industrial influences from the following decade. A good example is 'Tyranny''s opening track 'Take Me In Your Army'. There are shades of Nine Inch Nails in the metallic and regimented drum beat, Joy Division in the synths and guitars and, most bizarrely, Prince in the falsetto delivery of the chorus. It's a strange concoction, but it effectively sets the scene for what's to come. There's a dark and brooding mood on display throughout 'Tyranny', one that won't endear it to some listeners, however it quickly becomes clear that really isn't the point. Casablancas describes his upcoming North American tour as an opportunity to "melt people's faces off", he's obviously in a confrontational mood and it shows here.

There's a loose narrative theme throughout 'Tyranny' as Casablancas rails against capitalism and the injustices he tries to pinpoint in corporate America. But really the social commentary of tracks like 'M.utually A.ssured D.estruction' or 'Business Dog' takes a backseat to the sonic experimentation going on. The former sounds like speed metal marginally slowed down and played through a boombox tapedeck. Elsewhere, vocals are severely distorted or processed to suit the mood, even the closest thing to The Strokes here ('Nintendo Blood') sounds far more unhinged than Casablancas has in the past. While it takes some getting used to, the rough edges and unpolished approach is a welcome move throughout 'Tyranny'.

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Are Coming With Debut Album 'Tyranny', Alongside North American Tour


Julian Casablancas The Strokes

With a full North American tour on the way this Fall and their debut album 'Tyranny' coming very soon, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' new band Julian Casablancas + The Voidz are looking at a busy few months ahead.

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'Tyranny' is the first release from Casablancas' new band

The new release will be out on Casablancas' own label Cult Records, which he set up back in 2009 for his solo debut 'Phrazes for the Young' and which has since signed the likes of  Har Mar Superstar, Karen O, Albert Hammond Jr., and Cerebral Ballzy. Featuring Casablancas on vocals,  Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai on guitar, Jeff Kite on keyboards, Jake Bercovici on bass and Alex Carapetis on drums, the band have been recording since their 2013 formation releasing the acclaimed single 'Human Sadness' earlier this year and a Gritter directed video for the song 'Where No Eagles Fly'. 

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Daft Punk's 'Instant Crush' Video - Julian Casablancas as a Wax Statue [Video]


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Daft Punk have released the video for their track 'Instant Crush,' featuring The Strokes singer Julian Calablancas in mannequin form. The video for the latest single to be taken from Random Access Memories features the New Yorker dressed in his recognizable black leather jacket, singing alongside a mannequin version of himself, dressed in Napoleonic clothing. He is singing to a female mannequin. Oh and Daft Punk's famous helmets make an appearance.

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Daft Punk first met with Casablancas whilst working on the Tron: Legacy soundtrack in 2010, presenting the Strokes man with an instrumental demo track intended for use on a new album. The frontman responded favorably to the demo and provided the accompanying vocals - which would later become Instant Crush.

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Daft Punk Sets Record For Spotify Plays With New Single "Get Lucky"


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The French electronic duo Daft Punk set a record this week with their newest single “Get Lucky”.

The track, which was released as a teaser of the band’s upcoming album, Random Access Memories, due to be released on May 21st, had the biggest streaming day on music service Spotify last Friday, the company reports, although it wouldn’t give the exact number of streams. The previous holder of the record was Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which became an internet sensation earlier this year.

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky features rapper/producer Pharrell Williams and the album “Random Access Memories” will reportedly yield some additional exciting collaborations, including ones with including Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Academy Award-winning musician Paul Williams and Chilly Gonzales. Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been busy performing and promoting the album ahead of its release, most recently playing a set at the infamous Coachella Music Festival. The official album release party is going to be held in a somewhat odd location though – an agricultural show in Wee Waa, Australia. Hey, we’re not questioning their methods, whatever they’re doing seems to be working out pretty well.

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Picture - Julian Casablancas , Wednesday 9th January 2013

Julian Casablancas New York City, NY, United States "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III" New York Screening Wednesday 9th January 2013

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Picture - Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr,... Los Angeles, California, Wednesday 20th April 2011

Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas and The Strokes - Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes Wednesday 20th April 2011 at Beverly Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, California

Picture - Nick Valensi and Julian Casablancas... New York City, USA, Sunday 12th September 2010

Nick Valensi, Celebration, Julian Casablancas, The Strokes and Tommy Hilfiger - Nick Valensi and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes New York City, USA - Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary celebration at The Metropolitan Opera Sunday 12th September 2010

Picture - Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian... New York City, USA, Sunday 12th September 2010

Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr, Celebration, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas, The Strokes and Tommy Hilfiger - Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes New York City, USA - Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary celebration at The Metropolitan Opera Sunday 12th September 2010