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SXSW 2015 Is Coming! And That Means More Blog-Worthy Talent At Hype Hotel

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Austin's 2015 SXSW Festival draws ever nearer, with a line-up already rich in upcoming talent and vibrant diversity. There's something for everyone at this iconic citywide musical celebration, and nothing encompasses that more than Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat spot.

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Hype Hotel is set to return to SXSW for 2015

Now heading into its fourth year, we can expect Hype Hotel to be full of yet more talented new bands and artists for 2015. Selected by a variety of different music blogs, the line-up is awash with the very best of all genres including indie, rock, pop, electronic, rap and R&B, who entertain fans of different ages and cultures for five days during the event, which this year takes place from March 17th to 22nd.

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Picture - Hannah Reid - British electro... Amsterdam Netherlands, Wednesday 8th October 2014

Hannah Reid - British electro pop trio London Grammar performed live on stage in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Wednesday 8th October 2014

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London Grammar, Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman
London Grammar, Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman
London Grammar and Hannah Reid
London Grammar, Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman

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London Grammar and hannah reid - London Grammar performing on the main stage during Day Two of Bestival 2014 at Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 6th September - Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom - Sunday 7th September 2014

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london grammar and hannah reid

What Can We Expect From The New XX Album?

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The XX are a band who have achieved the rare accolade of matching their critical success with a commercial viability after the minimalist electronic strains of 2010’s self-titled record altered the face of popular music forever. Without the prevalence of The XX’s sultry and deeply affecting electro, artists so clearly influenced by their sound would have turned out hugely different than they did today. The likes of James Blake and London Grammar, for instance, would certainly be viewed with wholly different eyes has The XX not impacted so extensively.

The XXFans can expect a change in direction and mood on the new XX record.

For their upcoming third release, tentatively entitled LP3, the group have decamped from their native London confines to the climes of some fairly unorthodox locations. In-house producer for XL Records Rodaidh McDonald, who previously worked with the band on second album Coexist, has revealed the band has worked on the new record in Texas and there are trips planned to Iceland and France during the coming summer. As the band absorb the sounds of different continents, McDonald has indicated such international influence will greatly affect the direction of the new record. “There are songs which came out of our experiences in New York and Texas that would never have come out in London” he stated, “the colours and the ideas and the moods on some of these songs are just not things you could write in London.”

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London Grammar - BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green - Day 3 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th May 2014

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A Week In News: Havoc As 'Godzilla' And Kardashians Unleashed On Unsuspecting Cities

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Cannes Continues: We're nearly at the end of the second week of the Cannes Film Festival and have been mentally noting which new movies have soared or been scorched at the hands of critics. Map to the Stars, Two Days, One Night, Mommy and Foxcatcher have all received glowing reviews whilst Lost River, Grace of Monaco, and The Search... well, less so. Click on links for reviews highlights and details for each movie.

Carter-Knowles Camp Content?: The Jay Z/Solange brouhaha confusion still hasn't been publically illuminated but the Carter-Knowles family seems to be intent on proving to the world that everything is just fine, fine, fine, thank you very much after footage leaked showing the singer attacking her rapper brother-in-law in a lift. Beyoncé's statement did little to explain her sister's violence but her newly-posted family photos do a good job of sweeping it all under the rug, for better or worse.

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Ivor Novellos Victory For London Grammar As Mercurys Snub Forgotten

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London Grammar lead the honours at last night's 59th annual Ivor Novello awards in London. The trip-hop trio, Dominic Major, Hannah Reid and Daniel Rothman, won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for their track 'Strong.' The award was significant for the band, who met each other at Nottingham University, because it demonstrates a change of fortune when compared to them being ignored at the Mercury Music Prize.

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London Grammar Proved Their Worth At The 59th Ivor Novello Awards.

Speaking before the show, vocalist Reid said of the awards: "It feels really good because it's a songwriter's award and that's why we do what we do, it's a little more chilled than the BRITs as well, it's great."

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After Mercury Snub, London Grammar Score Ivor Novello Nomination

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Last year, the bookies had London Grammar as the 6/4 massive favourites to win the Mercury Music Prize, even before the nominations had been announced. And so it raised a few eyebrows when the London group's album If You Wait was left off the shortlist completely.

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The band failed to hide their obvious disappointment when we quizzed them on the snub at Festival No.6.

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Coldplay Debut New Album Material At Lauded SXSW Comeback Show

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Last night, Coldplay took to the stage at Texas' South by Southwest Festival where they debuted new material from forthcoming album Ghost Stories alongside well-worn favourites. Support acts London Grammar and Imagine Dragons were big enough names for the crowd to pick out songs from each that they recognised but the former had the air of "evidently nervous musicians still working out how to feel comfortable commanding an audience," according to The Guardian's Tim Jonze.

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Coldplay Played A Triumphant Comeback Show At SXSW Last Night In Austin, Texas.

Whereas Imagine Dragons "threw the kitchen sink at the audience in an attempt to make that vital emotional connection." Luckily for Coldplay, such effects come almost too naturally to the British rockers who seem to soundtrack every wedding first dance, graduation party, or Olympic triumph.

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The Act That Should Have Won A BRIT Award, London Grammar

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Bastille may have walked away with the BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act, but were they the most deserving winners of the gong? Their 2013 debut album ‘Bad Blood’ did reach number one in the UK music chart, but so did Eughan Quigg’s self-titled album in 2009. We’re definitely joking here, Bastille is in no way comparable to Eughan (no disrespect, Eughan), but number ones have been misleading indicators of quality music in the past!

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Bastille have produced some catchy and very popular tracks over the past couple of years and are certainly owed some recognition for this. They’re talented musicians who we envisage having the long lifeline of super band, Arctic Monkeys, especially since ‘Bad Blood’ has returned to the number one spot since their BRIT win. The problem is the deflated feeling we’ve had since they bagged the award. Not because Bastille didn‘t deserve to win, but because there was another act in the running who really blew us away in 2013.

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SXSW 2014: 10 Acts You Cannot Afford To Miss

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Every year, hundreds of bands descend upon Austin, Texas to make the South by Southwest Festival one of the most anticipated of the year. Featuring musical acts from all over the world, the music section of this mammoth festival takes place from March 11th to 16th 2014. This year sees the festival get even bigger and better as a host of new acts showcase alongside some big name veterans to give an awesome lineup of over 2,000 acts. Anyone lucky enough to be making the trip to Austin next month is going to have a hard time deciding which bands to go see, so to help you make up your mind, here’s ten acts that we consider unmissable from this year’s lineup.

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London Grammar - The Cockpit Leeds October 24th 2013 Live Review

I was searching for a word, something to give a little more meaning to London Grammar's music. On the one hand, it seems obvious to focus on their approach to song writing, a process during which they seem to have the conviction of devout minimalists. On the other, they make a platform for singer Hannah Reid with such assured subtlety that through her vocal projections you cannot  stop yourself from thinking of the likes of Florence Welch and Lana Del Rey, stars in the wilder mould who both thrive on sensory overload. As ever, I'm left reflecting that the answer is more complex than something a few letters can adequately summarise.

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Whatever that quality is, it's working. In a little over 18 months, the trio have gone from speculatively posting songs on YouTube to signing with a major label on which their debut album 'If You Wait' narrowly missed topping the charts. All this isn't too shabby in an era where breaking through the minefield of desperate established artists frequently defeats the worthy and interesting, and tonight's gig has been sold out for months, underlining their arrival in the XX's neighbourhood.

In many ways, The Cockpit, with its 400-ish capacity and permanent dinginess (Sorry guys), is the perfect venue to see the band in, especially given that a follow up series of dates for early next year has already installed them in the pasteurised, sub-hanger next level up places. Why? Because if you've heard their music, you'll know it's rooted in the crepuscular twilight which exists at the three o' clock in all of us. Reid arrives on stage dressed like she's about to move flats, but the moment that her smoky lung bursts hit the room, the audience are appreciably spellbound. Beside her, cohorts Dan Rothman and Dot Major wisely let those soaring pipes be the centre of attention and, after about 20 seconds of opener 'Hey Now', the whole thing clicks together with the effortlessness of people recognising that their time is soon to come.

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SXSW Announces First Performers for 2014 Festival

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The South by Southwest Music Festival has released its first list of artists for the 2014 festival, notably the New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu, indie-trio London Grammar, Drenge, the Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN.

The first batch comprises of 183 acts from 27 countries that will play in downtown Austin in the spring. Last year, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts at the six-day festival and music conference. 

INVSN is perhaps the most interesting act from the first announcement. Featuring Refused and International Noise Conspiracy frontman Dennis Lyxzen, the band are currently on a U.S tour promoting their self-titled debut album.

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