The full daily schedule has now been announced for Forecastle 2015.
Forecastle Festival has finally completed its 2015 line-up and announced the full day-by-day schedule for the coming event, which is set to hit Louisville, Kentucky yet again in July. Plus, you'll very soon be able to purchase single day tickets for each day.
Joining the stellar line-up headlined by the already announced Sam Smith, locals My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are The War On Drugs, ZZ Ward, Robert DeLong and Mariachi el Bronx among a handful of others. With such talent expected every day between July 17th and 19th, 2015 is shaping up to be an important year for Forecastle.
Reviews of Modest Mouse's sixth studio album 'Strangers To Ourselves' have seemed keen to label frontman Isaac Brock as an eccentric. You'd imagine, then, that the eight-year gap between albums has seen him fall down a Tom Waits-sized rabbit hole, enabling him to fashion a radically different kind of record. This assumption couldn't be further from the truth. As good as these songs are, they're noticeably less jagged and jarringly confrontational than previous efforts. By Modest Mouse standards, most of this material could even be described as 'safe'.
So, if 'Strangers To Ourselves' isn't a creative re-birth nor a dramatic comeback, then what is it? Well, the good ship Modest Mouse seems to have stayed in the same waters as last time we saw her. Yes, Johnny Marr is no longer aboard, but that's not really a big issue with a band as accomplished as this. Brock is still the lynch-pin to proceedings but, musically, there's definitely a sense that the band are happy in their primarily guitar driven sandbox. There are examples, such as 'Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)', where the songs feel a bit looser, letting the band head in an unexpected direction. However, these seem to be experiments rather than statements of intent. Many of the 15 songs here fit into the established Modest Mouse mould; they're solid, but not remarkable.
Take, for example, 'Sugar Boats', where Brock showcases the ecological message that crops up a number of times during the album ("This rock of ours is just some big mistake"). Initially, it presents itself musically as some kind of carnival freak show with a piano and brass band propelling the song along. However, the familiar guitar lines throughout feel like they're trying to keep the song from straying too far off the map. It's a gloriously noisy concoction, but it doesn't really feel like it's been let off the leash. In essence, that's the problem with the whole album; there's too many missed opportunities to shock or surprise.
Continue reading: Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves Album Review
Kendrick Lamar is at Number 1 in both the US and the UK with his third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', which came out a week earlier than scheduled last Monday.
Hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar has stormed to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 Albums chart with his third album To Pimp A Butterfly. It clocked up over 363,000 equivalent sales (totalling physical, track and streaming data) despite being released one week earlier than planned, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To Pimp A Butterfly has the second highest first-week sales of 2015, behind fellow rapper Drake’s recent surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which sold 495,000 in its debut week back in February.
Kendrick Lamar is Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 albums
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Scores First US Number 1 Album With 'To Pimp A Butterfly'
Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse will also perform at the Kentucky rock fest.
Locals My Morning Jacket lead the line-up for Forecastle Festival 2015, as the first selection of acts entice more and more towards a sun-soaked weekend in Louisville, Kentucky this July. The band will also be joined by Brit singer Sam Smith.
Hot on the heels of their latest album announcement 'The Waterfall', My Morning Jacket return to their hometown for a jam down by Waterfront Park this summer, alongside British superstar Sam Smith who is looking at his most successful year yet with four Grammy wins, a sell-out tour and a number one already with his re-released debut single 'Lay Me Down' featuring John Legend.
The bands join Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Clapham Common this July.
Modest Mouse and Wolf Alice are the latest additions to the steadily growing line-up for Calling Festival 2015; a day festival that will see thousands flock to Clapham Common in London this summer to experience the latest and greatest in rock music.
Washington six-piece Modest Mouse and North Londoners Wolf Alice hit the Calling bill alongside the likes of headliners Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and previously announced Ryan Adams and the Shining, The Hives, and Echo And The Bunnymen. The multi-stage festival is still to see further exciting line-up announcements in the coming weeks; the bill so far barely scrapes the surface of what to expect at this extraordinary event, which last year played host to more than 80,000 festival goers who congregated to experience Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith.
Continue reading: Modest Mouse And Wolf Alice To Hit London's Calling Festival 2015
'Strangers To Ourselves' marks the band's first album in eight years.
Modest Mouse are set to make a very welcome return with their first album in eight years 'Strangers To Ourselves'. It's been a long time coming for this Washington quartet but fans can now breathe a sigh of relief for their comeback.
Modest Mouse to release their new album 'Strangers To Ourselves'
After that nautical fun that was 2007's US number one album 'We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank', fans were no doubt eager to see what they brought up next. When Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) was replaced by Grandaddy's Jim Fairchild a little before the album's release to join The Cribs, recording took a backseat for a while. While they continued to tour, play festivals and release 2009 EP 'No One's First and You're Next', it's only now that album seven has finally come to fruition.
Johnny Marr will be crowned Godlike Genius of the Year at this year’s NME Awards. Marr, whose distinctive guitar licks were combined with Morrissey’s song-writing skills to make The Smiths the legendary band that they are, has also played in Modest Mouse and – more recently, joined the three Wakefield brothers The Cribs.
The NME Awards will be held at The Troxy in East London, on Wednesday February 27, 2013, where Marr will collect his gong. Marr’s about to release his debut solo album The Messenger and speaking about the award, said “It is a very nice thing to be getting this award and I am honoured. The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I’m in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world.” His previous band mate Morrissey won’t be expecting any such honour any time soon; he has fallen out with the magazine on a number of occasions, most recently when they printed an article that he felt had branded him a racist.
The magazine’s editor, Mike Williams, said “All hail Johnny Marr, NME Godlike Genius 2013 and the newest recruit into NME’s holy order of music legends. And what a legend he is! Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet.” Johnny follows in the footsteps of 2012’s Godlike Genius, Noel Gallagher, which just goes to show, there’s no justice in the world. Or no huge commitment to chronology, perhaps.
Continue reading: NME Awards Johnny Marr 'Godlike Genius' Title, 2013
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