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Forecastle Completes 2015 Line-Up With The War On Drugs And Mariachi El Bronx


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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.

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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.

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Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves Album Review


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'.

Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves Album Review

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.

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Modest Mouse - The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box (CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions)


Modest Mouse perform their new single 'The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box' live on CBS' 'This Morning: Saturday Sessions'. The song features on their recently released sixth studio album 'Strangers To Ourselves'.

Modest Mouse - Coyotes (CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions)


Having just released their sixth album 'Strangers To Ourselves' through Epic Records, Washington rock band Modest Mouse shoot a performance of their single 'Coyotes', live on CBS' 'This Morning: Saturday Sessions'.

Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire (CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions)


During a performance on CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, Modest Mouse recorded a live performance of their song, 'Lampshades On Fire' - the second track on their 13th March 2015 album, 'Strangers to Ourselves'.

Kendrick Lamar Scores First US Number 1 Album With 'To Pimp A Butterfly'


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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.

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Kendrick Lamar is Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 albums

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My Morning Jacket Return To Louisville For Forecastle Festival 2015 Alongside Sam Smith


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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.

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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.

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Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire


Modest Mouse have released the official music video for their song, 'Lampshades on Fire'. The song serves as the second track to appear on their 13th March 2015 15-track-album, Strangers to Ourselves.

Modest Mouse And Wolf Alice To Hit London's Calling Festival 2015


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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.

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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.

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Modest Mouse - Of Course We Know (Audio)


With their new album 'Strangers To Ourselves' out on March 17th 2015, Modest Mouse present a brand new song entitled 'Of Course We Know' - which they will no doubt be perforiming on their upcoming North America, Europe and UK tour.

Modest Mouse - The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box (Audio)


Modest Mouse has released the official audio track for the song 'The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box'. The song is the sixth track to be released for his upcoming album, 'Strangers to Ourselves', set for release on 16th March 2015.

Modest Mouse Return After Eight Years With New Album 'Strangers To Ourselves'


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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.

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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.

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Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire (Audio)


Modern Mouse have released the official audio for the lead single to their upcoming album 'Strangers To Ourselves', entitled 'Lampshades On Fire'. The single is due to appear as the second track on the album, which is set for release on 3rd March 2015.

NME Awards Johnny Marr 'Godlike Genius' Title, 2013


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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. 

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What, No Holograms? Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Coachella 2013


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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. 

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