'Throb' died in Hove, according to Primal Scream bassist Mani.
The former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young has died. Scream bassist Mani took to the band's messageboard to announce the sad news, saying the musician - who left the group in 2006 - had passed away in Hove, Brighton.
Bobby Gillespie, frontman of Primal Scream
"Robert young , AKA the throb, passed away this weekend in hove. Truly devastating news," posted "Mr Gary" - known to be Mani - on the Primal Scream Forum.
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iTunes Festival 2013 is definitely one of the best yet - and we're only midway through!
One of London's most fabulous concert venues, The Roundhouse, is holding the biggest artists of the year between September 1st - 30th and it's only going to get better from here.
The festivities kicked off with Lady GaGa, who certainly garnered much 'Applause' with her electric set which saw her don little more than seashells in strategic places as she bellowed out a taster of her upcoming album 'Artpop'.
Monster is your clue: who have iTunes booked to play at their month of concerts in September?
With a festival line up already that is sure to bring tears of unbridled joy to any self-respecting music fan, iTunes have gone and added another jaw-dropping act to their celebratory month of music this September. "Who could it be?!", you scream impatiently; well friends, be prepared to let out an involuntary cry of "hallelujah" because none other than Lady GaGa will be gracing Camden's Roundhouse stage come September.
Catch Lady Gaga In Her September iTunes Festival Performance.
Freaky pop queen Gaga will indeed be performing at iTunes Festival 2013 and The Sun have caught wind that a huge budget has been set aside to entertain the 3,300 fans packed into the London venue. September's show will be Gaga's first UK concert in seven months and will be likely to be the first live performance of tracks from her upcoming album Artpop. Sources say that her Haus Of Gaga team are spending £500,000 on the production to make iTunes' show as exciting as possible. The 27 year-old New Yorker has recently been resting in a wheelchair due to a labral tear in her right hip but one of her insiders spoke of Haus of Gaga's anticipation for the one-off September show: "The gig in Camden has a huge budget and is likely to be the first anyone sees or hears of her album. The Haus Of Gaga team have been working in secret on costumes and stage sets for the show from their base in Paris. Gaga's dancers have also been rehearsing but she's only told her closest friends about the new direction she's taking. The music is going to be a big departure and Gaga's dreamed up a whole new image for the album."
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The World's End has received rave reviews, though the soundtrack could be a popular record this summer.
The World's End - the third and final instalment of Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto' comedy trilogy starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine - hits cinemas nationwide on July 19, 2013. It centres around five friends who attempt a notorious pub crawl in their unassuming hometown - twelve pubs, twelve pints and the only the strongest will survive.
Of course, the mind of Edgar Wright doesn't work think along quite such straight lines and the boozy group unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.
Also starring British talent Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsen and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, The World's End promises a hugely enjoyable finale for the trilogy - also featuring Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz - though the soundtrack is worth checking out too.
Continue reading: 'The World's End' Soundtrack Is A Glorious Tribute To The 1990s
It's raining, it's pouring: Glastonbury Festival's weather forecast predicts an overcast weekend with hopefully no more of Thursday's rain.
Many Glasto goers woke up to the pitter patter of rain on canvas this morning as Wednesday's warm, humid weather well and truly dissolved into rain. By the Thursday evening, the site was drenched - what had initially been forecast as a "short sharp shower turned into an all-day deluge," according to the BBC. And where there's rain, there's mud: big sticky, gloopy, welly-stealing piles of it. This didn't deter any of the 118,000 ticket holders already onsite, with revellers retreating to indoor tents or embracing the wet weather and sludge with gusto by making mud slides. As the main festival wasn't even fully underway by then, we can't say we'd like to be sharing their tent this weekend - let's hope they've brought some babywipes!
Glastonbury Festival Organisers Michael & Daughter Emily Eavis.
Unlike everywhere else in the country, the rest of the weekend in the South-West is set to be mild, but not exactly toasty, with mean temperatures of 18°C combined with average windspeeds of about 15mph: so that little weather forecaster's cartoon of a grey cloud will pretty much sum up the weekend. 2009's extreme weather saw torrential downpours and thunderstorms lighting up the valley but was followed by 2010's glorious sunshine, which caused sunstroke and dust problems. Punters have a whole weekend of musical, comical and performance joy ahead of them to distract them from any weather woes though. Saturday night will be headlined by The Rolling Stones who have described the Glastonbury headline slot as an experience they were "destined" for, with organisers Michael and Emily Eavis "thrilled" to have the legendary Stones perform.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Weather Dries Up Ready For The Big Acts
With less than 24 hours to go before Glastonbury Festival opens its doors at the Somerset site, it's always good to know which bands to see and when.
With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.
Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.
However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Festival 2013: Your Guide To The Biggest Clashes!
American rockers Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon have both been added to this year's free iTunes Festival, which will be held at London's Roundhouse venue throughout September.
It won't be solely a festival of rock though - artists from other genres have also been invited, giving everyone at this September's festival something to look forward to, such as Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, and classical composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Having being held since 2007, the annual iTunes festival is held over every night in September and this year will host over 60 acts at the Camden venue.
Plus, Bullet For My Valentine have a new video and Muse imitate Queen's party antics, in our weekly round-up...
A Week In Albums... Vampire Weekend have been getting some much deserved props for their comeback LP, Modern Vampires Of The City and our man Jim Pusey was more than happy to join in the chorus of praise. Marking the group's second US Billboard number one charting album to-date - not to mention their best selling first week effort - Modern Vampires... looks like it's only going to set the indie rockers onto greater things. Pusey commented: "While it's an album that may struggle to repeat the phenomenal commercial success of Vampire Weekend's debut, I'd argue in the long run there's more to love on Modern Vampires. It's not just because the band's affection for New York seeps through every pore of the record, but also because sonically it's a far more interesting album. If this is indeed the end to a trilogy of records, Vampire Weekend have set themselves an extremely high bar to reach for the next chapter of their career."
Collaborator-happy party bringers Major Lazer have returned with a new album in the form of Free The Universe. A record that does little to change the act's sound, it doesn't necessarily need to, says Andy Peterson, with the array of people brought on board, including - there he is again - Ezra from Vampire Weekend, Peaches and Wyclef Jean, meant to enhance the party not the sound evolution. Peterson writes, "At times it's fair criticism that the formula isn't saying anything new, but the main objective here is far less about innovation but instead about being what it is; a no-nonsense party record made to be turned up to eleven and put on after twelve. Righteous."
Bobby Gillespie is a man that's been able to capture the cultural zeitgeist numerous times in the past. Primal Scream's new album More Light has its sights set on similar territory, but despite its all-star cast it falls a little short of its ambitions. The band has changed considerably since their last studio effort in 2008, not least because of the departure of Mani for the Stone Roses reunion. But Gillespie seems to have reinvigorated his voice of a generation credentials by revisiting the high watermark of the Primal Scream back catalogue, Sceamadelica. More Light owes much to the way that record crystallised a seismic shift in British culture. But in trying to make a much darker state of the union address this time round, Gillespie seems bogged down in a little too much urban decay to hit the nail on the head.
Sitting somewhere between the chaos of Evil Heat and the bad trip of Vanishing Point, More Light certainly makes a glorious noise though. It's perhaps a little more varied than previous efforts finding room for Screamadelica type euphoria ('It's Alright, It's Ok') alongside downtrodden Blues ('Elimination Blues'). Throw in a dash of My Bloody Valentine inspired droning guitars ('Hit Void') and pure psychedelic pop ('Relativity'), and you've got the most sonically interesting album Primal Scream has made since 2000's XTRMNTR.
But as first single '2013' demonstrates, Gillespie is trying too hard to get a handle on the cultural landscape. His lament for a lost "teenage revolution" and description of "twenty first century slaves" and "soldier boys dying in the war" all feel a little forced. The strength of his previous social commentary was that it wasn't this straightforward; it seems that subtlety has gone out of the window though, replaced with a simmering anger which is far less enticing. '2013' is also the first sign that the members of Primal Scream have been digging through their seventies record collection for inspiration. Kevin Shields' phasing guitar appearance is punctuated with a brass section taken straight from Lou Reed's heyday. In fact, many of the songs here have an almost reverential feel for the past with 'River Of Pain' acting as another example, as it's elongated mid-section swerves into jazz and full orchestration.
Continue reading: Primal Scream - More Light Album Review
The Stone Roses have announced three UK shows for 2013, including two major concerts at London's Finsbury Park on June 7 and 8. Another gig will take place at Glasgow Green on June 15.
Tickets for all three shows go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 2, November and follow the Roses' three-day Heaton Park reunion this summer. According to the Independent, the extravaganza generated around £23 million for the Manchester economy. The UK shows will follow a string of shows in Australia in the spring, including an appearance at the Future music festival. The announcement of UK shows now makes it almost certain The Stone Roses will headline the Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 28 - 30. Radiohead, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac have also been rumoured to headline the festival, though the latter's huge ticket prices for their London shows in November has made it less of a possibility.