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Station To Station Trailer


Doug Aitken is a multimedia artist who takes an in-depth look at society's art today; with the likes of music, dance and physical artwork in mind. On his exploration, he takes a 4,000 mile trip from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean (that's New York to San Francisco) picking up a variety of artists along the way and making stops to witness some incredible 'happenings' throughout the country. He gets the chance to speak to musicians in their droves, all eager to open up about their experiences and interpretations of their art. The trip takes place over 24 days and features such spectacles as Beck being joined by a gospel choir in the enormous Mojave desert; an expanse which spans California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. 'Station To Station' is an artistic documentary roadtrip with a difference. Directed by Doug Aitken ('The Source'), it includes appearances from some 43 musicians and artists including Beck, Jackson Browne, Thurston Moore, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Cat Power, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dan Deacon, Cold Cave and many, many more. The movie is set to be released in cinemas on June 26th 2015, after which the Station to Station: A 30-Day Happening event will kick off.

The Strokes "Planning" On Making A New Album


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Attention, lovers of indie rock! The Strokes’ lead singer Julian Casablancas has revealed that the band are currently working on new material.

In an interview with music news site Noisey, 36 year old Casablancas confirmed that the iconic noughties band was in the process of writing and recording songs for its sixth album, the first since 2013.

“It's the first time we've been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine,” the singer said. “We're planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I'll do that.”

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Savages, Perfume Genius And The Twilight Sad Among Plissken Festival 2015 Latest Additions


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The famous Plissken Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this June with a phenomenal line-up. Hard-hitting, electric, and the best quality: this summer is looking amazing for Greece, with some of the best alternative artists and performers around.

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Plissken Festival has announced that Savages, SquarePusher, Electric Wizard, Perfume Genius, and The Twilight Sad will join them in what is sounding like their best festival yet. 

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Arctic Monkeys And Haim Lead NME Awards Nominations


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Arctic Monkeys are looking set to be the stars of the show at this year's NME Awards after the newly-released nominees list shows the British rockers sitting atop a pile of nominations higher than any other artist. The Sheffield group are up for an impressive eight awards this year and are only rivalled by Californian sister group Haim, who have gathered six, according to NME.

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Arctic Monkeys Are Leading The NME Awards Nominations.

The band's fifth studio album, AM, rocketed to the top of the charts and has earned Mercury Music Prize and Brit Awards nominations, as well as critical acclaim. The R&B-inspired album faces competition in the Best Album category from Queens Of The Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork, In Love by Peace, Kanye West's Yeezus, Savages' Silence Yourself and Drenge's self-titled debut.

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Savages - Barclaycard Mercury Prize held at the Roundhouse - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th October 2013

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Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Savages - Barclaycard Mercury Prize held at the Roundhouse - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th October 2013

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CMJ Music Marathon Returns In Its 33rd Year With More Incredible Showcases


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CMJ Music Marathon 2013

The CMJ Music Marathon comes to New York City for its 33rd year bringing with it hundreds of seminal artists from the newly emerging to the well-established.

CMJ has been holding electrifying music events over the course of its existence as well as publishing a weekly music magazine for music and college radio stations. This year will be no different in excellence on its journey through New York from October 15th-19th as it fills over 80 venues across the city with more than 1,000 incredible musical showcases. There will also be a range of other musical events including seminars Q&A sessions, amazing parties, workshops and other special activities.

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Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced, But Does It Even Matter Anymore?


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The Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize this week announce the shortlist for it's 12 favourite albums of the last 12 months, albums that it claims are "urgent" and are "reflective" of the evolving sound of contemporary music. Once a haven for alternative acts like Portishead and Gomez, this years awards once again have gone for the most obvious choices and rather than celebrate any "urgent" talent, artists that routinely play on the radio or television have been picked ahead of the Hookworms and Darkstars of the British and Irish music scene.

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The Arctic Monkeys are hardly an "urgent" band

The Arctic Monkeys are now a bonafied rock staple, whilst Foals and Laura Marling have each been nominated in the past and are regularly given air time on 6 Music or Jools Holland, etc., not to mention the fact that Marling has been handed a BRIT Award too. As for newcomers Disclosure, Rudimental and Jake Bugg, neither are exactly challenging their respective fields of house, drum and bass and rockabilly, but simply making it more radio-friendly and pop accessible. This isn't a dig either, this is something that all three artists should openly agree with. As for David Bowie; he's David Bowie. Need we say more?

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Leeds Festival 2013 - Preview


Leeds Festival has been a not-to-miss date in our calendar for years. Over the past few years the UK has seen many boutique and independent festivals pop up and more people appear to be getting their festival fixes from these smaller events, but they're never going to be able to provide what Leeds Festival does so well. Consistency! Sometimes it is a case of 'you get what you pay for' and Leeds is a perfect example of that. Sure, Leeds perhaps isn't for the more mature gig attendee, but it never has been. It's a weekend of fun and partying that sees thousands of music fans partake in the festivities. 

Leeds Festival 2013 - Preview

Since its inception organiser Melvin Benn and the team at Festival Republic have known exactly who their audience is and catered for them, Leeds & Reading festivals now run as a well-oiled three day event that means everyone who's bought a ticket will have a great time. Even the toilets in the main arena are kept to a good level of cleanliness, far higher than most of our experiences at smaller festivals! 

Set in one of the most ideal festival grounds in the UK, Bramham Park, the festival has a well laid out site plan and features plenty of bars and activities outside of the main arena to keep people occupied all through the day and night.  

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Field Day 2013 - Preview


With Field Day 2013 less than two weeks away, now seems like a good time to look at the 5 must-see bands of the festival. 

Field Day 2013 - Preview

After the success of the festival last year it was difficult to see how it could possibly be improved. As the line up announcements filtered through from Field Day HQ, it became clear just how special this year is going to be. A quite astonishing array of artists all playing in one field, on one day - what could possibly go wrong? Clashes, of course. The chances of you catching every artist you intended on seeing are slim, so here are the 5 must-see acts this year.

Savages
Arguably the most exciting band of 2013. Renowned for their extraordinary live performances, as demonstrated on Jools Holland a few months ago, Savages are one band you will not want to miss this summer. With their debut album having come out a few weeks ago, now's the time to catch them live. It will be an "I was there" moment.

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Coachella Festival 2013; Who To See?


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Today saw the announcement of the Coachella Festival 2013 line-up, to be run on the weekends of April 12, 2013 and April 19, 2013, and as expected it’s another smorgasbord of musical taste, with everyone from Britpop veterans Blur to funk rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers turning out for the California event. The sheer array of names is dizzying – just where do you start with deciding who to go and see? Well handily we’ve had a bit of a browse through the line-up for you, so here are a few of our tips.

Pick Of The Headliners

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Keeping In Contact: Our Favourite Music Tips For 2013


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Brace yourselves music fans: with the BBC Sound of 2013 list now well on the way to being counted down, and a whole host of names, from the established print press to online sites and the smallest of blogs, having their own say, you’re about to be bombarded with a gluttony of new music to listen out for, to and read about. Will they all be as amazing as their respective champions claim they are? Most likely not, but part of the, uh, ‘fun’ of wading through the endless tips of the year is discovering a song or an artist that - though you’d never heard it before – will go on to provide a soundtrack for, perhaps, the rest of your life.

Here at Contactmusic we’ve attempted to pick out a mix of the names you’ll be seeing in bright lights everywhere else, interspersed with a couple of our own personal favourites who we're keeping a personal eye on over the forthcoming months...

Blogger's Delight - The names that will be everywhere

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Picture - Salma Hayek at a photocall... , Wednesday 19th September 2012

Salma Hayek, Savages, Mandarin Oriental, London and England Wednesday 19th September 2012 Salma Hayek at a photocall for Savages at the Mandarin Oriental, London, England

Salma Hayek, Savages, Mandarin Oriental, London and England

Picture - Oliver Stone at a photocall... , Wednesday 19th September 2012

Oliver Stone, Savages, Mandarin Oriental, London and England Wednesday 19th September 2012 Oliver Stone at a photocall for Savages at the Mandarin Oriental, London, England

Oliver Stone, Savages, Mandarin Oriental, London and England

Picture - Benicio Del Toro at a... , Wednesday 19th September 2012

Benicio Del Toro, Savages, Mandarin Oriental, London and England Wednesday 19th September 2012 Benicio Del Toro at a photocall for Savages at the Mandarin Oriental, London, England

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