Tricky business, crossing the Atlantic: few have made the journey either way and found universal adoration; for every Beatles there are dozens more of your Blurs and your gobby Gallaghers. Conversely, this mass shrugging of British shoulders affects amongst others Spoon, a quartet from Texas who back home are used to playing more exotic locations than the Buckley Tivoli.
Hot Thoughts is the band's ninth album and follows 2014's They Want My Soul, a stellar commercial success in the US and their first working with producer Dave Fridman, whose CV also includes the likes of Tame Impala, Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips.
Fridman has the com again this time and if the Austinites are particularly bothered about shoring up their top five status at home - or breaking Europe - there's little evidence of it here. Theirs is still a decent brew though: Chief Spooner Britt Daniel has the sort of ear-charming pipes which legitimise the tricksy smorgasbord which Hot Thoughts soon becomes, through the libido soaked indie funk-rock of the titular opener to the spritely prog of First Caress and then beyond, via the thumping alt-disco of Can I Sit Next To You.
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From Kendrick Lamar to Slayer, this year is definitely one of the best.
Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.
Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes.
Continue reading: Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store
Spoon and Odezsa provided world class entertainment at this year's event.
Another year of SXSW is over and 2015's Hype Hotel leaves a lot of memories in its wake. This year featured a tremendous amount of talent, from up-and-coming stars to veteran favourites. If you missed it, here's a taster of what happened.
Odesza joined Spoon at Hype Hotel
This year's Hype Hotel was headlined by Texas rock band Spoon, who have been around since the 90s and recently joined the Loma Vista label, releasing their eighth album 'They Want My Soul' in 2014. They performed the opening night (March 17th 2015), succeeding everyone's favourite alternative pop orchestra San Fermin who entertained fans with snippets of their forthcoming second album 'Jackrabbit' out April 21st.
Continue reading: SXSW 2015: The Highlights From This Year's Hype Hotel Showcase [Video]
The Hype Hotel played host to San Fermin, Odesza and Spoon on Tuesday (March 17).
Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat returned to SXSW on Tuesday (March 17) to begin five days of music curated by music bloggers and brought to you by Mazda, official automobile sponsor of HypeON. Though primarily staged to showcase some of the hottest emerging artists around, the opening night saw the triumphant return of rockers Spoon, as well as the always on-form San Fermin.
Spoon played a triumphant homecoming gig at SXSW's Hype Hotel event
The evening kicked off with DJ sets for THE BIG P.A and Zach from Portugal-The Man who played a set later in the evening at Clive Bar, on Davis St. The New York six piece Parlour Tricks began the evening's slate of live music with their infectious brand of retro soul, while Swedish outfit Amason continued the party.
Continue reading: Spoon Play Triumphant Homecoming Show At SXSW's Hype Hotel
The band join the likes of Twin Shadow and Daniel Wilson at the five day show.
What better band to headline Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat at SXSW than Austin's own Spoon? The Texan quintet made quite the comeback in 2014, and don't plan on stopping there - they'll be a name on everyone's lips next week.
Spoon to headline Hype Hotel
SXSW may be a time for up and coming bands to make a name for themselves, but it's also a great time to welcome back old faces. Hype Hotel will be hosting 00s indie band Spoon during the festival, which this year will run from March 17th to 21st, with the showcase in question taking place at the Fair Market venue.
Continue reading: Hype Hotel Welcomes Spoon Back Home In Austin For SXSW