Nine Inch Nails - Nine Inch Nails To Tour With Queens Of The Stone Age

Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age are to team up for a joint-headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand next spring (14).

The two hard rock acts will alternate time slots on the eight-date trek, which will begin in Sydney on 6 March (14).

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's wife Brody Dalle will open on all dates.

Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails kickstart an autumn tour with Gary Numan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky on select dates on 11 October (13), the same night Qotsa open a three-month U.S. and European tour in Austin, Texas.


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Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences! 4209125 News

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.

The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.

The best of BelgiumBelgium
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.

The best of CroatiaCroatia
- Soundwave Croatia (July 17th - 21st): Entering its sixth year, Soundwave offers five days of some of the best dance and electronic music around and all while you're relaxing by the gloriously blue waters in The Garden Tisno bay. While you're not swimming though, you can still enjoy the sun at the open air nightclub - there's no room for indoor entertainment here, bring your sun cream!
- The Garden Festival (July 2nd - 9th): Tisno is so popular with visitors, that Soundwave isn't the only event set up there. If you couldn't get tickets for that, check out The Garden Festival - same sunny atmosphere with another huge line-up of DJ sets.
- Dimensions Festival (August 28th-30th): If you're not into dance music, there's a much more eclectic line-up awaiting you at Dimensions. But it's all about the epic fort stages and sunset illuminated boat parties during this end of summer show.

Denmark's finestDenmark
- Roskilde Festival (June 29th - July 6th): Roskilde is one of Europe's most ancient towns and its major festival has similarly been running for a long time. Its longevity itself may be impressive, given the amount of events we've sadly seen close over the past few years, but over 40 years on it's still providing visitors with some of the best international rock the world has to offer. Topping the bill this year is none other than The Rolling Stones.
- NorthSide (June 13th-15th): Having sold out three weeks earlier than last year, NorthSide festival is definitely on a roll - and only in its fifth year! If you're not used to the impressive architecture of Scandinavian towns, you'll be totally enchanted by NorthSide. Plus the line-up is hard to beat with headline sets from Arcade Fire, A$AP Rocky and more.

The best of FranceFrance
- Rock en Seine (August 22nd - 24th): Rock en Seine takes place at the Château de Saint-Cloud park in the west of Paris, featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Lana Del Rey and many more. Rock en Seine also has creative workshops for children, such as guitar lessons without the parents, so it's a great experience for people of all ages. 
- La Route Du Rock (August 13th - 16th): Held in Saint-Malo, the Summer edition of the biannual indie/electronic festival returns with its renowned beach stage for the day and castle stage for the night. La Route Du Rock has amazing settings for amazing bands be it during the Summer, or during the Winter edition where you'll be rocking out way too hard to feel the cold.
- Hellfest (June 20th - 22nd): France's highly established rock/metal festival will this year play host to legendary bands from Black Sabbath to Slayer. Covering the whole spectrum of rock music over six different stages, be it thrash metal or punk, Hellfest will surely satisfy any die hard rocker's needs.

The best of GermanyGermany
- Rock am Ring (June 5th - 8th): Along with its sister event Rock im Park (Rock in the Park), Rock am Ring (Rock at the Ring) is four days of incredible music that's so brilliant, they had to organise two events simultaneously! And it's easy to see why with such high-calibre bands from Iron Maiden to Nine Inch Nails. 
- Melt Festival (July 18th - 20th): Having taken place in Ferropolis (also known as The City Of Iron) since 1999, Melt Festival has a rich history of 'Electronic meets Rock' line-ups and 2014's event continues this legacy, along with its custom colossal iron cranes that oversee the venue. It's a breath-taking sight!
- Hurricane Festival (June 20th - 22nd): Here's hoping the weather doesn't live up to the name this year, Hurricane presents mainstream music in its coolest form with Arcade Fire and Volbeat heading the line-up. With only 5,000 tickets left, be sure to hurry up and buy one for yourself before this event sells out.

Sziget in HungaryHungary
- Sziget (August 11th - 18th): It's not always easy for the younger generations to find somewhere they can relax, have fun and generally do what they want to do, but when Sziget came about in 1993, there was finally a place for teens to enjoy great music and entertainment: the Island of Freedom! It is far from being just about the music though with so much going on from circus to theatre, and right next to the glorious Danube river. With nearly 400,000 festival goers each year, the week-long event remains one of the most eclectic, vibrant and infectiously enjoyable festivals in all of Europe.

Iceland Airwaves 2014Iceland
- Iceland Airwaves (November 5th - 9th): Reykjavík has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe with a gorgeous mountainous horizon and a spectacular nightlife, so if you're going to visit anywhere in Iceland, check out the capital. Iceland Airwaves is the perfect excuse too, with its massive range of local and international artists to party to such as East India Youth, The Flaming Lips, PINS and Rökkurró. It's the perfect post-Summer vacation with various package deals and very affordable tickets, as well as plenty of stuff to do in and around the city.

The Best of NetherlandsNetherlands
- Pinkpop (June 7th - 9th): Having started in 1970, Pinkpop is one of the longest running major festivals in Europe.  Constantly delivering great line ups for fans of different kinds of music, this year sees the likes of The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Arctic Monkeys. Pinkpop certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
- Mysteryland (August 23rd - 25th): MysteryLand was the first, and now the oldest dance festival in the Netherlands. Traditionally taking place on the last Saturday of August, there surely isn't a better way to end your summer than by raving to some of the hottest acts in dance music alongside some incredible illuminated art installations that just get bigger and better each year.
- Best Kept Secret (June 20th - 22nd): Taking place at the rather isolated lakeside venue of Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, it's easy to see why this is the Netherlands 'best kept secret'. Priding itself on being focussed '100% on music', this year sees big names such as Elbow and Pixies, as well as emerging talent like Chvurches and Cheatahs. 

Oya FestivalNorway
- Oya Festival (August 5th - 9th): Starting out in 1999 with humble beginnings, Oya Festival has grown to be one of Europe's biggest festivals. But it isn't just one of the largest, it's undoubtedly one of the greenest with the team working all year round to find ways to be more environmentally friendly in various ways be it waste disposal, transport, power supply or leaflets. It's all about encouraging people to take care of the environment around them and send a positive message to music lovers everywhere.

Open'er & Off FestivalPoland
- Open'er Festival (July 2nd - 5th): Having started in 2002, Poland's Open'er Festival, taking place in Gdynia, has always had great music, but in recent years has also had stunning art with areas dedicated to theatrical performances, documentaries and fashions shows. Open'er Festival is a celebration of creativity in all forms.
- OFF Festival (August 1st - 3rd): Priding itself on delivering the best, even if not the most popular in alternative music, OFF Festival is the place to be for alternative music lovers and there's no reason not to go with the very affordable ticket prices that are more than worth paying for this incredible experience.

Exit FestivalSerbia
- Exit Festival (July 10th - 13th): Starting out as a student movement for peace activism in Serbia and the Balkans, Exit Festival has gone on to be an extremely prestigious festival even winning the award for 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards. To this day, Exit Festival is run by a non-profit organisation and still has a strong social mission in helping youth in the Balkans. To make the festival even more impressive, it is held at the monumental Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad. 

Spain's best picksSpain
- Primavera Sound (June 5th - 7th): Spain is one of the key festival locations in Europe with Primavera likely being it's most well-known worldwide. This year you can even get a preview of what's to be heard with Rough Trade having teamed up with festival organisers to produce a double CD. The Barcelona based event has been going on since 2001 and the excitement only gets more intense each year.
- Benicassim (July 17th - 20th): Also known as Fib, Benicassim is one of Spain's best beachside music festivals with four days of all your favourite mainstream music. It's particularly exciting this year as it sees a reunion show from much-loved British rockers The Libertines, who headline Saturday's spectacular bill.
- Sonar (June 12th - 14th): Electronic music at its finest, Sonar is all about cutting edge production and creativity. Exhibitions from universities and various other companies will be taking place throughout the weekend with everything from Berklee College's Technology Innovation Lab, Oval Sound's progressive percussion and IAAC's portrait projects.
- Ibiza Rocks (June - September) : Leaving the mainland, party island Ibiza presents an entire Summer of revelry, pop music and other sun-soaked entertainment. From its opening party with Haim to its closing event with Bombay Bicycle Club, you've literally got no excuse to embrace Ibiza this season. Or Mallorca, if you prefer!

Way Out West & Sweden Rocks!Sweden
- Way Out West (August 7th - 9th): Having started in 2007, Way Out West is a fast-rising, unique festival that utilises both clubs in Gothenburg and fields in Slottsskogen. You can travel from one to the other in ten minutes by tram, so travel is not an issue for those nightowl festival goers that simply can't stop partying. Fortunately, there's Stay Out West - so the fun literally never stops!
- Sweden Rock Festival (June 4th - 7th): Sweden's biggest annual rock and metal event regularly plays host to some of the biggest names in the genres with this year being no exception; Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and many more will hit the stages this year. Also, Sweden Rock Festival lets you vote for the bands you'd like to see at future events on their website, truly giving the fans what they want.

Europe has so much diversity to offer and not just in terms of music. Whatever you want from a Summer holiday this year, we're doubting that there's nothing of interest here so grab the sun cream and start preparing to go continental this festival season!

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Justin Bieber vs. Slipknot: Music's Maddest Mash-up Tracks 4133369 News

There are certain things in life that don’t sound like they should ever go together, but then you put them together and...they just do. Peanut butter and jelly, French fries dipped in chocolate milkshakes, Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Huh? Yep, you heard us right! Some musical masters out there are just capable of seeing the potential for a great/totally bonkers mash-up song, when the rest of us could never imagine mixing two totally different artists together.  The result can be oddly hypnotic and scarily addictive.  Take these mad, but surprisingly great, mash-ups for example.

carly rae jepsen mashups Are Carly Rae Jepsen and Nine Inch Nails made for each other?

You’d never imagine that Carly Rae Jepsen, she of super cheesy ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame, could ever be teamed up with industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and the result not make you want to claw your ears off. Call Me a Hole, the Carley Rae Jepsen vs. Nine Inch Nails mash-up is surprisingly easy listening. The poppy beats of Miss Swift behind Trent Reznor’s recognisable rasp kind of works, perhaps these guys could actually get together for a legitimate collaboration one day!

Grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, would probably spin in his grave knowing that one of his songs had been mixed with a Rick Astley track, but Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up is surprisingly enjoyable. We’d even go so far as to say we’d quite like a Nirvana vs. Rick Astley album to come out.    

If there’s a couple of artists we’d never put together it’s butter-wouldn't-melt country singer Taylor Swift and nu metal rockers Korn, but we’ll be darned if we don’t admit that We Are Coming Undone isn’t a catchy tune. We’d love to see Taylor up on stage with a long set of dark dreadlocks rocking alongside Korn.  Hey, it could happen.

korn mashup Will we ever see Taylor Swift on stage with Korn?

Adele is one of the most talented songstresses on the music scene and Britney Spears is, well, Britney Spears. Toxic in the Deep is a strange but oddly perfect combination of the two. If any Adele fans were upset that her music isn’t dancey enough to go on a night out to, this insane mash-up solves that problem!

The grand finale...Justin Bieber vs. Slipknot Psychosocial Baby. The bizarre juxtaposition between Bieber’s young vocals and Slipknot works surprisingly well. It’s the most we’ve ever liked Justin Bieber.

Which tracks would you like to see made into a mash-up?  The madder the better!

MORE: The Shame! Justin Bieber booed on home turf at Canada's Juno Awards

MORE: Has Justin Bieber bought Selena Gomez a ring?

Watch Justin Bieber gettting scared aware by the paps:

3100684-0;noautoplay; Justin Bieber Day Almost Ruined As Papz Scare Him Away - 08.08.2012 22:00:03

There are certain things in life that don’t sound like they should ever go together, but then you put them together and...they just do. Peanut butter and jelly, French fries dipped in chocolate milkshakes, Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Huh? Yep, you heard us right! Some musical masters out there are just capable of seeing the potential for a great/totally bonkers mash-up song, when the rest of us could never imagine mixing two totally different artists together.  The result can be oddly hypnotic and scarily addictive.  Take these mad, but surprisingly great, mash-ups for example.

carly rae jepsen mashups Are Carly Rae Jepsen and Nine Inch Nails made for each other?

You’d never imagine that Carly Rae Jepsen, she of super cheesy ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame, could ever be teamed up with industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and the result not make you want to claw your ears off. Call Me a Hole, the Carley Rae Jepsen vs. Nine Inch Nails mash-up is surprisingly easy listening. The poppy beats of Miss Swift behind Trent Reznor’s recognisable rasp kind of works, perhaps these guys could actually get together for a legitimate collaboration one day!

Grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, would probably spin in his grave knowing that one of his songs had been mixed with a Rick Astley track, but Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up is surprisingly enjoyable. We’d even go so far as to say we’d quite like a Nirvana vs. Rick Astley album to come out.    

If there’s a couple of artists we’d never put together it’s butter-wouldn't-melt country singer Taylor Swift and nu metal rockers Korn, but we’ll be darned if we don’t admit that We Are Coming Undone isn’t a catchy tune. We’d love to see Taylor up on stage with a long set of dark dreadlocks rocking alongside Korn.  Hey, it could happen.

korn mashup Will we ever see Taylor Swift on stage with Korn?

Adele is one of the most talented songstresses on the music scene and Britney Spears is, well, Britney Spears. Toxic in the Deep is a strange but oddly perfect combination of the two. If any Adele fans were upset that her music isn’t dancey enough to go on a night out to, this insane mash-up solves that problem!

The grand finale...Justin Bieber vs. Slipknot Psychosocial Baby. The bizarre juxtaposition between Bieber’s young vocals and Slipknot works surprisingly well. It’s the most we’ve ever liked Justin Bieber.

Which tracks would you like to see made into a mash-up?  The madder the better!

MORE: The Shame! Justin Bieber booed on home turf at Canada's Juno Awards

MORE: Has Justin Bieber bought Selena Gomez a ring?

Watch Justin Bieber gettting scared aware by the paps:

3100684-0;noautoplay; Justin Bieber Day Almost Ruined As Papz Scare Him Away - 08.08.2012 22:00:03

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Twenty Years On, Nine Inch Nails And Soundgarden Embark On Anniversary Tour 4112095 News

Attention Nine Inch Nails fans, there’s finally some news for you. Well, for the North American bunch at least – Trent Reznor and Co. are embarking on a US tour alongside Soundgarden. The bands drove fans into eager expectation with a series of teasers over this past week and late on Saturday, the official announcement was made. According to Billboard, the bands will kicks off on July 19th in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood and ends in Los Angeles on August 25th at the Hollywood Bowl.

Nine Inch Nails
The two bands are reuniting after 20 years. 

There are 22 US dates and one in Toronto and the two bands will be supported on all but two by Death Grips. NIN and Soundgarden have a history of shared performances. The last time the two bands shared a bill was was at Ontario's Molson Park in 1994 in a gig Trent Reznor later described as "a kind of professional showdown."

Soundgarden, Apollo Manchester
The acts' professional rivalry should make for some killer gigs. 

That same year (on the same day, in fact) both bands released albums – Nine Inch Nails’ Downward Spiral and Soundgarden’s Superunknown. Fitting then, that the two acts would come together on the anniversary. Soundgarden recently played Superunknown in its entirety at iTunes festival and SXSW.

In a landmark year, the band will release a five-disc 20th anniversary edition of the album on June 3rd. Nine Inch Nails begin a tour of Australia and New Zealand on Monday, followed by a Latin American leg before hitting Europe in May and June.

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Attention Nine Inch Nails fans, there’s finally some news for you. Well, for the North American bunch at least – Trent Reznor and Co. are embarking on a US tour alongside Soundgarden. The bands drove fans into eager expectation with a series of teasers over this past week and late on Saturday, the official announcement was made. According to Billboard, the bands will kicks off on July 19th in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood and ends in Los Angeles on August 25th at the Hollywood Bowl.

Nine Inch Nails
The two bands are reuniting after 20 years. 

There are 22 US dates and one in Toronto and the two bands will be supported on all but two by Death Grips. NIN and Soundgarden have a history of shared performances. The last time the two bands shared a bill was was at Ontario's Molson Park in 1994 in a gig Trent Reznor later described as "a kind of professional showdown."

Soundgarden, Apollo Manchester
The acts' professional rivalry should make for some killer gigs. 

That same year (on the same day, in fact) both bands released albums – Nine Inch Nails’ Downward Spiral and Soundgarden’s Superunknown. Fitting then, that the two acts would come together on the anniversary. Soundgarden recently played Superunknown in its entirety at iTunes festival and SXSW.

In a landmark year, the band will release a five-disc 20th anniversary edition of the album on June 3rd. Nine Inch Nails begin a tour of Australia and New Zealand on Monday, followed by a Latin American leg before hitting Europe in May and June.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"align=center lang="en"><p>&quot;The Downward Spiral&quot; was released 20 years ago today. <a href="http://t.co/vssf9vk0pt" rel="nofollow" >http://t.co/vssf9vk0pt</a> <a href="http://t.co/mUVNieH4gv" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/mUVNieH4gv</a></p>&mdash; nine inch nails (@nineinchnails) <a href="https://twitter.com/nineinchnails/statuses/442414060974243841" rel="nofollow" >March 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Primavera Sound 2014 Announce Full Line Up Including Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age And More 4045687 Press Releases

Primavera Sound has just revealed the full line up of its fourteenth edition, distributed from Monday 26th May to Sunday 1st June, through their film "Line-Up", that has just been released in cinemas and on Internet, having already announced the presence of the Canadian band Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel's stage comeback and Frank Black's band, Pixies. The latter are now joined by an extensive list of artists who will play on the multiple stages of the Parc del Fòrum from 29th to 31st May. Among all of these newly confirmed names Trent Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails, the American band The National, the mythical desert rock formation Queens of the Stone Age, Justin Vernon's new project (with Bon Iver) Volcano Choir, the Californian rapper Kendrick Lamar and the legendary and influential Brazilian singer songwriter Caetano Veloso really stand out.

The first festival shows for newly reformed British band Slowdive, house from the British band Disclosure, Television from New York playing their greatest album "Marquee Moon", math-pop from the powerful Foals, the presentation of the Scottish band Mogwai's new album, electro pop from the highly successful Metronomy and Darkside, Nicolas Jaar's new project, all join the line up of the Barcelona event.

A large number of the participants at this edition will be visiting Spain for the first time. This is the case for the hidden gem of feminine folk Linda Perhacs, The Julie Ruin (new band of Kathleen Hanna, former Bikini Kill member), the explosive cult band Chrome, the loud British band Loop and Body/Head, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon's new project.

Other cutting edge artists will come to Primavera Sound to present their most recent albums: From Australia Cut Copy and their dance pop, the funny and outrageous Black Lips, the British genius Blood Orange, regenerator of the most contemporary black music, the 90s rock veterans Superchunk, Drive-By Truckers and their classical rock and dance floor funk from the Duo Chromeo.

A multitude of musical styles will fill the stages of the Barcelona event: afrobeat by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and the New Yorkers Antibalas, cosmic jazz from Sun Ra Arkestra, post rock from The Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor, metal by Kvelertak and Deafheaven, noise from Wolf Eyes, the stunning electro pop of Helen Love, neo classical music by A Winged Victory For The Sullen and soul from Charles Bradley.

The national section is headed by Standstill who will perform their spectacle Cénit, the Granada band Grupo de Expertos Solynieve and the presentation of the Barcelona band Mishima's new album, the consecration of El Petit De Cal Eril as one of the most robust groups in our country, the alliance between Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró, the revelations of 2013 León Benavente and El Último Vecino, the Catalan singer songwriter Joana Serrat presenting her new album, the analogical-electro duo Svper and Oso Leone from Mallorca.

As for the electronic music programme, it will be headed by the world famous French DJ Laurent Garnier, who will be followed by a long and varied list of artists: the Germans Moderat (the union of Modeselektor and Apparat), the deep rhythms of SBTRKT, the revelation of electronic dance music Daniel Avery, Jamie xx from the UK (member of The xx), from Madrid comes Pional, Lasers from Barcelona with their impeccable live show, house by Julio Bashmore and the experimental sound of Demdike Stare and The Haxan Cloak.

Primavera a la Ciutat will flood the whole city of Barcelona with a series of complementary proposals in parallel with the main event. Among these the day of free concerts on Wednesday 28th May in the Parc del Fòrum stands out. On that day there will be concerts by Sky Ferreira, the Belgium revelation Stromae, the Argentinians Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, the electro pop duo Holy Ghost!, the up and coming British band Temples and the Madrid band Fira Fem. During the week of the festival, clubs such as Apolo, BARTS and the Teatre Principal will host all types of performances amongst which Darren Hayman and the Trial Separation, Full Blast, Shellac, Angel Olsen, Juana Molina, Paus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Har Mar Superstar and the showcases by the Catalan labels Bcore and La Castanya stand out. Els Vermuts del Primavera in Parc de la Ciutadella with concerts by bands such as Speedy Ortiz, Dum Dum Girls, Boogarins, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and La Sera on the 31st May and 1st June, merit a special mention.

Heineken® will for the second year running be the main sponsor of Primavera Sound after the extremely positive experience of the last edition. The festival and the brewery join forces again to make this edition equally memorable.

Ray-Ban and adidas Originals, with their long history as official sponsors of the festival, will continue to back Primavera Sound this year.  They will be joined by new sponsors including Martini and Lay's while Movistar will once again be a technological partner.

TICKETS AND SALES POINTS: The price of the full festival ticket is 175 euros until 7th February (in La Botiga del Primavera Sound - Ases, 1 -it has a special price of 170 euros).

From 8th February to the beginning of the festival it will cost 195 euros. Exceptionally, in La Botiga del Primavera Sound it will still be on sale at the price of 170 euros until Monday 10th February inclusive and from Tuesday 11th the price will go up to 190 euros.

The sales points are Ticketmaster, Atrapalo, Portal Primavera Sound, la botiga del Primavera Sound, Ticketscript, Fnac Francia, Seetickets, Paylogic and Vivaticket.

In order to help those interested in buying tickets there will once again be the option of paying in instalments. The price of this kind of full festival ticket is 180 euros until 7th February. From February 7th the Price will be 200 euros. Only to be bought through Primavera Sound Portal.

Primavera Sound 2014 VIP full festival ticket in Barcelona is on sale too at the price of 250 euros.

Accreditations of PrimaveraPro Basic are also available at the price of 225 euros and PrimaveraPro Premium at 300 euros.

The concerts on Wednesday 28th May in the Parc del Fòrum will be free.

Line-up:
MONDAY 26th MAY
Apolo: 
Darren Hayman & the Trial Separation
The Free Fall Band
Tigercats

TUESDAY 27th MAY
Apolo:
Antibalas
Chicha Libre

WEDNESDAY 28th MAY
Parc del Fòrum:
Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado
Fira Fem
Holy Ghost!
Sky Ferreira
Stromae
Temples
 
Apolo:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Har Mar Superstar
Holy Ghost! Djs
Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado
 
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase La Castanya:
Aries
Beach Beach
Me and the Bees
 
Teatre Principal:
Jamie xx & friends
 
El Teatro Latino:
The Ex
Full Blast
Paus
Shellac

THURSDAY 29th MAY
Parc del Fòrum: 
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Andy Stott
Antibalas
Arcade Fire
Bo Ningen
Caveman
Charles Bradley
Chrome
CHVRCHES
Colin Stetson
Disclosure
El Petit de Cal Eril
El Último Vecino
The Ex
Föllakzoid
Fort Romeau
Gang of Youths
Glasser
Grupo de Expertos Solynieve
Jamie xx
John Wizards
Julian Cope
Julio Bashmore
Kosmos
Lasers
LNripley
Lunice
Majical Cloudz
Metronomy
Midlake
Moderat
Móveis Coloniais de Acaju
Neutral Milk Hotel
Pond
Queens of the Stone Age
The Range
Real Estate
Rodrigo Amarante
Shelby Grey
Shellac
Single Parents
St. Vincent
Standstill
Sun Ra Arkestra
Svper
Touché Amoré
Warpaint
William Dafoe
Wind Atlas

FRIDAY 30th MAY
Parc del Fòrum: 
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Angel Molina
Astro
Black Drawing Chalks
Body/Head
C+C=Maxigross
Darkside
Deafheaven
Demdike Stare
Dominick Fernow
Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
Drive-By Truckers
Factory Floor
Dj Fra
The Growlers
Haim
The Haxan Cloak
Jagwar Ma
Jenny Lewis
Jesu
Joana Serrat
John Grant
Julia Holter
The Julie Ruin
Kvelertak
The Last 3 Lines
Laurent Garnier
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
León Benavente
Linda Perhacs
Loop
Mas Ysa
Mick Harvey performs Serge Gainsbourg
The National
Oso Leone
Pional
Pixies
Prurient
Refree
SBTRKT
Sharon Van Etten
Slint
Slowdive

SATURDAY 31st MAY
Parc del Fòrum:
Belako
Black Lips
Blood Orange
Boogarins
Caetano Veloso
Chromeo
Cloud Nothings
Dj Coco
Cold Cave
Connan Mockasin
Courtney Barnett
Cut Copy
Dani Baughman
Daniel Avery
The Dismemberment Plan
Dum Dum Girls
Earl Sweatshirt
Foals
Genius of Time
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hebronix
Helen Love
Hospitality
Islands
Jonathan Wilson
Junkfood
Jupiter Lion
Kendrick Lamar
Kronos Quartet
La Sera
Marc Piñol
The Mark Eitzel Ordeal
Mishima
Mistakes Are Ok b2b Mattis With
Mogwai
Nine Inch Nails
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Sílvia Pérez Cruz & Raül Fernández
Spoon
Superchunk
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld
Television performing Marquee Moon
Ty Segall
Univers
Volcano Choir
Za!
 
Els Vermuts del Primavera (Parc de la Ciutadella): 
Flamaradas
Renaldo & Clara
Speedy Ortiz
Súper Gegant
The Twilight Sad

SUNDAY 1st JUNE
Apolo:
Chromeo
Cloud Nothings
Dave P
Ty Segall
Vàlius
 
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase BCore:
Cuello
F****n' B****cks
No More Lies
 
BARTS:
Angel Olsen
Grouper
Joana Serrat
Juana Molina
 
Els Vermuts del Primavera (Parc de la Ciutadella):
Berlinist
Boogarins
Dum Dum Girls
Hospitality
La Sera
The Mark Eitzel Ordeal

Primavera Sound has just revealed the full line up of its fourteenth edition, distributed from Monday 26th May to Sunday 1st June, through their film "Line-Up", that has just been released in cinemas and on Internet, having already announced the presence of the Canadian band Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel's stage comeback and Frank Black's band, Pixies. The latter are now joined by an extensive list of artists who will play on the multiple stages of the Parc del Fòrum from 29th to 31st May. Among all of these newly confirmed names Trent Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails, the American band The National, the mythical desert rock formation Queens of the Stone Age, Justin Vernon's new project (with Bon Iver) Volcano Choir, the Californian rapper Kendrick Lamar and the legendary and influential Brazilian singer songwriter Caetano Veloso really stand out.

The first festival shows for newly reformed British band Slowdive, house from the British band Disclosure, Television from New York playing their greatest album "Marquee Moon", math-pop from the powerful Foals, the presentation of the Scottish band Mogwai's new album, electro pop from the highly successful Metronomy and Darkside, Nicolas Jaar's new project, all join the line up of the Barcelona event.

A large number of the participants at this edition will be visiting Spain for the first time. This is the case for the hidden gem of feminine folk Linda Perhacs, The Julie Ruin (new band of Kathleen Hanna, former Bikini Kill member), the explosive cult band Chrome, the loud British band Loop and Body/Head, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon's new project.

Other cutting edge artists will come to Primavera Sound to present their most recent albums: From Australia Cut Copy and their dance pop, the funny and outrageous Black Lips, the British genius Blood Orange, regenerator of the most contemporary black music, the 90s rock veterans Superchunk, Drive-By Truckers and their classical rock and dance floor funk from the Duo Chromeo.

A multitude of musical styles will fill the stages of the Barcelona event: afrobeat by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and the New Yorkers Antibalas, cosmic jazz from Sun Ra Arkestra, post rock from The Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor, metal by Kvelertak and Deafheaven, noise from Wolf Eyes, the stunning electro pop of Helen Love, neo classical music by A Winged Victory For The Sullen and soul from Charles Bradley.

The national section is headed by Standstill who will perform their spectacle Cénit, the Granada band Grupo de Expertos Solynieve and the presentation of the Barcelona band Mishima's new album, the consecration of El Petit De Cal Eril as one of the most robust groups in our country, the alliance between Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró, the revelations of 2013 León Benavente and El Último Vecino, the Catalan singer songwriter Joana Serrat presenting her new album, the analogical-electro duo Svper and Oso Leone from Mallorca.

As for the electronic music programme, it will be headed by the world famous French DJ Laurent Garnier, who will be followed by a long and varied list of artists: the Germans Moderat (the union of Modeselektor and Apparat), the deep rhythms of SBTRKT, the revelation of electronic dance music Daniel Avery, Jamie xx from the UK (member of The xx), from Madrid comes Pional, Lasers from Barcelona with their impeccable live show, house by Julio Bashmore and the experimental sound of Demdike Stare and The Haxan Cloak.

Primavera a la Ciutat will flood the whole city of Barcelona with a series of complementary proposals in parallel with the main event. Among these the day of free concerts on Wednesday 28th May in the Parc del Fòrum stands out. On that day there will be concerts by Sky Ferreira, the Belgium revelation Stromae, the Argentinians Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, the electro pop duo Holy Ghost!, the up and coming British band Temples and the Madrid band Fira Fem. During the week of the festival, clubs such as Apolo, BARTS and the Teatre Principal will host all types of performances amongst which Darren Hayman and the Trial Separation, Full Blast, Shellac, Angel Olsen, Juana Molina, Paus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Har Mar Superstar and the showcases by the Catalan labels Bcore and La Castanya stand out. Els Vermuts del Primavera in Parc de la Ciutadella with concerts by bands such as Speedy Ortiz, Dum Dum Girls, Boogarins, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and La Sera on the 31st May and 1st June, merit a special mention.

Heineken® will for the second year running be the main sponsor of Primavera Sound after the extremely positive experience of the last edition. The festival and the brewery join forces again to make this edition equally memorable.

Ray-Ban and adidas Originals, with their long history as official sponsors of the festival, will continue to back Primavera Sound this year.  They will be joined by new sponsors including Martini and Lay's while Movistar will once again be a technological partner.

TICKETS AND SALES POINTS: The price of the full festival ticket is 175 euros until 7th February (in La Botiga del Primavera Sound - Ases, 1 -it has a special price of 170 euros).

From 8th February to the beginning of the festival it will cost 195 euros. Exceptionally, in La Botiga del Primavera Sound it will still be on sale at the price of 170 euros until Monday 10th February inclusive and from Tuesday 11th the price will go up to 190 euros.

The sales points are Ticketmaster, Atrapalo, Portal Primavera Sound, la botiga del Primavera Sound, Ticketscript, Fnac Francia, Seetickets, Paylogic and Vivaticket.

In order to help those interested in buying tickets there will once again be the option of paying in instalments. The price of this kind of full festival ticket is 180 euros until 7th February. From February 7th the Price will be 200 euros. Only to be bought through Primavera Sound Portal.

Primavera Sound 2014 VIP full festival ticket in Barcelona is on sale too at the price of 250 euros.

Accreditations of PrimaveraPro Basic are also available at the price of 225 euros and PrimaveraPro Premium at 300 euros.

The concerts on Wednesday 28th May in the Parc del Fòrum will be free.

Line-up:
MONDAY 26th MAY
Apolo: 
Darren Hayman & the Trial Separation
The Free Fall Band
Tigercats

TUESDAY 27th MAY
Apolo:
Antibalas
Chicha Libre

WEDNESDAY 28th MAY
Parc del Fòrum:
Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado
Fira Fem
Holy Ghost!
Sky Ferreira
Stromae
Temples
 
Apolo:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Har Mar Superstar
Holy Ghost! Djs
Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado
 
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase La Castanya:
Aries
Beach Beach
Me and the Bees
 
Teatre Principal:
Jamie xx & friends
 
El Teatro Latino:
The Ex
Full Blast
Paus
Shellac

THURSDAY 29th MAY
Parc del Fòrum: 
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Andy Stott
Antibalas
Arcade Fire
Bo Ningen
Caveman
Charles Bradley
Chrome
CHVRCHES
Colin Stetson
Disclosure
El Petit de Cal Eril
El Último Vecino
The Ex
Föllakzoid
Fort Romeau
Gang of Youths
Glasser
Grupo de Expertos Solynieve
Jamie xx
John Wizards
Julian Cope
Julio Bashmore
Kosmos
Lasers
LNripley
Lunice
Majical Cloudz
Metronomy
Midlake
Moderat
Móveis Coloniais de Acaju
Neutral Milk Hotel
Pond
Queens of the Stone Age
The Range
Real Estate
Rodrigo Amarante
Shelby Grey
Shellac
Single Parents
St. Vincent
Standstill
Sun Ra Arkestra
Svper
Touché Amoré
Warpaint
William Dafoe
Wind Atlas

FRIDAY 30th MAY
Parc del Fòrum: 
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Angel Molina
Astro
Black Drawing Chalks
Body/Head
C+C=Maxigross
Darkside
Deafheaven
Demdike Stare
Dominick Fernow
Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
Drive-By Truckers
Factory Floor
Dj Fra
The Growlers
Haim
The Haxan Cloak
Jagwar Ma
Jenny Lewis
Jesu
Joana Serrat
John Grant
Julia Holter
The Julie Ruin
Kvelertak
The Last 3 Lines
Laurent Garnier
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust
León Benavente
Linda Perhacs
Loop
Mas Ysa
Mick Harvey performs Serge Gainsbourg
The National
Oso Leone
Pional
Pixies
Prurient
Refree
SBTRKT
Sharon Van Etten
Slint
Slowdive

SATURDAY 31st MAY
Parc del Fòrum:
Belako
Black Lips
Blood Orange
Boogarins
Caetano Veloso
Chromeo
Cloud Nothings
Dj Coco
Cold Cave
Connan Mockasin
Courtney Barnett
Cut Copy
Dani Baughman
Daniel Avery
The Dismemberment Plan
Dum Dum Girls
Earl Sweatshirt
Foals
Genius of Time
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hebronix
Helen Love
Hospitality
Islands
Jonathan Wilson
Junkfood
Jupiter Lion
Kendrick Lamar
Kronos Quartet
La Sera
Marc Piñol
The Mark Eitzel Ordeal
Mishima
Mistakes Are Ok b2b Mattis With
Mogwai
Nine Inch Nails
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Sílvia Pérez Cruz & Raül Fernández
Spoon
Superchunk
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld
Television performing Marquee Moon
Ty Segall
Univers
Volcano Choir
Za!
 
Els Vermuts del Primavera (Parc de la Ciutadella): 
Flamaradas
Renaldo & Clara
Speedy Ortiz
Súper Gegant
The Twilight Sad

SUNDAY 1st JUNE
Apolo:
Chromeo
Cloud Nothings
Dave P
Ty Segall
Vàlius
 
La [2] de Apolo: Showcase BCore:
Cuello
F****n' B****cks
No More Lies
 
BARTS:
Angel Olsen
Grouper
Joana Serrat
Juana Molina
 
Els Vermuts del Primavera (Parc de la Ciutadella):
Berlinist
Boogarins
Dum Dum Girls
Hospitality
La Sera
The Mark Eitzel Ordeal

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Grammys Scores Second Highest Ratings In 21 Years With Out-Of-This-World Show 4043594 News

The 56th Grammy Awards has been rewarded for its monumental live performance line-up at last night's ceremony with the news that more people tuned in to catch the show than have done since 1993. The star-studded ceremony, which showcased talent including Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nine Inch Nails, Sire Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and Madonna, proved to be its most successful in 21 years with 28.5 million viewers.

Daft Punk
Daft Punk Took Home Five Grammys & Performed At The 2014 Grammys

This year's viewing figure, provided by the Nielsen Company via the AP, mark an increase on last year's 28.4 million watchers of the telecast beamed straight from Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Grammys reached nearly 40 million people during Adele's big year two years ago and reportedly hasn't been below 25 million since 2009.

After a memorable year in music, the Grammys ensured that its awards ceremony would be similarly unmissable and laid on a mind-blowing evening's worth of entertainment, oh, and with a few trophies dished out too. Daft Punk, Pharrell and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the big winners of an evening which saw talent old and new, rock and pop rewarded for efforts over the past year.

Macklemore Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Were The Proud Winners Of Four Grammys Last Night.

The ceremony kicked off with two of the most powerful names in music taking to the stage, who also happen to be husband and wife. Beyoncé and Jay Z gave a raunchy rendition of hit track 'Drunk In Love,' showing how much they're still into each other with an intimate routine.

The cream of the pop industry brought its talent to the awards, which was dusted off in style with a finale rock show from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

Madonna
Though She Wasn't Up For Any Awards, Madonna's Performance Was One Of The Grammys Highlights.

One of the evening's most memorable highlights was Madonna's performance. Though the 'Material Girl' singer wasn't up for any awards, the pop star sang whilst 33 gay and straight couples got married in front of an audience of millions in a mass wedding officiated by singer Queen Latifah.

The Grammys will air on UK TV on 4Music on Monday 27 January at 9pm.

The 56th Grammy Awards has been rewarded for its monumental live performance line-up at last night's ceremony with the news that more people tuned in to catch the show than have done since 1993. The star-studded ceremony, which showcased talent including Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nine Inch Nails, Sire Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and Madonna, proved to be its most successful in 21 years with 28.5 million viewers.

Daft Punk
Daft Punk Took Home Five Grammys & Performed At The 2014 Grammys

This year's viewing figure, provided by the Nielsen Company via the AP, mark an increase on last year's 28.4 million watchers of the telecast beamed straight from Los Angeles' Staples Center. The Grammys reached nearly 40 million people during Adele's big year two years ago and reportedly hasn't been below 25 million since 2009.

After a memorable year in music, the Grammys ensured that its awards ceremony would be similarly unmissable and laid on a mind-blowing evening's worth of entertainment, oh, and with a few trophies dished out too. Daft Punk, Pharrell and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the big winners of an evening which saw talent old and new, rock and pop rewarded for efforts over the past year.

Macklemore Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Were The Proud Winners Of Four Grammys Last Night.

The ceremony kicked off with two of the most powerful names in music taking to the stage, who also happen to be husband and wife. Beyoncé and Jay Z gave a raunchy rendition of hit track 'Drunk In Love,' showing how much they're still into each other with an intimate routine.

The cream of the pop industry brought its talent to the awards, which was dusted off in style with a finale rock show from Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

Madonna
Though She Wasn't Up For Any Awards, Madonna's Performance Was One Of The Grammys Highlights.

One of the evening's most memorable highlights was Madonna's performance. Though the 'Material Girl' singer wasn't up for any awards, the pop star sang whilst 33 gay and straight couples got married in front of an audience of millions in a mass wedding officiated by singer Queen Latifah.

The Grammys will air on UK TV on 4Music on Monday 27 January at 9pm.

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Trent Reznor Slams Grammys With A "Heartfelt F**k You" After Performance Cut-Off 4043553 News

Trent Reznor has voiced his extreme disappointment after his performance with Nine Inch Nails at last night's Grammy Awards was cut short by the ceremony's organisers. The NIN frontman had been playing live with his band, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham when the closing credits began to roll on the televised coverage, effectively cutting of the unique performance from millions of fans.

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor Unleashed His Fury On The Grammys Organisers After His Performance Was Cut.

"Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys," a disgruntled Reznor tweeted after learning of the Grammys producers' decision to curtail the live coverage. Rock fans watching the show were similarly outraged and sent a barrage of tweets directed at the Grammys organisers. The supergroup had already instilled awe with a rendition of NIN's 'Copy of A' when the rock legends' performance was cut short mid-way through the recent QOTSA hit 'My God Is The Sun.'

Nine Inch Nails
The Nine Inch Nails Supergroup Performance Was Chopped After Its Overran Its Slot.

Producers apparently pulled the plug as the show had already overrun it's allotted air time by 15 minutes, according to Rolling Stone. Instead of experiencing the end of the song, viewers were shown the end credits, shots of the awards' sponsors and a far-away shot of the stage. "Excuse me, but if Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Lindsey Buckingham, and Queens Of The Stone Age are closing a show, you don't roll the credits," tweeted one upset viewer.

Queens Of The Stone Age
Fans Also Expressed Their Anguish That The QOTSA-Featuring Group's Performance Was Curtailed.

This isn't the first time that the 48 year-old rocker has publically bashed the awards show, having tweeted "The Grammys make me hate music, and certainly everyone in the ass-licking music industry" in 2012. Nine Inch Nails were up for Best Alternative Music Album for their 2013 record Hesitation Marks but lost out to Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.

Dave Grohl Krist Novoselic Pat Smear
Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl & Pat Smear Picked Up The 'Best Rock Song' Grammy.

Though the rock supergroup's performance was surely one of the many highlights of the glitzy, music star-filled evening, only Grohl actually took home a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track 'Cut Me Some Slack' that he recorded with Sir Paul McCartney and the former members of Nirvana, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic.

Trent Reznor has voiced his extreme disappointment after his performance with Nine Inch Nails at last night's Grammy Awards was cut short by the ceremony's organisers. The NIN frontman had been playing live with his band, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham when the closing credits began to roll on the televised coverage, effectively cutting of the unique performance from millions of fans.

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor Unleashed His Fury On The Grammys Organisers After His Performance Was Cut.

"Music's biggest night... to be disrespected. A heartfelt F**K YOU guys," a disgruntled Reznor tweeted after learning of the Grammys producers' decision to curtail the live coverage. Rock fans watching the show were similarly outraged and sent a barrage of tweets directed at the Grammys organisers. The supergroup had already instilled awe with a rendition of NIN's 'Copy of A' when the rock legends' performance was cut short mid-way through the recent QOTSA hit 'My God Is The Sun.'

Nine Inch Nails
The Nine Inch Nails Supergroup Performance Was Chopped After Its Overran Its Slot.

Producers apparently pulled the plug as the show had already overrun it's allotted air time by 15 minutes, according to Rolling Stone. Instead of experiencing the end of the song, viewers were shown the end credits, shots of the awards' sponsors and a far-away shot of the stage. "Excuse me, but if Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Lindsey Buckingham, and Queens Of The Stone Age are closing a show, you don't roll the credits," tweeted one upset viewer.

Queens Of The Stone Age
Fans Also Expressed Their Anguish That The QOTSA-Featuring Group's Performance Was Curtailed.

This isn't the first time that the 48 year-old rocker has publically bashed the awards show, having tweeted "The Grammys make me hate music, and certainly everyone in the ass-licking music industry" in 2012. Nine Inch Nails were up for Best Alternative Music Album for their 2013 record Hesitation Marks but lost out to Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City.

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Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl & Pat Smear Picked Up The 'Best Rock Song' Grammy.

Though the rock supergroup's performance was surely one of the many highlights of the glitzy, music star-filled evening, only Grohl actually took home a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track 'Cut Me Some Slack' that he recorded with Sir Paul McCartney and the former members of Nirvana, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic.

27th January 2014 2988716
A Week In News: Justin Bieber Arrested For Drunk Drag Racing, 'Gravity,' '12 Years' Tie At PGAs And Shia LaBeouf Does A "Joaquin" 4038914 News

Justin Bieber

Bieber Banged Up For Druggy Drag Racing: Justin Bieber has just had the mother of all terrible fortnights. The recalcitrant popstar was under investigation for a vicious egg attack on his neighbor's home by police who discovered drugs upon raiding Bieber's abode. The 'Baby' singer headed snowboarding with his equally rebellious chums with the threat of deportment looming. The singer was then arrested yesterday for DUI and drag racing in Miami.

Bieber showed what a true hard-ass he really was when police stopped him and he immediately snitched on himself, saying he was drunk and high on weed and prescription medication. The 19 year-old was released from a Miami jail an hour after a Miami judge, set a "standard" $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon. The widely-circulated mugshot shows the fallen star grinning ear-to-ear in his orange prison v-neck, prompting Seth Rogen to brand him "a piece of s**t."

'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' In Surprise PGAs Tie: Last weekend's Producers Guild Awards brought the rare revelation that two movies had tied for the top prize. That's right, you guessed it: the guild were unable to decide between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave meaning both films had to share the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, forcing a never before seen tie. Though the filmmakers were the focus at the PGAs, the stars were out in force too with 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o in particular proving an irresistible magnet for peer praise. Read the full story here.

Shia LaBeouf Not Crazy After All: Actor Shia LaBeouf has pulled a "Joaquin Phoenix," after explaining that his bizarre behaviour of late, which included plagiarism, sky-writing, and weird tweets, was all part of his new "meta-modernist performance art" project. The Transformers star has apparently teamed up with artist Luke Turner, screenwriter David Ayer, and poet Kenneth Goldsmith to explore "plagiarism in the digital age" and start "a broad cultural discussion." We're serious: read all about it here.

Daft Punk

A Rock-Tastic Grammy Awards Finale: Forget Coachella or Glastonbury, there's only one major music event worth going to this year and unfortunately, most of us are unlikely to be invited. We thought the 2014 Grammys had outdone itself with the announcement that Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would be playing but that was until they announced that the cream of American alt-rock, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham would be playing at the finale. Then there's the rumor of Madonna AND Beyoncé too...looks like we'll be trying to sneak in through the laundry trolley!

'Ride Along' Accelerates To Top Box Office: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's new cop comedy Ride Along has sped to the top of the box office over the weekend, breaking Martin Luther King day records with $41.2 (£25.1) million raked in worldwide, seeing off the likes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Frozen and Wolf of Wall Street. Watch the trailer here. With a success attributed to the movie's couples appeal, Ride Along has accomplished the impressive task of holding back Disney's Frozen, which dominated the charts for week on end.

Three Wonder Woman Movies: Not long after the Israeli former soldier and model Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs. Superman, the news has hit that Gadot has signed for three appearances as the iconic superhero. Comic book fans are driving themselves crazy trying to work out whether this will mean a Justice League appearance and a standalone film for Gadot or if it's just DC Comics and Warner Bros. making an iron-clad insurance policy. Decide for yourself here. Either way, Gadot will receive $300,000 for every movie, beginning with Batman Vs. Superman, which has been pushed back to 2016.

Quentin Tarantino Scraps Script In Rage: Director Quentin Tarantino has said that he has shelved his latest script, Hateful Eight, after it leaked. The Kill Bill filmmaker said that despite having only given his western to a handful of people, word had somehow got out. Tarantino said that his money's on Bruce Dern for betrayal whilst excerpts from the script have shown that the 70MM-shot film could have been one of his best yet. Read more here.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Video Of The Week - 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Trailer: Vampires, sex, a grungy soundtrack, a modern day setting - haven't we been here before? Why is it then that we're so very excited about Jim Jarmusch's seductive new vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive?Check out the trailer here. The cast is our main clue: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddlestone, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska round out this dark Detroiter drama in which rock star/vampire Hiddlestone reunites with his former lover (Swinton) and must fight to keep their dangerous lifestyle undetected. Read more.

Justin Bieber

Bieber Banged Up For Druggy Drag Racing: Justin Bieber has just had the mother of all terrible fortnights. The recalcitrant popstar was under investigation for a vicious egg attack on his neighbor's home by police who discovered drugs upon raiding Bieber's abode. The 'Baby' singer headed snowboarding with his equally rebellious chums with the threat of deportment looming. The singer was then arrested yesterday for DUI and drag racing in Miami.

Bieber showed what a true hard-ass he really was when police stopped him and he immediately snitched on himself, saying he was drunk and high on weed and prescription medication. The 19 year-old was released from a Miami jail an hour after a Miami judge, set a "standard" $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon. The widely-circulated mugshot shows the fallen star grinning ear-to-ear in his orange prison v-neck, prompting Seth Rogen to brand him "a piece of s**t."

'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' In Surprise PGAs Tie: Last weekend's Producers Guild Awards brought the rare revelation that two movies had tied for the top prize. That's right, you guessed it: the guild were unable to decide between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave meaning both films had to share the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, forcing a never before seen tie. Though the filmmakers were the focus at the PGAs, the stars were out in force too with 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o in particular proving an irresistible magnet for peer praise. Read the full story here.

Shia LaBeouf Not Crazy After All: Actor Shia LaBeouf has pulled a "Joaquin Phoenix," after explaining that his bizarre behaviour of late, which included plagiarism, sky-writing, and weird tweets, was all part of his new "meta-modernist performance art" project. The Transformers star has apparently teamed up with artist Luke Turner, screenwriter David Ayer, and poet Kenneth Goldsmith to explore "plagiarism in the digital age" and start "a broad cultural discussion." We're serious: read all about it here.

Daft Punk

A Rock-Tastic Grammy Awards Finale: Forget Coachella or Glastonbury, there's only one major music event worth going to this year and unfortunately, most of us are unlikely to be invited. We thought the 2014 Grammys had outdone itself with the announcement that Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would be playing but that was until they announced that the cream of American alt-rock, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham would be playing at the finale. Then there's the rumor of Madonna AND Beyoncé too...looks like we'll be trying to sneak in through the laundry trolley!

'Ride Along' Accelerates To Top Box Office: Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's new cop comedy Ride Along has sped to the top of the box office over the weekend, breaking Martin Luther King day records with $41.2 (£25.1) million raked in worldwide, seeing off the likes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Frozen and Wolf of Wall Street. Watch the trailer here. With a success attributed to the movie's couples appeal, Ride Along has accomplished the impressive task of holding back Disney's Frozen, which dominated the charts for week on end.

Three Wonder Woman Movies: Not long after the Israeli former soldier and model Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs. Superman, the news has hit that Gadot has signed for three appearances as the iconic superhero. Comic book fans are driving themselves crazy trying to work out whether this will mean a Justice League appearance and a standalone film for Gadot or if it's just DC Comics and Warner Bros. making an iron-clad insurance policy. Decide for yourself here. Either way, Gadot will receive $300,000 for every movie, beginning with Batman Vs. Superman, which has been pushed back to 2016.

Quentin Tarantino Scraps Script In Rage: Director Quentin Tarantino has said that he has shelved his latest script, Hateful Eight, after it leaked. The Kill Bill filmmaker said that despite having only given his western to a handful of people, word had somehow got out. Tarantino said that his money's on Bruce Dern for betrayal whilst excerpts from the script have shown that the 70MM-shot film could have been one of his best yet. Read more here.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Video Of The Week - 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Trailer: Vampires, sex, a grungy soundtrack, a modern day setting - haven't we been here before? Why is it then that we're so very excited about Jim Jarmusch's seductive new vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive?Check out the trailer here. The cast is our main clue: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddlestone, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska round out this dark Detroiter drama in which rock star/vampire Hiddlestone reunites with his former lover (Swinton) and must fight to keep their dangerous lifestyle undetected. Read more.

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Grammys Finale: Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham Announced 4034937 News

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham have all been announced to play at the finale of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday.

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Nine Inch Nails Have Been Confirmed To Play At The Grammys This Year.

Such a gathering of alt-rock icons will represent a Grammys first for QOTSA and Nine Inch Nails, true rock 'n' roll leviathans. "We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement, via SPIN. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!" Ehrlich added.

Dave Grohl

13-time Grammy winner Dave Grohl is up for two nominations, despite his main group Foo Fighters having not released any new material within the last year. Instead, the busy frontman is up for prizes for his involvement in Sound City Players, the band he formed with Sir Paul McCartney and the remaining members of Nirvana. Together, the rock supergroup are nominated for Best Rock Song for 'Cut Me Some Slack.'

Queens Of The Stone Age

Grohl is also up for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Sound City: Real to Reel, the Grohl-directed documentary about the legendary, closed-down L.A. studio, which features an appearance from Buckingham. Meanwhile, QOTSA have been nominated for two awards: Best Rock Album for ...Like Clockwork and Best Rock Performance with single 'My God Is the Sun.'

The rock-tastic finale will be preceded by an equally enviable roster of musicians, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who are also set to play.

Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham Will Be Playing At The Grammys This Sunday.

With such a tightly-knit group of musicians and friends playing some of this and last millennium's greatest tracks, the Grammys 2014 is sure to be an event to talk about for the rest of the year. Any chance we can get sneaked in round the back door?

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS this Sunday.

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham have all been announced to play at the finale of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday.

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails Have Been Confirmed To Play At The Grammys This Year.

Such a gathering of alt-rock icons will represent a Grammys first for QOTSA and Nine Inch Nails, true rock 'n' roll leviathans. "We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement, via SPIN. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!" Ehrlich added.

Dave Grohl

13-time Grammy winner Dave Grohl is up for two nominations, despite his main group Foo Fighters having not released any new material within the last year. Instead, the busy frontman is up for prizes for his involvement in Sound City Players, the band he formed with Sir Paul McCartney and the remaining members of Nirvana. Together, the rock supergroup are nominated for Best Rock Song for 'Cut Me Some Slack.'

Queens Of The Stone Age

Grohl is also up for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Sound City: Real to Reel, the Grohl-directed documentary about the legendary, closed-down L.A. studio, which features an appearance from Buckingham. Meanwhile, QOTSA have been nominated for two awards: Best Rock Album for ...Like Clockwork and Best Rock Performance with single 'My God Is the Sun.'

The rock-tastic finale will be preceded by an equally enviable roster of musicians, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who are also set to play.

Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham Will Be Playing At The Grammys This Sunday.

With such a tightly-knit group of musicians and friends playing some of this and last millennium's greatest tracks, the Grammys 2014 is sure to be an event to talk about for the rest of the year. Any chance we can get sneaked in round the back door?

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS this Sunday.

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Ben Walton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013 4006531 News

Ben Walton's Top Albums Of 2013

This top ten leans more on the rock end of the spectrum but there are also a few curve balls in there. Honourable mentions go to some big bands who put out great albums (Pearl Jam, Suede) which were omitted to make room for some smaller bands who I feel are deserving of the exposure. Without further ado and in reverse order:

The Loyalties - 'Til The Death of Rock N Roll

The Loyalties ''Til the Death of Rock'n'Roll' - Perhaps the most raucous album in this list, The Loyalties filled their second album to the brim with plenty of snot and attitude. This album is an endless canon of riffs and undeniably witty lyrics which lean heavily on the punk end of the spectrum but also brings in country and rockabilly influences. If you like your rock music rude and nasty, yet somehow svelte and charming, The Loyalties are the band for you.

Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True

Alkaline Trio 'My Shame Is True' - Returning for album number eight, Chicago's favourite horror punks were on point with all guns blazing, with one of their strongest collections of tunes to date. It may be true that you can't really go wrong with any Alkaline Trio album, but 'My Shame Is True' has managed to edge its way to the upper reaches of their back catalogue with future classics like 'She Lied to the FBI', 'I'm Only Here to Disappoint' and 'The Torture Doctor'. 

Jon Gomm - Secrets Nobody Keeps

Jon Gomm 'Secrets Nobody Keeps' - Yorkshire's finest guitar virtuoso returned in 2013 following his rise to YouTube phenomenon status with probably his most accomplished selection of tunes yet. 'Secrets Nobody Keeps' shows Gomm pushing the boundaries of conventional guitar playing yet further into the distance while also crafting beautifully written songs. You do not have to be a music nerd to hear the beauty in 'Telepathy', 'Passionflower' or the jaw-dropping nine minute suite that is album closer 'Everything'.

Mojo Fury - The Difference Between

Mojo Fury 'The Difference Between' - Sometimes, a band makes an album that is so far removed from any of their previous work that you have to sit up and take notice. On 'The Difference Between', Mojo Fury traded in their jagged math rock influences and instead flicked the switch marked 'vampy-synthy-80s-sex-party'. This is an album for turning heads, with such off the wall numbers as 'Origami Bird', 'All in Awe' and the beautifully delicate 'Iris Influential'. Here is a band that knows no boundaries and will grow and mutate into who knows what in time. 

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture

Dinosaur Pile-Up 'Nature Nurture' - The second act hailing from Leeds on this list, Dinosaur Pile-Up take the blueprint set down by bands like Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Feeder and run with it. Every song on 'Nature Nurture' is a summer time anthem. Perhaps the most startling thing about 'Nature Nurture' is just how much of a huge step forward from their debut album 'Growing Pains' it was. Songs such as 'Arizona Waiting', 'Peninsula' and especially 'Derail' point to a band with a massive future ahead of them.

Flaming Lips - The Terror

Flaming Lips 'The Terror' - First impressions of 'The Terror' - The Flaming Lips' thirteenth studio album - were that all was not well with Wayne Coyne and co. The dreamy, feel-good aesthetic had been misplaced for an album so bleak and experimental that it almost feels like it is by a completely different band. It is definitely a mood album: pieces like the heart-breaking 'Try to Explain' or the pulsing tension of 'Look.The Sun Is Rising' and 'Turning Violent' are not easy listening, but there is gold in this album if you are willing to dig.

Icky Blossoms - Icky Blossoms

Icky Blossoms 'Icky Blossoms' - What Icky Blossoms do best is turn the atmosphere sinister and drop the tempos as on 'Stark Weather' and especially the album highlight 'Cycle'. The latter features vintage synths that give it an almost New Order feel and a laid-back vocal performance. It is understated and brooding. The real strength of 'Icky Blossoms' is that this album is so varied. This is a band who are not afraid to think outside of their stylistic box and have therefore created an album full of highlights.

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails 'Hesitation Marks' - Comebacks are always risky but Trent Reznor has managed it with aplomb. 'Hesitation Marks' has echoes of the past but sees Nine Inch Nails move into new, more electronic and less angsty territory. It is hard to deny that 'Hesitation Marks' features some of his best material yet, in the twisting, sprawling 'All Time Low', the frantic electronics of 'Copy of A' and the minimal 'While I'm Still Here'. Nine Inch Nails are back. Count them out at your peril.

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age '...Like Clockwork' - After an extended break which saw frontman Josh Homme close to death, the legendary Queens of the Stone Age returned this year with their strongest, most concise and cohesive set of songs yet. '...Like Clockwork' showcased the band's usual heavy desert riffing in 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled' and the immense career highlight that is 'I Appear Missing', but also demonstrated a new, more emotional and bruised side to the rock juggernaut. The piano comes out for the incredibly tender and vulnerable title track, as well as the twisted recent single 'The Vampyre of Time and Memory'. Queens of the Stone Age proved themselves to be one of the best bands of our generation on '...Like Clockwork' but missed out on the top spot of my list by a whisker. 

Eureka Machines - Remain In Hope

Eureka Machines 'Remain In Hope' - Yet another fantastic band from the hot bed of musical wonder that is Leeds, the criminally underrated Eureka Machines put forward by far their strongest album with 'Remain In Hope'. I know what you're thinking. How can this be better than Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age? Just listen to the tunes. Every song in the here is a solid gold nugget of excellence. Chris Catalyst and his gang give a master class in pop hooks, noisy guitars and endless satirical wit on the bouncy 'Pop Star', the cheeky Britpop chug of 'Wish You Were Her' and the epic closing strains of 'Eternal Machines'. This was originally billed as the final album by Eureka Machines. I only hope they stick around long enough for everybody else to catch up.

Ben Walton 

Ben Walton's Top Albums Of 2013

This top ten leans more on the rock end of the spectrum but there are also a few curve balls in there. Honourable mentions go to some big bands who put out great albums (Pearl Jam, Suede) which were omitted to make room for some smaller bands who I feel are deserving of the exposure. Without further ado and in reverse order:

The Loyalties - 'Til The Death of Rock N Roll

The Loyalties ''Til the Death of Rock'n'Roll' - Perhaps the most raucous album in this list, The Loyalties filled their second album to the brim with plenty of snot and attitude. This album is an endless canon of riffs and undeniably witty lyrics which lean heavily on the punk end of the spectrum but also brings in country and rockabilly influences. If you like your rock music rude and nasty, yet somehow svelte and charming, The Loyalties are the band for you.

Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True

Alkaline Trio 'My Shame Is True' - Returning for album number eight, Chicago's favourite horror punks were on point with all guns blazing, with one of their strongest collections of tunes to date. It may be true that you can't really go wrong with any Alkaline Trio album, but 'My Shame Is True' has managed to edge its way to the upper reaches of their back catalogue with future classics like 'She Lied to the FBI', 'I'm Only Here to Disappoint' and 'The Torture Doctor'. 

Jon Gomm - Secrets Nobody Keeps

Jon Gomm 'Secrets Nobody Keeps' - Yorkshire's finest guitar virtuoso returned in 2013 following his rise to YouTube phenomenon status with probably his most accomplished selection of tunes yet. 'Secrets Nobody Keeps' shows Gomm pushing the boundaries of conventional guitar playing yet further into the distance while also crafting beautifully written songs. You do not have to be a music nerd to hear the beauty in 'Telepathy', 'Passionflower' or the jaw-dropping nine minute suite that is album closer 'Everything'.

Mojo Fury - The Difference Between

Mojo Fury 'The Difference Between' - Sometimes, a band makes an album that is so far removed from any of their previous work that you have to sit up and take notice. On 'The Difference Between', Mojo Fury traded in their jagged math rock influences and instead flicked the switch marked 'vampy-synthy-80s-sex-party'. This is an album for turning heads, with such off the wall numbers as 'Origami Bird', 'All in Awe' and the beautifully delicate 'Iris Influential'. Here is a band that knows no boundaries and will grow and mutate into who knows what in time. 

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture

Dinosaur Pile-Up 'Nature Nurture' - The second act hailing from Leeds on this list, Dinosaur Pile-Up take the blueprint set down by bands like Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World and Feeder and run with it. Every song on 'Nature Nurture' is a summer time anthem. Perhaps the most startling thing about 'Nature Nurture' is just how much of a huge step forward from their debut album 'Growing Pains' it was. Songs such as 'Arizona Waiting', 'Peninsula' and especially 'Derail' point to a band with a massive future ahead of them.

Flaming Lips - The Terror

Flaming Lips 'The Terror' - First impressions of 'The Terror' - The Flaming Lips' thirteenth studio album - were that all was not well with Wayne Coyne and co. The dreamy, feel-good aesthetic had been misplaced for an album so bleak and experimental that it almost feels like it is by a completely different band. It is definitely a mood album: pieces like the heart-breaking 'Try to Explain' or the pulsing tension of 'Look.The Sun Is Rising' and 'Turning Violent' are not easy listening, but there is gold in this album if you are willing to dig.

Icky Blossoms - Icky Blossoms

Icky Blossoms 'Icky Blossoms' - What Icky Blossoms do best is turn the atmosphere sinister and drop the tempos as on 'Stark Weather' and especially the album highlight 'Cycle'. The latter features vintage synths that give it an almost New Order feel and a laid-back vocal performance. It is understated and brooding. The real strength of 'Icky Blossoms' is that this album is so varied. This is a band who are not afraid to think outside of their stylistic box and have therefore created an album full of highlights.

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails 'Hesitation Marks' - Comebacks are always risky but Trent Reznor has managed it with aplomb. 'Hesitation Marks' has echoes of the past but sees Nine Inch Nails move into new, more electronic and less angsty territory. It is hard to deny that 'Hesitation Marks' features some of his best material yet, in the twisting, sprawling 'All Time Low', the frantic electronics of 'Copy of A' and the minimal 'While I'm Still Here'. Nine Inch Nails are back. Count them out at your peril.

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age '...Like Clockwork' - After an extended break which saw frontman Josh Homme close to death, the legendary Queens of the Stone Age returned this year with their strongest, most concise and cohesive set of songs yet. '...Like Clockwork' showcased the band's usual heavy desert riffing in 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled' and the immense career highlight that is 'I Appear Missing', but also demonstrated a new, more emotional and bruised side to the rock juggernaut. The piano comes out for the incredibly tender and vulnerable title track, as well as the twisted recent single 'The Vampyre of Time and Memory'. Queens of the Stone Age proved themselves to be one of the best bands of our generation on '...Like Clockwork' but missed out on the top spot of my list by a whisker. 

Eureka Machines - Remain In Hope

Eureka Machines 'Remain In Hope' - Yet another fantastic band from the hot bed of musical wonder that is Leeds, the criminally underrated Eureka Machines put forward by far their strongest album with 'Remain In Hope'. I know what you're thinking. How can this be better than Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age? Just listen to the tunes. Every song in the here is a solid gold nugget of excellence. Chris Catalyst and his gang give a master class in pop hooks, noisy guitars and endless satirical wit on the bouncy 'Pop Star', the cheeky Britpop chug of 'Wish You Were Her' and the epic closing strains of 'Eternal Machines'. This was originally billed as the final album by Eureka Machines. I only hope they stick around long enough for everybody else to catch up.

Ben Walton 

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