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Passion Pit And Two Door Cinema Club To Play At Coastline Festival 2013


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Florida's Coastline Festival 2013 is set to arrive in less than two weeks, bringing with it a handful of the recent indie and rock sensations as well as great beer and great food.

The festival will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on November 9th 2013 before moving to the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm on the 10th. It describes itself as a 'A Musiculinary Experience' - and that it certainly will be with an absolutely stellar line-up led by Massachusetts' Passion Pit, whose second album Gossamer was in the top five on the US Album Chart last year, and Irish collective Two Door Cinema Club who topped their Nation's charts with their sophomore release.

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Life Is Beautiful 2013 Announces Additional Music Acts Including Vampire Weekend And Alabama Shakes

Posted on 02 August 2013

Life Is Beautiful 2013 Announces Additional Music Acts Including Vampire Weekend And Alabama Shakes

Spiritualized Join The Horrors As Headliners At Truck Festival

Posted on 19 March 2013

Spiritualized Join The Horrors As Headliners At Truck Festival

Ritzy Bryan - Ritzy Bryan of Welsh band Joy Formidable performing on stage at the Roundhouse - Camden, United Kingdom - Friday 8th March 2013

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Joy Formidable and Ritzy Bryan

Forecastle Announces 2013 Lineup!

Posted on 05 March 2013

Forecastle Announces 2013 Lineup!

A Week In Music - The Cribs Look Back Over A Decade, Palma Violets Cause A Stir, Adam Ant's Awkward Return, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hitting The Road


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A Week in Video... Wakefield’s indie rockers The Cribs release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song,’ a nostalgic look back at their last decade of existence as a band. The video inter-splices archive footage of one of the brothers’ early gigs at Ossett Town Hall in Yorkshire, with the Cribs circa 2013 observing their younger selves. The Cribs’ sounds hasn’t altered a great deal over time, but their popularity seems to show no signs of wavering; their commitment to their DIY roots remains strong and even with Ryan breaking out with his new band Exclamation Pony, we reckon there’s a few years left in The Cribs yet.

Palma Violets have been causing a stir, with their accessible, psych-tinged garage rock. The video for ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ is a vaguely trippy, home-video style shoot; footage of the band playing is mixed with footage of them driving around in a car together, looking like it’s being played back on an old TV set. The band have gained a lot of attention since playing recent slots with London based Savages. It looks like 2013 could well be their year.

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The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law Album Review


The Joy Formidable are not just one of the UK's best emerging bands in recent years. Consisting of Ritzy Brian, Rhydian Dafydd and Matt Thomas, The Joy Formidable is quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting bands in modern rock. After making critics sit up and take notice with their thrilling debut album, The Big Roar, they have returned with second album, Wolf's Law, which carries on their renowned cinemascape sound that could easily fill the beautiful valleys of their homeland.

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What makes The Joy Formidable so good is how the band has reinvigorated a guitar driven sound rarely heard on mainstream radio since the alt rock bands of the nineties. 

As mainstream music shows no sign of slowing down in its disposability, this band are one of the few coming into the public consciousness who are taking music back to being an art form.

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Out Now - UK Albums Releases: Adam Ant Returns, I Am Kloot Buoyed By Mancunian Chums, Bad Religion Fierce As Ever


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There’s not much in the way of big hitters to shake Les Miserables off it’s spot at the top of the UK album charts this week. The remainder of the Top 5 is still looking like a ‘who’s who’ of 2012, with Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Calvin Harris and Everything Everything filling the rest of the slots.

Straight outta leftfield this week is a new album from Adam Ant – a man plagued, in recent years, by a tarnished reputation. He initially announced the album title back in 2010 and then announced that it would finally be seeing the light of day back in September of last year. Entitled Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter, the album is being released on his own label, which he’s called Blueblack Hussar Records he’s previously described the album as “a live record that lends itself to performance,” which will feature “a kind of concept. It’s a very old fashioned, old school, step by step album.”

The album’s getting the deluxe release treatment, with a CD release, a gatefold vinyl release and to really appease the old school enthusiasts, a cassette release as well. Mixed reviews for the album have veered from a paltry 4 out of 10 from NME to an enthusiastic response from The Independent’s Simon Price – a long time Ant fan. It’s Ant’s first solo album since 1995’s Wonderful, so there’s a lot riding on this release in terms of his reputation and the sheer length of time it’s been in gestation.

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The Joy Formidable - Joy Formidable Wednesday 25th July 2012 Billabong's 6th Annual Design For Humanity Event at Paramount Studios

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If ever a band deserved the accolade "Hardest working band in Great Britain", then The Joy Formidable would be leading contenders for that coveted first prize. Since forming in 2007 from the ashes of Manchester also-rans Tricky Nixon and Sidecar Kisses, they've spent virtually the entire four years since on the road. However, such a nomadic lifestyle has paid dividends, having built up a reputation as one of the UK's best live bands as well as a devoted legion of hardcore fans to boot. Debut long player 'The Big Roar' came out at the turn of the year to universal praise from various sections of the media (including a more than respectable 8/10 on these very pages), Rich Costey's dynamic production capturing the often cavernous force of their live sound to perfection.

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The Joy Formidable - Sunday 28th August 2011 at Leeds & Reading Festival West Yorkshire, England

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The Joy Formidable - Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable, Sunday 10th July 2011 at Lounge On The Farm Canterbury, England

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The Joy Formidable, The Big Roar Album Review


For a band who've been erring on the precipice of widespread acclaim for some time, it seems quite late in the day for The Joy Formidable's debut long player to finally make an appearance. Although initially formed in 2007, their live performances coupled with a string of well-received singles and EPs has made them several publications' tips for success in every end-of-year poll since. That they've never quite managed to fulfil their early promise could probably be accounted as being more ill fated than judgmental, although it has to be said the quality of each subsequent release since debut single 'Austere' first landed in the summer of 2008 has never wavered. If anything, they seem to have become victims of the big recession. No longer a commercially viable proposition, due mainly to their unrelenting quest for creating musical diversions both longer and louder than the average fare. Then of course there's also the fact that guitar-based pop, or 'indie' as it seems to be known these days, doesn't quite hold the same bargaining power as it did five years ago when the likes of Bloc Party, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand were conquering all around them. That The Joy Formidable have nothing in common with any of the aforementioned other than an aversion to make guitar-orientated music is of little consequence.

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