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Kanye West, The Strokes And The Killers To Headline 2016 Governors Ball


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Kanye West, The Strokes and The Killers are among the acts topping the bill for this year’s Governors Ball. This year marks the sixth instalment of the annual event, which takes place in New York and will be held from June 5th to 7th.

Kanye WestKanye West is set to headline this year’s Governors Ball.

Other acts which have been announced for the bill include, Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, Robyn, Miike Snow, Two Door Cinema Club, Gary Clark Jr., Bloc Party and Father John Misty. Over 60 different acts will take to the stage over the course of the three days.

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Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together


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Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of comedy and music:

Jimmy CarrBritish comedian Jimmy Carr joined The Killers onstage at this year's V Festival

1) The Killers and Jimmy Carr

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The Killers And Other Really Weird Lyrics


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We’ve all heard our fair share of daft lyrics in pop songs, but now there’s been an attempt to subjectively decide which song contains the weirdest lyric.

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Brandon Flowers is the writer of the weirdest lyric ever ('Human')

According to a poll that surveyed 2,000 adults run by online streaming service Blinkbox, the winner is 2008 single ‘Human’ by The Killers for its chorus “are we human? / or are we dancer?”

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Experience Sun, Sand And Sensational Sounds At Hangout Festival 2014


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Alabama's sun-soaked, sold-out Hangout Music Fest begins officially today (May 16th 2014) following yesterday's kick-off party - and there's almost too much fun to take in.

Set against the glorious backdrop of Gulf Shores' pure white beaches, this festival truly is the place to 'hang out' this weekend with top headliners The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast and Jack Johnson leading the talent-studded bill. Acts such as Jack Antonoff's latest project Bleachers, CLASSIXX and Bonobo's DJ set went down a storm at the Discover Great Thursday Kickoff Party, but don't worry if you missed it because things are getting even better over the rest of the weekend.

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Headliners The Black Keys open the festival today

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It's Indie Rock & Roll For V Festival: The Killers Headline Huge Bill


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The UK’s festival season is slowly clicking into gear as Hollywood’s award season recovers from a stinking hangover. On the weekend of August 16-17 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, The Killers will preside the headline slot alongside Justin Timberlake.

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"We're very excited to announce the V Festival line-up, and proud to bring headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers, following on from their sold out Wembley Stadium show in 2013, with both headliners summer festival exclusives,” V Festival Directors Bob Angus, Simon Moran and Dennis Desmond said in a statement.

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Robbie Williams Keeps Gary Barlow Off The Top Spot On UK Album Chart


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It was like 1997 all over again this weekend, as Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow battled it out for the Number One spot on the UK Album Chart. Much like the battles of the mid-to-late nineties, it was Robbie who came out on top again, making him the last artist to top the album chart in 2013.

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The Take That guys were fighting for the top spot yet again

Robbie's new big band album, Swing Both Ways, held on to the No. 1 spot for a second week, having emerged victorious from another closely fought contest from last week. It was One Direction who Robbie managed to beat to the No. 1 spot last week, with his latest album beating Midnight Memories to the top spot by just 200 copies. This time around it was a relatively more clear contest, with Swing Both Ways outselling Gary Barlow’s latest solo effort, Since I Saw You Last, by approximately 12,000 copies.

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The Killers - Shot At The Night Single Review


It's no secret that The Killers have changed their sound dramatically since the seminal days of 'Mr. Brightside' a decade ago, and now you have the chance to hear that transformation (in an appropriately chronological order) before your very. ermm. ears, with the release of their new compilation album 'Direct Hits'.

The Killers - Shot At The Night Single Review

In the run-up to the album release, they unveiled a brand new track entitled 'Shot At The Night' which serves as one of two never-before-released songs on the tracklist. The question is, does this new brand of mature, synth-infused power pop work for the formerly very indie rockers?

Produced by M83's Anthony Gonzalez, 'Shot At The Night' is naturally a synth-laden epic with plucky guitars and soaring vocal echoes. On opening, there's a strong reminder of how much has changed for the band over the years - and especially since releasing fourth album 'Battle Born' last year following their two year hiatus. The vibe generally seems to be a lot more serious than previous material and 'Shot At The Night' is no exception; they maintain their characteristic build-up from beginning to end, starting out quiet with a sense of melancholic desperation and ending with a strong, dynamic climax. It's what makes The Killers so anthemic and enjoyable to listen to but this time, coupled with generic subject matter and boring lyrics, it doesn't feel as aurally interesting. On the other hand, the chorus is super catchy, though I can't help feeling like they are sort of turning into 'boyband' material. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not something you'd expect.

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Life Is Beautiful Festival Debuts In Vegas - With An Understatement Of A Name


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Life Is Beautiful Festival 2013 brings top artists of all walks of life to Downtown Las Vegas this weekend for two days of cracking music, scrumptious gourmet food and breath-taking art.

This brand new festival opens for the first time this year from October 26th - 27th and will certainly be marked as a highlight for festival lovers this autumn. Headlining the event are The Killers, who will hit the Downtown Stage on the Sunday, and Kings Of Leon who will perform likewise on the Saturday. Californian singer Beck will also be making an appearance alongside Vampire Weekend, who topped the US chart with their album 'Modern Vampires of the City' earlier this year, and Imagine Dragons who are returning home to play some of their platinum hits to the neighbours. 

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The Killers Are Back With 'A Shot At The Night' In Sin City [Video]


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'Shot At The Night' marks The Killers return ahead of the release of their upcoming singles compilation album, Direct Hits, that will include all their hits from 2003 to 2013. The Las Vegas rockers are heading home for their latest song, with a video that celebrates the romance and thrill of night time in Sin City with a modern Cinderella story.

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Brandon Flowers Unveils A New Look.

During the video, we're given shots of Brandon Flowers' new look. Gone are the flamboyant suits, wee moustache and the embellished shoulders as the lead singer eschews his Day & Age attire in favour of slicked back hair and a leather jacket.

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The Killers Announce Direct Hits, Set For November 11th 2013

Posted on 17 September 2013

The Killers Announce Direct Hits, Set For November 11th 2013

Richard Curtis' Rom Com 'About Time' Has Soundtrack Announced

Posted on 14 August 2013

Richard Curtis' Rom Com 'About Time' Has Soundtrack Announced

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

Lollapalooza 2013 To Be Equipped For All Weathers For Another Memorable Weekend


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Get ready for a magnificent time as Chicago brings you another rollicking year of Lollapalooza with a legendary line-up of mixed genre music from The Cure to Mumford & Sons.

Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza has been bringing you the very best of rock, metal, punk, hip hop and dance from all the major music legends to the up-and-coming rookies of the business. Taking place at Chicago's Grant Park from August 2nd - 4th 2013, the festival this year features a bedazzling headline roster of Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers, West Sussex goths The Cure, Grammy winning folk four-piece Mumford & Sons and long-running industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. There will also be a huge range of activities to occupy yourself with over the weekend from the Samsung Galaxy Experience where you can check out the latest gadgets, to art stations where you can become a comic strip or be transformed into a work of pop art.

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Stocking Fillers: Best Christmas Songs Of 2012


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Stocking Fillers: Best Christmas Songs of 2012

 

Many consider Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' the last true Christmas song to be released; it's hard to believe that was back in 1994! Since then, there's been a sputtering of jovial Christmas releases, but nothing that seems to stand the test of time. 2012 has actually delivered a handful of relatively acceptable additions - both cover of classic tracks and original tracks. Here are a few of the tracks you might be hearing more of over Christmas. 

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Is There A Brightside? The Killers Walk Off Stage After 5 Songs


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In a particularly disappointing anti-climax to a show that thousands of people had been looking forward to, The Killers were forced to leave the stage, apparently due to front man Brandon Flowers' illhealth, reports the BBC.

At last night's show at the MEN Arena in Manchester, UK, Brandon Flowers stopped the gig saying "I'm sorry, we've never done this before, but we've got to stop," reports Gigwise. "I don't know what to tell you guys. It's frustrating for me. I'm sorry." One disgruntled fan told the BBC quite the opposite, "We queued for hours. I'm an avid fan. I've been to 18 or so concerts. But he's done this before" she said. "It happened a few years ago in Brixton and he had to cancel Dublin. You could tell he was going. You could tell he was skipping bars out of songs and if you're a fan you just know it." In a statement from the Arena, they said that Flowers complained of a sore throat and simply could not go on. 

The band apologised to their fans via Twitter and Facebook, with a message that read "Manchester, we started something we couldn't finish and we're so, so sorry. Working on rescheduling tonight and tomorrow's shows. Will let you know new dates ASAP. K."  Those with tickets have been advised to keep hold of them and get in touch from the original vendor for details of future and rescheduled shows.

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The Chevin- Why Is This British Band Is Better Known In The US Than At Home?


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Since Contact Music spoke to UK band The Chevin, their highly anticipated first album 'Borderland' has been released and they have returned to the US to continue touring with various other American bands.

It seems America has become their second home, yet it's their first home for success as, in a reverse turn of the standard fate, their popularity grew infinitely more rapidly over there than at in their native England. This is due, in large part, to their appearance on the massively popular David Letterman Show earlier this year, which bolstered their exposure enormously. But why have they found so much more success over there than at home? Why have neither Jonathan Ross nor Jules Holland given the young Yorkshire lads a little look in?

While we can't vouch for the decisions of Ross or Holland, but the mere sound of The Chevin is far more suited to the Amercan indie scene than what's going on in Europe. The Chevin really do sound a lot like The Killers, or, more precisely, lead vocalist Coyle Girelli really does sound a lot like Brandon Flowers. It's not merely the range that's similar- which the band themselves put the comparison down to- it's Girelli's tone, as well as the set up of the band. Comparing the opening of The Chevin's 'Drive' to Flower's 'Only the One' and the similarity is laid bare- in absolutely the most positive way.

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The Killers Pay Homage To The Late Andy Williams On Stage


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The Killers paid tribute to legendary crooner Andy Williams during a concert on Wednesday night (September 26th) by performing a rendition of his classic song Moon River. The band took to the stage at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles just a day after the veteran entertainer had sadly passed away at the age of 84 following a year-long battle with bladder cancer and, in a nod to the late star, frontman Brandon Flowers serenaded the crowd with the band's own take on the Oscar-winning song.

This isn't the first time that the Mr. Brightside hit makers had performed the seminal Williams track; indeed they first played it last year at London's Hard Rock Calling festival, but it took on a special reverence last night in the wake of the passing of one of the most recognisable voices in music. Williams had been allowed home to Branson, where he'd lived for many years, by doctors in July, so that he could be allowed to spend his final days in familiar surroundings.

The star was at his commercial peak in the 50s and 60s when, in addition to his singing career, he also enjoyed a slot on American TV between 1959 and 1971 where he hosted a weekly variety show.


The Killers - Battle Born Album Review


The Killers fourth studio album Battle Born is a frustrating record. Thankfully it abandons some of the keyboard and synth excesses of 2008's Day & Age, but you still get the feeling that Brandon Flowers has been trawling his record collection for inspiration a little too much. Equally it lacks the immediacy and anthemic simplicity of their 2004 debut Hot Fuss. There are many reasons why it's a difficult creature, but something that's not in question is that its heart is being worn prominently on its sleeve.

Battle Born is also an album that requires perseverance, it doesn't grab you on first inspection, but starts to reveal its more successful moments by your third or fourth listen. At first you're blinded by the familiar cinematic landscapes that Flowers paints, coupled with a nostalgic sense that you've heard something similar elsewhere. There's a problem with that though, it veers from homage into occasional imitation. So where the drums on 'Deadlines And Commitments' have more than a faint whiff of Kate Bush, or when the guitars on 'From Here On Out' really belong on an Eagles record, it's more than a little distracting. In its latter stages Flowers even channels Bono on 'Heart Of A Girl' (unsurprisingly co-written by long time U2 collaborator Daniel Lanois). The Canadian producer also contributes to Flowers' most compelling moment on the album as he makes an emotional plea during 'Be Still' ("Don't break character, you've got a lot of heart.").

But Flowers' lyrics don't always quite hit the mark, one such example is the crowd swaying anthem 'Here With Me'. He sings; "Don't want your picture on my cell phone, I want you here with me". But it all feels a little forced and engineered to pull on the heartstrings. It's also interesting to note that the co-writer of this particular track is none other than Travis' Fran Healy, who really should have been able to inject some subtlety into what is essentially a mid tempo ballad with strings. The unlikely Scot is just one of a number of co writers and producers that share credits here, and that again is part of the problem with Battle Born.

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Brandon Flowers and The Killers - Brandon Flowers of the Killers and Pixie Lott Saturday 22nd August 2009 at V Festival Chelmsford, England

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The Killers - Ronnie Vannucci of 'the Killers' London, England - leaving Radio One studios Monday 23rd February 2009

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Courtney Love, Coldplay and The Killers Wednesday 18th February 2009 arriving at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire to see The Killers and Coldplay in concert. It appears that Courteney has had a few drinks before the gig.

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Courtney Love, Coldplay and The Killers
Courtney Love, Coldplay and The Killers
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Courtney Love, Coldplay and The Killers

The Killers Thursday 6th November 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 held at the Echo Arena - Arrivals Liverpool, England

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The Killers Tuesday 2nd September 2008 inside arrivals London, England

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The Killers Tuesday 2nd September 2008 GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Inside Arrivals London, England

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The Killers, Tranquilize Single Review


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The Killers Wednesday 22nd August 2007 perform at the Tennants Vital 07 festival in Belfast's Ormeau Park Belfast, Ireland

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Extra Glastonbury Tickets Snapped Up


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An additional 20,000 tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival sold out quickly on Sunday morning, to the delight of successful music fans who missed out in the main sale three weeks ago.

Today's tickets constituted those from the April 1st sale which were returned or where payment for the £145 tickets failed to process properly.

A total of 137,500 of the festival's 177,000 maximum capacity were sold three weeks ago using organiser Michael Eavis' new registration system, designed to beat ticket touts.

Previous ticket sales for the festival have been blighted by tickets appearing on internet auction websites soon after the annual sell-out is completed.

This year 400,000 applicants passed through the festival's online pre-registration process, which required them to provide photo identification.

Most of those will have failed to get tickets to the extremely popular festival, which returns after taking a break in 2006.

Headline acts already confirmed for this year's event include the Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Who and Dame Shirley Bassey.

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