Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
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.
- 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.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
The announcement was timed right in the middle of Apple's purchase of Beats.
Spotify has stamped its authority as the world’s biggest music subscription service with 10 million users, paying around $120-per-year for the luxury of ad-free music, which adds up to a very healthy $1.2b annual revenue from subscriptions alone.
“Ten million subscribers is an important milestone for both Spotify and the entire music industry,” said Daniel Ek, chief executive and founder of Spotify. “We’re widening our lead in the digital music space.”
Continue reading: Spotify Show off Their Big News: 10 Million Users, And Counting
"No Kim, no Deal" was my initial assessment of the new Pixies material that started to emerge in 2013. Indeed, Kim Deal was such an integral part of the outfit that had been on a recording hiatus since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde', it was hard to imagine any new Pixies music not veering into a continuation of Black Francis' solo material under a more familiar moniker. However, despite my reservations, their new album 'Indie Cindy', which compiles the band's recent EPs, goes some way towards allaying those fears.
Bar Deal's bass - which is more than adequately covered by Simon Archer - and her distinctive harmony vocals, all the essential Pixies elements are present and correct here. Lovering's drums are like a kick to the gut, Santiago's guitars are like a slap around the face and Francis' punk preacher persona spitting street poetry is in full effect. Opening cut 'What Goes Boom' is a full-on aural assault with some of the grungiest material on the record; it's a statement of intent and announces that this isn't a trip down memory lane, rather picking up the baton wherever it was dropped. That's the surprising thing about Indie Cindy as a record; while the three preceding EPs felt like The Pixies slowly finding their feet, by compiling the material and changing the running order, it all starts to make more sense.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the weaker of the new songs are any better here. The title track 'Indie Cindy' settles into some kind of alt-rock autopilot, and 'Blue Eyed Hexe' is like a less inspired retread of 'U-Mass'. However, when nestled amongst the rest of the tracks, they become somehow less frustrating. Overall though, there's a feeling that despite Francis' at times incoherent ramblings (he seems especially fascinated by snakes, colours and tails here), the Pixies really have made a wise move to release a full-length album over more EPs.
Continue reading: Pixies - Indie Cindy Album Review
Festival fun in London! Highlights include Jabberwocky, Camden Crawl and Wireless...
If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.
The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.
Jabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.
Continue reading: Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014
What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
Continue reading: Radiohead, The Smiths, Pixies: Your Favorite Bands as Lego!
Pixies - Adly Syairi Ramly, a self-proclaimed music and LEGO junkie, has transformed the toy brand's famous figures into some of the world's most iconic bands. Legendary acts such as the Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam have been given a LEGO makeover and photographed using only an iPhone 5 with no added desktop editing. - Malaysia - Wednesday 19th March 2014
2013 was a busy year for the Pixies, with the rather unexpected exit of founding member and bassist Kim Deal, followed soon after by a new single and then, before the year was over, a new EP too (not to mention a few re-castings for the bassist role). A few months later and only just missing out on 2013 by a few days, the imaginatively titled 'EP 2' was released, which will soon be followed by 'EP 3 - 5'.
These new releases mark a progression for the band from their late '80s/ early '90s heyday, with the most obvious progression being the exit of Deal, herself a traditionalist in the sense that she wished for The Pixies' near-immaculate legacy to be left alone, bar a few cash-in world tours. Her exit has finally allowed Black Francis, Joey Santiago and Dave Lovering to try out some of Black's new material and hopefully improve upon their enduring legacy.
With 'EP 1', the band brought us fluorescent pop combined with Black's usual surrealist lyrics, with the end result sadly being a wimpy example of a band out of good ideas, sounding more like Parasites than Pixies. For their second EP, the band have grown a pair and the end product is much more aggressive and more fitting to the visceral blueprint of the band. As good a sign this is, it is one that regrettably adds very little to what we heard last year.
Continue reading: Pixies - EP 2 EP Review
Kim Shattuck has left Pixies after just five months.
The Pixies are once again in search of a bassist after only a few months with Kim Shattuck. The musician and front-woman of The Muffs shared the news Friday (November 29) on social media.
Kim Shattuck [left, centre] with Pixies.
"Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today," she wrote. "Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone."
Continue reading: Two Kim's Down For Pixies as Shattuck Leaves Band
On the first night of the month-long iTunes Festival, Lady Gaga kicked things off with a bang, debuting seven brand new songs from her upcoming album 'ARTPOP'
Lady GaGa made an emoTIonal and surprise-filled return to the stage as she opened the month-long iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse Theatre. Having been away from a live audience since she was forced to end her Monster's Ball tour early this year due to health concerns (bar her VMAs performance last month), the singer made sure she gave a performance to remember at the Camden venue.
Gaga has been spotted around London for the past week, ahead of her performance
The theatrical performance, complete with costume changes, dance routines and a host of new songs from her upcoming album ArtPop, seven to be precise. Dressed head to toe in black, Gaga emerged from the centre of the venue to perform her first new song, 'Aura,' before stripping down to her underwear for new song number two, the rockier 'Manicure,' which was accompanied by a storm of ticker tape falling on to the audience.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Debuts Seven New Songs During iTunes Festival Headlining Slot
Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
Continue reading: Riot Fest 2013 Brings Classic Punk To Chicago This September
They might be without Kim Deal, but the group have still managed to release their first new material in nearly a decade. And it is good!
The Pixies released a brand new track on Friday (June 28), uploading the new tune 'Bagboy' to their website to stream and download (for free!). The track may be an indication that the remaining three members of the group are planning on going forward even without bassist Kim Deal, who left the group earlier this month, or it may just be something they had been working on and wanted to get out there now rather than waiting until the Best Of.
The group have released their first new song since 'Bam Thwok'
The remaining Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering - had their website updated today to show a stream of the new song with the option to download (which you can check out below). The group also brought out a video for the track too, directed by Lamar + Nik, which you can check out below too.
Continue reading: The Pixies Release First New Music In 9 Years! [Listen]
The Pixies' new song Bagboy sees the legendary band on glittering form.
A new Pixies song 'Bagboy' debuted on the legendary band's official website on Friday morning (June 28, 2012) following its first play on Shaun Keaveny's BBC6 Music radio show. It is the group's first new material for over 10 years.
Bagboy is signature Pixies and features Frank Black yelling the chorus in typically shouty style. Though the song garnered almost universal acclaim on Twitter, many UK fans couldn't help but make the comparison between Frank's vocals and the voice of Brian Badonde, the charlatan art critic on Channel 4's Facejacker.
Frank Black Rocks Out With The Pixies
Continue reading: The Pixies New Song 'Bagboy' Debuts After 10 Years of Silence [Listen]