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Blondie Added To David Bowie Tribute Shows


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The Music Of David Bowie events, at Carnegie Hall on 31 March (16) and Radio City Music Hall the following day, will also feature performances by Mumford & Sons, Amanda Palmer, and Nancy Wilson, while longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti will serve as band leader and musical director.

The first event had been planned before the rock icon's death on 10 January (16), with The Roots, Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, and Perry Farrell among those signed up to perform. A second date was added due to popular demand following Bowie's death.

Blondie's Debbie Harry is among the artists who will perform at both shows - her band will hit the stage at Radio City Music Hall and she'll sing solo at Carnegie Hall.

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Breeders Recording New Album After Seven-year Gap


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The Deal twins have been concentrating on their work with the U.S. band since Kim quit as bassist of The Pixies in 2013, and they have been recording in a studio with famed producer Steve Albini, who helmed two earlier Breeders releases.

The new disc will be the band's first album since 2008's Mountain Battles but they are already experiencing problems in the studio as the Deal twins and bassist Josephine Wiggs are struggling to agree on what tracks to lay down.

Kim Deal tells NME magazine, "If we can get the songs together (we will release an album)... Josephine doesn't like one of them. Kelley actually doesn't really like that one either... I don't know."

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


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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.

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- 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.

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Kim Deal Threw 'Last Supper' Before Quitting The Pixies


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Rocker Kim Deal held a "last supper" for her Pixies bandmates before quitting the group, according to guitarist Joey Santiago.

The bassist stunned her bandmates and fans when she announced last year (13) that she had left the Here Comes Your Man hitmakers after 27 years.

Frontman Black Francis later revealed that Deal had told them of her decision to quit during a meeting at a cafe, and Santiago has now recalled how she treated the band to an Indian feast the night before.

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Black Francis Shaved Body Hair After Kim Deal's Exit


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Pixies rocker Black Francis had a bizarre reaction to bassist Kim Deal's shock resignation last year (13) - he shaved off his pubic hair.

Fans of the Velouria hitmakers were stunned when it was announced Deal had walked out on the band after 27 years and it later emerged she had told her shocked bandmates during a meeting in a cafe.

Now Francis, also known as Frank Black, has revealed the news came as such a surprise he decided to shave his body hair to signify his need to move on.

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Pixies - Indie Cindy Album Review


"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.

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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.

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Paul Weller Hits Out At Touts Selling His Music Online


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Paul Weller has refused to take part in the annual Record Store Day in future because of ''touts'' who sold his music at inflated prices.

The singer released a one-off 7-inch record 'Flame Out' for the day on Saturday (19.04.14) but copies of the record appeared on eBay later the same day while other fans complained of the release being sold out as soon as record shops opened their doors.

Addressing the issue on his official website, Paul said: ''I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these 'limited editions' by touts.

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Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014


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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.

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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.

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Radiohead, The Smiths, Pixies: Your Favorite Bands As Lego!


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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!

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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.

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Rock 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

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

Posted on 29 January 2014

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

The Pixies At The Capitol Theater

The Pixies - The Pixies perform at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester New York - Port Chester, New York, United States - Sunday 19th January 2014

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Pixies Perform In Scotland

Black Francis and Pixies - Pixies perform live at Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd November 2013

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The Pixies In Concert

Kim Shattuck - The Pixies performing in concert at the Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st November 2013

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The Pixies Performing Live In Concert At The Hordern Pavilion.

The Pixies - Black Francis Sydney, Australia - The Pixies performing live in concert at the Hordern Pavilion. Sunday 14th March 2010

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