The full daily schedule has now been announced for Forecastle 2015.
Forecastle Festival has finally completed its 2015 line-up and announced the full day-by-day schedule for the coming event, which is set to hit Louisville, Kentucky yet again in July. Plus, you'll very soon be able to purchase single day tickets for each day.
Joining the stellar line-up headlined by the already announced Sam Smith, locals My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are The War On Drugs, ZZ Ward, Robert DeLong and Mariachi el Bronx among a handful of others. With such talent expected every day between July 17th and 19th, 2015 is shaping up to be an important year for Forecastle.
Jim Pusey's Top Albums of 2014
I'm still unsure what this decade will be seen as in years to come with regard to music, 2014 despite offering up some seriously great records has done little to cement a trend that will define the musical landscape in the public consciousness. Yes, artists continued to experiment with how to release their material, but there doesn't seem to be an alternative model that has been entirely successful. Thom Yorke's second solo album Life's Modern Boxes employed an innovative BitTorrent release three months ago, but for the most part failed to make a real impact. It's an ok record, nothing more, but suffers mainly because it doesn't feel like it's pushing the sonic envelope in the same way as the Atoms For Peace record did. Meanwhile U2 decided to drop an album out of nowhere to everybody with an Apple account. Self-aggrandising or an altruistic gesture to fans? Whatever your view the column inches it generated won't have hurt the band, even if Songs Of Innocence wasn't quite the re-invention that many were hoping for. To my ear it's a record with some redeeming qualities and some good song writing, but the handful of tracks that may be a welcome addition to the quartets body of work are outnumbered by filler.
Elsewhere it's been a strong year for Pop, Lily Allen and Katy B continued to produce interesting albums. However Taylor Swift's 1989 was a particular highlight, although in the same way as recent offerings from TV On The Radio (Seeds) and The Smashing Pumpkins (Monuments To An Elegy), I haven't lived with those records long enough for them to make my top ten of the year. I'd also have liked to have seen mainstream Hip Hop recover from a lull in 2013, but aside from Run The Jewels second record (Run The Jewels 2) and The Roots concept album (.And Then They Shoot Your Cousin), nothing really jumped out at me.
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Dom Gourlay's Top Albums of 2014
10) Soft Walls - No Time
Multi-talented musician-cum-producer Dan Reeves divides his time playing in several bands with running a record label. This effort, his second as Soft Walls ranks as his finest collection to date. Although heralded as one of new psychedelia's finest releases, 'No Time' owes as much to Phil Spector and Suicide as it does anything else, and sounds all the more accomplished for it.
9) Temples - Sun Structures
Having spent the best part of two years touring the songs that would eventually go onto become 'Sun Structures', it was perhaps somewhat inevitable that the album would be every bit as good as we'd hoped. What happens next will be key to Temples long-term future, but for now 'Sun Structures' is a fitting document of the band's inaugural stages.
8) Cheatahs - Cheatahs
This cosmopolitan four-piece might display their influences quite brazenly. However, this debut bears all the hallmarks of a classic. Referencing the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and Teenage Fanclub at regular intervals yet retaining a distinctive edge all the same, 'Cheatahs' is the sound of a band discovering an identity and using it to their advantage.
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The Zombies, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The War On Drugs are among this year's dynamic Austin Psych Fest bill.
Shield your eyes as Austin's most vibrant music festival marks its seventh year from May 2nd-4th 2014. With The Zombies, The Horrors and Temples on this unique bill, are we looking at Austin Psych Fest's best year yet?
Founded in 2008, the Austin Psych Fest started off as a tiny event; a one day blast of sensational independent bands at The Red Barn venue. It took just one year for it to expand into three whole days of psychedelic magic and will this year take place at the Carson Creek Ranch playing host to some of the most well respected bands of the genre in the business. We've had six years so far of this inimitable energy and with old lucky number seven comes a line-up that is arguably the festival's most interesting yet.
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Tom Hardy is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire to produce a new movie about animal trafficking.
The 'Warrior' star came up with the idea of an animal-Trafficking drama inspired by friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations and the acting trio are to work on the film for Warner Bros.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be structured in a way similar to Steven Soderbergh's 'Traffic' - a multi-story movie about the impacts of The War On Drugs - with the film examining a range of strands including the ground war on poachers in Africa to how animal Skins and furs end up in The Fashion houses of Paris.
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Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival commences today (August 3rd 2012) at the city's Grant Park with a fantastic 150+ line-up of some of the best new artists in the music industry as well as your classic favourites.
Among the headliners are former White Stripes frontman Jack White who only recently embarked on his solo career and Ohio duo The Black Keys who this year kicked-off their first headlining tour of Europe and North America. Supporting them is a stream of artists that have established big names for themselves over their careers. They include Teen Choice Award winning rapper B.O.B , alternative British rockers Band of Skulls, electronic artist SBTRKT also from the UK and Odd Future's Frank Ocean who only recently increased his fanbase tenfold with his debut album 'Channel Orange' following a heartfelt blog post. AT THE DRIVE-IN, Bombay Bicycle Club, Delta Spirit, Fun, Justice, Little Dragon, M83, Sigur Ros, The Afghan Whigs, The War On Drugs and Tune-Yards are also amongst the billed musicians you'll probably be familiar with.
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Unlike TV shows in the past that presented fanciful images of drug users and sellers, "America's most popular primetime shows reflect growing skepticism about the effectiveness of the 40-year-old War on DRUGS," according to a study released on Thursday by he Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. A news release summarized the findings "In TV storylines about The War On Drugs, drug users are not arrested and drug suspects are often portrayed as morally ambiguous or even heroic. In these TV shows, 65% of drug suspects are white, accurately reflecting that the vast majority of drug users (and likely offenders) in the U.S. are white. Despite the predominance of African-Americans and other minorities in U.S. prisons for drug violations, most drug manufacturers and dealers in the series studied were white. Prescription drug abuse and methamphetamines were depicted three times more often than recreational marijuana."
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Latitude Festival has announced its initial line-up for 2012. Due to headline will be Bon Iver; Elbow and Paul Weller. This year, the seventh Latitude Festival will take place from 12-15th July, at Henham Park in Suffolk.
Bon Iver started 2012 on a high, when they won two Grammy Awards for their second studio album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver. The band picked up Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album. Both Bon Iver, Bon Iver and their debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, which was released in 2007, received critical acclaim. This will also be Bon Iver's only UK festival appearance this year.
The War on Drugs' third single, Brothers, is the latest to be taken from their critically acclaimed second studio album, Slave Ambient, which was released in August 2011, through Secretly Canadian. Brothers follows on from Baby Missiles and Come To The City. The War On Drugs will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland.
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