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The festival brings some exemplary headliners to the Netherlands this Summer.
The Netherlands' Best Kept Secret Festival won't be a secret for long if they keep introducing stellar acts such as this each year! The first line-up announcement includes Alt-J, The Libertines and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Joining the third line-up for Best Kept Secret this June is some of the finest indie, rock, punk and electronic artists the world has to over, with 35 more acts yet to be announced. Alongside newly reunited headliners The Libertines on Friday, June 19th 2015 are alt-rock veterans The Jesus And Mary Chain, playing the full tracklist of their 1985 debut album 'Psychocandy'. Aussie chart topper Chet Faker will also make an appearance, with Alabama's St. Paul & The Broken Bones who are currently on their 'Half The City' tour.
Continue reading: Alt-J, The Libertines And The Jesus And Mary Chain Among Best Kept Secret 2015 First Announcements
This year's Brit Award nominations features a few surprises...
The 2015 Brit Award nominations have finally been announced with, it seems, a few surprises alongside the obvious candidates. There's no prizes for guessing who's come out on top for this year's list of award-winning possibles.
Sam Smith leads nominations
Awards season rears its ominous head for another year, with some major ceremonies - in both film and music - having already taken place. We've seen prizes sent out for 2014's films; I.e. Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, People's Choice Awards, AFI Honours; and now it's time for music, with the BBC Sound of 2015 having already taken place and now The Brits and the Grammys have unveiled their candidates.
Continue reading: Brit Awards 2015 Nominations Announced: Sam Smith, George Ezra And Royal Blood Are Major Contenders
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Continue reading: From Steely Dan To Raekwon And Ghostface Killah: Who's Been Announced For Coachella 2015?
The band cap an incredible 2014 with a total of eight nominations for the NME Awards in February next year.
As if we didn’t know it already, it’s been a very good year for Kasabian. In addition to a chart-topping album and a headline performance at Glastonbury, the group have been nominated for an impressive eight NME Awards.
The Leicester-based band have become arguably the biggest alternative rock band in Britain over the last decade, and this status is reflected by this massive haul of nominations. The band are in the running for: Best Band; Best Live Band; Best Track and Dance Floor Filler (both for lead single ‘Eez-Eh’); Best Music Film (Kasabian: Summer Solstice); ‘Music Moment of the Year’ (for their Glastonbury performance); Best Fan Community and, perhaps most importantly, Best Album for their fifth record 48:13 which was released back in June.
Kasabian (their lead singer Tom Meighan above) end a fantastic year with 8 NME Award nominations
Continue reading: Kasabian Receive Eight NME Awards Nominations
The nominations are out, but which of the twelve nominees stands the best chance of winning?
The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.
Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong shortlist from which the judges will pick the eventual winner. We got five out of the twelve correct, not bad as many pundits have expressed surprise at the relative obscurity of this year’s list in comparison to previous awards.
Only two of the nominated albums have reached the Number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, and only one nominee can realistically call himself a household name. There has also been a surprising snub for Sam Smith, who has made a huge impression on the British public’s imagination, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour sitting at the top the charts four months after its release.
Continue reading: Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations
Both a blessing and a curse, Royal Blood have been subject to almost hysterical levels of hype. It started when Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders wore their T-shirt during a 2013 Glastonbury headline slot while the Brighton two-piece still were in their infancy. It built when, after initially placing the band on the sound of 2014 list, Radio 1 granted singles 'Little Monster' and 'Come On Over' considerable airtime on daytime radio. Festival appearances at both Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds Festivals followed and saw 15,000 capacity tents overflowing with music fans desperate to catch a glimpse of a band that was quickly becoming the hottest name in British rock. Then, latest single 'Figure it Out' hit the Radio One A list and Royal Blood dropped their debut.
Hype surrounding the band had already hit fever pitch. When their self-titled debut hit number one, selling 66,000 copies in its first week, the biggest first week sales of any rock debut since Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in 2011, the band truly burst into the stratosphere. If that wasn't enough, the band's first UK tour sold out in two minutes flat and this week the band's debut was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
No too much for the fledgling band's debut to live up to then.
Continue reading: Royal Blood - Royal Blood Album Review
In association with McDonald's new burger, we look at the best up-and-coming bands of 2014.
The world's biggest fast food chain presents three of the top up-and-coming indie and rock bands while promoting their tongue-tingling new product: the McDonald's Jalapeno Burger. We're hungry already!
We can't help but marvel at the talent that has emerged over the past few months in the music world - and it doesn't look like things are going to be cooling down anytime soon. Thus, we get fired up with some of the best new faces who definitely deserve to be watched during the coming months.
Temples have found fans in British music legends
Continue reading: Our Tastebuds Are Tingling For This Year's Hottest New Artists
Royal Blood are fast movers. Having formed just last year, they have only one EP out so far, 'Out Of The Black', and the duo are already making a name for themselves, achieving things that many new bands can only dream of. Their previous single 'Little Monster' became an instant hit, they are due to support the Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park this month and they're being booked to play massive summer festivals such as Download and Glastonbury this year.
'Come On Over' starts with a gritty bassline, bassist/vocalist Mike Karr's fingers quickly moving up and down the fretboard, before Ben Thatcher's hard-hitting drums come in and increase the strength of the song. There's a quiet/loud dynamic to the track, with the brooding vocals in the verses going alongside a sluggish bassline, before the vocals roar and the bass crunches for the chorus. They have such a huge and complete sound for a band that's just bass, drums and vocals that you wouldn't even know that they're without a guitar unless you researched them. Kerr sings lyrics that have a playful attitude to them, such as, 'Well, there's no God and I don't really care' and 'I ran away to make you care'. These lyrics are sung in a great hard rock manner, with Kerr's muddy vocals going along in the same vein as other modern rock singers such as Josh Home of Queens Of The Stone Age.
'Come On Over' shows Royal Blood doing what they do best: making fun and catchy hard rock music. If you're a fan of their other songs, or rock music in general, you're bound to like this.
Continue reading: Royal Blood - Come On Over Single Review
SXSW 2014 is over for another year - so who were the best acts?
SXSW 2014 is over. We saw 2200 bands playing over 100 stages. Well, we didn't actually see all those bands with our own eyes, but we've done all the hard work for you and trawled the web for the best reviews of this year's spectacular. Here's what you need to know about the biggest sounds coming of Austin, Texas.
SXSW 2014 Is Over, For Another Year
New Yorkers Perfect Pussy played the Red 7 Patio on Friday March 17 and did nothing to dissuade critics labelling them the band to watch out for in 2014. Meredith Graves and co served up one of the most frenetic sets of the week and those in attendance were left with appetites well and truly whet for Perfect Pussy's debut full length album, due later this year.
Continue reading: SXSW 2014 Is Over, But Here's The Memories
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