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Are you ready to rock, Scotland? T in the Park ready to kick off a weekend of musical wonderment but not without a heavy police presence to cut drug use.
The sun is shining, the line-up is terrific; T In The Park 2013 is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary with thousands of fans and seven stages. Performers during the three day festival will include Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Ke$ha, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sandé, The Proclaimers, and many more massive mainstream names. The recently revived German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk will also be making their festival debut in a hotly anticipated set that is rumoured to include 3D visuals, as well as My Bloody Valentine.
Kraftwerk To Bring Their Machine-Like Electronica To T In The Park.
T must surely rival similarly huge English festivals Glastonbury and Download for the strongest line-up of the year, with Mercury Prize winning Alt-J, New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Frank Ocean, Paloma Faith and Icelandic newcomers Of Monsters and Men also playing across the weekend to celebrate two decades of the Scottish event. Festival director Geoff Ellis said, according to BBC's Newsbeat, "It doesn't feel like 20 years since we started and it's a milestone." The festival, which has been held annually since 1994 has been held at Balado airfield in Kinross-shire since 1997 and now attracts 85,000 fans and 35,000 campers to the second largest greenfield event in the UK.
Continue reading: As Fans Gather For 'T In The Park,' Police Crack Down On Drugs
Albums of Note... Yeah Yeah Yeahs have returned after a lengthy break, with Mosquito. It’s a marked step in the band’s evolution and a further step away from their punky roots. Mosquito has opened up further avenues of creative possibilities for a band that once seemed shackled by their arty roots and somewhat more importantly, Karen O now has blonde hair, now folks. That’s the big news here.
“The possibilities for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs now seem endless. The inclusion of Kool Keith's alter ego Dr Octagon on 'Buried Alive' is one such example. Although slightly scattergun in its approach, Mosquito almost feels like a record the band needed to make to reach the next stage of their evolution.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O (formally Karen Orzolek) shows up outside the New York studios for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. She signs an autograph for a fan before rushing towards the door to the building. She stops to wave at a photographer who asks for a picture.
Lily Cole stars in the dark new video from New York rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with the song 'Sacrilege'
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren't really a band known for their exploits of the music video, but with their new single 'Sacrilege' the New Yorkers have pulled out all the stops for a bizarre, slightly disturbing story-telling video about the evils of promiscuity in a small, Christian town in rural America.
Food and music extravaganza returns in May
The Great GoogaMooga will be returning this year to Prospect Park in Brooklyn New York, with another heavyweight line-up of food and music assured.
Among those announced for the music section of the festival include The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Darkness, Matt & Kim and De La Soul. The Flaming Lips return next week with their new album The Terror, arguably their greatest work to date though perhaps also their bleakest, which means there’ll be some anticipation as to how they approach their set. Usually a colorful celebratory shower, which sees confetti guns go off and Wayne Coyne, their front man walk out into the crowd inside a giant balloon, these bleak new tracks won’t really fit with that aesthetic. Thankfully the boisterous punk group Yeah Yeah Yeahs will add some cheer to proceedings, as will preposterous metallers The Darkness, while you can always rely on De La Soul to get the good vibes going.
As for the food vendors, The NY Eater reports that the line-up will feature teams from over 85 restaurants, including Gwynnett St., Eataly, M. Wells, Maison Premiere, Momofuku Milk Bar, Roberta's, Rosemary's, and Umami Burger. The Nomad, PDT, and Pouring Ribbons are apparently going to serve drinks as a part of the "VIP Cocktail experience," and the beverage tents will offer over 75 beers and over 100 wines. The event takes place on the weekend of May 17th.
A Week in Video... Wakefield’s indie rockers The Cribs release ‘Leather Jacket Love Song,’ a nostalgic look back at their last decade of existence as a band. The video inter-splices archive footage of one of the brothers’ early gigs at Ossett Town Hall in Yorkshire, with the Cribs circa 2013 observing their younger selves. The Cribs’ sounds hasn’t altered a great deal over time, but their popularity seems to show no signs of wavering; their commitment to their DIY roots remains strong and even with Ryan breaking out with his new band Exclamation Pony, we reckon there’s a few years left in The Cribs yet.
Palma Violets have been causing a stir, with their accessible, psych-tinged garage rock. The video for ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’ is a vaguely trippy, home-video style shoot; footage of the band playing is mixed with footage of them driving around in a car together, looking like it’s being played back on an old TV set. The band have gained a lot of attention since playing recent slots with London based Savages. It looks like 2013 could well be their year.
How do you top having a dead man headline your festival? Well, in all honestly, you’re not going to. Coachella’s talent bookers must have been scratching their heads in bewilderment when it came to topping last year’s Tupac hologram and they’ve done the best they can, given the lack of deceased artists willing and able to play Coachella 2013.
The two Friday nights (the festival takes place both on April 12 – 14 and April 19 – 21) are looking like a highlight for fans of the Britpop revival, with Blur and Stone Roses lending a very British end to the evening. A newly invigorated Yeah Yeah Yeahs (well, Karen O’s dyed her hair blonde, does that count?) also play the Friday, as well as Modest Mouse, Lou Reed and Jurassic 5. Saturday has the French band Phoenix headlining, in support of their recently-announced new album. They’ll be preceded by British electronic gloom-pop band The XX, as well as Postal Service and New Order. The line-up for the Sunday nights is a slightly heavier one, with Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds making yet another return (Cave will be raking it in that weekend, as his other band Grinderman also play the Fridays), Social Distortion and Wu Tang Clan.
Coachella always has an impressive array of legendary / stalwart alternative acts as well as the hottest new bands you’ve only just heard of. What they haven’t got, is anything that’s going to grab the headlines, or the public’s attention in the same way that Tupac’s hologram did.
This last time year music fans were agog at the quality of the line-up that Coachella Festival pulled together. It was a bill that had everything, from the likes of rap statesmen like Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, to the UK’s biggest alternative band Radiohead, a reformed At The Drive-In, blues rock giants The Black Keys and everyone’s favourite cabin dweller Bon Iver.
A year on and we’re still awaiting the announcement of Coachella 2013's bill, and as usual the rumors are flying around thick and fast as to who'll be playing on the weekends of April 12 and April 19, 2013. Everyone else is piping up with their own rumors on who’ll be appearing at the double weekender in April, so we thought we’d chip in with five that we think are likely to be making an appearance.
Continue reading: Coachella Festival 2013; Who's Going To Be Playing?
A Yeah Yeah Yeahs new album is imminent! The Karen O- fronted New York group revealed on their Facebook page today that Mosquito, a long awaited follow up to 2009’s It’s Blitz!, will drop on April 16.
The group revealed their return with a message that read: “Man! the years whiz past but the days are long, at long last MOSQUITO will drop APRIL 16th! Really in NO time so keep your eyes and ears peeled cuz you'll be seeing us around son! Thanks for tuning in! They don't love you like we do... luv YYYs” Well alright! 2013 is certainly setting up to be some year for music with many major stars from David Bowie to Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child already announcing their returns – do they all know something we don’t?
Accompanying the news, Yeah Yeah Yeahs posted a teaser video on YouTube, which you can watch below. Across three albums, the group have become one of the most-loved on both sides of the Atlantic, achieving both Billboard and UK chart success. In 2009 the NME rated their debut album, 2003’s Fever To Tell, as the fifth best album of the last decade, whilst all three of their records have been up for Grammy Awards, losing out only to more mainstream pop artists. With striking front woman Karen O at the helm, their return after a four year gap is a welcome one indeed.
Continue reading: Yeah Yeah Yeahs' New Album Mosquito Out In April!
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