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Video of the Moment #2168: Ben Folds

By on Wednesday, 24th August 2016 at 6:00 pm

When I was in Denver for work in May, I was reminded by a massive marquee outside the Paramount Theater that American piano pop maestro Ben Folds is still knocking out them tunes. And still making plenty of jokes, like this one in Perth, Australia. In the uplifting ‘Capable of Anything’, the emotion of Folds’ music is heightened wonderfully with a contemporary dance routine performed by Vivienne Wong and Calvin Hannaford. The song appears on ‘So There’, Folds’ collaboration with New York City’s yMusic string ensemble. Watch the inspiring promo video, soundtracked by its equally inspiring tune, below. More Ben Folds-flavoured goodness on TGTF is right this way.



Video of the Moment #974: Ben Folds Five

By on Tuesday, 18th September 2012 at 6:00 pm

We got to thinking, there just aren’t enough cartoon characters in music videos these days. So Ben Folds Five have come to our rescue in that regard, in their new video for ‘Do It Anyway’. You’ll recognise (well, the older ones of you, anyway) the inhabitants of Fraggle Rock in this promo. Enjoy it below.

‘The Sound of the Life of the Mind’, the band’s new album, is out today. No doubt they’ll be playing it on their UK/Irish tour that begins at the end of November and goes into early December.


Friday 23rd November 2012 – Bristol Academy
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 26th November 2012 – Dublin Vicar Street
Thursday 29th November 2012 – Manchester Apollo
Friday 30th November 2012 – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 1st December 2012 – Leeds Academy
Monday 3rd December 2012 – Birmingham Academy
Tuesday 4th December 2012 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 5th December 2012 – London Brixton Academy


WIN / Tickets to see Ben Folds in Manchester or Sheffield

By on Monday, 24th January 2011 at 2:00 pm

Quirky American singer/songwriter Ben Folds will be touring the UK in the second half of February (full list of concert dates here on TGTF), and we have a pair of tickets each for his Manchester O2 Apollo (Thursday 24 February) and Sheffield O2 Academy (Saturday 26 February) shows to give away.

Want to win? To be entered for this competition for a pair of tickets either to the Manchester or Sheffield gig, simply leave your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won), and tell us which gig you wish to attend. Then correctly answer this question: What is the name of the novelist who Ben Folds collaborated with on his most recent album, ‘Lonely Avenue’?

This contest is now closed, and the winners will be contacted soon.


Ben Folds / February 2011 UK/Irish Tour

By on Wednesday, 17th November 2010 at 8:30 am

Ben Folds (formerly of the famously misnamed Ben Folds Five) has announced a short tour of the UK in February, to be preceded by a Dublin date. The tour is in support of his recently released album ‘Lonely Avenue’ featuring the words of novelist Nick Hornby. Support on all dates will be from Katie Miller-Heidke. Tickets are on sale now.

Friday 18th February 2011 – Dublin Vicar Street
Saturday 19th February 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Sunday 20th February 2011 – London HMV Apollo Hammersmith
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 24th February 2011 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Friday 25th February 2011 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 26th February 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy


MP3 of the Day #26: Ben Folds

By on Monday, 23rd March 2009 at 10:00 am

I haven’t written enough here about Ben Folds. He’s pretty much legendary in my eyes, putting on some of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.

And he’s got a new album out at the end of April. Well, not new-new, it’s a selection of his songs done A-Capella… genius.

Via Stereogum:

Over two months, he, his wife Fleur, and engineer Joe Costa recorded the tracks themselves. The sounds were all captured with six area mics. Each session got four hours. This is raw a cappella, people. And, as Folds says, “This is not a novelty .. I consider this my new record…I’m incredibly proud of this.”

Download and enjoy “Not the Same” below.

MP3: The Spartones From The University of North Carolina Greensboro – “Not The Same” (Ben Folds Cover, via Stereogum)


Best of 2008: Live

By on Tuesday, 30th December 2008 at 10:22 am

Idlewild @ ULU - 3rd July 2008

10. Idlewild at London’s ULU (3rd July)
First time catching the indie rockers, blown away. So much so that I caught them again in Bristol just a month later, they were that good. They showed just how they’ve managed to be so successful for the past decade, with energy and great songs.

9. I’m From Barcelona at London Scala (25th November)
I know I said I’d write a review and then didn’t, but things were kinda hectic with university stuff at the time. Still, I’m From Barcelona provided one of the best nights of entertainment I’ve had in a while – chaotic, crazy, they had so much energy I was finding bits of ticker tape for days after.

8. Bloc Party at London’s Apple Store (10th October)
My second Bloc Party experience of the year, hot and sweaty in the Apple Store. I was expecting a bland, boring performance but we got anything but – chaotic, Kele was on top form, crawling over the crowd, standing all over the place. I’d hate to have had the job of cleaning up the next morning!

7. Friendly Fires at Oxford Zodiac (5th October)
My second time seeing Friendly Fires, they were even more intense than the first time. Loud, energetic, and slightly chaotic – we forgot it was Sunday night and danced like it was 3am. Just immense. Watch them become huge in 209.

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