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Live Review: MTV Brand New for 2011 Starring Chase and Status with Mona and Clare Maguire at London Koko – 26th January 2011

By on Thursday, 3rd February 2011 at 2:00 pm

Words and in-text photos by Braden Fletcher
Header photo by Andrew Timms (MTV)

Looking at the bill for last Wednesday night’s show at KOKO, the genres span as wide as the MTV Brand New for 2011 list itself. Alas, only in London can you hear a new pop star, followed by an American rock band and then have the evening headlined by London’s very own Chase and Status. Camden plays host to a show as diverse as its own residents and visitors and I can’t really think of a better place to do so.

First onstage is Clare Maguire. The Birmingham singer-songwriter has been surrounded by hype of late. Featured in the BBC Sound of 2011 list (placing #5 on this year’s poll) and one of the lead stars of HMV’s Next Big Thing festival, it seems inevitable that her voice will be heard across the airwaves nationwide this year. Whilst this is all great news for her and her incredible voice, I can’t help but feel like she’s already become a cliché. Her hauntingly good voice is lost amidst a selection of dull pop tunes and her live band struggle to look anything but comatose at times. This said, her dark persona and strong voice will no doubt earn her acclaim and success in the future.

Next up tonight are my favourite act on the bill. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Mona have a lot to live up to. Nashville’s favourite sons Kings of Leon are one of the biggest bands on the planet right now and with comparisons being drawn at every turn, Mona have big boots to be stepping into. Fortunately, they have some huge indie rock tracks to do their talking for them. They play hard and with such enthusiasm that the crowd respond strongly. Many tonight are specifically here to see Mona and the huge sing-along to ‘Listen To Your Love’ is testament to how much of an impact the four-piece have had in the last few months. With their debut album in the making, the reigning stadium fillers of Tennessee might need to start watching their heels.

Headlining the evening are local heroes Chase and Status. With their brand new album No More Idols out Monday 31st January, the drum and bass duo have their live set up perfected in the form of MC Rage, live instrumentation and a whole set of collaborations to keep the crowd going. Tonight is no exception with everyone from Tempa T to Clare Maguire joining in for their associated tracks. From start to finish, it’s a high octane ride and even slower tracks such as ‘End Credits’ featuring Plan B (sadly absent) seem to have more power to them. The night’s closing tracks are by far the standout. Liam Bailey features in new single ‘Blind Faith’, which is rightfully going to be a dancefloor hit for the year and both band and artists take it up a level with tonight’s showing. Tinie Tempah comes out for a raucous encore of ‘Hitz’. Chase and Status themselves may not even need a star studded stage to shine, but it sure helps as ‘No More Idols’ launches them into the big time.

So after all the genre spanning acts, MTV’s two-day residency at KOKO comes to an end and I certainly think that MTV’s Brand New for 2011 list won’t disappoint over the next 12 months.


Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 20th January 2011

By on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 2:00 pm

According to an interview friend of TGTF Tara O. did in Ottawa a little while back with Two Door Cinema Club, they signed on to do a co-headlining tour this month with Canadians Tokyo Police Club because they thought it could help them gain popularity in North America. I can’t really tell how many punters in the 9:30 Club last Thursday night were in attendance for Two Door and not Tokyo Police, but there was incredible energy, leading me to believe that they didn’t really need to team up with Tokyo. However, the two bands did do a pretty sweet duet at the end, as you shall read later.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is a Missouri indie band. I didn’t know much about them but I have lots of friends who are fans, so I was interested to see them live. Nice, bouncy, unpretentious rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a shame that while I was waiting in the merch line, people were saying the reason why the club was so empty at the start of the night was because they were talking outside with their friends, smoking, etc. Their loss really, because I thought Someone Still… was a great, fun warm-up to the two acts after them (and really, probably one of the better opening acts I’ve seen in a long time).

Two Door Cinema Club came on next. It’s been amazing watching their popularity rise in America. In April 2010, I was one of a handful of people who knew who they were when they opened for Phoenix at Constitution Hall. Now they’ve got everyone singing along to their words, pumping their fists, clapping their hands and dancing up a storm. Alex Trimble will always remember the DC show and so will we, because he found and bought a new/old guitar in town and this show was its first public outing. ‘Handshake’, a brand new song they’re debuting on this tour, sounded like classic TDCC. I can’t wait for the next album. Is it wrong to want it under my tree just in time for Christmas? ‘What You Know’ was flawless and ‘Hands Off My Cash, Monty’ (featuring an actual shout from Alex during the line, “I can make you sing, and I can make shout”) and ‘Come Back Home’ were incredible.

Tokyo Police Club got a lot of flak for using Tom Jones as incidental music; one of my friends said, “they do know Tom Jones is Welsh and not Canadian, right?”. But any ill will evaporated by the time they took the stage. While the Two Door fanatics were jumping up and down to their heroes’ set, the Tokyo Police fans were more reverent, hanging on every word from singer Dave Monks. ‘Wait Up (Boots of Danger)’ is probably the song you’re most familiar with from their last album, and it didn’t disappoint live. But what was the most surprising was a duet between the two ‘clubs’ for a rousing rendition of the Strokes classic ‘Last Nite’. If it had been my last night on earth, I would have gone without argument after such an amazing evening of music.

Continue reading Live Review: Two Door Cinema Club and Tokyo Police Club with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – 20th January 2011


Funeral Party / January and February 2011 UK/Irish Tour

By on Sunday, 23rd January 2011 at 5:00 pm

Los Angeles’s Funeral Party will be touring the UK (plus dates in Dublin and Belfast) starting Tuesday through the middle of February. Support will be from London/Brighton band Flashguns, who we’ve been championing for a while here on TGTF.

Monday 24th January 2011 – London Bush Hall (New to Q session)
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Manchester Academy 3
Friday 28th January 2011 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 29th January 2011 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Monday 31st January 2011 – Belfast Stiff Kitten
Tuesday 1st February 2011 – Dublin O2 Academy 2
Thursday 3rd February 2011 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 4th February 2011 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 5th February 2011 – Nottingham Bodega
Sunday 6th February 2011 – Norwich Arts Centre
Tuesday 8th February 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy 3
Thursday 10th February 2011 – London Cargo
Saturday 12th February 2011 – Brighton Audio


Metronomy / January, April 2011 UK Tours

By on Thursday, 20th January 2011 at 4:00 pm

Joseph Mount’s Metronomy is touring the UK this month and have announced dates in April, presumably to coincide with the release of their third album, ‘The English Riviera’. The band also plays the 1st of February at London Heaven for an NME Awards show.

Wednesday 19th January 2011 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 20th January 2011 – Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 21st January 2011 – Leeds Cockpit (Room 2)
Saturday 22nd January 2011 – Liverpool Academy 2
Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Southampton Joiners
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Bristol Thekla
Friday 28th January 2011 – Tunbridge Wells Forum
Tuesday 1st February 2011 – London Heaven (NME Awards show)
Friday 15th April 2011 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 19th April 2011 – Brighton Digital
Wednesday 20th April 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Thursday 21st April 2011 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 22nd April 2011 – Wakefield Hop
Monday 24th April 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 25th April 2011 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Wednesday 26th April 2011 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Thursday 27th April 2011 – York Duchess


WIN / Tix for MTV Brand New for 2011 Gigs

By on Monday, 17th January 2011 at 11:00 am

The Blackberry Presents MTV Brand New for 2011 gigs will be taking place at London’s Koko on the Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of January. Tuesday night will see rising stars Jessie J (winner of BBC Sound of 2011) and Ruff Diamondz supporting Tinchy Stryder (of ‘Take Me Back’ fame), while Wednesday will feature our 10 for 2011 poll winner Mona and Clare Maguire opening for drum and bass duo Chase and Status. And thanks to our mates at MTV, we have a pair each for both gigs to give away.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the two gigs, start by entering your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won) and choosing which gig you’d like to win tickets for. Then we’re making this super easy for you. Tell us why you deserve to win. The best two answers as chosen by us will get them. Easy peasy, yes? This competition is now closed. The winners will be contacted shortly by email.


The BRIT Awards 2011 – The Nominees

By on Friday, 14th January 2011 at 11:00 am

James Corden (sans Mathew Horne, it appears) will be hosting the the BRIT Awards on the 15th of February at London’s O2 Arena, the first time the event will be held there. Last year, the performance that had everyone talking was Cheryl Cole’s; this year, live performances by Take That, Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Rihanna are already planned, with other names sure to follow. The nominees for the 2011 BRITs were announced last night and while there were the predictable nominees, there were some interesting choices as well.

Mumford and Sons, a band we haven’t talked about on TGTF in a while, is nominated for several gongs. Also nominated for several awards is Tinie Tempah, one of the artists on MTV’s longlist of artists to watch in 2010; he’s a nominee in the category for Best Male Solo Artist alongside relative newcomers Mark Ronson and Plan B and legends Paul Weller and Robert Plant. In the female equivalent category, the aforementioned Cheryl Cole will be duking it out with BBC Sound of 2010 nominee Ellie Goulding, Laura Marling (pictured right), Paloma Faith and Rumer.

The nominees for Best Breakthrough Act are all acts you’ve heard of: Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons, Rumer, Tinie Tempah and the xx. Similarly, the Best British Group nominees are all famous names; Biffy Clyro, Gorillaz, Mumford and Sons, Take That and the xx will battle out that one.

One of the most interesting categories for the night will be who wins Best British Album. Mumford and Sons’ ‘Sigh No More’ will be pitted against Plan B’s ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’, Take That’s ‘Progress’, Tinie Tempah’s ‘Disc-Overy’ and the xx’s ‘xx’. The complete list of nominees for this year’s BRIT Awards are after the jump.

You can catch a repeat of the nomination ceremony tonight, Friday 14th January at 8 PM on ITV2. The BRIT Awards 2011 will be screened live on Tuesday 15th February on ITV.

Full list of nominees after the jump.
Continue reading The BRIT Awards 2011 – The Nominees


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