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Kate Nash / October 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 24th June 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Kate Nash has announced a string of UK tour dates for October as she promotes her latest album, My Best Friend is You. You can catch her at:

Monday 4th October 2010 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Friday 8th October 2010 – Ireland – Limerick Dolans
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Belfast – Mandela Hall
Sunday 10th October 2010 – Dublin – Academy
Tuesday 12th October 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 13th October 2010 – Newcastle Academy
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Sunday 17th October 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Monday 18th October 2010 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Preview: T in the Park 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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Album Review: Kate Nash – My Best Friend is You

 
By on Thursday, 29th April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Ah, Kate Nash, Kate Nash, Kate Nash. She has suddenly got all serious, hasn’t she? You know – cut her hair all edgy, got a super hip boyfriend in the form of Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and spent the last few months spouting words about how she has “changed direction”, claiming to have gone 60s, punk, and Riot Grrrl all at once. Not bad for that lass who used to sit at her piano with a cup of tea and sing about lemons being bitter and such. So. Does her second album, ‘My Best Friend is You’ (hey thanks Kate), actually live up to all this gossip? Well…

Good news. Miss. Nash has, surprisingly, grown up quite a bit with her latest musical serving. The album propels off the ground with ‘Paris’. A mass of chirpy strings introduce a notably Chocolate Rain stylee piano riff (YouTube this if you have no idea what I’m talking about), before revealing the sunny harmonies of the chorus which are missing that awful LDN kick accent (yay!). Track two, ‘Kiss that Grrrl’, the ultimate jealousy anthem (“I don’t like it how she makes you laugh so much. How when you talk, that you touch. She is instantly more pretty and more interesting than me”), is similarly pleasing. It kicks off with some Ronettes stylee instrumental before leading into fun, hop scotch vocals. Sadly, the cringe worth lyrics remain – “I bet she doesn‘t like to eat. I bet her feet don‘t even stink”.

There are some bad moments. ‘I Just Love You More’, for example, is an embarrassing attempt by Nash to be experimental. It’s an epic fail, with Kate just repeating the title over and over again to the backing of grungy riffs. She is no Yoko Ono, and this ‘avant-garde’ number ends up sounding more comedic than artistic. Similarly, ‘Mansion Song’ begins with a spoken word recital – something along the lines of poetry you hear at an Open Mic Night, and try to not laugh at. The repeated curses only make Nash sound like she is trying (and failing) to be shocking, and perhaps even hoping via such words, she’ll shed those younger indie fans that clung onto her a few years back. Luckily, however, her attempts to be ‘weird’ are pulled off a little better when it comes to ‘I’ve Got a Secret’. This track follows the same structure as ‘I Just Love You More’- repeating the title over and over and all that lark – but the lack of screams and moans, instead replaced with a floaty vox, make this a lot more enjoyable.

Another highlight is ‘Doo Wah Do’. With it’s Spector stylin’ harmonies and surf riffs, this is an awesome slice of pop which I am sure you have heard acquainting the radio waves of late. While we’re here, for those who enjoy vintage Nash – never fear – you can still find her older, silly, sweet pop in the form of ‘Later On’ and ‘Pickpocket’, with their skipping piano riffs and childish-come-endearing vocals. The juvenility reaches a peak, however, with ‘I Hate Seagulls’. Undoubtedly one of the worst tracks on the album, it sees Nash merely reciting a list of her pet-hates over an acoustic. “I hate burning my finger on the toaster and I hate nits. I hate falling over, I hate grazing my knee. I hate picking off the scab a little bit too early.”. Yes, Kate, and so does most of the planet. However, we do not write songs about it, have the audacity to release it and finally, earn mega bucks from it. But each to their own.

Still, not to end on a negative note. I genuinely have come out impressed with this album (yes, I admit, I pre judged this record). It’s filled with a fireball of energy from start to finish – that is undeniable. Similarly, Kate has definitely embraced the whole direction change stuff with heart. Perhaps, a bit too much. She has ended up taking about 1000 musical routes, to the point this album ends up being a genre pick-a-mix. She does some well (the whole retro doo wop stuff), yet others prove a shambles (the whole avante-garde end of things). Still, credit to her, I guess, and at least there are no ‘Foundations’ on here that should kill all our ears for the coming years.

 

Preview: Glastonbury 2010

 
By on Friday, 23rd April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Surely I don’t need to explain to you what Glastonbury is – it’s simply LEGENDARY. Even as an American (though, admittedly, an Anglophile), every year I drool over the lineup, despair at not being able to attend and then scour the internet for pictures and videos when it’s over. Each summer, the enormous site at Worthy Farm (about a mile and a half in diameter) turns into a mini-city for the  largest greenfield festival in the world. Since the first Glasto was held 40 years ago in 1970, the festival has come to be known for its truly amazing lineup, and this year is no different.

One of the perks of being the biggest festival around is that you can get the biggest artists around. This year, the Pyramid Stage will be graced by some of the most recognizable names in music. On Friday night, Irish rockers U2 are headlining, with support from Dizzee Rascal, Vampire Weekend, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Saturday night sees headliner MUSE share the stage with the likes of Scissor Sisters, Shakira and Jackson Browne. And on the final night, legend Stevie Wonder tops the bill, closing out the festival after performances from Paloma Faith, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson and guitar legend Slash.

But it’s not only the main stage that’s worth visiting. Punters will get quite a workout running between that and the other 12 stages, of which the Other Stage, the John Peel Stage and the Park Stage look the most promising. Over the course of the weekend, the Other Stage lineup reads like the index page of NME: The Flaming Lips, Florence and the Machine, La Roux, Hot Chip, Phoenix, the Courteeners, the Cribs, Kate Nash, Editors, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, We Are Scientists, Temper Trap, the Hold Steady and more.

Originally called the “New Bands Tent,” the John Peel Stage features a mix of old and new favourites. Friday night sees Groove Armada share the stage with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and Bombay Bicycle Club. Saturday night is jam-packed with bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, like the xx, Foals, Marina and the Diamonds, Delphic, Wild Beasts and Field Music. And Sunday night remains epic with sets by Ash, Julian Casablancas and the Drums.

All the way across the site, the Park Stage will play host to buzz bands like the xx, Broken Bells, the Big Pink, Midlake, Laura Marling, Stornoway, Beach House, Frankie & the Heartstrings and Dirty Projectors, ending with a headlining set by Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun on Sunday night. And at the risk of making your heads explode by listing even more bands, at the other stages festival-goers will be treated to performances by Mos Def, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Turin Brakes, Imelda May, DJ Fatboy Slim, Crystal Castles, Good Shoes, Fanfarlo and Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip.

If you’re not already overwhelmed by the sheer massiveness of the festival, then you can click here to view the complete lineup. But if you don’t already have tickets for the sold out spectacular, then be warned, it will turn you green with envy.

Glastonbury 2010 is completely SOLD OUT. It will be held from Wednesday, 23rd June to Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

 

MySpace School Invasions competition…

 
By on Tuesday, 14th October 2008 at 8:36 pm
 

So I know a lot of readers of TGTF are avid MySpace users, and quite a few of you are still at school… so did you know about the MySpace School Invasions?

It’s basically a popularity contest for schools, with the school with the most votes from the MySpace School Invasions page winning an exclusive party.

The prize includes an all-expenses paid party with live performances from rock band Fightstar and DJ sets from Kate Nash, The Wombats, and DJ Ironik. The school that receives the most votes on the profile will host the event.

As well as winning their own exclusive party, the school will receive £10,000 worth of music equipment and a music masterclass with an established band. As part of the workshop, the band will share tales of how they got started and offer tips and advice about getting into the music industry.

Interested? Why not log into your myspace account, head on over to the School Invasions MySpace.

 

Bands to Watch #27: The Good Natured

 
By on Monday, 25th August 2008 at 5:47 pm
 

The Postal Service’s “Give Up” is one of my favourite albums ever, and from a few samples of The Good Natured‘s myspace page I think she has a good chance of being 2008’s female version of them. Sounding like Kate Nash doing Postal Service, she has a heart-on-yer-sleeve approach which I love.

The press release comments:

When Sarah McIntosh rescued a keyboard her grandmother was throwing out it was unbeknown to her at the time that this chance find would be the start of The Good Natured. With ‘the best organ sound ever’ this salvaged instrument found itself a loving new owner and was soon to become the essential ingredient in a synth-pop art project to document ‘the make outs, break ups, make outs and make ups.’

Huw Stevens from Radio 1 is one of the radio-type people getting behind her, and slowly the blog buzz is building behind her.

And the best bit? Not only does she sound good, she’s from round my way. Well, Newbury in Berkshire to be precise.  Go listen to her myspace, buy the EP later this year and fall in love. Go on, you know you want to.

To make it even easier, there’s a free MP3 below:

MP3: The Good Natured – Warriors

 
 
 

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