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iTunes Festival / September 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Kasabian (pictured above), Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams are amongst the first wave of artists announced for the 2014 iTunes Festival.

Taking place at London’s Roundhouse throughout the duration of September, the line-up also includes the likes of David Guetta, young Australians 5 Seconds of Summer, Kylie Minogue and American hitmakers Maroon 5.

Tickets for each of the gigs are free to competition winners and the shows will be live streamed via iTunes or on Apple TV.

Speaking about the festival, Kasabian said, “We’re very proud to be in this year’s iTunes Festival line-up, and we are excited to be playing alongside so many great artists. We have had a huge year so far. Expect some surprises!”

Robert Plant, who headlines the festival on Monday the 8th of September, added, “We’ve been roaring around the world this summer from Morocco to the Arctic Circle. The band is on fire. It’s now time to shake it on down in NW1.”

The iTunes Festival 2014 line-up so far is as follows:

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Beck
Wednesday 3rd September 2014 – David Guetta
Thursday 4th September 2014 – 5 Seconds of Summer
Friday 5th September 2014 – Kasabian
Sunday 7th September 2014 – Calvin Harris and Kiesza
Monday 8th September 2014 – Robert Plant
Tuesday 9th September – Sam Smith
Wednesday 10th September 2014 – Pharrell Williams and Jungle
Thursday 11th September 2014 – Maroon 5
Tuesday 16th September 2014 – Blondie and Chrissie Hynde
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Kylie Minogue

Further artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In its 7-year history, the iTunes Festival has played host to a vast array of big names, including Oasis, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys.

The festival made its debut in the US earlier this year with a five day run at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2014. Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull were amongst the artists on the line-up.

For further information about the iTunes Festival including ticket applications, visit the official Web site.

 

Ivor Novello Awards 2011 – The Nominees

 
By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 11:00 am
 

The nominees for the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards for 2011 were announced this week, and we’re pleased to see some of TGTF’s favourite acts being up for the esteemed gongs. The awards are described on the official Web site as “internationally respected for honouring excellence in British music writing” – definitely something we can get behind.

In the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category, the title track of Conor J. O’Brien/Villagers‘ debut album, ‘Becoming a Jackal’, will be battling Manchester-based (and pictured above) Everything Everything‘s ‘MY KZ, UR BF’ and Foals‘ ‘Spanish Sahara’ (the winning track in 6music’s Top 40 Songs of 2010 at the end of last year. The 2010 Mercury Prize-winning xx has been nominated for Best Contemporary Song, as has Katy B‘s ‘Katy on a Mission’ and Tinie Tempah‘s ‘Pass Out’.

For the Album Award, Everything Everything is nominated again for their groundbreaking album ‘Man Alive’, as are Bombay Bicycle Club‘s acoustic album ‘Flaws’ and Plan B‘s ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’. Plan B is also nominated in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work for his song ‘She Said’; Ben Drew is left to fight it out for this gong with Kylie Minogue’s ‘All the Lovers’ and ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ by Scouting for Girls. A notable nomination in a category that isn’t really our specialty here at TGTF (Best Original Film Score) is Jon Hopkins‘ nod for his work on the sci-fi flick Monsters.

We here at TGTF wish good luck to all the nominees. The winners of this year’s Ivor Novello Awards will be announced on Thursday 19 May at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Want to read the full list of nominees? They’re under the cut.
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Album Review: Scissor Sisters – Night Work

 
By on Thursday, 29th July 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Spawned by New York’s gay club scene nearly a decade ago, Scissor Sisters recently released their third studio album ‘Night Work,’ the follow-up to their chart-topping self-titled debut (2004) and 2006’s ‘Ta-Dah.’ Band members Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Babydaddy, Del Marquis and Randy Real (replacing former drummer Paddy Boom) spent about 18 months working on the album before scrapping it and starting over with producer Stuart Price.  At the time, vocalist Shears said “If it wasn’t something we could fully get behind and believe in, I think the band was going to be over.” Luckily they found some inspiration and the result is an album  they described to Pop Justice as “supersexual and sleazy.”

That the album is very sexual should come as no surprise to anyone who takes a look at the album cover, or for that matter, to anyone who has listened to Scissor Sisters before. This album, however, goes a bit further than their usual cheekiness and double entendre to even be explicit at times. Rather than being disturbing or shocking, though, the results are generally hilarious. I defy anyone to keep a straight face during the Kylie-collaboration ‘Any Which Way’ when Ana Matronic says “I’m going to find that man with the right shade of bottle tan, / a man that smells like cocoa butter and cash. / Take me anyway you like it; / in front of the fireplace, in front of your yacht, in front of my parents, / I don’t give a damn baby, just take me.” A definite highlight of the album, this is just one of the many tracks that will have you up on your feet dancing. Another great song is ‘Something Like This,’  which rather cleverly has an entire chorus about not knowing the words: “I can’t remember any words / there’s a verse and after it goes / something like this / goes something like this / goes something like this.”

The majority of the more upbeat-sounding tracks are fronted by Jake Shears and his falsetto vocals, including album opener ‘Night Work’ (“I sleep all day but I break my back in the moonlight / gotta cash that cheque by midnight for the /night work’.) The track ‘Harder You Get’ combines a falsetto chorus with low, almost growled verses, and the result is undeniably sexy. But its not just Jake Shears who brings the sexy: Ana Matronic’s breathy vocals over the slower, off-kilter ‘Skin This Cat’ are fabulous.

The first single from the album, ‘Fire With Fire,’ is a noticeable departure from the rest of the album, with its slow build and its lack of a real dance-able beat until the 2nd verse. But even though its not what we’re used to from Scissor Sisters, its still a great song and shows that they’re capable of more than just over-sexualized club music, and for that reason I think it was a good choice for a single. And ‘Invisible Light’ is the perfect track to close the album: a little bit dark, a little bit retro, and a LOT of fun. Some might see ‘Night Work’ as “a pastiche of Scissors Sisters’ former glories” [Drowned in Sound], but all I’m really looking for in a good summer album is some fun, and what is more fun than Sir Ian McKellan doing spoken word about ‘sexual gladiators’?

Check out Scissor Sisters’ fantastic performance of ‘Any Which Way’ at Glastonbury 2010 below  featuring the lovely Kylie Minogue.

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Scissor Sisters’s album Night Work is available now. They will be embarking on a short UK tour in December.

 

The Brit Awards 2009 – The Nominations

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2009 at 4:42 pm
 

Coldplay's new album cover

Ahh…The Brits. Perhaps more famous for Jarvis Cocker’s stage invasion, or Arctic Monkey‘s drunken speeches rather than for it’s showcasing of the best of British music. Either way, every year it certainly proves an interesting watch and this 2009, the controversial show will be presented by disco diva, Kylie Minogue and Gavin and Stacey stars, Mathew Horne and James Corden. There will be performances from Kings of Leon, U2 and Take That to name but a few. You can catch all the action live on ITV1 on February 18th, but if you can’t wait till then, There Goes The Fear is here to tell you about the successful nominees that were announced earlier this week.

The artists leading the way with the highest amount of nominations this year are Welsh songstress, Duffy and Coldplay – both tallying up a total of four nods. Both artists had number 1 albums last year – Duffy with ‘Rockferry‘ and Coldplay with ‘Viva la Vida‘ (pictured right) – so are unsurprisingly up for Mastercard’s Best British Album alongside Elbow, Radiohead and The Ting Tings. Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ and Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’ will also be going head to head in Best British Single category alongside the likes of Estelle‘s ‘American Boy’, Adele with ‘Chasing Pavements’ and the X Factor Finalists’ ‘Hero’.

Duffy also features in the Best British Female Solo Artist category alongside Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and MIA, while the nominees in male counterpart include Ian Brown, James Morrison, Paul Weller, Streets and Will Young. Best British Group has seen the nomination of the ever-popular Coldplay, Elbow, Radiohead, Take That and Girls Aloud.

New music recieving nods in this year’s Best British Breakthrough Act include Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting For Girls, while 2009’s Best British Live Act showcases everyone from Iron Maiden and The Verve, to Elbow.

Singer-songwriter, Florence and the Machine (who we featured here), is tracing the footsteps of 2008 winner Adele through gaining the coveted Critics Choice Award which recognises upcoming music talent. Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys have been intriguingly awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award, following on from Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s win last year.

Band’s receiving nods in the international categories including Best International Group and Best International Album are Kings of Leon, The Killers, AC/DC, MGMT and Fleet Foxes. Solo artists featuring in the categories honouring oversea talent include Katy Perry, Gabriella Cilmi, Seasick Steve, Beck and Kanye West.

To see the nominations in full, check out the official Brits website.

 
 
 

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