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This Week’s Gonzo – series closes with visits from Mark Ronson and the Drums

 
By on Thursday, 2nd December 2010 at 1:00 pm
 

This Friday marks the last episode of this series of MTV Gonzo, but don’t be sad: some special guest appearances are planned for the show. DJ and producer Mark Ronson, who released the album ‘Record Collection’ with his Business Intl. in September and recently worked with Duran Duran on their new album, stops by to talk with Alexa and shows her his drum pads. (No, that’s not innuendo for something else.) Now sporting shocking platinum blonde hair ala Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro, he comments, “I’m worried my hair might fall out from the bleach”. But rock ‘n’ roll is all about taking risks, isn’t it?

The Drums from New York also make an appearance, no doubt to talk about their amazing success this year. Everyone’s favourite American jokers (and rockers) We Are Scientists phone in for what is sure to be a comical video chat. Mat Horne, who guested on last week’s Gonzo, suggests a new band to watch: you’ll have to watch the show to find out who he’s tipping. On the video front, Gonzo queues up Paramore‘s ‘Playing God’ as well as the new promo video of White Lies‘s ‘Bigger Than Us’, and the London post-punk band is in the studio to talk about what went on behind the scenes of its filming.

Watch this series’s final episode of MTV Gonzo tomorrow night, Friday, at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.

 

Roskilde Festival: Day 1 Roundup

 
By on Monday, 19th July 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Roskilde Festival this year was my first big festival, and everyone who’s heard of it here in America has been like, ‘nooooo, you went to Roskilde? Really?’ (The most humourous/cool? A clerk at the local guitar shop who looked at me incredulous, saying, ‘I just watched a Metallica DVD and there was Roskilde footage on there from ages ago. You were there?’) Yesterday I finally cut my wristband and took it off my right wrist after showing it off, victorious, to friends Friday night. It is now safe in a box with my other festival souvenirs.

It’s been over a week since I got back from Denmark, so I’ve had some chance to reflect on the whole Roskilde experience. Physically the site is much more massive than you can possibly imagine. (Except of course if you’ve been to Glasto, as Roskilde is often referred to as ‘Northern Europe’s Glasto’.) The main festival goes on for 4 days, and at first glance, the schedule does not look all that daunting. But after drinks and walking around a lot for those 4 days, you’d be surprised to find that after a while you get lazy and don’t want to move on to the next band you have circled on the schedule because you can’t find your legs. Somehow I managed 28 bands in 5 days (2 on Wednesday the 30th of June at Pavilion Junior, part of the festival warm-up period before the main event).

The first day was the calm before the storm. I think everyone was at the opening ceremony featuring American punk icon Patti Smith and her guitarist Lenny Kaye, and rightly so, because this being the 40th year of the festival and 10 years on from the horrible accidental deaths of 9 young male punters at Orange Stage during a Pearl Jam set, those lives were celebrated as well as the continuance of the festival for all these years. I didn’t see too many bands the first day because there really weren’t too many bands playing. American emo rockers Paramore was playing at Arena, the second-biggest venue on-site and in the far southeast corner of the property, but after all the trouble of getting to Orange Stage for Patti Smith, I really did not feel like going in that direction, only to have to turn around again.

Instead I headed over to Cosmopol stage to wait for LCD Soundsystem. In the intervening time I caught Electrojuice, a Danish electronic duo, and Tim Sweeney, a New York City DJ signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records label. But it seemed like everyone had come far and wide for LCD Soundsystem. It wasn’t so cramped at the start, but then it got really rammed. This performance on Thursday the 1st of July was just 2 days before they headlined Wireless in London and this as just a taster for Murphy of things to come. At the start he was uneasy by the crowds but soon got into the groove with numbers like ‘Drunk Girls’, ‘Daft Punk is Playing at My House’, and ‘I Can Change’. Claustrophobia set in and I just had to escape, and escape I did back to Orange Stage, hoping to get a good spot to watch Gorillaz.

After the cut: this review of day 1 continued with more photos.
Continue reading Roskilde Festival: Day 1 Roundup

 

Paramore / November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 27th May 2010 at 4:00 pm
 

Fronted by the (rather lovely) Hayley Williams, Paramore have announced that they’ll be doing a string of shows around the UK in November.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (May 28th) at 9am. Catch them at:

Wednesday 10th November – Liverpool Echo Arena
Thursday 11th November – Sheffield Arena
Saturday 13th November – London O2 Arena
Tuesday 16th November – Birmingham LG Arena
Thursday 18th November – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday 20th November – Aberdeen AECC

 

Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival August 2010

 
By on Monday, 29th March 2010 at 7:15 pm
 

After Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals are the granddaddy of all music festivals. Some of the best bands, the biggest exclusives and best lineups all come together for three massive days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year they “played it safe” with a lineup of Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, but this year they’ve gone for a bit more interesting selection, returning to their rock roots.

This year, The Libertines are going to be the big news of the festival, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat putting their differences behind them to play the festival, supporting Reading’s Saturday night’s headliners, Arcade Fire. Meanwhile, Blink 182 and Guns ‘n’ Roses also headline the main stage.

If we were going this year, the NME stage looks pretty good, with LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons and Band of Horses all set to play what is our pick of the stages so far. Kele from Bloc Party is also playing, intriguingly billed already higher than The Drums and he hasn’t even released a track yet.

The Festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 27th to Sunday 29th August 2010. Tickets are on sale now at See Tickets. Tickets are £180.00 for the weekend, or £75 per day ticket.

Catch the full lineup (so far) below…

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Paramore / December 2009 UK and Ireland Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 8th September 2009 at 9:09 pm
 

Paramore have announced a UK tour that is sure to get everyone’s pulses racing.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 11th September at 9am, and are sure to go quickly.

Thursday 10th December 2009 – Glasgow SECC
Friday 11th December 2009 – Birmingham NIA
Saturday 12th December 2009 – Dublin O2 Point
Monday 14th December 2009 – Cardiff International Arena
Wednesday 16th December 2009 – Manchester MEN
Thursday 17th December 2009 – Brighton Brighton Centre
Friday 18th December 2009 – London Wembley Arena

 

Single Review: Paramore – Decode

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd December 2008 at 2:55 pm
 

ParamoreI’ve been meaning to review this track for a wile now becasue it is simply awesome and to be honest that seems to come as standard from Paramore. Decode is the featured soundtrack for the film Twilight which has been grabbing plenty of attention and the song has an epic atmosphere worthy of the cinematic world.

Twilight’s publishers have said  that “The movie is about the intense connection between an immortal vampire and a teenage human girl, and this bold, romantic song deals with the confusion in that relationship”. Erm what? It is certantly a heavy way of describing the song but yet it is quite ironic seeing as the tune seems to take Paramore in a heavier direction in sound – almost metal.

Frontwoman Hayley Williams is capable of the most epic, heart-wrenching vocals and she definitely doesn’t hold anything back on this track. The singing blends so well with the crunching guitar tones which drive the track along and make for a really engaging listen.

Now emo music seems to get a lot of stick and there is no denying that Decode has hints of gothic emo ingredients but it is easily one of the best tracks to listen to if you want to hear a band give there all. It is yet another astonishing performance from the band and their third album is just around the corner. If the tracks are all going to be this good then we may just have one of the best albums of 2009 heading our way.

 
 
 

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