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This Week’s Gonzo – Slash and Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells stop in for a chat

By on Friday, 19th November 2010 at 11:00 am

On tonight’s episode of MTV Gonzo, Alexa welcomes a legendary rocker…and possible future legends. Slash, formerly of Guns ‘n’ Roses but now a successful solo artist in his own right, visits the Gonzo studio. We’re not sure what prompted the following quote – “it’s not about the lines I use on groupies, its the lines they have to use on me” – but this particular statement has certainly got me curious! Sleigh Bells, a noise pop duo from Brooklyn, New York, also make an appearance. No doubt you have heard their song ‘Infinity Guitars’ and been wowed by the instrumental cacophony. Judging by the blogosphere blowing up with nothing but kudos for this act, they very well could be on their way to becoming legendary. Continuing the electropop theme, London’s Is Tropical come in to introduce themselves.

The Drums, going on tour starting next Tuesday in London are featured in the Gonzo Video of the Week. And Oxford’s Foals give their commentary on a director’s cut of their new video for ‘Blue Blood’. Sounds like a good night to stay in and watch telly.

Watch this week’s MTV Gonzo tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


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.


Album Review: Scott Weiland – Happy In Galoshes

By on Friday, 20th February 2009 at 11:01 am

m_a878bb77949541988542d7683e4abeb3It’s about time we heard some fresh noise from former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and his new album has plenty of it. The double disk, twenty track monster that is Happy In Galoshes should certainly put a smile back on the faces of Velvet Revolver fans.

Now not every track is going to be a top ten hit but the record still has its highlights, however,  you do get the feeling that a few concept tracks were left on to make up the numbers. The variety on display is honestly amazing. There are  tracks that feel like Velvet Revolver classics and then some sound like something you’d hear in the indie scene.

We’d be here till next Christmas if we were to review every track but there are some that stand out. “Hyper-Fuzz-Funny-Car” is one of the oddest song titles you’ll hear all year but it has a great dirty rock tone that you might get from a velvet revolver album and it has bucket fulls of attitude. “Blind Confusion” and “Blister On My Soul” are another two great hits and sound like chirpy pop rock ballads in many ways.

Now I said the album had variety and I wasn’t joking. Just look at the track “Fame”. It sounds like it’s come straight from some gangster rapper, while the track “Arch Angel” sounds like some sort of mario kart game.  “Big Black Monster” sounds like a Muse track and it’s not hard to imagine Mika singing the chorus, the album has just about every genre known to man featured somewhere.

At times, to be truly honest, Scotts voice sounds woeful and out of place, however it must be said he’s awesome on the rocky tracks. It may have been better if the album was condensed and some of the more alternative tracks were left off but fair play, the record is like no other and it should have something for everyone.

Happy in Galoshes is out now on Soft Drive Records.


Dr Pepper Democracy

By on Wednesday, 26th November 2008 at 3:10 pm

After 15 plus years and $13 million spent, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy is finally out. No really it is! Music fans have been baffled by countless release dates that have never been met and because of the way downloading has changed the music industry, the album will probably not make such a spectacular profit.

However, the album has caused a historic day in the fizzy drink world. Earlier on this year, the soda giant Dr Pepper promised that if Chinese Democracy was released in 2008, they would offer every American a free drink.  Now that day of reckoning is upon us and the drinks company has lived up to its promise. “We never thought this day would come,” Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “But now that it’s here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us.”

So how does it work? Well actually the offer is already over because to obtain one’s free can of Dr Pepper you had to get a coupon, which was only available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper’s website starting at 12.01am Sunday 23rd November. That was it – 24 hours. If you were late, no Pepper for you. If you did get a coupon they will be honoured until 28 February 2009.

Back when the offer was first made, former guitarist slash and Buckethead would not be allowed their free sodas but now, Buckethead has been made eligible as his work features on the album. To be honest, I don’t think they’ll care too much.

Dr Pepper will be flowing like November Rain!


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