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TGTF Guide to SXSW 2015: FLOODfest’s inaugural event in Austin

By on Thursday, 12th March 2015 at 11:00 am

This year marks the premiere of FLOODfest at SXSW, sponsored by Flood Magazine and personal media startup Lyve. The FLOODfest bill encompasses four daytime showcases and three action-packed night shows at the Cedar Street Courtyard, beginning on Wednesday the 18th of March and running through Saturday the 21st. Daytime showcases are open to the public with advance RSVP, but admission will be first come, first served based on venue capacity. Each day show will open with a smaller preliminary showcase from 11 AM to 1 PM before the main events begin. Evening shows will require official SXSW badges and wristbands for entry and promise to extend late into the night with big name crowd draws Spoon, Courtney Barnett and Run the Jewels.

The Wednesday daytime showcase in particular is scheduled to include several acts of interest to TGTF fans. The lineup involves folk punk collective Skinny Lister (read our SXSW preview on them here), rock veteran Carl Barât and his new band the Jackals and populist troubadour Frank Turner, who is in Austin not only to perform his music, but also to serve as a Music Convention panelist and to promote his new memoir ‘The Road Beneath My Feet’ (after SXSW he will return to the UK to promote it on a book tour). The Wednesday night showcase will feature Massachusetts quartet Speedy Ortiz as well as Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, performing in his solo side project guise as DJ Windows 98.

Thursday’s highlights include Years & Years and the Ting Tings (read our SXSW preview on them here) during the day, with the Vaccines opening the activities for the nighttime show. The Friday afternoon showcase will wrap up with Best Coast, and the Friday evening show will feature a set by TGTF favourite and SXSW 2014 alumnus Until the Ribbon Breaks. The festivities will wind down on Saturday afternoon with a showcase of Warner Brothers Records artists including current American radio stars Big Data and Priory.

The full lineup for FLOODfest at SXSW is listed below. However, as always, we recommend that you keep an eye on the FLOODfest Web site for updated information, as acts are subject to change.

Wednesday 18th March

11 AM – 1 PM Dutch Impact Showcase: Taymir, Sevdaliza, Jacco Gardner
1 PM – 6 PM INgrooves/XtraMile Showcase: Avid Dancer, Skinny Lister, Geographer, Carl Barât and the Jackals, Frank Turner
8 PM – 2 AM Taymir, Dotan, Basecamp, Speedy Ortiz, DJ Windows 98, Spoon

Thursday 19th March

11 AM – 1 PM Norway Showcase: Marit Larsen, Haust, Hanne Kolstø
1 PM – 6 PM Paradigm/ASCAP Showcase: Hippo Campus, Swimm, Tove Stryke, Years & Years, The Ting Tings
8 PM – 2 AM The Vaccines, Viet Cong, Metz, King Tuff, Courtney Barnett

Friday 20th March

11 AM – 1 PM Sweden Showcase: Amason, Indevotion, Good Harvest
1 PM – 6 PM Capitol Records Group Showcase: Son Real, BJ the Chicago Kid, James Davis, Seinabo Sey, Halsey, Best Coast
8 PM – 2 AM Mick Jenkins, Nosaj Thing, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Run the Jewels

Saturday 21st March

11 AM – 1 PM Volumen Showcase: The Brevet, Ejambre, Apolo
1 PM – 6 PM Warner Brothers Records Showcase: Dylan Gardner, Mystery Skulls, Priory, Greg Holden, Big Data, Twin Shadow


(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #312: The Ting Tings

By on Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 12:00 pm

Katie White and Jules De Martino are better known as The Ting Tings, an indie pop duo from Salford in Greater Manchester. The pair, who met through a mutual love of Portishead, are best known for their single ‘That’s Not My Name’, which stormed to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart in 2008. The track was taken from their debut album ‘We Started Nothing’, which peaked at #1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

The follow-up to ‘That’s Not My Name’ also achieved chart success, with single ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’ narrowly missing out on a top five spot. Whereas the next two singles ‘Be the One’ and ‘We Walk’ didn’t make a significant impact (both peaking at #28), The Tings Tings’ accomplishments didn’t go unrecognised. The duo won XFM Live Breakthrough Act at the Vodafone Live Music Awards 2008, as well as awards for best Festival Pop Act, Best Newcomer and Anthem of the Summer at the UK Festival Awards 2008.

Following a short break, The Ting Tings returned in 2010 with the Calvin Harris-produced single ‘Hands’, a standalone single which peaked at #29 in the Official UK Charts. Hoping to ride upon the success of the track, the duo released their second album ‘Sounds from Nowheresville’ in 2012. The record was greeted to a mediocre reaction from critics and listeners alike, only selling a mere 6,246 copies during its first week on sale. In October 2014, the duo released their third album ‘Super Critical’ through crowdfunding Web site PledgeMusic. The album itself proved to be a solid return for The Ting Tings, as they reverted back to the disco/funk/pop that made them so popular at the start of their career that was well represented by lead single ‘Do It Again’.

On the back of the ‘Super Critical’ album, The Ting Tings are embarking on a six-date tour of Canada and America in January 2015. This is closely followed by a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015 in Austin and March.


The Ting Tings / November 2014 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 8:00 am

Pop duo the Ting Tings are back in action with a new single, aptly named ‘Do It Again’, and a list of tour dates for this November. ‘Do It Again’, from the pair’s upcoming album ‘Super Critical’, is available for purchase now, but you can preview it below the tour date listing.

Leading into the November tour, the Ting Tings will play at the Oxjam Launch on the 29th of September at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Tickets for the following dates are on sale now.

Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Brighton Haunt
Monday 24th November 2014 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 25th November 2014 – Newcastle Cluny
Wednesday 26th November 2014 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Friday 28th November 2014 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Saturday 29th November 2014 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 30th November 2014 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms


Video of the Moment #681: The Ting Tings

By on Sunday, 15th January 2012 at 10:00 am

Love ’em, hate ’em…the Ting Tings are back. Watch their new video for ‘Hang It Up’ – with its pronounced American skater vibe – below.



MP3 of the Day #252: The Ting Tings

By on Monday, 18th October 2010 at 10:00 am

My first impression of this announcement on the Ting Tings‘s Web site last week: ok, something definitely must be going wrong in the universe if Passion Pit is coming round to remix the Ting Tings.

Then I had a listen. I really like this version! Much better than the original!

Have a listen and/or download the remix below. Comments appreciated, ta muchly.

MP3: The Ting Tings – Hands (Passion Pit remix)


First-ever Gonzo with Alexa Chung – Carl Barat, Kings of Leon, Professor Green and the Ting Tings stop in

By on Friday, 15th October 2010 at 11:00 am

If you were worried that things had gone south when Zane Lowe presented his final episode of MTV Gonzo in April, have no fear, the series is back and it’s Friday night, all right! And with a new host, Alexa Chung.

Alexa will be welcoming some pretty big names to the famous couch tonight. Carl Barat will no doubt be coming along to talk about his new debut album just released on 04 October. From the goss we’ve heard, Carl said he likes the show so much that he’d love to work on it if he wasn’t making music.

Kings of Leon will also make an appearance just prior to their fifth studio album, ‘Come Around Sundown’, being released on Monday (18 October). Additional guests include Professor Green, who touched off a wee flame war with Kate Nash and Cribs fans on Twitter yesterday, and Manchester’s Ting Tings, who have returned to the music scene with a catchy new single, ‘Hands’.

Watch the new MTV Gonzo featuring Alexa Chung as presenter tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.


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