Monday, September 08, 2014

Beck, iTunes Festival, review: 'dazzlingly good fun'

Beck was full of pent-up excitement and enjoying himself as much as the crowd, at his first London gig since 1998, says Pete Naughton. Over a 20-year career, the Californian-born musician Beck has released a dozen laudably creative albums flavoured with everything from country to high-octane electro-rap to overdriven alt rock to gentle modern folk. It’s hard to think of another mainstream artist – the kind of artist who gets invited to play at an iTunes Festival – with such a strong aversion to being pigeonholed. So, before his performance at the Roundhouse on Tuesday night, as the roadies shuffled kit around the stage and the sell-out crowd began to amass, it felt natural to wonder what kind of gig was in store. Would this be a delicate, acoustic-guitar-driven journey through his latest release, Morning Phase; or a night in which he only played Spanish-inflected hip-hop? Or something else entirely? After a slightly portentous 30-second countdown, the answer skipped on in a close-fitting black suit and black Fedora hat, hitting the irresistibly head-nodding riff of Devil’s Haircut from his breakthrough 1996 album, Odelay. Backed by a whip-sharp six-member band, taking in multiple electric guitars, synths and percussion as well as a traditional rhythm section, the sound was thunderously full. With barely a pause for breath, they proceeded to motor through half a dozen other big early-to-mid-career hits, including Loser, Novacane, Hell Yes and The New Pollution. This is the kind of crowd-pleasing material that a band usually holds back until its encore, and you could sense the room experiencing a kind of collective sugar rush on gulping it down so early on. See More

Led Zeppelin Premiere New Version Of Black Dog

On Friday Led Zeppelin Premiere New Version Of Black Dog was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased version of "Black Dog" as a preview of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, "Led Zeppelin IV", due on October 28. "'Black Dog' is obviously one of the songs that Led Zeppelin is really noted for," guitarst Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. "It's one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff. The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert's original vocal. And you can hear how mean it is." See More

Monday, August 18, 2014

METALLICA'S LARS ULRICH SAYS ENGLISH SEE HARD ROCK AS 'LOWER CLASS'

Metallica's Lars Ulrich has criticised the fact that hard rock is seen as "lower class" in England ahead of the band's controversial Glastonbury headline set. Metallica were revealed last month as Glastonbury's third and final headliner, and the news was met with an extremely mixed reaction. Appearing on 6 Music, Ulrich told Chris Hawkins: "I don't really know what it is about hard rock in England - there obviously are people that snub their nose a little bit at hard rock, and look at hard rock as inferior or lower class, some sort of lower music form... and the people that listen to hard rock are less educated. All these people on these indie precious thresholds." He continued: "At Glastonbury, there will be probably some people who have never experienced hard rock the way that we play it, but I don't think they need to brace themselves. Show up and be ready to have a good time, and free your mind and the rest will follow!" Ulrich also took inspiration from Jay Z's equally controversial headline set at the festival back in 2008. "I understand and appreciate that Glastonbury is a British institution, [but] not only did they survive when Jay Z showed up a few years ago, but they, I think, even enjoyed it, and I see no reason that the same shouldn't happen when Metallica takes the stage." Read more HERE

Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case

On Wednesday Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case was a top story. Here is the recap: Police in Australian's New South Wales have announced a reward in their murder investigation of long-time AC/DC manager Crispin Dye, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The paper reports that investigators are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) in the 20-year-old murder of Dye, who also worked with the Easybeats and celebrated Aussie hard rockers Rose Tattoo. Dye died in St George Hospital in Sydney on Christmas Day 1993, two days after he was attracted, robbed and left unconscious and the case has remained unsolved but officials have now announced the reward for information that lead to an arrest and conviction. Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, had this to say, "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye's death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police. Read More: HERE
FOO FIGHTERS have confirmed the worldwide release date of the band’s long awaited follow up the 4X-Grammy-winning, international #1 Wasting Light: The band's eighth studio album of all-new material will be titled Sonic Highways and will be released globally on Monday, November 10. The cover art of Sonic Highways has also been unveiled along with a first taste of some of the new music at foofighters.com Additionally, http://sonichighwaysuk.foofighters.com is now accepting pre-orders for the Sonic Highways CD, 180 gram vinyl LP and exclusive Tee Shirt bundles. The vinyl album comes in an assortment of nine different covers including eight variants each themed for one of the cities in which the album was recorded: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.. Customers will receive one of the 9 covers at random. Dave Grohl said: "This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there's something deeper and more musical to it. I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound'." Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and being released in the UK on Roswell Records/Columbia Records, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks: 1. Something From Nothing 2. The Feast and The Famine 3. Congregation 4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness 5. Outside 6. In The Clear 7. Subterranean 8. I Am A River Read More: http://www.planetrock.com/news/rock-news/foo-fighters-confirm-sonic-highways-album-release-date/

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Queens of the Stone Age to Begin on New Album



Queens of the Stone Age are planning to begin work on their new album in January. It will be the band’s first new full-length record since 2007’s Era Vulgaris.

“Everybody seems excited and ready to go,” keyboard player Dean Fertita told Billboard.com. “We’ve got so many ideas started already; I guess we’ll see what turns out to be everybody’s favorite.”

Lately, frontman Josh Homme has been spending time with his supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures (with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones) and Fertita’s been touring and recording as part of The Dead Weather (with Jack White)....

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Lady Gaga's New Album 'Born This Way' Will Be Released On May 23

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Lady Gaga has announced the release date for her new album 'Born This Way'.

The singer made the announcement via her official Twitter page, Twitter.com/ladygaga, writing that the record will be released on May 23 and that the album's title track will be made available on February 13. She also posted a picture of herself sporting a leather jacket with the album's title written on the back.

February 13 is also the date for the 2011 Grammy Awards. Lady Gaga is nominated for six awards, with the release date leading to speculation that she will perform the song at the ceremony. ...

Source: NME
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System Of A Down 2011 Tour Dates



System Of A Down 2011 TOUR DATES

6/2/11 - Italy, Milan, Milan Fiera Arena
6/4/11 - Germany, Nurnberg, Rock im Park
6/5/11 - Germany, Nurburgring, Rock am Ring
6/6/11 - France, Paris, Omnisports de Bercy
6/9/11 - Switzerland, Interlaken, Greenfield Festival
6/11/11 - UK, Castle Donington, Download Festival
6/13/11 - Austria, Nickelsdorf, Novarock
6/15/11 - Germany, Berlin, Wuhlheide
6/17/11 - Sweden, Gothenburg, Metaltown Festival
6/19/11 - Finland, Seinajoki, Provinssirock

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Slash Discusses Guns N' Roses Collaboration With Fergie

While Axl Rose spent 2010 trying to revive Guns N' Roses' reputation as a live act, the man who wrote their greatest riffs has been on an altogether different path.

Far from rehashing the past, Slash has been embracing new genres and collaborations, using his self-titled debut album to bring together artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas -- the woman he calls the most exciting female rock singer to emerge for 15 years.



Watch the interview on Spinner HERE


Friday, December 31, 2010

Preview: M.I.A. "Vicki Leekx Mixtape" free Download



Here is the site where you can download the new M.I.A.'s "Vicki Leekx Mixtape"