Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
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Fine drizzle swirled through the air as a select group of 700 competition winners funnelled their way through the entrance to the Bushmills Live festival.
But with free whiskey, free food and an enticing line-up ahead, the lucky few who had been granted admission to the exclusive festival showed no sign of letting the weather dampen their spirits.
Continue reading: Bushmills Live 2014 Featuring Tired Pony, The 1975 & Much More Review
It's been four years since the release of James Vincent McMorrow's well-received and relatively successful debut album 'Early In The Morning'. Those expecting more of the same may be a little disappointed; James has "no interest in repeating himself". However, those who are willing to pursue the new, accept a shift in emphasis and embrace a change can look forward to some more well-versed, beautifully sung and intimately expressed tracks.
'The Folk' lilt of his previous album is barely present. The guitar accompaniment has been largely dropped in favour of a keyboard. McMorrow's heart has more of an electro leaning with an R&B bend and here he is able to aptly realise his objective and convey more tellingly where his musical allegiances lie.
His first album was by no means deceptive; all the components that made it an accomplished debut are present here. McMorrow's premier instrument, his voice, has been harnessed and honed to compliment his ever more progressive compositions. His lightness of touch, ethereal arrangements and disillusioned and isolated characterisation are all in evidence. The ten-track set tugs on your heart strings through emotive passages and stirring imagery.
Continue reading: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical Album Review
A day by day recommendation of this year's festival favourites.
Coachella Festival is nearly here, bringing with it one hell of a weekend chock full of great food, exciting entertainment and, most importantly, amazing music.
Arguably California's most eagerly anticipated event of the year, Coachella settles at the Empire Polo Club in Indio once again for the fifteenth year running between April 11th and 13th on the first weekend and April 18th and 20th on the second. It's not unheard of that a music festival was so good they had to hold it twice, but as of 2012 it has become a no-brainer for Coachella. In a nutshell, it is basically a big playground for grown-ups - though of course it is a family friendly event - featuring activities such as the 3 Legged Race, the Beauty Bar, the art studios, dodgeball and the almighty Pie Eating Contest, all while you're munching on a variety of cuisine from around the state and rocking out to some of the best bands you will ever hear.
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The tracklisting for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has finally been announced, via Yahoo and amongst the highlights of this latest instalment are Green Day, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding. Green Day, obviously are a pretty big coup for the compilers of the soundtrack (Summit Entertainment release the album in collaboration with Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records) and the band’s bass player Mike Dirnt spoke to Yahoo! about contributing their track ‘The Forgotten’ and said “When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated.”
Ellie Goulding’s track will draw attention to the soundtrack too, not only because it’s an exclusive track but because it’s the first track that she’s released, to have been produced by her new boyfriend Skrillex. Following in the vein of slightly kooky female artists, St. Vincent and Feist have both contributed a track; both will undoubtedly make an excellent accompaniment to the dark, moody atmosphere of the Twilight movie.
Coming from a slightly more mainstream angle, Christina Perri returns with ‘A Thousand Years (Part Two)’. Naturally, it’s a follow on from her theme to the first installment of Breaking Dawn and Perri was almost a dead cert to be included on this final musical bow. She’s such a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga that she has the word ‘Bitten’ tattooed on her, in the Twilight font. She told Yahoo! “I am so honored and excited to be involved again in this final film and soundtrack.” She revealed that part two of the track will be different but hasn’t yet said how and the tracks are yet to be released. “It's not the same [as the original]... you'll just have to wait and see how,” she teased.
Continue reading: Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Soundtrack Listing Finally Announced
The broad church that supports the collective assembly of Communion Records was only formed 6 years ago through the vision of Ben 'Mumford' Lovett, bassist Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble. From its early roots as a club night, it has now flourished into an umbrella that nurtures, produces and records some of the most interesting and individual emerging talents around. Communion Records has already had a helping hand in the development of Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Matthew And The Atlas, Alessi's Ark, Pete Roe and Lissie to name but a few. 'Communion: New Faces' represents the label's third full-length compilation and contains no less than 20 tracks from a diverse string of like-minded artists.
Continue reading: Various Artists, Communion: New Faces Album Review
James Vincent McMorrow's new single, 'We Don't Eat', will be released on November 13th, 2011. It is the new single taken from his debut album, 'Early In The Morning', which was released in March 2011. The B-side to the new single is a cover of 'Higher Love', originally by Steve Winwood.
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James Vincent McMorrow may sound as though his name was the result of ad men brainstorming forward thinking commercial ideas for an all consuming global fast food chain, however, the music he produces has little to do with pace or the future. Rather the opposite is the case for the majority of James Vincent's debut, self written, self recorded and self played album, 'Early In The Morning'. Recorded in a house by the sea (Not a semi, and not that I am aware with 2 other blokes of authenticated wisdom) Early In The Morning is a reflective collection of gentle and tender folk songs that on the whole remain on the acceptable side of the cheese and cliché counter.
The album is split into two quite distinguishable sections, the latter, whilst not unenjoyable, is a poor relation to the first half. The opener 'If I Had A Boat' is a perfect introduction to the qualities and subtleties that McMorrow can conjure up. Here James sticks to the more familiar topics of love, loss and longing rather than some of the more fantastical themes he touches on later....
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Date of birth
14th January, 1983