Budweiser Made in America is coming soon, but what's it like to be made in Denver, Colorado?
Budweiser Made in America
We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.
When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?
Coastline Festival 2013 brings the hottest indie bands from the UK and US to Florida this November.
Florida's Coastline Festival 2013 is set to arrive in less than two weeks, bringing with it a handful of the recent indie and rock sensations as well as great beer and great food.
The festival will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on November 9th 2013 before moving to the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm on the 10th. It describes itself as a 'A Musiculinary Experience' - and that it certainly will be with an absolutely stellar line-up led by Massachusetts' Passion Pit, whose second album Gossamer was in the top five on the US Album Chart last year, and Irish collective Two Door Cinema Club who topped their Nation's charts with their sophomore release.
Continue reading: Passion Pit And Two Door Cinema Club To Play At Coastline Festival 2013
The Neighbourbood's debut album 'I Love You' sounds like a band trying to do edgy but not really getting there and sounding more like a try-hard boy band - with instruments of course. They're the sort of band that come under the radio-friendly bracket - most of the time anyway - joining the list of Fun, Kodaline and The Script. Well, actually, the only thing that makes them different to those on that list is the moody agenda of frontman Jesse Rutherford; his lyrics go to desperate lengths, like in 'Afraid', we're greeted with, 'fuck you anyway you make me want to scream' and 'you suck anyway you make me want to die'. It sounds like a stroppy rant to a parent.
A lot of the songs have an adolescent glaze over them, mostly via the lyrics, 'Cos we all chew gum, we all have fun', and more about skinny-dipping in 'Alleyways'. 'W.D.Y.W.F.M' is where it all goes too far and feels strained. Actually standing for 'What Do You Want From Me', what was the need for only using the initials as the title? It's like Fall Out Boy's 'Thnx Fr Th Mmrs' where they dropped the vowels for no apparent reason; it just looks stupid and no one knows how to deal with the title when trying to discuss it. 'Staying Up' gives us, 'How can I sleep if I don't have dreams, I just have nightmares. How can it be I still believe something is out there?' Hmm. childish on the surface but, let's be honest, no one can sleep with one leg out of the covers due to the unidentifiable monster that MIGHT be lurking. So we'll let it slip through. Last lyrical pointer from The Neighbourhood is in the form of 'A Little Death' where Rutherford demands, 'Touch me yeah I want you to touch me there.'
'Let It Go' is surprisingly delightful, with the more 'standard' nicely flowing pop chorus. More soul is brought into the mix in 'Flawless' and 'Female Robbery', which brings a bit of sophistication and fits 'I Love You' better. The scuzzy guitars and stark beats have their moments of greatness like in the stalker-ish 'Everybody's Watching Me (Uh Oh)' and previous single 'Sweater Weather'. But at the same time, they don't fire out anything particularly thrilling, the kind where your ears really prick up and your eyes widen.
Continue reading: The Neighbourhood - I Love You Album Review
A preview of some of our favourite bands playing L@L 2013
This weekend Leeds city centre will play host to some of the best musical talent 2013 has to offer. Whatever your taste in music, with over 100 bands playing at 12 different venues scattered around the city you're sure to find bands that are to your liking.
Since first launching 6 years ago, Live At Leeds has progressed from a relatively locally focused event to the best city music festival in the UK. With the organisers still eager to showcase the finest upcoming local acts, you might just stumble upon your new favourite band.
Continue reading: Live At Leeds - 2013 Preview
Albums of Note... David Bowie’s return to the shelves of our local record shops (well, the few that still exist) has been met with a grateful and adulatory fanfare, across the board and it’s been no different here at Contactmusic. Having run out of contemporary influences upon which to draw, Bowie took the old adage that pop will eat itself and made an album to fit. On The Next Day, Bowie largely references himself and his own body of work, recalling his Berlin days, as well as providing an extension of the tracks he released in the nineties.“Assessing how The Next Day sits alongside anything else he's done is irrelevant; an artist who has gone through as many character changes, taken on as many styles and moved through as many eras as he has defies such lazy list making. What can be said is that it is, at this point in time, at this point in his life and career, probably as good a record that David Bowie could've possibly come up with.”
Some of the mystery of Rhye’s cloaked existence has been unveiled and the band’s two components have been revealed as Toronto born producer Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Quadron. They draw comparisons to The XX, partly thanks for Milosh’s falsetto, which led many to believe that it was a woman on vocals. Possibly part of the reason they choose to entitle the album Woman...? “'Woman' is a chilled, tranquil listen but not a boring album by any means. The duo creates songs that fill with distant, mysterious moods. But, it still feels like an intimate album piled high with textured layers.”
Live At Leeds - the metropolitan music festival held annually across a variety of venues in Leeds on the first bank holiday weekend of May - has just added some huge bands to its roster.
Indie fans better take note, as just a portion of the line up includes Rudimental, Everything Everything, The Pigeon Detectives, The Vaccines, Tribes, AlunaGeorge, The Staves, Darwin Deez, Little Comets, King Krule, Laura Mvula, Swim Deep, The 1975 and Peace. LAL continues to enforce its remit of pushing local bands to the fore while providing national acts to draw in the crowds. It's a real music lover's affair, and this year looks set to carry on the tradition. And with tickets from just £22.50, it's affordable too.
The Pigeon Detectives - having just announced album number 4, Rudimental - will look to bring their uncompromising brand of indie to the proceedings, while The Vaccines will be playing a separate ticketed event on the Sunday of Live at Leeds with special support from TOY and more names to be added.