Expect some extraordinary upcoming talent from one of the festival's most diverse showcases.
Austin's 2015 SXSW Festival draws ever nearer, with a line-up already rich in upcoming talent and vibrant diversity. There's something for everyone at this iconic citywide musical celebration, and nothing encompasses that more than Hype Machine's Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat spot.
Hype Hotel is set to return to SXSW for 2015
Now heading into its fourth year, we can expect Hype Hotel to be full of yet more talented new bands and artists for 2015. Selected by a variety of different music blogs, the line-up is awash with the very best of all genres including indie, rock, pop, electronic, rap and R&B, who entertain fans of different ages and cultures for five days during the event, which this year takes place from March 17th to 22nd.
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
FYF Fest 2013 presents yet more new acts for its 10th annual weekend this August including comedians Doug Benson, Brett Gelman and Karen Kilgariff.
FYF is an alternative music festival spread over two days - this year, August 25th and 26th - at the LA State Historic Park. This summer we'll see no doubt spectacular headline sets from New Yorkers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Dublin rockers My Bloody Valentine, as well as performances from MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Les Savy Fav, Holy Ghost!, Deerhunter, New Jersey's Yo La Tengo, chillwave producer Toro Y Moi, the chart hitting Kurt Vile & the Violators and Californian duo Foxygen.
Just announced are some equally brilliant comedy acts (as if you weren't going to have a massive laugh anyway) from the likes of 'Home Movies' writer Brendon Small, 'The League' star Paul Scheer with Rob Huebel, 'Eagleheart' comedian Brett Gelman and former 'Last Comic Standing' contestant Doug Benson.
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This year's Parklife has quite possibly one of the most appealing line-ups for a UK festival - especially such a small one - that has been seen for some time. Never mind the main stages - you can pretty much ignore the main headliners (Example and Plan B) altogether - just look at that DJ line-up; it's like a house fan's wet dream. But there's so much more than pop stars and house and dance acts lighting up the line-up as rock, hip hop and more are on offer at the Manchester festival.
High up on the list (and deservedly so) we have the Queen of alternative electro Jessie Ware, proving just how much can change in a year in the music business. The London-based singer/songwriter was practically unknown when she released her seminal debut Devotion last year and now she's rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rita Ora and Johnny Marr. Also towards the top of the list are The Horrors who may even have some new offerings for the crowd when they play the Now Wave stage on Sunday night. The Maccabees, King Krule and Liars should appease those looking for some more forward-thinking indie too. It's a shame to see Toro Y Moi so far down the list, but what better way to get you into the mood for the rest of Sunday than the disco-infused indie pop of Chaz Bundick? If Sunday is going to be a party, Chaz is the man to get everyone in that all-day party mood.
The festival organisers have especially outdone themselves with the selection of hip-hop on offer too, with the newly reformed Jurassic 5 standing out as one of the potential highlights of the weekend. There's a quality selection of new school heroes as well, with New Yorkers Action Bronson and wunderkind Joey Bada$$ looking like tantalising prospects, and don't be surprised if Joey brings some of his Pro Era cohorts with him. Also, one of rap's most electrifying and entertaining stars Danny Brown will have hip-hop heads writhing in anticipation when he brings his brand of alternative hip-hop to the Hudson Mohawke curated stage on Sunday. His first proper album Old comes out soon, and what a better place to show it off than here?
Continue reading: Parklife Festival 2013 Preview
To say that 'Anything In Return' is the follow-up to Toro Y Moi's 2011's 'Underneath the Pine' would be a little short handed as Toro Y Moi - South Carolina native Chaz Bundick's most famous musical venture - has been very busy indeed between these few short months. Since 2011's sophomore effort, Bundick has had his fingers in many a pie and, with his latest effort, all the flavours of these many ventures have come together for an album that is as different as 'Underneath the Pine' is to the 2009 debut 'Blessa'.
What great artist doesn't progress their sound, though? Not many, but at such a speed as Brundick is going, then it is quite unheard of, but don't worry as the basic ingredients of the album are still the same as his prior releases. One of the most impressive ventures Chaz journeyed on between 2011 and now was his trip into the world of dance with the side project Les Sins and throughout 'Anything In Return' the dance elements are as apparent as they have ever been. His two singles as Les Sins, 'Fetch' and 'Taken', were exemplary house records that wouldn't sound amiss coming from the Numbers label and, from the get go with the looped piano, drumbeat and backing singer that sounds like she was shipped from an early 90's rave on 'Harm In Change', we can hear that party mood coming in. The sole intention is to make you move and the opening two tracks are imbued with a sense of euphoria that hark back to previous singles 'Still Sound' and 'New Beat' that are a testament to his obvious love of pop music. The synths, the snares, the lyrics (predominantly about love, as is the case with most of Chaz' output), all just scream 'this is a pop record' even on the more melancholic tracks. The morose 'Cola' sounds as though it could be a joint effort with dubstep prince James Blake at first before Chaz makes it his own, and whilst lead track 'So Many Details' feels like it's missing something, it does retain a lush, soulful blueprint that ensures the song is still a quality R&B/pop track (to find that something missing, check out the version of the song featuring Hodgy Beats).
If there's one place where 'AiR' does tend to deviate from being a truly great record is in its length and, at 52 minutes altogether, this is the longest release to date from Chaz. As a result, many of the better songs towards the end get lost in a sea of mediocrity. Final track 'How's It Wrong' is one of the highlights of the album but the sheen from this synth-pop tour de force is dulled by the over-produced 'Cake' and 'Day One,' both songs that sound as though they belong on the cutting room floor from his 'Blessa' days. These deviations make getting to the end that little bit more difficult and although these songs are what the skip buttons were made for, that does seem like cheating.
Continue reading: Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return Album Review