Tag Archives: UK

Now Playing: Blossoms – “At Most A Kiss”

8 Jan

Digging into some new music early on in 2016 and one of the acts I’ve been really getting into is the UK outfit, Blossoms. Earlier this week they released a new track, “At Most A Kiss,” give a listen and if you like what you hear dig deeper and listen to Charlemagne.

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Now Playing: Life in Film – “Alleyway”

27 Apr

Life in Film. You’re going to want to get to know this English quartet. While they’ve been a group for a handful of years, they just recently made it stateside with their contagious song “Get Closer.” And now you can also open your ears to “Alleyway” which will grow on you and have on repeat all day. Ironically their first US tour dates started last week as they lend support to The Wombats. Grab the full slew of dates HERE.

Happy Monday everyone!

Mumford & Sons – Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Returns

2 Mar

Fresh off the news that Mumford & Sons’ new album, Wilder Mind, is due out May 4, the fellas have even more exciting news to share!  One of my favorite “tours” in recent years has been Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers and it’s back! Not only is it back but just look at these lineups, stacked with a ridiculous amount of great artists. Plus stoked to see Blake Mills on here. He’s in the spotlight right now for producing the Alabama Shakes sophomore effort and has a storied music career already but give a listen to his solo stuff, I think you’ll dig it.

Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers:

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
June 5th + 6th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Waverly, Iowa, USA
June 19th + 20th – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, The Maccabees, The Very Best, Rubblebucket, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Aviemore, Scotland, UK
July 31st + August 1st – Mumford & Sons, Primal Scream, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Howard, Lianne La Havas, The Maccabees, Jack Garratt, Honeyblood + more TBA

Walla Walla, Washington, USA
August 14th + 15th – Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Salida, Colorado, USA
August 21st + 22nd – Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes,
Jenny Lewis, The Vaccines, TuneYards, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills + more TBA

Now Playing: The 1975 – “Girls”

11 Sep

You know I love me some 1975, this track, “Girls” is now on repeat for me.

What I really think about Live Nation pulling the plug on Springsteen/McCartney

16 Jul

Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney jamming together; what I would have done to have been there and witness a collaboration that 80,000 fans at Hard Rock Calling in London were privileged to.  Too bad it was marred by the unfortunate stance taken by festival organizers and authorities.

I saw it over the weekend, tweeted it a couple times as soon as I saw it but wasn’t really going to blog post about it until I realized that I need to vent a little bit.

This is a perfect example of some of what’s wrong with so many things today.  And yes, I know I’m referencing music but you know what, this is the universal language that speaks and unites strangers all over the world.

You went over curfew, so what. It’s a music festival and you have two of the greatest entertainers to ever exist sharing a stage and giving fans one of the most magical and memorable performances to date.  Live Nation, take the fine and pay it, make a statement apologizing for going over but don’t deprive the world of seeing improvisation at its finest take place. And it’s not like we are taking about anyone, we’re taking SIR Paul McCartney (oh and how do you not put in place a buffer for Springsteen when he is known for his marathon concerts).  For a destination where the spotlight will be shining bright with the summer Olympics about to take place, way to give yourself a self inflicted black eye leading up to it.

Also I love this, Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt quotes from The Guardian:

But Van Zandt, who also starred in the US drama series The Sopranos, turned to Twitter in rage. In a series of tweets from StevieVanZandt, he said: “One of the great gigs ever in my opinion. But seriously, when did England become a police state?

“We break curfews in every country but only English cops needs to ‘punish us’ by not letting us leave until the entire crowd goes. Is there just too much fun in the world? We would have been off by 11 if we’d done one more. On a Saturday night! Who were we disturbing?” he asked.

“The cops got nothing more important to do? How about they go catch some criminals instead of fucking with 80,000 people having a good time? English cops may be the only individuals left on earth that wouldn’t want to hear one more from Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney!

“I’m sorry but I have to be honest I’m pissed. Like I said, it didn’t ruin the great night. But when I’m jamming with McCartney don’t bug me!”

Van Zandt also compared the occasion to the last live Beatles performance in 1969 on the roof of their Apple record company offices in London’s Savile Row. It was cut short by police. “Ha! @raindogs70 just reminded me how the Beatles’ rooftop concert ended. Not much has changed in 43 years!”

All of this reminds me of the movie Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked for those of you in the UK) and how Government wanted to shut down rock and roll. Looks like things really haven’t changed…..

Music Monday: Emeli Sandé

23 Apr

It is Music Monday and what a day it is going to be.  If you are not familiar with Emeli Sandé consider this your notice.  The Scottish singer-songwriter has one amazing voice and should become a household name in the States pronto.  Besides rising to acclaim in the UK as a solo artist, Sandé has written songs for the likes of Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Tinie Tempah and is featured on Wiley’s “Never Be Your Woman.”

Her album, Our Version Of Events is slated for US release on June 5 but if you pop over to the UK iTunes site you should be able to get your hands on the album!

She’s got shows in NYC (April 24, June 4) and Chicago (May 30) before supporting Coldplay on their Summer Tour.  Get your tickets and don’t miss the chance to see this talent!

Here’s “Next To Me” a song that I’m guessing will be a heatseeker on the Billboard charts very soon.

 

New Music: Wolf Gang – “The King and All of His Men”

7 Nov

My latest in new music obsession comes courtesy of the Max McElligott led Wolf Gang.  The British symphonic rock band released their debut album Suego Faults over the summer and have already toured with Florence + The Machine and Miike Snow as well as opened for The Killers this past summer.    Give a listen to “The King and All of His Men” and you’ll most likely have this on your fall/winter playlist.

 

Tonight: Graffiti6 Plays Vegas

13 Jul

Back in October 2010 I posted about the pop-rock UK duo of producer TommyD and singer-songwriter Jamie Scott who together make up Graffiti6 and tonight they descend upon Las Vegas to perform at Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan.  To say I’m stoked in an understatement and if you are in Vegas I highly recommend you make your way over at 10 p.m. tonight.

New Music: To Kill A King

6 Jul

Another band from across the pond that has grabbed my attention is To Kill A King.  There is not much to go off of right now but the folk-rock quintuplet from London do have a single out, “Fictional State.”  Give a listen.

New Music: Mazes – “Summer Hits”

20 Jun

The latest band from across the pond I’m digging these days, Mazes.  Straight from their debut album A Thousand Heys comes the release today of their single “Summer Hits.”  Give a listen and maybe this will make it onto your summer playlist. Also check them out on tour in the States this summer with White Denim!

 

Mazes – 2011 Tour Dates
June 21 – Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
June 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
June 23 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
June 24 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
June 25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
June 27 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
June 28 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
June 29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Rock Lobster
June 30 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
July 01 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s