Arctic Monkeys have been playing headline shows for a while now, and they've gotten pretty damn good at it. Back in 2007 when they got asked to headline Glastonbury for the first time, the band hadn't even been to the festival as punters. Their rise has been meteoric and they're not slowing down for anyone, doing their own thing, evolving with each record. Last night they closed T In The Park in their new found slick fashion with a career spanning set-list which featured an acoustic performance of the old classic; "A Certain Romance". As Alex walks out on stage and begins to play he can hear Disclosure's set in the next tent and begins performing in time to the Brothers' set. If like me, you're struggling with some post-weekend blues, check over your shoulder for your boss, put your headphones in and click play on the video below and waste some of your Monday with the Sheffield lads done good. It's their entire set from what will be the last TITP to take place at the Balado venue. Watch a bit of history go down and enjoy the chants of "Here we fucking go!".
In their current state, electro-pop outfit Studio Killers have been confined to computer screens all over the world. If the group has it their way, however, that won't be the case for very long. In addition to the announcement that they would perform live at two festivals in Finland, a few days ago the trio launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes to raise £50,000. At the time of this post, the campaign currently sits at close to £15,000, with 9 days left to reach their goal. While it seems like a hefty chunk of change to ask of their fans before they even perform their first live show ever, the band hopes to cover the costs of bringing their characters to life using state of the art technology courtesy of design company Immersive Ltd.. The firm's previous clients include: Jason Mraz, Bon Jovi, Knife Party, deadmau5, and many more. Additionally, per the band's Kickstarter page, they hope to use the funds to bring their live show various international locations as well.
I for one hope they reach their goal. In fact, I've kicked in £60 because I feel like their live show would be something worth bringing to the masses. Their latest single, "Grand Finale" hints at a promising follow up to their self-titled debut, which makes me want to see the group through until they're standing on their own two pixels performing wherever they're loved the most. In terms of incentives, you get a little love regarless of how much/little you give. I'm personally very excited that my £60 will get me a limited print from Cherry since I've yet to experience her art in person (their gallery installation was in Helsinki).
If you need further convincing, enjoy a snippet of "Grand Finale" below.
It takes quite a lot to keep me up after 10PM on a work night these days. Some might say I'm a boring mother effer who just likes to sleep a lot, and you'd be right. But one reason I will always try and make time for is Later... with Jools Holland. Especially when one of the only bands to have me excited for some new music at the moment are performing. I don't mean music in general. I mean a band that are just starting to make waves with only a handful of songs under their belt, and that band for me right now is Royal Blood. The two piece took to the late night TV slot and performed with gusto, a rendition of "Little Monster" that just about had me foaming at the mouth. It could be that lack of sleep does that to me though, who knows. These guys are going places. Swagger and groove that will rock you right into next week, and that bass work is just divine. Check out their incredible performance below and look out for more later in the week.
Yesterday Mayer Hawthorne unveiled a track from his new group, Jaded Incorporated, titled, "Coconut Sofa" complete with a clever lyric video (above). In addition to Hawthorne, the other member of the duo is his high school friend and longtime collaborator, 14KT. Per the info included in the video above, the duo will be releasing their debut album, The Big Knocks, on June 17th. They're defining their sound as "Beat Wave", which, per Hawthorne's newsletter, "It's a modern amalgamation of influences including Ultravox, J Dilla & DJ Assault."
Ever since Where Does This Door Go's release I've been conflicted concerning Hawthorne's current musical trajectory. I was a big fan of his venture with Jake One, Tuxedo, but the jury is still out on "Coconut Sofa" as far as I'm concerned. I mean, I'm coming out of hiding to share it because the chorus managed to suck me in after the first listen. I'm just not blown away to the point where I want to spam this out to one and all, if that makes any sense. I'm definitely curious to hear what else the duo has up their sleeve. I just hope they picked the wrong lead single, for Hawthorne's sake.
It emerged late last week that The Black Keys were planning on releasing a new album rather soon. Patrick Carney had been teasing fans on his Instagram posting numerous pictures relating to the colour blue, in between his ever funny digs at Justin Bieber. Along with that we were set to get a brand new track today. Announcing their new album Turn Blue will be released on May 13th via one of the most weird videos I've seen recently, posted on Mike Tyson's Twitter account, the duo are back! Below you can stream "Fever", the first track taken from the new LP and it merges together a more electronic sound from the pairing along with the classic groove the two are so renowned for. I think this album will be one of the most highly anticipated of the year. Let's wait to see what the rest of the album delivers but this is one tasty first bite of what they've been cooking up since El Camino's release in 2011.
Manchester Orchestra are going to release their new album COPE in a few weeks and in anticipation of that CoS have premiered the title track, and it's absolutely huge. Screeching guitars and a lead riff that will surely tear the roof off many a venue this year make up the track. Andy's vocal range is once again utilised to piece together a perfect roller coaster of a track. Sewing together quiet and loud elements, the song that closes out the band's new album is one hell of a message of what you can expect upon release.
Set for release on April 1st via Loma Vista Recordings/Favorite Gentlemen, the album was recorded completely in their home studio, built by the band themselves. For me, the album sees the Atlanta band returning to form and delivering a magical piece of their history that will be remembered long after they're gone. Turn it up loud and hit play below.
I got super excited last month upon hearing Royal Blood's new jam "Little Monster" and now the Brighton boys have offered up the official video to go along with the riff heavy slog. This band are destined for big things. Huge things in fact, yet the clip for the track shows where they are now, touring smaller venues around the UK. Heck, later in the year they open for Arctic Monkey at their two huge Finsbury Park shows! This clip however shows footage of the band playing in Sheffield recently, and it does a damn fine job of showcasing the energy these guys have on stage. The sweaty, head shaking crowd does its part to help out too of course. My mind just got a little more blown by the fact these riffs are coming from a Mike Kerr's bass guitar!
Check it out below and look out for more from these gents in the coming months.
It's been a good few weeks for Arctic Monkeys following wins at the Brits and NME awards along with Alex giving that speech. Keeping the good times flowing, the Sheffield band have released the official video for the track "Arabella", taken from last year's AM. I love it when you hear an album from one of your favourite bands and they release it as a single and not only that, they deliver a video which is every bit as cool as the once shy band have become. Swaggering through a performance in a club, the black and white clip is the perfect accompaniment to this rock and roll number. The video is NSFW 'cause of some ladies being topless throughout but hey, it's Monday. Your boss probably isn't even awake yet so treat yourself.