The 1975: Glasgow Barrowlands

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Emulating the mysterious and alternative styles of the 80’s Manchester alt-pop band, The 1975 walked onto the Glasgow Barrowlands stage after several minutes of taunting with dry-ice and synth music to a crowd of eager fans; most of them barely pushing 18.

Singer Matt Healy cemented the idea that The 1975 are trying a bit too hard to be unique wearing a fur jacket cradling a bottle of red wine, he ended up just looking a little pretentious. Opening the night with crowd pleaser The City, deafening cheers and chants gave hope that a memorable show was about to be put on.

However apart from releasing catchy songs, the edgy haircuts and all black wardrobes alongside their ‘cool-guy’ personas The 1975 are really no different to most acts that have come and gone in the past 20-years; their mix of singles focusing on sex, angst and drugs are good live performance tracks but for an hour long set The 1975 still have a lot to learn.

Since rocketing into the charts with their self-titled debut album last year, The 1975 have not yet put out new material and they have yet to change up their live shows. Taking a break from slower album tracks, allowing a break from Healy smoking and drinking on stage to Me acting like a rejected romantic character, a saxophone player emerged from the smoke to play a killer solo during Heart Out, that allowed a moment of appreciation for something interesting to watch and listen to.

The night truly came to life with the encore featuring the favourites Chocolate and rockier sounding Sex. It’s a great tactic to place your two liveliest songs at the end of the setlist because it fools people into thinking the entire show was lively and interactive; the younger generation seemed to love it anyway.

In all honesty watching a re-run of Loose Women would have been more entertaining.

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More Libertines tickets on sale for Alexandra Palace

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The Libertines have released extra tickets for one of their sold out London dates at Alexandra Palace.

Indie rockers Pete Doherty and co. sold out Saturday and Sunday at the venue but have released more tickets for their third and final date on 28 September.

Libertines fans can expect new material at the Alexandra Palace gigs that may not appear on any albums as it will be something “special”.

Speaking before their headline slot at Benicassim festival, drummer Gary Powell said: “Everybody does an album, everyone does an EP. We wanna do something that might be a little more special than just release another album.”

Powell continued: “Everything we do has to be about the connectivity between us and our friends and family, being the fans. And we want to do something special for them.”

If The Libertines Hyde Park performance is anything to go by whatever “surprises” are in store fans will not be disappointed.

The Libertines will play London Alexandra Palace on 26, 27 and 28 September; extra tickets for the final date are on sale now.

Alleged early recording by Eminem uploaded to YouTube

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An alleged recording of 16-year-old Eminem rapping on the track, ‘Poo Butt Daily’ has been uploaded to YouTube.

The song, believed to have been recorded between 1988 and 1991, features Eminem rapping alongside his early collaborator Soul Intent, now known as Chaos Kid.

Release of the track comes a week after footage of a young Kanye West performing in a record store was made public.

West, 19 at the time, was performing in the now defunct Fat Beats record shop in New York in 1996 five years before his big break producing Jay Z’s 2001 single, ‘Izzo (HOVA)’.

Eminem is scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards where he has received seven nominations. The successful rapper will take the stage with Rihanna to perform their popular single ‘The Monster’ together for the first time before heading on their joint US tour.

Who knows, we might be entering a period where a string of never before seen footage and unheard tracks of popular rappers are being released; or it might all just be one big publicity stunt.

 

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“Kanye West is like my school principal” says Lorde

tumblr_muacg4tpfs1sjefd9o1_500Lorde has commented that rapper Kanye West is similar to a “school principal” after West revealed he was a fan of the ‘Royals’ singer’s music.

Singing sensation Lorde made the comment during an interview with The Guardian where she also addressed rumours that she was in fact 35 and her Grammy Award speech was censored.

She said: “That sort of thing is quite meta. The fake Grammys speech was a little lame. On the other hand, it’s amazing that they’ve dedicated a Subreddit to my ‘real’ birthdate. People revel in having an alien opinion, and I do, too. It’s important. It’s complete unfiltered democracy.

The New Zealand pop singer rose to fame after the release of her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ and earlier this year announced work on it’s follow up. Lorde revealed her new album will be “totally different” to her previous work as she believes to have grown as an artist and songwriter.

She commented: “I think I’ve learned so much as a songwriter, there’s going to be so much of an improvement because of that. I’m working on stuff quite tentatively, it’s definitely still at the beginning and yeah, it’s totally different.”

 

She added: “I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I’m in a different place every day and I’m with new people every day and it’s a different vibe.”

Lorde continues to grow in popularity and recently performed with Nirvana during their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame; time will tell if her new music is worth the wait.

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Lana Del Rey reveals label’s dissatisfaction with ‘Ultraviolence’

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Lana Del Rey has revealed that her record label were initially dissatisfied before the release of her latest album ‘Ultraviolence’.

Controversial American singer, Del Rey spoke out about Interscope and Polydor’s discontent to release her third album leading to a six-week period where the record was in limbo.

Speaking to Rolling Stone she said: “I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with, I don’t know who they were. When I said I was ready, they were like, ‘Are you sure? Because I feel like you could go further.'”

‘Ultraviolence’ was largely produced by The Black Key’s vocalist Dan Auerbach who has also voiced his frustration towards the album’s late release due to label interference for a more commercial sounding LP.

“There was a lot of bullshit I’m not used to,” said Auerbach. “The label says, ‘We’re not going to give you the budget to extend this session unless we hear something.’ And we send them the rough mix and they fucking hate it and they hate the way it’s mixed. And it’s like, ‘Thanks, asshole.’… I think Lana put her foot down. Maybe it’s normal for her, but it’s not normal for me. Really rubbed me the wrong way. I got really defensive because I thought it was bullshit.”

He continued: “The story I got told is that they played it for her label person and they said, ‘We’re not putting out this record that you and Dan made unless you meet with the Adele producer’. And she said, ‘Fine, whatever.’ And she was late to the meeting, so while they were waiting, the label guy played what we recorded for the Adele producer and he said, ‘This is amazing, I wouldn’t do anything to change this.’ And here’s the kicker: Then all of a sudden, the label guy said, ‘Well, yeah, I think it’s great, too.'”

Despite a delayed release ‘Ultraviolence’ debuted at No. 1 in multiple countries and has since went on to release more than 185,000 copies with a world tour announcement in the pipeline.

It goes to show the artists might know a bit more about the music than the ‘suits’.

 

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Blondie hint at final world tour

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Blondie drummer Clem Burke has revealed that the band’s current world tour may be the last for the New York rockers.

During a recent interview with Burke, 58, it was announced that singer Debbie Harry has hinted that their current world tour would be the last time Blondie hit the road.

Burke said: “By the time we get to beautiful Vancouver, we will have toured Europe, played Glastonbury and done a number of big festivals in North America.

As for the rumours of the last tour, we’ve decided we’ll live forever. But Debbie, is older than me and has hinted it could be time. Obviously without her, there is no Blondie.”

Debbie Harry, now aged 69, and co have recently performed at Glastonbury festival alongside dates in London and Sheffield last month.

Blondie have recently released two-disc greatest hits album ‘Blondie 4(0) Ever’ alongside new record, ‘Ghosts of Download’ the band’s first release since 2011.

Blondie will play:

August 19 – Bristol O2 Academy

August 20 – Leicester O2 Academy

August 27 – Glasgow O2 ABC

Ticket availability can be found at ticketmaster.co.uk.

 

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Over 100 rare Oasis pictures to be displayed in London

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Former roadie for iconic indie band, Oasis will provide over 100 Oasis pictures for display in London for one night only.

Phil Smith, a roadie and DJ for Oasis, will release his private collection of Oasis images for the ‘Definitely Maybe’ celebration at Scala in London on August 30.

Alongside unseen images from the ‘Wonderwall’ group there will be a DJ set from Smith himself and a performance of the 1994 album, ‘Definitely Maybe’ in full by Oasis tribute band, Oasis UK.

One image from the gallery will be used for the upcoming box-set reissue of ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ set for release later in the year. The album is set to be re-released alongside the ‘Chasing The Sun’ reissue with remastered songs being supervised by the album’s original producer, Owen Morris.

Tapes for the re-issue were provided by ‘Definitely Maybe’ producer, Ian Cooper at London’s Metropolis Studios who together with Morris discovered unheard demos and live material, unseen images and memorabilia that will also be included in the album’s artwork.

Despite Oasis not being together the Mancunian band continue to be the centre of speculation of when the Gallagher brothers will re-unite for one more Oasis tour. We, along with everyone else, pray that this day will arrive sooner rather than later.

 

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David Bowie hints he will release new music ‘soon’

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David Bowie has hinted in a cryptic message that fans can expect a new album ‘sooner’ than expected.

Last year Ziggy Stardust shocked the world of music releasing his 24th studio album ‘The Next Day’, his first in a decade, without any prior warning.

It would seem Bowie isn’t expecting us to wait another ten years after plans to release material were announced during a fundraiser in London’s 12 Bar during a celebration of 50 years of Bowie’s music in aid of the Terrance Higgins Trust.

In a statement that read: “This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David.” the rumour mill has started churning.

‘The Next Day’ was an album recorded in complete secrecy with Bowie even going as far as changing studios when rumours leaked he was making a new record.

Fingers crossed we get some more information out of this musical legend on when we can expect album number 25, that’s impressive in itself!

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Arctic Monkeys close T in the Park with jam session with Disclosure

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Arctic Monkeys closed the Main Stage at T in the Park 2014 having an impromptu jam session with Disclosure.

Approaching solo (like the Indie God he thinks he is) for an encore, frontman Alex Turner started an acoustic version of ‘A Certain Romance’ that was drowned out by Disclosure’s simultaneous and audible set on the Radio 1 stage.

Not one to let a little competition stop him Turner went on to say, “I might as well play to the rhythm of them” before re-starting the song with the T crowd singing along to both Turner and Disclosure.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Arctic Monkeys were out to impress and give Balado the send off it deserves as T in the Park moves from the iconic site to Strathallan Castle in 2015. Closing the festival with ‘R U Mine?’ the Sheffield rockers performed like the superstars they are and made the last night at Balado one to remember.

 

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T Break Stage – 5 Acts to Check Out

Scottish trio Biffy Clyro are gearing up to headline this years T in the Park but did you know their first performance was on the T Break Stage back in 1999? Dedicated to unsigned Scottish talent the T Break Stage was launched by TITP founding partners Tennents Lager to help aspiring Scottish musicians reach larger audiences. Showcasing the musical talents of our fair country, the T Break Stage has been the starting point for many famous Scottish acts including Paisley lad, Paolo Nutini.

Selected by a panel of judges, 16 acts are chosen to perform during the T in the Park weekend held in Balado (11th – 13th July). The T Break Stage is a great chance for you to not only discover new music but possibly your new favourite band. Here are five acts we think you should check out during your TITP adventures:

Blood Relatives
Glasgow based folk-pop quartet, Blood Relatives are refreshing faces amongst the likes of Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. Including two members from rising rockers Prides in their line-up, Blood Relatives bring summer to Glasgow with their blend of folk, pop and dance all rolled into one lovely package.

Fat Goth
Describing the band as ‘metal in denial’ Fat Goth are a trio from Dundee with a killer edge making them one of Scotland’s most exciting bands. Voted as Breakout Act on XFM Scotland’s Drivetime show, expect killer riffs and early Queens Of The Stone Age vibes from Fat Goth.

We Came From Wolves
Originating from Perth and residing in Glasgow, We Came From Wolves closely mirror headliners Biffy Clyro. This similarity could be seen to help or hinder the quartet over the weekend with their, not so original, blend of indie rock anthems. If you’re a fan of Biffy and Twin Atlantic you’ll probably adore WCFW.

Tisoki
A different sound is welcomed to the T Break Stage from 19 year old, Edinburgh based Tisoki, or Bradley to his friends. The only electronic act on the line up, Tisoki will bring dubstep beats and synths to Balado for all those festival goers eager to dance to some fresh and energetic house.

Tuff Love
Comprised of two girls and one boy, Glasgow pop trio Tuff Love will bring their dream like interpretation of indie pop to T in the Park. Take a break from going crazy at the main stage and listen to the lovely sounds of Tuff Love performing tracks from their debut, Junk EP.

 

Scotland is bursting at the seams with undiscovered talent so head over to T Break Stage and you might get to see a future TITP headliner before all your mates.