This year's Truck Festival is the thirteenth we've done, and we're more proud of it than ever. Right now, Robin and Joe Bennett are in a van on the way back from a festival in Kent and on the way to the second Truck warm-up show at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, where they're playing as part of Danny And The Champions Of The World.»
The third installment in our ongoing series of local scene reports from our local scribe in Leeds...
The arrival of summer in Leeds signals the mass departure of the countless students relied upon by the promoters. Combined with the fact that for these»
Single of the Week!
Standard Fare – ‘Philadelphia’ (Melodic / Thee SPC)
I am a little bit in love with Standard Fare’s Emma Kupa, and not just because her surname has something of the exotic fish/undersea creature about it. She has the best »
The core elements are there to situate The Wave Pictures in the Stones’ alternate universe, but we’ve been happy (myself included) to have kept them in the box labelled indie-pop»
This week's Spotifriday playlist - one created with a mixture of bands and artists featured on our website this week. As is always the case. This week features the sensational Janelle Monae, Abe Vigoda, Grinderman, Pagan Wanderer Lu, Deer Tick, Barn Owl and much, much more»
Les Eurockeennes: A Diary - Day ‘Trois’
On the last day of a festival, especially one in a foreign land, it is customary to feel a little low, a little humdrum. And I am no exception, for I wake on Sunday a little sadface that it will soon be over, »
Welcome to to the fifth regular installment from Joe Marshall, focusing on the very best of ambient, drone and other assorted outsider transmissions.»
Maybe tonight is just a lie: the next time we see Arcade Fire it won’t be in a plush Edwardian music hall, but headlining to fuck knows how many pissed up Libertines and Blink 182 fans at Reading/Leeds. We’ll know by then whether we like The Suburbs or not, and even though I can safely say these songs sound pretty great live, goodwill counts for a lot. But tonight Arcade Fire were the band we wanted them to be, and I think more importantly, they were probably the band they want themselves to be. It counts for a lot.»
Next week sees the start of Toro Y Moi's most extensive European tour to date, taking in several UK dates along the way including a Drowned In Sound show at The Harley in Sheffield. Before the long haul begins, DiS managed to fire some questions at the affable Chaz Bundick»
Listening to Icelandic neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds's current album ...and they have escaped the weight of darkness..., it's hard to imagine that this is a man whose previous predominant musical experiences were centred around drumming in a hardcore band named Fighting Shit - a band Arnalds claims were "heavier than Metallica". »
Late last week we ran a video interview with Brit-folkist Johnny Flynn. Hopefully you had a look. If you hadn't you can do so here. Part I talked about the then-upcoming Hop Farm Festival and a bit about Bob Dylan, who played the aforementioned festival.»
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Glastonbury Part 4: Sunday
Simon Jay Catling: Well, well, well…christ I'm knackered. Revelling in the sun is Hard Work. Your heart bleeds I’m sure. Anyway, the last proper morning with Team Hospitality becomes eminently more comfortable when most of »
Glastonbury Part 3: Saturday
Much like Gorillaz', my Friday night was a bit of a squib, passed out as I was by 2am, feet poking out my tent. The weather’s playing hardball today and some acts are preferred by dint of them playing in the shade - look re»
Glastonbury Part 2: Friday
Wherein me and Sean Thomas, despite in no way making contact throughout the weekend, act like we totally did, and bring you a collaborative effort…
Read Part One of our Glastonbury content here.
Simon Jay Catling:
Glastonbury Festival Part 1: Thursday
A fistful of printed out sheets, carefully worked out timetables and best laid plans become irrelevant before I’ve even set foot upon Glastonbury Festival turf; as my lift share companion drives over the crest of a»
Following on from last week's landmark playlist of much innovation, this week's summing up will also be innovative. Sort of. What I really mean is that it'll be different. Mainly because I'll be trying to sum each song up in as few words as possible. Click here to access this week's edition of Spotifriday and listen away.»
I took an instant liking to Cibelle. She seemed so unpretentious about her music and excited by happy accidents, which made me feel less bad for being late for the interview. I figured her free-spiritedness could be due to the fact that her career had nev»
Who rock the party like Alex Baker and William Grant rock the party? NOBODY. This is why we sent them to this year’s Sonar festival, the better to write important words about it.»
DiS met up with The Chap and had a chat with Johannes von Weizsäcker (guitar, vocals, cello, computer, keyboards) & Keith Duncan (drums, vocals, keys))
DiS: Well hello. First up, I’ve never seen you guys in the flesh before but have read that t»
In this week's round-up of all things singular, we ponder what peepul REALLY MEAN when they say 'I'm a visual person'. Also: on a subject not a million miles away from that one, randy types.»
In Photos: Glastonbury Festival 2010 - Day 1»
Right, so just after a year we've managed to rack up the Big Five-Oh, the 50th edition of Spotifriday - a collection of tracks by people who have been featured on the website in the past week or so. Simple concept. Anyway, as it is a landmark edition we thought we'd do something a little bit different. And possibly problematic. »
In Photos: Glastonbury Festival 2010 - Day 2»
A quick guide (of sorts) to this year's Hop Farm Festival including TWO Spotify playlists. »
Welcome to the third installment in our guide to local scenes from our local scribe in Manchester...
May and June have been ridiculous. Sounds From The Other City, MAPS, FutureEverything, Eurocultured, Hungry Pigeon, Dot To Dot, Platt Fields»
Pulled Apart by Horses give us the lowdown on their debut album...»