Mobile notifications are as frequent as in-and-out breaths these days, but when Spotify popped up with the latest music release by Teleman, my heart definitely skipped a beat. And “Düsseldorf” delivered on high expectations.
The world received a right blow to the soul today on the passing of David Bowie. Although we knew he had suffered from health problems over the years that caused the canceling of performance dates, we were shocked that he’d hidden his battle with cancer for the last eighteen months. That unto itself, that Bowie would choose to focus solely on writing, recording, and producing his last gift to the world in the form of the Blackstar album, versus letting us know of his terminal illness, is not shocking. It is true form Bowie.
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[This article appeared originally on LineupLive.com, a contributed article by Kim Owens.] The year of cashless. The year of beacons. The year of RFID. I think it’s also the year of the Goat, if I’m not mistaken. Thing is, it’s the year for all of it in 2015. The one thing tying it all together, not forgetting ticketing and social media, is the data. It’s all these points of information that let the promoter, the festival organizer, the live event producer have the insight to make better decisions, which leads to a better experience for those people coming through the gates and through the doors.
[This article appeared originally on LineupLive.com, a contributed article by Kim Owens.] 2011 was not that long ago. But in four short years, Governors Ball Music Festival in New York has made some significant operational and technical leaps.
The last two years have been non-stop for Courtney Barnett, and it looks like 2015 will be no different, with a debut album on the way and plans to perform at the SXSW Music Festival next March.
Toronto’s dream-pop outfit Alvvays made a big splash last year with the release of their self-titled debut on Polyvinyl Records (Transgressive in Europe, Royal Mountain Music in Canada, P-Vine in Japan and Hi-Note in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia), with a series of magic button and sound gurus, including Chad VanGaalen, Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). A full year of touring between continents in the U.K., U.S. and Canada, included their first appearance at SXSW this year and is on the list to return in 2015.
The rush is officially on. It’s time to begin preparing for SXSW 2015, as the first round of bands was announced today.
The Crookes sat down with Kaffeine Buzz today, theoretically speaking, via Skype (along with intermittent screen and audio freezes) to discuss the Sheffield band’s third album, Soapbox (out April 14 on Fierce Panda in the U.K, April 15 on Modern Outsider in the U.S.), and their third time back to Austin to perform a SXSW 2014.
Klaxons at SXSW 2013
According to an NME article based on Radio 1's Zane Lowe broadcast featuring Jaime Reynolds, the lead singer for Klaxons, the band has been working on their follow up to 2010's sophomore success, Surfing the Void. This time 'round they're moving deeper into their dancey tendencies while continuing to complement electronics with organic guitar stylings (Chemical Brothers and James Murphy are rumored to be their tutors and producers).
"We have learned to make electronic music with computers, that’s been our mission over the last however long…there are guitars on it, it’s electronic, you know; it’s synthesised and electronic drums and the rest of it, with computers."
Klaxons fans got a sneak listen to the new stuff - "Invisible Forces" and "Rhythm Of Life" - which appeared in their set at the We Love Green festival in France last September (fan-recorded videos on YouTube also show "Invisible Forces" being performed at shows back in 2011). Previous to that, they had cancelled their 2012 summer festival plans to focus their time in the studio, and since then have been on the silent side.
UPDATE: Klaxons were originally scheduled to play the Windish and Red 7 party at Mohawk, Wednesday March 13 at 10:30pm. We believe they had to cancel. Will confirm and update as needed.
We're looking forward to hearing the new material first hand and hope Polydor has by this time, allowed the Klaxons to be free to create as they see fit.
The Postells at SXSW 2013
For the born and bred New York foursome - Daniel Balk (singer), David Dargahi (lead guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (drums) - much was quite on The Postelles front as well at the time of the November airing.
Since then, a new album announcement has been made: …And It Shook Me is due to be released April 23, a follow up to their self-titled debut in 2011. The first single, "Pretend It's Love (featuring Alex Winston)," has also appeared on Soundcloud as a free download, a jingle-jangle tune full of sprite and springtime melodies.
The Postelles are no strangers to touring, having kept busy over the years with both national and international tours, and festivals ranging from Lollapalooza to Filter's Culture Collide and Icelandic Airwaves. The band is on the road again, hitting up the east coast before they arrive in Austin.
So far they've got one SXSW date booked - March 13 at Soho Lounge via Songkick.com; nothing's showing up on SXSW.com and their March 14 at 1am timeslot on http://austin2013.sched.org doesn't have the specifics yet.