Chemical Brothers, Mark Ronson, MGMT named for Future Music Festival down under. Chemical Brothers will headline the Future Music Festival 2011 along with a stellar line-up including Pendulum, Mark Ronson, MGMT and Kei$ha.
Also announced are The Presets, Leftfield, Art vs Science, Richie Hawyin Pres. Plastikman, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Sander Van Doorn, Steve Aoki, Loco Dice, Don Diablo, Etienne De Crecy, Zane Lowe, Cosmic Gate, The Subs, Sound of Stereo and James Holroyd. The Future Music Festival kicks off in Brisbane on March 5, 2011.
March 5, Brisbane, Doomben Racecourse
March 6, Perth, Arena Joondalup
March 12, Sydney, Randwick
March 13, Melbourne, Flemington Racecourse
March 14, Adelaide, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Rundle and Rymill Park.
Klaxons November tour dates. Hot on the heels of two sensational London shows showcasing their new album (currently sitting at number 4 in the midweeks) Klaxons are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming tour in November. Kicking off in Manchester on November 11, their jaunt around the isle takes in a performance at London’s HMV Forum in Kentish Town. Pre-sale tickets are available from 9am on general release, Friday September 3
11/11 Manchester Academy -
12/11 Norwich UEA
13/11 Bournemouth O2 Academy
14/11 Nottingham Rock City
16/11 London HMV Forum
20/11 Birmingham HMV Institute
21/11 Glasgow Barrowlands
22/11 Leeds 02 Academy
23/11 Dublin Tripod
Klaxons return with long-awaited second album. Prize-winning nu-rave Brits Klaxons prepare for the release of their second album. More than three years after their debut Myths Of The Near Future, Klaxons will release their follow-up album Surfing The Void on 23 August 2010 through Polydor. Myths Of The Near Future won a swag of awards in 2007, including the UK’s esteemed Mercury Prize and NME’s Best Album, and ushered in the widely loved and equally widely reviled psychedelic dance punk genre ‘nu rave’. Years later, Klaxons look almost prophetic, preparing a populace for groups like MGMT, Ratatat and Yeasayer with their flamboyant, trippy electronica and glittered costumery. In November 2009 the band began working with Ross Robinson after a falling out with Myths producer James Ford. They finished Surfing The Void in February and showcased the gutsy, electro-prog song ‘Flashover’ on BBC Radio 1 in May. The first official single, ‘Echoes’, is due for release on August 10. Klaxons are currently on a pre-release tour through Europe, which extends to a post-release double-header at Leeds and Reading Festivals in late-August.
Klaxons stream new track and announce dates. It’s been 3 years since Klaxons burst onto the music scene, injecting a dazzling and much needed moment of rave hedonism into the midst of indie tedium with the truly original and enormously influential Mercury award-winning album Myths Of The Near Future. Now with the charts full of everything from synth pop to techno-based indie bands, pop culture is once more in thrall to electronic music. Always ahead of the curve, Klaxons have returned with a new back to basics rock approach and a burning desire to turn the music world on its head once again and inspire kids to pick up guitars. Produced in LA by US rock legend Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Slipknot, At the Drive In, The Cure) and written throughout the last three long years of extreme musical and psychedelic experimentation, it’s a brilliant alternative rock record. ‘We were an art project that got out of hand,’ says bassist Jamie Reynolds ‘but now we are a band.’ A game-changing album dripping with sonic and cultural ambition, but still heavy on the flashes of pop genius that we all know and love Klaxons for. Ranging from guitar muscle assault to deceptively delicate melodies, the epic 5 minute opus Flashover encapsulates the album as a musical whole and is both a bold statement of intent and a tantalising taster of what’s still to come. Flashover is being streamed on www.klaxons.net . Klaxons play live dates in June and July (details below). Tickets go on general sale 9am May 27th and are priced at £12.50 (£14.00 for London)
15th June – Paris Nouveau Casino www.digitick.com/klaxons-en-concert-le-nouveau-casino-paris-15-juin-2010-css4-digitick-pg101-ri594491.html
13th July – Glasgow king Tuts www.ticketsmaster.co.uk/Klaxons-tickets/artist/953641
14th July – Manchester Ruby Lounge www.gigsandtours.com/?a=klaxons&site=klaxons
27th July – London Village Underground www.livenation.co.uk/artist/klaxons-tickets
MGMT’s Ben Goldwasser, Yeasayer’s Ira Wolf Tuton and Norah Jones are among the musicians who make guest appearances in forthcoming film Wah Do Dem. The film is set to be released on October 26 in the USA on DVD, reports Rttnews.com. It features the story of a skateboarder (played by musician Sean Bones) lost in Jamaica.
Wah Do Dem will be released in New York and Los Angeles on June 18th and in Boston on June 25. Check your local listings for screening times and locations.
Watch the Wah Do Dem trailer by clicking below on the website url. See the film’s official website, Wahdodem.com, for more information
Tu 5/11: Queen Latifah, Will Forte, MGMT tonight on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS. Formed: 2002 in Brooklyn, NY. Finding an unlikely middle point between Suicide’s hostile proto-electro punk art noise and the sardonic, studied, but ultimately pop-friendly sound of the Flaming Lips, MGMT started as electroclash musical terrorists but quickly transmogrified into an eclectic, brainy pop group with heavy psychedelic overtones. MGMT first formed in 2002, during Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden’s freshman year as art students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. At first the band was known as the Management, and its shows consisted mostly of backing tapes, synthesizers, and prerecorded vocals playing as Goldwasser and Van Wyngarden engaged the audience in a manner somewhere between performance art and good old-fashioned punky hostility. By their senior year, things had toned down considerably on-stage and the duo was augmenting its live sound with backing musicians. Upon graduating, MGMT released an electro-rock EP, Time to Pretend, on the tiny indie Cantora Records in 2005. Good reviews, especially for the title track, and extensive touring brought the duo to the attention of British producer Steve Lillywhite in his role as an A&R executive for Columbia Records, which signed the band for a major long-term deal in 2006. Regrouping in Brooklyn, the duo enlisted producer Dave Fridmann to create the entirely different-sounding Oracular Spectacular, a far more musically expansive album that was released digitally in late 2007 (a traditional CD release followed in January 2008). Additionally, MGMT served as Of Montreal’s opening act for their extensive 2007 tour, during which Van Wyngarden and Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes began sketching out ideas for a new collaboration called Blikk Fang.
Meet THE MOOG – Hungary’s most popular alternative rock band. Formed in Budapest in 2004 by then-teenagers Tonyo Szabo (vocals), Adi Bajor (guitar) and Gergo Dorozsmai (drums), and later joined by Csaba Szabo (bass) and Miguel Gyorgy (second guitar), they’ve been compared to such modern-day chart-toppers as The Strokes and The Hives; but The Moog’s influences run deep and wide: The Beatles, David Bowie, The Sonics, The Smiths, Nirvana, Ramones, Sonic Youth, Roxy Music and Bauhaus. These and other seminal bands come to mind upon hearing their two releases: 2007’s Sold for Tomorrow, and the upcoming Razzmatazz Orfeum. Yet, THE MOOG manages to infuse their music with their own personality and heritage, and the resulting sound is brightly original, fusing together elements of 60’s garage music, goth rock, punk, and pop. Under the influence of American and British rock, they write and sing in English but their sound is distinctively Eastern European, as heard in their immediate, contagious and haunting melodies. And despite Tonyo being The Moog’s primary songwriter, the other band members have stepped up their contributions here: Gergo penning “Lost Day,” and also collaborating with Tonyo on “Self and Soul.” Additionally, new guitarist, Miguel, contributes his surf-infused picking style and blends perfectly well with the more angular guitar playing of founding member Adi. The band’s debut album, Sold for Tomorrow was mixed by the legendary Nirvana producer Jack Endino, and it turned quite a few heads, thanks to the two indie underground hit singles and videos, “I Like You” and “Everybody Wants.” Both videos were heavily played on mtvU and even made the first-round nominations for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. SPIN.com acclaimed, “The album boasts rough-around-the-edges garage pop tunes, and “Everybody Wants” is a catchy three-chord gem.” To record their sophomore release, Razzmatazz Orfeum, the group set up shop in Seattle—its climate and weather not unlike Budapest—and they worked with one of the Northwest’s most respected contemporary producers, Geoff Ott (Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan, Pearl Jam, etc.). Razzmatazz Orfeum kicks off with the roaring “This Is Horror,” its fade-in intro delivered true to the band’s name with a swirling vintage Moog synthesizer, before leading into another off-kilter rocker, “Panic,” culminating in Tonyo vocalizing his best Cobain. Up next is the album’s first single: the wry, catchy dance/goth rocker, “You Raised A Vampire,” and the blood-letting doesn’t stop as then comes the album’s second projected single, the hook-heavy “When I See You.” The emotional pull of “Can’t Say No, Can’t Say Yes” brings to mind Ziggy-era Bowie and Syd-era Floyd; “Lost Day” possesses one of the album’s catchiest choruses, while “Joyclad Armies” shows that the band has unmistakable roots in ‘80s Euro dance-pop-rock. The album wraps up with five tracks that when played back to back show how diverse The Moog is: the mid-tempo “Sphinx” (with its tasty bass lines); the ultra-catchy early 60s/Spector-esque “Make Me Happy;” the synth centerpiece “Self and Soul,” featuring Tonyo’s surprising falsetto; the progressive goth rocker “Mina,” a tribute to Mina Harker and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, and ending with the piano-heavy and slow burning “Epilogue.” The record’s second single, When I See You, achieved the biggest success so far for The Moog. The video which was shot in LA’s Bob Baker puppet theater by legendary director AG Garth (White Stripes, Von Bondies, Adult) has been on regular show on MTV2’s Subterranean program as well as on the newly started MTV channel LOGO. Another great success for The Moog is that one of the standout tracks on the album, Joyclad Armies is a featured song in the latest game NBA2K10 alongside The Gossip, Metric, MGMT or Kanye West. The result is an album that stands way out from the overcrowded alt-rock pack—and the group continues to mature musically at an impressively rapid rate. The Moog will soon receive another huge boost Stateside, when they land on U.S. soil for their fourth American tour in spring of ’10.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “I Learned the Hard Way” . Since 2002, powerhouse singer Sharon Jones and her eight-piece backing band the Dap-Kings have been finding ways to bring old-school soul music into a contemporary. MGMT, “Congratulations”. About 30 seconds into MGMT’s second album, “Congratulations,” singer Andrew Vanwyngarden asks, “How will I know if it’s working?” The first words out of Emily Robison’s mouth–”What am I doing here?”–are certainly appropriate for Court Yard Hounds’ self-titled debut. Caetano Veloso, “Zii e zie” . On latest album “Zii e zie,” Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso continues to explore the progressive timbres and techniques found on 2006 album “Cê.” Paper Tongues, “Paper Tongues” . Before a chance run-in with “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson helped land them a recording contract, Paper Tongues grew from a collective of Charlotte. Autechre, “Oversteps” Offbeat British electronic duo Autechre’s 10th studio album, “Oversteps,” brings a sonic collage of unobtrusive ambience, subdued melodies and fragmented rhythms. Javelin, “No Mas” . Electronic music has received wider exposure in the rock-leaning indie culture thanks to acts like Girl Talk and Justice. Martin Sexton, “Sugarcoating” Martin Sexton hasn’t met a musical style he doesn’t like—at least that’s the sense you get from the Massachusetts singer/ songwriter’s ninth album. Amy Grant, “Somewhere Down the Road” Some are new, some are classics, and some are previously unreleased gems, but all of the songs on Amy Grant’s latest release, “Somewhere Down the Road.
MGMT’s recent album ‘Congratulations’ is a “grower”, according to one of the duo’s dad. The pair’s second album has had mixed reviews, but Bruce VanWyngarden, father of frontman Andrew, has urged fans to stick with it. VanWyngarden senior is the editor of newspaper Memphis Flyer, and has given readers his verdict on the album. “‘Congratulations’, MGMTs second album, is dense, lush, textured, difficult in places, absolutely euphoria-inducing in others. It is, as they say in the music business, a ‘grower’ — that is, repeated listens reveal more depth and complexity,” he wrote on his Memphis Flyer blog. “The lyrics blossom and begin to live in your head. The songs become earworms. It was the second-best selling album in the US last week. So yeah, I’m proud of my son.” He added: “This has been a completely biased report on a Memphis kid who’s doing pretty well in the music business.” Bruce VanWyngarden also admitted that his relationship to the band had made it difficult for his paper’s journalists to cover MGMT. “The growing notoriety of my son Andrew’s band, MGMT, has long been something of a dicey issue for the Flyer’s music writers,” he wrote. “I feel their pain. It’s a lose-lose proposition for them. If they are critical, they risk pissing off or at least irritating their boss. If they praise the band, it looks like they’re sucking up. No matter that MGMT has been praised and dissed and profiled by every major music publication and music blog around the globe, it’s still a ticklish deal for our guys.”
Gabourey Sidibe Shows Off Funny Side In “SNL” Promos. Gabourey Sidibe is already bringing the funny with her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig, but the episode hasn’t even aired. Instead, the new promos show a different, gun-wielding side to the “Precious” star. Promoting her appearance on this Saturday’s “SNL,” she appears with cast member Andy Samberg In a series of four TV spots, available for online viewing and airing now through Saturday. In two of the clips, Sidibe and Samberg get cozy, while in the other two, Samberg is left screaming. “It’s okay. Take off your pants,” Sidibe urges Samberg after he reveals he too was called “Precious” in school. In another clip, Sidibe jokes she gets mistaken for Bruce Willis a lot, whipping out a gun on Samberg and yelling John Mcclane’s famous “Yippee-ki-yay” line from “Die Hard.” Sidibe’s shown her goofy side since she’s hit the talk show circuit and awards show red carpets promoting her very serious Oscar-nominated turn in “Precious.” The 26-year-old hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the first time Saturday, April 24th. MGMT is the musical guest.
Justin Bieber Holds #1 For Third Week On Billboard Albums Chart With “My World 2.0″. Congratulations are in order for 16-year-old Justin Bieber. He holds the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for yet another week with his album “My World 2.0,” beating out this week’s highest debut from MGMT, “Congratulations.” Bieber sells another 92,000 copies of his album, now in its fourth week. It also spends its third non-consecutive week at #1. MGMT lands at #2 with their sophomore album, “Congratulations,” selling 66,000 copies in its first week. It’s the highest position on the Billboard chart yet for the rockers. Their first album, “Oracular Spectacular,” peaked at #38. Lady Antebellum rise to #3 this week, selling 65,000 copies of their album “Need You Now.” Expect an even bigger sales week next week following Sunday night’s big win at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Usher drops down to #4 this week from #2, selling 64,000 of “Raymond v. Raymond.” At #5 this week is a debut from alternative act Coheed and Cambria. “Year of the Black Rainbow” lands at a career-peak #5 in its first week, selling 51,000 copies. At #6 is the latest “Now 33” compilation, featuring tracks from Ke$ha and Train, selling 45,000 copies. Lady Gaga is at #7 this week with “The Fame” moving another 32,000 copies. At #8 is Ke$ha, who climbs back into the top 10 from #16 last week with her album “Animal.” She moved another 31,000 copies of the set, which includes her latest hit single “Your Love Is My Drug.” Her “Saturday Night Live” performances could also see her rise again next week. Rounding out the top 10 this week are Monica, who slides down three spots to #9 this week with “Still Standing,” selling 30,000 copies, and Justin Bieber yet again with his first “My World” album, also in the 30,0000 copy range.
Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending May 1st, 2010
1. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
2. Congratulations, MGMT
3. Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
4. Raymond V. Raymond, Usher
5. Year of the Black Rainbow, Coheed & Cambria
6. Now 33, Various Artists
7. The Fame, Lady Gaga
8. Animal, Ke$ha
9. Still Standing, Monica
10. My World, Justin Bieber
Ryan Phillippe Turns Robert Pattinson on “SNL” . Ke$ha joins Phillippe for two bizarre musical performances on the show. Ryan Phillippe’s days as a brooding “Cruel Intentions” teen may be over, but he got a chance this week on “Saturday Night Live” to poke fun at the “Twilight” generation’s version of the high-school bad boy. Phillippe played “Twilight” vampire Robert Pattinson in a sketch during his hosting gig on the NBC sketch comedy show, which also saw the 35-year-old Phillippe portray an ’80s teenager, a broken-hearted lover and a member of an underground rock-rap crew. The show also spotlighted newcomer Ke$ha, who performed two of her hit singles in bizarre fashion, donning costumes from an American flag-turned-cape to a full body suit of neon paint also smeared on her face and arms. Phillippe, who will star in the upcoming film version of “SNL” hit sketch “MacGruber,” opened the show with a monologue that featured other various “SNL” sketch mainstays, including Kenan Thompson’s “What’s Up With That?” host and the gift-giving character from “Dick in a Box,” making a bid for their own film debut. Phillippe’s monologue followed a “Larry King” cold open, which starred Fred Armisen as the talk show host and Kristen Wiig as Bjork in a bit about the Icelandic volcano that struck earlier this week. The next sketch to feature the “Crash” actor featured Phillippe as a member of the “Hip Hop Kids,” a sketch about teens from the late ’80s fighting evil — this time, bears in a cave — with hip-hop lyrics. Phillippe, the ex-husband of Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, played hip-hopper J-Style in the segment, which also featured Andy Samberg. Phillippe and Samberg next teamed up for a digital short that starred Phillippe as a man whose girlfriend is seeing someone else and a blonde wig-wearing Samberg as the creepy “other guy.” The two continued to work alongside each other in a sketch about “Accountant to the Stars” Mort Feingold that saw a bevy of celebrity impersonations, including Ryan Phillippe’s Robert Pattinson, sitting in Feingold (Samberg)’s office to discuss their finances. Phillippe put on a Pattinson-inspired British accent and donned a wig styled in the “Twilight” star’s famous windswept ‘do for the bit, which also featured Bobby Moynihan in drag as singer Susan Boyle. “SNL” continued its tradition of commercial parody with a bit about the Shake Weight, which saw Andy Samberg, Kenan Thompson, Bobby Moynihan and others capitalize on the easy-dirty joke potential of the product and now-infamous viral video gem. Phillippe also starred in the show in several other sketches, including a bit about parody music group “Thrilla Killa Klownz” and alongside Fred Armisen in a segment about the high-school help line TeenTalk. Ke$ha’s first appearance came halfway through the program and saw the singer, oft-compared to Lady Gaga, perform her hit single “Tik Tok” in an outfit that included an American flag fashioned into a cape. During the “Tik Tok” performance, Ke$ha’s back-up dancers wore full-tilt astronaut gear, complete with helmets and silver jumpsuits. The newcomer later topped herself on the bizarre scale with her second performance, a rendition of another of her hits, “Your Love is My Drug,” which saw Ke$ha and crew wear neon paint from head to toe. Next week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” will feature “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe as host and MGMT as musical guest.