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.
You Me At Six are a 5-piece pop band from Weybridge, Surrey who formed in 2005. You Me At Six to spill ‘Liquid Confidence’ . YOU ME AT SIX’S meteoric rise from the underground to the mainstream continues unabated. Already scheduled to play their biggest tour to date next month, the quintet will also release their new single ‘Liquid Confidence’ on April 19th on Virgin Records. Combining tender emotions with the band’s patented exuberant energy, ‘Liquid Confidence’ utilises an acoustic opening and atmospheric vocal harmonies to create one of the band’s most anthemic moments to date. The single is taken from the band’s recently released second album ‘Hold Me Down’ that debuted at #5 as the second highest new entry of the week – three places above Delphic. Their biggest headline show to date at London’s Roundhouse will be surpassed with the Brixton date of their imminent UK tour:
14th – Glasgow, O2 Academy
16th – Leeds, O2 Academy
17th – Nottingham Rock City
18th – Southampton, Guildhall
19th – Norwich, UEA
20th – London, Brixton O2 Academy
Produced by John Mitchell (Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari, Architects) and Matt O’Grady (The Blackout, Hexes), and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Radiohead, Coldplay, Pearl Jam), ‘Hold Me Down’ has built upon the momentum which was established with their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’. The Surrey quintet has twice been nominated for Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards and were also named Best British Newcomers in the Kerrang! Readers’ Poll. The five piece played locally until early 2007 when spring support slots with Saosin at Leeds Cockpit (03.05.07) and later Paramore at the Colchester Arts Centre (10.06.07) saw them attract media attention from the likes of Kerrang, Musicscoop and NME. In July 2007 they supported Tonight Is Goodbye on their summer tour along with Death Can Dance and then later that month were featured in Kerrang magazine in their new music section. The group were then recruited as support for firstly Fightstar on their September tour and then Elliot Minor in October 2007. Following their return from those tours they headlined a special Halloween show at the Kingston Peel with support from notable local acts such as Consort With Romeo and We Have A Getaway. In Nov/Dec of 2007 they released their debut single “Save It For The Bedroom” on Slam Dunk Records and then went on their first headline tour with support from Flood Of Red playing six dates across the country. In December 2007 the band were announced as support for The Audition’s February 2008 UK tour. You Me At Six were also nominated for Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards 2007, the category eventually went to Gallows, and headlined the London KOKO whilst playing Klub Kerrang. On December 10th 2007 the band added the B-side to their single “Save It For The Bedroom”, “You’ve Made Your Bed” onto their official myspace.
It’s members are Josh Franceschi on Lead Vocals, Max Helyer on Guitar, Chris Miller on Guitar, Matt Barnes on Bass and Dan Flint on Drums.
Jude Law, Justin Bieber Appearing On “SNL” “Saturday Night Live” has lined up an impressive host of, well, hosts for when it returns from being pre-empted by the Winter Olympics. The weekly comedy staple announced new episodes featuring hosts like Jennifer Lopez and Jude Law. Lopez kicks things off when the show returns on Saturday, February 27th. She’ll also be the musical guest, performing songs from her upcoming album, “Love?” The following weekend, “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis takes over hosting duties for the very first time on the show. Airing March 6th, Vampire Weekend is the musical guest. On March 13th, Jude Law returns to host again, while Pearl Jam have been confirmed as the musical guest. It’s their fourth time performing on the show. Current teen singing sensation Justin Bieber has been announced as the musical guest for April 10th. Following a major Facebook campaign for Betty White to host “SNL,” the show is working on a deal for the actress to feature during a primetime “Women of SNL” special on April 15th. Tina Fey also reported that she would be hosting in April, but it’s currently unconfirmed if she would appear in the “Women of SNL” special or her own episode.
“SNL” is currently in its 35th season. This season’s guest hosts have included Gerard Butler, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Hamm
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