Weezer, Airbourne and Architects all confirmed for Sonisphere 2011. Flying in from Los Angeles, California, Alt-Rock Superstars WEEZER make their KNEBWORTH debut at SONISPHERE this summer.
WEEZER are one of the biggest, most popular bands to emerge from the alternative rock scene of the 90s, with ‘Buddy Holly’, ‘Hash Pipe’, ‘Undone – The Sweater Song’, ‘Beverly Hills’ and ‘Pork and Beans’, it’s WEEZER’s only English festival appearance of 2011.
Line Up So Far
THE BIG 4 – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX
SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH takes place 8th – 10th July 2011 at KNEBWORTH HOUSE.
Adele Returns With Second Album “21″ In 2011. Grammy Award winner Adele is back with her sophomore album, “21.” The follow-up to the acclaimed “19,” “21” marks London native’s return to the music scene after nearly three years. Like “19,” “21” is named after Adele’s age at the time the songs were written. The now 22-year-old is getting ready to release her next set on Tuesday, February 22nd. The album will be led by first single “Rolling in the Deep.” The album features production from Ryan Tedder (Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson), Rick Rubin (Weezer, Shakira), Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Plan B), Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks), and Fraser T. Smith (Taio Cruz). She also re-teamed with producers Jim Abbiss and Francis “Eg” White, who co-wrote her hit “Chasing Pavements.” “I discovered lots of artists I’d never heard of, particularly Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Yvonne Fair, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Lady Antebellum and Steel Drivers who I fell in love with,” said Adele about some of the artists who influenced her sound on “21.” “Then I delved in to more from artists I’ve loved forever – Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Elbow, Mos Def, Alanis Morissette, Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor,” she said. “There’s something in every single one of these artists that have really really inspired ’21.’” First single “Rolling in the Deep” hits radio this month, while the video, directed by Sam Brown (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Doves), will premiere in December. Adele will perform “Rolling in the Deep” live on Ellen on Friday, December 3rd.
OK Go Kicks Off New Tour With A Remixing Contest. OK Go will kick off their extensive North American tour with a performance at the Los Angeles County Fair on October 3rd and a remixing contest on September 21st. In addition to its headlining dates, the band will perform at the MTV Brazil Music Awards on September 16th, at the Discover Louisville Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 12, and the PopTech Conference on October 21, in Camden, Maine. In addition, OK Go is partnering with Indaba Music and the Rock Band Network to launch a remix contest for their new single, “White Knuckles.”The contest encourages fans to get as creative as possible with, to not feel afraid to redefine the song in both genre and feeling. The contest will run from September 7th through October 14th. Further details are at click here. Each week starting September 21st, Dave Fridmann, producer of “White Knuckles” and the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, will choose his favorite remixes to feature across all OK Go web sites. All featured remixes will also be available for fans to download on the database that accompanies the pre-order for the Nov. 2nd U.S. release, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, the Extra Nice Edition. The grand prize winner will be announced on October 29th and will have his/her remix mastered and made available for download in Rock Band. The grand prize winner will also receive a gaming console, a copy of Rock Band 3, and a set of Rock Band instruments to jam with friends to their winning remix. Tickets for OK Go’s tour are on sale now.
Weezer have launched their iTunes Pass on the iTunes Store. The iTunes Pass gives fans access to new and exclusive music, video, remixes, art and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their iTunes library as soon as they’re available. Fans who purchase the Weezer iTunes Pass ($19.99) will receive a variety of content beginning on October 13th with a cover of The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” and continuing in weekly installments until November 24th. The Weezer iTunes Pass includes a deluxe version of the band’s new album “Raditude” plus exclusive additional tracks, live recordings, remixes, behind-the-scenes video footage and the music video for single “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”.
The Jonas Brothers are men now. That’s why they’re posing like a late-’90s boy band on Rolling Stone—that’s just what men do. • E!’s own Kendra Wilkinson offered some insight into her “sexy bachelorette/bridal shower” fun on her blog. Wish we were there. • This OP ad with Sophia Bush and AnnaLynne McCord also appears to have surfaced from the same time period. Are we time traveling? Is this real life? • Everyone’s still trying to beat Emma Watson to her college announcement. Right now, the Internet’s money is on Columbia. • Kodakis working on reuniting Megan Fox with the Rose Boy so they can have an awkward, feel-good moment that will inspire us all to buy more Kodak. • Breckin Meyer makes fun of the Perez Hilton postpunch webcam crying video and then Zac Efron pops up in this Funny or Die vid.
In the Studio as Phish
Capture Their Live Vibe
Inside the band’s sessions for “Joy.”
Def Leppard, Cheap Trick,
Poison Launch Triple Bill
Photos from their riff-heavy debut.
Proves “Galactically Stupid”
Peter Travers deems it “beyond bad.”
Ray Davies: Kinks Film a Go,
But Reunion Seems Unlikely
“I gotta tell you – I miss the Kinks.”
Blink-182, Weezer Headline
Virgin’s First Free Festival
Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy also on bill.
Jimmy Page, Jack White,
The Edge Unite for New Doc
Film captures guitar hero summit.
The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice. Tracks from Queen & David Bowie (presumably “Under Pressure”), Kings of Leon, Santana, Sonic Youth and A Perfect Circle will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by Weezer, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Elliott Smith and the Bronx. According to information posted on the game’s official Website, the entire set list will be available for play immediately, and for the first time home rockers will be able to select any combination of instruments — so multiple guitarists, bassists, drummers or vocalists will be able to play at the same time (the perfect use for that army of plastic instruments cluttering your living room). There’s also a new Play Party Mode, which allows instruments to join and drop out of a song without interrupting or ending the track; players need to just pick up an instrument and hit a button to join the action without navigating any menus. Gamespot reports that there’s a new series of competitive modes called RockFest, which include Momentum (difficulty level shifts mid-play) and Streakers (bonus for nailing 10-plus perfect notes). A new Revival Meter allows band members to save a weaker player who has failed out. CNET adds that Guitar Hero 5’s new features and downloadable content will be compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour. The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and the White Stripes’ “Blue Orchid” will also appear on the game’s set list, along with songs by Blur, Blink-182, Kiss, Band of Horses and Iron Maiden.
Lion OBrien Formed in 2008, from London, England, United Kingdom Genres:Pop, Rock, Indie Lion O’Brien write songs about love, work, robots, vampires and other aspects of common everyday life. Blending sharp lyrics with infectious melodies and anthemic choruses, Lion O’Brien are striving to forge their own original brand of feel-good music. Originally started by James O’Brien (ex-Costar – Only Ever Records) as a side project in the summer 2008, Bermondsey based Lion O’Brien soon took on a life of its own. After writing an album’s worth of majestically melodic pop songs, James recruited pianist/ backing vocalist Teresa Kelly, and bassist Mike Jones through the small ads. After a host of successful acoustic shows they recruited the Isle of Wight’s best drummer, Eve Barnes, and went electric. Lion O’Brien are currently gigging around the UK, and have been championed by the likes of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and DJ Alex Zane (MTV and XFM). http://www.myspace.com/lionobrien
Nine Black Alps have marked their criminally-exciting return by making a free mp3 of new track ‘Buy Nothing’ (taken from their as-yet-untitled third album) available via their official website www.nineblackalps.com for a limited period of time now. To coincide with the free track the band have also announced a short club tour kicking off on the 18th May.
Manchester, England’s Nine Black Alps features Sam Forrest (vocals/guitar), James Galley (drums/vocals), Martin Cohen (bass), and David Jones (guitar). The indie rock foursome came together in 2003, taking their name from a line in the Sylvia Plath poem “The Couriers.” Two years later, Nine Black Alps inked a record deal with Island in the U.K. Their debut album, Everything Is, arrived that June. A U.S. record deal with Interscope and a self-titled EP followed in July. Tours with the Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi, and Weezer as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Reading, and Leeds coincided with the success of such Top 40 singles as “Shot Down,” “Not Everyone,” “Unsatisfied,” and “Just Friends.” Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, the Vines), Everything Is was released stateside in February 2006, and a limited six-song EP, Glitter Gulch, came out shortly after. West Coast dates with Social Distortion followed that summer. Their second album, Love/Hate, was released in October 2007.
Full listings are below:
18 May Bodega Nottingham
19 May The Soul Tree Cambridge
20 May Little Civic Wolverhampton
21 May The Musician Leicester
23 May Hungry Pigeon Festival Manchester
24 May Picturedrome Northampton
25 May Audio Brighton
26 May Talking Heads Southampton
27 May Hoxton Bar & Kitchen London
Stay Loose HQ is currently melting under the noise of the new album. Think an album full of ‘Get Your Guns’/ ‘Shot Down’ and you’re in the right ball-park. It’s feckin’ sublime!
Formed in 2008, from London, England, United Kingdom Lion O’Brien write songs about love, work, robots, vampires and other aspects of common everyday life. Blending sharp lyrics with infectious melodies and anthemic choruses, Lion O’Brien are striving to forge their own original brand of feel-good music. Originally started by James O’Brien (ex-Costar – Only Ever Records) as a side project in the summer 2008, Bermondsey based Lion O’Brien soon took on a life of its own. After writing an album’s worth of majestically melodic pop songs, James recruited pianist/ backing vocalist Teresa Kelly, and bassist Mike Jones through the small ads. After a host of successful acoustic shows they recruited the Isle of Wight’s best drummer, Eve Barnes, and went electric. Lion O’Brien are currently gigging around the UK, and have been championed by the likes of the BBC’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, and DJ Alex Zane (MTV and XFM). http://www.myspace.com/lionobrien
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss received Album of the Year award for their duet LP ‘Raising Sand’ during the live show of 2009 Grammy Awards which was closed by Stevie Wonder’s live performance.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss walked out of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with another nod. Through their collaborative album “Raising Sand”, the two musicians got the coveted Album of the Year title.
The duet effort has successfully put aside Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”, Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” and Radiohead’s “In Rainbows”. Previously, the record was also announced as Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
2009 Grammy Awards taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 8 was closed with a live appearance from Stevie Wonder. He performed solo accompanied by a live band.
Partial List of 51st Annual Grammy Awards:
Record Of The Year: “Please Read The Letter” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Album Of The Year: “Raising Sand” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Song Of The Year : “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best New Artist: Adele
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Chasing Pavements” – Adele
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Say” – John Mayer
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Rich Woman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Pop Vocal Album: “Rockferry” – Duffy
Best Dance Recording: “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Still Unforgettable” – Natalie Cole
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “Gravity” – John Mayer
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
Best Hard Rock Performance: “Wax Simulacra” – The Mars Volta
Best Metal Performance: “My Apocalypse” – Metallica
Best Rock Song: “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” – Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Album: “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
Best Alternative Music Album: “In Rainbows” – Radiohead
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Stay With Me (By the Sea)” – Al Green Feat. John Legend
Best R&B Song: “Miss Independent” – Ne-Yo
Best R&B Album: “Jennifer Hudson” – Jennifer Hudson
Best Contemporary R&B Album: “Growing Pains” – Mary J. Blige
Best Rap Solo Performance: “A Milli” – Lil Wayne
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: “Swagga Like Us” – Jay-Z & T.I. Feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “American Boy” – Estelle Feat. Kanye West
Best Rap Song: “Lollipop” – Lil Wayne
Best Rap Album: “Tha Carter III” – Lil Wayne
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Last Name” – Carrie Underwood
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: “Letter to Me” – Brad Paisley
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “Stay” – Sugarland
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: “Killing The Blues” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Country Song: “Stay” – Sugarland
Best Country Album: “Troubadour” – George Strait
Best Short Form Music Video: “Pork And Beans” – Weezer
Best Long Form Music Video: “Runnin’ Down A Dream” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Full winners list of 2009 Grammy Awards can be obtained on Grammy.com.