Jake Bugg’s sophomore album Shangri La is a remarkable album

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Jake Bugg: Shangri La album – Island Records

Jake Bugg’s second album takes its title from the studio in which it was made with  the most famous producer in the world, Rick Rubin. This along with his success and global travels felt so far removed from his past and threatened to detach him from the basic essence that successfully connected with the British public.

But our 19 year-old troubadour’s down-to-earth authenticity has ensured the survival of his pragmatism, and while ‘Shangri La’ is worlds away from the Clifton estate of his childhood (literally – it’s named after producer Rick Rubin’s Malibu studio in which it was recorded), it’s an impressive and suitably exciting reflection of his current lifestyle. And here he’s with his sophomore album already and, on the back of the acclaim he achieved on his first album, the speedy release of ‘Shangri-La’ is a promising sign that Bugg is bursting with ideas and has no plans of sitting back on top of his one Mercury nomination.

Shangri La is an album that connects emotionally. These are slices of real life beyond the hometown borders. It’s the next logical step in the Jake Bugg journey: seeing the world and singing about his experiences.

That folk-rockabilly approach noticed in his first album sure got Bugg noticed on his self-titled debut. This one, recorded under the guidance of  Rubin, is a big step forward even better than his debut album.  One can notice elements of folk, rock ‘n’ roll, country, and punk. All the songs include his creative lyrical phrasing, with more confidence. He’s an artist who knows what he wants out of his music.

Rick Rubin oversees an expanding sonic palette and a tougher sound; the punk-fired “What Doesn’t Kill You” and grungy country rock of “All Your Reasons” push up against MacDougal Street serenades like “Pine Trees,” an alienated epistle that could’ve been cut in a winter cabin.

There’s A Beast And We All Feed It’ immediately kicks things into gear. A scathing rant at “finger pointers” and Twitter rumor mongers, it’s backed by a frantic rockabilly rhythm that continues breathlessly across ‘Slumville Sunrise’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’.

It’s in the more sensitive moments, however, that Bugg’s expressive qualities truly shine. The sweet, star-crossed ‘Me And You’ is lovely, while the haunting sustained note held in the chorus of ‘A Song About Love’ is the album’s first goosebumps moment.

The acoustic ‘Pine Trees’ and pastoral closer ‘Storm Passes Away’ are testimony to Jake’s writing sessions in Nashville, and his slight country vocal twangs are genuinely affective.

Rubin knows all about emotional intensity and, just as with Johnny Cash’s seminal ‘American Recordings’, on ‘Shangri La’ he has captured everything cleanly and sparsely to really let Jake’s storytelling shine. The resulting exposure makes for a mature and remarkable album, and the continued development of Jake Bugg something especially worth watching.

‘Shangri La’ out now:
iTunes – http://po.st/ShangriLaYT
Official Store – http://po.st/JakeBuggStore
Google Play – http://po.st/GoogleSL
Amazon – http://po.st/ShangriAmazon

Tour Dates

Gojira, metal Land(es) + Dates de la tournée

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Né en 1996 à Ondres, dans les Landes, le groupe des frères Duplantier a atteint une renommée internationale qui l’emmène pour un mois de tournée aux Etats-Unis, de Las Vegas à Boston, en compagnie des mythiques Slayer.

Qui aurait pu imaginer qu’un petit groupe du sud des Landes, deviendrait un jour le plus international des groupes de rock en France ? Après dix-huit ans d’existence, Gojira, né à Ondres (40) d’une fratrie (Joseph et Mario Duplantier) et d’une bande de copains est devenu une pointure de la scène metal internationale. Gojira joue partout dans le monde, avec les plus grands (Metallica pour ne citer qu’eux) et bénéficie d’une aura et d’une respectabilité en acier trempé. Comment peut-on en arriver là ? Éléments de réponse avec Mario Duplantier, 32 ans, le batteur du groupe.

« Sud Ouest Dimanche ». Vous jouez partout dans le monde. Vous avez encore du temps à consacrer à vos terres d’origines, les Landes et le Pays Basque ?

Mario Duplantier. On ne vit pas tous à Ondres, mais le QG du groupe reste à Ondres, dans les Landes. On s’y retrouve pour préparer les tournées et ensuite on part sur la route. Mon frère a un appartement à New York où il passe du temps. C’est une ville qui l’inspire énormément. Et puis, le statut et l’emploi du temps du groupe le permettent. Nous sommes devenus un groupe international et nous tournons autant aux États-Unis qu’en Europe. Prendre un avion pour sept ou dix heures, maintenant c’est devenu la routine. Lorsque l’on rentre, le temps consacré à nos familles et à nos vies personnelles est devenu de plus en plus important.

Il faut bien s’entendre lorsque l’on est toujours ensemble, sur la route…

Il y a une sorte de fluidité entre nous qui est très précieuse et qui fait beaucoup pour le succès du groupe. On essaie de ne pas avoir la grosse tête car il y en a toujours un pour ramener l’autre sur terre. Je suis avec trois amis en permanence. Un frère et deux très bons amis et mon frère est aussi un ami. Et on a cette chance de voyager dans le monde tous ensemble.

Vous avez déjà joué aux États-Unis, mais la tournée que vous allez entamer en première partie de Slayer semble encore un niveau au-dessus…

Tourner avec Slayer, qui est une légende du metal, c’est jouer dans des salles prestigieuses. Donc oui cette tournée fait rêver. Surtout quand on vient de France et que l’on sait que l’on va jouer à Las Vegas, à Los Angeles, dans des salles de 5 000 places, que l’on va jouer au Madison Square Garden à New York, pour nous ça reste incroyable et on est émerveillés par ce qui nous attend.

L’an dernier vous avez joué avec Metallica, cette année avec Slayer. Comment un groupe français se fait repérer par ces légendes du rock américain ?

Metallica est un groupe très observateur. Ils sont à l’affût de ce qui se passe dans le milieu. Ils avaient constaté qu’il y avait quelque chose autour de Gojira, donc ils nous ont appelés et nous ont proposé de jouer en première partie. Peu avant notre tournée avec Metallica, le bassiste est venu nous voir jouer à San Francisco. Il était dans le public et sa présence m’avait marqué. J’ai l’impression qu’il était là pour voir si vraiment notre groupe tenait la route. Donc c’était vraiment un coup de cœur de Metallica.

Vous êtes aujourd’hui presque plus connus à l’étranger qu’en France. Nul n’est prophète en son pays ?

On a fait nos armes en France et il y a eu une période où l’on ne tournait qu’en France et où nous étions très populaires. Je me souviens de la sortie de notre album en 2005 où l’on a fait quasiment 40 000 ventes, ce qui est bien dans le metal. Il y avait énormément de critiques positives et nous étions une sorte de fierté nationale. Maintenant, le fait que l’on ait percé à l’étranger, qu’il y ait moins d’exclusivités pour la France, ça titille pas mal de gens, mais je trouve que l’on a quand même beaucoup de soutiens en France. On l’a vu notamment au Hellfest (NDLR : qui a réuni 100 000 festivaliers en 2013) où nous avons joué sur la grande scène. Les gens étaient là. Du moment où l’on s’expose, on est critiqués, mais je trouve que le public nous respecte.

La musique que vous jouez, le metal est parfois montrée du doigt, mal comprise. Comment le vivez-vous ?

Je pense que tout ça c’est une apparence. Il y a pas mal de tabous dans notre société. Quand quelqu’un dit qu’il va mal, ça embête les gens, quand quelqu’un parle de la mort ça embête les gens. Et puis beaucoup de ce qui est diffusé à la radio ou à la télé est assez médiocre. C’est de la musique easy listenning pour ne pas déranger les gens, pour ne pas rajouter des tracas à leur quotidien. Le metal, c’est une musique particulière et il peut y avoir des amalgames car on entend des hurlements, il y a une violence sonore donc physique aussi, mais c’est dommage parce que beaucoup de gens qui ne s’intéressent pas au metal pourraient adorer cette musique en grattant un peu. Il n’y a pas de tabous avec le metal. En tant que batteur, cela me permet de lâcher de la joie, de la peine, de la douleur. Pour moi c’est vraiment une expérience.

Savez-vous qu’une pétition circule sur Internet pour demander que vous représentiez la France à L’Eurovision ?

J’ai entendu dire ça. Mais pourquoi pas, si on veut bien de nous à l’Eurovision, je suis d’accord. Mais je n’ai pas envie d’avoir comme mission de faire connaître le metal à la masse. Sinon ça pourrait être marrant si on nous faisait cette proposition.

Upcoming | Local Dates Share:
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  Nov 01 WAMU Center Seattle, WA Tickets RSVP
  Nov 02 Venue Vancouver, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 03 Stampede Corrall Calgary, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 04 Shaw Center Edmonton, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 05 Praireland Park Center Saskatoon, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 07 MTS Center Winnipeg, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 08 Myth Minneapolis, MN Tickets RSVP
  Nov 10 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX Tickets RSVP
  Nov 11 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX Tickets RSVP
  Nov 12 Bayou Music Center Houston, TX Tickets RSVP
  Nov 13 South Side Ballroom Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP
  Nov 15 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL Tickets RSVP
  Nov 16 The Fillmore Detroit, MI Tickets RSVP
  Nov 17 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH Tickets RSVP
  Nov 19 The Fillmore Washington, DC Tickets RSVP
  Nov 20 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA Tickets RSVP
  Nov 21 Ricoh Colibsum Toronto, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 23 CEPSUM/ University of Montreal Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 24 Pavilion de la Jeunesse Quebec City, Canada Tickets RSVP
  Nov 25 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT Tickets RSVP
  Nov 26 Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT Tickets RSVP
  Nov 27 Theater at Madison Square Garden New York, NY Tickets RSVP
  Nov 29 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ Tickets RSVP
  Nov 30 Tsongas Arena Boston, MA Tickets RSVP

Canadian Band to Watch: Half Moon Run

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Click to listen to Half Moon Run’s “Dark Eyes”

Half Moon Run have gained widespread recognition by opening for bands like Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men and Metric. Now the Canadian indie rockers step out on their own with Dark Eyes, their LP debut.

Anchored by Devon Portielje, all four members harmonize on songs with measured, gentle guitar arrangements that lend the album a mellow, ethereal feel. The music varies widely, from keyboard-driven tracks like “Judgement” and “She Wants to Know” to cryptic lyrics dealing with addiction on “Full Circle” and “Drug You.” The cheery “Call Me in the Afternoon” masks somber lyrical content with subtle folk instrumentation.

Half Moon Run will tour extensively this summer. They will play all three of Mumford & Sons’ U.S. Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers. The band will also be on the summer festival circuit, including performances at Lollapalooza and Leeds Festival.

Dark Eyes was released in the U.S. on July 23rd.

Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes [Full Album]

Montreal rockers rip through ‘Call Me in the Afternoon’

On the heels of a tour with Of Monsters and Men and a coveted slot at last week’s Lollapalooza festival, Montreal indie-rockers Half Moon Run are rising fast. Here, you can watch them offer up a poignant live performance of “Call Me in the Afternoon,” a track from the group’s debut album, Dark Eyes. The stirring clip was shot on tour in Brussels in May.

Half Moon Run – comprising Devon Portielje, Conner Molander, Dylan Phillips and Isaac Symonds – still have a busy slate of shows ahead. They will perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals on August 23rd and 24th in England before continuing on to dates in the Midwest and South. See their tour dates here.

Half Moon Run – Call Me In The Afternoon in session for BBC Radio 1

Published on Jul 24, 2013

Half Moon Run perform their single Call Me In The Afternoon for Huw Stephens from the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios. Make sure you check out the other videos for Full Circle, Nerve and Unofferable.

Watch Palma Violets rambunctious new video ‘Rattlesnake Highway’ – Premiere

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London rockers draw upon their outrageous live shows in new clip

Like any meaningful relationship or a really good taco stand, music with true, long-lasting value has a tendency to hit you when least expected.

Assembled sometime in 2011, English rockers Palma Violets (bassist/vocalist Alexander “Chilli” Jesson, guitarist/vocalist Sam Fryer, keyboardist Peter Mayhew, and drummer Will Doyle) don’t so much play on stage as they conquer it like 6th century barbarians.

They are known for their rowdy, balls-to-the-wall live shows. We’ve seen them beat the hell out of their songs at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, SXSW 2013, and  Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show. Now, their dynamic stage presence is the focus of their new music video for 180 standout “Rattlesnake Highway”.  Directed by Douglas Hart, the clip  intercuts with some outrageous archival footage of Pentecostal snake handlers., but mostly awesome live footage that makes you want to see Palma Violets in the flesh ASAP.

See Palma Violets up close and personal on their extensive fall/winter tour, including appearances at Treasure Island Music Festival and The Weezer Cruise.

Palma Violets 2013-2014 Tour Dates:
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/09 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/12 – Mexico City, MX @ Capital Corona Festival
10/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos Crystal Ball
10/15 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA
10/16 – Portland, OR @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
10/18 – Berkeley, CA @ University of California, Berkeley
10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oude Zaal
11/03 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
11/09 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Planeta Terra Festival
11/14 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Planeta Terra Festival
11/18 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall
11/19 – Lincoln, UK @ Engine Shed
11/21 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Metropolitan University
11/22 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ Newcastle University
11/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
11/25 – Norwich, UK @ Waterfront
11/26 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
11/28 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy Oxford
11/29 – Coventry, UK @ Kasbah
11/30 – Plymouth, UK @ University Main Hall
12/02 – Southampton, UK @ Southampton University
12/03 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
12/04 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
12/05 – London, UK @ Coronet Theatre
02/13-17 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Weezer Cruise

My Bloody Valentine adds more dates to their WORLD TOUR, playing 2 nights at Hammerstein Ballroom!

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Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine who released their first album in over 21 years, mbv, earlier this year, have already done some North American dates since (like LA’s FYF Fest), and though those didn’t include any in NYC, now they are set to return and will play Hammerstein Ballroom on November 11 and 12! Tickets are not on sale yet, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

New North America [US and Canada) and European tour dates have been added. Check the gigs page for ticket details!

 

My Bloody Valentine — 2013 Tour Dates
06-09 Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
06-10 Prague, Czech Republic – Archa Theater
06-13 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
06-14 Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
06-15 Oslo, Norway – Norwegian Wood Festival
07-07 Belfort, France – Eurockeennes Festival
07-13 Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07-26 Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
07-27 Ansan Daebu Island, Korea – Valley Rock Festival
08-04 Katowice, Poland – Off Festival
08-06 Vienna, Austria – Vienna Arena
08-08 Sibenik, Croatia – Terraneo Festival
08-10 Helsinki, Finland – Flow Festival
08-16 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
08-17 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
08-19 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
08-21 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Events Center
08-23 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
08-25 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
08-30 Laois, Ireland – Electric Picnic
09-05 Cologne, Germany – Cologne Live Music Hall
09-07 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
09-08 Munich, Germany – Munich Tonhalle
10-31 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
11-03 Lille, France – Aeronef

SLAYER/GOJIRA TOUR EXPANDS L.A. AND N.Y. CONCERTS TO FIVE-WEEK NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR

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Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years. The tour will include the band’s previously announced return to New York’s Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn’t performed at in 25 years.

Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.

Tickets for all dates on Slayer’s U.S. tour, go on sale beginning this Friday, September 6. Log onto http://www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

With more dates to be announced, confirmed dates for Slayer’s 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows:

OCTOBER
25 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30 Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA

NOVEMBER
08 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA

Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

Newly-added dates for November:

Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.

01 WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
03 Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
04 Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
05 Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
07 MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
21 Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23 CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24 Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC

Watch Pearl Jam’s new video for “Mind Your Manners” + North American Tour

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Pearl Jam have unleashed a video for “Mind Your Manners”, the first single from their upcoming tenth studio record, Lightning Bolt. As mega-fans (i.e., my roommate) will tell you, PJ doesn’t do this kind of thing very often. After the clip for “Jeremy” took home the VMA for Best Video in 1993, the band decided to reduce their video presence. In fact, the band refused to craft a followup until 1998′s Yield, when they commissioned Todd McFarlane to direct the animated clip for “Do the Evolution”. And that would be their last until 2006′s self-titled album. In 23 years as a band, that’s a 12 year span without a music video on MTV (those performance clips from Riot Act don’t count).

Recently, PJ have sporadically returned to the medium, either to be odd or for marketing reasons. Given that “Mind Your Manners” has already been lauded as a non-typical Pearl Jam song, it’s only fitting they’ve gone a different route with its visual accompaniment. With its images of Seattle’s favorite sons kicking out the punk in front of a volley of vintage footage and retro artwork, their latest video has one purpose and one purpose only: to rock.

Lightning Bolt arrives October 15th.

Mind Your Manners (Official Music Video) – Pearl Jam

Published on Aug 23, 2013

Watch the Danny Clinch directed music video for Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners”, off the forthcoming album “Lightning Bolt”. Pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/PJLightningBolt

Credits:
Director: Danny Clinch
Producer: Lindha Narvaez
DP: Vance Burberry
Editor: Grant James, Paul Greenhouse
Visual Effects: S77
Animation: Andy Smetanka
Color: Marshall Plante
Production Company: Milkt Films

Pearl Jam:
Eddie Vedder
Jeff Ament
Stone Gossard
Mike McCready
Matt Cameron

Pearl Jam North American Tour 2013