Arcade Fire and Lily Allen have already been confirmed as performers
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Thursday 05 August 2010
Sunday 01 August 2010
Friday 30 July 2010
If the dominant mood of their debut Funeral was one of celebration, and that of Neon Bible one of anxiety, then the prevailing tone of The Suburbs is of a more reflective, nostalgic bent – as if rumination upon the past might indeed offer a valid refuge from the uncertainties and worries of the present.
Friday 23 July 2010
Sunday 11 July 2010
Friday 09 July 2010
It's now three years since Neon Bible secured Arcade Fire's ascension to the ranks of those indie acts whose questing spirit is matched by commercial success, and not surprisingly there's a palpable sense of excited expectation buzzing around the Hackney Empire before tonight's one-off show. This is their only scheduled UK performance until festival appearances planned for late in August, so when the eight-piece band bounces animatedly onstage, brimful of energy as a hydro-electric dam, it's no surprise the audience greets them as conquering heroes, rising as one for a standing ovation before they've even played a note.
Sunday 14 March 2010
This Brooklyn band seem as interested in the accidental creaks that sliding fingers make between forming guitar chords as the chords themselves, and presumably also delight in the moments when the signal from a mercilessly punished musical instrument goes into the red.
Monday 01 February 2010
The Underbelly, a tiny pub venue cushioned by draping red velvet, makes a snug performance space. However, without a raised stage, and with constant bar chatter with which to contend, it is not the ideal spot for a solo acoustic performer.
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Sunday 18 October 2009
Monday 24 August 2009
This wasn't an occasion for humility. "We just released our record the other month," says Broken Records' singer Jamie Sutherland hesitantly, perhaps hoping that one or two in the audience might decide to buy it. Instead, his band's hometown crowd cheers and applauds back at him, pleased to hear further evidence of their local heroes' success.
Sunday 09 August 2009
Sunday 10 May 2009
Winners – ahead of Arcade Fire, no less – of Canada's equivalent to the Mercury Prize, Patrick Watson (it's both a band and a person) follow up 2007's Close to Paradise with another crystal clear collection.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Friday 03 April 2009
An Arcade Fire tour is a celebrated but rare occurrence. While we eagerly await the Canadian indie-rock band's next UK appearance, a documentary of the band is being released on DVD on Monday, which shows live footage. The band made a documentary of the making and touring of their 2007 album Neon Bible. Miroir Noir, directed by the band's friend and collaborator Vincent Morisset and shot by Vincent Moon. The 70-minute film shows the band on the road, live onstage and at work in the studio. It also features short films made while they were touring. The film can also be downloaded at www.miroir-noir.com
Friday 27 March 2009
Sometimes, a good idea isn't quite enough. Always a fan of 1960s British folk-rock and prog, Decemberists songwriter Colin Meloy was inspired to create this concept album by hearing Anne Briggs's rare 1966 EP The Hazards Of Love.
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