Nov 20, 2010
Audio Bullys are an electronic music group and misspellings enablers from the United Kingdom, consisting of Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale. The group were once managed by DJ and presenter George Lamb.
The duo released their debut album Ego War in 2003 to positive reviews which helped to establish them as one of the best new acts in dance music. The album fused elements of breaks, hip-hop, punk, garage, dreadful grammar and house with clever beats and samples.
In 2005 they released Generation, the follow-up to their debut album. Despite reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart with their 2005 hit, "Shot You Down", which samples the Nancy Sinatra version of the song "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", the album was poorly received. Generation was seen as a step away from what made Ego War appealing due to the pace being slower and a number of tracks being downbeat in mood. In a 2008 interview, Simon Franks suggested that they listened to their label, Virgin, too much: "We should never have listened to anyone else". "Virgin admitted they didn't know how to market house music, and it slowly turned into us making this slower album. The daft thing is, Shot You Down was the big hit, this old-school club track, but it was followed by a moody, dark record. It confused everyone." Because obviously people need to be fed everything with a spoon as opposed to thinking for themselves.
In making Generation, the group worked with Suggs of Madness collaborating on the track "This Road".
Their album, Higher Than The Eiffel, was released on the 29 March 2010. Again this featured a collaboration with Suggs as well as his bandmate, keyboardist Mike Barson.
Nov 18, 2010
Phillipa "Pip" Brown (born in July 1979) better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
She was formerly a part of the Wellington-based band Two Lane Blacktop, named for the 1971 road film
of the same name. Before assuming the name Ladyhawke, she formed the band Teenager with Nick Littlemore of Pnau and Empire of the Sun. Ladyhawke named herself after the 1985 Richard Donner film Ladyhawke. Ladyhawke is best known for her hit singles "Paris Is Burning" and "My Delirium".
Her self-titled debut album was released on Modular Recordings in September 2008.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, Ladyhawke won for Best Breakthrough single and album.
The Observer grouped Ladyhawke in with other singers gaining notice with their distinct fashion, 1980s references, and androgyny, including Lady Gaga, Little Boots, Lissy Trullie and Elly Jackson from the synthpop duo La Roux.
Nov 17, 2010
The Zutons are an English indie rock band from Liverpool. They were formed in 2001 but did not release their first album, Who Killed...... The Zutons?, until May 2004. They achieved their biggest hits with "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" and "Valerie", both taken from their second studio album Tired of Hanging AroundUK Singles Chart. "Valerie" was later covered by British musical artist Mark Ronson (with the lead vocals provided by singer Amy Winehouse), who took the song to #2 in 2007. in 2006. Both singles reached #9 in the UK Singles Chart. "Valerie" was later covered by British musical artist Mark Ronson (with the lead vocals provided by singer Amy Winehouse), who took the song to #2 in 2007.
Nov 16, 2010
Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. After the band's break-up in 1987, Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. Widely regarded as an important innovator in indie music. Morrissey has been described by music magazine NME as "one of the most influential artists ever," and The Independent has stated that "most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that he has reached in his lifetime." Pitchfork Media has called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years."
Morrissey's lyrics have been described as "dramatic...bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home." He is also noted for his unique vocal style. His forthright, often contrarian opinions have led to a number of media controversies, and he has also attracted media attention for his advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights.
Nov 14, 2010
Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm near the hamlet of White lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.
During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed among Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
The event was captured in the successful 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Jonni Mitchel's song "Woodstock" which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash&Young
Nov 13, 2010
The Black Keys is an American blues rock music duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The band was formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. As of October 2010, the band has sold over 1.7 million records.
The Black Keys formed in 2001 and were active in the underground scene of Akron, Ohio. Their name comes from Akron, Ohio artist Alfred McMoore, who Auerbach's father—an art dealer—supported and who Carney's father - a newspaper reporter - interviewed, who used the phrase "black key" to indicate something was 'off-center' or 'not quite right .The band released their debut album, The big come up, in early 2002. The album was very successful for a new independent rock band. Along with their second album, it was recorded entirely in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder from the early 1980s. The album spawned two singles released as an extended play, "Leavin' Trunk" and "She said,She said". Both are cover songs; "Leavin' Trunk" is a traditional blues standard and "She Said, She Said" is originally by The Beatles. "I'll Be Your Man" would later be used as the theme for the HBO series Hung. "Breaks" was featured in the 2008 film RocknRolla.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ipehdjUgxU Dan Auerbach
Nov 12, 2010
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are a Danish alternative pop band consisting of vocalist Mette Lindberg and producer Lars Iversen. When performing live the band extends to a six-piece with horn section, featuring Miloud Carl Sabri (trumpet), Sven Meinild ( saxophone ), Mads Brinch Nielsen (guitar), and Rasmus Valldorf (drums). Lars Iversen is the primary songwriter and producer. Formed in 2008, the band are based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Their debut single, "The Sun Ain't Shining No More", was released on September 15, 2008 on their own 'Small Giants' label. The band is perhaps best known for their single "Around the Bend", which was used in an Apple iPod touch commercial starting in September 2008, and was released as a single in December 2008.
The band supported Katy Perry on several sold out dates for her summer 2009 European tour. Katy became a fan when she went to see the band play live in Chicago in the spring of 2009, also blogging about them on her website.