Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
VELOCIFERO, Liverpool-based Ladytron's fourth album, is the sound of a computer that's turned on.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
STREWTH! The Wombats are coming to Loughborough.
Liverpool three-piece breakthrough indie band The Wombats will be bringing their chart-busting sound to Loughborough Students' Union on June 10.
Admission to see the band, best known for hits such as Moving To New York, Let's Dance To Joy Division and Backfire At The Disco, costs £15 for non-students, or £14 with an NUS card.
Nikki Shipley, Students' Union spokeswoman, said: "With the UK tours selling out fast, here at Loughborough Students Union we promise not to disappoint.
"In our 1,600 capicity room we fully intend to have a fully packed venue all adding to an amazing, one off experience that is not to be missed.
"It is certainly going to be an awesome start to the summer months and promises to be a highlight of the year!"
Tickets are available online here, or from Loughborough Students' Union reception.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
CUT loose and lay back this summer with Loose Salute, music's answer to the lobotomy.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Compiled under the "naive notion that good music will prevail," the selection is a mixed bag, from the driving rock of North Dakota's The Wooden Sky to the acoustic tinkering of Vandaveer's Crooked Mast.
Some of it is forgettable, for instance The Panda Band's effort which just doesn't gel for me, but with the likes of the We Are Scientists-esque Secret Broadcast, Snow Patrol-style Soft, the simply awesome Snowden and the star in waiting that is Rod Thomas, The Lab may well have lined up several of my new favourite bands in one fell swoop.
The CD is available from June 2, or you can listen to it here!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
THE star of last night's Later... With Jools Holland was undoubtedly Yoav, the Israel-born South African one man band.
I've had a quick listen now of his 2008 album Charmed And Strange, as he only got to perform one track on the show, and the Kaki King meets Timbaland meets Incubus sound, all done on one guitar and attached pedals, is definitely one to check out.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
AFTER the disappointing new release from The Charlatans comes another Britpop also-ran from out of nowhere.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
PENDULUM will be headlining a double drum and bass extravaganza at Loughborough University on May 27.
As part of their promotion for sensational new album In Silico, the group are playing alongside MC Verse and local DJs to an expected crowd of 1,000 under-18s at the Students' Union from 5.30pm, and then again to an adult audience later that evening.
Tickets are on sale at £10 for the under-18s gig and £5 NUS, £7 or £10 VIP for over-18s at the Students' Union Reception and Zavvi at The Rushes.
For more information about the event or ticket sales, please Edd Kiggins on 07729 932993.
Monday, May 19, 2008
JUST a quick pointer for anyone dashing down the A6 to the inaugral Leicester City Blues Festival 2008 later this month.
Sitting on Saturday, May 31's line-up alongside more well-known acts such as Gary Moore is the absolute must-see Son Of Dave.
One bluesman band Son Of Dave, real name Benjamin Darvill, has to be seen to be believed - creating rich, hip-hop influenced blues completely on his tod onstage - you can see an example of this, a performance of Hellhound from his latest album 03, here.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
VETERAN pop rock act Sparks have enlisted local band The Young Knives as support for one gig of their 21-night stand at the London Astoria.
Belton brothers Henry Dartnall and The House Of Lords and Ashbien Oliver Askew will perform on Saturday, May 17, before Sparks perform, in its entirity, their 1972 album A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing.
The gig forms part of the group's back-to-back performances of their entire studio album back catalogue in order, including 1982's Angst In My Pants and 1995's Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins, ending with the group's 2008 LP Exotic Creatures Of The Deep.
Ah well, it can't be the Venture Theatre, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, every week.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
CELEBRATE the music that makes you feel better this Saturday when top 40 band The Holloways come to Loughborough.
The band, best known for their smash hit feelgood summer song Generator, will be playing at Room 1, Loughborough Students' Union, alongside town act The Voom Blooms.
Bryn Tremayne Fowler, bassist for The Holloways, told Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice: "When we started playing live we decided to try to get around a many places as possible, especially where people don't get to see as many top bands, although I think this will be the first time in Loughborough.
"I'm sure people are going to be up for it.
"We heard one or two songs by The Voom Blooms before we gave them the thumbs-up – they sounded good and we're looking forward to seeing them live."
Tickets to the gig, open to anyone, both students and non-students, as long as they're aged 14 years or over, cost £10 and are available online here and here or from the Students' Union Reception.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
CASTLE Donington rockers Late Of The Pier will be appearing on The Nokia Green Room on Channel 4 at 1.40pm on May 11.
The show, which features diverse acts mingling backstage between exclusive performances, will see the local lads hobnobbing with indie group Guillemots and former Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Here are some pictures from the evening - look out for a full review here, in the Loughborough Echo and in the mighty Ashby Trader And Echo paper too.
The super Dartnall brothers
The House Of Lords and Oliver Askew
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
MATMOS really is a labour of love for San Francisco duo Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel - as not only are the pair a romantic couple, they go to extreme lengths together to get the sounds they need for their experimental electronica.
In the course of their work, Matmos have - among many, many things, some too lewd to be listed here - sampled amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, slowed down whistles and kisses, chin implant surgery, rat cages, tanks of helium, human skulls, cards shuffling, field recordings of conversations in hot tubs, frequency response tests for defective hearing aids, a steel guitar recorded in a sewer, Polish trains, aspirin tablets hitting a drum kit from across the room, life support machines, solid gold coins spinning on bars of solid silver and the sound of a frozen stream thawing in the sun.
It really is "all" in a days work for Matmos.
So for Supreme Balloon to be a studio album, albeit entirely composed on synthesizers, is daring for the group, whose work normally straddles the grey area between pop music and conceptual art.
This time out the songs are more instantly accessible and sound like extracts from a 1970s Tomorrow's World special on the music of the future.
The results are still, as you'd expect, more chin stroking than foot tapping, but Supreme Balloon is more of a pleasure trip than previous outings.