Chance The Rapper and London Grammar pulled out of performances at Scotland's T in the Park music festival this weekend (12-13Jul14). The hip-hop star was scheduled to hit the stage on Sunday (13Jul14), but he took to his Twitter.com account on Saturday (12Jul14) and revealed he would no longer be appearing at the annual event.
The rapper explained he was cutting down on his hectic touring schedule, but did not offer up a reason for the cancellation.
He wrote, "slowin down on doin so many shows. but aint s**t could stop me from playing @lollapalooza (in Chicago, Illinois) keep me in your prayers (sic)".
The news comes weeks after Chance The Rapper was forced to pull out of a show in Alabama in May (14) because of a mystery illness.
Meanwhile, London Grammar cancelled their performance on Sunday to allow singer Hannah Reid time to recover from a lost voice. Scottish electronic band Chvrches stepped in as a replacement for the British pop trio.
Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Franz Ferdinand were among the many acts that hit the stage on Sunday.
Singer/songwriter Beck is finally releasing a full studio version of his innovative sheet music album Song Reader. The Loser hitmaker's 2012 record was only available in sheet format with instructions so fans could play the tracks themselves.
Last year (13), he performed the album on stage in London for the first time, and enlisted his famous friends, including Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to interpret his music.
Two years later, fans will now be able to buy the full recorded version of Song Reader, which includes more big-name talent.
Artists including Cocker, Jack White, Norah Jones, Juanes, Tweedy, and actor/rocker Jack Black have all contributed to the project.
Song Reader will be available for purchase from 29 July (14).
Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon Mcclure has publicly criticised Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, branding his hits "McDonald's music". The rocker is adamant The Girls hitmaker, who has carved out a successful global DJ career and regularly tops the charts with his dance tunes, represents all that is wrong with modern music.
He tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "People think because I don't like Calvin Harris that I must be anti-Scottish but I'm not.
"l love (Scottish acts) Django Django, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, The Jesus and Mary Chain - but Calvin makes what I call McDonald's music.
"We came out at a similar time and both made vaguely electronic tunes with a band. And then his A&R (artists and repertoire) man said, 'Instead of doing that song with Leona Lewis, I'll get Rihanna to sing it. Pretend you're a DJ now and don't even be in a band.'
"He doesn't even like his own music. People graft (work) all week and pay a hundred and odd quid (sic) to go to a festival and when he plays live he's just pressing play on a CD."
British rock acts The Cure, Franz Ferdinand and Mystery Jets have thrown their support behind a new campaign to make gigs more accessible for disabled music fans. The MusicWithoutBarriers drive aims to raise awareness of the problems facing disabled revellers when they want to see their favourite bands live in the U.K.
A statement from the Mystery Jets, whose frontman Blaine Harrison suffers from spina bifida, reads, "Whether it's watching a friend's band at a local venue or watching Radiohead from the disabled platform at Glastonbury, gigs should be accessible to everyone."
Other performers backing the cause include The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Alt-J, Tom Odell and Frank Turner, who adds, "Everybody deserves the chance to enjoy live music, and coming together to improve access for all is only going to make shows better for everyone."
Rockers Imagine Dragons have been forced to cancel a performance at Bilbao BBK Live later this year (14) so they can focus on completing their next album. The band was scheduled to appear at the Spanish musical festival in July (14), but the Radioactive hitmakers have pulled out due to a scheduling conflict.
A statement from the group reads: "We are incredibly sorry to be cancelling this show. We had an amazing time playing in Spain last year, and we were excited to be coming back to see you all once again. Unfortunately, it will have to wait just a little longer.
"We have to head back to the U.S. due to scheduling issues with the second album. We are working with the festival to figure out how to make it up to you as soon as possible. We'll let you know when we work it out - hope to see you all very soon."
Meanwhile, Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People and The Black Keys have been confirmed to perform at the event.
Lady Gaga brought down the final curtain at New York City's iconic Roseland Ballroom on Monday night (07Apr14) by ending her residency there in spectacular style. The pop superstar played a seven-show run at the Manhattan concert hall which concluded on Monday with a gig marking the last ever performance at the venue.
After opening the final show with her hit Born This Way, Gaga told the crowd, "Everybody is here for one reason - to say goodbye to this beautiful fantasy, this Roseland... We have to give this place a proper send-off."
The stage set was covered with roses, replica fire escapes and a subway train in tribute to the New York location, and Gaga streamed the show online so her fans could watch live on the Internet.
During the concert, Gaga recalled her previous experiences of the Roseland Ballroom, revealing she suffered a broken nose after getting caught in the mosh pit at a gig by Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand a decade ago.
The Poker Face star closed the show with an energetic performance of her latest single G.U.Y.
She wrote in a post on Twitter.com on the night of the closing concert, "I feel such a strange rush of emotions, saying goodbye to such a special venue and a 7 night only special show."
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Endless Love has awakened something in me. Not a long dormant passion for an introverted high school classmate, or a sudden desire to break into the zoo after dark. A question about movies — more accurately, about movie criticism. The same question you would ask yourself if you fell drowsy in the middle of Citizen Kane, or welled up during the emotional climax of Just Friends. The question I ask myself now, as I recount the 103 straight minutes of asphyxiating laughter that I endured during a screening of Shana Feste’s would-be romantic drama: What makes a good movie?
We assign deference to some films, disgust to others — a lucky few of us make a living this way. But what, precisely, are we reviewing? A film’s mission or its execution? The product onscreen or the experience of watching it? All factors come into play when considering whether or not a movie “works.” But on rare occasions you’ll get a film that offers no common ground in its meeting of these standards. You’ll get Endless Love, which strives for dramatic sincerity, winds up with underwritten idiocy, and provokes in its viewers an unrestrained, absurdist revelry — the kind of joy you’d otherwise be forced to seek in a third viewing of The Lego Movie. Laughter at the ill-conceived antics and befuddling dialectical patterns of our central teen couple — a Mars native Gabrielle Wilde and her gaping mouthed beau Alex Pettyfer. Elated bemusement at the younger generation’s propensity for chaotic disrobing and didactically organized dance parties. Unprecedented ecstasy at the Mafia movie intimidation tactics of an overprotective dad (Bruce Greenwood) and the brain-dead disregard of a supportive one (Robert Patrick). As a comedy, Endless Love is unstoppable.
I can only hypothesize that it was not Feste’s intention to roll us in the aisles. I have no cold proof that her resolution in paving every nook in her Georgia-set remake with another farcical stone — Wilde’s instantaneous evolution from wordless ingénue to sexually aggressive spirit walker, Patrick’s loving caution-to-the-wind attitude regarding any situation that has to do with a girl, Rhys Wakefield’s “black sheep” character forming an odd amalgamation of Pauly Shore and Charlie St. Cloud — was not one of Wolf of Wall Street-like satire, or reappropriation in the vein of Spring Breakers. Here are two movies that earned scorn from viewers who read them literally, and in turn vehement defense from those who peered through the exaltation of cocaine and firearms into the filmmakers’ ironic intentions.
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To the latter community, one to which I subscribe, I ask: if we’re readily willing to dive deeper for Martin Scorsese and Harmony Korine, shouldn’t we grant Feste this benefit? If we’d defend the authenticity of the splendor we recognized in their movies, why am I inclined to write off the very same when present in this year’s Valentine’s Day cannonball? Why do I eagerly laud the merit in Leonardo DiCaprio directing Quaalude-charged tribal chants and relinquishing subhuman treatment upon anyone short a Y-chromosome, while instinctively shafting the invaluable merriment in Pettyfer’s goofily deliberate declaration that he likes to read into the category of happy accident?
But an even more precise question (one I was challenged to entertain by a friend and film critic far wiser than I am), and this time to the former community: does it matter? Did it matter to all those offended by gunplay and intrusive nudity that Korine set out to demonize youth culture and its omnipresent hedonism? Did considering his intentions make the endgame any less a visceral nightmare? If not, does it matter if Feste poured her soul into the machination of a timeless love story, only to produce a riotous cinematic episode that treads genre parody as expertly as anything from the golden age of the Zucker brothers? Does it matter that she didn’t intend for Wilde and Pettyfer’s sex scene to come off as super-hoke, for every mention of cancer to feel like soap opera send-up, or for Robert Patrick’s vindication of his son’s passion for menagerie trespassing to elicit the biggest laugh of a movie yet in 2014?
So long as I consider the power of cinema, I’ll never be sure if it matters. I’ll never be sure of the answers to any of these questions. But no matter where I find myself standing on this issue down the line, I had far too much fun at Endless Love — and entertained far too many questions on the nature of cinema and the way we react to it — to call it a movie that people shouldn’t see.
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Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have teamed up with oddball electro-pop pioneers Sparks for a new album project. The Take Me Out hitmakers have been working with Ron and Russell Mael since meeting up in California last year (13).
Sparks keyboard player Ron Mael tells NME.com that the collaboration isn't as odd as it may seem, explaining, "You can really hear a mashing together of both bands. If there was a train crash between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, this is what the wreckage would sound like.
"Alex (Kapranos) and Russell's voices are very distinctive, so you notice the trade-off between them straight away. Both bands' styles are coming together pretty seamlessly."
Mael admits the get together has been in the planning stages for years after Kapranos expressed an interest in working with the brothers in a 2007 radio interview about Sparks.
He says, "We liked what each other does, and it became the usual thing bands say to each other of, 'We should do something together'. We kept in touch over the years, and last April we both happened to be playing in San Francisco. We struck up the same conversation, but this time we actually started working on it. It seems to be turning into something strong."
Franz Ferdinand star Alex Kapranos has publicly apologised to Pharrell Williams after accusing the hitmaking producer of stealing a sample from one of his songs. The Take Me Out singer sparked what could have become a new music beef when he sent out a tweet on Friday (31Jan14), suggesting Williams had nabbed a riff from him.
He wrote, "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..." and linked the comment to Paloma Faith's Can't Rely on You, which was produced by Williams.
Kapranos wasn't specific about the song he was referring to, but many fans felt sure it was Franz Ferdinand's hit Take Me Out.
The singer appeared to change his tune on Monday (03Feb14), when he took to Twitter again and wrote, "@Pharrell Sometimes I forget how easily things can get exaggerated on here. I know you didn't borrow any riffs. Sorry for all the press BS (bulls**t)."
Franz Ferdinand rocker Alex Kapranos has called out Pharrell Williams on Twitter.com after suggesting the Grammy-winning producer lifted a guitar riff from one of his band's songs for a new track with Paloma Faith. The Scottish star took to his Twitter.com blog on Friday (31Jan14) to share the observation with fans by uploading a YouTube.com link to English singer Faith's new single, Can't Rely on You.
Alongside the video link, he wrote, "Hey @Pharrell - I love your tunes. If you want to borrow a riff, just ask..."
Kapranos did not name the Franz Ferdinand tune he was referring to, but the chords featured on Faith and Williams' collaboration bares similarities to the band's 2004 hit Take Me Out.
Williams, who won four prizes at last weekend's (26Jan14) Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year, has yet to respond to the allegation.