Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, The Xx and Alt-J look set to be the big winners at this year's (13) AIM Independent Music Awards after landing a slew of top nominations ahead of the British prizegiving. The Australian rocker's band will compete for the coveted Independent Album of the Year trophy after landing a nod for their last record, Push the Sky Away, along with nine other acts including Vampire Weekend (Modern Vampires of the City) and The xx (Coexist).
Alt-J are nominated for two prizes at the ceremony, which celebrates the best in independent music, in the Most Played New Independent Act category and for Hardest Working Band or Artist.
Other stars who will be competing for awards include Johnny Marr and The National, who will fight it out for the Best Live Act prize, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are nominated for two awards including Independent Video of the Year for their hit Thrift Shop.
The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 3 September (13). During the show, music veteran Billy Bragg will pick up this year's (13) AIM Independent Music Awards Outstanding Contribution prize.
M.I.A. and Snoop Dogg are to co-headline this year's (13) Fun Fun Fun Fest in Texas. The hip-hop heavyweights will join rockers Slayer, MGMT, Ice-T, Johnny Marr and reformed Black Flag spin-off Flag, among others at the Austin event in November (08-10Nov13), according to Consequence of Sound.
New Order star Bernard Sumner joined Johnny Marr onstage at Manchester, England's Live From Jodrell Bank festival on Sunday (07Jul13) for a mini-Electronic reunion. Sumner, who headlined and curated the event with his bandmates, performed Getting Away With It onstage with Marr
A British music festival set to feature rockers Primal Scream and former The Smiths star Johnny Marr has been axed due to poor ticket sales. Singers Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula were also part of the Isle of Man Festival line-up, set to hit the stage on 6 July (13), but the show's organisers have been forced to pull the plug after failing to attract enough concertgoers.
A spokesman for the event says, "A great Festival was planned for the Isle of Man - with global artists, international and local media partners and world reaching sponsors. Sadly, this cannot now be realised."
Ticketholders have been offered refunds at their point of purchase.
The Isle of Man Festival is the latest British music bash to be scrapped - the family-friendly All Tomorrow's Parties festival was cancelled this year (13), while the inaugural KISSbeach party, due to feature Rita Ora and rappers Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah, was also recently called off.
"They've grown up with it and they know it's not easy. They know it's not limousines and expensive clothes; it's getting in a van and driving for five hours to the next gig. I like to think that I've taught them that it's not all about fame and money. It's about being great at something, purely for the sake of being great at it." Rocker Johnny Marr reveals his children, son Nile and daughter Sonny, are embarking on careers in music.
Former The Smiths bandmates Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke reunited onstage in New York on Friday night (03May13) to run through their old group's hit How Soon Is Now. Marr has been performing the classic track on his solo live shows and even included it in his set at the Coachella festival in California last month (Apr13), and he had a special treat in store for fans at his Music Hall of Williamsburg gig in Brooklyn, when he invited Rourke to join him.
He told the crowd, "When I was 15, I formed one of the first bands with my best friend. He was at that time one of the best musicians I'd ever heard.
"Then, in 1982, I formed a band in Manchester and I asked my best friend to come and play the bass with me, and he was still one of the best musicians I'd ever heard. And tonight, 30 years later, I'm gonna invite one of my best friends in the world (to join me) - and he's still one of the best musicians I've ever heard."
But he told Rolling Stone magazine that fans shouldn't think the get together will herald a The Smiths reunion - and he's tired of answering the same old question.
He explained, "I've probably been asked about a reunion about 8,936 times... I can understand people asking it, even if they're not actually listening to the answer. I also don't want to be impolite. I must just start saying, 'Google it', when people ask me that."
Finally, America will get what it's always wanted: Paul Rudd sporting a huge fucking beard.
At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, The Weinstein Company just closed a deal to distribute My Idiot Brother, the new comedy starring Rudd as a paroled pot dealer. It guarantees a minimum of $6 million and has a $15 million P&A commitment for a wide theatrical release.
The film follows Rudd as a paroled pot dealer who moves in with his sisters as he tries to get his life together. And, it carries one helluva cast. On top of Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight and Janet Montgomery all are starring. Yeah, we know, right?
Anyway, in other Sundance news, The Big Bang was just purchased by Anchor Bay. Starring Antonio Banderas, he plays a detective investigating the murder of an unknown stripper. Throughout the case, unfortunately, more deaths occur. The noir-thriller also stars William Fichtner, Sienna Guillory, Bill Duke, James Van Der Beek, Sam Elliott, Delroy Lindo and -- yeah that's right -- Snoop Dogg. To make matters ever more awesome? Johnny Marr scored the film. So, yeah. Once again, we know, right?
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