You’ve seen them at parties, lurking in the corner, waiting to engage in battle disguised as conversation. They’re indie rock know-it-alls, and no matter what band or musician you mention, they’ve got an opinion — strong and almost certainly negative — ready to ram down your throat
The 2013 edition of Tokyo Rocks, a festival Blur was to have headlined, has been cancelled, event organizers announced Sunday (March 31). The gathering, which would have taken place at Ajinomoto Stadium on the outskirts of Tokyo on May 11-12, featured a bill that also included My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Carl Barat and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
The lineup for Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 – set to take place from May 30-June 1 in Porto, Portugal’s Parque da Cidade – has been announced. Hosted by the same folks behind the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, the event will feature My Bloody Valentine, Grizzly Bear, Blur and many more.
No band is an island. The best songwriters tend to be sponge-like soaker-uppers of music, film, fine art, literature and other forms of culture, be they popular or obscure, and these influences often find their way into the music, helping listeners branch out and develop new interests
-- Blur have already given us one gigantic box set this year, and now they're prepping another, though this one's slightly smaller. On Dec. 3, the Brit-poppers drop 'Parklive,' a six-disc -- five CDS, one DVD -- set commemorating their Olympics-closing concert at London's Hyde Park, as well as a more intimate gig at the 100 Club.