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Freddie Mercury biopic finds its new Freddie Mercury
Dec 10, 2013 8:47am | Cosequence Of Sound
As if playing the role of music’s greatest frontman isn’t already a daunting enough of task, the star of the forthcoming Freddie Murphy biopic will also have to fill the shoes of the actor previously described as the only one fit for the job. Sacha Baron Cohen recently dropped out of the project over disagreements with Queen about the films direction and tone. So, who have producers tagged as the new star of the film? According to Deadline Hollywood, it’s English actor Ben Whishaw, who you may know from films such as Skyfall (where he played Q), Cloud Atlas, and I’m Not There.
Furthermore, Dexter Fletcher has come on as the film’s director. He previously starred in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and made his directorial debut with 2012′s Wild Bill. His most recent project came in the form of Sunshine on Leith, a musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers.
Fletcher intends to begin filming next year and will have full usage of Queen’s catalog.
Stifle launches with appearances from Acre, Wen and Parris
Dec 10, 2013 8:43am | Fact Magazine
Conceptualized back in April, Stifle is now upon us, and is sporting an enviable launch line-up.
Set for December 20 at Caravan’s Peckham Pool Club, Stifle will be ushering in appearances from Tectonic’s Acre, Keysound’s Wen and Soundman Chronicles’ Parris. The three headliners will be supported by Stifle residents Vrak and JP, and if the night can keep up this level of quality we’re sure they’ll be in for a corker of a 2014.
For more information and tickets head here.
Here We Go Magic, Nightlands & Christopher Bear trio played Baby's All Right (pics); Luke Temple's residency continues
Dec 10, 2013 8:36am | Brooklyn Vegan
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Here We Go Magic / Christopher Bear Trio @ Baby's All Right -
Luke Temple is in the middle of his December residency at Union Pool, but last night (12/9) he teamed back up with his band Here We Go Magic to headline a show at Brooklyn's new-ish Baby's All Right. Opening the show was a trio set from Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear with Aaraon Arntz (who tours as a live member of Grizzly Bear) and Benjamin Campbell, who also played last week's installment of Luke's residency, plus a set from guitar/drum machine/vocal loop one-man-band Nightlands (aka War On Drugs/Sharon Van Etten collaborator Dave Hartley). Members of Caveman were also DJing in the venue's front room. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Luke Temple's Union Pool residency continues tonight (12/10) with Daniel Carter/Austin Vaughn, Sam Owens (of Celestial Shore), and "Delicate" Steve Marion. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Baby's All Right below...
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Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw confirmed for Freddie Mercury biopic
Dec 10, 2013 8:34am | Fact Magazine
Star of Skyfall and The Hour replaces Sacha Baron Cohen.
British actor Ben Whishaw has been confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in the forthcoming Queen biopic.
Whishaw, who’s best known for his role as James Bond’s gadget guru Q in last year’s Skyfall, has been rumoured for the role since Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen was dropped from the film earlier this year.
The biopic will tell the story of Queen from the band’s early days to their headline performance at Live Aid in 1985. In the director’s chair is Dexter Fletcher, the Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor who made his directorial debut in 2011 with Wild Bill before directing Sunshine On Leith, a musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers.
Queen guitarist Brian May commented on the departure of Baron Cohen earlier this year, explaining that his presence in the movie would have been “very distracting.”
“We thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie,” he told Classic Rock. “You have to really suspend that disbelief the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didnt that could really happen with Sacha.”
Meanwhile, Queen’s Roger Taylor recently revealed tha...
Premiere: Stream Wanda Groups sickly new album A Slab About Being Held Captive
Dec 10, 2013 8:23am | Fact Magazine
Polarizing drone peddler Wanda Group is back with a new full-length, this time for the NNA Tapes imprint.
The mysterious Brighton-based producer, best known for his caps lock Twitter tirades, shows surprising restraint here as the album neatly follows on from last year’s Opal Tapes tome Piss Fell Out Like Sunlight. Crunchy field recordings, blustery pads and the kind of ghostly sounds you’d expect to hear from the arse end of Tarkovsky’s Stalker make up the backbone of the record, and Wanda Group slowly allows fragments of harmony to creep in bit by bit, daubing a half-hidden narrative that’s revealed only on repeat listens.
It’s confusing, chilling and deeply enthralling stuff (providing you have a tolerance for disembodied drones, of course) and you can listen to the entire record below.
A Slab About Being Held Captive is out today via NNA Tapes digitally, and will be available on vinyl on December 17.
Feathers working on new EP, list their favorite LPs of 2013, playing NYC before European tour w/ Depeche Mode (dates)
Dec 10, 2013 8:18am | Brooklyn Vegan
Austin's Feathers have had a busy year. They released their debut album, If All Here Now, have toured the country (they played NYC in May) and opened for Depeche Mode during SXSW. 2014 looks to be exciting for them as well, with a new EP, Only One, and a trip across the Atlantic next month where they'll be opening up for Depeche Mode again, this time on a few European dates. On their way there, they'll stop in NYC for a warm-up show, playing Mercury Lounge on January 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Feathers frontperson Anastasia Dimou was nice enough to give us her Top 10 Records of 2013, including commentary on some of them. Her list doesn't stray to far from the style of music she makes, which means if you like Feathers, you may want to check some of these out. Read her list below....
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Lucius @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Kingsley Flood (pics & videos)
Dec 10, 2013 8:12am | Brooklyn Vegan
photos by Chris La Putt
"So happy to have seen @ilovelucius again. What an unforgettable, high-energy show. @ Bowery Ballroom" - @Caty_Gordon
"@ilovelucius killed it tonight at Bowery Ballroom! There's nothing better than standing right in the front singing every word with you guys." - Karen Kuhn
"Lucius! A little bunch of super talented people. So. Much. Fun." - Natalie Weber
That praise wasn't in question on Saturday night, the first of two sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows over the weekend. After opening with an interlude of the Beatles' "Free as a Bird," the five-piece continued to enthrall fans with "Don't Just Sit There," the singers in matching dresses and sporting asymmetrical bobs. Large black-and-white silhouettes facing each other in a perfect yin and yang served as an appropriate backdrop. Treating longtime admirers to "Geneieve," off their self-titled EP, the vocalists howled, "All you had to do was shut your mouth, GENEIEVE!" And Laessig exclaimed how happy Lucius were to return home to close out their 2013 tour. [The House List]Upon returning home from their tour, Brooklyn indie pop collective Lucius played two sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom over the weekend (12/7 & 12/8). The band, led by the dual vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (who have collaborated with San Fermin and Wilco), gave their hometown fans a bunch of the material from th...
WFUV's holiday show is tonight w/ Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Kathleen Edwards, Amos Lee & more
Dec 10, 2013 7:59am | Brooklyn Vegan
Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...
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Watch Metallicas Antarctica concert in full
Dec 10, 2013 7:55am | Fact Magazine
Earlier this month, Metallica became the first band to take metal to Antarctica, playing a full gig at – as they put it – the bottom of the planet.
You can now watch the full gig above. Setlist follows.
1. Creeping Death
Video: ScHoolboy Q on The Pete Holmes Show
Dec 10, 2013 7:49am | Cosequence Of Sound
Comedian Pete Holmes’ new late night talk show makes its Consequence of Sound debut today for an absurdly random interview with Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q. Believe it or not, their conversation proved rather riveting, as Q discussed smoking weed, smoking weed with his mom, and concert etiquette for white people. If your morning is in need of a good chuckle, dig into the clips below.
For more on The Pete Holmes Show, read through our recent profile on Holmes.
Open an advent calendar of production tips from Diynamic craftsman Stimming
Dec 10, 2013 7:29am | Fact Magazine
The molly and the ivy.
Hamburg native and Diynamic label regular Stimming is sprinkling some festive cheer on the clubbing landscape every day until Christmas with an online advent calendar of house and techno production tips.
Delivered daily via his Facebook page, Stimming’s tips answer a different production query each day, beginning on December 1 with advice on how to boost your clap without destroying the mix (answer: stick a shaker on top of it).
The latest tip is also shaker-related, explaining how to add them into your mix without making your groove seem slower. Bookmark his Facebook page to get your daily dose. Chocolate not included.
Stimming released an eponymous LP through Diynamic this June hear album track ‘Third Of June’ below:
Phantogram announce new album, Voices, stream Fall in Love
Dec 10, 2013 7:26am | Cosequence Of Sound
Although it’s been a number of years since Phantogram released their debut full length, 2010′s Eyelid Movies, the electro-pop duo has by no means been out of the spotlight: they’ve released a couple of EPs, including September’s self-titled effort, appeared on albums by The Flaming Lips and Big Boi, and contributed to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Now, they’re finally ready to release their sophomore LP, Voices, due out on February 18th through Republic Records.
Spanning 11 tracks, the album is previewed by “Fall In Love”. Like the fantastic recent single “Black Out Days” (which also features on Voices) it shows a large growth in sound; their trademark atmospheric synths are now partnered with direct and darkly cutting ones, while Sarah Batheles’ voice is more commanding without losing any of its allure. Listen in below.
Video: Cage the Elephant performs on Kimmel
Dec 10, 2013 7:17am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Debi Del Grande
While nothing beats the warm reception of David Letterman, Kentucky alt-rockers Cage the Elephant continued their support of Melophobia with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. They performed their “Come a Little Closer”, a song which we ranked among the best of 2013, along with “Take It or Leave It”. Catch the replay below.
“Come a Little Closer”:
“Take It or Leave It”:
'The Hobbit' director Peter Jackson reiterates desire to shoot 'Doctor Who' episode
Dec 10, 2013 7:06am | NME
'I did suggest that they did a New Zealand story,' says filmmaker
Video: CHVRCHES perform on Letterman
Dec 10, 2013 7:02am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Heather Kaplan
CHVRCHES bid adieu to America until next April with an appearance on last nights episode of Late Show with David Letterman. The Glasgow outfit supported their Top Star-earning debut LP, The Bones of What You Believe, with a gripping rendition of “We Sink”. Catch the replay below.
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