Chvrches Cover Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?"

ChvrchesChvrches have been rocking a myriad of covers lately, from Whitney Houston to Bauhaus. With each one, the Scottish trio inject that signature synthpop sound and crooning vocals for a truly unique experience. Adding the Arctic Monkeys to their hit list, the band recently did an in-studio session with Triple J to cover “Do I Wanna Know,” off Arctic Monkeys’ 2013 release, AM. You can check out the cover below. (more…)

BRIT Awards Tease Performance Lineup

BRIT awardsWhile we’re still coming down from the exhaustion that was last weekend’s Grammy Awards, the BRIT Awards are already boasting a collaboration between Lorde and Disclosure, as well as confirmed performances by Katy Perry, Pharrell, Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, and more. Check out a teaser photo tweeted by the awards ceremony below, and catch the performances Feb. 19 at 8pm. (more…)

OutKast, Foo Fighters, And More At Delware's Firefly Music Festival

outkastPreparations for the summer festival season is really kicking into high gear now. We recently told you about the return of OutKast, who will headline Coachella and the Governors Ball, and now you can add the Firefly Music Festival to the duo’s itinerary (along with 37 other fests). Big Boi and Andre 3000 will be joined by Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, Band of Horses, Iron & Wine, Sky Ferreira, tUnE-yArDs, Phosphorescent, and many more.

Firefly will be held June 19th to 22nd at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Get tickets now through the festival’s website. Check there or watch the announcement video below for info and the full lineup.

BRIT Awards Nominees: David Bowie, Bastille, Ellie Goulding

BRIT awards‘Tis the season for awards shows! Following the recent announcement of the Grammy Awards nominees, comes the BRIT Awards nominations. Artists up for multiple awards this year include the Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, and newcomers Bastille, who are nominated in four categories, including best British Breakthrough Act, and Album of the Year. The awards will take place at 8pm GMT at London’s 02 Arena, and feature performances by Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars. You can view the full list of nominees below. (more…)

Arctic Monkeys Announce 2014 North American Shows

Arctic Monkeys have been traveling throughout the UK and North America in support of the tremendously good AM, released in early September. In recent days, the band has had to postpone three UK shows due to singer Alex Turner‘s laryngitis. The good news is that those dates have been rescheduled, and the band has just announced a slate of new North American dates for 2014, a couple of which will feature Deerhunter as opener (New York and Boston dates). See the full schedule after the jump.



Arctic Monkeys Pay Tribute To Lou Reed With Live Performance Of "Walk On The Wild Side"

The music industry is still recovering from the tragic loss of Lou Reed over the weekend, and slowly but surely the tributes have begun to roll out.

Performing before a sold-out crowd in the UK last night, rock outfit Arctic Monkeys became one of the first groups to pay homage to the fallen icon in a live setting with a stunning rendition of Reed’s smash hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” The song was performed as the introduction to the band’s encore, and before they began frontman Alex Turner counted them in as the crowd went wild. You can view a high quality fan-shot video from the performance at the end of this post.

Comment below and let us know what you think of Arctic Monkeys’ take on this classic song. (more…)

Arctic Monkeys Keep Things Simple With "Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You"

Over the past decade, few UK rock bands have broken through in alternative rock as have Arctic Monkeys. Now, with a new album due in just over a week, the group has unleashed a killer B-side that is sure to get you grooving.

Expressing a desire to stop time, to exist outside of the world with a true love, even if only for a moment, is nothing new in pop culture. On their new track “Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You,” Arctic Monkeys have channeled this theme into a raw sounding, pop-laden rock track that your hips cannot help but move to. It will not be featured on AM, which comes out September 10, but that certainly does not mean you should go another hour without experiencing it in full. You ca stream the song below.

Fridays have been slow all month long, but we think “Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You” oozes just enough throwback rock swagger to keep you energized until the 5 o’clock bell rings. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Arctic Monkeys’ latest. (more…)

Hot Chip To Provide Olympic Table Tennis Soundtrack

In a move that sounds cooler the more we think about it, English electronic group Hot Chip have been chosen to chosen to provide the introductory music for the Olympic table tennis competition. With their Olympic foray, Hot Chip join a host of English musical luminaries who are already involved with the 2012 London games. The all-star list includes Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, MIA, Adele, and Muse, who will reportedly all be performing at the opening ceremony of the games tomorrow night. Muse’s song “Survival” is also the official song of the 2012 Olympics.

While we wait in anticipation for Hot Chip to bring their funky electro-pop to the table tennis court, it’s only natural speculate about other combinations of English bands and Olympic sports that we’d like to see. Dragonforce and rhythmic gymnastics, anyone?

Riffs, Rants and Rumors: Listening In On Belle and Sebastian's Late Night Tales

What do you listen to when the hour is late, the lights are low and careening power chords and wailing vocals just don’t suit the mood? Everybody’s got their own answer to that question, but those who dwell in the rarefied dominion of record geekdom are especially attuned to what makes a good after-hours mix, priding themselves on concocting the perfect combination of tracks to watch the wee hours drift by. That’s the idea behind the British Late Night Tales series, which brings in a different celebrity guest to curate each volume. In the past, LNT has tapped the talents of The Flaming Lips, Snow Patrol, Midlake, Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim and many more, from varied stylistic sectors. Six years ago, indie-pop giants Belle and Sebastian were added to that list, and now they’ve got the rare honor of returning for a second round, delivering the latest Late Night Tales mix. To find out how the whole thing came together, let’s lend an ear to Belle and Sebastian keyboard man Chris Geddes, who was actually the main overseer of the collection. (more…)

Concerts To Watch For In 2012

There were dozens of amazing shows rocking our world in 2011. With the year coming to a close, we can’t help but look ahead to 2012 and start getting excited about another whole year of new music and epic shows. Here’s some picks of the biggest acts to tour next year, and what to look forward to:

Coldplay: With the release of the highly-anticipated Mylo Xyloto album hot on their heels, Coldplay are set to tour the US throughout 2012. It’s been a while since they’ve played here, too: Their last performance in the US was in August of 2009. Many of their shows at arenas have already sold out. Get on it so you aren’t left out!

Smashing Pumpkins: In anticipation of the release of Oceania along with the remastered reissue of the band’s entire catalog, Billy Corgan is ready to hit the road with the reunited Pumpkins early next year.

Pearl Jam: The summer will see the Seattle grunge rockers showcasing their new material from coast to coast. With renewed energy and a legion of die-hard fans dying to see them (get those tickets quick!), the vibe at these shows is bound to be fantastic.