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12 июля, 13:32

The Horrors review – eldritch rockers signal move into the big leagues

Omeara, LondonPreviewing their new album V, the gothic hipsters hint at a life beyond the record-nerd crowd, mixing in throbbing electronics to lighter-waving effect‘Can we have some more dry ice, please?” asks the Horrors’ frontman Faris Badwan, from a stage already resembling an airport smoking lounge. As the room gets further fugged, he deadpans: “I was joking, actually.” Lit solely from behind tonight, the Horrors are only visible as silhouettes with good hair and open collars, frugging anonymously. A perverse move, perhaps, for a group previewing a forthcoming fifth album, V, which drags their grand, gothic, garagey noise from the shadows and recasts it in throbbing electronics, drum-machine pulses and the most fully formed pop of their career.But the proudly artful Horrors could hardly make their incursion into the centre-leftfield without embracing such perverse gestures. They return tonight, after three years apart pursuing spin-off projects, with fresh material showing newfound ambition and focus, opening with the shuddering Hologram, where neon Tubeway Army synth lines bolster Badwan’s eerie, Numan-esque chorus as it asks, “Are we holograms? Are we visions?” Continue reading...

09 июля, 18:31

The Killers review – snake-hipped showman delivers synth-rock glory

Hyde Park, LondonWearing bubblegum pink, a lithe Brandon Flowers leads the kings of razor-sharp, irresistible pop anthems in this high-octane headline setOne-day festivals can attract people for whom music is a hobby rather than a passion. People who might blanch at the camping, toilet facilities and hygiene sacrifices of Glastonbury or Reading will happily spend a day drinking in Hyde Park, thereby lending many of the British Summer Time festival shows a distinctly middle-aged, family feel.Yet some bands can draw fans to either type of event. A secret show by the Killers excited the most fervent reaction of the entire Glastonbury festival two weeks ago, while this headline set in Hyde Park sold out quicker than any BST bill since the Rolling Stones played the inaugural event in 2013. Continue reading...

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02 июля, 14:38

New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes review – a suitably theatrical Manchester return

Old Granada Studios, Manchester There are intensely emotional scenes as New Order revisit their back catalogue on a grand scale with synth orchestra, airing songs not heard for 30 years plus rapturously received tributes to the band’s fated predecessor, Joy DivisionThe old Granada studios building has enormous significance in the story of Joy Division and New Order. In 1978, the former made their television debut here on Tony Wilson’s So It Goes programme after singer Ian Curtis berated the presenter in Manchester’s Rafters nightclub. “You bastard!” he began. “You put the Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks and Magazine and all those others on the telly, what about us?” Three years later, when the bandmates had regrouped as New Order after Curtis’s suicide, a Granada studio again broadcast their musical baby steps, this time on the short-lived Celebration.On those occasions, both bands were at the start of something. Today’s New Order have it all behind them in the form of one of the most illustrious back catalogues in pop and a trademark sound that has become hugely influential, although they are still looking for ways to explore and reinvent it. Continue reading...

23 июня, 21:48

Glastonbury 2017: Friday evening with Radiohead, Lorde and the xx – as it happened

Sleaford Mods and Dizzee Rascal sent out the rhymes, Lorde graced the Other stage and Radiohead were the Pyramid stage headliners for the first big night of Glastonbury 2017 12.28am BST And there Wayne goes, over the front of the stage and across the Park Stage crowd. And with that I’m off to bed – my colleagues in the field will take over. See you tomorrow, same time and place. 12.26am BST It’s battle of the balls! Wayne Coyne is fronting Flaming Lips in a huge plastic sphere, as he has done for years, and performing David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It’s art rock karaoke, but at this time of night that’s probably what’s required. Continue reading...

23 июня, 13:39

Glastonbury 2017: Friday as it happened – with Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Charli XCX and more

Worthy Farm welcomed the stars of grime, film stars muscled on to the Pyramid stage, while Charli XCX and Dua Lipa pulled out all the stops to light up the festival’s first full day of music 6.42pm BST Thanks for following along everyone. We’re taking a short break, and then restarting at 7.30pm, where we’ll have reviews of Radiohead, Kate Tempest, The xx, Lorde and probably some more ridiculously good-looking A-list blokes. 6.24pm BST Following our exclusive news story last week, it’s officially official – Corbyn is incoming.Jeremy Corbyn will be at the Festival tomorrow, to speak on the Pyramid Stage at 4pm and at the Left Field at 4.30pm. #Glastobury2017 Related: Corbyn chants, T-shirts and sculptures: Jeremania hits Glastonbury Continue reading...

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16 июня, 18:29

'A road trip in space': inside the live-streamed studio session at Demon Dayz festival

Three emerging artists, selected by Gorillaz, worked overnight by solar power to create a brand new song. We joined them to see how it went Hear a preview of the track at the bottom of this article After four hours of being cooped up in a glorified motorhome, Colombian tropi-pop artist Lao Ra is starting to go a bit weird. “I feel like I’m on a road trip. A road trip in space,” she mumbles, rubbing her eyes and staring out of the window at the ink-black 3am sky. “It’s like we have a mission: a mission that must succeed! A mission to rescue Noodle from Gorillaz!”You can’t blame her for feeling a bit odd. At 11pm, she was sent into an RV doubling as a recording studio with two other musicians she barely knew. Her and her new acquaintances – quirky synth-popper Lully and electronic soundscaper Throwing Shade – were given until 6am to write and record a brand new track as part of a project between Gorillaz and E.ON Energy. They’re onsite at Dreamland Margate, which earlier played host to Demon Dayz, a new one-day festival curated by Gorillaz co-founders Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, but is now a desolate stretch of tarmac. And just to add to the oddness of it all, the studio they’re in is a new incarnation of Kong Studios: the mythical Gorillaz HQ supposedly burned down by one of the band’s cartoon members for insurance money. Continue reading...

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15 июня, 21:06

Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter: 'Music is about intensity … the rest is just noise'

Kraftwerk reinvented pop in the 1970s, but never dreamed they could stage a multimedia spectacular. Their founding member grants a rare interview to talk about Europe, Detroit clubs and why Twitter is ‘nonsense’For someone with a reputation for – how can we put this politely – taking their time over things, Ralf Hütter isn’t one for hanging around tonight. Kraftwerk have just completed a mesmerising set at the Brighton Centre – all laser-precise beats and visuals brought to life through Kraftwerk-branded 3D glasses – and Hütter has agreed to sit down for a rare face-to-face interview afterwards. Given that the show involves Hütter spending more than two hours on his feet, studiously twiddling knobs and buttons to ensure that no synth line or motorik beat arrives anything less than crystal clear, you might expect him to take a while to decompress once he has left the stage. Yet the crowd have barely shuffled out of the building when he appears in our backstage interview room, a black polo shirt and puffer jacket replacing his grid-patterned Spandex bodysuit. The speed of the transformation is disorientating, as if the mind-melting, multimedia spectacular he has just put on never happened.“Hello, nice to meet you,” he says, shaking hands, before glancing towards a picture on the wall of Rod Stewart, resplendent in his peacock pomp. “It’s you, on the left?” he asks his press officer, pointing towards one of the musician’s pink-clad backsides. Continue reading...

06 июня, 17:14

Songs to Enhance Your Workout Playlist

An expertly curated collection of 25 of the most energetic, motivating tracks to keep you amped and energized throughout your entire workout.

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01 июня, 14:00

New Order: eschewing heritage rock for a conceptual synth orchestra

Not for New Order the safe haven of a classic album tour. Instead, the band are artfully reconfiguring their back catalogue. ‘Creative people like to do something new,’ says Bernard Sumner.It’s not easy being the vanguard of technology. When Joy Division metamorphosed into New Order after the death of singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band found a new direction by exploring the possibilities of synthesizers and decided, with misplaced confidence, to take the machines on tour. “I remember thinking, ‘This is a new sound I’ve never heard before. If we took this on the road we’d be streets ahead of everyone else,’” says frontman Bernard Sumner. “I soon found out why no one else was doing it. It wasn’t because the concept hadn’t struck them before; it was because it was absolute madness.” Continue reading...

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29 мая, 09:00

From Being Boiled to I Feel Love: Gary Numan’s top electro tracks

The musician chooses his favourite songs – and admits that his own discovery of synths was all down to chance“Recently, one of my friends told me how genius it was that at the start of Cars there is just one note that stays and stays and stays,” begins affable electro overlord Gary Numan, a few days after landing in the UK from his California home to collect the inspiration award at this year’s Ivor Novellos. “I had to break it to them that when I was in the studio I started playing the first note and couldn’t think what to do next. I wasn’t a genius at all, just bereft of ideas.”Numan’s status as one of pop’s most inventive synth-botherers is itself the result of a happy accident. In the late 70s, he had been signed to Beggars Banquet as a punk artist and released the Tubeway Army album in 1978. But after a chance encounter with a Minimoog left behind by another artist in the recording studio, he made an electronic album – 1979’s Replicas – instead. Continue reading...

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20 мая, 13:00

Making sounds with Suzanne Ciani, America's first female synth hero

She was one of the few women working in sound design during the 1970s and here she talks about a long career, from appearing on Letterman to how she ended up making the famous Coke noiseIt might not seem so much of a stretch any more, but imagine spending your entire life in a tempestuous relationship with a machine. Not a sleek smartphone or tablet – we’ve seen how that can escalate in Spike Jonze’s Her. Instead picture a tapestry of tangled multicoloured wires, knobs and buttons, a bulky modular synthesizer otherwise known as the Buchla. Suzanne Ciani has spent much of her career testing the limits of one of these cumbersome instruments. So dedicated to its oscillating drones, burbles and bleeps did she become that has jokingly referred to the Buchla as “her boyfriend”. At times that affair was “traumatic”, she says now, down the phone from her studio in the Californian coastal enclave of Bolinas, sounding like both Marilyn Monroe and a Woodstock hippie. “Technology’s always very risky – you never know when it might break.” Related: Alright everyone, chill: why ambient is one of the sounds of the summer Continue reading...

18 мая, 13:42

Sigrid review – flag-waving Scandipop with plenty of muscle

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London A patriotic crowd welcome a Norwegian singer-songwriter who brings complexity and plot twists to the genreThe last 18 months has been dominated by female-led Scandipop, a genre so brimming with sugar-spun vocal perfection that it’s the first port of call for producers seeking “features” for otherwise anonymous tracks. Sigrid Raabe could end up as a featured artist at some point, but she is cut from more characterful cloth than many.The 20-year-old from Ålesund, on Norway’s west coast, marks her first London headliner by noting her origins: Norwegian flags poke out of the synth consoles, and, because today is the country’s Constitution Day, there is a rendition of the national anthem. It is mountain climbing music, bracingly delivered (and sung along to by half those present, giving a clue as to the predominant nationality of the sold-out house). And “bracing” also applies to the rest of the set. Continue reading...

10 мая, 16:49

Are Your Investments Fashion-Forward?

In the cutthroat climate of the clothing industry, understanding fashion trends can help you identify the best-valued retail stocks.

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07 мая, 10:00

Alice Coltrane: The Ecstatic Music of Turiyasangitananda review – spiritually uplifting

(Luaka Bop)The spiritually questing output of the late Alice Coltrane, wife of sax genius John, was for many years too way out even for hardened jazzniks. These days, her albums are feted. This compilation draws from her later years when she led a Californian ashram and issued her music on cassettes for the faithful. The mood is prayerful and contemplative, the music a mix of synth drones, Krishna-style chants and Coltrane’s poised, yearning vocals. There are echoes of her earlier cosmic jazz on Er Ra, a hymn to the Egyptian sun god, but the themes are mostly Vedic, focused by Coltrane’s lovely, transcendent singing. Continue reading...

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28 апреля, 16:00

Bleachers’ Hate That You Know Me: early-80s synth-pop perfection

Also this week: Lady Gaga makes a welcome return to pop, while Stormzy inexplicably teams up with Linkin ParkTRACK OF THE WEEK Continue reading...

12 апреля, 16:06

Pacira Focuses on Lead Candidate Exparel's Label Expansion

We issued an updated report on Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (PCRX) on Apr 11.

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12 апреля, 01:02

France migrants: Hundreds without shelter after Grand-Synthe camp fire

Unaccompanied children as young as 12 are among those sleeping outside, NGOs say.

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11 апреля, 21:57

France: Refugees left without shelter after fire destroys camp

France: Refugees left without shelter after fire destroys camp. A camp sheltering about 1,500 refugees has burned down in northern France. Officials say the fire started after a fight between Afghan and Kurdish refugees. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire and inhabitants have been taken to temporary shelters in gymnasiums nearby. Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler reports from the camp in Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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11 апреля, 15:24

Fire ravages migrant camp in northern France

A blaze at Grande-Synthe migrant camp near Dunkirk in northern France has destroyed most of the facility after fighting among its residents left several people injured. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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11 апреля, 10:58

Huge fire destroys camp housing 1,500 migrants in France

The blaze at Grand Synthe camp started after a fight between migrants, say officials.