February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
On this evening 10 years ago, a duo under the name ‘VV + Hotel’ took to the tiny stage in Denmark St’s 12 Bar Club.
Ten years, 4 albums, and thousands of shows later, the music, chemistry and attitude of these two highly talented individuals, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, is more authentic, exciting and passionate than any other band I can think of, never mind one who has been performing for ten years.
Happy 10th Anniversary The Kills. You are the best fucking band there ever was.
June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beyoncé’s latest album 4 is released TODAY (June 27th), and to celebrate its releases she’s performing a surprise (and not really so secret) show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire this evening. I failed to win tickets so may instead spend the evening crying as I recreate the ‘Girls’ dance and pretend I’m there. I don’t think it’ll be very convincing.
The show is in conjunction with Belvedere vodka, who are streaming the show live onto the side of Battersea Power Station. The validity of this claim somewhat evades me, are they really going to do it? Perhaps I’ll take my dancing down there and be with all the other B-lovers who failed to gain entry. Battersea here I come *fist pumps and steals a police mans badge*
[EDIT – I GOT IN! Review to follow (although it can be summed up with one word – unbelievable.]
May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Some popstars get by on their name alone. They build up a fanbase who, as the years progress, support them no matter what they do. They sell out arenas, millions of albums fly off shelves, and the money continues to roll in regardless of whether or not their talent warrants such success. No names being mentioned but I’m sure a few ‘artists’ spring to mind….
And then there are the rare stars. The ones who are truly talented, and show passion and skill that only grows stronger and deeper over time. Enter Beyoncé Knowles.
Even though everyone was aware of the fact that Beyoncé was set to receive Billboard’s Millennium Award last night, most of the excitement still surrounded other performers. Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Britney Spears set to duet with them both. And yet when it came down to the actual performances, Beyoncé blew them out of the water. This is honestly one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.
There’s so much less fanfare and pretentiousness when it comes to Beyoncé. Everyone was counting down the days, minutes, seconds until Lady Gaga’s video for ‘Judas’ dropped. When the video for ‘Run The World (Girls)’ made it’s way onto the web very shortly after, did it come with such an intense and highly publicised build-up? No. Was it a hundred times better? Yes.
Beyoncé simply does what she does, and holy shit does she do it fantastically.
July 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Marina & the diamonds recently made her American radio debut, performing a set for KCRW. You can watch the full thing here, it’s wonderful and features a stripped back piano version of her latest single ‘Oh No!’ which you can view below.
June 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Marina & the Diamonds played the Isle of Wight festival last Friday, and recorded this special performance of ‘Obsessions’ in ITV2’s backstage area. It is quite beautiful.