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Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010

Since 1970, the Glastonbury Festival for Contemporary Performing Arts in England has been a staple for music festivals all over the world. It began 40 years ago (although this isn’t the 40th time the festival has taken place. There have been several years where Glastonbury did not happen), when Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart and Quintessence played for 1,500 music fans on a farm in Pilton, UK. Back then, the price for admission was £1 including free milk from the farm.


A lot has changed in the past four decades. Glastonbury is now regularly attended by more than 100,000 people each year and tickets run well over £200. This year’s event is being headlined by Gorillaz, Muse and Stevie Wonder.


In honor of the 2010 Glastonbury Festival, which takes place from 24th June - 27th June, we take a look at back at some of the most memorable performances in the festival’s history after the jump…


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Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010
by PopMatters Staff



Cam Be shot some fine footage of a recent k-os appearance in Chicago where he performs “Zambony” from his latest album Yes! and a medley. Back in May, Andrew Martin said that k-os “has now solidified himself as one of music’s most consistent and experimental artists. And in the hip-hop realm, that is not an accolade that is easily passed around.”


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Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010

Some mornings you wake up to great news that can carry you for the rest of the day until your landlord shows up and demands this month’s rent. Today just happened to be such a day. 


As of 10 a.m. EST, pre-sales of the forthcoming Arcade Fire tour have gone live through their website.  For those who have been able to listen to the new singles (available for a spin here and on their website), it sounds like another exceptional album.  The Suburbs’ title track permeates with dystopian melancholy, while ‘Month of May’ channels a powerful punk core and is infused with their recognizable sense of urgency. They kick-off their tour next week in Quebec before hitting the summer festival circuit in North America and Europe, with a few scattered shows with Spoon in between.


Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs cover art


Tour dates:


7-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
8-June Sherbrooke QC – Theater Granada
30-June Rättvik, Sweden – Dalhalla
2-July Tromøy, Norway – Hove Festival
4-July Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
9-July County Kildare, Ireland – Oxegen Festival
12-July Quebec, Canada – Quebec City Summer Festival
13-July Ottawa, Canada – Ottawa Bluesfest
31-July   Montreal, QC – Osheaga
1-Aug   Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
2-Aug   Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts (w/ Spoon)
4-Aug   New York, NY – Madison Square Garden (w/ Spoon)
6-Aug   Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Spoon)
8-Aug   Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9-Aug   Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-Aug   Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/ Spoon)
14-Aug   Toronto, ON – Olympic Island
27-Aug Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
27-Aug Reading, UK – Reading Festival
29-Aug Saint Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
2-Sept   Bologna, Italy – I-Day Festival


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Oddly, a lot of things that happened 20 years ago this week are either similar to or have connections to current events.


On TV, Newhart aired one of the most memorable series finales, a fact that many publications have mentioned this week. Airing their series finales this week were Ghost Whisperer, Melrose Place, and Lost, among others. Family dramedy Life Goes On was renewed for a second season, just as current family dramedy Parenthood has.


At the movies this week is MacGruber, based on Saturday Night Live’s parody of the MacGyverTV series. In 1990, it was in its fifth season.


The #1 song was “Vogue” from Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. Not only was its music video recently parodied on FOX’s Glee, but the cast’s album of Madonna covers is currently selling well.


This is probably just a coincidence, but it is still a little eerie. Are there any more connections to 1990 going on this week that I missed? If so, comment about it below!



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This fascinating collection presents strange projects that have attempted to “bring out the sonorous landscapes of moaning pillars, roof-beams, haunting bells and perhaps an eek of startled mouse, or two”.


David Byrne’s wonderful “sound installation” tops the list. Titled “Playing the Building”, the project utilizes practically every part of an empty to create haunting, clanking music: air blows through pipes for strange flute-like sounds, while motors trigger pieces of metal to strike various parts of the structure. There are also some amazing photos of the mind-boggling, Tom-Waits-ian, steampunky piano-thing that controls the music. [via Dark Roasted Blend]


David Byrne explains his latest musical project, “Playing The Building”


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