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by Unknown // Thursday, March 31, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Arctic Monkeys have announced their first single from 'Suck It And See.'

The indie group will release 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' digitally next month, with a physical released in May and the album following on June 6.

There will also be a limited edition white label vinyl edition of the single, backed by with the song 'Brick By Brick' - which has already been released online - for Record Store day on April 16.

The band's drummer, Matt Helders, has recently told how 'Suck It And See' will be more accessible than their last effort, 2009's 'Humbug.'

He said: "Some of the songs are a bit more instant. A bit more poppy, certainly than 'Humbug' was.

"It's enjoyable for us and the listener. And it's maybe a bit more easy going. Not easy listening, but with a few poppier tunes. But in an interesting way."

The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer James Ford and featured input from Queens Of The Stone Age singer Josh Homme, who provides backing vocals on the track ' All My Own Stunts.'

by Unknown // Thursday, March 31, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31.  Tickets go on sale today, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to build on the festival’s historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music’s most venerable names. This year’s festival features: The Decemberists, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Earl Scruggs, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Gogol Bordello, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, Tegan & Sara, The Felice Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle, Delta Spirit, Middle Brother, The Wailin' Jennys, Freelance Whales, The Secret Sisters, Trampled by Turtles, The Civil Wars, The Head & The Heart, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Cave Singers, What Cheer? Brigade, Mountain Man, David Wax Museum, Devil Makes Three, Song Circle with Dar Williams Ellis Paul John Gorka & Liz Queler, Typhoon, The Seeger Clogging All-Stars, The Ebony Hillbillies, BrownBird, River City Extension and PS 22. A Friday night event is under consideration and more artists will be announced at a later date.

Often likened to “coming home” to the very roots of the folk-music tradition, the Newport Folk Festival is an annual favorite of fans and musicians alike. The laid back, at home feel has been known to inspire artists' spontaneous, on-stage sit-ins as well as unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime, impromptu performances throughout the festival grounds.

“In an age when it's increasingly common to see tour buses roll on to the next gig as soon as sets end, artists linger at this festival, sometimes for the whole weekend, just to hang out or sit in,  creating an annual, defacto Folk summit by the sea,” said Jay Sweet, Folk Festival co-producer.  “The goal, as always, is to serve the Festival's musical heritage, which to me is paying respect to older groundbreakers while championing young chance takers. This is Newport's blueprint, written by George Wein and Bob Jones, who along with co-founder Pete Seeger, often remind me that folk music is, and will always be, a living tradition, constantly evolving.  As long as we stay true to this simple credo, we'll be around another half century and beyond.”

George Wein, President of the Newport Festivals Foundation and Producer of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, added, ”One of the best elements to a festival is the mingling of musicians, sounds and spirits, and this year’s edition of Newport Folk strongly builds upon the tradition that Pete and I first set into motion in 1959. The Festival touches people around the world, but I couldn’t be prouder of our new relationship with Rhode Island’s own Alex and Ani as well as the exciting artists who have Rhode Island roots such as What Cheer? Brigade, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.”

Wein has found Newport to be a scenic and hospitable venue for presenting the very best of this country’s blues, roots, gospel, country, bluegrass, Cajun and traditional folk music. This year's edition once again pays tribute to the great performers who wrote the proud history of this festival, including Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris.

As in recent years, the festival continues to welcome the next wave of folk voices, including The Decemberists, Gillian Welch, The Head & The Heart, Middle Brother, and last year's festival darlings, David Wax Museum. After winning a fan contest to claim a spot in last year's Newport Folk Festival, David Wax Museum went on to increased national exposure and a Boston Music Award for Americana Artist of the Year. The Decemberists return after performing at the Festival's 2009 edition, this time backed by their 2011 studio release, The King is Dead. Elvis Costello, the prolific English singer-songwriter with an almost cult-like following, makes his sophomore trip to the Newport Folk Festival.

The 2011 Newport Folk Festival line-up features:

SATURDAY, JULY 30 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

The Decemberists
Gillian Welch
Earl Scruggs
Gogol Bordello
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Tegan & Sara
Mavis Staples
The Felice Brothers
Delta Spirit
Freelance Whales
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three
What Cheer? Brigade
The Devil Makes Three
Song Circle with Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, John Gorka & Liz Queler
The Wailin’ Jennys
Typhoon
The Ebony Hillbillies
River City Extension
PS22 Chorus

SUNDAY, JULY 31 ~ 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fort Adams State Park, Harrison Avenue

Emmylou Harris
Elvis Costello (Solo Acoustic)
Amos Lee
M. Ward
Wanda Jackson
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Middle Brother
Justin Townes Earle
The Secret Sisters
Trampled by Turtles
The Civil Wars
The Head and The Heart
The Cave Singers
David Wax Museum
Mountain Man
The Seeger Clogging All-Stars
BrownBird

by Unknown // Thursday, March 31, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Jane's Addiction previewed their first new song in eight years, 'End to the Lies', yesterday.

The 'Been Caught Stealing' rockers have recently finished recording comeback 'The Great Escape Artist' and frontman Perry Farrell unveiled the first track from it on a Chilean radio station.

Asked by the DJ to introduce the song, Perry replied: "Sure, it is called 'End to the Lies,' by Jane's Addiction and its brand new, and we're especially bringing it to Chile."

The singer, 52, is in the country with the band - which also features guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins - for the his Lollapalooza festival, which celebrates its 20th birthday by launching for the first time outside of the US this Saturday.

Jane's Addiction went through huge difficulties recording 'The Great Escape Artist', losing two bassists in the process. Original member Eric Avery left shortly after recording began in 2010 and was later replaced with Duff McKagan, although he left the group after a few months citing "artistic differences." The bass parts were eventually played by TV on the Radio musician Dave Sitek, who also produced.

Perry said: "It's definitely like, as Brian Wilson puts it: The dry hump. We're waiting and waiting and waiting to release this record. It's like watching something that you really want. You become an animal. Your desire grows and grows."

The band are also looking for a new touring bassist, as Dave has to go back to his original group.

by Unknown // Wednesday, March 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Coldplay's new album is "developing a recognizable form."

The 'Viva La Vida' group - comprising Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and Jonny Buckland - are presently working on their long-awaited fifth album in London and a source close to them says the tracks are now taking shape.

The band's Roadie #42 blog explained: "Back in the studio, the songs are now very much pushing their heads above the soil and straining towards the light.

"I suspect the band has had a reasonable idea all along of how things will feel when they're finished.

"There's been much chiselling and smoothing and now things are really developing a recognisable form and an emotional resonance."

The recording sessions - overseen by producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs - are even at the stage where the group are recording vocals, with the blog adding: "There's no better aural equivalent of the bursting growth of spring than the laying on of backing vocals.

"The fellas are gathered around the mic for much of the time. It's a tremendous thing to get close up to.

"When the guys are belting it out with the track on headphones, all that can be heard in the room is the blast of harmonies. It's huge, powerful and yet completely unaided by technology, just a pure, organic human bloom."

The album is yet to have a release date confirmed.