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Bloc Party Play Last Show At Latitude Festival Before Hiatus

July 20th, 2013 6:07pm EDT
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British rockers Bloc Party took to the stage at Britain's Latitude Festival on Friday night for their last show before the group's upcoming hiatus.

The Helicopter hitmakers performed their hits for fans during a 90-minute set at the music event in Suffolk, England, marking their final performance before an extended break.

However, drummer Matt Tong missed the show - he was replaced by New Young Pony Club member Sarah Jones. No explanation for his absence was given.

The hiatus is the group's second in recent years - they took a break in 2009 to allow frontman Kele Okereke to focus on rele...

Bloc Party announce second hiatus

June 13th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Bloc Party
British rockers Bloc Party have announced plans to embark on an indefinite hiatus following their performance at a British festival later this year (Jul13).

The Helicopter hitmakers will take to the stage at Latitude Festival in Suffolk on 19 July (13) before taking a break, which will mark the band's second lengthy stint apart in four years.

The group last embarked on a hiatus in 2009 to allow frontman Kele Okereke to focus on releasing a solo album. They made a comeback in 2012 with their fourth album, Four.

And the rockers have decided go their separate ways to concentrate on new proj...

Will Young Named Top Gay Role Model

August 16th, 2010 12:01pm EDT
Will Young
British pop star Will Young is the top role model for gay youngsters in Britain, according to a new survey.

The singer 'came out' shortly after he won U.K. reality contest Pop Idol in 2002 and voters on rights group Stonewall's website have named him their favorite gay public figure. The Leave Right Now hit-maker won 58 per cent of the vote, leaving Alison Goldfrapp trailing in second place with 15 per cent.

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke garnered 12 per cent to land third place, while 2009's The X Factor winner Joe McElderry, who revealed he is gay last month, came fourth with 10 per...

Jonas Brothers Nominated For 'Worst Band' By NME Awards

January 27th, 2009 9:11am EST
The Jonas Brothers
The Jonas Brothers, Fall Out Boy and Tokio Hotel have been nominated for Worst Band by the British NME Awards. Meanwhile, British rockers Oasis are the toast of the British music scene after landing seven nominations.

Oasis lead the pack, and they are shortlisted for the coveted Best British Band prize. They'll compete with Bloc Party, The Last Shadow Puppets, Muse and Radiohead. Oasis, Muse and Radiohead will also fight it out for the Best Live Band honor, along with The Killers and Kings of Leon.

Meanwhile, the band's "Dig Out Your Soul" is among the nominees for Best Album, a...

The Ting Tings To Tour This Spring

January 19th, 2009 5:05pm EST
The Ting Tings
The Ting Tings are set to headline a national tour of North America this spring. The 22 city tour will kick off in New York, NY on March 16th at Webster Hall and run through April 15th in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore. The Ting Tings live show is renowned for it's upbeat and enjoyable vibe, the Philadelphia Inquirer raved "They are a stone cold gas, trading in kicky-cool, post-everything hybrid of punk, dance, pop and rap combined with an innate sexiness, impeccable style and an irrefutable 'get down' imperative."

The Ting Tings' are slated to release their next single, "That's N...

Snow Patrol Return With 'A Hundred Million Suns' Oct. 28

September 20th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol will release A Hundred Million Suns (Polydor/Fiction/Geffen Records) on October 28th 2008. The album is preceded by the fantastic single "Take Back The City", which comes with a video shot in East London courtesy of acclaimed video director Alex Courtes (The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army").

Gary Lightbody (vocals/guitars) says, "I'm so proud of this record. Everybody played out of their skin. Garret (Jacknife Lee) continued his progression from maverick genius to one of the best producers in the world. Musically, lyrically and sonically the best record we've made"


Super Furry Animals Singer Backs Bloc Party Claim

July 23rd, 2008 11:49am EDT
Super Furry Animals
Welsh rocker Gruff Rhys has backed up allegations John Lydon was involved in an assault on Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke.

Rhys, frontman of cult bands the Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon, agrees with Okereke's claims the Sex Pistol attacked him.

Okereke says Lydon and his entourage were involved in a racist assault on him backstage at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, Spain, last weekend.

Lydon has furiously denied the allegation, denouncing it as "lies" and branding Bloc Party "jealous fools."

But Rhys, whose Neon Neon album Stainless Style has been shortliste...

Sex Pistol Denies 'Racist Attack' Claim

July 21st, 2008 5:43pm EDT
John Lydon
Punk legend John Lydon has furiously denied allegations he was involved in a racist attack on Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke. Okereke has alleged he was in a fracas with Sex Pistols singer Lydon and his entourage in which a racist insult was hurled at him.

He claimed the incident happened backstage at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, Spain this weekend.

But Lydon - known in his punk heyday as Johnny Rotten - insists the allegation is a lie.

He says, "I feel very sorry for a man who needs to lie about what was a perfect evening. After the show John Rotten and manageme...

Bloc Party Singer Accuses Sex Pistols Singer Of Racist Attack

July 21st, 2008 10:19am EDT
Bloc Party
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has accused Sex Pistols singer John Lydon of involvement in a racist attack at a Spanish music festival.

Okereke claims the incident took place backstage at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, Spain this weekend, when he approached Lydon to ask whether the veteran rocker would ever consider reforming one of his favorite bands - Public Image Ltd.

But Lydon reportedly took offense at the query - Okereke claims the star and his entourage then launched into a tirade of racial abuse, telling him, "Your problem is your black attitude."

Lydon and ...

Bloc Party Bassist Takes Paternity Leave

July 15th, 2008 11:40am EDT
Bloc Party
Bloc Party bass player Gordon Moakes has taken a leave of absence from the band - so he can care for his new baby.

The rocker and his wife are currently expecting their first child together and Moakes is determined to be there for the birth.

And the band has allowed him to take time off from touring so he can care for the infant.

He says, "Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to join the boys during the next month or so of touring.

"My wife is expecting our first baby in a few weeks and after some long hard thinking we all decided, band included, that it was a bit sill...

Spotlight: The Futureheads Take Career Into Their Own Hands

March 27th, 2008 11:34am EDT
The Futureheads
The Futureheads debuted in 2004 along with other post-punk revivalists Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. Each band has had varying degrees of success over the last four years. The Futureheads, who were outshined at the time by Bloc Party's critical acclaim and Franz Ferdinand's monster hit "Take Me Out," now find themselves without a record label and poised to take on the record industry as a whole.

The band was formed in Sunderland, England, in 2000 and has released 3 EPs and two albums since 2002. The 15 tracks of their self-titled debut invigorate the listener for 36 minutes before co...

R.E.M. Announce Release Of New Studio Album, 'Accelerate,' Due April 1

February 28th, 2008 5:30pm EST
R.E.M. -- which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills -- are counting down the time to the release of Accelerate, their 14th studio album, on a website, The site, which launched on January 1st, features a new high-definition video snippet each day that can be downloaded then edited, embedded, or manipulated however the user wishes. Each snippet is being posted in high-resolution HD format and available for download for a period of 24 hours before being archived on the site as a low-resolution stream. The clips were shot by noted French f...

Artists To Check Out This Month: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Magnetic Fields & Kate Nash

January 21st, 2008 4:44pm EST
Thomas Ian Nicholas
The actor-musician hybrid is a tricky thing. It's a road peppered with the long-decomposed carcasses of Russell Crowe, Eddie Murphy and heaven forbid, David Hasselhoff.

Thomas Ian Nicholas

"Without Warning"

As a fresh-faced mop top in 1992's Rookie of the Year, Thomas Ian Nicholas was destined for a career of Tony Danza-dom. Known to the vast majority of Americans as Kevin from the American Pie flicks, who knew that Nicholas had visions of hypersensitive John Mayer-warbling beating around in his thickly trussed head?

On his latest release, "Without Warning," Nicholas a...

A Cavalcade Of Stars Up For GLAAD Awards

January 21st, 2008 11:20am EST
Stardust, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty are among the nominees for the 2008 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

The Matthew Vaughn-directed Stardust will compete in the Outstanding Film - Wide Release category, against Across the Universe and The Jane Austen Club, while The Bubble, Whole New Thing and Dirty Laundry are just some of the nominees up for the Outstanding Film - Limited Release award.

In the TV categories, Brothers & Sisters, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The L Word, Greek and Dirty Sexy Money are all in the runn...

Steve Aoki To Release Debut Mix Album 'Pillowface & His Airplane Chronicles' Jan. 22

January 17th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Aoki
It's irrelevant what you may think of Steve Aoki…. Fanatic or foe, what you cannot deny is how instrumental Steve has been in helping define the emerging music and nightlife culture in the US today. By blurring the lines that once separated hoards of indie kids from the urban or electro fans, and divided the , what this man has created under the guise of a DJ/Party enthusiast is a lifestyle and media empire for youth today.

Dim Mak, his LA based record label has signed and released EP's & LP's for a fine feast of bands including Bloc Party, The Mystery Jets, Klaxons, The Rakes, Scann...

Fan-Chosen Playlist For Mojo HD's 'London Live New Year's Eve Special' Topped By The Killers

December 28th, 2007 7:30pm EST
The Killers
Over the past month, HD, available on all major cable systems around the country. This holiday program will contain the most popular concert performances from this season's shows in groundbreaking state-of-the-art high definition, 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. London Live New Year's Eve Countdown, hosted by celebrated BBC1 radio and television personality Sara Cox, will serve as a soundtrack and visual focus for fans' high-energy New Year's Eve celebrations.

The winning selections, as voted by London Live fans, are (in order of votes): The Killers ("Bones"); Amy Winehouse ("Reha...

Manic Street Preachers Given 'Godlike Genius Award'

December 18th, 2007 10:10pm EST
Manic Street Preachers
Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are to be honored with British music magazine NME's highest accolade - the Godlike Genius Award.

The band follow in the footsteps of Primal Scream, Ian Brown, The Clash, New Order and Ozzy Osbourne in receiving what amounts to a lifetime achievement prize from the music bible.

Bass player Nicky Wire said they were "genuinely humbled" to receive the prize and has hailed it as the best accolade they've been given to date.

He added: "We've won four Brit awards, Ivor Novellos, in different countries around the world, Brat awards, but it's v...

Funeral For A Friend Scoop Top Award At BT Digital Music Awards

October 4th, 2007 9:16am EDT
Funeral For A Friend
Rockers Funeral For A Friend have scooped the top prize at the BT Digital Music Awards - fending off fierce competition from Rihanna, Razorlight and Bloc Party.

The Welsh band was honored for their contribution to digital music at the London ceremony on Tuesday night, while Natasha Bedingfield won the award for Best Pop Artist, and The Chemical Brothers took home the Best Electronic Artist Or DJ accolade.

Muse and Lemar both dominated the Best Rock/Indie Artist and Best Urban Artist categories respectively for the second year running, while other winners included Keane, for Best...

'This Is Next' Compilation Series To Highlight The Best Music From Independent Artists

August 27th, 2007 8:05pm EDT
This Is NEXT
This Is NEXT is a new compilation series showcasing today's best independent artists. Based on the model of the popular NOW That's What I Call Music series and inspired by the success of 2004's Garden State soundtrack (which largely featured independent artists and sold over 1 million units), This Is NEXT will be curated biannually by a different label in the ADA stable.

ADA president Andy Allen sums the compilation's relevance best by saying, "Indie music has entered the mainstream. Hollywood and Madison Avenue are increasingly using tracks from indie artists in their projects, and yo...

'Tony Hawk's Proving Ground's Astonishing Soundtrack Unveiled

August 27th, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Foo Fighters
This October, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is bringing the sounds of skate culture to life like never before in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground -- the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever. Featuring over 50 tracks including "The Pretender," the first single from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album and popular anthems from Nirvana, Bloc Party, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, The Rolling Stones, and many more, players will be able to create their personal skate legacy to the songs that have fueled today’s skateboarding culture. Additionally, MCA of the Beastie Boys makes an appearance in ...

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke: 'Festivals Remind Me Of School'

June 24th, 2007 1:00pm EDT
Bloc Party
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has a secret confession to his army of supporters - he doesn't like music festivals because they remind him of when he was at school. The British rocker's band performed at the Glastonbury festival yesterday, and will be headlining a number of shows around Europe and America over the summer.

But he doesn't find the experience being backstage at festivals very enjoyable.

He says: "It's like being at a school reunion with people you know the faces of but don't really know at all."

-Bloc Party Pictures

(This news article provided by World E...

Metallica, Kasabian, & Pussycat Dolls Join London Leg Of Live Earth

June 19th, 2007 4:16pm EDT
LONDON (June 19, 2007) – Metallica, Kasabian, Pussycat Dolls, and Terra Naomi are the final acts to be added to the Live Earth London line-up performing at Wembley Stadium as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth concert series on 7/7/07.

With an already astounding line up that includes some of the best music acts from around the world, this monumental event will bring together more than 2 billion people to combat the climate crisis.

An exclusive download of Metallica's Live Earth performance is going to be available for a minimal fee immediately after the event finishes. ...

Editors Set Release Date For 'An End Has A Start,' In-Stores July 17; Tour To Follow

June 12th, 2007 4:44pm EDT
New York, NY—The new Editors album, An End Has A Start, is set for release through Epic/Fader Records on July 17. Recorded in Ireland at Grouse Lodge with the acclaimed Garrett 'Jacknife' Lee (Snow Patrol, Bloc Party), An End Has A Start reinforces the visceral power of Editors' music and emphasizes the band's desire to stretch themselves musically, lyrically, and conceptually.

While their debut album, The Back Room, seethed with claustrophobic menace and icy grandeur, An End Has A Start sees lead singer and lyricist Tom Smith more focused on the power of redemption and the human nece...

Kele Okereke: 'Drug-Taking Isn't A Big Deal'

June 8th, 2007 12:54pm EDT
Bloc Party
Bloc Party front man Kele Okereke remains defiant over his frank approach to cocaine and ecstasy on the band's latest album, because he believes drug-taking isn't "a big deal". The British rocker has previously spoken about his experimentation with drugs, hailing ecstasy for giving him "orgasmic" and "sensual" feelings.

He insists the references to illegal substances on their second release A Weekend In The City are not meant to "glamorize" the use of drugs - it is just an observation of modern life. He says, "I think in the 21st Century drug-taking is something that is synonymous wi...

Dave Grohl Wants To Party With Madonna

April 26th, 2007 10:42am EDT
Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wants to party with singer Madonna when they appear at the UK leg of the Live Earth concert in July. The rocker will be playing alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party and the Beastie Boys at Wembley Stadium this summer to help raise awareness of climate change around the globe.

But Grohl thinks he's "too cool" to share a room with some of the "different" acts like James Blunt and John Legend, but is happy to hang out with Madonna.

He says, "There's some people on the bill that probably wouldn't be seen in the same room as us. But hey man, ...

Bloc Party Almost Turned Down Live Earth Gig

April 12th, 2007 11:29am EDT
Bloc Party
British rockers Bloc Party nearly turned down the opportunity to play at this year's Live Earth concert, because they are wary of charity gigs. Bassist Gordon Moakes says the decision to play at the London leg of the event, which will take place at Wembley Stadium this July, did not come lightly.

He says, "I'm a bit wary of the idea, it's almost like an easy option. That's the danger - the fatigue that goes with seeing a really high-profile gig being televised, not thinking what it's about.

"I'm whole-heartedly behind the idea that it's to raise consciousness, not money. It's an i...

Bloc Party Wants To Work With Timbaland

April 10th, 2007 2:39pm EDT
Kele Okereke
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is desperate to work with hip-hop super producer Timbaland. The English singer admits he's been impressed by Timbaland's latest production efforts, include the highly successful Justin Timberlake album Future Sex/ Love Sounds and Nelly Furtado's album Loose.

Okereke says, "I've loved everything that he has put out for the last ten years. Production wise, everything else leaves me cold."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Cult Following For Teeneage Singer Of Play Radio Play Gets Slot On Warped Tour New Album In Stores April 24

April 8th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Seventeen year-old Texan, Dan Hunter is the 'poptronica' genius behind PlayRadioPlay (PRP), which has already hit one million plays on MySpace and opened for Fall Out Boy all in the space of a single year. The highly anticipated EP The Frequency will available in stores April 24 And one short month later fans can find him on tour with some of the biggest names in music on Warped Tour.

PRP is often compared to Postal Service and The Smashing Pumpkins, the songs are like the soundtrack to your dreams. On the surface they're like cupcakes - sweet, cute and just bursting with pure happine...

Keith Richards Calls Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party 'Posers'

April 4th, 2007 9:28am EDT
Keith Richards
Rock legend Keith Richards has attacked the current crop of British guitar bands, dubbing them a "load of crap". The Rolling Stone insists his band of sixty-somethings face no threat from modern rock groups.

He tells music magazine NME, "They're trying to be somebody else and they ain't being themselves. Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party? Load of crap. Posers, rubbish. There ain't nothing out there worth shit. I don't listen to bullshit."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Kele Okereke From Bloc Party Enjoyed Ecstasy

March 30th, 2007 9:56am EDT
Bloc Party
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has experimented with drugs and hails ecstasy for giving him "orgasmic" and "sensual" feelings. The British rocker admits the group's new album A Weekend In The City included references to illegal drugs, but insists he isn't trying to encourage fans to indulge.

He tells Britain's Uncut magazine, "Cocaine can be very attractive, very seductive. But for me, it's bad news because that drug can really damage your voice.

"The drug I do enjoy taking is ecstasy, which gives a real sense of euphoria. It makes your senses so much more acute. It makes music ...

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