Last week, the BBC announced plans to shut down its iconic Maida Vale studios in North London. Constructed in 1909, the building has been used by the BBC for 84 years, hosting sessions from the likes of the Beatles, Morrissey, and Nirvana in addition to serving as the home of John Peel’s legendary BBC Radio … More »
“Welcome to the best festival in the world,” Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs’ set at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound. It was Thursday night, the first full day of the fest, and Granduciel provided a proper introduction to the weekend ahead. With the Drugs having grown into one of the most reliably transporting … More »
Shawn Mendes will finally exit his teen years this August, but you can’t take his youth away. So sang the suburban Toronto native Sunday at the Billboard Music Awards, alongside Khalid — another young pop star born in ’98 — and survivors from the Parkland shooting. The song, “Youth,” from Mendes’ self-titled album out tomorrow, … More »
Arctic Monkeys did everything they could to make their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino into a cohesive experience for anyone who was hearing it for the first time. They didn’t do a whole lot to promote the LP before it was out. There were a few print interviews, but there was no … More »
Arctic Monkeys released Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino just a few days ago, and today we see the video for the album’s “Four Out Of Five.” The video, directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown, takes place at the titular hotel and casino. Frontman Alex Turner is crazed, overlooking a model … More »
Arctic Monkeys haven’t really been hitting the promotional trail behind Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, their loungey, free-wandering new album. Instead, the band decided to keep things mysterious, releasing no advance singles and keeping the world in the dark as to how the new album might sound. But last night, the album finally … More »
Arctic Monkeys made the curious choice to not release any singles in the lead-up to the release of their sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, so now’s the first time you can hear any of these songs, unless you decided to partake in the live videos of them debuting some of the new … More »
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the sixth Arctic Monkeys album, opens with tinkly pianos, brushed drums, murmuring vintage synths, and this line: “I just wanted to be one of the Strokes / Now look at the mess you made me make.” Alex Turner delivers it in a quavery, knowingly drunk open-shirt-collar slur, his voice slathered … More »
Arctic Monkeys’ new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, their first since 2013’s riff-rocking AM, is coming out next week. But since they decided not to release any of the LP’s tracks as advance singles, we still hadn’t actually heard anything besides the brief instrumental snippet of new music in the album trailer … More »
Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.
Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.
Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.
Featured image courtesy of ACL.