Accidents happen at festivals. Tents fall down, wellies get forgotten and, if you're in a band, guitar strings get broken. That happened to Mac DeMarco at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival this weekend, leaving the rest of his band a couple of awkward moments to fill while their frontman repaired his instrument. Fortunately, behind his slacker exterior bassist Pierce McGarry is hiding one of the most beautiful voices in indie rock.
When David Lynch rose from his director’s chair in 2011, casting his camera lens aside and replacing it instead with a vocoder and synth on his first ever album 'Crazy Clown Time', very few were surprised. After all, the auteur's relationship with music goes much further than just influencing Lana Del Rey's stage persona, or inspiring Chicago garage rock bands Twin Peaks.
If you were at U2's show at the LA Forum on Wednesday night (May 27), you'd be forgiven for assuming you'd had more to drink than you thought. But you weren't seeing double – that was Joe Hier, singer in tribute band Hollywood U2, who joined the real Bono on stage to perform their single 'The Sweetest Thing', footage of which can be seen below. Bono II isn't the only bizarre doppelgänger to grace pop's stages over time.
As Fleetwood Mac complete the first UK leg of their 'On With The Show Tour' - don't worry, they'll be back again next month - here's a look back at the albums recorded by the band's current touring lineup, ranked in order of greatness. 7. 'The Dance' OK, so it's a live album, but 1997's 'The Dance' feels worthy of inclusion because it reunited the classic Rumours era lineup - Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks - for the first time in a decade.
People say bands aren’t politicised any more. Then again, they say you shouldn’t fuse punk with gospel, so what do they know? Just ask Algiers, a three-piece that combines these disparate genres to rally against consumerism and political conservatism. Vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche hail from Atlanta, a home city for which they shared mutual disdain. “People act as if the South’s history of exploitation and slavery happened so long ago that it’s no longer relevant,” Fisher says. “In fact, its violent history is still quite recent.