This weekend’s performances at Reading and Leeds are both Vampire Weekend’s last confirmed dates for their ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ campaign and a rare chance to catch them in the UK this summer. Providing the warm up for co-headliners Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age, the New York band made their case for being future bill-toppers at the twin festivals. They’ve already conquered the pinnacle of Latitude so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them being placed top of the pack on an August bank holiday weekend around album number four.
"I don’t know if there's a band that had a history with Reading & Leeds like My Chemical Romance had," Gerard Way told NME recently. He's right. As MCR frontman, he's one of only a handful of artists to play both the Berkshire and Yorkshire sites on the same day. The band also headlined twice and in 2006 had bottles of piss thrown at them. With that kind of history, it's little wonder he chose Reading as the place to properly launch his solo career, get his blood pumping and debut music from his forthcoming album 'Hesitant Alien'.
Johnny Cash might be synonymous with Nashville, living just outside the country music centre with his wife, singer June Carter Cash in the infamous House of Cash, but he was actually born and raised in the state of Arkansas. Earlier this week the iconic singer's childhood home in the small town of Dyess was opened up to the public, as part of an attempt to boost tourism in the area. Dyess was an experiment in president Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programme, which aimed to help the US economy bounce back from the Great Depression.
Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed an unusual amount of videos of people chucking buckets of ice cold water over their heads popping up on social media. Nope, risking pneumonia isn't some unfathomable new trend - the new craze is actually in aid of charity ALS Association and raising awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a terminal illness which causes muscles to weaken and stiffen. The challenge started after Pete Frates, a former Boston College basketball player, was forced to stop playing after developing ALS.
Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars third LP reflects on learning to cope with two very different types of loss and grief. Firstly, that of someone who has touched your life - in this case, the passing of frontman Joseph D'Agostino's best friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High. And then there's the loss of belief in something simple and universal, the idea that one album could universally change lives. It's fitting, then, that the album is called 'LOSE' but, as bassist Matthew Whipple says, there's more to it than just the idea of something going missing.