If you thought 2015 was a dark year in terms of world news events, then the first fortnight of 2016 has been a nightmare.
As ever more candles and flowers are being left at Stansfield Road in Brixton, we take a sombre look back on the biggest music stories from the week.
This was the week we lost a true legend. Much has been penned about David Bowie, the starman from South London who passed away on Monday after an 18 month battle with cancer, aged 69.
Following the news that another hero had gone to live with the stars, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said: “He played at four in the morning at sunrise, songs that we’d never heard before and it was great fun. He’s one of the three greatest, there is Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and David Bowie.”
Amongst the moving tributes, heartfelt eulogies, public gatherings, campanologist celebrations, and penguin naming ceremonies, there were also tasteless editorials and awful cover versions.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” Bowie
Rough Trade this Weekend? Y Not?
Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival has worked in collaboration with Rough Trade and BBC Introducing to organise the best showcase gig of 2016, thus far, with this weekend’s ‘Faction No.13’.
Mowbeck, The Amazons, Connor Spray & The Indiabees, and Jonny Olley will play the event at Rough Trade Nottingham from 3pm - 9pm. Entry is free and you don’t even need to get yourself a ticket in advance to attend. No excuses then.
Click here for more information.
Black Metal Yoga
First there was Drake yoga, then New Age yoga, and then, in Seattle, something called noise yoga.
Now yoga instructors are turning their eyes, ears and outstretched arms to the world of heavy metal. Kimee Massie is one of a handful of yoga instructors currently holding classes soundtracked by the likes of Sunn O))), Earth, and Wolves in the Throne Room.
This mix of drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, and space doom was, according to Pitchfork’s Miles Raymer, “challenging” but “pretty good”. Sounds like we might finally see the Locust Pose and The Locust paired up together. Finally.
We Built This City on Rock ‘n’ Roll
In their quest to keep you constantly informed, music app Shazam have compiled data on the most-searched-for songs from 4,900 different international cities.
From Swansea to São Paulo, you can now discover a bit more about yourself and your neighbours. What you’ll probably discover however is everyone is listening to Adele. No surprises there then.
- Click here to find out what your city is listening to.
Fix your Running Shoes
Coldplay fans listen up. Super Bowl organisers are looking for some of their most “enthusiastic” followers to witness the band’s halftime performance up close and personal at next month’s Super Bowl event (Super Bowl 50).
There are a few requirements set down by the Super Bowl team:
- You must be 18 years old or older
- You must be able to attend scheduled rehearsals
- You cannot drink or do drugs at the Super Bowl
- You must be a devoted fan of music and football
- You must be able to run very fast
In their own words, they’re looking for people of “sound physical health and capable of vigorous physical activity without assistance, including walking long distances and the ability to run onto & off of the field as directed without stopping (really, we mean run). There will be no exceptions made to this rule. The ability to run quickly is an essential function of your participation and a requirement for safety. If you are not able to run, it poses a serious safety risk to both you and to other Fan Participants.”
Still interested? Click here to sign up.
Wash It Out
Texan rockers White Denim are officially back!
Promoting their forthcoming seventh studio ‘Stiff’, due out 25 March, the band released the lead single ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’ this week and it’s a stonker.
A crunching garage rock tune with all the intricate guitar work and jam-stylings you expect from one of the most exciting bands in the game. This one is designed to be played loud.