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Published:
Mar 08, 2017

For years we have wondered who Banksy is. We've watched countless documentaries, followed his work, followed his tours, and then finally a 31-year-old British journalism graduate student named Craig Williams delivered us the grand theory: Massive Attack's Robert "3D" Del Naja is Banksy. 


According to a Daily Mail article, these are some of the reasons why: 




  • On at least six occasions more than a dozen Banksy murals appeared shortly before or after a Massive Attack gig in the same city,




  • 3D was a graffiti artist in the 1980s and has admitted he is friends with Banksy,



  • When Banksy produced 14 stencils across New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Del Naja co-wrote the soundtrack to the New Orleans-themed documentary,


  • Del Naja also appeared in Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop,



  • And Banksy even provides the foreword to the book 3D and the Art of Massive Attack.


And now... Banksy's newest project, The Walled Off Hotel, in the West Bank in Bethlehem, will be featuring a performance by Massive Attack. Although he's not the only artist playing, this is yet another performance that adds to the mountain of evidence. We're not saying that it's fact, but c'mon lets just call a spade a spade.  


But hey, we're not complaining over here, the opening of the hotel has brought us some awesome innovation from the guerilla artist. Elton John played the opening party on the art hotel's automated piano; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Hans Zimmer, and Flea will be performing on it too.


According to Consequence of Sound, the opening coincides with the centenary year since the British took control of Palestine. The hotel windows overlook the wall separating the Palestinian territory from Israel, giving the hotel the accolade of having the worst view in the world. 


Now, all of this may have the world screaming Banksy's name, but we hear those soft undertones whispering Del Naja's name. 


Image: iCanvas.com

Massive Attack - 3D & Vermona Demo

Massive Attack - 3D & Vermona Demo

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 21, 2017

Cage the Elephant is an indie rock band known for tracks like "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" and "Shake Me Down," which you can listen to down below. They released their first album in 2008 which had a few successful radio singles, generating a massive following in both the US & UK. Last year Cage the Elephant toured alongside indie rock bandsFoals & Silversun Pickups


In what seems to be an album announcement, Cage the Elephant have taken to Twitter posting about a possible release named "Unpeeled." If you're as excited as we are, then keep reading for information about the band's history.


Cage the Elephant's "Unpeeled"


Cage the Elephant have been fairly quiet since the release of Tell Me I'm Pretty in 2015. They've been playing at festivals and releasing music videos to songs from the fourth album, that is until now.


A fun(ish) fact: The band has tweeted the following: 


https://twitter.com/CageTheElephant/status/877232880426024961 


It looks imminent that we'll get new music from the band in a release called "Unpeeled." Could it be a new album? Seems like it, let's have a look at some of their past work!


The First Album: Cage the Elephant


Their self-titled first album, Cage the Elephant, was influenced by classic rock, funk, and blues. When performing the singles live, the band became well-known for their hugely energetic shows. 


The Second Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday


In 2011, they released their second album–Thank You, Happy Birthday. This album had a slightly different sound as it was heavily influenced by punk rock. They drew inspiration from bands such as the Pixies and Nirvana.


Fun(ner) fact: this album was meant to be released in 2009 under the name Computer Says Move.


The Rest


Melophobia, the bands' third album, was distinctly their own, featuring (for the first time) a distinctly Cage the Elephant sound. This won them a Grammy Award nomination in 2015 for Best Alternative Music Album. It was the last album to feature lead guitarist Lincoln Parish who left to attain a producing career. 


The band's third album seemed to send people in a new direction: longtime producer Jay Joyce, who had worked on all the previous albums, was no longer involved.


Fun(est) factDan Auerbach from The Black Keys produced their fourth album–Tell Me I'm Pretty which won a Grammy Award for the Best Rock Album. 


Image Source: Uncensored Interview

Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down

Cage The Elephant - Shake Me Down

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jun 21, 2017

LCD Soundsystem are heading out on a world tour following the release of their comeback album American Dream. Seven years after 2010'sThis Is Happening, the band have come together once more to release with a string of releases including "Calle The Police" and title track, "American Dream." When is the album, you ask? The release date is scheduled for September 1st, 2017. 


American Dream


On the back of a very mild social media controversy the band are gearing up for American Dream, which is to be 10 tracks in total. The already-released singles, 7th and 8th on the album respectively, "Call The Police" and "American Dream," can be heard below, as reviewed by Indie Shuffle.


American Dream Tracklist


The tracklist currently reads as such: 


1. "Oh Baby"
2. "Other Voices"
3. "I Used To"
4. "Change Yr Mind"
5. "How Do You Sleep?"
6. "Tonite"
7. "Call The Police"
8. "American Dream"
9. "Emotional Haircut"
10. "Black Screen"


LCD Soundsystem Tour


Following a much-anticipated album release, LCD Soundsystem are heading out on a world tour. Venues include Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, and more. The tour also involves another residency at Brooklyn Steel -- which you can read more about this below.


LCD Soundsystem Tour Dates

LCD Soundsystem Tour Dates


LCD Soundsystem Tickets


You can find out more about the gigs and tickets on their official website


LCD Soundsystem at Alexandra Palace & Brooklyn Steel 


Part of their tour involves a UK & European tour in September, where the band will headline at Alexandra Palace. This will be their first headlining show since 2011. 


Following a UK & European tour, the band will tour the states. After the immensely popular first iteration, LCD Soundsystem have recently taken up a second residency at Brooklyn Steel, which ends toward the latter stages of June. The band will return for yet another residency there at the end of the American leg of their tour in December this year. 


Image Source: Matt Biddulph

LCD Soundsystem - american dream

LCD Soundsystem - american dream

LCD Soundsystem - call the police

LCD Soundsystem - call the police

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