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13 Nov
2012

Bloc Party has had a tremendous year – they released their highly-anticipated fourth album FOUR (Frenchkiss Records), performed their single “Octopus” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, delivered outstanding performances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and the HARD Music Festival, and sold out three nights at NYC’s Terminal 5. Now, the band has announced that they will be hitting the road this January to start 2013 off right! Tickets are on sale NOW.

The quartet, who will be touring with Dum Dum Girls this December, will be bringing their exhilarating live show to some cities that have yet to experience FOUR live, including Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis and more. See full list of dates below!

2012 Tour Dates:
12/6/12 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater %
12/7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium %
12/8/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory %
12/9/12 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre %
12/11/12 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
12/12/12 Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
12/14/12 Condesa, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry
12/15/12 Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Estudio Cavaret

% w/ Dum Dum Girls

2013 Tour Dates:
1/11/13 Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
1/12/13 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
1/14/13 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/15/13 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
1/16/13 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
1/19/13 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
1/20/13 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
1/22/13 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

27 Sep
2012


Bloc Party, who released their highly-anticipated fourth album FOUR via Frenchkiss Records this summer and are currently wrapping up their U.S. tour alongside Ceremony, have announced additional fall dates with the Dum Dum Girls. See full list below! Fans will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets now with general on-sale starting on Friday, September 28th.

The four-piece, which delivered thrilling performances at this year’s HARD Music Festival, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, will be giving fans in Arizona and Texas the chance to catch them live for the first time this year – in addition to making a few more California stops!

FOUR marks the end of a four year hiatus for the band who has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Silent Alarm, which helped shape the sound of modern British guitar music.

Tour Dates:
9/28/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
12/6/12 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater %
12/7/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium %
12/8/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory %
12/9/12 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre %
12/11/12 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues %
12/14/12 Condesa, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry
12/15/12 Guadalajara, Mexico @ Teatro Estudio Cavaret

* w/ Ceremony
% w/ Dum Dum Girls

09 Aug
2012

By Michel Dussack

Bloc Party’s recent warm-up tour had all the potential to either be a complete disaster or a tour that would spark the envy of anyone not close enough to a city that the band would stop at. It’s always risky playing unreleased material at a show, however to play unreleased material shortly after coming out of hiatus, when you’re already prone to being a bit rusty live, now that’s risky. However, if there’s one thing that Bloc Party has perfected in the past ten years, it’s been their live shows, and the band pulled off an incredible set at the second of their three sold out shows at New York’s Terminal 5.

The quartet took the stage and immediately began to play ‘So He Begins to Lie’ off their upcoming album, “Four” to screams and cheers from the crowd. That reaction was nothing compared to the excitement that spread as Bloc Party worked backwards through their discography playing a song from each album culminating in an explosive rendition of ‘Tension’. At this time front man Kele Okereke thanked the crowd and reminded them that they had a new album coming out soon, as the band ripped into another track off it, ‘Kettling’. Arguably the most aggressive of the new material played, it’s clear the passion and angst is still present for the band in 2012, something longtime fans will be pleased to hear.

The night continued in this manner, bouncing back and forth between new and old (though truth be told, it all blended quite nicely) until the final three songs of the main set. Before beginning the 2009 single ‘One More Chance’, Kele addressed the crowd and asked if they were having a good time, though he quickly answered his own question, noting he could “smell all that reefer, I know you’re having a good time out there”. Two tracks from the bands debut album followed to close out the main set, with ‘Like Eating Glass’ sending the pit on the floor into a frenzy before the band walked off stage.

Bloc Party quickly returned to play a four song encore that opened with another new song, ‘Truth’. ‘Ares’ followed and was prefaced by Kele screaming “If you got any fight left in you, you might enjoy this one. Don’t be a pussy New York!”. Bloc Party then closed their encore with ‘Helicopter’ which helped to form the biggest mosh pits of the night. Kele thanked the crowd for what seemed like the fifteenth time, and again the band was off the stage. While most bands would stop at this point, this was a “fucking Bloc Party gig” and they weren’t quite finished playing yet.

The second encore was brief but effective. It opened with new single ‘Octopus’ which is infectiously catchy and fueled by a screeching guitar solo thanks to Russell Lissack. Next (and last) up was ‘Flux’ which oddly enough the band opened with a verse from Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’. As everyone in attendance danced out the absolute last of their energy, the band could be seen beaming on stage, and it’s easy to tell that they’re just as happy as everyone else that they’re back.

Setlist
1. So He Begins To Lie
2. Mercury
3. Hunting for Witches
4. Positive Tension
5. Kettling
6. Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
7. Banquet
8. Real Talk
9. One More Chance
10. This Modern Love
11. Like Eating Glass

Encore:
12. Truth
13. Ares
14. The Prayer
15. Helicopter

Encore 2:
16. Octopus
17. Flux (We Found Love intro)

06 Aug
2012


Bloc Party, who will be releasing their highly-anticipated album FOUR on August 21st via Frenchkiss Records, have announced that The Bowery Presents Live will be streaming their sold-out August 8th show in full HD, live from Terminal 5 in NYC starting at 9:30 pm EDT. Check out the trailer HERE. Fans can join in for the full show and participate in an interactive live chat HERE.

Bloc Party is currently on the road and making a number of festival appearances in U.S. In addition, they recently announced their Fall tour with Ceremony. See full list of dates below!

Watch the video for “Octopus” HERE.

The U.S. tour dates:
8/7/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/8/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/9/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/12/12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands

w/ Ceremony:
9/14/12 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/15/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
9/16/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/17/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/19/12 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/21/12 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/22/12 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/28/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

About The Bowery Presents
The Bowery Presents is an independent promotion company based in New York City. With a core business based around great music, its mission is to bring the best bands to the best venues and to provide a great concert experience for fans and artists, along with reasonable ticket prices. Over the years, The Bowery Presents has worked with a vast cross-section of some of the most talented performing artists, including Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, LCD Soundsystem, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Passion Pit and Deadmau5. The company’s activities center on programming live music in the venues it owns and operates including several in New York and New Jersey—Terminal 5, The Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg and The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J. The Bowery Presents also presents shows at such New York City venues as Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre, and across the Northeast, in venues like the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Art Center, located on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College in upstate New York. The company launched The Bowery Presents: Boston—an extension of the company with an office headquartered in Boston at the Royale—reopened The State Theatre in Portland, Maine, and most recently opened Union Transfer in Philadelphia. For further information, go to www.bowerypresents.com/

About Show Cobra
Show Cobra, a boutique media agency and production company specializing in live-music production for digital and linear platforms, continually works with a range of iconic artists, brands, agencies and networks to create groundbreaking music and entertainment properties. In 2011, YouTube and Lexus commissioned The Bowery Presents and Show Cobra to curate and produce a live-stream of the Broken Social Scene concert at Terminal 5. Other recent productions of note include SPIN magazine’s 25th anniversary, for which Show Cobra and TBP curated an all-star lineup and produced five consecutive nights of live-streamed shows from New York City, and coproduction of the National’s live-stream at BAM for Vevo and American Express. Show Cobra also produced all of IFC’s SXSW Coverage in 2010 and 2011 for both linear television and the Web. For further information, go to http://www.showcobra.com/

26 Jun
2012


After selling out three nights at NYC’s Terminal 5 and announcing a number of festival appearances, Bloc Party has revealed that they will be hitting the road this fall in support of their new album, FOUR – set for release on August 21st via Frenchkiss Records. Ceremony will be opening on all dates. See full list of dates below.

Starting TODAY, June 26th, fan club members will be able to purchase tickets or a digital bundle – which includes a ticket and album preorder – HERE. The general public will be able to purchase tickets or the bundle beginning on Friday, June 29th HERE.

FOUR marks the end of a four year hiatus for the band who has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Silent Alarm, which helped shape the sound of modern British guitar music. Live, the four-piece delivers thrilling, one of a kind performances that ooze with punk-rock energy — taking their already mind-blowing songs to an entirely different level.

WATCH the album trailer HERE.

The U.S. tour dates:
7/30/12 Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
8/3/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Festival
8/4/12 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/5/12 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/7/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/8/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/9/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/12/12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands

w/ Ceremony:
9/14/12 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/15/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
9/16/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/17/12 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
9/19/12 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/21/12 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/22/12 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
9/28/12 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

31 May
2012

Bloc Party will release their first new album in four years, entitled FOUR, on August 21st via Frenchkiss Records. Produced by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Polysics), the album was recorded and mixed in New York City, and is the band’s first full-length since 2008′s acclaimed Intimacy.

Along with this exciting news, the band have announced a string of European, U.S. and festival appearances following a two year absence from the stage, which will give fans the first opportunity to hear new material from their forthcoming album, as well as classic tracks from the band’s ten year history. The overwhelming demand for the band has resulted in sold out shows across the globe.

Frontman Kele Okereke expands on FOUR and the year ahead.

Watch the FOUR album trailer, created by the band themselves below

FOUR’s album cover:


Bloc Party has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Silent Alarm, helping to shape the sound of modern British guitar music. The announcement of the band’s forthcoming album and return to the road mark the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a very special year.

Pre-order FOUR now.

The U.S. tour dates:
7/30/12 Honolulu, HI @ The Republik
8/3/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Festival
8/4/12 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/5/12 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/7/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/8/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/9/12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *sold out*
8/11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool at The Cosmopolitan
8/12/12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands

24 Aug
2010

Does It Offend You, Yeah? is back with a new song and video for “We Are The Dead.” You can download the song in the soundcloud player below. You can check out the remix parts here. Watch the video for “We Are The Dead” and check out the band’s tour dates opening for Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke.

Sept 2 9:30 Club Washington DC
Sep 3 Mod Club Toronto
Sep 4 Belmont Montreal
Sep 7 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 8 Webster Hall New York, NY
Sep 11 Double Door Chicago, IL
Sep 13 Slowdown Omaha, NE
Sep 14 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
Sep 16 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
Sep 18 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA
Sep 21 Henry Fonda/Musicbox Los Angeles, CA

We Are The Dead by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

11 Nov
2009

Last week, we showed you a promo video for a cool new music show called “Embedded.” This week, we have the full episode. Check it out:

03 Nov
2009

On Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, “Embedded” goes thrift shopping in San Francisco with Lykke Li, travels cross-country with Common in support of his latest album, Universal Mind Control, and captures an impromptu performance by Bloc Party in Paris, France. Expect guest appearances from musicians such as Mos Def, Pharrell and Will.i.am.

For season previews and online exclusives, check out http://www.Current.com/Embedded.

31 Aug
2009
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Bloc Party have had a busy weekend. First, they replaced Oasis as the headliners at Rock En Seine on Friday night after the band skipped the performance (and Noel Gallagher left the band). Frontman Kele Okerele dedicated the song “Mercury” to “those inbred twins” referring to the Gallagher brothers. Then last night at the Reading Festival, Kele announced that the band would not be returning to play the festival for a few years after having performed there three years in a row. Bloc Party has been touring pretty much non-stop for the last two years so maybe they could use a little break. Their last album Intimacy did seem to be a slightly rushed effort. Hopefully this time off will allow the band to focus more on a new album.

Earlier in the show, the band celebrated their 10th year of existence as Kele told the story of how he first connected with guitarist Russell Lissack at the Reading Festival in 1999:

    “I decided to ask this guy here [Lissack] if he would play guitar for me… and the rest is history,” Okereke said, before dedicating next track ‘This Modern Love’ to young musicians in the audience. “This next song goes out to any young kids in bands here.”

Read more about it here, check out the setlist from the Reading Festival below:

So Here We Are
Hunting For Witches
Positive Tension
Talons
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Two More Years
One More Chance
Mercury
This Modern Love
The Prayer
Flux
Helicopter

(Photo credit: Tom Martin)