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10 Jan
2012


Today – Tuesday, January 10 – Friendly Fires releases the bonus edition of their acclaimed second album Pala. Available exclusively through iTunes, this digital version will feature five remixes from Tensnake, Tiga, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Benoit & Sergio and Tim Green in addition to the original full version of the album.

Friendly Fires’ love of electronic music is well documented and this remix package continues the tradition of brilliant Friendly Fires remixes.

Friendly Fires are also delighted to announce that the legendary Carl Craig has weighed in with an extended edit of their “Hurting” track. Although the mix won’t be available on the digital bonus edition, it’s set to be released in February on limited edition vinyl via Craig’s Planet E label, and digitally via XL Recordings

All the remixes can be heard here. The track list for the stream is:

1. Hurting (Carl Craig Extended Edit)

2. Hurting (Tensnake Remix)

3. Blue Cassette (Tiga Remix)

4. Hawaiian Air (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)

5. Hurting (Benoit & Sergio Remix)

6. Live Those Days Tonight (Tim Green Remix)

21 Nov
2011

Born 20 years ago out of punk rock will and unbridled passion, Lollapalooza—founded by Perry Farrell, festival visionary and lead singer of Jane’s Addiction–has rocked through the parks, amphitheaters and fairgrounds of North America before becoming an acclaimed destination festival in Chicago every summer, leaving countless memorable musical moments in its wake. Next year, the festival will once again touch down in South America with the second edition of Lollapalooza Chile in O’Higgins Park in Santiago, March 31 – April 1, 2012, and will venture across the continent for the first-ever Lollapalooza Brazil at the Jockey Club in São Paulo, April 7-8, 2012.

In a feat of cultural exchange last April, Lollapalooza Chile captured the eyes, ears and imagination of South America. In 2012 the continent will experience a double dose of this Lollapalooza magic when the festival makes back-to-back weekend stops in Chile and Brazil. The two festivals will share some–but not all acts–on their bills. Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil will both welcome the Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, MGMT, TV On The Radio, Bassnectar, Band of Horses, Thievery Corporation, Peaches, Cage the Elephant, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Friendly Fires, Foster the People and Tinie Tempah.

Fresh from triumphing over the elements with this year’s Lollapalooza U.S. headline set of a lifetime, Foo Fighters are sure to turn equally dynamic main stage closing sets in both Brazil and Chile– performances that will mark the Foos’ first trip ever in Chile as well as their first Brazilian appearance in over a decade.

Festivalgoers in Chile will experience rare treats with Bjork and Avicii, as well as an eclectic collection of bands including progressive rockers Los Jaivas, the socially conscious Juana Fe, punk rock giant BBS Paranoicos, and the Chilean revelation of rockorgánico, Camila Moreno.

Lollapalooza Brazil will host the triumphant return of Jane’s Addiction and a special blend of iconic indie rockers from every region of the country, including Plebe Rude from Brasília, Wander Wildner from Porto Alegre and Cascadura from Salvador. “The people of Sao Paulo have been very active–twittering me whom they want to see in the 2012 Lolla lineup,” states Farrell. “Judging by all the requests, they are going to erupt. We really delivered for them. Now, I want them to show me how you party in Brasil!”

Both of these two-day music extravaganzas will take place in a gorgeous urban setting, with multiple music stages, an electronic tent, amazing local fare, and a Kidzapalooza area for the little rockers.

Lollapalooza Chile will return to O’Higgins Park in Santiago on March 31 – April 1, 2012. Discounted two-day passes are on-sale now, while supplies last. After that, tickets will be available at the regular price at www.lollapaloozacl.com

For more information about Lollapalooza Chile:

Web: lollapaloozacl.com
Twitter: twitter.com/lollapaloozacl
Facebook: facebook.com/lollapaloozachile
YouTube: youtube.com/user/LollapaloozaCL

Lollapalooza Brazil will take place at São Paulo’s Jockey Club, April 7-8, 2012. Two-day Pre-Sale passes will be available on November 22 at 0h01 am for current e-list subscribers only. Tickets on-sale to the general public on November, 28 at www.lollapaloozabr.com

For more information about Lollapalooza Brazil:

Web: lollapaloozabr.com
Twitter: twitter.com/lollapaloozabr
Facebook: facebook.com/LollapaloozaBR
YouTube: youtube.com/user/LollapaloozaBR

SEE THE FULL LINEUP FOR CHILE HERE:

FOO FIGHTERS

SYSTEMA SOLAR

BJORK

ELECTRODOMESTICOS

ARCTIC MONKEYS

JUANA FE

MGMT

CAMILA MORENO

TV ON THE RADIO

PEDRO PIEDRA

THIEVERY CORPORATION

BBS PARANOICOS

BAND OF HORSES

GUSH

CAGE THE ELEPHANT

31 MINUTOS

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

JIMINELSON

LOS JAIVAS

ADANOWSKY

ILLYA KURYAKI & THE VALDERRAMAS

ALEX ANWANDTER

ABOVE & BEYOND

DION

SKRILLEX

SOUL & SENSES

CALVIN HARRIS

FERNANDO MILAGROS

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

LOS ROCKERS

FRIENDLY FIRES

SILVESTRE

BASSNECTAR

YAEL MEYER

PEACHES

PULENTA

PRETTY LIGHTS

LA MALA SENDA

GOGOL BORDELLO

MAWASHI

PERRYETTY VS. CHRIS COX

MC BILLETA

CROSSES

WE ARE THE GRAND

TINIE TEMPAH

FOLLAKZOID

THE CRYSTAL METHOD

ADRIANIGUAL

GENTLEMAN

EL SUEÑO DE LA CASA PROPIA

MORODO

MAZAPAN

RITMO MACHINE

NEWEN AFROBEAT

SURTEK COLLECTIVE

ANITCHIE

GUSTAVO CORDERA

MOSQUITAS MUERTAS

HOPPO!

SEE THE FULL LINEUP FOR BRAZIL HERE:

FOO FIGHTERS

PERRYETTY VS. CHRIS COX

ARCTIC MONKEYS

TINIE TEMPAH

JANE’S ADDICTION

PEACHES

MGMT

PLEBE RUDE

TV ON THE RADIO

WANDER WILDNER

THIEVERY CORPORATION

MARCELO NOVA

SKRILLEX

RHYTHM MONKS

CALVIN HARRIS

CASCADURA

FOSTER THE PEOPLE

PAVILHÃO 9

BAND OF HORSES

TIPO UÍSQUE

CAGE THE ELEPHANT

SUVACA

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

VEIGA & SALAZAR

O RAPPA

BALLS

BASSNECTAR

BLUBELL

FRIENDLY FIRES

VELHAS VIRGENS

PRETTY LIGHTS

GARAGE FUZZ

GOGOL BORDELLO

MARCIO TECHJUN

THE CRYSTAL METHOD

DANIEL BRANDÃO

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Lollapalooza: Lollapalooza was born two decades ago when Perry Farrell, lead singer of fabled alternative rockers Jane’s Addiction, started planning a farewell tour for the group. His idea morphed into a larger-than-life musical roadshow that would bring music, culture and community to fans across North America, before finding a permanent home in Chicago’s historic Grant Park in 2005.

Lollapalooza was reborn as a summer destination festival, delivering an ever-more diverse array of 130+ artists from all genres on eight states. Widely considered one of the premier festivals in the world, Lollapalooza continues to thrive in the Windy City getting bigger and better with every year. This year’s gathering was headlined by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, MUSE, My Morning Jacket, DeadMau5, Cold War Kids, and A Perfect Circle.

Perry Farrell is one of the most influential and original musical figures in recent history. Dubbed as the “Godfather of Alternative Rock,” Farrell fronts Jane’s Addiction which formed in 1985. Creating a new genre and musical movement, Farrell and Jane’s Addiction changed the music scene and paved the way for bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and STP. In 1993, Perry created Porno for Pyros, a daring evolution to his diversity and growth. As well as being a groundbreaking musician, he is the creator and founder of Lollapalooza. Launched in 1991, SPIN magazine listed Lollapalooza as the #1 tour that changed the world. Known for its musical diversity, Lollapalooza was instrumental in exposing alternative music formats to the masses and establishing a sense of commonality across a fragmented demographic. The first of its kind, Lollapalooza quickly established itself as a lifestyle festival, pushing the envelope and exposing concert goers to a subculture of ‘alternative’ living and art, and provided a platform for numerous environmental and human-rights causes as well. As a constant creative force, Farrell continues to push his own artistic horizon as a music producer, electronic music performer and visual artist, as well as a rock icon. In November 2011, he was honored at the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards with the “Apple Award.” Perry is the first-ever recipient of this award, which commemorates the 20th anniversary of legendary promoter Bill Graham’s death. Perry received this honor because Billboard recognized that Perry has always given fans special experiences, as Graham did before him (the “Apple Award” is so named because Bill Graham gave out apples to fans leaving Fillmore West shows).

Lotus Producciones * www.lotuspro.cl
Lotus production is a company dedicated to promote and produce events in Chile since 2005 with one main reason to generate unique moments to all music fans. Lotus produces the Lollapalooza music festival in Santiago a multistage festival that has become an icon of the live music industry in Chile.

Geo Eventos * www.geoeventos.com/
A joint venture among Globo Organizations and RBS Group on Brazil, Geo aims to promote and produce events in the sports, entertainment and business. Geo’s main objective is to create unique experiences prioritizing quality, security, innovation and sustainability. Among the events promoted by Geo are F1Rocks, Tênis Espetacular, ASP Surf Word Tour Rio, HSM, Expo Money and FIFA’s World Cup Preliminary Draw.

WME * www.wmeentertainment.com
WME represents elite artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, publishing, and physical production. WME also advises some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands to create entertainment-based marketing solutions. Based in Los Angeles, WME has offices in New York, London, Nashville and Miami.

C3 Presents * www.c3presents.com
C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, events, and just about anything that makes people stand up and cheer. C3 produces the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Along with these multi-day, multi-stage festivals, C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US. In 2009, C3 was the number three promoter by sales in the US, and the number seven worldwide. In addition to event creation and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

10 Nov
2011

Friendly Fires have a new video out for their single “Hurting.” The video features lead singer Ed Macfarlane walking around with a special-effects enhanced cube for his head. This is all thanks to the skills and expertise o director David Lewandowski who worked on the movie Tron as well as creating the YouTube hit video “going to the store”.

Check out the video for “Hurting” below:

29 Oct
2011

By Laura McWhorter

I’m getting pretty sick of seeing Friendly Fires. Ahem…I’m getting pretty sick of seeing Friendly Fires at Paradise Rock Club. This was my second chance to catch the British trio and I was certain, after the incredible showing last time, that they’d be movin’ on up. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the ‘Dise but I’m just dying to see what kind of dance moves Ed Macfarlane breaks out with a little more elbow room. Plus, they deserve it – having been touring (and absolutely killing it) nonstop since February.

Unlike every other normal city on the planet…it happened to be snowing in Boston on Thursday as I strode up to the venue (Yep. I don’t want to talk about it). When I was done bemoaning the weather I realized just how perfectly everything was shaping up. I can think of no better way to thaw my frozen toes than by taking cover and spending the night with three bros from England and their tropical, tribal brand of rock. After the first few seconds, it was pretty clear that everyone else agreed.

‘Love Sick’, ‘Jump in the Pool’ and ‘Blue Cassette’ started off the set and got the blood flowing back to our previously frozen extremities. After that…it was a no holds barred dance party for the next hour. It was a short set (14 songs) but they hit most of the high notes – both from their self-titled debut and 2011’s Pala. And to be honest…with Jack Savidge going so hard on the drums…I seriously doubt I could’ve lasted much longer. I have no clue how he does it. The drum fills are so complex and rich…it’s almost impossible to keep up – definitely my favorite part about this band’s sound.

Singer, Ed is a man of very few words but we did the talking for him – singing along to every word of ‘True Love’, ‘Chimes’ and ‘Show Me Lights’. When he wasn’t strutting his stuff on stage he was breaking it down in the crowd with us. The high-energy set closed out with ‘Live Those Days Tonight’, ‘Pull Me Back to Earth’ and ‘Paris’ and by the end of it the venue was covered in a collective blanket of all the excess layers and coats that people had been shedding throughout the night. By the time the band wrapped up the encore of ‘Hawaiian Air’ and the 7-minute tribal theme, ‘Kiss of Life’, everyone was half-clothed and full-exhausted.

If I have one criticism of the show it’s that it’s the exact same show I saw back in May. The set list barely changed (and when it did…it was just in the ordering of the songs). There are some other great tracks I would’ve loved to hear live this time around but I guess they’re nothing if not consistent. If nothing else, I hope this encore performance was enough to convince this batch of concert-goers like it convinced me before.

They’re back across the pond now for the remainder of the tour but I’m told they’ll be back soon – hopefully with a refreshed set and larger stages. Ed’s been shaking it on the tiniest of stages across America and it’s about damn time we get the full show. Because, let’s be honest, if any country can handle a good old fashioned (albeit gratuitous) ass-shaking…it’s us.

Set List:
Love Sick
Jump in the Pool
Blue Cassette
True Love
On Board
Chimes
Skeleton Boy
Show Me Lights
Live Those Days Tonight
Hurtin’
Pull Me Back to Earth
Paris

Hawaiian Air
Kiss of Life

06 Oct
2011

Theophilus London will set out on a US tour with Friendly Fires that begins on Friday in Atlanta (see below for the full itinerary.) He has been out on the road supporting his debut full length Times Are Weird These Dayz all over the globe, and the first single from the album, “I Stand Alone,” (as heard in the trailer for How To Make It In America and performed on the season premiere of 90210) has been taking off and was just added to the rotations at MTV2 and Sirius XM Hits 1.

Listen to “I Stand Alone” on Soundcloud

Watch the “I Stand Alone” video on YouTube

This summer Theophilus played Central Park’s Summerstage in NYC w/Nas and Damien Marley, and Life + Times, which is curated by fellow Brooklynite Jay-Z, followed him around as he prepared for the show. While in NYC he also performed on Billboard’s rooftop for their Tastemakers series. On the more artful end of the spectrum, R+I Creative also put together a short piece called “LVRS OF GOD” which they describe as “an intimate exploration of Theophilus London’s chameleonic mind through his inspiration and iconography.”

Watch the Life + Times video

Watch the Billboard.com Tastemakers performance

Watch the R+I Creative “LVRS OF GOD” video

“Thanks to a number of artists, rap feels new again in 2011. And the 24 year-old Theophilus London is one of the biggest reasons for this.” -New York Times Magazine

“An MC who takes his cues from Morrissey as much as from Notorious B.I.G., Theophilus London is the kind of rare, genuinely original artist for whom the rules of genre simply don’t apply.” -ELLE

Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft *
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
10/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinas *
10/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia *
10/17 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (Headlining)
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickashaw Shop (Headlining Popscene)
10/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (Headlining)
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
10/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
10/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
* w/Friendly Fires

Web: http://theophiluslondon.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheophilusL
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheophilusLondonMusic
Tumblr: http://timezareweird.tumblr.com

14 Aug
2011

Here’s our writer Michael Zonenashvili’s review of the second day of Lollapalooza. All images are provided by the official Lollapalooza Flickr page and most of the videos from the Lollapalooza YouTube page.


Phantogram:

Phantogram by Dave Mead

The last time I saw Phantogram was in a dark, one-hundred person venue. This time, they were the first band I caught on the second day of Lollapalooza. They had the luxury of convincing me that I could stand up and brave the crowds for the second most difficult day. I, on the other hand, had the luxury of seeing a great performance, unhindered by the time slot and bolstered by the addition of a live drummer. Opening with “Running From the Cops,” Phantogram displayed their mix of deep electronic elements, borderline sexy beats, and overwhelming style. The vocals bouncing between Sara and Josh meshed well, the guitar playing was ever subtle yet necessary, and the setlist short and sweet. “Mouthful of Diamonds” was a definite highlight, with the bass resonating regardless of not having walls to bounce off of.



Friendly Fires:

Friendly Fires by Matt Ellis

Everyone seems to only have enough words to write only about Ed MacFarlane’s dancing. Yes, it’s entertaining. Yes, he’s super into it and has great presence. Yet, people tend to leave out an important element about Friendly Fires: Their music translates wonderfully live. Opening with “Lovesick”, the bassline melding with two drummers and a horn section had the crowd half emulating Ed’s dance moves. The guitar layered over the music was perfect, whether through sliding a maraca over the strings or simply providing the sonic bottom layer to the music. Nailing a great mix of both albums in only forty-five minutes, Friendly Fires showed off why they’re so popular in Europe and deserve the same attention in the US. “On Board” built to its breaking point as Ed entered the festival crowd, sending the camera crew on the stage into a frenzy to capture the magic happening off of the stage. “Kiss of Life” closed the performance with one of the most chest pounding outros, a drum jam picking up in tempo over time until nearly the entire band’s limbs were at breakneck speed on their instruments or dancing.



Dom:

Dom is the asshole friend that you have to love. “This song is called Jesus, Hail Satan” began “Jesus.” “This one is called BRO-Chicha” began “Bochicha.” Seemingly unenthused as usual, fitting for the fuzzy indie rock he makes, Dom’s performance was exactly what you’d want. Grabbing from their EP ridden repertoire, the band brings a more garage-y than electronic performance live. Shreddy guitar solos adorned “Living In America” (Dom’s “Creep”, even more unenthused than the other tracks) and the band busted out a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” made the audience forget that Dom still haven’t put out a full length album, too distracted by this solid live act.



Death From Above 1979:

Death From Above 1979 by Matt Ellis

Sadly, I was only in middle school when the hardcore dance-punk outfit took the music world by storm. At least I read they took the music world by storm. Luckily, now they’re back and I was able to see why they were so relevant when I was only discovering that Radiohead existed. Jesse F. Keeler can make some great sounds with his bass, and he can write some awesome riffs. Seabastian Grainger has the energy to shout and snarl through short, punchy tracks while blast-beating away on a drumset. Perhaps this was the only moshpit I saw at Lollapalooza, and perhaps I would’ve preferred to see this band when they were playing dingy clubs. But, even on an enormous stage the band was loud and ballsy, making a lot of noise for just two people. In nearly the same timeslot I saw the Black Keys play the stage last year, it felt like I was seeing their evil twins. Their evil twins, it seemed, could probably beat them up.



Local Natives:

Local Natives by Dave Mead

Local Natives have it all going for them: stellar harmonies, a phenomenal first release, and an impressive live show. Nailing almost the entirety of Gorilla Manor, planning out the setlist to ebb and flow nicely, Local Natives stayed cool in front of their largest audience to date. The tense moments before the big-riff of “Sun Hands” had the audience waiting for the moment, “Warning Sign” was the closest anyone got to David Byrne all weekend, and “Airplanes” had the audience try to sing in harmony. The band mentioned they’d soon be returning to the studio to record a second album, and strangely I found myself wanting to hear a new song live. Sadly, we didn’t get a taste of what’s to come. Although, we did get another reminder that we should expect nothing less than greatness.



Cee Lo:

Cee Lo by Dave Mead

Cee Lo’s set was my high school prom. A cheesy mix of covers and medleys, and unflattering rearrangements of what the audience wanted to hear. Bookending the set with covers of Danzig’s “Mother” and “Don’t Stop Believing” might say enough of the set, but even songs such as “Crazy” and “Fuck You” seemed like karaoke. Constantly stopping songs to urge us to be louder, the female backing band that seems to have a new member with each appearance, and the god-awful Koopa outfit made Cee-Lo’s set campy beyond belief, a mixtape created by someone to serve up to the crowd at prom.



My Morning Jacket:

My Morning Jacket by Jack Edinger

If you aren’t an avid listener of My Morning Jacket, you were probably at the Eminem stage. If you’re a casual listener of My Morning Jacket, it might not have been the most fun set of the weekend, but it might’ve been the most impressive set before you left to see Eminem/Beirut/Pretty Lights. If you were a My Morning Jacket fan, you made up the most pleasantly uncrowded and enthralled crowd of the weekend. With a couple more inches between fans than the most crowded sets of the weekend, My Morning Jacket put on a show that dispelled any beliefs that they aren’t “Big enough” to headline the festival.


Having claimed that they were the best set of Bonnaroo for the past two months, I wondered if my newfound fandom for the group would be tarnished by them not being as great as I remembered. I was wrong. Going through every single song that absolutely needed to be played, and even combining songs to get through more material(Smokin’ From Shooting/Run Thru), the band put on the best performance of the weekend. Jim James shuffled around, thrashed, headbanged, and even powerslid across the stage while hitting every note, including the high pitched squeals at the end of “Wordless Chorus.”


The extended jams on songs reinforced by beliefs that MMJ is the jam band for those who hate jam bands: the extra eight minutes tacked onto “Dondante” had the audience raising open hands into the air to soak in the solos. Even a broken string on “One Big Holiday” didn’t stop the band from their thunderous outro. Then again, nothing can stop My Morning Jacket: they play for two or more hours in intense heat while wearing suits, sometimes in addition to capes and scarves. And you know what? Those capes and scarves are totally okay.

10 Aug
2011

Theophilus London has announced a tour in support of his much-hyped full-length debut Timez Are Weird These Days, which is out now (iTunes / Amazon.) The tour kicks off August 11th with a SummerStage show in Central Park with Nas and Damien Marley, and also includes a string of dates with Big Boi, an appearance at Austin City Limits, and a 3-week tour with Friendly Fires. A full list of tour dates is below.

On August 20th in Austin, TX, Theophilus London will play the inaugural performance of the Special Engagements Concert Series, presented by Intel and Dell, which is a new live concert series debuting on Noisey.com. The monthly series is grounded in a technology-driven audience experience, which gives fans the power to collaborate with the performing artist before and during the show. Together, they will produce a once-in-a-lifetime event that is streamed live across the world. The series kicks off August 20 in Austin, Texas at the famed Lustre Pearl with Brooklyn-based sensation Theophilus London and host Telli from Ninjasonik. For this first Engagement, fans will determine which exclusive remix Theophilus London debuts during his set, send in visual interpretations of his album to accompany the performance, submit shout-outs and even decide the shirt he wears on stage. Leading up to the debut event in Austin, they will determine factors of the performance via polling widgets, Twitter and Facebook. Fans can watch Theophilus London’s video announcement and learn how to attend and call the shots by visiting http://noisey.com/specialengagements.

Theophilus London 2011 Tour Dates
08/11 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield (Central Park Summer Stage) w/Nas and Damien Marley
08/11 – New York, NY @ Beanpole x Kim Jones x Opening Ceremony Block Party
08/20 – Austin, TX @ Lustre Pearl, Noisey.com x Dell and Intel
08/26 – Brisbane, AU @ The Trivoli Theatre ^
08/27 – Newtown, AU @ The Enmore ^
08/31 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory ^
09/01 – Northcote, AU @ Northcote Social Club
09/02 – Melbourne, AU @ Palace ^
09/03 – Northbridge, WA @ Metro City ^
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
09/16 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside w/Twin Shadow
09/21 – Johannesburg, RSA @ Alex Theatre
09/24 – Johannesburg, RSA @ The Gearbox
09/30 – Marseille, FRA @ Festival Marsatac
10/04 – Carrborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
10/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
10/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft *
10/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
10/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia *
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
10/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
10/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *

^ w/Big Boi
* w/Friendly Fires

17 Jun
2011

Friendly Fires have a new video out for “Hawaiian Air” on VEVO

Watch it below and check out the band on tour this summer!

8/6 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/7 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage – FREE SHOW!
10/4 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/5 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10/7 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
10/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social
10/11 — Austin, TX – Antones
10/12 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/14 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
10/ 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box
10/18 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
10/ 19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/23 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/27 – Boston, NY – Paradise

14 Jun
2011

Friendly Fires may have just ended their latest tour of the US last week, with sold out shows in NYC, Chicago, SF and Los Angeles, but the band already has plans to visit the States again in the near future. In addition to Lollapalooza and a free Summerstage show in August, the band will launch a headlining tour in the beginning of October. (dates below)

Their new album Pala was released on May 24th via XL Recordings to stellar reviews.

Named after the island in Aldous Huxley’s 1962 novel ‘Island’, Pala was produced by a mixture of Friendly Fires themselves and Paul Epworth (Florence + The Machine, Adele). The album was recorded over the past twelve months in various locations including London and New York.

In addition to their recent performance on Kimmel the band were on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in March.

Praise for Pala and Friendly Fires

“Singer Ed Macfarlane has a sweet, boy-next-door look, but he’s surprisingly magnetic and animated, working the oversize stage like a seasoned arena pro without compromising his earnest, highly emotional vocal performance.” Rolling Stone

“… beat-savvy band, now including a horn section, matches the lyrics’ carnal urgency with white-hot club-wreckers, jittery Afropop, and art rock that recalls Talking Heads at their funkiest.” Spin 8/10

“the record remains loyal to their old sound, but gets a boost of complexity with a whirlwind of danceable disco beats, layered melodies, and a fair dose of falsetto.” NYLON

“Pala feels like a great shindig-starter, complete with wiggly, disco basslines and subtext-free lyrics like ‘All I want is to feel true love.’” The Onion’s A.V. Club

“Arena-electro like this instills the feeling of festival, of belting the chorus, hands in the air, feeling things. Just will this energy into your life, and you’ll be feeling the summer, and really feeling this song.”
“Pala is one of the most downright exhilarating records you’ll hear all year” Consequence of Sound

“The music of Friendly Fires recalls the early ‘80s sound of Talking Heads, when Bernie Worrell and others brought the snap of the funk in the band.” Wall Street Journal

“Friendly Fires are a bunch of sweaty British gentlemen in button-down shirts playing dance-rock that actually makes people dance, heavy on high-hat grandeur, gloriously overblown choruses, tender falsetto, pealing horns, the occasional maraca/cowbell assault…” Village Voice

“the record is a utopian, decadent and pleasure filled world without any limitations on the amount of indulgent gratification it brings” Chicagoist

Friendly Fires on tour:

8/6 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/7 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage – FREE SHOW!
10/4 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/5 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10/7 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
10/8 – Orlando, FL – The Social
10/11 — Austin, TX – Antones
10/12 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/14 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
10/ 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box
10/18 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
10/ 19 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/23 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/27 – Boston, NY – Paradise

10 Jun
2011

Friendly Fires performed “Blue Cassette” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch it below and pick up their album Pala on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl


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