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Laneway Festival Side Shows

Friday 18 November 2011

Laneway Festival Side Shows

This year's Laneway Festival line-up has been widely hailed as one of the strongest and most interesting in its history. The Laneway Festival will be hitting the the countries hot-spots in BrisbanePerthMelbourneSydney and Adelaide.

Chugg Entertainment has announced side shows for:

Anna Calvi:She's on fire at the moment; listen to her eponymous debut or watch any video of her performing and you'll see why. The half-Italian, half-British artist's deliciously dramatic vocals and darkly cinematic instrumentation have won countless plaudits (including a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination) and the praise of Brian Eno who calls her 'the best thing since Patti Smith', which is not a compliment you'd throw out of bed.

The Drums & Cults: Combustible Brooklyn-via-Florida outfit The Drums have packed a lot into their two years: two excellent, mostly self-recorded albums and an EP, line-up changes, internal strife, a couple of world tours. Now a five-piece, The Drums deftly sidestepped the sophomore slump this year with Portamento, an intimate and largely autobiographical LP full of the band's trademark mix of gorgeous melodies, spry instrumentation and singer Jonathon Pierce's musings on heartbreak, redemption, loss and love.

Joining The Drums will be young NYC-by-way-of-San Diego pop duo Cults, whoburst onto the scene early last year with the irresistible 'Go Outside', a short, sharp burst of hazy bedroom pop steeped in classic girl-group harmonies and Spector-esque production. Little was known about the twosome of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, whose almost ungoogleable name and refusal to give interviews befitted their creepy moniker. A couple of months ago, the band decisively stepped out of the shadows, silencing the doubters with their grea self-titled LP, a winsome and succinct half-hour set shot through with darker undercurrents that amply delivers on the band's early promise.

Feist: Having disappeared from the rather intense global spotlight for the past few years, Leslie Feist emerges with her new album, 'Metals', a typically gorgeous, acutely observational collection of tracks ranging from low rumbling and moody ambiences to those more brutal and intense. It's a worthy follow-up to her already classic, award-winning and much loved albums 'Let It Die' and 'The Reminder.'

Glasser: Prepare to be mesmerised by the one-woman orchestra of Cameron Mesirow. Fans of ethereal pop with substance will be enthralled by this show. On Ring, the L.A. native's universally praised debut LP, angelic vocals swirl above an intoxicating mix of tribal percussion, lush electronics and orchestral flourishes. It's mystical, yes, but without any of the put-on eccentricity or pretension those words sometimes imply. Glasser's music, like her beguiling, beautifully restrained live shows, is the real deal: generous, direct and free of any gimmickry, all of it built around Mesirow's formidable pipes.

M83: M83's new LP 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' is a sure contender for the Album of The Year. It's an ambitious, sprawling, epic 22-track double album and it's outstanding. We were massive fans of French electronic dream-pop artist Anthony Gonzales' last album,Saturdays = Youth, but this is next level. Get it, put it on, turn it up and then grab tickets to one of the most anticipated gigs of the year.

Twin Shadow: We can't wait for Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jnr)'s side show, guaranteed to be a shoe-shifting affair filled with the propulsive beats and romantic drama that make his recorded output so great. His debut album, 'Forget', is a sepia-tinged homage to his childhood, recalling moments from his youth in moods alternately sweet and sinister, but always compelling. Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) produced the album and he does a fine job of making 'Forget's' 80's-tinged electro-pop sound altogether new. Grab a partner and pretend it's your school formal: Twin Shadow's slinky tunes and deep, velvety voice are made for this.

WU LYF: WU LYF's live show justifies the not inconsiderable hype surrounding the publicity-shy, record label-averse Mancunian four-piece. 'For all the weirdness, they are clearly fabulous musicians who have created their own sound... The songs are dark, beautiful and ridiculously euphoric', the Guardian recently said of their performance.

The self-described proponents of 'heavy pop' released their startling first record 'Go Forth To The Mountain' to far-flung adoration in the middle of the year and it is indeed a corker: the explosive mix of organs, echoed percussion, chiming guitar and one of the most distinctive vocalists of recent years combining to rapturous effect.

Tickets to these shows are sure to be the hottest tickets in town come February 2012. Catch these uniquely talented artists at a theatre near you! Tickets on sale from Friday 18 November.

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