391 posts about Artists on this blog
Monday 6 December 2010, 13:29
In a wide-ranging interview, the Newport veteran of the UK rock scene talked about his band's career and the five songs from his personal playlist. They were:
Thursday 2 December 2010, 10:48
The Joy Formidable have announced details of their eagerly-awaited début album.
The Big Roar will be released through Canvasback/Atlantic Records on 24 January 2011.
Tuesday 30 November 2010, 15:31
They might have just pulled out of this week's gigs (including the special homecoming Blackwood Radio 2 gig) but Manic Street Preachers have announced they're appearing on this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing.
Speaking on Twitter Nicky Wire said: "Unbelievable-we have got 'strictly come dancing' on...
Tuesday 30 November 2010, 13:25
Unfortunately due to an illness the Manic Street Preachers' show on Thursday 2 December at Blackwood Miners Institute is cancelled.
Radio 2 is hoping to reinstate this show in January and will contact ticket winners for first refusal when we have the new date.
The BBC apologises for the inconvenience...
Monday 29 November 2010, 12:01
In September 2001 I was in Manchester for In The City, an annual music conference and new bands festival, checking out the Welsh talent for the magazine I was editing at the time. One of the bands I'd not heard before, but this teenage foursome crammed onto a triangular stage in a tiny venue down a grotty...
Friday 26 November 2010, 10:48
The Welsh rock scene, as evinced by Bethan Elfyn's Start Something documentary at the start of this year, is all very healthy and a regular presence in the UK's rock music press. That is, if they're melodic, poppy and full of hooks.
Nothing wrong with that, of course, but there is - as always - a harder...
Wednesday 24 November 2010, 11:39
Duffy releases her second album this coming Monday and we've been scouring the interweb for the critics' appraisals so far.
"Though not without its charms, Endlessly is too slight and uneven to impress unconditionally."
"...it's the classic 1960s songcraft...
Monday 22 November 2010, 10:42
Nicky Wire has revealed that the trio are working on their 11th studio album, tentatively entitled 70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure.
"The next album will be pure indulgence," he said. "There's only...
Friday 19 November 2010, 11:16
"I missed the simple things in life. Life had got so complicated. I needed time to step back and relax," she says.
"I occasionally longed for the...
Friday 19 November 2010, 09:58
The BBC archive is a mine of fantastic audio and video, and our colleagues at BBC Cymru's Welsh-language Cerddoriaeth music site have unearthed a real gem: Eartha Kitt singing in Welsh.
Legendary American songstress Eartha Kitt spoke four languages - and famously sang in seven. But did you know she...
Thursday 18 November 2010, 15:14
Conehead has already had a platinum sales success with Peter Andre's Revelation album.
We spoke to Graham Stokes of Conehead. He said: "Signing Rhydian is a major coup for Conehead...
Thursday 18 November 2010, 07:58
"People all over the world are excited about the royal wedding and I'm one of those people," he said. "I've always been a royalist and I always will...
Thursday 4 November 2010, 13:26
SEN SEGUR - Cyfoeth Gwlyb
Things have been deathly quiet with regards songs sung in Welsh this year. There are notable exceptions: Jen Jeniro, Y Niwl (instrumentals, I know - but made by minds that think yn Cymraeg), Race Horses, 9bach, Yucatan... maybe there are more exceptions than I thought! Still...
Thursday 4 November 2010, 12:46
From west Wales an exciting new band has arisen called The Last Republic. I met them a while ago in a session they recorded for BBC Radio Wales, and their stories and adventures were captivating, their songs are epic, and their new album Parade was recently released. So let's meet The Last Republic....
Tuesday 2 November 2010, 16:02
Sir Tom Jones has received the prestigious annual Music Industry Trust Award for his outstanding contribution to music.
The singer, 70, was presented with the award by film director Tim Burton, in front of an audience of 1,100 which included Sir George Martin, Michael Ball and Rob Brydon. Video tributes...
Friday 29 October 2010, 13:39
A disconsolate Nicky Wire appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to apologise to Manic Street Preachers fans after the band were forced to postpone gigs this week as a result of James Dean Bradfield's laryngitis.
Watch a short clip here:
Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this...
Friday 29 October 2010, 11:15
Penarth's Martyn Joseph has penned a collection of songs as part of a project to mark the centenary of the Tonypandy Riots.
Speaking to the Western Mail, Joseph said of the Broken Peace album: "I knew something of the Tonypandy Riots already but as I journeyed on, my interest in Welsh...
Friday 29 October 2010, 09:28
After postponing three gigs this weekend, including tonight's Brixton Academy gig, Manic Street Preachers have released a statement from acutely laryngitis-struck singer James Dean Bradfield.
"I would like to personally apologise to the fans. Nothing makes us feel worse than...
Wednesday 27 October 2010, 13:25
A couple of weeks back Lostprophets made history by speaking at the Oxford Union.
Following in the footsteps of world-renowned politicians, philosophers, religious and literary figures (and Michael Jackson), the Ponty band journeyed to the hallowed halls of the country's most famous educational establishment...
Wednesday 27 October 2010, 09:40
In the history of unexpected collaborations, this was up there with Axl'n'Elton at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert; David Bowie and Bing Crosby and The KLF with Tammy Wynette.
Yesterday, popstrel Charlotte Church joined The Klaxons in an impromptu version of the band's new single Twin Flames. Both...
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