18 September 2012

Tuesday Tune: Primal Scream - Exterminator (Massive Attack Remix)

11 September 2012

Tuesday Tune (Bestival Special): The XX - Infinity

The xx stood out at Bestival. In a weekend filled with all kinds of noise and colourful costumes, three magicians - introverted if not shy, and dressed in black, thrilled the Main Stage crowd with a typically low-key set including tracks from their second album Coexist. For me it was the best performance of the weekend; honourable mentions go to Alt-JRoots Manuva, and of course Stevie Wonder.


5 September 2012

Bestival Picks

It hasn't been a vintage year for British festivals, with no Glastonbury or Big Chill, washouts at the Isle of Wight Festival and Creamfields, and cancellations everywhere from Bloc (incompetence) to Bedfordshire's Rhythm (didn't sell enough tickets). However, there is one last hurrah this summer - Bestival, which is now into its ninth year and taking over the Isle of Wight. If you're not lucky enough to be going, the good news is that the whole festival will be streamed for free on YouTube.

Here are some of the performances not to be missed over the weekend:

Stevie Wonder

Little Dragon

Dub Pistols

The XX

See you at the front!

4 September 2012

Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys' new album Elysium is available to stream on the Guardian website ahead of its release next Monday. This week's Tuesday Tune is one of their earlier hits - the downbeat 'Being Boring', from their 1990 release Behaviour.