Pacific Air - Float (Live)
Pacific Air - Float (Live)
The beautiful Lana
Day 101 || Emeli Sandé
Playing: Friday, Aug. 2 / 1:00-1:45PM / Red Bull Sound Select Stage
Biography: Emeli Sandé is a singer-songwriter from Alford, Scotland. She began songwriting at an early age, writing her first song at age 11 for a school talent show, but didn’t pursue music until she completed a significant amount of university, studying medicine at the University of Glasgow for four years in case her music career failed to take off. Fortunately for her, though, her music career did anything but fail. After winning a BBC Urban music competition when her sister sent in a video of her singing one of her favorite songs, she began doing shows and inked a record deal. She broke into the public eye, though, when she wrote a song for the rapper Chipmunk that entered the top 10 of the British charts; a year after her major songwriting debut, she was featured on a track by rapper Wiley that went on to have similar chart success. Her first single came out in 2011, and by 2012 her first album, Our Version of Events, was released. The album was a major critical and commercial success, eventually topping the UK album charts. If that wasn’t enough, in 2012, Sandé also wrote songs for the reunion of The Sugababes, sang at both the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and got married. In 2013, after winning a host of British awards, Sandé is writing material for her second album.
(Photo Credit: Yuki Mok)
Next to Me || Emeli Sandé
The Beatles’ single “All You Need Is Love” was released 46 years ago today. Read about the making of the track.
Emeli Sandé - Interview With Flava
Day 76 || The Cure
Genre: Gothic Rock
Playing: Sunday, Aug. 4 / 8:00-10:00PM / Red Bull Sound Select Stage
Biography: The Cure is a band from Crawley, England, formed in 1976, after going through several incarnations as student bands. the band won a recording contract in a talent contest in 1977; however, while several songs were recorded, they were never released, and the band soon dissolved their contract with the label as they felt they were trying to turn them into a teen group. Soon, they recorded a demo on their own, which soon landed in the hands of Polydor Records, who signed them to their new label, Fiction. In 1978, they released their first single, “Killing an Arab”, and in 1979 their first album which featured a notable post-punk sound, Three Imaginary Boys, was released. The band would later express their displeasure with the album, but they continued on, opening for Siouxsie and the Banshees on tour. The experience would soon prove powerful for Cure frontman Robert Smith, who began shifting the band’s sound to a more gothic rock style once they stopped touring. The band’s second album, Seventeen Seconds, notably features the beginnings of this sound. The band’s darker sound expanded for their third album, Faith, released in 1981, and even more so on their fourth album, Pornography, released in 1982. By this point, Robert Smith had become so absorbed by the band’s sound he would often leave the stage in tears while performing. Interestingly enough, Pornography was their first commercial success in the UK.
After being encouraged to do so, though, the band changed their sound to more pop-oriented, and after a string of singles the band released their fifth album, The Top, their first commercial success in the US. In 1985, after releasing a live album and a change in the band’s lineup to incorporate the return of bassist Simon Gallup after he left the band for a year and a half, the group decided to reconcile their optimistic and pessimistic sounds for their next album, The Head on the Door. In 1987, the band released their album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, which featured perhaps the band’s most well-known single, “Just Like Heaven”. Their next album, Disintegration, marked a return to their darker sound, and also preceded the departure of drummer Laurence Tolston, making Robert Smith the only founding member of the band left standing. Their next album, Wish,was released in 1991 and was followed up by two more live albums. Their next album, which wouldn’t be released until 1996, was entitled Wild Mood Swings. The album was poorly received critically and marked the end of the band’s commercial peak. At this point, Smith was getting worried that The Cure’s time was almost up as they only had one album left in their contract. To show off their serious side again, the band released their eleventh album, Bloodflowers, in 2000. In 2001, though, after embarking on a successful tour in support of the album, the band left Fiction Records and signed to a new label.
In 2004, the band released their twelfth album, The Cure. Both The Cure and Bloodflowers, while receiving mixed critical reviews, were very popular in their own right. To promote the release of The Cure, the band performed a headlining set Coachella. They would perform again at Coachella in 2009 to promote the band’s thirteenth album, 4:13 Dream. The band has not recorded or released any new material since then, but have remained a strong touring force in the years since 4:13 Dream, headlining countless festivals across the globe.
(Photo Credit: Andy Vella)
Lovesong - The Cure (Music Video)