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NEWS: Crystal Castles confirm fourth album, ‘Amnesty (I)’, out August 19th 2016!

Canadian electronica two-piece Crystal Castles have now unveiled details surrounding what will be the duo’s fourth full-length, ‘Amnesty (I)’, which is scheduled for release on August 19th 2016 via Fiction Records/Casablanca Records. This will be their first album since the departure of vocalist Alice Glass in 2014.

You can take a look at the album artwork, full track listing, and pre-order details below:

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NEWS: Reading & Leeds Festival 2016 confirm more bands, including Foals, Parkway Drive and more!

Returning to ensure it keeps itself as one of the most anticipated festival weekends of the year, the organisers of Reading & Leeds Festival have confirmed another huge batch of bands to join the line-up, with the latest additions including Foals, Parkway Drive, Disclosure, and Nothing But Thieves to name but a few. You can find all of the latest additions to the bill listed below:

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DOWNLOAD: Crystal Castles – Plague

With the word of their new full-length album ‘III’ set for a November 5th 2012 release, Crystal Castles have made the first track lifted from the record, titled ‘Plague’, available for free download. You can grab it below:

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NEWS: Crystal Castles announce November headline UK tour!

Electronic outfit Crystal Castles have just confirmed a headline run of the UK this November, following their sets at this year’s Reading/Leeds Festival weekend. All dates of the tour are outlined below:

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NEWS: NME Shockwave Awards 2011 winners announced!

The winner’s of the 2011 NME Shockwave Awards have officially been announced, and can be viewed below. For those of you wanting to catch the highlights of the award ceremony hosted by Alexa Chung, you can tune into Channel 4 on Saturday (February 26th) at 11:20pm, with T4 showing coverage earlier in the day at 11:25am.

Best British Band (supported by Shockwaves) – Muse
Best International Band (supported by T4) – My Chemical Romance
Best Solo Artist – Laura Marling
Best Live Band (supported by Carling) – Biffy Clyro
Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh) – Hurts
Best Album – Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’
Best Track (supported by NME Radio) – Foals ‘Spanish Sahara’
Best Video (supported by NME TV) – My Chemical Romance ‘Na Na Na’ (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
Best Festival – Glastonbury
Best Dancefloor Filler – Professor Green ‘Jungle’
Best TV Show – Skins

Categories awarded by NME:
Philip Hall Radar Award – The Naked & Famous
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music – PJ Harvey
John Peel Award For Innovation – Crystal Castles
Godlike Genius – Dave Grohl

Other Categories:
Best Film – Inception
Hero – Lady Gaga
Villain – David Cameron
Most Stylish – Brandon Flowers (supported by Shockwaves)
Least Stylish – Justin Bieber
Worst Album – Justin Bieber ‘My World 2.0’
Worst Band – Jonas Brothers
Hottest Man – Matt Bellamy (Muse)
Hottest Woman – Alison Mosshart (The Kills)
Best Album Artwork – Klaxons ‘Surfing The Void’
Best Blog – Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Best Book – John Lydon Mr. Rotten’s Scrapbook
Best Small Festival – RockNess

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SPOTIFY: Reading/Leeds Festival 2010 playlist!

Did everyone who went to Reading and Leeds festival this year have a good time? We’re sure being back at home may be more comfy and warm but not as fun as your weekend just was, but it’s not all bad. We’ve made a playlist for all of you to relive your experience, shoving all the best artists into one chain of 37 tracks of bands and acts who played across the festival weekend. Of course not every single band that played over the weekend is on the playlist, that’d be silly and some of them were a bit rubbish. We just shoved on those that we cover on the site and think you’d appreciate the most.

If you’re a Spotify user check it out and let us know what you think of it:
Reading/Leeds Festival 2010 playlist

Festival goers enjoy, and those who didn’t go just shove this on really loud and pretend you were there. Maybe bring some mud and grass in from outside, pitch a tent in your living room, wear some wellies and drink and dance lots!

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ALBUM: Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II

Release Date: April 23rd, 2010
Label: Fiction


Despite the fact that at times the also self-titled debut album from Canadian experimental duo Crystal Castles was pulsating, shocking and just generally enjoyable, there are bad memories attached to their name: the emergence of the ridiculous “nu-rave” scene. The neon paint, the glowsticks, public schoolboys revelling in ecstasy, while being all alternative by shaving the side of their hair and talking about unicorns. The explosion of teen TV show Skins (which Crystal Castles even appeared on) was the pinnacle of a time when many of my peers became complete morons, and the likes of Klaxons, Foals, Digitalism, Shitdisco and Crystal Castles soundtracked it all.

Two or three years later however thankfully, people have somewhat seen sense and the likes of Crystal Castles have to follow up their hallucinogen induced success with another album. So while the harshness of Alice Glass‘ vocals and the suddenness of some of the keyboard and synth work remain the same, the album has some pop sensibilities and some moments of beauty too.

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