Reflexive Blubbering in the Face of the New Reality of Entertainment: Run Amok at BE THE RIOTTT!!! Music Festival

I was sent on behalf of zap! bang! Magazine to the BE THE RIOTTT! (Sic) festival, which took place in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on November 11th, 2006. In brooding over how to begin composing this text I found myself debating if some questions should even be asked. That is to say that upon entering the auditorium – or even further back, in my ascent from the city’s underbelly parking garage to street level — I was by degree overcome by an awed understanding and scaling disgust for the situation laid before me.

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Groundbreaking digital music show From the Basement

Top artists will take centre stage of new digital download music programme From the Basement. With no host and no studio audience, it aims to bring you pure, intimate and unadulterated performances launching with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

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Idlewild Free Download

Idlewild are back after almost two years away with an exclusive new track to coincide with their sold out UK tour. The band will be previewing material from their latest album Make Another World (Sequel) released in February 2007 on six dates, but if you did not get a ticket you can still get an early listen to one of the tracks.

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Fuck Yeah Fest 3

This was the third installment of the yearly music festival, and again the Fuck Yeah Fest transformed Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, Los Angeles, into the likeness of an east coast style block party. Hundreds filled the streets waiting to see the over fifty bands, plus local comedians and art exhibits.

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MAKE ROADS SAFE Campaign

The Make Roads Safe campaign has scheduled another gig to raise awareness of the dangers of the roads, to be held this Wednesday — with Dirty Pretty Things and Metro Riots playing. The gig is now sold out, with 400 tickets having been won in a competition run by the charity, and hopefully this will give a large audience to the cause’s message.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Melua: Exactly, I mean it’s obviously not taking itself too seriously but it’s only because she can’t afford to. I mean, that’s part of the MySpace world — everyones frontin so you never get caught out because you never divulge your true personality.

Digital: I know what you mean. But Lily Allen despite this, does seems to have this charismatic personality on record and off that seems to attract people — even if it isn’t a very original one.

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Star Chamber

Star Chamber are hoping 2006 will be a major year in its long yet history after the band took some time out to concentrate on new material and recording. Now the indie-rock band are on the road again with gigs lined up in London and a new EP under their belt. Will it be their break through year?

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Malcfest 2005

Four years ago, a man named Malcolm had a vision — that he could put on a festival in his Catford flat, with all his mates’ bands playing in his living room. Now in its fourth year, Malcfest continued to grow, surpassing all previous expectations.

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Ashton Court Festival

The giants of Bristol’s recent musical past have all played here, but Kosheen are shit, Massive Attack have become shit and Portishead and Tricky have just gone. How will the city’s new breed live up to their (mostly) glorious history?

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