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L.A. art-rock duo Sparks teases 2017 album and tour with film

Long-running L.A. art-rock duo Sparks will have a new album next year and brothers Ron and Russell Mael have put together an ambitious film teaser for the project. Coming off their collaboration with Franz Ferdinand in 2015, which yielded the album “FFS” and a tour with the combined forces of both...

Nick McCarthy (Ex-Franz Ferdinand) Starts New Project Manuela, Shares “Cracks in the Concrete”: Listen

Last week, Franz Ferdinand announced that guitarist Nick McCarthy would not take part in their next album. Now, McCarthy has announced a new project called Manuela with his wife, singer-songwriter Manuela Gernedel. The announcement is...Show More Summary

Nick McCarthy (ex-Franz Ferdinand) collaborates with wife Manuela Gernedel in new group (listen)

Nick McCarthy, who very recently parted ways with Franz Ferdinand, is now backing his wife Manuela Gernedel in a new musical project. Going simply by Manuela, the collaboration is not too far from the low-fi post-punk Nick made with Box Codax... Continue reading…

Manuela – “Cracks In The Concrete” (Stereogum Premiere)

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

This past Friday, Franz Ferdinand announced that guitarist Nick McCarthy would be leaving the band for the time being, the group’s first lineup change in their 16-year history. The decision arose out of a desire to spend more time with his family rather than set out on another full-time recording/touring cycle for the latest Franz […]

Franz Ferdinand parts ways with guitarist Nick McCarthy

We're sad to report that Franz Ferdinand founding guitarist Nick McCarthy is parting ways with the band... Continue reading…

Franz Ferdinand Part Ways With Founding Guitarist

2 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Guitarist Nick McCarthy has been a part of the angular Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand since the band started in 2002. He’s recorded four albums with the band, as well as one with the associated project FFS. And now he’s stepping out. The band announced McCarthy’s departure on Twitter this morning. The band explains that […]

Franz Ferdinand Part Ways With Guitarist Nick McCarthy

Franz Ferdinand announced this morning that guitarist Nick McCarthy (pictured left) would not take part in their next album. McCarthy, who played rhythm guitar and keyboard, had been a core member and co-songwriter in the group since its formation in Glasgow in 2002. Show More Summary

An Assassination That Sparked a World War

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The Times is revisiting some of its most memorable obituaries. World War I began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, by an 18-year-old student in Bosnia.

Kickstarter saves struggling Drip music service at last minute - CNET

Kickstarter has announced it will take over the Drip music subscription service -- which included bands such as Franz Ferdinand and They Might Be Giants -- only a day before it was due to close forever.

Hell For Leather

Wet Leather From: New York, United States Yours & Mine, the latest track from New York quintet Wet Leather sounds like Franz Ferdinand if they'd been raised on wonky disco in the Bronx. They label their sound anxiety pop and, with it's...Show More Summary

Certain Songs #470: Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”

6 months agoMedia / Publishing : Booksquare

Album: Franz Ferdinand Year: 2004 It’s not very often that you can hear an entire scene change in the middle of a song. Especially a song that got played on the radio. Though, I guess that’s really the only way it’s going to happen.Show More Summary

The Great War of 1911 (crosspost from Crooked Timber)

I recently read Time and Time Again by Ben Elton. It’s about a time traveller who returns to 1914 Europe, aiming to prevent the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and, therefore, the Great War. Of course, the war isn’t prevented, and it turns out that there are vast numbers of timelines flowing from the summer […]

You’ll Never Guess What Gwen Stefani ‘Liked’ on Twitter Somewhat Recently

8 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand. The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. When Ellen Pompeo tweeted that Daniel Craig needed a "reality check." Each an event that changed the course of history; a happening that helped shape the world we live in today. Well, guess what. Another one of that... More »

Midlake Form Supergroup Banquet With Members Of Band Of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Grandaddy

8 months agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Four members of Midlake, spearheaded by Eric Pulido, have formed a new supergroup called Banquet, and have recruited Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Travis’ Fran Healy to join them. The Dallas Observer talked to Pulido about the new project — they’re recording its first album, Volume I, […]

Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Grandaddy, Travis Frontmen Join Midlake Members in Supergroup

Midlake photo via Facebook Members of Midlake, Grandaddy, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Travis have teamed up to form Banquet, a new band currently at work on their debut LP, as The Dallas Observer reports. The band is composed...Show More Summary

members of Midlake, Band of Horses, Grandaddy, Travis & Franz Ferdinand form supergroup Banquet, debut LP in 2016

Midlake: half of these guys are in Banquet Jason Lytle is a busy guy. In addition to the new Grandaddy record that's being recorded currently, he's also part of a new supergroup called Banquet that also features his pal Ben...

The Russo - Turkish Crisis: Is the Syrian War Going Global?

Will the downing of the Russian fighter jet by the Turkish armed forces over Turkey's war-torn border with Syria on 24 November go down in history as the 'Franz Ferdinand moment' of our century? Could it trigger a chain of events culminating...Show More Summary

How Sparks Got on Billboards

Sparks’s Russell Mael spoke with LA Record about teaming up with Franz Ferdinand for the project FFS, collaboration, and what it’s like to find yourself on highway billboards after a career spent inventing what it means to “troll pop...Show More Summary

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