Exciting Popstarz News

The awesome gigs continue! This month at Popstarz:

9th March – Secret Pop Act – You probably wouldn’t associate this Brit award winning female with Popstarz but she’s about to make a splash and has chosen the best place to showcase it.

16th March – 1990s – Everyone’s choice of support band in 2006. Read my piece on them in this month’s F@!K mag.

23rd March – Maximo Park – I think everyone’s up to speed on how excited I am about this! I properly love the Park!

30th March – Brett Anderson – Embarking on his solo career, I know some friends are going to wet themselves at the idea of this gig. I’ve always liked his voice and listened to some new stuff on myspace which was pretty nice.

The past few weeks

Amy liveSo here I am over on WordPress. I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing yet profile wise. I kind of like the way this looks – each post being in an individual curly box and all but I’m not sure if it’s a little ott. What do you think? I’ve just got a new job combining both my radio and interactive skills and a lot of my time is being taken up by that. It’s brilliant though, so I don’t mind. I’m getting to go to quite a few gigs with work too which is ace. Hooray!

Last week I went to see lots of gigs. Saturday started with Jarvis Cocker at The Astoria. We’d caught him before at Koko last year, but this was a much better gig. For starters we were sat up in the top floor of venue with a perfect view, instead of behind a tall man, and Jarvis was much more relaxed. There was lots of banter with the audience and he put on a perfect jerky Jarv performance. The evening continued at the Astoria with the popping of our G-A-Y cherries. It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but we only went thanks to not having to pay to get in and to see the wonderous Sophie Ellis Bextor. She was rather awesome but seemed to push the pink pound appeal to almost nauseating effects. Catch You charted at #8 today which is respectable, although not briliant, for a lead single from an album. It’s pop tone is very unfashionable though at the moment and next single Me and My Imagination is even poppier so I’m not sure quite how well the album (brilliantly named Tripping The Light Fantasic will actually do. I’ve heard quite a few tracks and it seems to be shaping up rather well for pop fans.

On Monday, James and I saw Amy Winehouse which was ace. Burak took some fab photos for me to use at work including one which someone today pointed out to me makes it look like my 2nd favourite NL JP is doing a nazi salute (with a large pinch of imagination). Brill. Then on Wednesday I excitedly hit Hammersmith with work buddy Alex for Nelly Furtado. New ‘electro-soul’ band Unklejam were supporting and put on a great show (even though they only did three songs). Their new, very funky single Love Ya is out physically tomorrow and it’s quite a fresh, intense new sound. However I interviewed them earlier in the week and they are very taken with the idea that they are a ‘new sound’ who are ‘thinking outside the box’ and were very into themselves. Ah well. They are much more boy-bandy than the music suggests but I really hope Love Ya does do well. Nelly was brill although she was wearing some very ill-fitting dresses.

The Return Of Maximo Park

Maximo Park – Our Velocity

This is the brand new single from the boys from the North-East. I interviewed Paul from the band a couple of weeks ago (you can read my int in F@!k Magazine) and he was lovely. Our Velocity has about 8 choruses, a proper electro-indie chorusline and it uses the word ‘shizzle’. Wicked. [On later listens I’ve realised ‘shizzle’ is actually ‘chisel’ 🙁 ]When I saw them live at Reading a few years ago they were brill, and I’m pleased to announce that they’ll be playing live at Popstarz on March 23rd.

This is the most Girls Aloud-esque indie song ever.