Monday, May 14, 2007

News: Pete Doherty, The Game, Pink Floyd, Drag City

Babyshambles frontman / walking disaster Pete Doherty is turning his attentions to the art world this month in his usual outrageous fashion. The singer will be exhibiting artwork which he has painted with his own blood – so don't get too close. The ‘Bloodworks’ exhibition runs from May 15th for one month at Notting Hill’s Bankrobber Gallery where fans will be able to pick up prints signed in blood by the man himself for up to £2,500.

The Ibiza Rocks festival is back for the third year running with a rather impressive line-up to give the dance clubs a run for their money. The current line-up includes: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, CSS, LCD Soundsystem, Mika, The Fratellis and The View alongside resident DJs Zane Lowe, and Rob Da Bank. The all-summer event will take place at Manumission’s Bar M from June 19th to September 11th.

Hip Hop bad boy The Game has been arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats after police searched his house for three hours last week. A spokeswoman for the LAPD stated that the arrest was also related to an incident that occurred in February but declined to elaborate any furthur. After being released on $50,000 bail the 27-year-old rapper told a film crew “I want to say that I’m not guilty and I love California”.

All four surviving members of Pink Floyd took part in a tribute concert at London’s Barbican venue last week in memory of their former frontman and founder Syd Barrett. Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright reformed to play the band’s debut single ‘Arnold Layne’ whilst Roger Waters – still clearly at loggerheads with Gilmour – performed a solo version of one of his own tracks ‘Flickering Flame’, which we assume is a tribute to his old friend.

Finally, renowned Chicago indie label Drag City – who can claim Pavement, Joanna Newsom, Will Oldham and Royal Trux amongst their discoveries – are setting up a world music wing to their label. Yaala Yaala Records receives its proper launch on May 22nd with the release of three albums by West African artists Pekos & Yoro Diallo, Daouda Dembele, and a collection recorded at house parties in the Malian locales of Bougouni and Bamako.


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