Even though they’ve been around since 2000, Canadian collective Stars have always bubbled under mainstream acceptance – even though their songs come jam packed with soaring melodies and more pop hooks than you can shake a stick at. Critical darlings since day one, the group – which features Amy Milan of Broken Social Scene – have released six full length albums and a handful of EPs over the course of their thirteen year career with 2012’s The North perhaps their boldest statement thus far. A favourite here at Eventim, check out this absolute classic track from 2003 – the epic anthem ‘Elevator Love Letter’.
Stars play Wolverhampton’s Little Civic on 6th December 2012. Get tickets here.
Unbelievably, The Hives have been performing together since 1993. Time flies when you’re having fun – and that’s exactly what The Hives excel at…. Raucous, unparalleled rock n roll fun. Hailing from Fagersta, Sweden, the quartet rose to prominence in 2001 when Alan McGee (founder of Creation Records) re-issued a compilation of The Hives’ ‘best bits’ on his now defunct Poptones label. Launching worldwide hits ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ and ‘Main Offender’ – the group went on to ink a reported $50 million deal with Universal Records. Over a decade on and they’re still going strong, with their latest album Lex Hives the band are back and more ferocious than ever. A true force to me reckoned with!
Hand-picked by Blur to support them on their intimate Summer tour this year, The Bots are two unlikely stars in the making. Mikaiah Lei, 18, and Anaiah Lei, 14, are producing an infectious strain of rock and with a style all their own. Known for their fast-paced driving drums, grinding melodies and radical breakdowns, The Bots’ songs have been reviewed as ‘fresh’ and ‘raw’, their deep appreciation for the truth of their music always evident, never over producing and ever exploring a variety different styles and instruments.