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"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom, 10/24/13
Simple Minds @ Roseland Ballroom

Some bands that aspire to arenas or have played them, can't recalibrate their show to a smaller space. The lead singer of an unknown band can look like a wannabe Bono when making broad gestures and playing to the back of the room when the back of the room is only yards rather than miles away. A big act reduced in scope can appear monolithic. Not Simple Minds. I wish I had credits for the show because their lighting in particular was excellent and far superior to what bands can usually muster for Roseland. It was stadium ready in its subtlety and dramatic effects but their were adjusted well for the stage the band was actually playing on. Their sound mix was excellent: for me, lead singer Jim Kerr's vocals are always slightly buried more in the mix than I would choose, but this has clearly been an aesthetic choice for decades, not the fault of the mixer. The core of the band has always been founding members Kerr and Charlie Burchill (keyboards and co-songwriter on many tunes). But this lineup has been steady for the longest period in the group's history. So this is as Simple Minds a group of musicians as any Simple Minds lineup has ever been and their tightness and power in playing as a group came across wonderfully. - [HufPo]
Simple Minds just finished their first North American tour in more than a decade on Thursday (10/24) at Roseland (which is closing in April). The band -- featuring singer Jim Kerr and longtime members Charlie Burchill and Mel Gaynor -- played two sets, including hits like "All the Things She Said She Said," "Alive and Kicking" and "Don't You (Forget About Me)" plus a fair number of deep cuts, including their terrific instrumental "Theme for Great Cities." No "Up on the Catwalk," but they did do "Hunter and the Hunted" and "Glittering Prize," both from New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84). Full setlist and pictures from the show are in this post.

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by Bill Pearis


Scottish alt-rock vets Simple Minds are coming across the pond this fall for their first North American dates in quite a while. Those dates include one in NYC at Roseland Ballroom on October 24. Tickets to that show are currently on fan presale (Password: "newgolddream") with a Citi Cardmember presale starting July 23 and will go on sale to the general public July 26 at noon. Simple Minds will also play the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ on October 17. Tickets to that show are on fan presale as well (promo code "4xb3bo"), with the the general onsale starting Friday (7/19) at noon. The current line-up of the band features core members Jim Kerr (vocals), Charlie Burchill (guitar) and Mel Gaynor (drums).

For those who only know Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club soundtrack, the band just released an extremely comprehensive, best of compilation titled Celebrate. It chronicles the band from its art-rock beginnings through early-'80s anthemic heyday, to subsequent international stardom and beyond. You can stream it at Spotify. While the band, who always tended to drink their own kool-aid, suffered from U2-envy and ensuing self-importance bloat by the '90s, some of their records (especially New Gold Dream and Sparkle in the Rain) are prime examples of Reagan-era widescreen pop at its finest.

All tour dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

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Rock Werchter

We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.

Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now sold out.

The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.

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