At the Greek Theatre on Friday night, Paul Weller opened with the Style Council's soft-rocking 1984 hit "My Ever Changing Moods," his biggest ever in the U.S. that stunningly only made it to No. 29. Nearly two hours later, he closed with "The Changingman," the Traffic-like rocker from his third solo album, 1995's "Stanley Road."
Singer/songwriter Paul Weller will make his only scheduled North American appearances of the year with a pair of New York City shows this spring.
London-based electronic trio the xx have won this year's Mercury Prize -- and a check for 20,000 pounds (about $30,700) -- for their self-titled debut album. The award -- which typically leads to increased sales in the U.K. and Ireland -- aims to commemorate the best album released in those countries during the previous 12 months.
Of the 10 albums Paul Weller has issued in his post-Jam and Style Council career, "Wake Up the Nation" is the one to take him back to his roots, connecting the styles of records he liked in his youth with his contemporary output. Three's a charm as they say, and apparently the rule applied quite nicely on Sunday (4/19) for the third and last day of 2009's Coachella Music and Arts Festival. As SoundSpike's own Jim Harrington stated in his review, the event "...closed in triumphant fashion... " The 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival closed in triumphant fashion on Sunday (April 19). The lineup, while not as flashy as the ones offered up on Friday and Saturday, was the overall strongest of the event. Duffy swept the Brit Awards Wednesday (2/18) with three honors including Best Album, British Female and British Breakthrough Act, according to published reports. The Welsh singer's album, "Rockferry," was Britain's top-selling release of 2008, with worldwide sales close to five million.
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For his ninth solo album, "22 Dreams," acclaimed English veteran singer-songwriter Paul Weller cranks out an unpredictable variety of musical styles, from classical, jazz and folk, to spoken word and abstract jams. Weller has been in the music industry more than 30 years, and his latest release proves to be one of his most ambitious yet. Paul Weller has assembled a late-summer US outing to support his just-released ninth solo album, "22 Dreams."