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Kele Okereke Confirms New Bloc Party Album; Preview New Song “Exes”

Silent Alarm just turned 10, but a decade hasn’t halted Bloc Party’s output. The band’s frontman Kele Okereke confirmed to Australia’s Triple J radio that a new album from the British indie rock group is on the way. More »

By: Caitlin White / March 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Silent Alarm Turns 10

You know who loved the NYC rock resurgence that kicked off this millennium? British people. Ryan Leas made the case in his remembrance of LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut that by 2005 the so-called “new rock revolution” had jumped the shark, Brooklyn had supplanted Manhattan as the epicenter of the New York music scene, and a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 13, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Kele – “Doubt”

Last month, Kele Okereke announced his new solo album, Trick. The last time the Bloc Party frontman struck out on his own was his 2010 LP The Boxer and a handful of EPs in the years between, including last year’s Heartbreaker. “Doubt” is the lead single from the new album and it’s a moody, Europea… More »

By: James Rettig / August 19, 2014 - 8:47 am

Bloc Party’s Kele Announces New Solo Album Trick

Bloc Party is still a going concern, but frontman Kele Okereke went solo in 2010 with his own dance-flavored album The Boxer, and he’ll do it again later this year with a new album called Trick. Since recording his last album, Kele has gone deeper into the dance-music world, DJing every week, and the short… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2014 - 10:58 am

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke Shares Essay On Black British Musical Identity

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke wrote a great article for Noisey looking at the lack of a Black British musical identity. “The question of a cohesive Black British musical identity is more than just a question of sales and demographics, it’s an institutional problem. The UK has an issue with racism that we are unwilling… More »

By: James Rettig / June 19, 2014 - 1:08 pm

The 10 Best Bloc Party Songs

Back in 2005, the year of their stellar debut album, Silent Alarm, Bloc Party truly felt invincible. The British quartet wrangled explosive melodrama from the simplest of rock ‘n’ roll tools: the crossfire guitars of Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack, the caffeinated rhythmic thrust of bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong, and Okereke’s snotty,… More »

By: Ryan Reed / August 1, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Bloc Party – “Ratchet (Rustie Remix)”

Bloc Party have just made a song called “Ratchet,” which means they’ve — probably knowingly — co-opted the most notorious and divisive recent rap-universe slang term. And now they’ve co-opted a very different recent musical development, recruiting the hyperactive maximalist Scottish dance producer Rustie to remix the track. Listening to Rustie’s version of the track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Bloc Party – “Ratchet” Video

I missed Bloc Party when they came to Sasquatch! this year, but if you were there (or at some of their other recent live shows) you’ve heard “Ratchet,” a track from their upcoming EP, Nextwave Sessions. It’s a solid new song that is equal parts dance and post-punk (dance…punk? Could such a combination even be… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 25, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Governors Ball 2013 In Words And Photos

In 1994, when there were no Vines or Instagrams or Twitter feeds or blog updates to at least slightly numb one’s FOMO, I watched MTV’s coverage of the Woodstock re-up as a means to dull my anger about being born in the ’80s. I was too young to go, and the dry, dirt-and-mud-free confines of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Hangout 2013 Sunday: Stevie Wonder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Best Coast, & More

You don’t throw a music festival on the beach and neglect to invite Best Coast. Gulf Shores isn’t what Bethany Cosentino had in mind when she named her band, but even she saw the parallels: “This next song, it’s about California, but all of the things I talk about in it you guys have here.”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Bloc Party, Dum Dum Girls @ Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood 12/7/12

Bloc Party stopped by the Hollywood Palladium in support of their latest album Four. Some of the highlights included the delay pedal madness of “Octopus,” the detuned crunch of “Kettling,” and older surefire body-moving classics “Banquet,” “Helicopter,” and “This Modern Love.” Dum Dum Girls overcame some early microphone problems for their patented reverb-soaked jams. Check… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / December 10, 2012 - 3:46 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Obviously, this week’s best music video wasn’t a music video at all: It was the one where Gunplay goes fishing. I could’ve watched that for at least two hours. But if you insist on actual music videos, there were some good examples of that this week, as well. We’ve got five below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 5, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Bloc Party – “Kettling” Video

Earlier this year, Bloc Party came off of hiatus, reassembling to release the new album Four. Director James Lees put together the new video for their post-hardcore clanger “Kettling,” and it’s a lyrical but brutal vision of ornery little-bastard kids and a playground game that spins out of control. You can’t tell me those child… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 4, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Stream Bloc Party Four

Since Bloc Party announced details for their new album, Four, in May, we’ve heard “Day Four” and seen the video for “Octopus.” Now, the band is streaming the entire record at their website. Head to the menu on the right side of the page and have at it. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year’s Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Bloc Party @ Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio, Santa Monica 8/1/12

Gearing up for the release of their fourth album aptly entitled Four, Bloc Party stopped by Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio for a taping of a KCRW session that will air on August 15th. KCRW Music director Jason Bentley interviewed the band and described the album as “metal.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise since KeleMore »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 2, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Bloc Party – “Day Four”

Earlier this month, we saw the video for “Octopus,” a clip that showed us that Bloc Party still know how to write a hyperkinetic dance-rock track. Today, they’re coming through with another look at the imminent Four, the starry, guitar-led “Day Four.” Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 30, 2012 - 8:57 am

Bloc Party – “Octopus” Video

The back-in-action Bloc Party are returning next month with their new album Four, and today they’ve given us the video for first single “Octopus.” The clip, directed by Nova Dando, mostly focuses on members of the band in their practice space, but it’s cut together so quickly that it should really come with an epilepsy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Watch Bloc Party Debut Four Songs In Glasgow

Last night, Bloc Party played their first show in three years, kicking off a world tour to introduce Four, their forthcoming fourth full-length due in August. Seven of the 17 songs performed were new, with titles like “3×3,” “Real Talk,” “Day Four,” “Team A,” and the reportedly fan-favorite “Truth.” Kele Okereke blogged about making theMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 20, 2012 - 9:53 am

Bloc Party Four Details

After announcing a new record was in the works in January, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke took to his website to reveal details for Bloc Party’s new album, Four, the band’s first new album since 2008’s Intimacy and their first for Frenchkiss. Take it away, dude:… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 11:32 am
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