News featuring Simon & Garfunkel

The following news stories mention Simon & Garfunkel. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 4 hours ago.

’14 Apr 10 Thu

Thursday 10th April

  • The Vamps: Meet the Vamps review guitar-playing boyband's hit-and-miss debut


    With their debut album, British teenage foursome the Vamps want to "bring back bandy-sounding music into mainstream stuff": in other words, they play their own instruments, and by happenstance have come along just as the idea of the guitar-playing boyband is enjoying a renewed popularity see the chart-topping success of Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer. To give them their due, segments of Meet the Vamps are verifiably bandy Wild Heart has traces of folkiness, bumped up by a wistful acoustic guitar figure; Smile's power-pop swagger nimbly revives 1970s new-wave. A cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Cecilia, moreover, deftly grasps the mock-calypso slant of the original though they've tarnished it by interweaving their own half-rapped lyric. On the other hand, there are many moments when it would be hard to pick the Vamps out of a lineup alongside One Direction and Peter Andre (whose Mysterious Girl clearly provided much of the…

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’14 Mar 17 Mon

Monday 17th March

  • Lorde’s “Royals” Covered By Black Simon & Garfunkel On ‘Fallon’: Watch

    Late Night fake musical duo Black Simon & Garfunkel (The Roots‘ Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas) made their Tonight Show debut last week with a cover of Lorde‘s “Royals.” As is tradition, they stripped down the song to its sparest parts, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar and those sweet, sweet harmonies. It’s kind of odd that they got around to doing ... More »

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’14 Mar 4 Tue

Tuesday 4th March

’14 Jan 23 Thu

Thursday 23rd January

  • Bastille's year of proving people wrong

    Twelve months ago, his band were only given one seat at the Brits. Now, after the worldwide success of Bad Blood, Dan Smith's band are nominated for four awards. But he makes a reluctant pop star

    Bastille's recording studio of choice is festooned with fairy lights and platinum discs and located behind a Tesco Express, at the foot of a housing estate in south London. It's unusual to find a band in any such location before midday but here Bastille are at 9am, having touched down at 4am after playing to 25,000 fans in South Africa.

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’14 Jan 22 Wed

Wednesday 22nd January

  • Scott Joplin's Ragtime gets its dues

    1973's The Sting took it global, but there's more to ragtime music than that film's Keystone Kops crazy-chase soundtrack

    Reading on mobile? Click here to listen to The Maple Leaf Rag played by Scott Joplin

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’14 Jan 17 Fri

Friday 17th January

  • Black Simon & Garfunkel Deliver A Kooky “Timber” Cover On ‘Jimmy Fallon’: Watch

    Black Simon & Garfunkel (AKA Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas) made a surprise re-appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday (January 16) and delighted with another kooky cover version. After lifting Katy Perry‘s “Roar” to new heights on their last visit, the duo decided to do Ke$ha and Pitbull a solid by interpreting “Timber”. Who ... More »

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’14 Jan 9 Thu

Thursday 9th January

  • The tragic tale of Jackson C Frank

    He was one of the great singer-songwriters of the 60s folk scene, more highly regarded by some than Paul Simon. But he only recorded one album – and died in obscurity, penniless and homeless

    There are hard luck stories, and then there's Jackson C Frank. Of all the damaged singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s – Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin – Frank's tale is the most tragic and the least known. When his name does crop up, it is usually with a heavy cognoscenti nod of approval: Vincent Gallo used his Milk and Honey on the Brown Bunny soundtrack, and Frank's I Want To Be Alone accompanies the eerie climax to Daft Punk's 2006 film, Electroma. His reputation rests almost entirely on his one 1965 album, reissued this month on vinyl.

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’14 Jan 5 Sun

Sunday 5th January

  • Phil Everly dies at 74

    Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music

    With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.

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’14 Jan 4 Sat

Saturday 4th January

  • Phil Everly Dies; Transformed Rock 'N' Roll With Brother Don

    The tight harmonies in the Everly Brothers' string of hits in the '50s and '60s were huge influences on others such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Beach Boys. Among their biggest songs: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Everly was 74. Brother Don is 76.

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’13 Dec 5 Thu

Thursday 5th December

  • The Waterboys: 'We were high on music'

    A box set at last releases some of the huge tranche of songs the Waterboys recorded while holed up in Ireland making the Fisherman's Blues album. Singer Mike Scott recalls the spontaneous magic of those epic sessions

    At the end of 1985, Mike Scott had the world at his feet. His band of three years, the Waterboys, had just entered the charts with The Whole of the Moon, a song that would become his signature anthem. Bob Dylan was singing his praises and Rolling Stone magazine called him "the new poet laureate of rock'n'roll". The Waterboys had just supported U2 and Simple Minds and, had Scott been a different, more compromising character, he would perhaps have followed those bands into stadium-filling rock. However, the impassioned singer-songwriter wasn't having any of it.

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