DARKSIDE Darkside; Coronet Theatre, London, 29/3/14

DARKSIDE is the extraordinary project of electronic musician Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington.  After collaborating together to perform Jaar’s debut album Space Is Only Noise, the two have joined…

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brown brogues Preview: Brown Brogues, Worm, Junk & Luke Saxton; The Woolpack, Tonight.

York’s Bad Paintings record label have gathered an exciting collection of upcoming artists to play The Woolpack tonight – here’s a little introduction. (and a little reminder that it’s free…


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British Sea Power - Shepherds Bush Empire, London 170413 | Photo by Howard Melnyczuk British Sea Power, Fibbers; 08/04/14

British Sea Power were one of my favourite bands I saw at Kendal Calling last summer. I wondered if they would live up to that wild, passionate, yet ethereal performance,…


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maxresdefault Tycho, Oval Space, London; 26/03/14

I expected that my first experience seeing Tycho live would be an actual ‘experience’, and I was right. It seems odd to say “I went to see a band,” when…


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dan croll Dan Croll – Sweet Disarray

Following a string of intriguing and gratefully received singles since late 2012, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Croll has more than marked himself out as “one to watch”. After debut…


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oscar Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeve: Interview with Jay Pee

Jay Pee a.k.a Johnny Packham is an artist and illustrator based in Leeds, who bears a distinctive, often grotesque style. I caught up with him to discuss album artwork, the process of…


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British Sea Power - Shepherds Bush Empire, London 170413 | Photo by Howard Melnyczuk Preview: British Sea Power/ Fibbers, York. 8 April 14

Indie-rock band British Sea Power (who hail from Brighton, although three of the band members originally come from Natland , near Kendal, Cumbria) leave behind the traditional touring circuit, comprising…


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Green man Preview: Green Man Festival

North Wales’ family-run Green Man Festival lies nestled at the feet of the imposing Black Mountains. Its name, referring to the figure of a man’s face adorned with leaves- a…


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10153280_699875146745033_123474036_n Earl Sweatshirt, Electric Brixton; 23/03/14

Meet Stan. Stan was there at the peak of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All collective’s rise to popularity in 2010, and was pretty obsessed. Walking back from…


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elbow Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Over the course of their impressive twenty-two years together, Elbow have progressed from rather humble beginnings, playing their first gigs in pubs in a small northern town just outside of…


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beck Beck – Morning Phase

“Predictable” is a term that all artists loathe. Yet for Californian slacker veteran and tireless innovator Beck, this is a label rarely, if ever, applied. Like Radiohead and a handful…


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oxymoron-610x598 ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, much hype was built around the West Coast hip-hop collective Black Hippy, and for good reason. With Kendrick’s…


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CT192 PerfectPussy Cover Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

On first glance, the name Perfect Pussy seems incredibly inapt for the band who created the raucous Say Yes to Love. Perfection seems to clash with the bands noisy and…


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majorlazer Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon

Following a busy 2013, Diplo has triumphantly returned with his ever-more-successful project Major Lazer and recently released his five track amplification of Jamaican dance music, Apocalypse Soon. Since first entering…


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TensnakeGlow061213 Tensnake – Glow

Emerging in the mid 2000’s, German producer Marco Niemerski (aka Tensnake) only began creating a big stir in late 2010, largely because of his Coma Cat EP. The single, ‘Coma…


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metonomy Metronomy; O2 Academy, Leeds, 18/3/14

Metronomy are a band that I listen to.  I mean really listen.  I’ve always considered their music multi-layered and intricate enough not to seek any visual accompaniment; and so I…


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COSMOSIS Cosmosis: Alternative Festival of Psychedelic Music and Arts/ Antwerp Mansion, Manchester/ 15.3.14

Something strange happened to me on Saturday night. I tumbled down the rabbit hole, into the psychedelic world of Cosmosis. The derelict house-cum- rave venue, Antwerp Mansion is an odd…


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marika Marika Hackman; Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 13/3/14

Marika Hackman’s Soup Kitchen show last week was so delightfully different to anything she’s offered before and is well worth catching before she tries something new again. Supporting Ethan Johns,…


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MO-No-mythologies-to-follow-album-artwork-cover-arcstreet- MØ – No Mythologies to Follow

There is a new cool Scandinavian girl in town and you know her as MØ. Already hailed as the Danish Grimes, Karen Marie Ørsted’s debut album No Mythologies to Follow…


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Untitled Preview: Bestival

Perhaps never before has a festival line-up been so well aligned with its theme.  The universe has come together in perfect balance, the stars have fallen in to place.  September…


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Benjisunkilmoon Sun Kil Moon – Benji

On Down Colourful Hill, Red House Painters frontman Mark Kozelek was frightened by the prospect of ageing and hauntingly declared that ‘twenty-four keeps pounding at my door’. On Benji, the…


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beat herder last Preview: Beat-Herder Festival

The ninth year of Beat-Herder brings with it an admirable reputation for beats and barminess.  In 2014, expect no different.  We hear that Goldie Lookin’ Chain will be giving a one-off performance,…


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festival no 6 Preview: Festival No.6

When we heard of the first Festival No.6, back in 2012, it seemed like a flicker of the imagination, a surreal dream, a far-off fantasy.  It’s nestled on a peninsula…


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crystal antlers ii Crystal Antlers; Woolpack Inn, 3/3/14

As well as being a superb live performance, Crystal Antlers’ York show stirred a great ardour for the DIY approach to doing things. York’s Bad Paintings independent record label brought the band here…


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rick ross 4realz Rick Ross – Mastermind

Rick Ross is, in every way imaginable, the epitome of arrogantly flashy. His lyrics, filled with money, sex, drugs, and profanity, do not seem to lead anywhere even remotely meaningful….


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Bombay Bicycle Club Bombay Bicycle Club; O2 Academy, Leeds, 2/3/14

Last night I finally fell out of love with a band I’ve been following for five years. Since their debut I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose found…


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Eagulls-4-e1393886462979 Interview with Eagulls

Maggots feasting on pigs brains in basements, hysterical laughter over vomit… It doesn’t sound like Eagulls are the world’s most refined band. However, despite a period of minutes when the…


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jag246.11183 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

The switch from acoustic to electric for Angel Olsen in her new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness has brought with it a defiance that screams to be heard….


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IMG_3462 The Twang; Duchess, 25/2/14

“I think that I’m going to get quite drunk through this gig,” declared vocalist and guitarist, Phil Etheridge, thankfully still somewhat lucid at this point. Beginning as Neon Twang in…


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stv-600 St. Vincent – St. Vincent

We open with an incredibly cinematic chase scene, a naked St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) sprinting through the forest away from a deadly rattlesnake. ‘Sweating, sweating, sweating, rattle behind me/Running,…


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