Tag: indie

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

A bomb scare didn’t stop Mauno making an appearance in London’s Islington. I’m glad they braved the cordons. So I continue my tour of small venues in London. This time it was The Islington Pub, which, as you may have guessed, is another pre-war, red-brick pub with a trendy bar and a small music venue off to one side. The […]

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Alaskalaska

Alaskalaska – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (photo review)

Another day, another trip to London’s East End. This time for the launch party for Alaskalaska’s new EP. Bethnal Green is part of London that still feels a bit edgy, despite the encroaching hipster wine bars and craft beer pubs. The Working Men’s Club looks like it probably did in the 1960s with pine-paneled walls, a downstairs bar that sports […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Two bands, gently pressed from the same mold, provided an evening of accessible indie/dream pop in the heart of Shoreditch. I seem to be spending more and more time in the trendy East End of London. The Lexington is another of those Victorian pubs with an expanse of craft beers on offer downstairs and a snug venue on the upper […]

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Nova Twins

Fluffer Pit Party – Spring King, Demob Happy, Nova Twins – London (photo review)

The boxing ring had moved to a new warehouse for the latest in the series of Fluffer Pit Parties. As usual, the secret location was revealed shortly before I drove into East London. This time Fluffer Records had laid on the latest of their showcases at Hackney Downs Studios – a hidden away arts centre. I knew that Spring King, […]

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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The Matinee September 8th

The Matinee September 8th

A kaleidoscope of new music is featured on The Matinee September 8th edition. There’s something for everyone, so spin each song and enjoy the artistry of these emerging artists and bands.   Anna of the North – “Always” (Oslo, Norway) RIYL: CHVRCHES, Yumi Zouma, Keep Shelly in Athens Today is the big day for Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith, who […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

Community Festival, London – Part 2 (photo essay)

So you’ve seen who played at the Community Festival’s N4 stage in our previous entry. Here’s a flavour of what went on in front of a very packed Main Stage. Red Faces     Four lively looking lads from Sheffield playing in front of a massive band banner as the opener for the main stage. Kicking songs that appeal to […]

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Community Festival, London – Part 1 (photo essay)

Community Festival, London – Part 1 (photo essay)

The Community Festival is a new, one-day event squeezed into the now packed UK festival calendar. Held in Finsbury Park in London, the day brought together some of the best established and new indie bands – and all for less than half of the price of an Adele ticket. Our lensman, Marcus Jamieson-Pond, spent the day running between the two […]

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The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th

The Matinee June 27th features another set of nine terrific songs. There is one song that might have you doing a double take since it’s not often we profile a country/bluegrass/Americana artist. But like so many of the artists we have featured and showcase today, he’s one excellent singer-songwriter. First, however, we kick things off with a duo who have […]

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London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London’s live music scene is thriving. Our photographers in London continue to get out to some of the best gigs in the capital, and here’s a round up of a few that Marcus and Paul got to in the last week.   The Wedding Present – Saturday 10th June – Roundhouse, Camden   Perennial jangle pop-rock, indie boys play their […]

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Frontman Connor Schofield

JAWS Sink Their Teeth Into Scala, London (photo essay)

A venue full of teens and a load of inflatables made for a buzzing atmosphere at Scala in London last Wednesday as JAWS had the crowd bouncing. Wonderfully warmed up by support acts Social Contract and Kagoule, the passionate fans of JAWS were singing along to every song being pumped through the PA system as the sound crew set up. […]

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SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

This is the time of year when the summer albums starting coming out, offering party anthems for people to waste away the long nights and sweltering heat. But in the case of art-pop quartet SOFTSPOT, their new album belongs more in autumn than in the months of April and May. Akin to Kate Bush’s and The Cure’s early works, Clearing […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Sara Watkins Performs an Engaging Set at Antone’s

Austin, Texas was in for a treat when Sara Watkins and her band took stage this past Thursday night at Antone’s. The concert was intimate with an active crowd containing longtime Nickel Creek fans and others who have only been exposed to Watkins solo career. As a songwriter, Watkins has evolved with every album she releases. Her debut solo album, Sara […]

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The xx – “I See You”

The xx – “I See You”

With five years between albums and the rise of Jamie Smith (a.k.a Jamie xx) as one of electronic’s top producers, their third album would inevitably be different. How much of the trio would evolve was the question, especially after they released “On Hold” in November. The song showcased a new The xx, one that was more widescreen and lively than […]

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