Tag: indie

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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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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The Matinee November 10th

The Matinee November 10th

It’s been quite a challenging few days here in the States. But one thing I can always count on is the ability to escape through good music. Let’s escape together with the November 10th edition of The Matinee. These six songs will transport you through some electronic, jazz, indie, alt, and garage rock vibes.   Bat and Ball – “Be […]

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Pickathon Festival preview – Part II

Pickathon Festival preview – Part II

This weekend, The Revue will be on-site at the 18th annual Pickathon Festival in Oregon. If you’re planning to go (and why wouldn’t you?), you should gets tickets ASAP since VERY FEW weekend passes remain! Ticket info is available here, including details about on-site camping and the Curation Series of six specially planned dining experiences with live music from Pickathon artists. Speaking of tasty delights, this week Pickathon revealed […]

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The Amazing – “Ambulance”

The Amazing – “Ambulance”

Since their arrival on the music scene in 2009, The Amazing have been creating albums that have been, well, amazing. Their blend of post-rock, shoegaze, progressive rock, and psychedelia is unrivaled. Instead of blowing us away with explosive guitar work that characterize these genres, The Amazing have often taken us on an introspective journey with their dreamy sound. Album number […]

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Saturday Sampler for June 25th

Saturday Sampler for June 25th

Saturday Sampler for June 25th has ten diverse and awesome new singles. There are a couple of surprise collaborations, the return of two of indie music’s favorite acts, and a healthy dose of newcomers to sate your appetite for truly new music.   Adam Torres – “Outlands” (Austin, USA ) RIYL: Shearwater, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bright Eyes Indie folk singer/songwriter […]

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LP – “Death Valley” EP

LP – “Death Valley” EP

By now, most know the story of Laura Pergolizzi – a.k.a LP – the Long Island native who went from critically acclaimed-but-hard-on-her-luck singer-songwriter to renowned songwriter for the superstars, penning or co-writing hit songs for Rihanna (“Cheers (Drink To That)”), Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People”), Heidi Montag, and a host of others. It was not just Pergolizzi’s ability to write powerful […]

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The Matinee May 25th

The Matinee May 25th

Today we have six new tracks for your mid-week listening pleasure which include a mix of R&B inspired synth pop, 80s inspired pop, cinematic alt folk rock, indie rock and a little more synth pop. We hope you find your new favorite band or artist today.   Evy and the Gaffer – “Upside Down” (Boulder, CO, USA) RIYL: If Erykah […]

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Froomador – “Can’t This Wait” (album premiere)

Froomador – “Can’t This Wait” (album premiere)

The drama around modern music is like a great book, where multiple sides of the story are being told and people end up taking up different sides. There’s neither a right nor wrong answer, just personal preferences. On the one side is mainstream music, where three-chord progressions, catchy beats and rhythms, pop melodies, and sing-a-long lyrics dominate the airwaves and […]

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Perhapsy – “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker”

Perhapsy – “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker”

When listening to Derek Barber’s soft and intimate voice on “Eyes” from his second solo album as Perhapsy, it’s hard to believe that he had a genuine fear to sing. As he told SF Weekly, “I was really scared about it. It’s a hard thing to get over.” This phobia explains why Barber has stayed mostly in the background as […]

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Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Since the release of High/Low twenty years ago, Nada Surf have been releasing consistently great records, and their latest release You Know Who You Are, is another great record in the band’s long catalog. For a long time, the band had a formula to rely on, the combination of singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot defined […]

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M. Ward – “More Rain”

M. Ward – “More Rain”

There is something to be said for comfort music, music from a tried-and-true artist that you just know will warm your soul and ease your spirit. M. Ward has perfected his own form of comfort music, founded on classic rock influence from the 60s and 70s and driven by his near-perfect guitar and song craft. For musicians that fall into […]

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