Tag: London

PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

PUMAROSA – ‘The Witch’ (album review)

For more than two years, PUMAROSA have been thrilling music listeners, including ourselves, with their spectacular brand of indie electro-rock. With each single released, it became apparent their music is equally made to buzz through the most secluded, underground night clubs and the cavernous confines of the world’s top theatres. Their popularity, in turn, gradually grew, and they have reached […]

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False Heads' Luke Griffiths

False Heads Brighten up a Dark Camden Assembly (photo essay)

Highly rated indie-rock band False Heads tore up Camden Assembly on Saturday night, as they headlined a busy night in the Camden venue. At times it was hard to see what was going on in the badly lit room, but there was plenty of action on the stage from vocalist Luke Griffiths who barely stood still for more than a […]

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Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

I may have been close to falling asleep Thursday night after my fourth gig in four nights, but Miskin Fitzgerald’s album launch night kept me going right until the very end. Playing after wonderful support from Minnie Birch and Anna Rest Easy, most artists would have struggled to own the stage but Mishkin did just that with Hope and Anchor […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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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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Centre Excuse

Four-band showcase at Cargo, London – 27 April 2017 (photo essay)

Cargo is one of those trendy nightclubs housed in a Victorian, red brick, railway arch, in the now gentrified East End of London. In years gone by, it would have housed broken down trains, but now it boasts a stuffed lioness above the bar. Tonight, it welcomed a four-band showcase as part of the regular Upsurge event. Nadia Sheikh The […]

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Kagoule

Kagoule – The Scala, Kings Cross, London 26 April 2017 (photo essay)

An overexcited female fan shouts over my shoulder, “Are you a lesbian?”, as Lucy Hatter of Kagoule appears from the dressing room, a full bottle of Becks in each hand. I’m assuming that question is directed at the stage and not at me or Paul, my colleague from The Revue, who is sitting next to me in the photographers’ pit. […]

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Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

Spizz Energi – Black Heart, Camden, London 11 April 2017 (photo essay)

I’m upstairs waiting in the tiny sweaty venue that is the Black Heart.  A hand is placed on my shoulder.  I turn to see Phil Ross, guitarist, looking at me, eye makeup already smeared down his face. “How come you’re not headlining tonight?”, I ask him, but he just points to his ears, which are stuffed with heavy duty ear […]

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Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

Desperate Journalist Headline at Scala, London (photo essay)

London was the place to be on Thursday night as Desperate Journalist headlined at a busy Scala. The night started with a selection from the London band’s new album, Grow Up, such as the brilliantly Gothic “Hollow” and latest single “Be Kind”. Singer Jo Bevan spend the night tangling herself up in her microphone lead, and you could see that […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Draper

SXSW 2017 Memories – Draper

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Draper. Originally from Neuilly-sur-Seine but now […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – FiFi Rong

SXSW 2017 Memories – FiFi Rong

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including FiFi Rong. FiFi Rong is a […]

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ELBRÅNO live at The Horn

ELBRÅNO Rock Out The Horn, UK (photo essay)

ELBRÅNO completely rocked out The Horn in St Albans last Wednesday with their take on Groove Metal. ELBRÅNO’s bio makes a really interesting read. Alex, the lead singer, is from Norway and was influenced by Hard Rock and Blues. Marios, from Greece, is the bassist who brings on the element of Stoner Rock. Bruno has been a drummer in Death […]

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Hider unveils “You Look So Amazing” (single premiere)

Hider unveils “You Look So Amazing” (single premiere)

For decades, artists have hid their identities in order to maintain their anonymity and allow their music and craft speak for them. Daft Punk for years remained an unknown, as they took to the stage donning space suits and whatever costume in their wardrobe. Burial, Zhu, and deadmau5 achieved massive success in electronica without people discovering who they were. In […]

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Daytime TV – “Smoke and Sugar” (single premiere)

Daytime TV – “Smoke and Sugar” (single premiere)

The long days of winter are slowly fading away and the longer, sunnier days of spring are just right around the corner. It may not quite feel like that in some parts of the world, such as in grey and wet London, but the days are coming. Giving us a sense of what is to come is the new single […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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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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BERRIES – “Those Funny Things”

BERRIES – “Those Funny Things”

The UK is bursting with great indie-rock bands. While many have attempted to emulate the searing sound of Wolf Alice and Black Honey, BERRIES are hammering a sound of their own. Blending ’80s rock, ’90s art-rock, ’00s alt-rock, and the attitude of the riot grrrl movement, the trio are quickly carving out a spot in the competitive London music scene. […]

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Wolf People – “Ruins”

Wolf People – “Ruins”

For a decade, Wolf People have hovered in the shadows within the UK music scene. As bands like Alt-J, Disclosure, Mumford and Sons, and Temples shot to fame, the quartet of Jack Sharp (guitar/vocals), Tom Watt (drums), Dan Davies (bass), and Joe Hollick (guitar) pushed in a different direction. Forget mainstream, Wolf People aimed to impress through innovation and ingenuity. […]

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Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Need a bit of upbeat, atmospheric soul-pop to raise the spirits? Look no further than Heart to Heart, the debut EP from South-London based singer-songwriter Mariam. Crediting her ability to tell stories through songs from her Nigerian heritage, Mariam has been a feature of London’s underground/indie circuit since 2011, entertaining audiences with her voice and her guitar “Pearl”. Although this […]

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