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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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The Matinee June 22nd

The Matinee June 22nd

We’ve truly gone around the world with today’s new music selections. The Matinee June 22nd spans four continents and seven countries. Three songs are a couple of weeks old, and we’re wondering how the heck we missed them! Fortunately, they’re still fresh and worthy of being heard for weeks, if not months, on end. A. Sinclair – “Just Remind Me” […]

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The Matinee June 20th

The Matinee June 20th

We have some delightful new music on The Matinee June 20th edition. We range across eras and genres and visit a few countries to put today’s list together. Some of the songs are perfect summer tunes while others may remind you of autumn. Sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s sonic selection. Crepes – “Sexyland” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Dick Diver, Ariel […]

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High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

Hertfordshire-based High Wire Brigade let their music do the talking on Friday night, as they hammered through song after song to get the crowd going in the futuristic looking Thousand Island. A thirty minute slot didn’t give much time, but the songs were mostly quick, punchy and loud! The four-piece garage band were clearly well drilled, got the few words […]

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The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts made a rare appearance in London on 24 May at the small Finsbury Pub venue in North London – the perfect place to warm up for a European tour. On this night, they were supported by The Priscillas and Suicide Generation, who are both on London’s Dirty Water Records, who’s motto is the appropriate “Taking Music Backwards into Tomorrow”. […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies Bring it Back to the Black Sheep Inn (photo essay)

Despite recommending The Balconies at Canadian Music Week, sadly I was unable to make their performance due to logistics. It took me just over a month, but on the weekend I was able to correct that oversight. The Balconies were formed in Ottawa before relocating to Toronto, so they retain a very faithful following in the area. According to frontwoman […]

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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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The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th

The Matinee May 11th once goes global for new music. Hear 9 songs that will get you excited for what lies ahead in the world of independent music. Oh, there’s one super-group who unveiled a new song that will get older music fans excited. Blond Ambition – “Stupid Boy / Girl” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Beach […]

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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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The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th

The Matinee April 28th is like a high school reunion, as each of the nine artists / bands featured today have occupied past playlists and/or have had their albums reviewed. This is a first for us. Algiers – “The Underside of Power” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: TV on the Radio, Benjamin Booker, Leon Bridges Atlanta-based indie rockers Algiers are one of […]

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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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The Matinee April 11th

The Matinee April 11th

Nine songs are the marquee of The Matinee April 11th edition. There are some whimsical, albeit clever, band names and a couple of artists you’ll recognize. As always, we try to give a taste of the different music being created around the globe.   The Dollar Bill Murrays – “The More You Know” (Brisbane, Australia) RIYL: Queens of the Stone […]

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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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Against Me!

Against Me! rock the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

A couple years ago, the Bronson Centre was renovated, removing many rows of seats to make room for a “standing” area in front of the stage. This is exactly the kind of show this change was made for, as one does not go see Against Me! and sit through the performance. Sure enough, when the band hit the stage and […]

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Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th edition is a mosaic of new music. It’s not just the countries represented – Australia, England, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, and USA – but the music. You’ll find an eclectic and diverse batch of music that will have your auditory senses screaming in delight.   Analogue Wave – “Hope” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Aphex Twin, Leftfield, Massive Attack, Depeche […]

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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th features nine stellar songs to jump start your Tuesday. There are some breathtaking electronic / ambient numbers, a couple of fierce rockers, and a few tunes that will take you back in time.   Doombird – “Sheer” (Sacramento, USA) RIYL: Maribou State, Phoria, Lane 8 At the tail end of 2016, Doombird released their debut album with […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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