Author: Paul Lyme

Favorite Albums of 2018: Slaves – ‘Acts of Fear and Love’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Slaves – ‘Acts of Fear and Love’

I think everyone knows what to expect from a Slaves album – some banging track, with a lot of silliness involved. Acts of Fear and Love is exactly what we’ve come to know and love about the punk-rock duo. The album promo was hilarious with drummer Isaac Holman “quitting” the band to pursue a career in dancing after “Cut and Run” […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Marmozets – ‘Knowing What You Know Now’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Marmozets – ‘Knowing What You Know Now’

Knowing What You Know Now has the perfect star, and an epic ending. Beginning with an in your face, “1 2 3 PLAY, frontwoman Becca McIntyre’s vocals are on point throughout Marmozets’ sophomore effort. The band have had a fantastic year with some great slots during the UK festival season and a sell-out headline gig at London’s Kentish Town Forum. […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Idles – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Idles – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’

Joy as an Act of Resistance. by IDLES Arguably one of the hottest bands around at the moment, punk rock act Idles left little over a year between the release of their critically acclaimed debut album and their second LP, Joy as an Act of Resistance. The politically-charged album is full of anger throughout, echoing the confusion the times where […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018:  Haggard Cat – ‘Challenger’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Haggard Cat – ‘Challenger’

Challenger by Haggard Cat Probably not the album to listen to if you fancy something a little bit chilled, the two former Heck bandmates team up again to make Haggard Cat‘s riotous new LP, Challenger. Although it isn’t perfect, it’s bloody fun to listen to! The ten heavy rock tracks are relatively short, contributing to a total record run time […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Peaks – ‘All that Divides’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Black Peaks – ‘All that Divides’

Black Peaks‘ live shows are incredible, and the high-energy performances are put across perfectly on this album. The quartet’s second album had been a long time coming, and All That Divides doesn’t disappoint. Three songs were pre-released, and this only ramped up the hype for the album. Opening track “Sleep” was named Huw Stevens Single of The Week back in […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

No Violet took their time to release their debut EP, but the time spent honing their sound was worth it. The four-track Faces was released in the autumn, and it grinds like the darker, cooler days. Opener “Be My Friend” starts out like a ballad with front woman Ellie Godwin showing off the delicacies in her trembling voice. The song […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

 Let’s start out by saying that Everyone You Know are going to be huge! Sneaking slowly into the scene this year, brothers Rhys and Harvey have quietly been working on their live act, before dropping Cheer Up Charlie. Five tracks and two skits make up the Londoner’s excellent debut effort. Part electronic, part dance, part pop, part hip hop, […]

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Tyler Childers live at Omeara, London

Tyler Childers – Live at Omeara, London (photo essay)

Tyler Childers “You guys have one hell of a setlist worked out. Wish I was watching that show!”. The crowd called throughout for their favourites last Tuesday, but American country singer Tyler Childers knew exactly what he was going to perform before he packed his guitar up and strolled off into the night. Despite being only 26, the man from […]

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Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Occasionally you turn up to a gig and wonder whether that headache tablet you took earlier was something just a little bit stronger. Imagine turning up to a gig where the four guys on stage resemble a certain rabbit from Donnie Darko. Yeah, that’s exactly what happened at The Lexington as Danish band Sleep Party People headlined at the small […]

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Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata‘s headline gig at the Islington Assembly Hall was a pleasure to experience. Her beautiful voice and her witty personality went down like a storm with the modest-sized crowd. Joking away with the audience throughout her set, it felt like a real personal performance. Opening with “Has It Happened Yet”, a song she wished was her saddest number […]

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The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along […]

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The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears The Dears delighted their UK-based fans on Saturday night with 90 minutes of nothing but music. With barely a break for Murray Lightburn to let the band know he was ready for the next song, the Montreal duo had the packed-out London venue dancing and singing along to their packed out setlist. Opening with “Take It to the […]

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Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Music Makers Festival 2017, London (photo essay)

Omnibus Theatre was the venue in August for the first of hopefully many Music Makers Festivals. The cute little theatre was the perfect setting for the two days of music, which were brilliantly organized by Albert Man and Manoja Ullmann. The festival showcased some of the underrated (and even quirky) talent from around the UK and Ireland. Here’s a run […]

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Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Fluffer Pit Parties – Deap Vally, Baby in Vain, and Yassassin (photo essay)

Deap Vally Not only is Deap Vally‘s Femejism one of my favourite names for an album; it’s quite possibly one of my favourite albums of all-time. Rarely do you find an album where you like every single song! Hearing it live is even better. Fresh from the airport by the sounds of their tales, the Californian duo headlined a night […]

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BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

It’s festival season, which means the majority of female acts unfairly get swept under the carpet whilst the guys take the limelight (see this BBC article as proof). Perfect opportunity for BERRIES’ single release, and what an event it was! The audience at The Old Blue Last in London were treated to tune after tune from the energetic indie-rock band. […]

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Cabbage at Scala, London (photo essay)

Cabbage at Scala, London (photo essay)

Cabbage are a five-piece, post-punk band from Manchester. I’d like to review the opening night of their tour on Thursday 29th June at Scala, but I don’t think my words are going to do justice as to how amazing these guys are. Fresh from performing on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, Cabbage are really making a name for themselves. […]

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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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Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

One of our favourites made her way over the pond, giving us the first opportunity to see Miya Folick in person. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter didn’t disappoint, treating the audience at The Lexington in London to a wonderful set. Armed with a film camera, she urged the crowd to pass it around and get some shots for her to get […]

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Astrid S

Astrid S headlines at Scala, London (photo essay)

It could have been a sad affair after the horrific incident in Manchester the night before, but the young fans of Astrid S at the front of the crowd were having none of that. Armed with pink roses, Astrid was showered with them as she broke into her opening number, “Bloodstream”. A beautiful moment that showed that nothing will break […]

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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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