Hiss Golden Messenger shares Hardlytown video

North Carolina band Hiss Golden Messenger follow up their dreamy video for the title track of latest album Sanctuary with a new, Dylanesque video of Hardlytown. M.C. Taylor and crew have created a video inspired by Dylan’s now iconic handwritten-sign video for Subterranean Homesick Blues, with guitarist and frontman M.C Taylor taking charge of the…

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Back to the fields: festivals for 2021

Our festival piece looks a little different this year. It’s been a difficult and rather harrowing task putting it together as many have decided – and are still deciding – to cancel, mainly due to the lack of Government-backed covid insurance. Operating on a knife edge is everyday stuff for festival organisers, but this is…

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Manchester Psych Fest 2021 full line up

A stellar roster of artists awaits those attending Manchester Psych Fest this year. And the organisers are delighted to announce their full lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place on 4th September. Malia’s Tinariwen are co-headliners with Stereolab, plus there’s post-punk outfit Dry Cleaning, afrobeat eight-piece Kokoroko and Japanese psych veterans Kikagaku Moyo. Also on the bill Jadu Heart, Billy Nomates,…

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Music survey to help Music Venue Trust

Music fans needed for survey to help revive live music Music fans are needed to take part in a short survey to help the UK’s live music industry plan for the safe return of gigs. Music Venue Trust are calling on all fans of live music and grassroots music venues to complete the live music industry’s survey before…

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Better in Space: GracieSouz reveals new EP

Lockdown has caused many a collaborative project to temporarily fragment, resulting in solo work that may be of a more intense and introspective nature. Out today is Grace de Souza’s exciting new solo EP called Better in Space. Grace is a member of London-based band KIN (see interview with KIN band here). Grace found herself…

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Sinka release new single Skies

Alt-rock band SINKA release their new single Skies on 19th March, the second track from upcoming EP Take Me To The Skies which is released on April 16th. The Watford-based trio comprises Shaun Sewell-Sears (vocals and guitar), Matt Smith (bass) and Jack Wright (drums). They released the first single ‘Messiah’  back in February. Having self-produced their…

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Busty and the Bass: new space grooves

Busty and the Bass met during their first week as students in the jazz programme at Montreal’s McGill University back in 2011. I first heard the octet when they released their 2020 album called Eddie, accompanied by the distinctively warm, raspy vocals of Macy Gray. And now there’s a new release – an ‘intergalactic’ EP, The ET Suite via Arts…

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Review: Gwyl 2021 festival

The future looks promising for live festivals, but for now we are still in the land of the virtual. Gwyl 2021 earlier this month used this mode to its full advantage. The event was put together by four Welsh festivals, Focus Wales, Festival of Voice, Aberystwyth Festival of Comedy and Other Voices. Collectively, they created…

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Alex Maas plus The Weather Station livestreams

It was a thrill to discover these two artists fairly recently and their last albums released recently are haunting, intelligent and thoughtful works that I find I keep returning to. Both Alex Maas and The Weather Station have announced livestream performances coming up this month. Alex Maas is a long-time member of Texan neo-psych band…

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Gwyl 2021 – eight days of music and arts

Exciting and innovative new Welsh festival Gŵyl 2021 stretches over eight days and from the 8th to 12th March, the programme offers some exclusive and unique events. Presented by music-industry festival Focus Wales, this is a unique opportunity to listen to live panel sessions followed by live showcase performances. And on Thursday, Focus Wales 360°…

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