The Besnard Lakes live at Oslo Hackney

We’ve waited over two frustrating years but here they are – Montreal psy indie band The Besnard Lakes return to UK shores for a run of live shows. Actually this night at Oslo in Hackney is their penultimate on the tour. The venue has scheduled a club night for half an hour after the Bezzies…

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The Besnard Lakes unveil She’s An Icicle

Just a few tantalising weeks ahead of their tour, which includes dates in the UK, The Besnard Lakes have released a single called She’s An Icicle. This new track is in keeping with the feel and atmosphere of their last, triumphant album The Besnard Lakes Are The Last Of The Thunderstorm Warnings, released in early…

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Sylvette announce track Marble Stone and gigs

Manchester-based band Sylvette have announced a new track called Marble Stone, which was released on Monday 25th. It is from their upcoming third studio album. In keeping with their music released so far, it’s very atmospheric and imaginative – Marble Stone is accompanied by rich strings and delicate vocals. The band describe it as “using…

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The Orielles at The Trades for IVW week

The Orielles played at The Trades in Hebden Bridge as part of IVW. As a local outfit – and the one who ostensibly kickstarted the ‘Calderfornia’ plethora of local bands, there was a supportive atmosphere, with plenty of their friends out in the crowd, singing along, word perfect. I’ve probably seen The Orielles more than…

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Cherry Ghost at The Trades for IVW

Cherry Ghost appeared at The Trades back in 2015 as part of the Heavenly weekender. It‘s been a long wait to see them again, especially with Covid causing a couple of frustrating delays. But here we are, on the final night of Independent Venue Week, with Simon Aldred and – for this gig – Christian…

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Papercuts new track “I Want My Jacket Back”

There‘s a groovy new single out by Papercuts – aka multi-instrumentalist and producer Jason Quever. Disillusionment with the political climate of the time (Trump) and a nonsensical conversation with a conspiracy theorist provided the triggers for the track, entitled I Want My Jacket Back. Despite its despairing themes, any melancholy is restricted to the vocals. Quever’s…

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Firestations: new single Reflection Spells

First recommendation of the year: a single out in late December by a band we’ve followed since their early days, the London based outfit, Firestations. The captivating new track called Reflection Spells exhibits all those distinctive elements that the band are known for: reflective dream pop charm with the soothing harmonies of Mike Cranny and…

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Revive Live Tour 2022 to save music venues

Help the live music industry and save our grassroots venues. The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour takes place in January 2022 with a wide range of artists taking place at venues country-wide. The Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced this year’s events with tours by a diverse range…

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Frazey Ford celebrates UK tour with new track ‘Saul’

Frazey Ford now to appear at Green Man festival 2022. Fluttery, fragile yet with a quiet power, when Frazey Ford starts to sing, the vocals that emerge are something distinct and unique. The Vancouver artist sings right from the soul, her voice eloquently expressing and encompassing all the emotions of a life that has not…

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New platform GigRealm aims to streamline the system

A new platform named GigRealm launches today which aims to help match artists to venues and streamline the process for artists to play live at grassroots venues. Although the idea was created before the pandemic, London-based music company GigRealm will now be part of the solution to help the beleaguered music industry get back on…

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