Sparks new tour and album

It’s an excit­ing moment when we hear of new work… and a tour by Sparks. Endur­ing­ly bril­liant, Sparks return this year with a tour, so be ready on your key­boards (with your cof­fee) very soon…  Hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly announced 2 nights at London’s Roy­al Albert Hall and 3 per­for­mances at Pri­mav­era Sound Fes­ti­val in Spain and Portugal,…

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IST IST ‘Mary In the Black and White Room’ launch

This new sin­gle by IST IST was launched in Decem­ber but we’re flag­ging it up as we’re excit­ed about the band’s upcom­ing album. Mary In the Black and White Room is tak­en from the Man­ches­ter band’s upcom­ing third album called Pro­tag­o­nists, out 31st March, via Kind Vio­lence records.  IST IST pro­duce a dense and uncompromising…

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Sons of the East release album Palomar Parade

It can take time for Aus­tralian bands to make their mark in the UK. Sons of the East, con­sist­ing of Syd­neysiders Dan Wal­lage, Nic John­ston and Jack Rollins, cer­tain­ly deserve to be more well known than they are right now so hope­ful­ly their new album Palo­mar Parade will do it for them. On a worldwide…

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Pictish Trail head out on tour

Pic­tish Trail have plen­ty of tour dates lined up for this year, includ­ing some fes­ti­val appear­ances – Green Man fes­ti­val fea­tures, as always. Walk the Line and Lost Map present: Ley­line Shows in South West of Eng­land with sup­port from Lost Map artist Bas Jan, plus a DJ set by Guto Pryce of Super Furry…

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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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