Steve Mason: About the Light at Rough Trade

Steve Mason aired his new album About the Light at Rough Trade Steve Mason is back – with a beau­ti­ful and con­fi­dent new album to start off 2019 on a pos­i­tive note. About The Light dropped this week and he start­ed pro­mot­ing it with an appear­ance at Rough Trade East: I love these lit­tle gigs in…

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Sea Change 2019 line-up

Metron­o­my, The Comet is Com­ing, Stew­art Lee and Bag­puss are all con­firmed for Sea Change 2019. The Totnes-based event, found­ed by Tot­nes’s Drift Record Shop, has moved from its for­mer end-of-sum­mer posi­tion to May Bank Hol­i­day. The Qui­etus presents Gazelle Twin, with full line-up to fol­low. Han­nah Peel and Will Burns, and Dutch 4‑piece Pip…

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Independent Venue Week gathers pace

Hav­ing put on a few gigs myself at a local venue, a par­tic­u­lar­ly atmos­pher­ic and beau­ti­ful space, which was sub­se­quent­ly sold off to be trans­formed into flats and a hotel, Inde­pen­dent Venue Week is a much-need­ed ven­ture. Run­ning from Mon­day 28th Jan­u­ary to Sun­day 3rd Feb­ru­ary 19, for IVW19 there are near­ly 190 venues signed up…

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UP N GO Brazilian band play Nambucca

They call their music ‘pop soul funk’ – and the Brazil­ian out­fit UP N GO play Nam­buc­ca in Lon­don. It’s their sec­ond per­for­mance as they played a last-minute set at Ron­nie Scot­t’s jam ses­sion where the band got to show off their ver­sa­til­i­ty with a set of cov­ers to suit the jazz and blues evening…

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Turin Brakes live at the London Palladium: review

Turin Brakes know how to make the Lon­don Pal­la­di­um feel as inti­mate as a rough-and-ready base­ment pub venue. They start by intro­duc­ing songs from their brand new album. Over the next cou­ple of hours or so, the band take us on a jour­ney back and forth over the past 18 years, many mem­bers of the…

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Django Django Marble Skies at Rough Trade

Arty indie band Djan­go Djan­go show­cased their new album Mar­ble Skies at Rough Trade East. Their dis­tinc­tive sound is still there – the deep echo effects, the whoops, the har­monies – sun-dap­­pled and wist­ful, adding an inten­si­ty and beau­ty to their songs. And there’s always that com­pul­sive beat under­pin­ning their mate­r­i­al, almost forc­ing you to head…

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Sea Change festival adds Dartington Hall as a venue

Sea Change fes­ti­val in Totnes has estab­lished quite a name for itself in its two years of its exis­tence. Start­ed by Drift Record shop, its knowl­edge­able own­ers have enticed a raft of stel­lar names both emerg­ing and estab­lished, to play at a host of quirky venues around the town. There’s the restored Totnes Cin­e­ma, two…

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Lost Map: Pictish Trail Daylight Music at Union Chapel

The Day­light Music ses­sions at Union Chapel in Isling­ton are gen­tle, pay-what-you-like lunchtime con­certs with tea and cake. There are around 30 ses­sions per year. This Sat­ur­day was the turn of artists on the Lost Map record label run from the remote Hebridean island of Eigg by John­ny Lynch, who per­forms as Pic­tish Trail. Lynch and…

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