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Sgt. Andy (Is Going to Help Me) - An appreciation of XTC in five notes

Sgt. Andy (Is Going to Help Me) – An appreciation of XTC in five notes

1. It’s becoming harder and harder to take seriously announcements that bands are breaking up. The new economics of the music business call for most artists to be consistently ‘active’, always ready to generate new products and content, or dare risk slipping from prominence. This extends to bands supposedly declared...
Review: Lower Dens at Hoxton Bar & Grill

Review: Lower Dens at Hoxton Bar & Grill

Illuminated by a moving projection of something akin to a fuzzy 80s tv screen, Lower Dens opened up last Thursday’s show with hypnotic aplomb, blasting the intimate Hoxton venue with an extended introduction of delightfully menacing and mournfully tremulous guitars. It is these kind of atmospheric, mesmerising, slow-build introductions that...
Review: Still Corners at Dalston Roof Park

Review: Still Corners at Dalston Roof Park

On Monday night, against a vertiginous and rain-soaked city-scape, London-based Still Corners played a show in support of their 2011 album, Creatures of the Hour. Signed to Subpop, their music is best described as dream-pop; though this is not to say their sound is not without depth. Jarring guitars, cinematic...
Bear in Heaven - Hoxton

Bear in Heaven – Hoxton

Bear in Heaven’s third album, I Love You, It’s Cool, released in April 2012 proved to be on first listen as non-committal and aloof as its title suggested. During their show at Hoxton Square Bar and Grill, most of Bear in Heaven’s members generally maintained this image of aloofness whilst...
Blackbird Blackbird - at London's Lexington

Blackbird Blackbird – at London’s Lexington

Blackbird Blackbird (formerly known as Bye Bye Blackbird) is the stage moniker of San Francisco’s Mikey Maramag. Right now, he is arguably one of the leading figureheads amongst a scene of ethereal, dreamlike and reverb laden electro-pop. Last Thursday Maramag headed to London’s Lexington during a tour of small venue...
The Year Ahead: The National

The Year Ahead: The National

Fresh from the close of their hugely successful 2011 High Violet tour, the National are embarking on projects of such great variety and multitude that they look set to be occupied for the course of this year; new ventures into collaboration, charity, curation and side projects are just some of...
'Winter' - from Adam Donen and Roger O'Donnell's 'Requiem'

‘Winter’ – from Adam Donen and Roger O’Donnell’s ‘Requiem’

Footage from the premier of Adam Donen and Roger O’Donnell’s collaborative Requiem, performed by the Contrarian Ensemble in Shoreditch Church, 2 April 2012. Photo courtesy of Mikael Jaeger Jensen.
Burial - Kindred EP

Burial – Kindred EP

Reclusive South London producer Burial has gained an almost legendary status via a series of top quality releases on Kode 9’s Hyperdub Records, but little new material has been heard since 2007’s seminal album Untrue. Last year’s release of the first new solo tracks in four years on the Street...
Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet

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