April 14, 2019

‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ is currently showing at the Tate Modern. It explores the work of African American artists produced during the politically turbulent two decades of 1963-1983. A musical theme shouted throughout the exhibition, so loudly...

April 20, 2018

In my standard mindless streaming through Spotify, something in U.S. Girls’ single Velvet 4 Sale made me very quickly skip to the whole album, and then very quickly afterwards book a ticket for their next London gig in May.

In A Poem Unlimited is about the col...

April 20, 2018

I can’t say enough good things about this double A side Vagina Police/Fascism Is Coming, so I jumped at the chance to review it so that I could at least start saying some of them.

I was at the single’s launch gig at The Shacklewell Arms and got a copy of the free z...

January 11, 2018

You wanna take the band on the road and get your music into as many peoples' ears as possible! It can be a bumpy ride, but here's some words of advice to hopefully make it all go a bit smoother.

PRE-TOUR

Plan early

Lots of venues are booked up months in advance. If you’re...

December 29, 2017

We all want to wake up the day after releasing out first single with a million hits on spotify, but a self-release strategy takes work. A lot of work. Still, self-releasing without the help of a record label is a real possibility now, if you know what you're doing. I’v...

December 27, 2017

I came to London a bit over a year ago with no contacts in the music scene, but after a few months I was out doing about one show a week in the great capital. So, how did that come about? Not going to lie, it was a lot of hard work, but here’s ten tips for how I did it...

December 26, 2017

Here’s some people doing something interesting with their time. 2017's been a year for some really great music by big names: there’s Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’, St Vincent did a new album, and I could name a lot more. But I’ve also heard lots of lesser-known bands this ye...

December 23, 2017

The Southampton music scene’s a strange one. Home of proper punks, heavy metal die-hards, and late night jazz jams, it definitely exists if you know where to look. With strong music degree courses at both its universities and some amazing pubs and music venues where th...

December 23, 2017

Signed up on the spot at an intimate gig by Gondwana Records, the Manchester record label that also has GoGo Penguin and Mammal Hands on its books, Leeds-based band ‘Noya Rao’ are releasing their debut album ‘Icaros’. They’ve just finished a tour to promote it, includi...

December 22, 2017

Made of four former The Fall members, and full of reworkings and offcuts of The Fall songs, the obvious thing to do would be to constantly cross-compare this album to The Fall’s extensive back-catalogue. But Brix Smith is a very different character from their notorious...

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