James opened their short two-date tour of Portugal with a sold out show at the Multiusos de Guimaraes and a nod to the local Pinheiro festival as well as tracks from their 2014 La Petite Mort alongside back catalogue classics.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Friday, 28 November 2014
From There To Here is the soundtrack to the BBC TV drama of the same name, set in the aftermath of the 1996 Manchester bomb. It features sixteen instrumental pieces as well as three complete songs from I Am Kloot’s back catalogue.
Thursday, 27 November 2014
An ornate historic Portuguese railway station in the centre of the country's second city isn't your traditional gig venue, but James played a short six-song set to two thousand people ahead of two arena dates later this week.
The Miserable Rich are back with a double album - a live album recorded in Frankfurt on their 2012 tour and an album of cover versions recorded over the past six years. Hopefully this and their recent short tour of Germany and Austria are a precursor to them getting back in the studio and on the road.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Twenty-five years on from its release, Jesus Jones' debut album Liquidizer gets a deluxe 2 cd plus dvd re-issue. As perhaps the defining album of my first six months at University, it feels only right and proper to revisit it.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Take one of early 2000s agit-pop nearly-made-its Easyworld and add a singer who's been touring the UK as Buddy Holly for the past couple of years and put them together and what you get is The Telepathic Evils. They've just revealed their first demo track Bad Behaviour and we think it's something rather special.
Sixty Minute Man are a six-piece Manchester band readying their debut EP for release with the preview of a song from it called Weightlessness and they play FAC 251 in Manchester this Saturday supporting The Wilde and Cardinal.
Monday, 24 November 2014
The last leg of James’ UK tour saw them head to Leeds First Direct Arena for a Sunday night set of hits, tracks from La Petite Mort and a seventeen year old song they’d never played live before.
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Saturday night in Birmingham and we’re in the soulless pit of the NIA waiting for James to transcend the appalling organization of the place, half-built facilities, stupid rules and the general feeling that this is all a terrible inconvenience to those in charge of ensuring people’s visit to their place of work. Thank God music usually always wins.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
There's a story in music legend about when Dylan went electric and completely changed his music that had made him popular. Headlining the first night of the Whisky Sessions, I Am Kloot delivered a set that, in their own world, had exactly that impact, playing not a single song from their last, and most successful by far, Top Ten album Let It All In.
Friday, 21 November 2014
The Miserable Rich continued their German/Austrian tour with a show in Wiesbaden at the Schlachthof. Gudrun from Karlsruhe very kindly offered to review the show for us as part of her work for her own Meinzuhause blog.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
The Miserable Rich are one of our favourite bands and since they took a break in 2012, we've been nagging them to get back together. We weren't the only ones it seems as they announced four dates in Germany and Austria. Inga B very kindly offered to review the opening night at Hannover's Feinkost Lampe.
The James La Petite Mort tour rolled into London last night with the first of two sold-out shows, the first at the Royal Albert Hall before a date at Brixton Academy on Friday.
Ahead of their forthcoming UK tour with The Crookes, Laurel Canyons release their new EP Now We're Rebuilding, their first since signing to Hit Or Heist. In a time where their native Sheffield is producing a conveyor belt of bands with beautiful harmonies, Laurel Canyons take a darker, more esoteric route with this EP, but with no less success.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
We've been fans of David Ford back from his days in agit-poppers Easyworld and through ten years and four albums of his solo career. He's back with a seven-track release called The Arrangement, recorded with a string section and he's about to tour the record. We caught up with him for a chat.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Saturday, 15 November 2014
As James' La Petite Mort tour reaches its first weekend, the size of venues grows as they enter arena territory starting at Liverpool's Echo Arena. We watched them walk the tightrope between crowd pleasing hits and their desire to challenge their audience with curveballs and unusual song choices.
Friday, 14 November 2014
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The Reveurs have been steadily building a following over the past twelve months. Their second official release Control is out on Monday and it's a massive step-up for them sonically. They launch it with a gig at the Ducie Bridge in Manchester this Saturday. We're proud to exclusively reveal the single here and have a chat with front man Gary Nelson.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
James opened their La Petite Mort tour with a sold out show at Oxford's O2 Academy - an intimate venue compared to some of the arenas on the tour, but they still thrilled with songs from their latest album as well as a mix of greatest hits and a few rarities plucked from their enormous catalogue of songs.
The addition of one of our favourite new bands Blossoms to the James bill for the opening night of their La Petite Mort tour was a pleasant surprise. Like every step that’s been put in their way so far, they hurdled it effortlessly with aplomb.
Monday, 10 November 2014
It’s been twelve months since Emma Stevens released her debut album Enchanted. She’s back with Waves, a collection that cements her position as a leading exponent of intelligent pop with a set of songs that burrow into your sub- conscience and have you tapping your feet and nodding your head and singing along.
Sunday, 9 November 2014
James warmed up for their two-week UK tour with an intimate 600 capacity show at Stirling Albert Halls with a set mixing classic hits, tracks from their new album La Petite Mort and a number of older tracks resurrected from their vast back catalogue.
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
We made the short trip over the Pennines to catch three bands who have not forgotten the art of creating simple emotive pop music that has you tapping your feet and singing along throughout. As The Heartbreaks played the first night of their short UK tour, they were supported by Sheffield's finest and Even The Stars favourites High Hazels and York four-piece The Blueprints.