"A bit different from the last show here?” beams Marina outside her tour bus, basking in the afterglow of a triumphant gig at Liverpool’s Masque Theatre. Marina and I had previously agreed that her visit to the ‘Pool in December 2009 definitely had something of a weird vibe, the venue seemingly full of industry types... Continue Reading →
This week Marina And The Diamonds Free Mp3, Ash release infamous “Slashed” footage, Scroobius Pip, Sound Of Guns, Johnny Flynn, Bridezilla, Emii. ______________________________________________________________________ Marina & The Diamonds A short version this week as I’m afraid playing out on a school night has left me a bit knackered. The reason being was Marina And The Diamonds... Continue Reading →
The Kiara Elles, Suzuki Method, Standard Fare, Live at The Zanzibar, Liverpool 14th May 2010 “When are you going to grow up and stop pissing about with pop music, you big girl!, You wanna get back into footie, lad” said my sagacious acquaintance (to call him a friend would suggest we had things in common-like... Continue Reading →
There are some musicians and artists whose work you admire, informed as it is by existential angst, a sense of righteous injustice, and a wish to set the world to rights. However you wouldn’t necessarily want to go out for a pint with them, if you know what I mean! Paloma Faith on the other... Continue Reading →
This week ;- Chapel Club, The Good Natured, Marina & The Diamonds, Rose Elinor Dougall, Delays, Catherine AD, The Shills, The Kiara Elles, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Paloma Faith and Magnapop ____________________________________________________________________________________ CHAPEL CLUB Video for their magnificent new single 'Five Trees ' ____________________________________________________________________________________ THE GOOD NATURED- ‘Your Body Is A Machine'... Continue Reading →
"Deluxe" by Lush Ever felt unappreciated, resigned to the fact that no matter what you do certain people will always be waiting to pour scorn upon your head? This was certainly how lead singer Miki Berenyi appeared to feel with regard to how the music press treated Lush. Despite her often feisty displays during interviews... Continue Reading →
Pic By Andy Fairbairn "I Saw You Blink" By Stornoway There are some cynical critics who may dismiss Stornoway as yet another band attempting to emulate the recent success of Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling et all in dragging folk music out of real ale tents and into the mainstream. For these young troubadours have... Continue Reading →
Such has been the hyperbole surrounding the female led synth pop revival that at times it’s been difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff and rescue legitimate contenders from the raging sea of PR propaganda. And so whilst lesser artists surf the tsunami of hype, French sonic auteur Emilie Simon has been quietly assembling something of a mini- electronic pop masterpiece in the shape of her latest album “The Big Machine. Emilie, hailing from Montpelier, in the south of France, a former student of musicology at the Sorbonn, specialising in medieval music and electronic contemporary composition, has been at the vanguard of experimental electronica in her homeland since 2003.