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Book review

Geniuses of Love – Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth

From Bowery loft room home rehearsals to being ‘bigger than Rod Stewart in New Zealand’ and a career-high gig in Rome in 1980, on the ‘Remain in Light’ tour, Chris Frantz’s life story reads like every budding musician’s dream come true: form a band, convince the person you have just fallen emphatically in love with […]

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Archive material revisited

Southern Gothic – A brief encounter with Mark Linkous

Much-loved creative anchor of US alt-rock band Sparklehorse, Mark Linkous, would have been 58 today. One day in 2010, after an argument with his estranged wife he exited the premises, walked down an alleyway and shot himself through the heart with a rifle. He had recently completed a critically acclaimed album, Dark Night of the […]

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Art exhibition

Towers of hope

Chelmsford resident Dave Towers has a sensational solo exhibition at BSMT in Dalston. This is what the gallery has to say about the show: Dave kindly took some time to answer a few questions. What inspired you to create artwork in this style? I was inspired by seeing one image of the pens I use […]

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Folktronica New release

“Billionaires for presidents/Parking fines at hospitals”

Simple lyrics that highlight stark truths, exposing some of the shocking inequalities of modern life, delivered with an infectious smile by Alex the Astronaut. The lyrics quoted in the headline are from her debut ‘Already Home’ single, released in 2016, which introduced a unique voice in folk music. An artist drawing from the deep well […]

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New release

The National’s treasure

Imagine the thrill of actually touring with or recording in a band you really, really like. Surely, all music lovers think this at some point. What now? Just me? Well, this happened to Hannah Georgas. Back in 2008, the Torontonian singer/songwriter’s debut EP featured a song called ‘The National’, a banjo-led lament about bumping into […]

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News

Young Blues Artist of the Year 2020 launches Kickstarter

Essex bluesman Connor Selby has launched a fundraiser so that he can record his sophomore lp in time for his much-heralded support slot with The Who in 2021. The UKBlues Federation recognised the guitarist’s outstanding talent at a virtual festival in May. Like the rest of the music industry, Connor has suffered financially during the […]

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New release World music

Legendary label lends its support to Beirut

A few of Beirut’s musical legends were united by Habibi Funk Records to raise money following the recent disaster. Habibi Funk 014: Solidarity with Beirut is a seven-track compilation of which 100% of the profit will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross. Habibi Funk Records stated: “It was important for us to express our […]

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New release

EXCLUSIVE: Arlo Parks revealed as Mercury Prize 2021 winner

I realise that 2020’s Hyundai Mercury Prize hasn’t yet been awarded, but, let’s face it, next year’s winner is done and dusted. And she hasn’t even finished her debut album yet.  I arrived to the party late and became familiar with Arlo Parks only this summer. The mesmerising, hypnotically beautiful single ‘Black Dog’ blew me […]

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Archive material revisited

Connected to Dot?

Dot Allison first found fame with One Dove before enjoying a successful solo career. Andy McCulloch reviews some of his old writings and provides a snapshot of their separate lives, which do in fact have an element of synchronicity. ‘So, I saw that Dot Allison article in The Independent and it made me think of […]

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New release Psychedelia

For whom the Bell tolls

Andy Bell, snapped by Sharia Bell. To celebrate his fiftieth birthday, Andy Bell recently released his psychedelic summer single ‘Love Comes In Waves’. However, his half-century also led him to contemplate his mortality. Video still for ‘Love Comes In Waves’.  The seven inch is the harbinger of the new album The View From Halfway Down […]