A celebration of the life and music of the dearly missed maverick musician, Mark Linkous, of the hugely influential alt-rockers Sparklehorse, is upcoming. Even Butterflies Make A Sound and Ben Stanbury are delighted and honoured to host the event at Hot Box on Wednesday, 27 August 2023. On this special night, fans will have the […]
This blog’s latest post features two quite different new singles. However, they both take inspiration from two legendary figures. Please read on to find out more.
After a decade away, Dot Allison returned in 2021 with Heart-Shaped Scars. She continues that rich seam of songwriting form with a new LP Consciousology. Heart-Shaped Scars was often introspective and possibly one-paced. Consciousology is a punchier, more focused affair. Dot explained: “I see Consciousology as a more psych Heart-Shaped Scars with a far fuller, more […]
“Then my heart with pleasure fills/And dances with the daffodils”—William Wordsworth It was an amazing stroke of fortune. I half thought about simply deleting a PR email without investigating the contents. Well, you know, time is at a premium, especially at the throbbing centre of a sprawling media operation, such as this blog. Talk about […]
Ben Narcis has released a new EP, featuring the savagely satirical ‘Appocalypse’, and will play at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington this Friday (June 16). The band sold out the same venue for their debut performance just a few months ago so book now. Ben Narcis (formerly a midnight barber) For those not in […]
Tidal Love Numbers is the mesmerising new LP by Andy Bell and Masal. While great musicians seem to gravitate towards each other, there certainly was good fortune that led to such a remarkable collaboration. Lucky in the way that Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell and Masal’s Al Johnson and Oz Simsek met each other […]
The third album by Fatoumata Diawara, the legendary Malian musician, is out today. She co-produced London Ko with Daniel Florestano and Damon Albarn and includes a galaxy of guest musicians, including Albarn, Angie Stone, Roberto Fonseca, M.anifest, and Yemi Alade. Fatoumata Diawara: a vibrant musical trailblazer Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Diawara’s music remains […]
It’s said the road to ruin is paved with good intentions. Glasgow’s psychedelic travellers Helicon disagree … we should be wary of God Intentions.
Things are moving along very smoothly thank you for Chicago-based four-piece showgaze rockers Slow Pulp. Major UK/Europe support tour completed with heavyweight US band? ✓Debut LP still receiving glowing plaudits and continuing to release cracking singles? ✓Newly signed to esteemed record label? ✓ Given the challenges thrown in front of them recently, these achievements of […]
Energy: A documentary about Damo Suzuki is a brilliant new film featuring the enigmatic, much-loved former CAN frontman. He is best known as the vocalist, between 1970 and 1973, of the seminal kosmische band. At this time, CAN was undoubtedly at its creative peak and Damo was the perfectly lithe, livewire frontman. Energy: the film […]