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Can Skywalker weigh a whale without a scale?

Ok, it’s a rubbish heading, but it brought you here, right? But, please, read on, it gets better… In a remarkable twisterella, two current bandmates have been involved in extracurricular projects. Léanie Kaleido’s third album was produced by Mark Gardener; while Andy Bell has a solo single out. Keen shoegazers will note that both Gardener […]

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Andrew Hung delivers his Promises

The co-founder of Fuck Buttons returns with his second solo album and a video that’ll change your opinion of fruit salads forever.

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Marie Naffah: exiting wasteland; seeking wonderland

Marie Naffah, former MTV Best Unsigned Act, is about to take the world by storm. Check out her new single ‘Wasteland’ and it’s clear why world domination awaits.

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No time for idling during Independent Venue Week

Independent Music Week exists to publicise smaller music venues. This year could be its most important campaign yet.

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Track X marks the spot

Thankfully, touch wood, I have avoided the worst the pandemic has had to offer. Obviously, the forced estrangement takes its toll; my job being made redundant was a blow. But it’s the lost time that hurts. My children’s youth being insidiously drained from them. Identikit days flying by. No real break in the routine to […]

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The LINN of best fit

Frozen Pizza. Happy Metal. I’m Out Of Alcohol, You’re Out Of Your Mind. Get Away from Me with Your Filthy Covid. Sounds like a standard Saturday night in your typical student accommodation. But no, these are the song titles from the debut self-produced EP by Denmark artist LINN. Except the last one on the tracklist. […]

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There are more ways to Essex

As our interview nears its end and Sarah Perry tries to explain her continued fascination with her home county, she deploys a phrase often meant to be demeaning or dismissive, though she certainly doesn’t mean it that way. “You can take the girl out of Essex, but you can’t take the Essex out of the […]

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“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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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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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 […]