Save the Hot Box

Hot Box was the venue when, in January 2020, this blog* took the plunge into gig promotion and set up a headline show for Giant Drag. This was back in the day when COVID-19 was mostly in the news as a problem in other countries. Just a few weeks later the UK was in lockdown. […]

Dream pop News

Our Final Invention. All smiles now?

Certain elements of Our Final Invention may well be familiar to those who took more than a passing interest in Britpop. Or what followed that scene to be precise. That’s because the nucleus of Our Final Invention (Mark Gill [guitars/programming] and Richard Nancollis [vocals]) were also in Manchester’s The Rain Band. The Rain Band certainly […]


Emjaymedia: music to the core

I set up Emjaymedia following the demise of Pinnacle, in 2008, following the banking crash. Out of necessity, I took another job to finance it at the start. I had no idea then whether it could be successful or not. It took a few years to even decide its direction. Much experience to bear when […]

New release News

Steady and smooth for Slow Pulp

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 […]

Folk News

Sairie: one of the best folk acts these days

It’s not everyday that your music is wholeheartedly endorsed by the 41st best stand-up ever! But, as we know, these days aren’t ordinary days anymore. These days. But … Brighton-based psyche-folk Sairie received a nod from none other than the great Stewart Lee. Some context. In a seemingly light-hearted departure from their “Original and traditional […]

Electronica News

PVA will stick in your mind like glue

PVA, the Grammy-nominated, South London electronic music trio, has announced a new UK headline tour. They will play in February and March, culminating in a headline show at London’s Scala. The live dates come hot on the heels of the group’s biggest UK/EU tour to date, which saw them headline a packed-out Village Underground in […]

Drone News

Drone-pop duo Erasers’ new LP/UK tour

Rupert Thomas and Rebecca Orchard release Constant Connection, their third LP, and will play a handful of UK shows.

News Psychedelia

New roads (to tour) for Helicon?

The mighty Helicon is back on the road with local heroes Magic Seas as support. Furthermore, both bands will be involved in a workshop to help young adults gain an understanding about how a venue stages shows.

Folk News Soundtracks

Even Butterflies Make A Sound presents Alison Cotton at Hot Box

Even Butterflies Make A Sound presents a live show by Alison Cotton as part of her tour of England.

New release News Psychedelia

What’s the ‘Freakquency’, Helicon?

Exciting goings-on at the Fuzz Club label as it releases the new EP by Helicon (Glasgow) and signs The Jesus and Mary Chain.