Tonight’s support act is a guy called Thabo.  I assumed from his accent that he was American but when I checked out his website after the show I discovered that he was born in Zimbabwe and lives in…Huddersfield.  Thabo’s songs are intelligent, tuneful and incredibly engaging.  By the end of the first song he has the audience in the palm of his hand, much to his evident surprise and delight.  He explains that when he opens shows he is usually only singing to the sound man and the security, as everyone else is still in the bar.  Right now the hall is three quarters full and everyone here is giving him their full attention.  On the evidence of tonight’s show, Thabo is a man to watch out for and I hope the next time I see him he will be headlining in his own right. More »

Seeking the overwhelming vibration of the genuine sound wave and its profound echo on the soul, Kenneth James Gibson has spent his career experimenting under a variety of aliases like as many brushstrokes to an ever polymorphic palette – successively releasing as [a]pendics.shuffle, Bell Gardens, Reverse Commuter, dubLoner, Kenneth James G., KJ Gibbs, Bal Cath, Eight Frozen Modulesg Falls’, Gibson returns with ‘In The Fields Of Nothing’, his second full-length delivery for the Cologne-based imprint. More »

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT’s album ‘Choreography’ has taken him on a whirlwind ride in the last year or so, and the journey gets even more exciting as Rod Thomas (aka BLBL) tours Europe, including the UK and Ireland, opening for his musical heroes ERASURE from January 29th. More »

Rebolledo’s YOU AND YOUR HIPPIE FRIENDS imprint grows its groove footprint on international dance floors with the full-length debut of GÜERO, the latest vinyl outing from the Hippie Dance sister label and also its first fully fledged album project. To attentive hippie friends, the artist name should ring a big, funky bell – one that sounds exactly like the cut “Convertible Ride” from the notorious “A Very Nice Combinado Volume Uno” 12” release. More »

‘I’ve always felt to stay true to my own musical interests. It’s hip to be square.’
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Legendary singer, songwriter, activist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez, will release a new album Whistle Down The Wind (Proper Records) on March 2 2018. Produced by three-time Grammy® Award winner Joe Henry and recorded over ten days of sessions in Los Angeles, Whistle Down The Wind gathers material by some of Baez’s favourite composers. More »

To turn away from a record deal with a large label in your teens takes guts – especially when the fight for opportunities of that kind are so far and few between for rising bands. More »

“Last November we sent the demo of this song to our dear friend and sound engineer Andrea Cajelli. We wanted his precious feedback because although we were proud of the song we were worried it didn’t sound “Peter Kernel” enough. More »

Surprise! A new Jeff Rosenstock record for 2018! More »

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition super deluxe boxed set celebrating fifty years of the legendary Procol Harum : Still There’ll Be More. This eight disc set comprises five CDs and three DVDs, of which the first three discs draw upon the key tracks from Procol Harum’s illustrious career. Disc four features the band’s legendary concert at the Hollywood Bowl on 21 September 1973 (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Roger Wagner Chorale), whilst disc five features a previously unreleased concert at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens on 17 March 1976. More »

I’m With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, will release their full-length debut, See You Around, out February 16, 2018. More »

Varvara from Hamina, Finland have come a long way since the release of their previous album, ”Death Defying Tricks” in January 2016. The album got nothing but praise from the leading rock media world wide with its’ intriguing mix of aggressive garage and melodic rock sounds. More »

The return of DATAROCK is finally upon us: the Norwegian act have announced their long-awaited third album Face the Brutality with a few teases. “Ruffle Shuffle” is a memorable return for the synth act – hooky, stylishly constructed and impeccably produced. More »

Well look what we have here just in time for the festive period, it’s a live double CD and DVD set from veteran spacerockers Hawkwind. I’ll be absolutely honest and say that I pre-ordered this the Day Cherry Red announced its release…I’m a bit of a fan to say the least. More »

I’m With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, have announced the release of their full-length debut, See You Around, out February 16, 2018. “See You Around”, the title track from the album, is available everywhere, and today sees the emergence of a beautifully captured live video performance of the song. More »

Faces On TV have announced their upcoming album with the release of the brilliant first single to be taken from it, ‘The Image of Boy Wonder’. To celebrate, Faces On TV have released a mind-bending video for it which premiered at Gigwise. More »

The grime MC Afrikan Boy, real name Olushola Ajose, returns today with perhaps his strongest track yet in “Wot It Do”. The video premiered at The FADER, where he explained that the concept is about removing the lines from reality. “Everyone puts their reality out through various screens and we all crop out elements of things we don’t want to send out to the world,” he explained. “The concept grew from the expression to create something a little rough around the edges whilst still being smooth.” More »

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Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2018 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 5th & 6th May 2018. More »

Redtop headlines scream ”IS GUITAR MUSIC DEAD?!” on a regular basis. With indie-lite bands all politely plucking guitars and Ed Sheeran selling records by the truckload off the back of an acoustic six-string, the answer is no. But to quote Frank Zappa on jazz “…it just smells funny.”
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With a beauty of a guitar riff that takes up residence in your skull and delivers a spark to your soul, Michael Jablonka’s second single cuts straight to the chase with its fat rootsy-garage-rock swagger and doesn’t even consider letting up till it’s done. More »

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