12. October 2021 · Comments Off on Steve Hackett Live in Edinburgh · Categories: Hifi News, Live Music, Music News · Tags: ,

John Scott gives his thoughts on the recent Steve Hackett gig in Edinburgh.

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12. October 2021 · Comments Off on Erasure – The Usher Hall, Edinburgh · Categories: Hifi News, Live Music, Music News · Tags: ,

John Scott ventures out to see synth-pop darlings Erasure at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh. More »

13. September 2021 · Comments Off on Steve Hackett Interview · Categories: Hifi News, Live Music, Music Interviews, Music News · Tags: ,

You would think that on the day he releases a new album and kicks off an extensive tour, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett might have better things to do than to chat with John Scott for Hifi Pig.  Thankfully though, it appears not.

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06. September 2021 · Comments Off on Steve Hackett Seconds Out +More Tour · Categories: Hifi News, Live Music, Music News · Tags: , , , , ,


Steve Hackett Seconds Out +More Tour begins on 10th September 2021 at the Leicester De Montfort Hall.  Steve recently announced the release of his new studio rock album Surrender of Silence on 10th September.

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It is just four weeks tomorrow until the first Drop of Record Store Day 2021.

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Colin Pratt is the sales director and all-round good egg at Chord Electronics. We chat with him about the music that moves him and how he developed his taste in tunes.

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Samuel Broadbent is one of several photographers chronicling the punk scene in the North East of England, and in particular the gigs of Serial Bowl Records. We thought readers would enjoy some of his excellent photographs.

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Fontaines D.C. have added a further four live dates to their quickly selling-out 2021 UK tour. Earlier this week the band played new album A Hero’s Death live in full for the first time online to a watching audience that topped 4000. More »

Alongside the announcement, he has also shared a video for the first single to be taken from the record, ‘Wholeness and the Implicate Order‘. The expansive instrumental album opener is an ruminative and wistful listen. Combining harmonious piano and strings with a tempestuous brass section and subtle woodwind and electronic elements, it’s a dynamically complex and incredibly poignant introduction to the new album. More »

August 6, 2020 — On Tuesday, Ventura alt-rock outfit CloudRunners shared the brand new music video for their single “The Only One”. We partnered with V13 to bring you a first look at the empowering and motivating track. Take a listen now ahead of the official release this Friday. More »

August 6th, 2020 — Earlier today, Seattle-based artist and Blue Helix frontman Sami Chohfi announced “This Majesty,” the third single from his debut solo LP out in September, with a video premiere on Rolling Stone India. More »

Today, 21-year old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Eagle has announced details of his new EP ‘Something Out Of Nothing’. The EP will be his first since signing to Cooking Vinyl and forms the first half of a two-EP vinyl release due out in early 2021. More »

Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting and The Slow Readers Club are the first artists to announce gigs for Passport: Back to Our Roots, the new campaign to raise money for grassroots music venues at risk of closure. More artists will be announcing gigs soon. 

The artists will be playing one-off, intimate shows at grassroots music venues on dates to be confirmed, when it is safe to perform with no social distancing.

Entry to these shows will be via a prize draw which will run for two weeks from Monday August 17th via crowdfunder.co.uk/passport-back-to-our-roots. For a £5 minimum donation to the campaign, music fans will be entered into the draw to win entry to the show of their choice for themselves and a guest.

Elbow will be returning to Night & Day, three decades after they first performed at the Manchester venue. “This is a simple way of looking after the very roots of British music, and will result in some powerful, joyous shows when we can at last see each other again. I’m very proud to be involved” Guy Garvey, Elbow.

“We are thrilled and honoured to have Elbow returning to Night and Day. Elbow have been friends of the venue for many years. We’d also like to thank Passport: Back to Our Roots and the other partner companies for pulling this together and helping grass roots venues like ours at this difficult and challenging time. This should be a very special show and has the potential to be something quite amazing!” Jennifer Smithson, Night and Day.

“Like all artists worth their salt, we came up through smaller rooms and tiny stages, learning our craft as we went. So often these vital venues are run on a shoestring, but what they provide to their community socially and artistically is invaluable. The Back to Our Roots project is helping grassroots music venues back on their feet after these testing times. We wanted to come to Esquires [in Bedford] as it’s exactly the sort of gig we’d have done ten years ago, but actually never had the opportunity to. It’s our pleasure to be involved” said Jez, Everything Everything.

Audio-visual songsmiths Public Service Broadcasting will be performing at The Amersham Arms in New Cross, while The Slow Readers Club will be playing at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

“We’re delighted to be taking part in Passport: Back to Our Roots and taking the chance to play at The Amersham Arms. We never actually managed to play there when we started out so it’ll be great to do so, finally, and in support of such a good cause. See some of you there as soon as it’s safe – we can’t wait” J. Willgoose, Esq. Public Service Broadcasting.

“Like loads of other bands, acts or performers, grassroots music venues were there to give us a stage when we first started out so to be part of this cause to ensure they survive and thrive makes total sense. It’s the least we can do. We’re buzzin to be going back to Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Low stage, crammed in crowd, bouncing and sweaty…. proper old school. We can’t wait” The Slow Readers Club.


Today, enigmatic South London band Tiña follow up their recent debut album announcement with new single ‘Golden Rope’. The new single is accompanied by a video which was shot on film and sees the band donning pink robes on the beach alongside frontman Joshua Loftin in his signature pink cowboy hat. More »

Today, IDLES have shared a new song “A Hymn” – the emotional centrepiece off the Bristol band’s forthcoming LP, ‘Ultra Mono’ (out Sept 25th via Partisan). The accompanying music video features the band driving with their parents through their hometown streets to the shops, providing a grey window into suburban English life that matches the song’s heavyhearted churn. More »

July 10th, 2020 — Jovi Skyler, an emerging Sydney singer/songwriter. Energetic, explosive and melodic alternative/punk rock permeated with an early ‘90s spirit of escapism. Skyler has dedicated many years to his craft as a songwriter since picking up the guitar. More »

July 10th, 2020 — Karolina Rose is a Polish-American artist who’s called NYC, LA and various parts of Europe home over the last decade. She’s been turning heads with her wide-screen pop that perfectly soundtracks the Blade Runner-esque future descending on us all too quickly. More »

Today we’re excited to share the sophomore album from emerging Torono band, Plastic Handgun. The bedroom post-punk project of Mark Giovanni, the new album comes in the wake of huge changes for the Canada-based songwriter. More »

Following the release of ‘never see’ and ‘sick inside’, which among other accolades saw her making Pitchfork for the first time and further radio play across 6 Music and 1Xtra, British-Finnish artist otta is today releasing her critically acclaimed second EP, ‘Songbook’ and the video to lead single ‘just like the rain’. More »

After forming in high school, SPIRIT OF THE BEAR quickly became one of the most fresh and exciting bands to emerge in the Northeast Ohio indie scene with their unique blend of indie rock, pop, and electronic sensibilities coupled with their affinity for classic songwriting. More »

Today, Lomelda has announced her new album, Hannah, with a video for its expansive lead single “Wonder, It is about working hard, said Lomelda’s Hannah Read. More »

Teenagehood, brotherhood and a love for alternative music have united THE GOA EXPRESS from the off. Hailing from the Northern industrial towns of Todmorden and Burnley before being adopted more recently by the Manchester culture carriers. More »

When you record an album in your bedroom, the resulting music will inevitably reflect the intimacy of that space. This is especially true of ‘Shade is on the other side’, the debut album by Brooklyn, New York based six-piece act GIRL SKIN, which is a gorgeous set of 60’s influenced baroque folk and indie pop songs. More »

July 9th, 2020 — Diamond Shake, the solo project of LA-based singer/songwriter Matt Hitchens, premiered “Great New Meaning,” the latest video in his From Method to Madness video series, earlier today in an interview with imPRESSED. More »

Lomelda is Hannah Read’s musical project. In swamping, sweaty, Silsbee, TX, she first formed the band with her high school best friends. More »