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Reviewed : Attempted gig hopping, Sheffield, 28.08.11

The Sunday before a Bank Holiday and every bar in town is looking to cash in on end of the summer/no work tomorrow good feelings. There are at least three bands playing different venues that you want to see. What else are you going to do? Gig hop. And so the plan. Act 1 is … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #7 James Walbourne

Best British album of 2011? James Walbourne‘s ‘The Hill ‘ should certainly be up there with a shout. Having recorded and toured with the likes of Son Volt, Peter Bruntnell, the Pernice Brothers, The Pogues and The Pretenders, he’s now gone and made a fantastic record in his own right. This is the title track, but there … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #6 Joel Plaskett

Canada strikes again. Joel Plaskett, recording variously solo projects or with his band Joel Plaskett Emergency, is something of an undiscovered gem to UK audiences. Back home he has a string of awards to his name and is acclaimed as one of their finest songwriters. His eclectic blend of styles, as showcased on most recent … Continue reading

Richmond Fontaine to perform ‘Post To Wire’ album live + September picks

For anybody who likes their ‘alt’ firmly in their country, Richmond Fontaine should need no introduction. Any fans within striking distance of London on September 27th are in for a treat when the band perform their classic breakthrough album ‘Post To Wire‘ in its entirety at Scala. There’ll be a similarly complete run through of forthcoming … Continue reading

PIAS update

We told you last week about the warehouse fire that has affected many of the UK’s independent record labels whose product is stored and distributed through PIAS . An updated list of those labels concerned can now be found here on the PIAS website. There are many things happening around the country to help those involved through these difficult … Continue reading

Darren Hanlon & Shelley Short, UK tour/festivals + last minute Sheffield show

Darren Hanlon hits the UK later this month for a short UK tour that bookends an appearance at the End Of The Road festival. The Australian’s band will feature US singer/songwriter Shelley Short, who will also open most of the shows. After a couple of years couch surfing, house sitting and soul searching across the world, … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #5 The Belles

Kansas City-based duo, The Belles, disappeared as quickly as they reared their heads in the UK, leaving behind just a handful of perfectly crafted experimental alt-county albums. It’s perfect Sunday morning listening to accompany coffee, toast and a hangover. This is the title track from their debut album. Front-man, Christopher Tolle, returns very soon with … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #4 NQ Arbuckle

There are few bands finer than Canada’s NQ Arbuckle. 2005 release ‘The Last Supper In A Cheap Town‘ should be compulsory listening for anybody who claims to like music. Though you can’t really go wrong with any of their catalogue. One of many great artists to be found on Toronto’s Six Shooter Records label. ‘Sun’s Hanging … Continue reading

Reviewed : Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians – Poisoned Nights & Bar Room Lights

Poisoned Nights & Bar Room Lights is the second studio album from Sheffield band Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians. Following on from 2009’s acclaimed Omaha High Low, Dave Woodcock has arrived at a settled line up for his band of Dead Comedians, through almost two years of live shows promoting that debut record and … Continue reading

Go & Buy Some Records

Ok, we don’t really do news, but this is important. As you may well have read, the warehouse of PIAS, the UK’s biggest distributor of independent music was destroyed by fire last night. This could have a very damaging effect for numerous independent record labels who have lost some if not all of their physical … Continue reading

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