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Essential Listening : #11 James Apollo

James Apollo is a wanderer. Luckily for us it means the free spirited troubadour is returning to these shores again in November for another tour with his band. The band line ups are often fluid, selected from a rotating band of musical compadres, the quality however always remains the same. There’s a new album on … Continue reading

October gig picks

Touring season is well and truly in full swing and there’s plenty happening this month to feed your live music needs. Firstly you can still catch the tail end of some of the tours we mentioned here last month including the likes of Slaid Cleaves and Richmond Fontaine. And speaking of Slaid, one of October’s … Continue reading


I was sad to read last night that yesterday my Favourite Band In The World broke up. Or at least the band i used to call that without hesitation until about 5 or 6 years. As they lost their way over their last 4 records, so to my enthusiasm waned. Indeed i haven’t even heard … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #10 Amanda Shires

If you’ve heard of Lubbock, Texas, it’s probably because it’s the city that gave the World one Buddy Holly. Give thanks also for Amanda Shires. Currently touring the States with third solo record Carrying Lightning , it looks to be a more than fitting follow up to previous offering West Cross Timbers. Originally due to play the … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #9 The Hussy’s

The Hussy’s hail from Scotland and in the space of a handful of years they’ve managed to cover more ground than other bands cover in their career. Dig in and you’ll find country, folk, electronica and straight ahead no nonsense pop. So what to choose? Tonight it’s pop music, with “We Expected” from the band’s … Continue reading

Essential Listening : #8 The Hopper Ward

Perhaps there should be a seperate section for great bands who’ve passed on to the big gig in the sky, but for now we’ll mention The Hopper Ward here. Emerging in early 2007, their country influenced psychedelic pop soon won many fans, their live shows relieving many people of their hearts too. BBC Radio’s Steve … Continue reading

More on Label Love

While the London riots may no longer be headline news, that doesn’t mean the fallout has gone away. As previously mentioned both here and here, many independent record labels were hit as a result of the PIAS/Sony warehouse fire in Enfield. The Label Love campaign was launched to raise money and awareness for those independent … Continue reading

New Quiet Loner EP + mini tour *updated 1/9/11*

Next month sees the release of new Quiet Loner EP ‘There Go The Ghosts‘. Additional featured songs will be ‘Writing Love Letters to Losers‘ and ‘Joanne‘, both recorded during the pre-production of current album ‘Spectrology‘ from which the lead track is taken. The EP will be available for free download via Little Red Rabbit Records … Continue reading

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