Music & Gig Reviews

Essential Advent Calendar: Hanson Say ‘Finally It’s Christmas’ With New Album And UK Shows

Currently on their 'Middle Of Everywhere World Tour' and on the back of their 'Greatest Hits' release, Hanson have just released their new Christmas album, 'Finally It's Christmas' on 3CG Records/S-Curve Records). The pop-rock trio will follow this with a number of special holiday concerts in Toronto, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, before heading to the UK where they'll…
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UNDERCLASS WARRIORS – West Riding Redskins Salient Braves Scalp Brexit Britain On Acerbic Debut LP

Anyone familiar with the work of Matt Bailey‘s Salient Braves will know what to expect from this their debut crowdfunded LP. Bailey’s sardonic, often laugh out loud lyrics, mercilessly turn the microscope on Brexit Britain and the notion of national pride. The tramp on the cover is an abiding metaphor for many of the lowlife characters who lurk within, from…
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THOUGHTS OF YESTERDAY – Aussie Solo Artist Suzie Stapleton Unleashes New Single Yesterday’s Town

I was lucky enough to catch Suzie Stapleton opening for Boss Hog at the Hackney Oslo earlier this year. Playing for someone else’s audience is never easy but, despite wrestling with some recalcitrant loop pedals, a solo Stapleton secured a great reception. The Sydney-born singer-guitarist won over the crowd with her smoky, rasping voice and full bodied swamp-blues playing style and she’s been attracting…
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REAL ANIMAL – The House of Love Rock Indie Daze 4 At The Forum

Events like these remind you that the term ‘indie’ represents a very broad church, with multiple sub-genres. The good folks at Indie Daze made sure this fourth festival represented this wide spectrum; from the pop-punk of Bis to the grebo of Crazyhead, with ’90s Britpop and baggy on offer from Thousand Yard Stare. There was indie-acoustic from The Wonderstuff‘s Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls, thrash-rock…
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