Indie-Americana Band, Carousel Set To Release Self-Titled Debut EP 22 September

From Southend-On-Sea comes Carousel, an Indie-Americana band whose self-titled EP is set for release September 22.

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PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT – Mark Nevin On Bowie, Morrissey And Finding His Voice As A Solo Artist

It’s not often you get to talk to someone who’s had a number one single and double platinum album, had a song covered by David…

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Pete Gardiner House Gig Live At Branden Farm – March 11th 2017

In an Essentially Pop exclusive, Pete Gardiner recently performed at a houseparty hosted at the home of one of our writers, Steve Holley.

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RJ Thompson – ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’

Geordie singer-songwriter RJ Thompson has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in the last year. Living proof that a bit of hard graft can take you anywhere, RJ has recently shot from open mic nights around Tyneside to sharing the bill with Jools Holland and Joss Stone at The Royal Albert Hall.

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Todd O’Keefe – ‘Uptown’

LA based singer songwriter Todd O’Keefe has a long music CV to his name, having played as a touring and session musician for the likes of Jeff Beck, Ray Davies, and The Posies, among others. Previously the bass player for Los Angeles power pop quartet, The 88, as well as the psych rock trio, The Green And Yellow TV, Todd has now stepped out and recorded his first solo album, ‘Uptown’.

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BRUM DANCING – Birmingham C86-ers Mighty Mighty Release First New Music In 28 Years

Less that a week after our interview with one C86 alumnus in The Wedding Present’s David Gedge, another of the bands on that hallowed…

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Electra Day – ‘Quiet Hours’

Drawing comparisons with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, ‘Quiet Hours’ is the solo project of Julie Hampton, performing under the name of Electra Day.

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It’s ‘Just Like The Old Days’ With DD Allen’s New Single Ahead Of Album Release

Singer songwriter DD Allen announces the release of his latest single, ‘Just Like The Old Days’. The song is taken from his new album, which is set for release early next year. ‘Just Like The Old Days’ will be available to purchase from all major media providers from October 28.

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Pete Gardiner – New Single, ‘Pretty Smiles’

Born in Newtownards in Northern Ireland, Peter Gardiner is slowly carving quite a following amongst those who love well crafted songs which tell the stories of everyday life with all its passions and pitfalls. Whether they are related to something in the news, personal circumstances, romances or general relationships, Pete is keen to put them in his songs and, in much the same way as his idols Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan, everyday life becomes something enthralling.

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Beth Rowley, Surya London. Photo Credit Steve Holley

Beth Rowley & Samuel Jack – Surya, London 21st July 2016

Steve Holley reviews the double headliner of Samuel Jack and Beth Rowley at London’s Surya last week.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Josh Taerk

We borrow our Essential Weekly Playlist this week from blog The Rock’n’Roll Oatcake, who recently featured the Mix Tape of Essentially Pop friend, Josh Taerk.

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Crooked Weather – ‘Long Garden’

Crooked Weather’s haunting melodies, ethereal and gorgeous, reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s early work, leave a lasting impression on the listener.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist of: Skyfever

We introduced you last month to Skyfever, an alternative rock band, based in Dublin. Their debut EP, ‘Means of Escape’, is set for release via iTunes this month.

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Introducing: Conor Dardis – ‘The 51 From Station Road’

Conor Dardis is proof enough that you can take the boy out of Dublin but you can’t take Dublin out of the boy.

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Essentially Pop Talks to Pete Gardiner

We introduced you to Pete Gardiner last month – now we’ve had a chance to speak to him.

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Introducing: Pete Gardiner

Pete Gardiner is an intelligent singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland, who developed his passion for music at age of 6 after hearing Slash play the opening three chords of ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’.

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