a-ha Ask London To ‘Take On Me’ With O2 Final Concert On MTVUnplugged Tour

Legendary Norwegian band a-ha wowed everyone at London’s O2 Arena on Valentine’s Night.

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Six Quick Questions With British Folk Three-Piece Tors

Devon-based folk band, Tors return with their highly-engaging folk-based harmonies on their new single ‘Wilder Days’, following a sold-out tour supporting Tom Walker in November last year. Malvika asked them Six Quick Questions.

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Higher Education – ‘Gift Called Life’

Higher Education are a fun-loving trio comprising brothers Petey and Danny Devaney on guitars, bass, and vocals, with Bradley Wilson on drums. The three has independently released three studio albums since 2010 – ‘Chasing Highs’, ‘Would You Like Fries With That’, and ‘The Ballad Of Alexander Henry’. Their feel-good single, ‘Gift Called Life’, is from their forthcoming fourth album, and serves as the perfect introduction to Higher Education’s fusion of classic reggae and psych rock.

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Dwight & Nicole – ‘Hi-Lo’

Roots artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson are now based in Burlington, Vermont, but they had a lifetime of music apart before finding each other a few years back. Originally from New Jersey, Dwight had played in a variety of bands throughout the past decade, and found himself in New York and Boston; Nicole was originally from Brooklyn, New York, writing and performing for many years, before also gravitating to Boston. The pair met and the rest, as they say, is history. Dwight & Nicole joined forces and with the help of crowdfunding released two albums, in a fresh mix of blues, garage rock, and American soul. They’ve recently brought in drummer Ezra Oklan, who brings with him a stabilising element, and allows the music to flow at a steady pace.

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WOLVES – ‘Animal’

Three LA artists, Marc Avery, Sean Carney, and Rockwell Sands have joined forces and formed their new band, WOLVES. The trio have released their debut single, ‘Animal’.

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Tiny Fighter – ‘New Century’

Australian/Swedish duo Tiny Fighter haven’t been making music together for very long, but they are a name to watch out for. Tim Spelman moved from Melbourne to Stockholm in 2016, where he joined forces with local singer Theres Karlsson. The pair work to their strengths: Tim starts songs, Therese finishes them – together they play indie-pop music with a bittersweet edge and their debut single, ‘New Century’ is the perfect example.

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Wildwood Kin Release New Single ‘Steady My Heart’

Acclaimed indie alt folk band Wildwood Kin released their new single, ‘Steady My Heart’ on January 26, through newly relaunced Sony Music imprint, Silvertone. The track comes form their debut album, ‘Turning Tides’, and the single is a newly recorded version, produced by Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) and mixed by Dave Bascombe.

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jacobs run – ‘Sleepwalking’

Melbourne Australia band, jacobs run comprises Michael Jacobs, Fabian Bucci, and Peter Curigliano. The trio have played in bands together for a number of years and it’s this which has led them to craft their self-assured and polished sound, showcasing their mastery of songwriting and orchestration. ‘Sleepwalking’, their latest single, shows to perfection their message as a band, who set out to create music for people who believe in the power of rock and roll to be uplifting, intelligent, and have a substantial meaning.

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Free Willy – ‘Remember the Alamo’

‘Remember The Alamo’, the new album from Free Willy, is a collection of twelve tracks in Americana, alt country, and bluegrass styles. The quartet hails from Crockett, Texas, and comprises WB Jones on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Jim Taylor on bass and backing vocals; Spence Peppard on lead guitar, drums, and backing vocals, as well as lead vocals on ‘American Medley’; Kevin Carter on fiddle and mandolin, and Steve DeVries on banjo and harmonica.

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The Essential Weekly Playlist Of: Owen Paul

The Essential Weekly Playlist is back, with a difference! Instead of YouTube links, now each artist has their own Spotify playlist of the songs which mean so much to them. Our first Essential Playlist for 2018 comes from Owen Paul. Be sure to give all the tracks a listen.

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AMERA – ‘Connected’

Los Angeles trio AMERA takes their audiences on a sonic journey which includes huge soundscapes and ground-shattering drops. The trio comprising Brooke Adams on vocals, Mikael Oganes on synths and keys, and Donovan Butez on guitar, formed in 2015 and have already performed hundreds of shows worldwide.

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Essential Advent Calendar: The Kondoors – ‘Mr Rain’

The Kondoors are singer songwriters Jessica Greenfield and Gavin Conder who when their voices come together produce an absolute powerhouse of harmonies and glorious melodies.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Dick Van Dyke & Jane Lynch – ‘We’re Going Caroling’

Think of great Christmas traditions, and after the roast goose or turkey, and the tree, surely caroling from door to door must be right up there. Dick Van Dyke and Jane Lynch bring this holiday happening right back with their seasonal song, ‘We’re Going Caroling’. It’s day 12 on the Essential Advent Calendar.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Ben And Andy Cover Queen Classic, ‘Save Me’

With their take on the Queen classic, ‘Save Me’, accompanied by their “Alternative ‘Fox & The Mouse’ John Lewis advert”, which has so far racked up over 50,000 views on YouTube, Ben Potts and Andy Green are behind the 10th door of our Essential Advent Calendar.

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SHANGHAI RESTORATION PROJECT (SRP) NEW ALBUM – ‘R.U.R.’ OUT TODAY

Brooklyn-based electronic duo, Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP), have released their latest album, ‘R.U.R.’ today. It’s out on Undercover Culture Music.

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The Gore Boyz – ‘Kisses For The Road’

The Gore Boyz, from Gastonia, North Carolina, are set to follow in the footsteps of other boy bands, such as The Jackson 5, Hanson, and New Kids On The Block.

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