Peaky Blinders: the warm up.

With just 3 days to go before the return of everyone’s favourite Brummie gangsters to our screens, I felt like getting in the mood by necking a bottle of whisky made in a bathtub and smashing in some faces at my local boozer. That being impractical and mildly inadvisable (I’ve got  a busy week on), I…

Lissie @ Union Chapel 08.12.15

For a complete newcomer to Lissie’s wealth of talent, it look less than 2 hours to be utterly charmed into submission by those incredible lungs and Midwest sparkle

Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour: Hurtling Through – EP (2015)

An exciting collaboration for fans of Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook) and New Zealander Hamish Kilgour,Hurtling Through is a raw and fragile EP with a beautiful concept at its core and the strength of two reputable folk artists to drive it.

The Decemberists: Florasongs – EP (2015)

The latest EP from Portland natives The Decemberists – Florasongs – is a palatable collection of five well-rounded tracks which were cut from their seventh studio album

Frank Turner @ Alexandra Palace 26.11.15

He’s a man who never stops touring and never seems to tire. The final show of the UK leg of Frank Turner’s current tour at the Alexandra Palace, or show 1794 to be precise, was no exception. Opening with Get Better, an optimistic explosion of energy from the latest album Positive Songs For Negative People,…

Katzenjammer @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire 17.11.15

Audiences who come to see Katzenjammer do so for the raucous theatricality of their live performance – while one band member blows furiously into a trumpet standing atop a drum kit, another growls demonically, prowling over a keyboard and bathed in a bloody red glow…

Will Varley: Postcards From Ursa Minor (2015)

Professional cynic Will Varley returns with his third full album, Postcards From Ursa Minor – his first release with Xtra Mile Recordings – to grace keen ears with a beautifully crafted record that seamlessly weaves critical social commentary and grand cosmic narratives through nostalgia and deeply personal intimacy.

Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble (2015)

Famed balladeer of the heartbreak anthem and Academy award-winner for graciously sweet musicalOnce, Glen Hansard returns with his new solo effort Didn’t He Ramble, bringing a confident, comfortable composure tinted with themes that are closer to home than previous close to heart projects.

Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South (BBC2, 2015)

Reginald D Hunter’s three part musical history series, Songs of the South, has been an insightful, refreshing antidote to The Voice on a Saturday evening. This fascinating series follows comedian Reginald D Hunter as he returns to his homeland in the Deep South of America, providing a mix of vibrant musical heritage, colourful characters and the harsh realities of slavery and racial…

Vintage Trouble @ Islington Assembly Hall 31.07.2014

It was clear from the way Vintage Trouble opened the last night of their European ‘Summer of Trouble’ at the Islington Assembly Hall – processing through the crowd laden with guitars, a trombone and beating a massive drum – that this was not a gig. This was a party: and the whole damn room was invited….

Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork (2013)

Rock giants Queens of the Stone Age released their sixth studio album …Like Clockwork in June 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Though the album rose from tumultuous beginnings, the praise it has received since being release, and the wealth of well-known musicians featuring on the album, make this a more than worthy follow up to…

Paolo Nutini: Caustic Love (2014)

Album number three from the soulful  Scot takes a step towards the funking world of R’n’B on this widely applauded new release. It’s been eight years since Paolo Nutini first arrived at the forefront of mainstream attention, releasing debut album ‘These Streets’ in 2006 and going forth to win the hearts of thousands, begging for…