The obligatory SXSW post

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 23:05 | Category : Festivals
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Bloggers across the Atlantic are getting all in a tizzy about SXSW. Over here us British bloggers couldn’t give a collective monkeys. We operate on a different scale. However, I’m aware that there’s a lot of stuff happening with one million bands and even more record industry peeps crowding into Austin, so here’s the good [...]

End of The Road Festival 2009: already looking good

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 17:18 | Category : Festivals
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The second bunch of bands for this year’s End of the Road Festival was announced yesterday. I sort of expected to see Fleet Foxes in that list, and there they are. Some may force a yawn, but not me because (1) I’ve still not seen them live and (2) watching them in the lovely Larmer [...]

Seven Songs: Blue Roses

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 12:56 | Category : Seven Songs
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As noted previously, Blue Roses is the new trading name for Laura Groves. Although I’m still a little baffled by the change, I’m learning to live with it, much more so now that I’ve heard her new album. The self-titled record is out at the end of April, and I’ll review it closer to the [...]

Mumford & Sons / Alessi’s Ark @ The ICA, 3 March 2009

Wednesday, 11 March 2009, 10:23 | Category : Live reviews
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It might not be a scene, but there’s only one degree of separation separating almost all of London’s young musicians who could be very broadly described as ‘folk’. Two sets of them are on stage tonight, and their stars are definitely in the ascendancy. Particularly the headliners who are on a run of selling out [...]