Seven Songs: The Leisure Society

Thursday, 8 October 2009, 11:35 | Category : Seven Songs
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Today we have a double dose of The Leisure Society to celebrate the re-release of their The Sleeper album on new label Full Time Hobby. I was a little equivocal when it was first released on Wilkommen records earlier in the year, but since then it has become a firm favourite, winning me over by [...]

Micah P. Hinson - All Dressed Up and Smelling of Strangers

Wednesday, 7 October 2009, 13:51 | Category : Reviews
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Fans of Micah P. Hinson, those who have loved his three albums of powerful, melancholic, soulful, country-tinged rock, may have been a little surprised by his latest record. Instead of baring his soul to us, he’s channeling his energies into interpreting other people’s music. Yes, it’s a covers album, and a double album at that. [...]

David Thomas Broughton @ The ICA, 24 September 2009

Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 14:11 | Category : Live reviews
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David Thomas Broughton may be too leftfield to ever have mainstream success, but it’s clear  that his star in in the ascendancy, in its own peculiar way. Tonight sees him playing to a packed ICA, easily the biggest London venue that he’s headlined under his own name. But don’t expect any concessions to populism to [...]

Seven Songs: Strike The Colours

Monday, 5 October 2009, 13:45 | Category : Seven Songs
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You may not know much about Strike The Colours, but they’re a band with rich pedigree. Primarily, it’s the project of Jenny Reeve, who’s known for her work with Arab Strap and Malcolm Middleton, but joining her are pals who divide their time between playing with an impressive host of bands and artists, such as [...]

Alela Diane @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 17 September 2009

Friday, 2 October 2009, 22:03 | Category : Live reviews
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It was almost too good to be true. After ages wanting to see The Leisure Society and never quite managing, I was all ready to see them three times in six days. After their two excellent sets at End of the Road, I was looking forward to more sweeping chamber-folk in support of Alela Diane [...]

Seven Songs: Liam Frost

Friday, 2 October 2009, 13:33 | Category : Seven Songs
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Manchester has been known for a lot of music. Gloomy post-punk, acid house, “indie dance”, even a recent crop of folky goings-on. But Americana? Not much, I’m sure. But then again, to conveniently label Liam Frost with that tag is doing him a dis-service. He’s a man who loves music for sure, and classic influences [...]

Dan Michaelson tours Britain

Thursday, 1 October 2009, 16:31 | Category : Live reviews
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Dan Michaelson - Absentee frontman and all-round top dude - is about to embark on a tour of Britain. He released his first solo album earlier in the year, along with an assortment of pals going under the name of The Coastguards, and it’s a fine record. Now, after several months of supporting other people, [...]