Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Marika Hackman – the one

Marika Hackman’s latest song from her forthcoming album, Any Human Friend, is a surprisingly large and refreshing evolution from her previous work. Addressing selling out, growing egos and fan expectations this could be her most honest, and possibly saddest, track to date as she struggles with change and the limelight while masking it with one […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Unmissable: Isle of Wight Festival 2019

Unmissable is our new feature where we scour festival lineups and give you a selection of bands you need to see. Our first festival of the 2019 summer is Isle of Wight Festival.

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Shura – religion (you can lay your hands on me)

Three years after her debut album Shura has released the second track from her upcoming album, forevher. religion is an incredible pop/funk evolution from Touch that wouldn’t be out of place in the seventies with flourishes of string accompaniment, guitar and bass riffs harking back to Diana Ross’ The Boss and lyrics laden with sexual […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

It sounds like Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale has been watching a lot of Lucifer recently. Demonic imagery crops up repeatedly throughout ‘In Plain Sight’, expanding on the playful mentions of witches and hexes that characterised the band’s previous album, Babes Never Die.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: YONAKA @ Heaven, London (30/5/19)

The first time I saw YONAKA play live was when I booked it on a whim after finishing my university exams for the year. Ever since then Theresa Jarvis and co. have regularly been playing through my headphones or making our weekly guide. This was their biggest show to date, and to sell out Heaven […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: Swim Deep – To Feel Good

Four years since their last release and we finally have a new single ‘To Feel Good’ from Birmingham favourites, Swim Deep. As always, the indie rockers prove to be unafraid to shake it up, this time enrolling a full gospel choir to add a healthy dosage of experimentalism as they extrapolate Rozalla’s ‘90s dance hit […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: LA Peach – I Can Remember Where You Are

L.A. Peach is back for the second time this year and is gracing us with his latest dreamy ear worm. Like his previous work, his effortless cool-dad charisma oozes through his loving lyrics, reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys circa Suck It and See, in a beautifully harmonised chorus that will stick with you for days. Is […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Spector – I Won’t Wait

Ahead of their London headline show at the Sebright Arms tonight, Spector have released brand new single ‘I Won’t Wait’. Their first release of 2019, and it screams a Spector/Fred Macpherson creation. Intelligently sculptured lyricism with Macpherson’s distinctive vocals and the catchy chorus that makes you feel you have heard it a hundred times before […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: King Princess – Cheap Queen

King Princess’ latest single is a stellar and relatable downbeat track that’s an ode to self-reflection, “I’ve been going out too much/ and talking ‘bout myself too much”, just as much as it is drag culture and shaping your own identity in a song that perfectly bridges her debut EP with Pussy Is God.

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: The Marias – ‘…baby one more time’

The Marías bring their instantly entrancing and dreamy L.A. vibes to a 90s classic. Starting, somewhat, stripped back before building to their trademark subtle synth accompaniment, they use lead singer Marías’ hushed vocal cadences to their full advantage, making a two-minute track feel like thirty seconds, desperately leaving you wanting to hear how else they […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Six Acts You Need to See at All Points East – Weekend 2

Squid Ever since they released single ‘Houseplants’, Squid have been one of the biggest up and coming post-punk band playing in the UK right now. Known for energetic and unforgettable live shows, get down and see them! Jagerhaus Stage – Friday @ 16:30pm Lady Bird Lady Bird have been making a name for themselves across […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: The Beths @ Tufnell Park Dome, London (16/5/19)

After releasing one of our favourite albums of 2018, The Beths have been a band that we have been desperate to see. So as you can guess we were so excited when they announced a London date and knew that we had to go. Lazy Day were the main support for this show, bringing their […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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The Great Escape: Top 5 Performances

The Great Escape festival is one of the best festivals in the country and is by far the leading festival for new music discovery from around the planet. We went along this year and saw a variety of acts over the weekend and have picked our favourite five! Ruby Fields @ The Dive Bar – […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (30/4/19)

Some great bands have played at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells over the years, especially bands who have gone to be much bigger. It was now the turn of Irish punk band The Murder Capital to headline the prestigious venue. Having now seen them a few times we can definitely recommend catching them live, and […]

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Author: Henry Groves
Emerging from the Dark Side
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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Egyptian Blue

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? There are four of us – Andy Buss, Leith […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: Fat White Family: Serfs Up

After 3 years away from their last release (Breaking Into Aldi and various side projects including The Moonlandingz & Insecure Men) and many, many issues with drugs and alcohol. The (however many members) Fat White Family are back with their 3rd Album ‘Surfs Up!’ and it is a belter.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: FLOWVERS – Nosebleed

After 2 exceptional singles in ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘Long Way Home’, we have been waiting for another release from Portsmouth-quartet FLOWVERS, with it seeming an age ago since they announced they had hit the studio. After several months we finally have new single ‘Nosebleed’ and it was absolutely worth the wait. From the moment the […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll EP (10th May)

Emerson Snowe is the solo project for Brisbane musician Jarrod Mahon, famous for being a member of Australian band The Creases. Over the past two years, Emerson Snowe has been releasing solo music and has been receiving praise from the likes of DIY magazine and So Young magazine for both his music and live performances […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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12 Bands You Need To See at The Great Escape 2019

The Great Escape might just be the best multi-venue festival in the world. With over 450 bands/artists playing the three days including TWO spotlight shows and an Alternative Escape to go with it. There is music from all corners of the world, showcasing a broad range of genres and styles. This is not an event you want to miss, and we have selected 12 acts that you should not miss once you are there!

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Emerson Snowe

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Indoor Pets + Gender Roles @ Scala, London (17/4/19)

After releasing a contender for album of the year already in 2019, Indoor Pets have been gaining popularity at an alarming rate. Their fans had turned out and were queuing to get in, with many wearing the classic big of Indoor Pets/Get Inuit merch, the ‘I’m wasting my life’ t-shirt.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Washed Out Festival: Top Five Performances of the Weekend

Festival season is starting to get closer and closer, but we found ourselves at another multi-venue festival. This time we were in Brighton for Washed Out Festival, their up and coming punk, emo and indie DIY music festival. We saw loads of bands over the two days but we have picked our top 5 performances of the weekend below, so check out who we picked and feel free to comment your favourites!

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Amyl and the Sniffers @ The Haunt, Brighton (7/4/19)

Australian bands have definitely started to make a name for themselves in the UK over the past few years. This is especially true in Brighton with Australia becoming a lead country partner with The Great Escape Festival and the likes of Dune Rats, Skegss and The Chats playing here on their tours. Amyl and the […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #44

This week on Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #44, we have some incredible new releases from the likes of Superego, Lauran Hibberd and Fat White Family’s new album Superego – Halo Honeyblood – She’s a Nightmare Lauran Hibberd – Hoochie Just Mustard – Frank Luxury Apartments – Energy Fat White Family – When I Leave – […]

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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: Drenge + Support @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (3/4/19)

Unfortunately due to timing issues I was not able to Catch the support on the night. Just my luck that the one time I miss the support it is someone like the wonderful Valeras. Formerly known as Area 52, this five-piece are a band i have had my eye on for a while and although […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Italia 90

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #43

With Fontaines D.C. releasing their debut album we had to have them topping Weekly Guide #43! Also included is new music from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, VANT and Pip Blom Fontaines D.C. – Boys in the Better Land Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City Pip Blom – Ruby Amyl and the Sniffers – Got You […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Orchards + Sœur @ Camden Assembly, London (3/4/19)

Math pop is not the most talked about music genres, but Orchards are becoming one of the most talked about up and coming bands, especially since the release of their Losers/Lovers EP in 2018.

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Author: George Smale
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Live Review: Abbatoir Blues + Supports @ Green Door Store (29/3/19)

The first time I ever saw Abattoir Blues play was upstairs at Brighton’s Hope and Ruin in 2013. This was the final show, their departure, they are done!

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… GURU

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Author: Joe Ford
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Live Review: Lady Bird + Supports @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (27/3/19)

We were lucky enough to catch Lady Bird playback in their home town at Tunbridge Wells Forum 2 weeks ago, on their completely sold out March/April tour.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Submariner @ Green Door Store (27/3/19)

Submariner have been on the music scene for a number of years now and have been making a name for themselves along the South Coast having played festivals such as Victorious, The Great Escape, and Common People Southampton.

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #42

Irish rockers Whenyoung are back with brand new single ‘Future’! They top Weekly Guide #42 are joined by new music from Porridge Radio, Hatchie and Porridge Radio Whenyoung – Future Famous – Jack’s House Porridge Radio – Give/Take Dumb – Club Nites Little Comets – American Tuna JAWS – Driving at Night Hatchie – Stay […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Sports Team + Walt Disco @ Joiners, Southampton (24/3/19)

Finding a front man/woman in a band that truly keeps your attention and makes you go wow is a rare find but Sports Team and Walt Disco have two of the strongest frontmen currently in the indie-music scene and their performance on stage only adds to their bands incredible sounds. This was the third time […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #41

Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #41 is topped by Emerson Snowe’s first release of 2019! Also joined by new songs from Life, Orchards and Cassia Emerson Snowe – Human Black Midi – Crows Perch Life – Moral Fibre Orchards – Mature Me Little Comets – Alive At All YONAKA – Lose Our Heads Cassia – Replica […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #40

Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #40 is topped by something we have been waiting a while for, a new single by Hotel Lux! It is joined by new singles from Sorry, Fat White Family and Honeyblood

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Author: Henry Groves
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Who Should You See? Washed Out Festival 2019

Washed Out Festival is less than a month away and we are so excited for our first time at the festival. Taking place in the city centre, it has grown from Brighton’s DIY music community and now shows off some of the best art/punk culture from Brighton as well as from further afield.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Sea Girls + APRE @ Wedgewood Rooms (7/3/19)

Sea Girls and APRE are two bands that I have wanted to see live for a while and the fact they were both playing the same show was quite unbelievable. You could tell APRE had fans at the show as the band had already filled way over half of Wedgewood Rooms by the time the […]

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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #39

This week our top 10 picks include new songs from Lady Bird, Sophie and the Giants and Retro Video Club

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Walt Disco

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? We are James, Dave, Finlay, Lewis and Calum, […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Feet @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (28/2/19)

Feet have been a band around the scene for a couple of years now, but ever since the release of latest single ‘English Weather’ they have been getting the attention they deserve. With their debut album set to come out later this year, it was no surprise their set was full of songs that have […]

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Live Review: Another Sky + Leyendekker @ Komedia, Brighton (26/2/18)

Another Sky were joined by Leyendekker for their Brighton show and both delivered sets full of impressive and distinctive sounds and both came from very different areas of the indie genre.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town (EP)

Getting praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders before even releasing an EP shows that Liily are definitely a band worth checking out. The EP begins with their debut single ‘Toro’, which is full of rock guitar riffs and roaring vocals. It is an intense, lively and determined start to an EP and […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #38

Have they released a contender for album of the year? We certainly think so! That is why Indoor Pets have topped Weekly Guide #38! They are joined by Little Comets, Sports Team + more amazing new releases

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Indoor Pets – Be Content

Getting the right balance of old EP tracks, new releases and unheard tunes is a tough ask for any band releasing a debut album. This becomes an incredibly difficult task when you have so many good releases as Indoor Pets have. Regardless of this, Indoor Pets have sparked an almost perfect balance to their 14 […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive

Sleaford Mods are back with their 5th studio album ‘Eton Alive’.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Hippo Campus + Lauran Hibberd @ Concorde 2, Brighton (24/2/19)

Hippo Campus were back in the UK having not toured since early 2017. This time they were joined by Isle of Wight indie-rock artist Lauran Hibberd. This was their biggest UK tour to date and they were playing the final night at the Concorde 2 in Brighton.

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… FEET

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.For this edition of ‘Emerging from the Dark Side’ we spoke to FEET’s bassist Oli Shasha who gives us a little insight into the band.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Arcade Hearts @ The Joiners, Southampton (23/2/19)

Having not released any new music since September 2018, Arcade Hearts were surprisingly starting a string of live dates. We saw them at a sold out Joiners in Southampton.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Dark Side’s Weekly Guide #37

Some incredible new albums this week from the likes of Sundara Karma, The Japanese House and Self Esteem, so they are all included on Weekly Guide #37! It also includes songs from Submariner and Squid

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