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Review: Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan

For a band who had not released any music on mainstream streaming sites, they have played some impressive support slots and been included on some massive festival line ups like Latitude Festival 2019. But, we finally have their first release an a debut EP announcement and you can see exactly why Dry Cleaning have got […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Egyptian Blue – Collateral Damage (EP)

On Collateral Damage, Egyptian Blue present themselves as a powerful, competent force. The four songs explored here neatly choreograph their intentions; opener Collateral sets a frantic pace that the band maintains throughout the EP’s fifteen-minute run with barely so much as a pause for breath. Each track is held together by tight, driving grooves and […]

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Albums of 2019 So Far…

We are now into July and into the second half of 2019. We thought we would take a look at some of our favourite albums of the year so far. Written by Henry Groves (HG), Zach Spencer (ZS), Ben Norris (BN), George Smale (GS) and Harry Fortuna (HF) Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs […]

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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: 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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Live Review: The Paper Kites @ Dingwalls, Camden (19/2/19)

I have to throw this out there from the start, The Paper Kites are a band that I had absolutely no knowledge about before going to this show. I always like to try new music so when my girlfriend Beth asked me whether I wanted to along with her I, of course, said yes.

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Author: Henry Wood (Flowvers)
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Live Review: The Joy Formidable + Adwaith @ Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (18/2/19)

Monday the 18th of February saw alt rock, post-punk, shoegaze, (whatever box you want to put this band within) band The Joy Formidable return to the Wedgewood rooms for the first time in six years.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Ten Eighty Trees – Lip Service

Newcastle-based alternative-rock group Ten Eighty Trees are back with brand new single ‘Lip Service’, their first release of 2019.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

Oakland-quartet SWMRS are back with their sophomore album ‘Berkeley’s on Fire’, three years after the release of their debut ‘Drive North’.

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Review: FUR – FUR (EP)

There is a sense of romance that comes with any FUR release. So it is almost fitting that the Brighton-quartet released their debut EP on Valentines day.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: The Vaccines + Supports @ G Live, Guildford (7/2/19)

The Vaccines need absolutely no introduction. Having formed in the early 2000s, they might be one of the most famous UK indie bands at the moment after their incredible debut album in 2011.  For their UK tour they had brought along 2 supports, Jesse Jo Stark, who we saw support Sunflower Bean, and Hatchie from […]

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Live Review: Valeras + The Keep Cats @ Latest Music Bar, Brighton (5/2/19)

Having supported the likes of YONAKA, King Nun and The Wombats, Valeras were finally out on their first UK headline tour. We caught them on the very first night at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton.

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Live Review: Dilly Dally + Hotel Lux @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton (31/1/19)

After the release of their sophomore album ‘Heaven’, Toronto rockers Dilly Dally were on their UK/European tour.

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Live Review: Jerry Williams + Support @ Camden Assembly (30/1/19)

Jerry Williams has certainly gained a lot of recognition recently, after being signed in both USA and Canada. She was now out on her UK headline tour, and playing the prestigious Camden Assembly.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Icebreaker Festival – Our Top 3 Performances

Another new year and another Icebreaker Festival on the Albert Road and Elm Grove of Southsea. One of the best festivals for unsigned music with over 150 bands playing, it is impossible to see everyone, but we managed to see over 10 bands on the Saturday and have picked our top three!

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Author: George Smale
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Review: Deco – ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’

January can be pretty bleak but Max and John, who make up the Midlands pop duo, Deco, are back with a new track to show us the worst month of the year is finally over! Their second single ‘Don’t Waste Your Time’ is taken from their new EP entitled ‘Upside Down’ due in March and […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: FIDLAR – Almost Free

FIDLAR have released their highly anticipated third studio album, just under 4 years after their impressive sophomore album ‘Too’. This saw the album take on a more mellow songwriting style, yet still keeping with their party-like attitude at the same time. After-all their name does stand for ‘Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk’

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Chappaqua Wrestling + Supports @ Rialto Theatre, Brighton (19/1/19)

After being included in Radio X “Great X-pectations of 2019”, Chappaqua Wrestling were playing their first headline show at the Rialto Theatre in their hometown Brighton.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Freya Beer is back with brand new single ‘Six Months’

Southampton based Freya Beer is back with her second release, brand new single ‘Six Months’. Taking her influences from many art forms, ‘Six Months’ is inspired by the painting “Proserpine” by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Rossetti, and the greek mythology behind its creation. Freya is also a big fan of poetry, and you can see this […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: Mom Jeans + Just Friends @ The Haunt, Brighton (16/1/19)

After the release of their second album ‘Puppy Love’, Mom Jeans were touring at the UK. After originally booking The Prince Albert pub (which now seems ridiculous), the event was upgraded to The Haunt, which they ended up selling out.

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Live Review: Sad Girls Club + Supports @ The Pipeline, Brighton (11/1/19)

Our first gig of 2019, and we went over to The Pipeline in Brighton for the release show of Sad Girls Club EP ’97. The EP comes THREE years after their first release ’96, so there was a lot of excitement for the show, from both the band and the onlooking crowd.

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