Embrace reinvent themselves as Nine Inch Nails

90s indie band Embrace have reinvented themselves as industrial titans Nine Inch Nails in a sinister promo video. Embrace used to sound like this in 1997. Now they sound like they want to be Downward Spiral era NiN. There’s a good chance Embrace will end up sounding like little remembered 90s band Headswim. They were … Continue reading

Ones to watch: Deap Vally to Joey Bada$$

  Originally published: THE INDEPENDENT, 18 June Our weekly look at the best new acts to follow and fall in love with features grit spittin’ rock duos and underage rappers with cool names. Deap Vally Sending the interwebs crazy this week, making everyone forget about Savages, were two bad ass Californian girls who sweat liquor-bar … Continue reading

Exclusive: Mary Epworth, Dream Life

Originally published: The Independent, 12 June Having made her name following a Sandy Denny tribute concert in 2008, Mary Epworth spent four years revitalising the kind of psychedelic pop singer the late 60s created so well. The resulting feral stomp of ‘Black Doe’ was play-listed at 6 Music and Radio 2 and introduced a fiery … Continue reading

Radiohead London Tour Dates

Indie legends Radiohead head to London to play two dates at the O2 Arena in October, as part of the King Of Limbs world tour. They play the O2 Arena on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (7 March), so get in there early. During Radiohead’s US dates they have … Continue reading

Camden Crawl 2012 Line Up

Originally published: Londonist February 28, 2012 The Camden Crawl has announced the initial line up, and it includes Londonist Ones to WatchToy and Psychlogist joining a line-up that also features fellow amazing Londoners Fanzine, Echo Lake, Spector and Charli XCX. The iconic Camden festival launches with an exclusive show by Death In Vegas and Swedish … Continue reading

Double Denim Records @ Royal Albert Hall

Spectacular leftfield record label Double Denim take over the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, for a stunning night of electro soul and hazy psychedelia, from three cutting-edge artists topping 2012’s Ones to Watch lists, including our own. Estonian post-punk disco chanteuse, Maria Minerva headlines the night along with Liverpudlian gloom-funk disco-janglers Outfit, and … Continue reading

Olympic Closing Ceremony Concert Announced

Blur will headline a concert in Hyde Park to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Joining the Britpop elder statesmen will be Manchester’s New Order  and The Specials from Coventry, under the banner Best Of British, reflecting Britain’s musical heritage not just London’s – although ours is better. The concert, from BT London Live, takes place … Continue reading

Hyde Park Gigs Saved For 2012

Gigs in Hyde Park have been saved after Westminster Council rubber stamped the venue’s licence despite noise complaints by residents which threatened the viability of shows. However, the number of shows will be reduced to nine in 2013. The Licensing Sub-Committee decided against reducing the number of concerts from 13 to six and noise levels to 73 … Continue reading

Ticket Alert: Miike Snow With Niki And The Dove, Katie Melua And The Cribs

Swedish pop music is currently the best in the world with bands like Miike Snow and Niki and the Dove being so hot they make Nordic bearable, and London is its sofa-surfing home. Our friends at the brilliant Ja Ja Ja blog and club night have  been leading the wave by enthusing about not only … Continue reading

Festival Preview: Lovebox Line-up Announced

Lovebox festival returns to Victoria Park in June to celebrate a Decade of Love with a frankly awesome line-up led by Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles and the legendary Nile Rogers and Bobby Womack. Although in mid-February the thought of spending three days in a park in Hackney — especially if you endured a … Continue reading