Happy birthday and God Save the NME

Originally published: The Independent March, 6, 2012 It’s a republican nightmare, but Britain’s fortunes are inexplicably linked with our Queen’s. Whether it’s Elizabethan New World exploration or Victorian industrialisation, Britain’s might requires reginae tactus. Yet never has the realm’s cultural wealth coincided with the Monarch, than with our Lizzie and pop music. Today sees the … Continue reading

This Week’s Best Album Streams: March 6, 2012

Originally published: The 405, March 6, 2012 So Johnny Marr said he’ll reform The Smiths if the government quit. Well that’s just what we need, more nostalgia acts. But just because something’s old doesn’t mean they’re past it; take this week’s other big news, Engelbert Humperdinck flying the Eurovision flag for Blighty – at least … Continue reading

Exhibition Preview: Jam Tomorow

Jam Tomorrow, an exhibition challenging visions of the future in an age of austerity, opens at Deptford’s APT Gallery on 9 March, bringing together six unique London artists for the first time. Using mixed-media collage, sculpture and painting, the three-week show reworks traditional art forms, attempting to find a new vision of the future. This … 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

The Week’s Best Album Streams 28-2-12

Originally published: The 405 February 28, 2012 Last week the Brit Awards were unavoidable whether it was a diva’s middle finger or Ron Weasley trying to be Bono. But while I nursed a hangover from the ceremony’s free wine, people were out buying Adele’s album, again – a 37per cent increase! More fool them because … Continue reading

Interview with Fanfarlo – “We’re planning on getting different security services from all over the world to endorse us”

Originally published: Londonist, February, 28, 2012 London inde-folksters Fanfarlo are back with an amazing second album, Rooms Filled with Light, which sees them edge away from the folk world and embrace synths and electric guitars. This musical shift, however, adds a new dynamic to their music, which sounds more accomplished and ambitious. Whereas their debut, … Continue reading

SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien: Album Review

Originally Published: The Line Of Best Fit Februay, 24, 2012 There’s always a risk with movie stars breaking into music, as with any crossover; talent in one art from doesn’t dictate an excellence in all disciplines. Keanu Reeves’ embarrassing band Dogstar comes to mind (actually Reeves’ entire career does too – except Wyld Stallyns who … Continue reading

Interview with Tribes “Guitar Music; Doesn’t Need Saving”

Originally published: Londonist February 24. Camden’s Tribes, one of our Ones To Watchacts, are bucking the trend of fashionable scene bands who pay attention to their image than their rehearsals, by being an unashamedly British guitar group. Their debut album Baby came out in January filled with rousing gang anthems which tap in to the essence … Continue reading

NZCA/Lines – NZCA/Line: Album Review

Originally published: The Line of Best Fit February 23, 2012 ….The album’s highlight is ‘Moonlit Car Chase’, a disturbing love soul-ballad which is Scritti Politti singing Sade watched by Orwelian cowbells, which occasionally breaks into a driving Duran Duran beat.  Its cleansed ’80s minimalism is sinisterly reminiscent of the film American Psycho, with its slick … Continue reading