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Tomos Lewis.

Tomos Lewis

Think Wales and you think Tom Jones, the Voice, sex bomb. All of that stuff. But on the strength of the few tracks I’ve been privy to, Tomos Lewis has absolutely everything it takes to be the new voice of Wales. Comparisons to Damien Rice and Ryan Adams are spreading like wildfire, with Lewis’ soaring vocals and swelling sentimentality capturing everything great about being a singer-songwriter. There’s a versatility to the tracks knocking about on the net that really prove this guy is more than just a bloke with a guitar and a few nice rhymes.

The 26 year old releases his debut EP Four Songs on March 19th. Check it out. It truly deserves your attention. Listen to ‘Elinor’, from the EP, below:

From Joe Abbitt.

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Straylings – Entertainment on Foreign Ground. 7.5/10

Straylings Entertainment on Foreign Ground
Straight off the bat, Straylings bring only good things to a listener’s life. Personally, their new album has inspired an absolute binge on Mazzy Star and all things Hope Sandoval, and if there’s one thing I love about finding new music, it’s that moment that you re-discover old music because of it. If that was the only thing worthy of merit in Straylings debut LP, Entertainment on Foreign Ground, then it’d be a great release. Luckily enough for Dana Zeera and Oliver Drake, this record has more than enough substance to stand alone and see it pegged as one of the best underground releases of 2012 so far.

Opener ‘Carver’s Kicks’ stomps through your preconceptions in dusty leather, raw yet elegant, while the opening hooks of ‘Sleep Shapes’ are reminiscent of a scuzzier Elliott Smith. Zeera’s vocals are wonderfully and unsettlingly detached from Drake’s moody guitar meanderings, inviting an obvious comparison to Karen O in their reverb-drenched growls. Straylings play to their strengths throughout the album, with the rolling piano of ‘The Spoils’ evoking a cinematic bar-brawl and the playfulness of ‘The Unravelling of Mr Ed’, while ‘To Lay Down Roots’ is a chilling americana closer.

There’s an argument that a slightly firmer hand might have chopped the running time of the record down to its benefit, but this is a great collection of tracks that are richly distinctive, repeatedly wide-eyed and unique, and refreshingly confident.

From Joe Abbitt.

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The Rifles.


One of my favourite bands The Rifles have returned to the airwaves with their first single ‘Tangled Up In Love’ taken from new album ‘Freedom Run’. A dangerously infectious melody, topped with a luscious string riff and those familiar crunching guitars.
Recorded at Paul Weller’s studio, Black Barn, and produced by the legendary Chris Potter (who has guided such luminaries as The Clash, The Stones and The Verve), the album has a fresh revitalized sound, loaded with inspirational tracks.
Listen to ‘Tangled Up In Love’ here:
In conjunction with the release of this new material The Rifles kick-start a period of sustained live activity with a UK tour on 26th October.Live Dates

October
26th– Cambridge, Junction
27th – Norwich, Arts Centre
28th – Stoke Sugarmill
29th– Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
30th– Sheffield, Foundry

November
1st – Manchester, Academy 3
2nd – Leeds, Cockpit
3rd – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
4th – Dunfermline, PJ Molloys
5th – Glasgow, Garage
7th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
8th – Bristol, Thekla
9th – Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
11th – London, HMV ForumFrom Richard Mutimer

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Festivals: Field Day. 6/10.

Field Day has become a symbol of thoughtful, interesting and unique music showcased in the festival environment, one which is fast becoming less and less interesting in the now packed summer season. Doesn’t help a festival’s cause when these artists can’t actually be seen by most of their fans.

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Festivals: The Big Chill. 8/10.

With the ever more saturated festival season well and truly underway, it was The Big Chill’s turn to prove they were worthy to stake their claim on music fans from around the country. With The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Rodrigo y Gabriela as headliners, and a wide spread of artists from the most mainstream to indie favourites, we were sure the weekend would impress.

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Summer Sundae Weekender Preview.

We’re back in Leicester this year for our second Summer Sundae Weekender Festival – The festival that’s been so generously placed on one of the world’s biggest festivals family tree, named ‘Glastonbury’s Grandson’. The festival itself has been highlighted for its diverse range in offerings, having already been dubbed as ‘the festival where there’s something for everybody’ – Convenient ey?

The line up this year is as good as it’s ever been securing some great bookings, such as The Maccabee’s, who are only scheduled to play just two UK festivals this summer. Amongst the unique line up are: Graham Coxon, I Am Kloot, Bellowhead and The Antlers to name a few. Also this year there is not only a three day weekend full of fantastic music across five stages, Summer Sundae are pleased to announce there will be an after party where Example will be DJing through the night.

Here’s a few of our ‘must see’ acts that are playing this weekend:

Givers [Main Stage 17:00//Friday] – 
Louisiana’s very own journey to England to cause a stir with their joyous yet impeccably catchy tunes, boasting their recent infectious album ‘in Light’, on the way. If you’re at all upset that Vampire WeekendMystery Jets or even The Flaming Lips aren’t playing at this festival then this band is your replacement.

The Maccabees [Main Stage 21:30//Friday] – Having recently stated their latest work on their third album (that’s due out early 2012) sounds ‘a little too LL Cool J’, there’ll be no surprise if a mass of eager Maccabee’s fans arrive for their slot on the main stage on Saturday, to hear their latest musical direction. Thread these new songs in amidst a hit abiding set-list, Maccabee’s will inevitably deliver some top class entertainment.

Delta Maid [The Musician Stage 13:30//Sunday] –
Summer Sundae’s comforting setting seems the ideal environment for Delta Maid. It’s here where she will no doubt feel at home when sharing her beautifully crafted songs to what can only be an appreciative audience.

The Antlers [DID Indoor Stage 14:30//Sunday]– A combination of their two fantastically emotional albums will undoubtedly generate a special atmosphere this weekend. Make sure you catch these guys to check their alternative stance on their music with their live show.

Dry The River [Last FM Stage 19:45//Sunday] – DTR will be stopping off in Leicester on Sunday between their hectic festival schedule to deliver some of the year’s best new indie-folk music around. Single’s such as ‘New Ceremony’ and ‘No Rest’ have already gained massive acclaim this year, as well as personal favourite ‘Bible Belt’; which will be received in all arms by DTR diehards. Be sure to catch them headline Last.FM Stage later Sunday night.

From Richard

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Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival in association with Vans Preview.

This weekend sees in the 30th anniversary of Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters Festival in association with Vans. This fresh West Country festival offers a combination of surf, skate,  and BMX competitions with an impressive music line up all set in the beautiful backdrop of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay of Newquay, Cornwall. With the surf competition being upgraded to APS 6* this year and weekend camping tickets still a steel at £85, you should contemplate a last minute impulse buy: http://www.boardmasters.co.uk/static.php?c=ticket_information

The surf competition is already underway and the first of the intimate ‘beach session’ gigs kicks off tonight, but we’re heading down tomorrow to ease ourselves into the weekend with performances from the transformed Charlie Simpson and big folk numbers of Newton Faulkner.

Friday afternoon is when we see the seven other stages come to life. Here are our ‘must see’s’ for the weekend:

Bombay Bicycle Club

These indie boys from London are going from strength to strength with their highly anticipated third album A Different Kind of Fix being exclusively aired at their live performances until it’s release on August 29th. Jack Steadman’s vocals will be sailing down Watergate Bay from 19:45 Friday evening.

YAAK’s

This band have exploded out of Eastbourne over the last few months, supporting the likes of Ghospoet at KOKO London as well as making the Bestival lineup in early September.  This being said it’s hard to believe they are still unsigned. Maybe it’s because they are just as aloof as WU LYF, or maybe the energy of their percussionist just can’t be tamed, either way we’ll be heading to main stage Friday night.

Klaxons

This band pretty much invented the term ‘nu rave’ and after their second album Surfing the void wasn’t letting anyone down in a hurry their live shows are never short of material.  I fell in love with this band ever since they used the ‘DJ’ function in ‘Atlantis to Interzone’, but since then it’s just got stronger. Expect an electric performance as these boys wrap up Friday night on main stage.

Ben Howard

This West Country singer songwriter should feel at home at this festival with his love for surfing and support for the ‘surfers against sewage’ campaign which will be playing it’s part in keeping the beach clean throughout the weekend.  As well as this, his following in the folk scene is snowballing. His quirky, Newton Faulkner-esque style of playing guitar is mesmerizing, let alone the sounds that accompany it. Be sure to check him out on Saturday afternoon.

Maverick Sabre

I think it’s fair to say this mans single ‘let me go’ is big, taking the UK hip hop scene by storm. For the dub-heads out there you may recognise his eerie vocals that featured on Professor Green’s ‘Jungle’, but with such a voice it won’t be long before this guy is a household name. Don’t miss him kicking off mainstage Saturday afternoon.

Fatboy Slim

Saturday – 21.15 main stage… Enough said

Andy Waterhouse

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The Big Chill Preview.

We’re heading to Big Chill festival this weekend, so to whet your appetite, here’s a run through of the must see’s and why we think you’d be crazy to be anywhere but directly in front of the stage they play on at Eastnor Castle over the three days…

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Festivals: Latitude. 8/10.

Once again Latitude Festival has proved itself to be one of the highlights of the summers events calendar. We’ve selected our fifteen favourite acts of the weekend.

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Mercury Music Prize.

Today the nominees for the annual Mercury Music Prize were unveiled during a ceremony in London. The shortlist features an eclectic mix of genres, styles and popularity. Mainstream artists such as Adele, Katy B and Tine Tempah are joined by previous winners PJ Harvey and Elbow as well as James Blake, Anna Calvi, Metronomy, Ghostpoet, King Cresote & John Hopkins, Everything Everything and Gwilym Simcoc

The full list is below and the winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on 6 September

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
James Blake – James Blake
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Katy B – On A Mission
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
Adele – 21
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Everything Everything – Man Alive
Gwilym Simcock – Good Days at Schloss Elmau

From Alex Walker.

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