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Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’, Arts

Vennart Interview and album stream: ‘This album is more focused on vocals and guitar rather than pounding your head and complex riffs’

In February 2011 after 12 years, 4 albums and 3 EPs, experimental progressive cult rockers Oceansize split up. Now, after 4 years, frontman Mike Vennart is back with a solo venture, simply titled Vennart and an album, The Demon Joke. The album is available to stream with The Independent a week before its official label [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 15 June 2015 at 11:00 am

Weather in Paris will be great, Music

Weather in Paris will be great

Next week Paris plays host to the third annual Weather Festival. It’s an event that has been growing in stature year on year, and 2015’s edition looks to be one of their most exciting yet, with a cavalcade of artists passing through the event space over the weekend of June 6th and lots of very special performances taking place. With that in mind, we turned to one of the men behind Weather, Brice Coudert, to select some of the most anticipated appearances at the festival…

By | Music | Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at 4:54 pm

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO, Music

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO

ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:36 am

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an, Music

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:19 am

A beer in the sunshine with David August, Music

A beer in the sunshine with David August

David August was in London recently, so I caught up with him to grab a beer in the sun and talk about his brand new project – a live musical group called The David August Ensemble. A very interesting chat ensued…

By | Music | Friday, 15 May 2015 at 5:24 pm

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…, Music

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…

Actress (AKA Darren J. Cunningham) moved to London, from Wolverhampton, in 1999 to attend university in the capital. Over the years his productions have captured the imaginations of electronic music lovers around the world, thanks to his diverse and often quite leftfield approach. I spoke to him recently and our chat began with my excitement [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 14 May 2015 at 5:05 pm

Dialects: LTKLTL – EP Stream, Arts

Dialects: LTKLTL – EP Stream

Glaswegian math / post rock newcomers Dialects are set to release their debut EP LTKLTL or to give it its full title Let The Kids Light These Lanterns on the 11th May. The formation of the band goes back to a particularly lacklustre Christmas party where guitarists Conor Anderson and Steve Gillies and [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 12:00 pm

Charlie Barnes: More Stately Mansions – Album Stream, Arts

Charlie Barnes: More Stately Mansions – Album Stream

With a sound self-described as ‘Big Morbid Death Pop’, Charlie Barnes make good on that oddly curious descriptor with the release of More Stately Mansions on 11th May. The album is available to stream exclusively with The Independent a week before release below.

The band, fronted by Charlie, play an audacious mish-mash of several styles. As [...]

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 at 11:00 am

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions – Exclusive Album Stream, Arts

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions – Exclusive Album Stream

One of the most imaginative and exciting acts to emerge from the underground in recent years, Nordic Giants, have released a steady stream of singles and EPs since 2010 but many have been awaiting the arrival of their debut full-length album with baited breath. Released through Kscope on 27th April, A Séance of Dark Delusions [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 20 April 2015 at 11:00 am

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material, Music

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…

By | Music | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 5:12 pm

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