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NEWS: Marika Hackman Announces New UK Live Dates 2020

Marika Hackman has announces new UK live dates for 2020, which go on sale Nov 1 at 9am.

This includes a headline show at Manchester's Gorilla on Monday 24th February.

Tickets can be found here:

NEWS: HONEYMOAN Play The Castle Hotel Manchester

South African band HONEYMOAN are going to play The Castle Hotel in Manchester on November 17th.

They are bringing their infectious groove and dream-pop elegance to the city.

The four piece are influenced by Tame Impala and St. Vincent.

SINGLE Review: 'Pieces' - Navina

Navina is a producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and has released her brand new single 'Pieces'.

It's an uplifting track which is piano-based and has the message that progress in life comes in pieces, like in a jigsaw.

“I wrote pieces inspired by the concept of jigsaws and patience. I think more so than ever, we can try to display a life which has everything figured out on our online highlight reel. We try to find the answers in many different things when in reality, true contentment comes from looking above ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in, towards something greater. If we look back on where we’ve come from, we most often realise that we’ve come much farther than we need to go. Being content is merely just piecing together the good things that each day brings.”

Photo credit: Sara Lincoln
Navina's previous singles have been played on BBC Radio London as well as BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio Music 6.

NEWS: FOALS 2020 Tour Announced

Foals' album 'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2' was released on October 18th. To coincide with this release, Foals have announced a major UK tour in 2020. Tickets went on sale today at 9.30am.

Furthermore, Foals have partnered with Twickets to prevent ticket touting.

SINGLE Review: 'Past The Evening' - Michael Baker

Brighton-based artist Michael Baker's retrospective love song to music is soothing and showcases his songwriting talent.

The Anglo-French musician presents this serene song which tells of his deep connection to his craft.
“I wrote Past The Eveningafter I'd finished producing and recording my second album 'Salt ', in one of those wonderful bolts of inspiration that seems to happen after finishing an album.Ishowed some friends and my manager the track and we decided it had to go on the record. It’s the first track I have ever written about how hard the music industry can be, and how thick skinned you have to be in it. I'm 30 years-old and always thought I would have got used to the business by now and yet here I am, and the music industry still just makes me want to hide away and 'just make music man'.”

'Past The Evening' follows 'Baby Books' and fans of artists like Ben Howard will enjoy this song.

LIVE Review: Miles Kane @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham- 10/10/19

Miles Kane gigs are notoriously good fun. I went to see him play an intimate, yet rowdy show in Nottingham's Rescue Rooms as part of his new tour. 

Photo credit: James Kelly

Rescue Rooms is across the road from the Nottingham Trent University campus (my old haunt) so I was expecting a mostly student audience, however the crowd was a mixture of ages and people. 

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, who I've wanted to catch live for a while, were supporting.

I'm so glad I got there early to see their performance because they were spectacular! They had a definite 70's sound, so I can see why Miles chose them as his support act. They have a similar vibe.

They played self-proclaimed "fan favourite," 'John Lennon Is My Jesus Christ' amongst other bops.

Then, a newly blonde Miles Kane took to the stage. It was fantastic to see him in a more intimate setting; a real treat. He played the energetic title track from his latest album, 'Coup De Grace' and songs 'Can You See Me Now?' and 'Telepathy'. 

His sound is retro and so very cool. His 'Coup De Grace' was mostly written with pal Jamie T and parts of it with Lana Del Rey.

Next for Miles Kane? He's supporting Liam Gallagher on his UK and Ireland arena tour. Be sure to catch his live performances! 

SINGLE Review: 'Memories' - Maroon 5

Maroon 5 recently released their latest single since 2018's 'Girls Like You' - 'Memories'.

The three time Grammy Award winning multi-platinum band have created a nostalgic sound with 'Memories' and Adam Levine pays homage to a loved one who has passed away ("“Here’s to the ones that we got/ Cheers to the wish you were here, but you’re not/ ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories of everything we’ve been through/ Toast to ones here today/ Toast to the ones here today/ Toast to the ones that we lost on the way"). 

It's a heartfelt and mellow song.

The official music video is out now. It was directed by David Dobkin who also worked on the 'Sugar' and 'Girls Like You' videos. 

LIVE Review: whenyoung @ Bodega Nottingham - 30.09.19

You may remember I spoke to Drew from whenyoung recently, here.

Last Monday was the start of indie Irish trio whenyoung's tour. They played an intimate gig at Nottingham's Bodega which is one of my favourite venues. Abbie Ozzard was supporting. 

Their set included songs from their debut album 'Reasons To Dream'. 

The fact that it was a Monday evening did not deter the audience from being incredibly energetic. It was a really fun show.

whenyoung frontwoman Aoife Power took the stage wearing a blazer and stunned the crowd with her unique vocals. The first song they played was 'Future'. It sounds like an upbeat song but is actually inspired by a friend who had passed away.

They also played a song about Limerick, where they are from, about "finding inspiration where there is none" and also using that to your advantage-'Pretty Pure'. 

The band put on such a great show in such an intimate space. Catch them on their UK tour.

NEWS: Eliza Shaddad Announces New Music And Headline Show

I don't know about you, but I'm hugely excited by the news that Eliza Shaddad has a new EP coming soon and that the first single from it 'Girls' will be released on 23rd October.

As if that wasn't enough, Eliza is playing a free show at London's Pop Brixton (I've already got my ticket). Come to think of it, it's been almost a year since I saw Eliza's Oslo Hackney show. 

The gig is being put on in collaboration with Big Indie Records and The Line of Best Fit.

Prima Queen has been confirmed as one of the support acts, with the other yet to be announced.

'Girls' was inspired by one of Eliza's oldest friends and tells the story of growing up in an all girls' school and forming relationships.

Talking about the track, Eliza elaborates, “it lays bare how scary it was, standing on the sidelines, growing older, watching someone deal with some insanely hard human experiences, unable to find a way to connect with them about it.” 

SINGLE Review: 'Baby Books' - Michael Baker

Anglo-French artist Michael Baker has released 'Baby Books', the third single from upcoming album 'Salt'. 

It's a deeply personal track exploring mental health and suicide prevention.

It's a folky indie song and was written after the passing of a friend who sadly lost their battle with mental health. Michael commented: "It shocked me how much we wear masks every day & how hard it is to see what is bubbling away underneath. Most of the time I feel that this song is not my song to sing, but then I remember the solution of all this is to talk more openly and be prepared to share our inner demons with friends and loved ones.”

Baker's music is honest and sounds great despite the sad undertones.


The indie trio with a tropical sound have recently finished their European tour, their biggest to date. I spoke to frontman Rob about their debut album and their upcoming tour.

Q: How are you?

Rob (Cassia): We’re all doing good over here! 

Q: Can you tell me a bit about yourselves and how you formed Cassia?

Rob (Cassia): Well me and Lou went to school together. We were both heavily into music throughout but were involved in separate projects. Jake went to a school down the road. I remember him telling me during the early days of Cassia that he was proper obsessed with making it as a session drummer. I think he left sixth form early on for his first gig. Shortly after finishing A levels I set up a project studio in Macclesfield where Lou happened to work at the time. We subsequently started jamming together eventually organising a couple of small shows in and around Macc. The gigs were just a bit of a laugh. we did what we could to make the few songs we had sound decent enough. Lou got kinda bored though of playing the kick drum as well as the bass so we thought it was time to scout around for a drummer. We bumped into Jake in Weatherspoons shortly afterwards and to our surprise he was up for joining! 

Q: How does it feel to have your debut album out?

Rob (Cassia): It feels ace, we put everything into making that thing! 

Q: What was it like creating the album? What was the process behind it?

Rob (Cassia): It was pretty intense because we were touring heavily whilst recording. A lot of the songs were in embryonic form for quite a while, and almost half the album wasn’t written when we went into the final weeks of studio time! But we kept on with our goal we had in mind from the start. We wanted the album to sound relatable but different.

Q: What can we expect from the album?

Rob (Cassia): An uplifting blend of African, calypso and indie rock music that contrasts against sad lyrics. 

Q: What influences your music?

Rob (Cassia): It’s always changing. For the first album it was mostly personal experience. But I guess the thing that’s influenced the music the most is the idea that you can shroud sad experiences with positive sound. 

Q: Which bands/artists are you currently listening to?

Rob (Cassia): Summer salt. Whitney. Unknown mortal orchestra.

Q: What's the craziest thing that's happened to you as a band?

Rob (Cassia): Playing the NME stage at Reading!

Q: What's next for you?

Rob (Cassia): The rest of this huge tour! 

Q: Where can we see you live?

Rob (Cassia): We’re currently finishing our EU leg of the tour in Austria and we tour the U.K. and Ireland starting 15th October!