Thursday, 29 July 2010

Live Review: Klaxons

Klaxons play live at the Village Underground in East London. A spectacular show that showcase their impending album "Surfing the Void" as well as reminiscing back to debut "Myths of a Near Future". Check the review here.

Live Review: 1234 Shoreditch Festival

Sean McCluskey's 1234 Shoreditch Festival hailed beautiful sunshine and a hell of a lot of noise..punk!
Check the whole review here.

Interview: Brodinski

BRODINSKI gives us a taste of la vie francaise. Check full interview here.

Interview: Wild (about) Nothing

Getting hold of Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum was definitely one hell of a (van) ride (around Old Street) but despite the crass ramblings of the man behind the wheel (manager Ricky) the interview was finally completed. Check the full spiel here.

Interview: Active Child

ACTIVE CHILD grew up around artists such as Dr Dre and Snoop Dog. Today he sings soprano and plays the harp. Listen to Wilderness, it will saturate you with an ambiguous yearning. Check the whole interview here.

Interview: Vivian Girls

Check out Brooklyn trio VIVIAN GIRLS championing the reverb. Full interview here!

Tame Impala London Show

TAME IMPALA play a very intimate and exclusive show at Cargo in East London. It's their first London show since January 2009 and they'll be here to show off their new album Innerspeaker.

Tix here.

Not to be missed!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Live Review: MELT! Festival 2010

Three years in a row. For the rest of my life. MELT! 2010. A (literal) melting pot of aural delights in Germany. Check the whole review at This is Fake DIY.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

'SUP Mag - Comanechi Interview

Issue 22 of 'SUP Mag is finally out and doesn't it look grand. It's sleek, savvy yet simple layout will have you turning the pages with more zest than an orange. Interviews include: HOT CHIP, GOLD PANDA, SLOW CLUB, THESE NEW PURITANS, LIARS, PULLED APART BY HORSES, YEASAYER & HEAPS MORE.

CHECK OUT MY INTERVIEW W/ DALSTON BORN BAND COMANECHI. You've most likely heard the child-like yet blood-curling screeches of drummer and vocalist Akiko Matsuura at any number of festivals this summer with the rolling drums of Simon Petrovich providing the anthemic beat.

Photographer Roberta Ridolfi and I set up camp at COMANECHI's shared East London home where we took photos while Simon talked about the art of scoring a pre-loved grandma jumper for those taller fellas (check the arm length) and Akiko (Keeks) explained why appearing half naked on stage has less to do with being sexy and more to do with Bruce Lee and some Japanese band.

It's free and sexy at the following stores.


Big ups to 'SUP Mag for printing another flavoursome issue!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Review: Ali Love @ CAMP

Dark electro pop meets mellow melters at Ali Love live! Check the full review here!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Topshop and TCT Bandstand Picnic

Summer’s greatest accomplice has always been the sun. When they get their timing right the hottest season and the hottest star make the most perfect of teams. Fortunately for London’s Topshop and Teenage Cancer Trust Bandstand Picnic Saturday 12 June was one of those days. Starting from midday the green grounds of Regent’s College were transformed into a small picnic like fete with “egg and spoon” and “sack” races. Those who were not participating could be heard in the distance enjoying the musically entertainment provided by the day’s musicians. The tiny bandstand was the stage from which bands including Charlotte Hatherley, Chew Lips and Ladyhawke (dj set) preformed. 
British indie-pop guitarist and singer-songwriter Charlotte Hatherley played a set of breezy, up-lifting, new-wave surging songs that emphasised sing-song lyrics, acoustic solos and female empowerment. Confident vocals and chiming guitars led the way though favourites ‘New Worlds’, ‘White’, Foo-Fighters-like ‘Colours’ and gentler ‘Alexander’. Best known for playing in other people’s bands (previously Ash and currently Bat For Lashes) today Hatherley proved she is no body’s back-up.
Three piece Chew Lips ecstatically played through their sunny synth dappled bevy of songs while bass player James Watkins and guitarist Will Sanderson rocked in their respective corners, petite vocalist Tigs drenched in sequins jumped about the stage as she bellowed into the microphone. Lo-fi electro dances tunes included: Slick, Solo, Karen and Salt Air. Though small in stature, powerful lead Tigs reflects the forward direction in which the London band are heading.
To end the classic picnic affair was New Zealand export Ladyhawke. The dishevelled blond took to the decks and played an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from The Cure, Ray Charles to Billy Ray Cyrus. As the tracks faded out T4 presenter Jameela Jamil jumped on stage and swiftly handed out prizes to those who’s “egg and spoon” and “sack” racing abilities exceeding their competitors. Congrats to my amigo Daniel ‘Danny’ Rice who is now the proud owner of a £100 Topshop voucher; personal shopper to boot.

Photo by Brooke Nipar.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Interview: Alan Pownall

West Londoner Alan Pownall does not care for your comparisons. Check the full interview here.

Interview: Liars

Check out LIARS' front-man Angus Andrew as he takes us through the grimy sugar-coated suburbia of the 21st century. Check his extended spiel here.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Race Horses

Check out Race Horses. They're a quartet from Wales and their debut is called "GOODBYE FALKENBURG".

They'll bend your ears and take you back to the 1960s. Their lofi sound, catchy hooks and distorted yet infectious guitar riffs will overpower your motor skills. 

Catch 'em next at Latitude Festival on 17 July!!

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Karen Elson Model Turned Singer

It's a dangerous road riddled with cynicism and preconceived notions and like many models before her Karen Elson has decided to join the party. But does having the highly-lauded Jack White (part of the famous White Stripes) as a husband make this trajectory any less foolish? Check out the interview to make your decision.

El Guincho

El Guincho's new video for 'Hindou' off the new album Piratas de Sudamerica.

Pablo Díaz-Reixa will be playing in London at the Lexington on 5 August and at Standon Calling on 6 August!

Friday, 2 July 2010

LeCool July 02 - 06

Check out this week's LeCool London
The sun's out and the extra-curricular are a flowin'!

Bardens Boudoir shall be celebrating its bemoaned departure on 3 July.


East London's Truman Brewery will be hosting a Drive-In Cinema for all those nostalgic Londoners struggling to find a time machine.

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