Indie Music

Backwards Through France

Tim Thornton | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Weather, food, wine, beer and scenery aside, the things that keep us happily heading back to the big hexagon are the loveliness of the audiences and the quality of the French rock clubs. The owners, staff and often volunteers who work on gig evenings at theses places take such immense pride in their venues...

The Scandinavian Factor... Two Decades of Music, Pølser, Köttbullar and Flying Wedding Cake

Tim Thornton | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Returning to Britain, I joined another band and hey presto, two of the members were Swedish. Perplexingly we never got round to playing a gig in their home country, but we did manage to all go to a wedding in Stockholm which is the first and only time I've ever seen a wedding cake being thrown across a dancefloor. It ended up, quite literally, in the best man's face.

Story of a Technical Rehearsal

Tim Thornton | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Plans for Fink's production rehearsals are plunged into a skipful of turds by one of those professional rehearsal spaces turning round at the eleventh hour and calmly announcing that they don't allow use of a smoke machine. Panic! Fink's entire live show is based around a smoke machine. I'm personally lost if I can actually see the rest of my band through lack of fog.

Why it's OK to Not Do Encores at Festivals

Tim Thornton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

There is one situation in which an encore is definitely not such a good idea. Frowned upon, in fact, by just about everyone in the venue apart from the audience cheering for it. And that situation is a festival. For a festival to be a success, it must run on time.

Inspiral Carpets: Back In the Groove

Jason Holmes | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Today, the Inspirals have neither a manager, a tour manager nor an agent and they travel light when touring. It's a formula that works. "In the beginning we started off in Oldham and began gigging in Manchester. We were this contemporary indie band with a 14-year-old drummer," he says.

Warpaint - Live Review

Raj Bains | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

Here's the thing though: all of the awkwardness, the distance, the coldness and initial confusion goes out of the window the second they start playing. With a rhythm section that possesses you from the waist down with all of the force of an old Motown outfit, you can't help but be mesmerised by the musicianship on show.

My Insight Into 'ThirtyTwo' the New Album From Reverend and the Makers

Jon McClure | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jon McClure

The album is called 'Thirty Two' for a variety of reasons. Firstly I wanted to scupper Adele's chances of using the title when she grows up. Secondly thirty-two is my Dad's number of choice when he puts the lottery numbers on.

The Eastern Promise of Dexters

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

If it is folly to mistake the echo of a London pub for the voice of the kingdom (to paraphrase Jonathan Swift), then it's correct to state that such voices are often the first to articulate the iniquities of life on this island.

The Last Of the Troubadours

Jason Holmes | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The Last of the Troubadours arrive in our midst from that very English tradition of live playing, blended with a lyricism that has been informed by everything that rock, pop, soul and folk has thrown into the mix.

Kate Nash Isn't Going Away (Just Yet)

Chidubem Nwabufo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chidubem Nwabufo

"The music industry is more about sucking dick [than the fashion industry]." Kate Nash is having a bit of a Kanye moment. Her statement is one that many people may dispute.

Is Guitar Music Dead?

Greg Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Stevenson

We look back at ten years ago, when we were in our teens, and see the mainstream success of Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight amongst others and wonder where their contemporary equivalents are hiding.

Arctic Monkeys Open UK Tour As Most Successful Indie Band Of All Time

Freya Bromley | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

While the band's appearance on Later With Jools Holland was being televised, The Arctic Monkeys were delighting their fans in the North East with a career-spanning 20-song set. There can be little doubt that the 2012/13 season has proved to be their best yet in a career which has been meteoric to say the least.

Ten Artists to Watch

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Music is a huge part of my professional life and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my waking day listening to music or working with musicians. Since there are few greater gifts than music, I thought I'd showcase 10 acts that have made a real impression in the past few months.

In Conversation With... Capital Cities

Hanna Flint | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

There's nothing better than going to see a band, who aren't quite on your radar yet, but you come away with an urgent need to fill your iPod with every one of their tracks. That's how I felt after seeing Capital Cities at XOYO, who gave the venue a show that it's never experienced before

In Love With An Indie Band

Greg Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Stevenson

You form a very personal relationship with them, finding reflections of yourself in their music. For me, that band is Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and this is the story of my relationship with them.

AIM Independent Music Awards 2013: And The Nominees Are...

Lara Baker | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

It's now less than four weeks until the third annual AIM Independent Music Awards takes place, and last night we were finally able to reveal this year's nominees. And what a fine bunch they are! Our judges have done a terrific job this year of shining a spotlight on the wealth and diversity of talent supported by the UK's thriving independent labels.

The Bands Who Were Erased From History

Pat Higgins | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Last month, the BBC ran a chart of every Glastonbury Pyramid Stage headliner since the festival started (I'd link to it, but it seems to have disappeared). Over to the right of the chart, taking up quite a lot of space by virtue of the number of letters involved, were Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine.

Amy's World On Show

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Amy Winehouse's life will be celebrated in a family exhibition opening this summer at London's Jewish Museum. The 'Back To Black' singer's brother ...

My Bloody Valentine - Oh God... It's Not Bad, Actually It's Pretty Good... Wait, I Love It!

Dudley Colley | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dudley Colley

The stunning production belies itself immediately, studios of the 90s just couldn't capture sound this well, and from the get go, beneath the maelstrom, the voices have that slight weathered thinness that age brings.

Is 50 Too Old to Start an Indie Band?

Martin Sadofski | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Martin Sadofski

Being a musician is a lifetime affliction, a chronic condition you can't ever shake off

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: Jan 14- Jan 20 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This job ain't always easy you know. Each week we have to find just five Emerging Icons gigs to tell you about- but there is just so much amazing live...

Fink... The Long-Weekend in India

Tim Thornton | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

This has been said before, in many different ways, languages and levels of exasperation, but I'll reiterate: Mumbai is fucking crazy. Twelve and a half million people living on an island less than half the size of London.

A Christmas Market With a Difference: Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Independent Record Labels

Lara Baker | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

I am an absolute sucker for Christmas markets. Each year, drawn by the cute little huts, twinkly lights and festive music, I drag my (less enthusiastic) other half along to one of the UK's growing number of Christmas markets.

Take Off Those Sunglasses Bono - You Look Ridiculous

Matthew Phillips | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

Where my clemency for sunglasses begins to wither however, is when artists, particularly singers, wear their ocular devices with a perpetuity that is offensive. No one is guiltier of this crime than the prophet Bono.

The Music Industry is Dead But I Still Want a Record Deal

Matthew Phillips | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

So, why is it that, unlike my fellow comrades assembled around me in this café, I still desire, nay, demand, a record contract? After all, I can still create my music and release it on a plethora of digitally-based platforms. I don't need the permission of one of the music industry's behemoth labels to be a musician, do I?