New Music

Miss The Midnight Barbers at Your Peril

Robyn Strachan | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Strachan

Two-piece The Midnight Barbers are loud. Self-assuredly, gleefully loud; the kind of sonic expansiveness that can bring a room of people to shocked attention.

On the Culture Front: Fairytale of Glasgow

Chris Kompanek | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Kompanek

As Coachella rages and SXSW becomes a distant memory, I can't help but thinking of Glasgow, a top-notch music city that flies under the radar. I was there last January for their Celtic Connections Festival -- Isn't January the best time to see Scotland? Icy temperatures not withstanding, I was blown away by how serious this city takes music.

SXSW 2014: A Virgin's Guide Part Three

Stewart Brock | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

We woke up unsurprisingly with a pretty decent hangover. Late night wandering meant that our already flu-damaged voices were even more ragged. SXSW was really beginning to take it's toll. The upside is that we had been invited to go to the elusive Ray Ban House.

SXSW 14: A Virgin's Guide Part Two

Stewart Brock | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

For the first part of our SXSW blog click here. Better late than never. I started this on Friday night and finished it on Saturday afternoon. We've b...

SXSW 2014: A Virgin's Guide

Stewart Brock | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

Travelling from Glasgow to Austin began with bundling ourselves into a taxi with as much gear as we could carry, bleary eyed and ill-prepared. I say ill-prepared because we're recently back from a UK tour and I felt that the best way to prepare myself for our first North American incursion was to ignore that it was happening until the last moment. I packed my case 4 hours before Lewis (drummer/producer) rang my doorbell.

Begin Again With the Merrylees

Jason Holmes | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With eclectic tastes that include folk, soul and funk and everything in between, they're a dynamic band whose forthcoming single Forever More is produced by Richard Hawley, while their debut single For You was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.

THIEF - Drawing on the Past to Move Forward

Charlotte Mallory | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Mallory

Fin and I first met at a house party four years ago. He'd just been to see The XX at Maida Vale studios earlier that day, so was feeling musically inspired to start something new. Although we didn't form THIEF that year, we began sending each other music we liked and kept in contact while I was studying at Sussex Uni in Brighton and he was DJing and running club nights in London.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 28 Oct - 3 Nov 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

It's a strong week for live music in the last few days of October- that's for sure. It's always a good sign when you're scrolling through listings and...

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.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 21 Oct - 27 Oct 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We all know Camden Town as the epicentre of London's alternative scene, but if you needed to pinpoint exactly where to head for a rocking night out, many will tell you that The Barfly's where it's at.

You Need To Hear This: New Music from Thumpers, Gang and Natasha North

Kat Jackman | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

It's heads up time again, as we've got a bunch of fresh new artists right here that you really need to get your ears acquainted with. The wealth of h...

You Need To Hear This: New Music From Slaves, the Sea, Kieran Daly and Lemaitre

Kat Jackman | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Each week we like to offer a hit of fresh new tunes to inspire that spark of musical discovery in everyone. It's the excitement of unearthing a sound ...

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 16 Sept - 22 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

New music fans across the land have some ace shows to look forward to in the coming week- you just might not know it just yet. As always, we've picked our five hottest tips to flag up so you can get them locked down in your diary with plenty of time to plan your night on the town.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 8 Sept - 15 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Diaries at the ready! We've got a handful of shows to tell you about and you need to get them jotted down somewhere ASAP. Your social life will thank you for it...

You Need To Hear This: New Music From Lotte Mullan, Danny Toeman, The Empire and Alfred Abel

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Once again we've rounded up a handful of the freshest talent to have made it onto our new music radar in the past week.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 2 Sept - 7 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

September's already looking bloody splendid for those of you who love a good gig- which means pretty much all of you reading this right now. We've pi...

You Need to Hear This: New Music from Dawson, Hunter and the Bear, Lower Lands and Flight Brigade

Kat Jackman | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Working with new music means that we get to discover incredible new artists each and every day. During our regular scouting for new talent on the gigg...

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 26 Aug - 1 Sept 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

There really is nothing quite seeing a musician performing live- so whether it's from the stage of your local boozer or a messy festival weekend; just make sure you get out there and support the new music scene.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 12 Aug - 18 Aug 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Gig calendars at the ready? Nice work. We've got five awesome Emerging Icons gigs to tell you about, and you're gonna want to get these babies locked ...

Emerging Icons Kymberley Kennedy, Saint Raymond, Alice Amelia, Black Lights and Martha's Man

Kat Jackman | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This time we've got alternative RnB, feel-good acoustic, sexy soul, awesome alternative and perfect pop tunes to sort you right out.

You Need To Hear This: Featuring Emerging Icons Billy Lockett, The Ramona Flowers, Matt Midgley and The Luck

Kat Jackman | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

This week's selection of top new tunes is here and there definitely seems to be a running theme of 'delicious chill' between them all. It's been a he...

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 5 Aug - 11 Aug 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Gigs, gigs and more gigs. You've come to the right place if you're after any of these, cos we're ready and raring to go with this week's top picks of the best live music action going down in musictown, courtesy of our Emerging Icons.

The Making of a Band: Strangefruit

Larry Jaffee | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

The fruits' dreamy sound is a far cry from the reckless abandon that Perrett Bros. briefly unleashed in 2004 as part of mercurial Pete Doherty's then brand-new Babyshambles. The benevolent svengali behind Strangefruit is an American named Bob Tulipan, a music biz veteran.

Top Five Emerging Icons Live: 29 Jul - 4 Aug 2013

Kat Jackman | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

Next week's live music diary is absolutely chocker with amazing sets from our utterly awesome acts. We've been scouting through the GIGS section on Em...

Emerging Icons Hanna Willow, She Crazy, Patch & The Giant and Blast Unit Moscow

Kat Jackman | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

We have a handful of fantastic up-and-coming acts for you to become acquainted with because they are just too good to be missing out on. For one reason or another, each and every one of this wonderful lot have really got us going at Emerging Icons HQ... so give em a listen.