New Music

Interview With Diggs Duke: 'People Need To Slow Down Their Listening'

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"There's a big difference between an artist who's trying to be seen, and one who's trying to be heard," says Jonathan Meacham, a singer-songwriter who...

New Sounds: Laura Jae

Isabella Smith | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Isabella Smith

More soulful than FKA Twigs' unsettling grace and with less sex than Kelela and BANKS, Laura Jae nevertheless fits into the new class of young female artists making pop interesting again. She counts Aaliyah, Bjork and James Blake as influences; The Weeknd with his 'weird mysterious aura' is her dream collaboration.

A New Breed: Lonely the Brave, Samoans and the One Hundred

Olly Hunter | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the second in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have captured my ears in 2014. Every summer hails the emergence of a new breed of young, up and coming bands heading out on festival season opening up muddy fields and tents across the country ready to make their name known to the world. Here are 3 of the best new bands destined to make big waves through the end of 2014.

A New Breed: The Best Breaking Bands in 2014- Calling All Cars & Shrine

Olly Hunter | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...

The Tent Is King- A Download Festival Guide Featuring letlive, Marmozets and Arcane Roots

Olly Hunter | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This weekend the hallowed fields of Donington Park will welcome 120,000 metal heads to bang their heads, throw their horns and lose their minds to a who's who of metal, rock and alternative music.

Six of the Best Breasts in Music

Adam Hamdy | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Talisco's debut album Run is out on 19th May, and you can watch the short film that showcases three of his tracks below. Directed by Zack Spiger and Matt Larson, it's a great short film. However it's not safe for work as it features a fair amount of violence, six breasts and three great tracks.

Find Your Inner Ego: Layla

Pippa Moyle | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pippa Moyle

Layla is a piano-based singer-songwriter living in Grenwich, London. Her music has been played on Made in Chelsea, her gigs are always packed and she is living every musician's dream - music is her full time job.

Miss The Midnight Barbers at Your Peril

Robyn Strachan | Posted 19.06.2014 | 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 16.06.2014 | 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 20.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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.