They're propping up the bar at The Blue Posts on Berwick Street in Soho, a duo enmeshed in a knockabout conversation about the politics of music.
Emerging Icons like to get all you new music fans fully prepared for the fantastic gigs coming to a town near you. We let you know which five are the most unmissable of the whole bunch, so you can get them added to your personal gig calendar.
This week we've got a bunch of artists to share with you that have all made quite an impact in quite different ways during their careers to date. You may recognise one or two of them, or perhaps their name will ring a bell somewhere in your head.
Estrella, which means star in Spanish, is the heir of a great dynasty of flamenco singers. However heavy the burden might be, she had no problem to evolve into a more restraint performance while keeping its purity. Highly influenced by jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald; a meticulously orchestrated exhibition of words, sounds, and movements.
When I sat down to write a few words on this year's SXSW in Austin, Tx I was thinking 500, maybe a 1000 would be sufficient to sum it up. I was wrong. Put in seven simple words, SXSW is THE BEST INDUSTRY EVENT ON THE PLANET!
Currently touring with their debut album 'Bad Blood' the four-piece band played to a sold out crowd at Southampton's Mo'club on the 7 March 2013). The big fan I am, I jumped at the chance to go see them and have been waiting ever since I purchased the tickets last year
Riot grrrl spurred on an angry generation of female musicians to take up arms, as well as guitars, and fight back against the patriarchy, both in the record label boardrooms and across society in general.
FRESH on the scene and raring to go - Little Big Adventure are five musicians from Oslo and Bergen who are setting out to show the Norwegian scene just what they can do.
Foy Vance stands out back in the yard of the Islington Assembly Halls and rolls a cigarette. It's two hours before showtime and he's in a ruminative mood. 'When I was a kid, singing was second nature to me,' he says, as we clink bottle necks
Class doesn't need to get a megaphone walking the streets screaming "hey look everyone, I'm classy." No. Class speaks all by itself. That is why I was a bit shocked by Beyonce's new song Bow Down.
Come this way with your empty gig calendar and you'll soon find yourself feeling a lot happier. We've got five of the top live new music tips from our Emerging Icons to tell you about and they're going to make the end of March look a lot brighter that's for sure.
The musician Jason Molina died this weekend, with supposedly nothing more than a cell phone in his pocket containing only his grandmother's number. His desperate battle with alcohol had become public knowledge in recent years and the last word we had was that Jason was spending time on a family farm rearing chickens, and slowly but surely getting better. But he didn't make it, he slipped and the world is very much a poorer place.
The real newsmakers were the bands that "broke-through" this year. Highly-touted newer acts, like England's Savages, far exceeded the hype, as well as bands that came out of nowhere to wow audiences, like Austin's own Black Pistol Fire, were among those that made a mark.
"Bow down bitches," repeats Beyonce in the opening lines to her new song. These egotistical, derogative and offensive lyrics coming from the woman who only two years ago told us girls Run the World. I thought you were our feminist pop heroine, Bey?
Justin Bieber has more beliebers than Shintoists, Sikhs, Jews, Jains Wiccans and Rastafarians have followers. With the last three he has more beliebers than them put together.
Crystal clear blue skies and scorching sun, Austin is well and truly alive. Packed streets filled with every type of musician, promotor, manager, A&R and die hard music fan. I am falling in love with America.