Gig review: The Slow Readers Club, SKIES, Puppet Rebellion – Oslo, Hackney – 26/11/16

There were 3 awesome bands playing at last night’s sold-out show at Oslo, Hackney, London. I was particularly looking forward to seeing Puppet Rebellion and The Slow Readers Club as I hadn’t heard of SKIES. PUPPET REBELLION I arrived late, slightly gutted at having missed half of the Puppet Rebellion gig due to an unreliable Read More …

New EP Spotlight – ALBIS – ‘Animals’

The indie community is producing some of the best music on the airwaves these days, and Albis proves just that with his new EP, Animals. These four songs share acoustic beauty and contemplative lyrics, while stylistically each gives us something a little different.   1. Runners 2. Redwoods 3. Broken Man 4. The Man In Read More …

Album Review: MATT BORCK – ‘Shadows of the Moon’

A secret formula exists for which you take a specific vocal tone, marinate the voice in the right amount of passion (never too much or too little), add warmth and character and texture, then set that voice loose with poetic, insightful lyrics. When followed perfectly, this secret formula gives an undeniable gift. Matt Borck has Read More …

Addictive Indie Rock EP – HENRY CHADWICK – ‘Guest At Home’

Henry Chadwick’s new EP Guest At Home is catching attention from small-time indie supporters (like me!), all the way up through major publications, including the biggest of all, Rolling Stone. Not many indie musicians manage such immediate crossover appeal. The fact that he has succeeded is, like most things, part luck, but is largely because Read More …

Featured New EP – MOTEL RADIO – ‘Desert Surf Films’

Motel Radio released their fantastic EP Desert Surf Films on September 2. Back in April I featured Gimme Your Love, one of the singles of the EP. I called their sound “pleasant, enduring, auditory Valium,” and I stand by that description for this EP as a whole. The band has this ease to their groove that feels Read More …

Spotlight on CHARIOTS and His Captivating Debut EP

Chariots released his debut, self-titled EP this past June. He labels his genre ‘indie pop’, but I don’t think that descriptor does justice to this EP. The ‘indie pop’ genre makes me think of a sound that’s light and bouncy, more party music than something introspective. Such is the dilemma of labels. To me, Chariots’ Read More …

Dan Owen – Made To Love You – Beautiful Heartache

Dan Owen. I can’t think when he sings. All I can do is feel. His voice gives me chills. His lyrics and delivery can break me into tiny pieces, leaving me crumbling to dust on the floor. Get out the Superglue. You might need it to hold yourself together. This is Made To Love You:   Read More …

New Album Preview – ‘Resonance’ by ICICLE

Icicle is an independent musician who ignores genre boundaries and mainstream expectations, simply taking us down whichever musical alley inspires him at the time. In February 2017, Herd Records will be releasing Icicle’s new album, Resonance, which I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in its entirety. These 13 songs take us on a journey Read More …

We Are the Love – New Single by Indie Folk Band SUTHERLAND

Indie folk band Sutherland has released We Are the Love, an upbeat new single that hooks me a little more every time I listen. This is a feel-good track that has me smiling and dancing around the house. I advice caution, though, because this song also has the kind of superpowers that get under your Read More …

Interview with J GRGRY – “You make me so nervous, I shake.”

I have a compelling interview with Joe Gregory, who is the musician known as J GRGRY. My first introduction to J GRGRY’s music was his new single eFlower, which I featured here back on July 19. If you missed that post, you can find it here: Killer New Single! ‘eFlower’ by J GRGRY Before we get to Read More …