Thoughts on new music

Some albums I’ve been listening to recently. Blue Roses – Blue Roses. This is the recording name of Yorkshire songstress Laura Groves. Piano- and guitar-driven folk-pop, a few airy synths.  Very Joni Mitchell. It sticks to personal imagery, and doesn’t feel like it takes on anything weighty. A little too ethereal, maybe, after a few […]

Hi, How Are You?

I’m just back from a gig, my first at Islington’s lovely Union Chapel. It’s a beautiful church with a round chapel area that hosts frequent performances by a certain breed of folk-rock singer-songwriter. But something exceedingly strange happened tonight. I only caught the last song or two of the first act, a guy with a […]

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Here’s what’s on my upcoming gig list: Sat 16-Jun: Muse* Sun 17-Jun: Riders on the Storm** Wed 20-Jun: Grinderman Sun 24-Jun: Iron Maiden*** Thu 12-Jul: Daniel Johnston Sat 01-Sep: Prince Tue 04-Sep: The Beastie Boys Sat 08-Sep: The Police Thu 11-Oct: Maximo Park EDIT: just added: Mon 02-Jul – Isis Wed 18-Jul – Silversun Pickups […]

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Deep Red Bells

Excellent gig tonight at Koko in Camden. M. Ward played first. I have only a few of his songs, and wasn’t sure what to expect beyond a singer-songwriter with some clever lyrics. I got a lot more. Ward played solo. His guitar playing was pretty impressive: fast when it needed to be, often elaborately finger-picked, […]