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"The project comes from my interest in the real people behind the stage persona. That when they're onstage, musicians and singers can seem otherworldly, removed from normal existence. They're worshiped and praised by an audience that doesn't see them return to the budget hotel room and shed the mask they wear for the public." [read more]
For this year's Record Store Day, 405 photographer Charlotte Swindell made her way to Reflex in Newcastle, while Matt Richardson went on a bit of an adventure, taking in Rough Trade East, Ample Play, Sister Ray and Rough Trade West. He even snapped an enthusiastic-looking Jarvis Cocker. [read more]
The audience who have assembled in a sweaty basement in Dalston burst into cheers and laughter. It might have had a little more shock value were it not for the name of the band and the bone-crushing ferocity of their music. It seems misandry is a dish best served in 2 minute salvoes of screaming queer metal, fronted by a sweaty man in a gold sequin dress and black wig. He looks like he might pass out at any moment from over-abundance of rage. [read more]
This selection of music covers a range of flavours, from smart late-afternoon house-tinged preludes heralding fun-filled evenings to horizontally inclined offbeats soaked with liquid percussion and a glorious sense of doing nothing. Stick this mix on and do nothing yourself. Or file it under "First BBQ of the Year" and keep it for such an occasion. Enjoy. [read more]
I arrive in Ann Arbor on a freezing Wednesday in February determined to get to the bottom of "mutant pop" and the man who creates it. I probe him on his influences, his songwriting process, and the new material he's working on. I look for any hint of the tongue-in-cheek darkness that runs through his work in his infectious positivity. It's a night of little moments, of tiny revelations. The first? [read more]
Since forming The Soft Moon in 2009 in Oakland, California, Luis Vasquez has combined the aggression of industrial music with the bleak emotional openness of prime Depeche Mode, producing blacker-than-black music that shares a vision with 80s synth/goth pop but thanks to Vasquez’s brilliant production that switches from an uncomfortable fog to sharp, gleaming metal, it’s very much 21st century music. [read more]
It’s difficult to suggest the best entry point into the Newsom back-catalogue for a novice. Her first album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, is perhaps a touch more accessible than its siblings, partly thanks to the fact that the majority of its tracks are of normal length. Nevertheless, to our ears, Newsom’s debut – when compared to Ys and Have One On Me – is but a hint of her talent, both in terms of the lyrical content and musical virtuosity. [read more]
We caught up with Charlie Cunningham and took him to a reclamation yard in South East London where he played a cover of 'Moon River' live in session for 405tv. [read more]
From London, Lisbon and Gary, Indiana they come: the best electronic records of the last fortnight. With far flung producers making music not beholden to genre, convention or even good taste, it's undoubtedly a particularly exciting time to be following the most exciting music on the planet. [read more]
We braved a relentlessly rainy London afternoon in February to meet up with Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, who talked to us animatedly about Lucid Dreaming and also posed for some snaps, presented here for your browsing pleasure. [read more]
Given Jay Z’s role as the prime mover of the project via his purchase of the original service, he’s come under the biggest focus -- and in terms of aesthetics, it’s kinda hard to beat critic Geeta Dayal’s take the other day: “Just what does Jay Z have to provide me? I am honestly uncertain...Jay Z’s newest cd was dreadful. Hearing that in lossless audio versus paying attention to that on a cruddy YouTube stream?” [read more]
Last weekend (not the one just gone, the one before that), Lights played Coachella, and by the looks of it she had a pretty fantastic time. The music, the sun, the birthday bunting. Wonderful. Chec...
The band are hitting the festival circuit this summer.
They're heading out on a UK and Ireland tour tomorrow with support from Rhodes and Meadowlark.
Two old friends have the best time of their lives in the 'What I Like' video.
For EP cut 'Me U & Hennessy', Dej takes on a softer, more romantic and intimate approach.
Ooo aaa, indeed.
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