Festival Preview: Live at Leeds

Ben Standring/ March 29, 2019

Despite February providing a short, sharp dose of summer bliss in bizarre fashion earlier this year, we are finally reaching the time in the year in which days are getting longer, temperatures are increasing and the delights of festival season are drawing ever closer. Leading the way on the Saturday of May Day Bank Holiday weekend is ‘Live at Leeds’,

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Becky Hill @Rescue Rooms 20/03/2019 +Interview

Ben Standring/ March 21, 2019

One of pop’s most recognised voices speaks about collaborations, her solo aims and the music industry ahead of her sold-out show at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms The pop industry can be a tough and, at times, horrible business to be involved in. An increasingly competitive industry flooded with young and talented artists who act as mirror images to thousands of singers

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Album Review: Anteros- When We Land

Ben Standring/ March 18, 2019

Rising London-based indie outfit Anteros offer an enjoyable but all too familiar collection of dreamy guitar-based pop on their long-awaited debut record. Given the dire status of British indie rock, aside from a handful of artists in the first decade of the twenty-first century, it feels almost as if the genre has been both resurrected and repaired to its prime

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LANY @Rock City 06/03/2019

Ben Standring/ March 9, 2019

Los Angeles synth-pop trio deliver a dreamy set of indie hits on the nineteenth leg of their seventy-eight-date world tour Since their formation in 2014, LA-based indie-pop trio LANY have snuck through the quagmire of pop with their transcendent and spacious synth-pop platform lifting them to great heights in recent years. Consisting of Paul Jason Klein (vocals, keys, guitar), Les

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Album Review: Hozier- ‘Wasteland, Baby!’

Ben Standring/ March 3, 2019

Irish singer-songwriter offers a soulful, blues-rock extravaganza emblazoned with rich, gold-tinged poeticism Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s salient poeticism first caused an ethereal storm within the music industry in 2013 following the release of debut EP ‘Take Me To Church’, the title-track of which became a religious-damning sensation. A year later, his self-titled debut record stormed into the charts across the world, establishing

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Album Review: Sundara Karma- Ulfilas’ Alphabet

Ben Standring/ March 3, 2019

Reading indie-rock idols offer a majestically grander adventure into unchartered territories  for a sophomore record emblazoned with emotional intelligence and obsessive hook-laden offerings A spiritual awakening has swept across Reading’s budding music scene since Sundara Karma’s foundation in 2013. Following the release of three sublime EPs, the four-piece brought out debut record ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’ to

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Bloxx and Vistas impress at Nottingham’s Bodega

Ben Standring/ November 14, 2018

Two of indie rock’s finest new bands rolled into Nottingham’s Bodega to deliver two mesmerising sets, adding to the hype of the rising British indie-rock scene. London four-piece Bloxx have gathered huge momentum recently with their ethereal blend of grunge and indie-rock. As they end the year with a lengthy UK headline tour, the band opted to enhance the quality

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Acoustic Rooms Weekly 12/11/18

Ben Standring/ November 13, 2018

This week at Acoustic Rooms was a lot busier than last week, back to normal after a quieter bonfire night the week before. There were a lot more artists signed up to play so they kept to three or four songs each this time. First to perform were Stella and Chris- with Chris on guitar and Stella providing the vocals.

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IDLES@ Rock City 25/10/2018

Ben Standring/ October 27, 2018

IDLES, the most important band in Britain deliver a startling set of anguish and anger to a sold-out Nottingham crowd filled with adoration and expectation. Following on from a huge US tour, Bristol five-piece IDLES turned up to Nottingham’s Rock City for the 26th stage of their 55-date tour. With a sell-out crowd of 2,000, IDLES demonstrated why their unique

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