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November 29, 2019

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After a short stint around the UK, Palace are ending their tour with a headline show at the Roundhouse in Camden. The London-based three-piece start their set with a few classics from their debut album, So Long Forever, released in 2016. Reach...

November 25, 2019

Before the release of Vampire Weekend’s album Father of the Bride earlier this year, the idiosyncratic indie kings had been conspicuously absent despite their sweeping success at the outset of the decade. But for those paying attention, Ezra Koenig, the band’s talisman...

November 20, 2019

Following many, many delays, and the scrapped 'Yandhi', Kanye’s new album is here and I truly hate it. I hate it, because it is, in fact, good. I came to this conclusion after listening to it this walking around Shoreditch, which, much like Kanye himself, is awkwardly...

November 19, 2019

As the crowds pour through the doors of Electric Brixton on a cold November evening, a lively buzz radiates from the venue. The aptly sold-out show of Canadian four-piece Half Moon Run is the first London gig the band have played in a long time. After the release of th...

November 14, 2019

When you walk into Lauv’s sold-out show at O2 Kentish Town, there are blue boxes, aptly titled ‘My Blue Thoughts,’ in which people can share whatever they are going through. With the help of AI, the boxes connect those struggles with other people's, all across the glob...

November 13, 2019

Heaven and celestial dream pop are two concepts resonating with each other well. Usually known as the home of the London gay club scene, Heaven welcomed for the first time Anna of the North, or the "weird-ass white girl", as she calls herself.

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November 10, 2019

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A buzz was in the air in the vast Hackney EartH Centre (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) which had sold out the day before Biig Piig’s long awaited gig. Biig Piig, real name Jess Smyth, ran onstage to a backing of her latest single, Roses and Gold. Joi...

November 4, 2019

If you’re not familiar with Rebecca Taylor’s music project Self Esteem, please do yourself a favour and listen to the album Compliments Please, an album that balances female empowerment anthems, personal/introspective indie-pop songs and experimental tracks. I already...

October 28, 2019

Omeara is the perfect venue for a Plested gig. With a maximum capacity of 320 people, even tonight’s sold out show felt small and intimate. The intimacy allowed for genuine conversation between songs as if Plested was part of the crowd. Throughout the show a guestbook,...

October 24, 2019

The lights are dimmed, chatter slowly ceases, darkness falls. Onstage, Jordan Rakei’s silhouette, framed by the musicians surrounding him, appears under mystic midnight blue projectors’ lights. His soulful voice, accompanied by an airy monotone chord, slowly elevates i...

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