Cultivating great musical taste

Review

Laura Marling back in Southampton

Laura Marling

It has been a whole three years since Laura Marling last graced the stage at Southampton Guildhall, then it was in support of A Creature I Don’t Know, now it was the turn of Short Movie.

Having moved away from the folky, country sounds that were so prominent in her Mercury award nominated first two albums, she’s set her sights on the wonders of electric music. Rather incredibly she’s been able to keep a hold of her identity whilst successfully shifting in the music spectrum. Even so, it was intriguing to see how her new sound would translate to the stage. (more…)


Victorious Festival Preview: Slowclub

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Slowclub are a duo that is already enjoying a certain amount of success and attention. As well as getting a healthy dose of media coverage from established music publications like the NME as well as the music arms of papers such The Independent and The Guardian, they also have celebrity interest resulting in a guest appearance from Daniel Radcliffe for the video of Beginners back in 2012. (more…)


Pepper Presents Featuring The Lost Boys and Missing Andy

Pepper Presents

Last night The Winchester, an unassuming pub in Bournemouth, hosted the launch of Pepper Presents, a live music showcase organised by music App developers Pepper. It was a showcase of ‘local’ talent as well as equipment that is beginning to have a massive impact on the industry. And that is what Pepper is about. They’re not just an app and they have a vision for Pepper Presents, hoping one day to have their own mini tours and taking with them artists who are great live. (more…)


Song of the Day: Spanner in the Works by Just Millie

Yes, this is from the artist I previewed yesterday for Victorious Festival. But you know, it is a good song. As you know from the previous post the track is due for release towards the end of next month and Spanner in the Works is very promising. (more…)


Song of the Day: Over by Alice Boman

Rather annoyingly there is very little information available about Alice Boman on her social media sites. This is the part of the post where we would talk a bit about her history and anything she’s achieved. All we can say at the moment is that she’s from Malmö and sings in hauntingly beautiful English that clings to your mind like dew drops to blades of grass. (more…)


Song of the Day: Longtime by Ash Grunwald

Longtime gets started pretty quickly. I think there’s like one second of introduction then the whole thing kicks in pretty swiftly. It takes about the same amount of the time to be immersed in the track. Ash Grunwald does a great job. (more…)


Song of the Day: Taking Me Back by The Common

Well isn’t Taking Me Back a moody little song.

Actually, I guess moody isn’t really the right word. This makes it difficult to explain. I suppose what I mean is that there’s a certain mood, a certain atmosphere created by The Common on this track….and yet atmospheric isn’t quite right either. (more…)


Song of the Day: Blown Away by Sivert Hoyem

One of the reasons I’ve chosen this song is because of Sivert Hoyem’s voice. It’s rich and deep and just absolutely amazing. It’s a hard voice to match and I’m not sure many guys can. I think the acoustics of the venue also has a part to play in it as he has this vibrato to his voice that just echoes pleasantly.

He kind of sounds a little like Nick Cave, or at least he reminds me of him. (more…)


Song of the Day: Dreamer by Elizaveta

I love her voice.

I’m finding it difficult to say anything more if I’m honest. There is just something about her voice, and that something is awesomeness. Usually when I find someone I listen to a few of their tracks, unless the first one is that amazing, and choose one for the blog. But this time I just wanted to hear more and more and more. (more…)


Within Temptation at Wembley Arena

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Well, you may have already read my thoughts on the support, to sum it up they were bloody fantastic, but what about the main attraction? Upon seeing the Dutch symphonic metal giants for the third time it is safe to say that they are as good as ever. While Hydra isn’t their best album to date it’s still a strong offering and it hasn’t impacted on their live performance at all. (more…)


The Day of The Rabblement at The Wedgewood Rooms

On stage at the Wedgewood Rooms. Photo by Lisa Reeve

On stage at the Wedgewood Rooms. Photo by Lisa Reeve

Lately I have been incredibly impressed with the musical talent that the South Coast has  churned out and one of the best has to be The Day of The Rabblement. On Wednesday they played at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth as part of Reel Sound Music, and I have to say that they put on an amazing show.

From the very first song, Soul Traders, they showed that they were an amazingly well rehearsed seven piece band. With that many people on stage creating noise it could be easy for something to go wrong. But nothing ever did, which demonstrated just how well they work with each other. (more…)