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Talk to anyone about Hater and you’ll soon realised how special they are. The Malmö four-piece (Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson) only released their debut EP, “Radius”, last summer, but it was clear to anyone who heard those three songs of sharp, crystalline indie that they’d captured something precious in them.

We have already mentioned the band before but its great to premiere another track from the Indie band Sweden’s Hater  , taken from the group’s wonderful forthcoming LP “You Tried”, its due out next monthon the Stockholm label PNKSLM Recordings. Like the previous singles from the new record  “Mental Haven” Had It All and now “Cry Later” is a very good lovelorn indie-pop song that’s elevated to greatness by Caroline Landahl‘s gorgeous, pining vocals, which radiate with a warmth and fragile strength that destroys all of the feels every time. “You Tried” is out 10th March.


Dot to Dot Festival is a triple-city, new music festival which takes place in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over the late May bank holiday weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th. Well-known for championing bands as they are about to break, Dot to Dot have showcased the likes of Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg and The XX since establishing in Nottingham, way back in 2005.

This year’s lineup is no exception. Eclectic as ever, the likes of Mystery Jets, Augustines, The Temper Trap, Sundara Karma and Lauren Aquilina are set to feature over the three dates. We love this year’s line-up so much that we’ve put together a list of 10 artists you should probably check out if you’re thinking of heading to any of the cities, including some you’ve probably not heard of before.

The Bristol leg of the festival is strewn around the city from the Exchange to the O2 Academy to The Louisiana and Thekla, among many other cafés, clubs and pubs. As we’ve experience how overwhelming it can get trying to catch so many acts in so little time, we’ve prepared a compact list to guide you through the mayhem!

Fenne Lily

Expect nothing less than poetry and a voice to bring you to tears from this Bristolian rising star. Despite having only one song, “Top to Toe”, available on Soundcloud, the three and a half minutes of beautiful lyrics and soft melody are enough to hook us in.

Rat Boy

Rat Boy aka Jordan Cardy has been royally tearing it up wherever he goes. Labelled as the new Jamie T, Cardy and his band create a real vibe and a ruck in their live shows and have built up a loyal following thanks to prime time radio play of singles ‘Move’ and ‘Sign On’.

Liberto Wolf

This four piece Bristol-based band has enough heart-wrenching lyrics and passionate guitar riffs to make your heart vibrate. Their single, “Everyone Wants to Hurt You”, delivers the perfect alt/post rock vibe on a bed of dark words and smooth licks that sound even better live.


Sundara Karma

The young band from Reading, Sundara Karma, will also take to the stage at this year’s festival.  The indie four-piece are quickly becoming known on the band scene after supporting a variety of popular bands, appearing at a number of festivals and having their own headline tour last year.

Also releasing two EP’s filled with beautifully crafted indie anthems, ‘EP I’ and ‘EP II,’ frontman Oscar Lulu commented: “We’re hoping 2016 is going to be our year, we’re going to f*****g go for it… and maybe not party so hard.”

With their music filled with shimmering guitars and hooks, the bands singles can immediately grasp an audience’s attention from the onset. The distinct vocals from the front man, Lulu, are instantly recognisable and all four members of the band equally display their talent across their memorable singles.

Night Beats

It’s that mix of psychedelic tones and R&B which make Night Beats so unique. It’s blues, contorted and distorted in to new shapes for 21st century wastoids. And we love it.

New Palace Talkies

If you miss New Palace Talkies, you are making a very big mistake. Another notable member of Bristol’s promoter Chivern’s fleet of boundless talent, New Palace Talkies have been making a name for themselves since their formation in 2014, and we expect nothing but big things from them this summer.


No Violet

Slow, slurred vocals and deep psych guitar licks, No Violet’s front woman’s unique croon combined with the bass-infused 60s-esque instrumental are a force to be recognised. If the taster we got from single “Your Head/ My Head” is anything like their live performance, then we’re in for a real treat.


Spring King

Similarly, Spring King are a band that have also been all over prime time radio with slacker singles ‘Rectifier’, ‘City’ and ‘Who Are You’ – all of which definitely pack a punch. They’ve just signed to Island Records and big things are expected of them, so catch them before they blow up in size.


Van Zeller

It’s going to be loud, sweaty, and bursting with energy. Van Zeller compactly represent their musical superiority in their two minute long single “She’s Moving Right”, delivering a big bite of garage inspired rock.


Eyre Llew

Nottingham newcomer trio, Eyre Llew bring their ambient alt-rock to all three legs of this year’s Dot to Dot Festival. You won’t want to miss them. Trust us on this one…


Having recently proved their worth at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, Manchester’s Delamere will hit up all three cities of Dot to Dot in collaboration with Scruff of the Neck records. Listen out for their pop-hook-filled single ‘Bright Young Things’ – which is definitely what they are.


The Karma Repair Kit

If this Bristolian four piece’s awesome name doesn’t draw your attention, their loud, post-punk garage sound surely will. They’ve been building up quite the reputation in Bristol, with performances at The Louisiana, The Exchange and The Stag and Hound slowly inflating their well-deserved fan base.


Little Bribes

Having already played a load of gigs in their native city of Nottingham, alt quartet Little Bribes will play the Nottingham leg of this year’s Dot to Dot on Sunday May 29th.  Look out for Little Bribes’ infectious hybrid of emo and alt-punk later this month.

Diet Cig

NYC duo Diet Cig head over to the UK this month for a tour of the country which includes all three dates of Dot to Dot. Think personable pop-punk ditties full of occasional self-deprecating delicate lyrics, perfect for a singalong we’d say.

Pale Waves

The refreshing four-piece made up of Heather, Ciara, Ryan and Hugo perfectly describe their genre as ‘reverb and glitter’. Their dreamy-indie pop vibe that the band radiate when performing live is certainly engaging, and the set up of two men and two women really makes the band stand out in a positive fashion.

The band has two singles currently available to listen to on Soundcloud, featuring their distinctive tracks, ‘The Tide’ and the track ‘Heavenly’.

The remarkable sound of the young band can be described similar to that of the Birmingham born bands such as Swim Deep, Peace and Jaws, featuring shiny riffs teamed with skating and beach-vibes.


VANT – ” Fly By Alien “

Posted: February 11, 2016 in MUSIC, NOTTINGHAM CITY VENUES

Some people have compared new UK band Vant to the Strokes, the Pixies, and DFA 1979, but these people are also smacking their lips from between their lazily reclined ass cheeks. Sure, Vant play guitars and sing and look cool and sound far more aggressively stoned than your average radio friendly band, but they’re also their own fierce rock n’ roll vehicle. The Strokes? They couldn’t make a track that focuses its aggression so vehemently as Vant do on their most recent track, “FLY-BY ALIEN”,

Unsurprisingly, the track is about extraterrestials; “About an alien travelling through the universe to find a planet that can support life,” says vocalist/guitarist Mattie Vant. “The alien stumbles upon Earth and contemplates destroying the planet but instead leaves its residents with a transmission of hope: ‘You have a meaning, you have a purpose / This life is short, make sure it’s worth it’.” Lovely stuff.

The video itself is directed by Youth Hymns, the self-proclaimed purveyor of “visceral visuals” whose credits include Wolf Alice’s ‘Freasy’ and Slaves’ ‘The Hunter’.

WOLFMOTHER have announced a European headline tour starting this April. The Grammy award-winning rock band fronted by Andrew Stockdale will also be releasing their highly anticipated new album VICTORIOUS (Universal Music Catalogue) on February 19th and have just revealed another new track ‘Gypsy Caravan’

The follow-up to 2009’s Cosmic Egg and 2014’s New Crown, the eagerly anticipated VICTORIOUS is an electrifying testament to the range and depth of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale’s artistry. Recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with 2X Grammy winning producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen), the songs are edgy, inventive and uncompromising and rank among the band’s best ever.

In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties.

“We wanted to get back to that big sound,” says Stockdale. “The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It’s wild, energetic and,” he muses, “perfect for a festival main stage.”

Led by Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Isle of Wight, Rock am Ring and Reading and Leeds, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith and AC/DC. For their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Led Zeppelin personally invited Wolfmother as their guests (the band showed their appreciation by delivering an electrifying cover of ‘Communication Breakdown’).

BRIAN WILSON has announced a massive world tour to honor the 50th anniversary of ‘Pet Sounds’, the Beach Boys‘ groundbreaking 1966 LP. The 70-plus date trek begins March 26th in Auckland, New Zealand, progressing through Australia, Japan & Europe. The American leg begins June 14th in Burlington, Vermont, running until late July & picking up again in September. These will be the Brian’s final performances of Pet Sounds’…Brian Wilson has announced a world tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds”. According to Wilson’s official website, it will be the last time he performs the Beach Boys album live. The tour kicks off at the end of March in Australia, and includes a performance at Primavera Festival.

The Beach Boys‘ classic ‘Pet Sounds’ wasn’t designed as a concept album, and it may not even appear to be one on the surface. But there’s no mistaking the underlying theme of teenage anxiety in Brian Wilsons ambitious, and gorgeously orchestrated, song cycle. It’s the moment where ’60s pop gained the sophistication of Frank Sinatra’s classic concept albums of the ’50s. Without it, there’d be no ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ … or probably any other album on this list.In 1966, several albums were deemed as concept albums by their thematically-linked songs, and became inspiration for other artists to follow. The Beach Boys‘ “Pet Sounds” portrayed Brian Wilson state of mind at the time, and was in turn a major inspiration to Paul McCartney.

Album writers Brian Wilson and Tony Asher insist that the narrative was not intended, though Wilson has stated that the idea of the record being a “concept album” is mainly within the way the album was produced and structured. Later in 1966, Wilson began work on “Smile” , an intentional narrative, though it was scrapped and later revived in November 2011. Freak Out!, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention‘s sardonic farce about rock music and America as a whole, and Face to Face by The Kinks, the first collection of Ray Davies‘s idiosyncratic character studies of ordinary people, are conceptually oriented albums. However, of the three, only Pet Sounds attracted a large commercial audience.

Welcome to the latest edition of Masterpiece Reviews. Once again, we’ve thrown on our favorite velvet robe, turned up the fire, and are here to regale you with stories of the greatest and most classic albums of all time. It’s a fresh, new perspective on why these albums are filed under “M” for masterpiece.

In honor of the upcoming summer season, we pull the curtain back on one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Following their 1965 release, Beach Boys Party!, Brian Wilson began penning new music for the band to record. Utilizing new recording techniques and instruments, 1966’s Pet Sounds would go on to become The Beach Boys’ most heralded album and still considered one of the best albums to this day.


Care to share a ride with Lucius? Then hop in, but only if you don’t mind making stops to pick up some “friends,” taking a quick detour when the cops show up and hearing their new single “Born Again Teen” along the way. Don’t worry: There’s time for an ice cream break. With a new album “Good Grief” schuleded for next March 2016 and a UK tour , Members: Jess Wolfe Holly Laessig Dan Molad Peter Lalish Andrew Burr.

Jeff Lynne is taking ELO on the road for the first time in almost thirty years. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s new album will be the first new ELO music in 15 years. Entitled Alone In The Universe, the album is set for global release November 13th 2015. As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist.

Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades. At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of new material.

A ten date UK run has been confirmed for April 2016. The tour is named after the new ELO album “Alone In The Universe” which is set for release on Friday 13th November. The full list of dates is as follows:

April 2016

5th – Liverpool Echo Arena
7th – Nottingham Arena

Ever get that feeling at a party like there’s walls between you and the other people in the room? London-based four-piece The Big Moon nail that sense of bored, anxious detachment with deadpan brilliance in their video for “The Road”: a track that gives you a withering stare as it asks over scrappy guitar chords,

tell me why you came / ’cause I don’t know why.

Hit play above to join Juliette Jackson, Soph Nathan, Celia Archer, and Fern Ford as they pop balloons, wrap up in duvets, smash various foods to pieces, and generally throw the weirdest party we’re desperate to get an invite to.

“We loved making this video. It was super DIY and on a really low budget,” The Big Moon. “We went to the local hardware store and got a load of MDF and some celtic green paint, then spent a week designing and building all these little booths—sawing, screwing, drilling, painting, swearing, drinking, dribbling, etc. It involved a lot of splinters, a lot of birthday cake, and a lot of love, and thank goodness for our dear, creative, talented, and generous friends Archie Sinclair and John Fitzpatrick, without whom we would have turned to jelly.

“The Road” is available on iTunes now; Handsome Dad Records will also release it as a 7″ Vinyl on October 30th. Limited to 300 Copies on Handome Dad Records. This all girl four piece The Big Moon return with their second single and it shows a different side to the instant pop nugget of ‘Sucker’. ‘The Road’ is brooding and sensual track.

Prior to Blossoms’ new EP ‘Blown Rose’ being released on October 2nd, the band have compiled the hours of film footage shot whilst on tour in Japan and performing for BBC Introducing at SXSW, into a video for Boxed In’s remix of their EP’s title track ‘Blown Rose’.

The band will also embark on a 13-date UK headline tour this autumn, opening  at Glasgow’s King Tuts on October 2.