Tramlines 2018 – Who to Watch

This year’s Tramlines lineup is the biggest yet, so it might be a bit difficult to pick out who to see. Worry not, I’ve got you covered.

 

Friday

The Big Moon – Main Stage

The Big Moon always put on a good, energy filled show, and with the Mercury Nommed group opening up the main stage this year, there’s no reason to miss them.

Everything Everything – Main Stage

Everything Everything are one of the most experimental, consistent bands around right now, and their live shows are equally amazing. Not to be missed.

The Orielles – Leadmill Live Stage

Having released their brilliant debut album earlier this year, The Orielles are a perfect example of upbeat indie rock.

Saturday

Blossoms – Main Stage

Quickly becoming one of the biggest names in indie music over the last few years, Blossoms will be sure to get the crowd going on Saturday evening.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Main Stage

It’s Noel Gallagher.

Mabel – T’Other Stage

One of the best new names in pop from the last few years, Mabel is bringing her R&B hits to Tramlines on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday

The Seamonsters – T’Other Stage

One of the most exciting young bands in Sheffield at the mo, The Seamonsters open T’Other Stage on Sunday.

Pale Waves – T’Other Stage

One of the fastest rising indie bands at the moment, Pale Waves will bring their slick indie pop to T’Other Stage on Sunday.

De La Soul – Main Stage

Hip-Hop legends De La Soul will take to the stage on Sunday evening and are sure to put on a big, energy filled show.

Teleman – The Library Stage

Consistently brilliant and inventive, Teleman are bringing their synth driven indie sounds to the Library Stage on Sunday night.


Tickets for Tramlines are still available, with more info and the full lineup at http://tramlines.org.uk

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Venue Talk: Studio Killers on Ruisrock Festival

I spoke to Studio Killers about their favourite live music venue. The European electro-pop trio made up of Cherry, Goldie Foxx and Dyna Mink chose the place that they made their live debut, Ruisrock Festival in Finland.

Where is your favourite live venue?

“Ruisrock festival in Finland.”

Why is it your favourite venue?

“We love it so much because it’s located in a beautiful area by the sea. The vibe at the festival is fantastic!”

Who else have you seen perform there?

“We saw Disclosure there in 2015 and thought they were great!”

Have you ever played there yourself?

“Yeah we’ve played there twice before, in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 festival was our first ever live show!”

Festival Facts

  • Ruisrock festival is split into two areas, the beach and the meadow.
  • The Festival was founded in 1970
  • The Clash has their last ever live performance at Ruisrock.
  • This year’s lineup includes Tyler The Creator, First Aid Kit, Skepta, Dua Lipa and N.E.R.D.

Find more information about Ruisrock here: http://www.ruisrock.fi/

 

Venue Talk: The Orielles on Hebden Bridge Trades Club.

I spoke to Halifax indie trio The Orielles, fresh off the back of releasing their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ about their favourite live music venue, Hebden Bridge Trades Club. Check out the video for ‘Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist) below:


What is your favourite venue and why?
“Our favourite venue is the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.”
“The venue holds a lot of sentimental value for us and is essentially owned and run by the community, which is so inspiring and lovely. The staff there are also the best, as is the sound!”

Have you ever played there?
“We have played there a few times and they have always been the best shows of the tour. Great to see so many people both old and young enjoying live music.”

Who else have you seen play there?
“We’ve seen so many bands play there!! Most notably Khruangbin, around two years ago, when they played an unreal show to only about 30 people.”
“Also every single Heavenly Recordings weekender has been so, so amazing and memorable, but maybe we’re slightly biased here, haha.”

Facts about The Trades Club:

  • The Trades Club was built in 1924 and still has the original sprung dance floor.
  • It’s a members co-operative socialist members club. Owned by it’s members and run by a committee.
  • It has been shortlisted for NME Small Venue of the year 3 times.
  • Shortlisted for this year’s Music Week Small Venue Award.
  • They have hosted 3 Heavenly Records weekends at the club, the latest headlined by The Orielles, Gwenno & King Gizzard.
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Everything Everything at Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
Notable artists to play the Trades in the last few years include Mark Lanegan, Patti Smith, Everything Everything, Fat White Family & The Fall. They have upcoming shows from Girl Ray, IDLES and a Certain Ratio to name a few.
You can stream The Orielles’ debut album below, or buy it from here.
You can find more info and tickets for upcoming events at The Trades club here.
Thanks to Mal from the Trades Clubs for the Facts.

Best 4 Albums of February 2018.

Field Music – Open Here

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The latest album from Sunderland indie heroes Field Music sees the Brewis brothers and co. at their very best. Amazing rhythms and melodies flow through this project with thoughtful, timely lyrics on top.

Best Three: Count It Up, Share A Pillow, Checking on A Message

 

 

MGMT – Little Dark Age

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Back after a long wait since 2013’s self titled album, MGMT made it worth the wait with ‘Little Dark Age’. A brilliant, weird synth-pop album with some of the best material the duo have released in a long time.

Best Three: Little Dark Age, Me and Michael, One Thing Left To Try

 

 

U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited 

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The latest project from Meghan Remy under the U.S. Girls is a sonically diverse album with elements of synth pop, rock and jazz sprinkled throughout.

Best Three: Pearly Gates, L-Over, Poem

 

 

 

The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment

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‘Silver Dollar Moment’ is an amazing debut album full of great, catchy indie bangers. Not much more to say here it’s just bloody good.

Best Three: I Only Bought It For The Bottle, 48 Percent, Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist)

The 4 Best Albums of January 2018

Nick J.D Hodgson – Tell Your Friends:tell-your-friends

A brilliant debut album from ex-Kaiser Chief and songwriter extraordinaire Nick J.D. Hodgson, ‘Tell Your Friends’ was one of the best musical moments in January.

Best 3: Suitable, Honest Face, Tomorrow I Love You

 

 

 

semicircleThe Go! Team – Semicircle:

Semicircle is a joyous, experimental and all around brilliant comeback album from The Go! Team, who deliver brilliant, positive tracks as always.

Best 3: Mayday, Semicircle Song, Plans Are Like A Dream U Organise

 

 

 

Image result for django django marble skiesDjango Django – Marble Skies:

The third album from Django Django is the group at their best, making infectious synth driven tracks like the almost unstoppable ‘Tic Tac Toe’ and simpler, slowly shifting cuts like ‘Fountains’.

Best 3: Tic Tac Toe, Surface To Air ft. Self Esteem, Fountains

 

 

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First Aid Kit – Ruins: The long anticipated return of the Swedish sisters First Aid Kit was well worth it, with the duo coming back with another great album full of tight harmonies and dreamy melodies.

Best 3: Rebel Heart, Fireworks, Postcard

 

 

 

You can listen to the ‘Best 3’ from each of these albums on my new ‘Best Threes’ playlist, featured below.

The 17 Best Music Videos of 2017

The 17 music videos below are my favourites from the year in no particular order!

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace pt. 2

A really heartwarming video that highlights the positive message that flows through the track; showing real community spirit and people coming together through the power of song.

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

A fun, stop motiony video from Django Django, showing just how far some people will go for a cup of tea. Worth it though.    Directed by  John Maclean

Gorillaz – Garage Palace

A brilliant arcade inspired visualiser from Gorillaz filled with easter eggs for fans of the band for the intense Little Simz collaboration ‘Garage Palace’  Directed by Noah Harris

Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool

In this brilliantly directed video, Sunflower Bean play at a classic American school dance. Directed by Andy DeLuca

Glass Animals – Agnes

Dave from Glass Animals is in a big centrifuge singing the most emotional song from their 2016 album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ Directed By Eoin Glaister

Tayla – Coming Back Around

Tayla gets chucked around in a very nice car in this fun video for the insanely catchy ‘Coming Back Around’ Directed by Xiphi 

Alvvays – In Undertow

Alvvays get spacey in this dreamy video that perfectly captures the mood of the track. Directed by Joe Garrity

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming

This retro inspired video is relatively simple, but really effective – matching the mood and tone of the song perfectly. Daft Punk look really cool in capes too. Directed by Warren Fu

Dua Lipa – New Rules

This brilliantly choreographed and shot video surely helped to propel this track to #1 for two weeks earlier this year. Directed by Henry Scholfield

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz

This beautifully animated video signalled the return of Gorillaz after 7 years, with Saturnz Barz being the first single from their latest album, Humanz. Directed by Jamie Hewlett

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

One of the best directed videos of the year, Humble features one incredible shot after the other, all perfectly fitting in with the track, which is a banger.

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

This bizzare but brilliant video starts Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain.

 

Paramore – Told You So

Paramore have had a great year, with After Laughter being their best album in a long time. ‘Told You So’ was my favourite track from that album, and it comes with this great video.  Directed by Zac Farro and Aaron Joseph

Lorde – Green Light

This year Lorde finally made a comeback after her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. ‘Green Light’ instantly became one of the biggest tracks of the year when it was released, and the accompanying video was bursting with energy. Directed by Grant Singer

Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah

‘Oh Yeah’ by Dutch Uncles is an upbeat track full of hope, and this fun, roller based video is a real treat. Duncan can move. Directed by Nick Middleton

The Big Moon – Sucker

The Big Moon go all western in this funny, really well directed video for their great single ‘Sucker’. Directed by Louis Bhose

Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional

Wolf Alice go all old school in this great video for Beautifully Unconventional. Directed by Stephen Agnew

Everything Everything’s 10 Best So Far

Today marks the 10th birthday of Manchester art-pop lads Everything Everything. Fresh off the back of their latest album ‘A Fever Dream’ – let’s have a look at their 10 best tracks so far. (In alphabetical order)

Blast Doors

With it’s almost rapped verses and with great harmonies on the chorus, Blast Doors is EE running at full speed.

Cough Cough

Featuring some of the best drums in any song ever, Cough Cough is the pounding first track on Arc.

Desire

The second single taken from ‘A Fever Dream’ proves that EE can still make catchy choruses with a sense of urgency about them after a decade.

Distant Past

The lead single from 3rd album Get to Heaven, Distant Past was a vibrant insight into what the following album would bring. What a banger.

Duet

Duet shows off the versatility of Everything Everything. An emotional, developing track backed with strings was one of the standouts on Arc.

Final Form

Final Form is far the band’s most emotional track, really showing off Jonothan Higgs’ vocals.

My Kz, Ur Bf

An example of what EE do best, My Kz is a weird one but still has an amazingly infectious melody.

No Reptiles

“It’s alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair old enough to run, old enough to fire a gun.”

Photoshop Handsome

Photoshop Handsome was the breakout hit for Everything Everything, it’s witty lyrics and 8-bit sounding synths still standing up to their recent releases.

Schoolin

Another early single from Man Alive, Schoolin stands out as one of the strongest from that album, especially with its annoyingly catchy whistle.

Listen to everything by Everything Everything below: