Whatever happened to good old fashioned jam-sessions and chilled acoustic music? It’s all over at Watch Listen Tell. Watch Listen Tell, based in England, records bands performing acoustic versions of their songs. From names like Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy Rose, Two Door Cinema Club and Young the Giant, they will easily soak up hours of […]
Everybody loves an awkward, bearded introvert. Let’s just be grateful for that moment when Keaton Henson broke from his shell and opened his mouth to sing. Henson’s lyrics are vulnerably honest and his muffled voice with his guitar make for a beautiful listen.
Carolina Chocolate Drops are the best live acoustic group I’ve seen in a long time. Their sound is roots country and blues music with banjo, dobro, fiddle, jug playing and foot stomping. Singer Rhiannon Giddens is radiant, one of the most charismatic performers I’ve ever seen, and her voice is transcendent and beautiful. Along with […]
Slow Wolf have their bodies in London and their heads in a distant country. With three Scots and a partially devolved English rhythm section, they range from intimate acoustic sets to a stomping full band. Definitely one to watch.
Don’t be fooled: The Middle East actually hail from Queensland, Australia, where their mini-album, The Recordings Of The Middle East, was originally self released 2008 before the always hip record label Spunk re-issued it with new packaging and a new tracklisting in 2009. Next up for the band are their first shows ever on American […]
Flashguns are a killer British trio who just survived a break-up following the recent departure of keyboard player, Oliver Wright. I’m delighted the guys chose to run strong as a three-piece and recorded some acoustic sessions on the road while supporting Bombay Bicycle Club’s UK tour. Before you watch Samuel Johnston’s interesting van acoustic version […]
I saw Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience play the other week in New York. As a long time fan of the group, this was a much anticipated show. And while I was a little disappointed that they opened the set playing their entire new album — Declaration of Dependence — from beginning to end (which […]
A former bare-knuckle boxer from Yorkshire, England (for real), Findlay Brown was heralded by many as the UK’s answer to Jose Gonzales when his debut album, Separated By The Sea, was released on Peacefrog Records in 2007. Love Will Find You moves beyond his earlier folk sound to a more ambitious — and soulful — […]
Seattle band Fleet Foxes create such delicate, seductive and soulful music that you kinda want to pick up a guitar again, dust off the rusty strings, and see if any of their heartfelt, introspective magic rubs off. Quick disclaimer: it doesn’t.
We featured Nouvelle Vague frontman, Marc Collin’s Secret Playlist recently, so we thought it would be a good time to check in with him on the eve of the band’s Unplugged Australian tour, which will see them play shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in mid-December. As a child of the 80s, I love your […]
Firekites, from small town Australia (Newcastle to be exact), are my new musical obsession, and have been since early yesterday when their song Autumn Story randomly burst into my headphones and latched itself deep into my inner ear iPod. I wish they’d been around when I last lived in Sydney; it would have been well […]
Rob Dickinson, former frontman of highly influential British band Catherine Wheel, is set to re-release his debut solo album, Fresh Wine For The Horses. The album will be released as a two disc set on June 10 with one new song, End Of The World.
Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to be able to sing like Neil Finn. His voice rasps with all the sincerity and integrity of a thousand heartfelt melodies. Heck, I’d probably trade my prized collection of Archie comics for just the chorus on this song. Driving Me Mad? You betcha(dupa). This man is a treasure. […]