Save Our Venues (and future)

You care about music? Click Music Venue Trust's Save Our Venues link asap! https://saveourvenues.co.uk/ (or... The Entertainment Industry wrecked). No rising star venue circuit, means no future head-liners/awards winners, economic, cultural and reputational benefits (creative self employment and social collusion included). SERIOUSLY. "Venues are the vital first stop for a band to build its fan base, confidence and character on stage. Unforgettable memories from all the venues we’ve played, sadly many are shut now. Lets try our best to keep the scene alive." The Gulps (@TGulps) Since announcement, artists and audiences alike have galvanised an online collaboration with local communities, national and independent media - plus venues themselves (many of which I've visited as fan/crew, inspiring Music Tourism. Many of us spend much of our lives in positive vibrations). Follow…
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Bravely Liaising with a Sign Of The Times

Bravely Liaising with a Sign Of The Times

Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaisons - EP release and Summer UK tour dates. 'Sign Of The Times' is a sound of the times. It's the debut EP (four songs via Fort Records) from Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison - are a driven Cambridgeshire delight who sound like a noisy frolics weekend night out, any time or day! http://cdbaby.lnk.to/SignOfTheTimes Freshly released, 'Sign Of The Times' is loaded with tangents of rough riffs and nagging lead licks, urgent rib digging chant alongs over slammed beats. Recordings on a mission to move hearts, heads, hips (and any remaining minds that don't believe in the unending power of rhythm and blues in all it's forms of popular music). This heartfelt collection of tunes have inspired over ten thousand Spotify streams at time…
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#BalconyOnlineFest 3!

#BalconyOnlineFest 3!

Saturday 25th April 2020 from 1pm GMT. An expanding alliance of artistic alumni and music sites creating exclusive performances for a festival vibed virtual meet up in aid of charity. Refuge is the UK's largest single provider of specialist accommodation and support to women and children escaping domestic (and other forms of) violence and abuse. The show will be free to watch, with viewers encouraged to make a donation to the charity if they can afford to do so. It's a win, win (and sometimes wine) positivity. Absolutely stoked at the calibre of talent involved, chosen by the Balcony Festival Fam. We love to see and hear it. Here is the Facebook Event for the fullest info, pre-show donation links, to invite your friends and discussions / updates; https://facebook.com/events/521623578792282/ We…
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Ellie Moon – ‘Promise It Won’t Be Boring

Ellie Moon – ‘Promise It Won’t Be Boring

Liverpool and Madrid bred musician, Ellie Moon was Tidal 'Indie Britain' front page news with her second single, the joyful, retro tinged 'Promise It Won't Be Boring'... future accolades are calling. We want to know more pre-Moonisms! Interview by Kelly Munro: Tell us - how long have you been making music? Ellie : "This sounds so cheesy, but like most kids when I was little I’d always make songs up and also used to write little poems and stuff like that... ...I suppose that fascination followed me through teen-hood, when the traditional angst kicked in and forced me to “like-totally-express-myself” (fortunately not through the medium of dance, but in song form). I remember one of the first songs I “properly” wrote was when I was about 15. It was most…
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Bugeye: for ‘When The Lights Go Out’!

Bugeye: for ‘When The Lights Go Out’!

Digital single 'When The Lights Go Out' - 24th April 2020 via Reckless Yes |Pre-save https://ffm.to/a79olom| This precedes the debut album, also produced by Paul Tipler, that is coming in June! Art by Julia Woolams, 31% Wool The lights of hope HAVE gone out in the eyes of many. Praise the music goddess for Bugeye, shining aural light into our lives with a pure PunkPop passion; “It’s Friday night, at last the working week’s over, and guess what, it was a bit of a shitty week... again. Nothing changed, everything’s the same, so we go out and we drink with our mates to escape it all. Legendary night of self-medication, the downward spiral, before the week starts all over again. This song is about depression and using alcohol as a…
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Almost Everything Is Bullshit…

Zeenager faves MOSES are the ultimate indie-pop band. I defy anyone to listen to ANY track on Almost Everything Is Bullshit, and not have it stuck in their heads the entire day. This album is full of the feel-good lockdown lullabies you've been waiting for.  Despite the title being one of the most relatable statements out there at the moment (especially if you find yourself watching the news or in the Twittersphere) this album is 37 minutes, ten tracks, of pure summer tune escapism.  It starts with the foot-stomping live favourite  Cause You Got Me, Victor's uniquely addictive sharp but somehow soothing voice reminding us that when times are hard, people are out there to help us through. Truly, a song that we all need right now, eh? Then it's…
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Brooke Henzell

Brooke Henzell

An Australian-born musician now living in New York City, Brooke Henzell's music has been described as "dreamy rock with one eye on vintage pop". Interview with Kelly Munro; Tell us how long you've been making music? Brooke : "I’ve been writing music in some capacity since I was about eight years old. I liked to mess around with the pieces my piano teacher assigned me. She got frustrated one day and told me that if I didn’t like the way the notes on the page were arranged I could write my own music in my own time. So I did. I started entering composition competitions for local kids. Then in my teens I started writing songs with myself in mind as a performer. I’m twenty-three now, so I suppose the…
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Living The Stream, Balcony Festival No.2

Living The Stream, Balcony Festival No.2

No human is currently "Living The Dream". But... come together (again) on Saturday 11th April for Balcony online music festival stream show. We meet via Joyzine YouTube at 1pm GMT. Hopefully you'll be uplifted by this united tipped talent treat presented by Louise Schofield of BBC Sesh, hosted on a variety show of virtual stages by key new music supporters. We are honoured to be part of this. https://facebook.com/events/512048626149587/ #2020vision turned out to be a (wonderfully sound-tracked) tangent on the twist of the plot as vision cleared, reevealing kindness -v- callousness and sycophantic stupidity -v-helpful resourcefulness. Artists at all levels, locked down but joining in, where more personal, live streamed performance is concerned. Birthmarks will play our virtual stage. Their debut LP, '...And Then The Rain Stopped' (review) is something…
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Lockdown Look Up

Lockdown Look Up

Freshly presented Top Of The Genre Fusion Pops. Lockdown Weekend 2. 1/3 MIRI is a musical activist, singer, composer, promotor and panel curator. Most recently live streaming for grassroots music venues (with Frank Turner and friends), MIRI was also a total tonic at the #BalconyOnLineFest for Musicians Against Homelessness, recently, reminding of her strong and raspy-fairy vocals on the Loud Women Stage. https://youtu.be/LeDvDGeJqfw 2/3 - RtN - The demos have dropped. Our Independent Venue Week star turn at the #FuturePicks launch - RtN has just dropped DIY-altpop demos, another strong voice with so much more going on (peek into the interview with Louise Schofield TV). 'Time' is especially rousing. https://soundcloud.com/rtnmakesmusic and some brand new URLs - please do follow them, friends. https://instagram.com/rtnmakesmusic/ * https://facebook.com/rtnmakesmusic/ * https://twitter.com/rtnmakesmusic 3/3 - Beija Flo.…
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The Mysterines interview

The Mysterines interview

The Mysterines are on a roll and weave through this tale, with noticeably wider acclaim, each revisit, like when Monefa Walker caught up with them recently. Tufnell Park Dome - 26th February Time is a persistent illusion, and a persistent illusion that it is. Ten minutes, can feel like ten hours. Twelve months can feel like twelve minutes. I have an inkling, that the latter is exactly what The Mysterines have experienced. Short space of time, but exponential change within, as well as without the band. I know I’ve said it before, but as much as it’s important to highlight the importance of Manchester as the centre-point for British music, it’s also important to remember that the musicians of Merseyside, helped to put this country in the limelight of musical…
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