Live from the Islington Assembly Hall – Folk Troubadour Beans on Toast

Islington Assembly Hall, with its vast polished wood floor, industrially sized mirror ball and rather frilly architecture, seems a bit too grand for the undying simplicity and honesty of both acts performing tonight. Opening duo Truckstop Honeymoon enter the stage and launch straight in to some of the most effortlessly entertaining music available. Husband and wife Mike and Katie…

We head to The Facemelter 2015 finale by Chaos Theory – Vodun, Casual Nun + The Day of Locusts

  As the raging wind beat against the masses of crowd descending upon the ‘hard rock’ district of London; deep in its heart the unmistakable crash of cymbals could be heard signalling The Facemelter 2015 finale , at the infamous Our Black Heart, Camden. First up were Vodun – with their masterful fusion of tribal, psychedelic metal, infused with elements…

We chat to Abbey Road producer Alan Parsons on his work with Beatles and Pink Floyd – ‘I can sometimes be literally reduced to tears’

Tash Fry and photographer Jamie Brown visited Abbey Road this month for a special ‘Sleeve Notes’ event with Alan Parsons, then met up with him afterwards for a chat. Here’s how it went – I didn’t say it in the talks today, but when I first heard the Sgt. Pepper album, and ‘She’s Leaving Home’ came…

Zenith Myth – Eclipsed V – THE MOVIE

Zenith Myth Eclipsed V 21st August (Vibra Cobra Records) Get yours here A summer release and a winter blockbuster… So much electronic music turns the mind to film or video game soundtracks. That’s no negative thing; the absence of lyrics gives a listener the opportunity to concentrate on the landscape of the music, draw their…

Live at Hoxton Hall – Nordic Giants 7 Depths of (un)Consciousness

Nordic Giants live at Hoxton Hall with Alma Thu 12 Nov 2015 Hoxton Hall is an historic three tiered Victorian music hall – surprisingly compact, with original fireplace and reports of a resident ghost – a perfect setting for the sonic theatrics of Nordic Giants and their carefully crafted post rock fused tunes. Many of the duo’s tracks…

Live – NonClassical’s ‘Minimalism’ Juan Atkins headlines ambitious electro fusion line up

With a line-up headlined by  Detroit Techno legend Juan Atkins, featuring live performances by Abstruckt Ensemble, Cabaret Contemporain, Klavikon and DJ sets by HeptaTonia  and Nonclassical’s own resident DJ Gabriel Prokofiev, this night, dedicated to minimalist music in its various forms, was always going to be something a little bit different. Nonclassical & Marathon! Presents:…

We head to Mirrors Festival for Halloween, Hackney, London

Mirrors festival St John-at-Hackney, Hackney Round Chapel and Oslo in east London 31 October 2015 All photos by Mike Massaro The summer is never long enough, no matter how sloppy the weather, vicious the insects or lollygagging the tourists. Sometimes its promise is all that matters, and what better way to artificially extend the season of…

Saycet Live at the Cluny, Newcastle with St.Lô

Saycet with St.Lô live a The Cluny 2, Newcastle 28 Oct 2015 The Oui Love Tour took itself up north last week to Ouseburn, the revitalised cultural quarter of Newcastle, where The Cluny 2 was chosen as the second venue of four UK dates. There has been something of a French connection in the city since…

Pinkshinyultrablast with Fever Dream at XOYO London

pinkshinyultrablast + Fever Dream XOYO, London 6th October, 2015 XOYO, for those who don’t know, is a nightclub which casts an image that’s pretty different from the reality. Instead of sickly lighting and polished surfaces, it has a pleasant clash of ex-factory and country pub: a smoky atmosphere blends with the cushy furnishings, whilst metal…