Matt Andersen: An Honest Man at The Borderline

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Matt Andersen’s tour schedule is not for sissies. In the next two weeks the Canadian singer plays 13 shows taking him and his acoustic guitar from London to Stockholm, by way of Hamburg and Amsterdam. And that’s the way he likes it.

“I get more excited about tough schedules than find them daunting,” he reveals. “I like that kind of thing where you’re jetsetting – makes it feel rock ‘n roll, I guess,” he laughs.

“All that tiredness, and all that driving around and flying, that stuff is the worst part of what we do – but we still get to perform. And I think that’s the payoff for a lot of us,” Andersen points out.

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Little Steven: Soulfire

Little Steven | Soulfire

Eighteen years is a long time between albums. But Stevie Van Zandt has an excuse – or four. Apart from his acting gigs on ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Lilyhammer’, hosting the weekly radio show ‘Little Steven’s Underground Garage’, and working to restore music education in disadvantaged schools, he’s been a little busy as Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man.

After spending much of the past two decades, and as recently as February, out on the road in the E Street Band, the guitarist is now going it alone once more. And, quite fittingly, he’s chosen to do so with new recordings of songs that span his entire five-decade career as musician, songwriter, record label owner, arranger, and producer.

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Thomas Wynn & The Believers: Wade Waist Deep

Thomas Wynn & The Believers | Wade Waist Deep

Thomas and Olivia Wynn never stood a chance – music is in their blood. The children of a Florida music legend who made his name as the original drummer of ‘70s stalwarts Cowboy, they were destined to follow him into the scene. And while Eric Clapton hasn’t covered one of their songs, as he did with their dad’s ‘Please Be With Me’, on the evidence of ‘Wade Waist Deep’ that can’t be far off.

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Ferris & Sylvester: Setting the tone for what’s to come

After being part of the same Camden music scene for almost a year, Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester found they shared a love of Italian food, Bob Dylan, and Iceland. When they found they could write songs together, Ferris & Sylvester was born.

As they prepare to release their debut EP, ‘The Yellow Line’, the duo tell us about the single ‘Save Yourself’, the importance of drinking tea, recording in Spain, and working with the producer of such classic albums as The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ and Crowded House’s ‘Together Alone’.

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The National sharing ‘Sleep Well Beast’ in Hammersmith

The National are headed back to London.

With their previous performances in the capital taking place at The O2 Arena and Hyde Park, the band are returning to the more intimate setting of Eventim Apollo, playing four nights at the Hammersmith landmark.

Tickets for the shows, taking place from 25 to 28 September, go on general sale on 19 May.

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Shriekback returning to the stage

Shriekback – the band originally formed in 1981 by Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen and ex-XTC keyboard player Barry Andrews – are making their return to the stage after two decades.

In their time away from live performance, the ever-evolving band have produced a series of studio albums, material from which will be brought to life when the group perform at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 3 June.

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