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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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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Shawn James: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Shawn James is much more than yet another guy with an acoustic guitar – he brings grit, raw passion, and darkness to a musical tradition as old as the hills. Fresh off his first visit to the UK, the singer-songwriter tells us about the impact of having his song ‘Through The Valley’ featured in the trailer for PlayStation game ‘The Last Of Us 2’, recording at the legendary Sun Studios, caring less about what people think, standing on the shoulders of giants, and British accents.

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Meadowlark: I just want you to know

Since releasing their debut EP back in 2015, Meadowlark have been gaining a dedicated following with their catchy, but intelligent, synth-led songs.

As the duo prepare to release their first full-length album, ‘Postcards’, on 30 June, Kate McGill tells us about recording in a church, long walks in he woods, why she and bandmate Dan Broadley work so well together, the album’s that’s influenced them most, wanting to sing like Ariana Grande, and her favourite biscuits.

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