Kate Jackson paints ‘British Road Movies’

Kate Jackson, the former Long Blondes frontwoman, is going it alone – eight years after the band split.

Her debut solo album, ‘British Road Movies’, is due for release on 20 May 2016, accompanied by a London instore performance at Rough Trade East on the same day.  She also plays London’s Courtyard Theatre on 3 June as part of a series of live dates. 

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Gold Panda returns with ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’

Gold Panda is back on London’s stages – for an album release show in May and, a few weeks later, an appearance at Field Day.

The electronic artist, whose third album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’ is out on 27 May, plays Tufnell Park Dome on 30 May and Field Day on 11 June 2016.

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Frankie Cosmos is the ‘Next Thing’ in London

Frankie Cosmos is headed to London for the first time, in support of her second full-length album.

‘Next Thing’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Zentropy’, is due for release on 1 April. Just over a month later she and her three-piece backing band hit the UK for a co-headline tour with Porches that reaches Oslo in London on 23 May 2016.

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MONEY: I pray you’re never empty

MONEY | Village Underground | 22 February 2016

Jamie Lee steps onto the stage, alone. Admitting MONEY have had a rough time of it, he sincerely thanks those people who’ve helped him through before dedicating a song to one in particular. A piece of fragile beauty, performed solo on an acoustic guitar, it’s so new there’s not even a title yet.

It’s a ballsy way to open a gig, but immediately bonds performer and punter, with the created intimacy unaffected by the full band’s arrival. Complemented by a cellist and violinist, they sensitively fill out Lee’s heartfelt take on the equally delicate, equally haunting ‘You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky’.

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Zakk Wylde going solo in London

Zakk Wylde has announced his first solo album in 20 years, accompanied by a European tour that includes a London stop.

‘Book Of Shadows II’, created by the Black Label Society mainman and his long-time collaborator John Irwin, is preceded by the new single ‘Sleeping Dogs’.

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Inglorious: It’s ours tonight

Inglorious | Islington Assembly Hall | 21 February 2016

Photo credit: John Bull

“It was honestly the best night of my life,” Nathan James tweeted after the first show of Inglorious’ album launch tour.

That should come as no surprise to anyone at the gig – a fist-pumping, ass-shaking celebration of classic rock punctuated by the frontman’s broad smiles and genuine outpouring of thanks between songs. From the moment he and the band step out to the strains of The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ to the final vocal soars of goodnight song ‘Unaware’, it’s clear they’re living out their wildest dreams on that Islington Assembly Hall stage.

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The Good Life: Take me for all I am

The Good Life | The Borderline | 20 February 2016

When The Good Life last played London, Bush and Brown were in charge, the first iPhone and final Harry Potter book had just come out, and the world’s best-selling album was by Avril Lavigne.

So when the band return to The Borderline for the first time since 4 December 2007, there’s much catching up to do. ‘Lovers Need Lawyers’ from 2004’s ‘Album Of The Year’ and 2007’s ‘You Don’t Feel Like Home To Me’ are instant refreshers, before frontman Tim Kasher apologises.

“We haven’t been here in a long time.”

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