A Columbus concert review and pics of Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms
As dozens of tornados set out to destroy the entire midwest on Sunday night, a handful of guitars were slowly being loaded into Newport Music Hall… the later of which having much more sinister intentions.
We’ve covered the Front Bottoms rather extensively over the past 5 years and rest assured NO ONE is more committed to their art. Matt, Brian and the band live to tour and their show is the obvious result of practice. So get off the internet, pick up a guitar and hit the road already.
Manchester Orchestra haven’t played a Columbus concert in over two years and from my balcony perspective, it could not have come any quicker.
Because of the way this blog is structured, titled, written and promoted those of you reading already know Manchester Orchestra’s music and are simply checking out the pics. However, just maybe a few of you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this band live, which means you didn’t know that the guitar is BACK. Not back in the indie, intricate, reverb heavy, repeatedly looped sort of way, but instead the straight forward, melt your face as the entire audience bangs (not nods) their head in perfect unison.
Manchester Orchestra has a rare intensity that not only transcends the crowd, but also the band. And while that initial thought, that an entire band should love the music equally seems universal, its hardly consistent. Everyone can name live shows where a member of the band was obviously just going through the motions, completely detached from their bandmates… let alone the crowd.
Obviously not the case on Sunday night.
It could be the years of absence from Columbus and touring in general that made the evening so electric, it could also have been the actual lighting outside. And despite one of my peeves of concert goers singing along to every song, it was the roar of the guitar that drowned out the masses, but still left the image of a sold out guitar rock show once again becoming the norm.
November 4th, 2013 • News
Independent Label Market December 2012 – photo by Jade Hopcroft.
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be once again co-hosting a stall (with Killing Moon) at the Christmas edition of Independent Label Market, which is taking place at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday 30 November (from 11:00 to 17:00). There are set to be 80 or so other indie labels represented, including the likes of Bella Union, Domino and Young Turks.
This year is set to be different to previous ones; what with London Brewers’ Market joining in on the day, offering up a wide selection of beer from outlets such as Camden Town Brewery, Hackney Brewery and East London Brewing Company.
All our 7″ releases to date will be on sale (LFC001 – LFC005; LFC010), and be sure to stay tuned for news of a special acoustic performance during the day!
Who’s looking forward to the Xmas Indie Label Market with 80 record labels plus independent brewers @ Spitalfields?? https://t.co/5d4VDaHaXC
— AIM UK (@AIM_UK) October 29, 2013
November 4th, 2013 • News
His debut single “Magpie” has been out for nearly a month now, and was yesterday featured on Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch programme. The track was also added to the show’s Spotify playlist, alongside the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Arcade Fire, The 1975 and Bastille.
— Sunday Brunch (@SundayBrunchC4) November 3, 2013
September 26th, 2013 • News
September 6th, 2013 • News
We’ve been away for a little while, but would like to think we’re back with a bang – our next release on the label (LFC010) will be the amazing “Magpie” by London-based KHUSHI.
Earning comparisons to artists like The National, Alt-J, Bon Iver and fellow Londoner Sivu with his brooding, emotive and timeless tracks, there’s been a tangible buzz surrounding KHUSHI in the last twelve months or so. As such, we’re over the moon to be putting out his first ever release on Monday 7 October (300 7″ digital). The launch show takes place the following evening, 8 October, at Hoxton Plaza (tickets), and the limited edition clear vinyl can be pre-ordered from here right now.
Check out a new, revised version of the song below, which has just been premiered by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and also over at This Is Fake DIY.
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