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Feb 26, 2013

Rare Monk release Sleep/Attack and prepare to thier make Columbus debut

Today Rare Monk releases Sleep/Attack and prepare to make their Columbus debut this Friday. The name-your-own-price album is far more complex and multifaceted than the majority of elctro-pop, pseudo-grunge and angst driven goth revival tunes making their rounds amongst the blogosphere today.


This album transcends so many genres, resulting in a less than “cohesive” sound, which upon much internal debate is not necessarily a bad thing. Obviously most bands are influenced by a variety of genres, yet are expected think linearly when its time to record? And in the age of floundering attention spans of fans and blogs’ necessity to constantly identify the next “big thing” its hard to fault a band for providing their fans with a bit of diversity.

The combination of intricate guitar work that often harmonizes with the violin, an occasional brass section spearheaded by the saxophone and perfectly placed keys to bridge the gaps are the standard for these immensely talented musicians. The album’s pseudo-instrumental track “Center of it All” and lyricless “Mama Bear” put their musicianship fully on display from the first note.

“Center of it All” with its ethereal Sigur Ros vibe starts gently, providing listeners with a deserved respite after the intensity of “Underground” (the album’s previous track). However, its the fully instrumental track “Mama Bear” that attracted us to Rare Monk in the first place. Despite the fact that this album features one track with a Foster the People-esque vocal delivery and another with non sarcastic auto-tune, finishing the album with a lyricless aural mindfuck of wailing guitars and violin that blend together so seamlessly you have to scratch your head and ask “which is which?” is just the tip of their talent iceberg.

Nevertheless, its the songwriting ability of Dorian Aites that truly differentiates Rare Monk from their indie counterparts. Sleep/Attack’s opening track “Death by Proxy” lures the listener in with cheerful pop musical overtones, but upon further scrutiny these incredibly dark and sinister lyrics force you to look up “vivisect” and suddenly feel creepy.

To show your mistakes don’t underestimate the backlash of hypocrisy
I’ll sell you
Yeah I’ll copyright your breath just a few cents
My legal team said I should tell you
I’ve already trademarked your death I’ll post your suicide to Vimeo

“Timebreakers” starts out teetering as a rock/country hybrid, replacing lead guitar with the violin as the focal point of the song, contains intellectually braggadocious self-discovery lyrics of the geometrical variety.

I’m searching for a signal
So I keep my eyes up on the sky
A tesseract deep through the middle
Of what’s abstract and what’s defined
I’ll be fine

And finally with title track of the album “Sleep Attack” the lyrics forced this author to grab a dictionary (google).

Are you the lucky one?
Once the penumbra’s done
You’re the setting sun
Seratonin’s pun

Sleep/Attack as an album is definitely a journey of both the musical and lyrical variety, walking a tight rope between self-indulgence and unpretentious artistic expression. Luckily, if you’re in Columbus this Friday you can catch them for FREE as part of Sixpoint’s Beer is Culture music series at Hounddogs.


Feb 25, 2013

Sixpoint Presents a free concert in Columbus Ohio

Sixpoint presents a free concert in Columbus Ohio as they bring their passion for craft beer and music to Hounddogs for a monthly event series.



The first !!!100!!! people through the door who RSVP receive a FREE Sixpoint beer! AND with every Sixpoint purchased thereafter you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a pair of Muse tickets we are giving away at the end of the night!

This event is 21+ and please arrive early as RSVP does NOT guarantee admission and is limited to venue capacity.

8:00pm: Doors and Sixpoint Sampling Hour

9:00pm: Cliffs

10:00pm Jackie Stabb

11:00pm: Rare Monk

3/5 at the Schottenstein Center: Section 134, Row G, Seats 5 and 6

Midnight and Between Sets: DJ Charles Erickson

Sixpoint’s next free concert in Columbus Ohio will be 4/20 at Hounddogs… check back for lineup details.

Feb 18, 2013

Introducing: In Their Thousands

Back in the summer of 2010, we hosted a record release show for Ice Black Birds at the now defunct Flowerpot venue in Kentish Town to mark the first ever single on LFC Records. Supporting them that night was a plucky singer-songwriter with a big voice and bags of potential called Declan McClafferty, who since then, we’ve recently learned, has relocated to Donegal in his native Northern Ireland, and formed a rock band called In Their Thousands.

The results are no less than impressive, and indeed, since their inception in mid-2011, ITT seem to have caused quite a stir in that part of the world, picking up plaudits from Hot Press and RTE 2fm (essentially their equivalents of NME and Radio 1) – something that culminated in them winning a Guinness sponsored competition back in November declaring them as the best unsigned band in Ireland, after a showdown at Dublin’s well-known Whelan’s venue.

They’ve also recently recorded a 4-track EP (“Cellars”) with Villagers and Cathy Davey producer Tommy McLaughlin, which acts as a great introduction to their big sounding, rich “alternative folk rock”.

McClafferty’s well honed, gritty vocals are a highlight, and when flanked by some rousing harmonies and a big chorus, it’s a powerful alchemy. “War Of Our Worlds”, in particular, is an exercise in clinical, FM-friendly indie rock, and is one of those songs with the potential to open doors to bigger and better things. “0400″, on the other hand, is a more subtle affair, but packs a similar emotional punch – indicative of a band with more than one trick up their sleeve. More where this came from, please.

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Feb 17, 2013

London gigs diary: 18 February – 24 February

Hampshire teenagers Blaenavon headline Islington’s Buffalo Bar on Thursday night.

Things this week get going straight away, with six notable shows on Monday evening – a free Bear Cavalry show and a Bebe Black EP launch amongst them. Cymbals supported by Fun Adults at White Heat is sure to be a hot ticket, with both bands making waves of late, and that same night you’re able to catch The History Of Apple Pie and YADI both for free. The Mispers play their second ever show at Old Queens Head on Wednesday evening, following on from their bustling Queen Of Hoxton date a few months back – get down to that one early. Thursday sees the ever-on-it paradYse Records (LULS, Marika Hackman) launch another single, this time from Hampshire’s Blaenavon, with a free entry, 16+ show at Buffalo Bar. Leeds’ Heart-Ships at Old Blue Last and Glasgow’s PAWS at The Dalston Victoria also come recommended that evening. Eight weighty bands are in action at a double header of big NME Awards shows on Friday and Saturday – firstly, The Cribs top a bill at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, which includes Deap Vally and new Infectious Records signings Drenge, and the next day Django Django play Brixton Academy with support from two of ’13′s big indie hopefuls: Palma Violets and Peace.

Monday 18 February

Bear Cavalry @ Old Blue Last FREE
Sam Smith @ Blacks (Society Of The Golden Slippers)
1975 @ The Borderline
Bebe Black @ The Social
Al Lewis @ St Pancras Old Church
Electric Guest (US) @ Rough Trade East

Tuesday 19 February

Cymbals + Fun Adults @ Madame JoJo’s (White Heat)
The History Of Apple Pie + Ides + Bare Pale @ Old Blue Last FREE
AlunaGeorge @ XOYO
The Rubens (AU) + China Rats @ Sebright Arms
Shields + Good Dangers @ The Shacklewell Arms
YADi @ The Social FREE
Doldrums (CA) + Koreless + Glass Animals @ Birthdays (NME Awards)
Exclamation Pony (Ryan Jarman) @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen (NME Awards)

Wednesday 20 February

The Mispers @ Old Queens Head (Akira)
Justin Timberlake (US) @ HMV Forum
Night Engine @ The Borderline
The Lumineers (US) @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 21 February

Blaenavon @ Buffalo Bar FREE
Savages @ Electric Ballroom
Heart-Ships @ Old Blue Last FREE
Nzca/lines @ The Garage
Tim Burgess @ Birthdays
PAWS @ The Dalston Victoria
Moulettes @ Dingwalls (Music Week Breakout)
LCMDF (FI) @ Notting Hill Arts Club

Friday 22 February

The Cribs + And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (US) + Deap Vally (US) + Drenge @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Palace @ Islington Metal Works
Houndmouth (US) + Crybaby + Bat And Ball @ The Lexington

Saturday 23 February

Dems @ Queen Of Hoxton (Cat Lovers)
Django Django + Miles Kane + Palma Violets + Peace @ O2 Academy Brixton (NME Awards)
Kanye West (US) @ Hammersmith Apollo

Sunday 24 February

Kanye West (US) @ Hammersmith Apollo (2nd night)

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Feb 10, 2013

London gigs diary: 11 February – 17 February

Duologue launch their debut LP, “Song And Dance”, at Hoxton Bar on Wednesday night.

Band of the moment (if there ever was one) Wolf Alice are in action on Monday night at Stoke Newington’s Waiting Room, when they launch their debut single “Fluffy” via Chess Club. Tuesday’s highlights include Phoria’s EP launch at Hoxton Bar Kitchen (for Akira Records), with support from Debian Blak and Halflight, and also Oxford’s MMX, who play their own sold out date at Sebright Arms. Two notable purveyors of exciting electronic indie, Duologue and Everything Everything, both play headline shows on Wednesday, each to promote their respective debut and second album releases. Valentine’s Day sees a blockbuster list of shows all over town – amongst them On An On, Local Natives, Pure Love, Kodaline and Bear’s Den, with all of them offering up interesting supporting bills. As the weekend approaches, Scoundrels play their second studio party at The Arch in Tottenham Hale, and the fantastic Vestals launch their debut single at The Social on Saturday night.

Monday 11 February

Wolf Alice @ The Waiting Room Sold Out
Fear Of Men @ Sebright Arms
Desparecidos (US) @ Electric Ballroom
Heartless Bastards (US) + Elle King (US) @ The Lexington

Tuesday 12 February

MMX @ Sebright Arms Sold Out
Phoria + Debian Blak + Halflight @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen (Akira)
CLOUT! + The Wytches + Dogfeet @ Birthdays
Goldheart Assembly + Elle King (US) @ The Shacklewell Arms (Bamboozeld Too)
Sons Lovers + As Elephants Are + Annie Eve @ Notting Hill Arts Club (No Quarter)
Man Without Country + Age Of Consent + Yoyo Eskimo @ Madame Jojo’s (White Heat)
Gulp + The Strypes + Francobollo @ The Social (Huw Stephens Presents) FREE
Darwin Deez (US) + Electric Guest (US) @ Heaven
Toy @ Scala (NME Awards)

Wednesday 13 February

Duologue + Grass House @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen
Everything Everything @ Heaven Sold Out
Kenworthy + Fred Page @ Sevilla Mia (Pull The Plug) FREE
Frightened Rabbit + Wintersleep (CA) + Washington Irving @ HMV Forum Sold Out
Washington Irving @ Bull Gate (10pm)
Jay Brown + Crushed Beaks @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Teleman + Casual Sex @ The Waiting Room FREE

Thursday 14 February

ON AN ON (US) + Elephant + Palace @ Birthdays
Local Natives (US) + Balthazar (BE) @ Scala Sold Out
Pure Love + Turbogeist + The Vestals @ XOYO
Bear’s Den + Joe Banfi @ The Slaughtered Lamb Sold Out
Stubborn Heart + Courts + The Switch @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Kodaline (IE) + Luke Sital-Singh @ Dingwalls Sold Out
Dutch Uncles @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen Sold Out
Three Trapped Tigers + The Physics House Band @ McClusky’s, Kingston (New Slang)

Friday 15 February

Valentina + Superfood @ Birthdays FREE before 00:00
LULS + THUMPERS + Nadine Shah @ Tooting Tram Social FREE
Malpas + Modern Folks + The Recusants @ Old Blue Last FREE
Scoundrels + The Dirty Gentlemen @ The Arch, N15 4QL
Tyrannosaurus Dead @ The Macbeth FREE

Saturday 16 February

The Vestals + Paper Boats + Honey @ The Social
Jetta + Death At Sea + The Lake Poets + Eliza And The Bear @ Roundhouse (Generator / Roundhouse Rising)
Black Manila + Tripwires @ Birthdays

Sunday 17 February


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