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May 27, 2014

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview: Shakey Graves

The Nelsonville Music Festival starts on Thursday and we’re ready to share our absolute favorite solo artist on the bill, Shake Graves.


Shakey Graves is a RethinkPopMusic favorite as we have covered his exceptional talent when he came through Columbus with some Austin friends. And if you aren’t familiar, the Shakey Graves set up is a man, a guitar and a suitcase contraption acting as a kick drum, but housing whatever it is that gives his guitar that tasty tone.


And like our friends Lucius, Shakey Graves will be playing two sets at the Nelsonville Music Festival. On Friday Shakey Graves will play the Nelsonville Music Festival main stage at 4:30pm and then again in the No-Fi Cabin at 9:15pm. Without knowing of anyone joining Alejandro on stage, it’s hard to imagine there will be a vast difference in the performance. Regardless, if it sounds anything like this, Shakey Graves is an artist not to be missed at the Nelsonville Music Festival.

May 23, 2014

Allman Brown: “Ancient Light” EP release + launch party at The Social

We’re excited to say that Allman Brown will be releasing a new 4-track EP, entitled “Ancient Light”, on Monday 16 June via Akira Records. This is his first new music since last September’s “Sons And Daughters” EP (also on Akira), the lead track of which has accrued over 210,000 Spotify plays at the time of writing.

Allman will be launching “Ancient Light” with a special live performance at London’s Social on Wednesday 18 June. Support on the evening will come from Sophie Jamieson (who sings with Allman on new EP track “Fields Of England”) and Robyn Sherwell. Tickets are £5 in advance and are available here. Let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the event on Facebook.

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May 23, 2014

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview: Lucius

The Nelsonville Music Festival is less than a week away and we’ll be doing our best to preview some of those bands a little less familiar to the masses. And to kick things off we’d like to reintroduce the world to Lucius.


When we found out Lucius was playing the Nelsonville Music Festival, a wry smile may have eked out. Meeting the band atop a soap box at SXSW back in 2011, it  was immediately obvious that they were very special. We invited Lucius to play the RethinkPopMusic CMJ and Northside Festival showcases and they’ve since grown into a melodic force.


Categorizing Lucius into some sort of genre would be absurd. The songwriting is easily digested, instrumentation is appropriately intricate and the combined voices of Jess and Holly are bound for individual stardom. Folk influences peak in and out of the new recordings, but if you can find earlier demo tracks, you’ll hear brilliance the likes of Dolly Parton. And speaking of Dolly, the following NPR Tiny Desk performance just so happens to start with said track.

So, if you’re coming out to the Nelsonville Music Festival next weekend, try and see their Main Stage show at 6:00pm on Saturday… or better yet, check them out at 9:15 in the No Fi Cabin as I’m sure it will be more representative of the video above.

May 13, 2014

Introducing: CHILDCARE

Whilst not quite Jared Leto in 30 Seconds To Mars, Keanu Reeves in Dogstar or Ryan Gosling in Dead Man’s Bones, Londoner “Ed Cares” has created a small buzz with his new band CHILDCARE by being “that guy off Take Me Out”. Indeed, Cares took the plunge and went on the show earlier this year, landing an illustrious date at Fernando’s in the process. Latterly, we learned this proved to be ultimately unsuccessful, but during his initial sales pitch, he revealed he was a nanny by trade who also played in a rock band.

CHILDCARE (no prizes for guessing where the name comes from) have since launched their recording and gigging career – they’re now two songs in, and also have a sweaty and packed-out debut show at London’s Social under their belts. Their most recent track “Gotta Wait” is their first original one (following on from a Blondie cover), and is quite the statement of intent. Racing out of the traps like many great indie rock songs do, it channels the spirit of Graham Coxon’s “Freakin’ Out” and The Strokes’ “Take It Or Leave It” with its raw energy and powerful hook (“Leave your light on” pleads Cares, emphatically) before it gallops along to its frantic and exciting conclusion.

Live, Cares comes across as something of an Iggy Pop like figure, spandex clad, bare chested and completely restless, making for quite an all round spectacle. While this cocktail may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s certainly fun, and will potentially connect with a youthful audience who enjoy their rock pop-tinged and radio-friendly. Having already acquired the patronage of the chart-conquering Bastille, this road is one that seems very open to them.

If you’d like to see how this how hangs together, the band play at The Islington tomorrow night (15 May). “Gotta Wait” is released as a free download on Monday 26 May.

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May 4, 2014

Introducing: Brunch

Stumbling across a band the old fashioned way, in an off-the-beaten-track pub back room, is a rare thing these days with everything quickly judged as soon as it surfaces online. Refreshingly, it’s still possible to do this – and when the band are as good as Brunch, it makes it all the more exciting. This very new London group played at Denmark Hill’s Joiners Arms last night, and despite the makeshift set up available to them (a shoe-boxed sized stage with no monitors), really gave a sterling account of themselves.

A traditional rock group in the lead vocal, two guitars, bass and drums / plug and play sense, they trade in a brand of hearty, song-centred, hook-filled indie, heavily influenced by the lauded American exponents of the genre: Pavement, Built To Spill and Weezer. On some songs, there were even elements of early 00s New York City indie rock; Interpol and the sadly forgotten stellastarr* – displaying a promising versatility to their sound.

Not a hell of a lot is known about Brunch just now; although their one excellent song online, “Trussed Yew”, has caught people’s attention already with its anthemic qualities and ear worm of a guitar line – it’s had spins on BBC London, BBC 6Music and Amazing Radio, the latter declaring the track as a “Record Of The Week” last month (you can listen to an interview with them on the station here).

Whether or not they can make some kind of wider breakthrough remains to be seen, although with more songs where this came from, they’ll certainly be knocking on the door of any supposed UK guitar rock revival.

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