May 1, 2014

Introducing: Eliza Shaddad

We first came across London based singer-songwriter Eliza Shaddad at an acoustic night in a Shoreditch basement in early 2013. Despite the slightly incongruous setting, it was clear from the charm and charisma in her performance that she was onto something. Fast forward a year and a bit, and a lot has happened – no doubt much writing, recording, as well as success with the chart-topping Clean Bandit, whose forthcoming debut album she features on as a vocalist. One manifestation of this additional life experience comes in the form of a sparkling new EP, entitled “Waters”.

The title track, released online yesterday, displays an unwavering confidence, a deadly focused delivery, and crucially, a very strong understanding of what makes for a captivating pop song – all particularly notable given the still very formative stage of her solo career. Aided by the production of Chris Bond (Ben Howard), the brooding verses coupled with a searing hook really demands the listener’s attention.

As far as where Shadadd sits in the current field of first name-second names, on this evidence she’s up there with the frontrunners: RHODES (who she’s supported recently), Annie Eve and Sophie Jamieson. Perhaps, she’s the UK’s answer to the much lauded Brooklyn-based, Jagjaguwar-signed songstress Sharon Van Etten, someone who’s also forging a career through the medium of organic, no-nonsense, heart-on-sleeve songs delivered with panache.

The “Waters” EP is out on Beatnik Creative on 16 June (pre-order here). For those attending next week’s Great Escape Festival in Brighton, fortuitously, you’ll be able to catch Eliza performing a live set on our stage at Latest Music Bar on Saturday 10 May, from 10:45pm.

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Apr 28, 2014

Free Nelsonville Music Festival Tickets

Win Free Nelsonville Music Festival Tickets

So we came across this amazing contest being curated by the Hocking Hills Tourism Association. Not only are they giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the Nelsonville Music Festival, but the grand prize winner also gets a 3 night stay in a Hocking Hills cabin during the festival.

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Now, you may know us as cynical here at RethinkPopMusic and ticket contests are hardly our thing, but this one passes our test… I mean, its a non-profit and have you seen the Nelsonville Music Festival lineup?!

Friday night alone features Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile and Shakey Graves. While longtime RethinkPopMusic sweethearts Lucius play alongside The Avett Brothers and The Head & The Heart Saturday.

Anyways, we will be previewing a lot of the earlier acts as the festival approaches, in the meantime here’s an article from 2011 regarding the beautifully-talented Lucius.

See you at the Nelsonville Music Festival!

Apr 14, 2014

Laissez Faire Club stage at The Alternative Escape (Sat 10.5.14)

We’re delighted to be teaming up with the good folk at Akira Records and Smashing Blouse to curate this quite frankly amazing bill at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this year. Taking place at Latest Music Bar (14-17 Manchester Street) on the final evening of festivities (Saturday 10 May), we’ll have not one but two stages in the venue (downstairs plugged in and upstairs acoustic), jam packed with bands and artists we think are the real deal.

Entry is free with a festival ticket, or £3 otherwise. We’re kicking off at 5pm and going all out with a bang until the end. Set times are as follows (you’ll notice we’ve scheduled it so you won’t miss a minute of the action):


17.30 – 17.50: The Half Earth
18.10 – 18.40: KHUSHI
19.00 – 19.30: Still Parade (DE)
19.50 – 20.20: Only Girl
20.40 – 21.10: Dems
21.30 – 22.00: Pawws
22.15 – 22.45: Fé
23.00 – 23.30: Attu
23.45 – 00.15: WULF
00.30 – 01.00: Boy In A Movie
01.00 – 02.00: Shorebitch DJ


17.50 – 18.10: Allman Brown
18.40 – 19.00: Robyn Sherwell
19.30 – 19.50: Hilang Child
20.20 – 20.40: Jake Isaac
21.10 – 21.30: Eliza Shaddad
22.00 – 22.20: Will Joseph Cook

To get yourselves warmed up, check out KHUSHI performing his debut single “Magpie” at Brighton Dome back in February (supporting London Grammar), and also our handy Soundcloud playlist featuring music from all the acts involved.

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Mar 19, 2014

Allman Brown

We’re very excited to say we’ll be working with London artist Allman Brown as part of our management wing. His latest EP, “Sons And Daughters”, is out now on Akira Records – with a follow up due out this summer.

The EP’s lead track was co-written and performed with Liz Lawrence, and was placed on NBC’s “Parenthood” in the USA earlier this year – you can watch the episode here (song appears from 25:10). Stay tuned for more news soon.

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Mar 18, 2014


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