Basia Bulat, Headrow House, Leeds, 16.04.2016

 

In the unlikely settings of Headrow House, a former textile mill located in one of Leeds city centre’s historic yards and now a Beer Hall, restaurants and music venue, Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat was performing on one of the old workshop floors, showcasing songs from her new album, Good Advice.

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Adam Buxton Presents BUG Special: David Bowie 17-04-16

Reviewed by Joe Douglas

Last night, in the grand surroundings of the recently refurbished Albert Hall, Manchester, full-time comedian and part-time David Bowie worshipper (or should that be the other way round?) Adam Buxton presented a comedy-lecture on his thin white idol.

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City Reign, Dasein, Out March 25th

Dasein Cover

Reviewed by James Lavender

City Reign are a four-piece who made their name in Manchester and are now looking to go onto greater things. After the release of their debut album Another Step, they have had a growing fanbase and support from BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq. Now, they have released their second album Dasein.

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Wolfmother – Victorious

Reviewed by Andrew Scott

If you were to write a list of key ingredients for a classic rock album it may include; heavy riffs; songs about kings, wizards and gypsies; blasting Hammond Organ; stomping hand claps and plenty of cowbell. Victorious, the new album by Australian rock outfit Wolfmother, contains all other the above in a clear homage to their classic rock influences.

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Jack Garratt, Phase, Out Now

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Reviewed by James Lavender

It is not unreasonable to say that even at this early stage of the year, the debut album from Buckinghamshire singer-songwriter Jack Garratt is one of the most eagerly anticipated albums in British pop music.

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Basia Bulat – Good Advice

 

Reviewed by Andrew Scott

Singer songwriter Basia Bulat may be little known here in the UK but is an established star in her native Canada. Her previous two albums, 2010’s Heart of My Own and 2013’s ‘Tall Tall Shadow were both nominated for the Polaris Music Price, Canada’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Price. The latest release, Good Advice, sees her develop her sound and build on her previous successes.

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David Bowie, Blackstar, Out Now

Reviewed by James Lavender

When I first heard David Bowie’s Blackstar, released on his 69th birthday on Friday 8th January, I developed my own opinions of it and was going to write the review in due course. However, with his sad passing, I cannot write it as I was meant to. The fact is that this is Bowie’s final album; his farewell message to the world; his epitaph. This has meant that this review isn’t just judging the work on its own merits; it will have taken on a bigger significance about how this amazing man changed pop music forever.

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Emilie & Ogden, 10 000, Out Now

Reviewed by James Lavender

‘Emilie’ is Emilie Kahn, a Canadian singer-songwriter, and ‘Ogden’ is her harp. Not since Echo and the Bunnymen has an artist or group included their musical instrument in their name. Using Ogden as her starting point, Emilie Kahn has crafted a relaxed, willowy album which is something to be savoured.

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