Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates

If you’ve caught him on his current UK tour (or indeed the Andrew Marr Show yesterday) you’ll know that “Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the long-standing LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance, never previously put on in the UK, is pitched as “a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality.”  Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates”

Albert Af Ekenstam “Ashes” (Kning Disk, 2016)

"Ekenstam-Albert-2016"Ashes is the debut album from Albert Af Ekenstam, a Swede who seems to have been in various bands prior to this including “post rock” instrumental band Tempel and who cites as influences Bon Iver and Mogwai. One can see the influence of both here, haunting soundscapes as heard on soundtracks such Les Revenants are evident on the two instrumental tracks while Iver’s early hushed rusticana breathes on (almost literally) several of the songs. Continue reading “Albert Af Ekenstam “Ashes” (Kning Disk, 2016)”

Video: Crooked Brothers “Windsor Beer”

Some fine down and dirty stuff here from the Crooked Brothers, on tour in the UK next month as below:

Thurs Nov 3: Green Note, Camden , London
Fri 4: Sun 6: The Canteen, Bristol
Sat 5: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers,
Mon 7: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues 8: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs 10: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri 11: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Sat 12: Birnam Arts Centre, Dunkeld
Sun 13: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Dirty Dozen: Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef

Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef, Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef enjoy a musical partnership that stretches back over 20 years. Equally at home in theatres, clubs, at house concerts or on large festival stages, the duo manage to create the intimate, jovial atmosphere of a front porch picking session wherever they go. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef”

Robert Pollard Announces Yet Another Record

If you’re one of those people who slavishly follow Robert Pollard (GBV, Boston Spaceships and a host of others) you’ll be heartened by this news and if you’re one of those people who pick up the odd release when he churns out something close to classic, then you’ll also be pleased by this news because, the new one is a cracker. There’s a whole host of nuggets squirrelled away in Pollard’s back catalogue which are easily overlooked due to his productivity. Earlier this year I binged and I got hold of Cosmos, a collaboration with Eric Matthews (from the Moles) and Mars Classroom with Gary Waleik from Big Dipper. There both as great as they could be and the latter in particular has some songs that make my life less dull. Continue reading “Robert Pollard Announces Yet Another Record”

Northcote and Jon Snodgrass Hit the UK for Dates – November

Canadian Northcote (Matt Goud), who we’re big fans of here at AUK, and Colorado songwriter Jon Snodgrass (from self-described “country and mid-Western” band Drag the River) are joining forces for a whistle stop four-date tour of the UK in Bristol, Southampton, Manchester and London next month. Northcote will return to the UK for the first time since September last year, having invested over a year of touring in support of latest album Hope Is Made of Steel, building his solid fanbase with gospel-tinged, soulful songs – and Jon Snodgrass’ CV, which includes collaborations with Descendents, Cory Branan, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim McIllirath (Rise Against), Vinnie Fiorella (Less Than Jake) is equally as impressive.  What could go wrong?

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Christian Kjellvander “A Village: Natural Light” (Tapete Records, 2016)

christian-kjellvanderChristian Kjellvander has created quite a body of work. He’s acquired the aura and weight of a performer that has a catalogue that is to be admired. In short, he’s earned respect. He’s also honed and refined his craft and here again his dark narratives (somewhere between Tindersticks, Richard Buckner and latter period Nick Cave) drip with atmosphere as he controls every nuance to wring out maximum impact from the songs. Continue reading “Christian Kjellvander “A Village: Natural Light” (Tapete Records, 2016)”