Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome

Black Deer is like that kid showing off at school who always has the best stuff and today they’ve got one more (well a few more) thing(s) to brag about since they’ve announced the final names to their already fairly exciting line-up including Catherine McGrath,  Wallis Bird, Colin Macleod, Josh Okeefe, Jeannine Barry, Keywest, Marc O’Reilly, … Continue reading “Black Deer announce final line-up for next month – looks awesome”

Van Life: The High Divers

Now, some would say it’s a tad ironic to be doing a Van Life feature with a band whose very existence was threatened by their own van flipping over and causing somewhat of an unscheduled hiatus in terms of performing and recording. Thankfully, Charleston’s High Divers are beyond that roadblock and are set to release … Continue reading “Van Life: The High Divers”

Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR

NPR music tend to stream some amazing stuff these days and the new album from The Low Anthem is no exception, although it may well surprise you.  They report: “I can’t think of another album that sounds quite like The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea. Not in title, not in sound. Oh, … Continue reading “Listen to The Low Anthem’s new album in full via NPR”

Bloodshot release not crap Christmas compilation

Lovely little piece in Rolling Stone Country yesterday about Bloodshot’s new Christmas comp which we’ll be reviewing any day now here at AUK. It beats the Bublé if you can beat your auntie to the CD player: “No matter where you fall on the love-it-or-hate-it Christmas-music spectrum, no one can escape the seasonal certainty of … Continue reading “Bloodshot release not crap Christmas compilation”

The Magic Lantern “Holding Hands” – Listen

Born in Australia, before moving to the UK at 12, Jamie Doe began performing as The Magic Lantern while studying philosophy in Bristol alongside friends like This Is The Kit. Now based in London he has released three albums under the band name – the first with a full band, the second a solo outing … Continue reading “The Magic Lantern “Holding Hands” – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: Nick Ellis

Nick Ellis is a Liverpool based singer/songwriter and guitarist performing a style of streetscape narrative-noir blended with a modern British acoustic approach. No nonsense, song and melody are the order of the day. Some people call it ‘folk’, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Nick Ellis”

Interview: John Paul White

Producer, songwriter and recording artist Alabama-born and breed, John Paul White returns to a solo career after the break-up of the four-time Grammy winning duo Civil Wars. Enjoying a pace of life befitting the history of the American south, family man White has been doing things at his own pace. Working on other projects prior … Continue reading “Interview: John Paul White”

Mogwai: The Barbican, London – 15th September 2016

There is a dichotomy that is going to run through this review – is it a review of a live gig or is it a review of a documentary film? Mogwai’s last album was the soundtrack for the film “Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise” and this concert neatly solved the problem of how to play … Continue reading “Mogwai: The Barbican, London – 15th September 2016”