Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Track Of The Day :: Paris Youth Foundation - The Off Button

Words: Linn Branson

By rights, Liverpool's Paris Youth Foundation should really be megastars. They are certainly hard to fault, either on record or live; and given that Little Indie has stalked them furiously for the last year, we can attest to their fineness in all departments.

The latest from the five-piece is ‘The Off Button’, released via Kissability on May 4. Produced by Joe Rubel at Urchin Studio, and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, it contains all the best PYF ingredients, from the lush guitar sound to Kevin Potter's way with the vocal element.

He describes the song as “about not being able to switch off. Whether it's your head or your phone. It's about calling people you shouldn't be calling anymore. It's about the middle of the night and how we all seem to forget how to think and let our phones ruin our lives. It's a song that I hope everyone can relate to, whether you would admit it or not."

Why on earth would anyone want to switch off PYF without at least a half dozen plays! We can't.

Turn on the 'Play' button and listen here to 'The Off Button'.

Catch Paris Youth Foundation live: 

06 Sound City, Liverpool
12 The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
13(The Castle Hotel, Manchester
23 The Cavern Club, Liverpool

23 Bushstock Festival, London

26 Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

01 The Downs, Bristol

Kurt Vile announces first UK/EU dates in 2 years

Credit: Marina Chavez

Words: Ellie Ward

Kurt Vile has announced a run of live dates with The Violators (Rob Laakso, Kyle Spence, and Jesse Trbovich), which will mark their first UK and European shows in nearly two years.

Kicking off October 12, the tour runs through mainland Europe before hitting the UK, which includes two consecutive nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 6 and 7. Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 27 at 10am.

Kurt Vile has released seven universally celebrated albums, most recently the Courtney Barnett collaboration LP 'Lotta Sea Lice'.

See all dates below. Meanwhile, check out Vile's appearance on stage with New Jersey indie-rockers Yo La Tengo in Philadelphia earlier this month. At the end of the band’s first set, Vile joined them to play guitar on their cover of the Cure’s 1992 hit 'Friday I’m In Love'.

Tour Dates

12 Grünspan – Hamburg, Denmark
13 Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
14 Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
15 Bern – Stockholm, Sweden
16 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
18 Huxleys – Berlin, Germany
19 Technikum – Munich, Germany
20 X-Tra – Zurich, Switzerland
21 Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, France
22 Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
23 Teatro Barceló – Madrid, Spain
25 Lisboa Ao Vivo – Lisbon, Spain
26 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
28 Theatre Barbey – Bordeaux, France
29 La Cigalle – Paris, France
30 Autumn Falls @ AB – Brussels, Belgium

01 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
02 Kantine – Köln, Germany
05 Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
06 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
07 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
08 St Philips Gate – Bristol, UK
09 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK
10 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK
11 02 Academy – Leeds, UK
13 02 ABC – Glasgow, UK
14 Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland

Bastille, The Vaccines, Kasabian announced for Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Edinburgh’s brand new music festival, Edinburgh Summer Sessions today announce Bastille plus special guests The Vaccines (August 9) plus Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds (August 19) as the latest headliners for the inaugural festival.

Now offering an exciting six days of music in the capital during the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, these new acts join Sir Tom Jones, Rag’N’Bone Man, Paloma Faith and Kasabian for an incredible new era in Scotland’s music scene in one of the most beautiful live music locations in the world. Providing a new music strand to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe, the shows will take place at the Ross Bandstand, with the breath-taking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle from August 6 - 19.

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Summer Sessions to Edinburgh and DF Concerts’ return to Edinburgh’s live music circuit this summer is a great addition to the list of incredible events taking place across Scotland this year."

PRESALE FROM 9AM ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, GENERAL SALE 9AM FRIDAY APRIL 27. Full line up below. Tickets and further information here

Monday August 6
VIP TICKETS - £80.00 (+BF)

Thursday August 9

Tuesday August 14
GA - £37.50 (+BF)
VIP - £65.00 (+BF)

Friday August 17
GA - £49.50 (+BF)
VIP - £75.00 (+BF)

Saturday August 18
GA - £49.50 (+BF)
VIP - £75.00 (+BF)

Sunday August 19
GA – £55 (+BF)
VIP - £80 (+BF)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Introducing :: Beta Waves

Words: Richard Cobb

A week of new music without a Scottish offering is like a cooked breakfast without a generous serving of bacon and heartburn. Look out the Gaviscon, because this week is no different.

Dundee ambient electro two-piece Dale Easson and Harry Crossan, known collectively as Beta Waves, have crept onto the scene with a liquorice tea and cheese before bed infused psychedelic dream of a track in the shape of ‘Let It Out.’

Cleverly and rather uncharacteristically for the genre, the track - the follow up to debut, 'I Think I'm Melting' released in January - clocks in at under three minutes, giving plenty time to reflect on the listen and leaving established fans of the sound craving more. It also opens the old rusty doors, lights a candle and gives a whistle stop guided tour of the electronic psych scene to a new audience in the form of the iPod generation who are still busy chewing their way through Tame Impala’s 'Currents'.

To hear more and see the band in action, catch them on the road next month:

11 King Tuts Glasgow w/ Neon Waltz, Walt Disco
26 WeEh6 Festival, Edinburgh

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Track Of The Day :: SAHARAS - Sweat

Words: Sam Geary

Windsor rockers SAHARAS return with 'Sweat', their latest single, the follow up to 'Just Like Devils'.

The four-piece blast out their anthemic, retro-infused three-minutes-plus, drawing on various influences that take it on a melodic path through an array of synthetic textures that are layered on top of catchy bass grooves.

“We feel this track can appeal to a broader audience, whilst still carrying various elements of our preferred aesthetic and sound," the band state. "The message the track carries is something we can all relate to, whatever our age or demographic background. We should all feel free to have a good time and we feel the latest release reflects just that.”

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Billie Eilish and Khalid collab on 'Lovely'

Words: Sam Geary

Two of this year's BBC Sound of 2018 finalists, Billie Eilish and Khalid, have come together on a 'Lovely' collaboration, written by both with Eilish’s brother Finneas.

The 16-year-old singer-songwriter and the R&B artist deliver a broodingly atmospheric three-minutes-plus on the track which lyrically captures the theme of loneliness.