Let’s get this out the way nice and early. As an adolescent, b was a classical singer that the likes of Richard and Judy fawned over. She then became a pop starlet, and allegedly went off the rails (i.e. she liked to drink alcohol from time to time, unlike, well I don’t know, most late teens?). Now at the tender age of 28, she’s dropped off the radar – or at least the radar of those who aren’t willing to tune past Radio 1 or switch over from MTV. (more…)
Hullo, guvs and guvnettes, this is our always late EP round up, where we trawl through the titanic troves of tinnitus-inducing music and bring you the best of what’s around. Or at least what WE think it’s the best of what’s around.
Remember: don’t adjust your opinion.
In our usual analogy form, we will be comparing each of these EPs to something cool and entertaining. For this week’s edition, I’m comparing each EP to a character from David Mamet‘s Glengarry Glen Ross. Sounds good? Read on. Sounds bad? Uh, please read on. My ego needs to be read. (more…)
Statistically speaking, you’ve probably never been to a Friends of Batman gig. Maybe you’ve never even heard of them, given their habit of playing just one live show a year. But that one show a year – which these days is usually a Tramlines show – is a guaranteed barn-shaker… and it always includes something you’ve never seen before. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I descended into a pub called DAda in Sheffield and in that hazy, smokey place, I saw Vuvuvultures. Smoke machine on full, their triple inverted triangle logo, a very bright blue light and their shapes were the only clear things you could perceive visually. However, it was their sound what really captivated me, that slight clash between a light shade of industrial with the hook-heavy nature of pop. That you could perceive (and feel) clearly. (more…)
We know it’s a very busy weekend, this whole Tramlines thing, so we’ve done a lil’ list of bands we really suggest you check. Heck, some of these we placed in a neat lil’ podcast.
Like last year, we’ve compiled a nifty PDF file you can print with our recommendations. Print it double sided, fold it and Bob’s your uncle (we did the DNA test).
Don’t agree? The official Tramlines website has the whole guacamole-filled quesadilla and even better, you can buy a Tramlines guide (which wasn’t made in fugly Excel like mine) for 3 quid, available right now at The Harley and The Wick at Both Ends.
Without any further ado (the lest words I type, the less grammar mistakes I make) here’s a few venues we believe have a gorgeous line up… (more…)
Heeeeeeey, it’s me, your friendly neighbourhood listings editor, @Orestes_yipee. There was no preview on May because I was on strike. ATTICA! ATTICA!
However, this is June, the best month of the year. Here’s your June Preview. (more…)
“A record store, like Jesus and a puppy, are for life, not for a one day celebration.” So texted my associated editor, Orestes P. Xistos when I asked him if he’d join me in filming the people queuing outside Record Collector, a shop smack in the heart of the now dying Broomhill area of Sheffield, England. (more…)
Funny thing, album launches. Especially when Low Duo is involved. Merely a month ago, I saw them open the night for Screaming Maldini‘s album launch (a rather loud and splenderous affair) and now it was their turn to offer us a regal spectacle in the only place in Sheffield that does a decent Reuben sandwich, The Great Gatsby. (more…)
“Excuse me but what are you wearing?”
“It’s a zarape, great for cold weather!”
“Oh, I thought you were in fancy dress as a Mexican bandit from The Wild Bunch”
“Yeah, that too. A Sheffield porter, please. Pint.” (more…)
The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner tells the story of Becky, a married woman going through her first pregnancy. Her whole life is being transformed irreversibly in front of her very eyes and the desperation brought by fast change is creating a personality crisis in her. She lives in a quiet village away from the busy London life with her husband, the emotionally clumsy but well meaning John, who has a zealot like hatred of Tesco and a very low count of “empathy” in his blood. (more…)
Last week I went to see Alisdair Roberts and friends in the Backroom at the Greystones pub in Sheffield. A venue with an interesting past and a lively present. This week my son is off to the Green Man festival at Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons. We have seen Alisdair there twice – once as a very traditional Scottish folk singer on one of the small stages, and again as a bit of a rock god on the main stage. He has such a distinctive voice, and he appears to be unafraid of experimenting as a performer. The Backroom is a small space, and he was appearing with a traditional Gaelic singer and a puppet show. I had no idea what to expect. In those circumstances I should remember to expect the unexpected. (more…)
Tramlines 2012: Sunday 22nd July
We asked people on Twitter and Facebook to send their reviews of Tramlines. About 3 people answered (ok, 4, but that was a spambot). Here’s another review by Simon Roberts. (more…)
Tramlines Festival, Neon Railroad, the Back Room, the Greystones Pub, Friday July 20th
Could this be a first? How often does a mother get to review the band her son plays in? (more…)
Tramlines 2012. It was a long experience as somehow I thought I could manage to get as many bands as I could if I did half-sets.
I probably shouldn’t plan gig attendances while surrounded by chemicals in the analytical lab.
In the spirit of inside jokes (I.e. the quest of the perfect name for a label), here’s my caffeine-fuelled review. (more…)
We don’t get it always right, sometimes there’s a few hiccups in the lines of communication and sometimes you just run out of space. Don’t take it personally, it’s not about your hair.
Here are a few more bands we thoroughly endorse: (more…)
Hey, hoooooo, away we gooo!
It’s that time of year! Here’s a list of recommendations we have compiled for you, in handy PDF form (with terrible boring fonts and a missing bracket), for you to print.
It has suggested bands for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and an emphasis on some side events that we thoroughly support.
Print it double sided, so you can fold it. The PDF might be weird if read in certain mobile devices. To those devices we say: what’s your beef with compatibility?
Suggestions come courtesy of our writers, some twitter followers, promoters and the bands too! Download it and see!
There are loads more bands, check the official announcements (or the official programme) to see all your options.
Now, we do have a few recommendations for you (this is just a cheap copy paste of the first page, I know) :
- Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: PRISM and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School are collaborating with Museums Sheffield to do a very special night on Friday 20th. An alternative drawing session with local artists selected by PRISM, the Anti-Art School will also have live music (Mad Colours & Splashh). A classy* way to start your Tramlines experience. *#Pork in limited amount. Event website.
- The Busker Bus: Departing from The Hop in Devonshire Green (that’s the Main Stage), you can take this double decker bus to two different destinations. The bus includes bands doing acoustic songs. We recommend catching Screaming Maldini, The Payroll Union, Firesuite and Cats:For:Peru, but then again, catch any band, it’s a lovely experience (and reminds me of México City’s own buskers!).
- The Folk Forest: A 2 day event in Endcliffe Park. Take the Alpharoom.com Busker Bus route for this. It’s a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, with the relaxed environment of Endcliffe Park. We need to recommend you catch The Payroll Union, Joe Banfi, Big Eyes Family Players and Louis Romégoux. More info at their Facebook event page.
- Signals Festival: A one day special on Saturday 21st of July. If you fancy great electronica and want to learn more about the industry, get yourself down to Yellow Arch Studios. Panels, sessions and sets will also be awaiting. Our choice cuts are: Borland, Veí, From the Kites of San Quenting, The Black Dog, Objekt & Drumro[ll]. Take the Real Ale and Blues route of the Busker Bus for this one. More info at their website and Facebook.
What’s that? You’d like to have a print-friendly list of bands we recommend with their stage times AND venues? We’ve created this PDF…hey, this is like deja-vú…
Keep up to date on Twitter too! We suggest you follow these accounts:
Tramlines (official organisers)
Signals (All about this event)
Twamlines (live reviews, via tweets)
Emily Brinnand (ace journalist)
Busker Bus (news about line-ups in the double decker bus)
Vintage Underground (a vintage event during Tramlines)
The ending of Sensoria festival was a right old delight with The Payroll Union doing their stuff at Club 60. In the underbelly of Sheffield, this trio peddled their flavour of Americana, deeply enrichened by history-fact heavy lyrics. (more…)