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Sheffield’s rock four-piece Arctic Monkeys are back with a new album ‘AM’ that shifts perspectives, and introduces us to a different kind of game on their fifth release. However, it’s the B-side to latest track ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ that boasts a fuller sound and glorious vocal arrangements.

‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ sees drummer Matt Helders purring away in smooth falsetto, whilst it’s left to slick frontman Alex Turner to steer the track into sonic territory with his commentary of one very, very lucky girl. 
The track is definitely a cousin of its A-side and those borderline Dr. Dre beats are present once more. There’s also one final niggling thought that this tune more than deserves a place on their current album, but all of Arctic Monkeys’ B-sides are excellent so that’s nothing new. If you like killer displays of vocal prowess, you’ll more than enjoy this gem.

By Lauren Wade

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Following their storming Reading set over the bank holiday weekend, Foals proved they’ve got what it takes to tackle festivals bigger than Latitude. Although, they were contained to an evening slot on the main stage festival, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they were to be announced as one of next year’s headliners.

The Oxford quintet released their third studio album ‘Holy Fire’ in February; their stand-out performance made us revisit the album.
With talk of being ‘An animal just like you’, ‘Providence’ is by the far the best track to grace their latest record. They’re looking to go stadium and its tracks like these, with drummer Jack Bevan’s unrelenting assault on the ears that has us believing it won’t be long before they achieve stadium-filling success. 
Frontman Yannis Phillipakis sets Foals’ musical bar high with blunt edged and frenzied riffs, which sounded even better live at Reading when Yannis delivered a masterclass in glitzy showmanship and how to wow crowds even when they’re dragging you into their mosh pits. Praise the Lord, Foals have rocketed themselves into another stratosphere and we’re enjoying the fruits of their labour.

By Lauren Wade

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Serving as one of the stand-out tracks from Irish folk-rock quintet Little Green Cars’ debut album Absolute Zero, current single My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me will find listeners taking full advantage of the repeat button. 

The band have previously supported Jake Bugg, and whilst they have stormed their way through a string of impressive festival slots including: SXSW, Coachella and Lollapalooza – their artistic credibility has always remained firmly intact.
Expect killer melodies and a headrush of emotions, as Faye O’Rourke switches to vocal duties and ramps up the grandeur. It’s a track that yields prolific results and will attract a larger crowd to their sinewy indie sounds.

The entirety of their debut release is prematurely polished, but this tune more so. The chart-toppers have conquered Ireland and America but now they’re tackling the UK and are ready to cause an impact. Obey your ears and add this gem to your collection.
By Lauren Wade

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Rattling round our skulls this week is Merseyside five-piece The Sundowners new track ‘Move With Time’. After their Glastonbury set on the BBC Introducing stage, the band made up of siblings and friends, begun work on new material. One of these new tracks was performed for the first time during soundcheck for their Queen of Hoxton gig in London last week. 
Their latest offering is another sneering number. It’s a slice of howling rock that begs to be heard and is guaranteed to get any crowd bopping along to their old school styled beats and frills. The riffs are gorgeous and there is not a single downbeat moment. 
In the same vein as the Fleetwood Mac inspired trio Haim. The Sundowners also contain the same qualities we could liken to the Californian descendants; however they do things a little differently, pursuing a different kind of groove, one that definitely rocks harder. Conditions are ever-changing for this band; it won’t be long before they’re playing much bigger stages at Glastonbury, and headlining venues twice the size of Queen of Hoxton.

By Lauren Wade

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It was back in 2006 that our love for Arctic Monkeys began both musically and visually (we’re pretty sure there was some of us out there who took a fancy to their Northern charm), but sadly they seem to have quietened down more recently and have become little more than pleasant nostalgia.
This hasn’t necessarily been because the Arctic Monkeys lessened in talent, it was really more that they had entered the music scene so vibrantly, with their songs that had that ‘let’s go out and dance’ vibe from their first album Whatever I Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, that when their later albums came out, much slower and less gripping, many of us quite simply lost interest. 
 Yet away with the doom and gloom because they are back with a track that will suppress your weekly audio appetite with the new single Do I Wanna Know? They’re still projecting that Sheffield twang and we are digging it for sure, not to mention the video to accompany this dashing new song is simply genius. 
 Don’t be fooled by the line, see it through until the end and you’ll see what a beauty this video is. Watch on ladies…

If you’re a lucky squirrel and happen to be at Glastonbury then you will be seeing them there, otherwise you’ll have to travel further afield… 

Their new single can be purchased on iTunes but you’ll have to wait until September for the arrival of their fifth album AM.

By Melodie Walter

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If you’re a fan of songs that tell a story of hopeless romance then Iron & Wine’s latest album Ghost on Ghost is the one that you should be listening to this week!


Samuel Beam is an American songwriter who performs as Iron & Wine. He’s usually an acoustic soloist but for this record Ghost on Ghost he ditched his home-based studio in Texas, that has been used to record previous albums, for a Brooklyn studio.
Beam’s a self-taught guitarist and influenced by jazz, hence he’s been enjoying trying out some new tricks for this record.
This time he’s had a whole entourage of musicians to add new layers to his musical production: jazz rhythm, funk beats and harmonies akin to that of Lennon and McCartney. Impressively he completed the recording in just two weeks.
It certainly is different from his older whispery stuff but we think that with his voice and new grooves this album radiates warmth amidst despondent love songs. Watch on…

See Iron & Wine play live in London on May 28 at the Barbican Hall in London. Click here for Tickets.

By Melodie Walter

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Many of you will know Iwan Rheon for his role as Simon in channel 4’s fantastic series Misfits (and he’s soon to appear on Game of Thrones). What you might not have known is that he’s a fully fledged musician, too.
We were lucky enough to catch him at London’s Borderline last weekend and were treated to new tracks from his 3rd EP Bang! Bang!, as well as his first two, Tongue Tied and Changing Times.
You can’t miss Rheon’s Welsh lilt, which comes through his soulful voice as he sings and whilst his music has an acoustic-feel, he’s also joined by a guitarist and drummer, which gives it an extra kick.
We loved Iwan’s performance and if he’s performing in your area any time soon we’d strongly advise you to go!

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The Lumineers – best known for their song used in the Bing advert (2012) – are a little leaning towards our home-grown Mumford and Sons in their style and delivery but we must confess our soft spot for them.



They’re nonabrasive and draw you in with their near jubilation that are drawn from gloomier origins: Submarines, Dead Sea, and Charlie Boy fitting for this band aspires to be folk rock and the lyrics, though a little watered down, are still moving and heart felt we feel. The jubilant trio who claim there is no err in their melodies nor lack of soul in their lyrics are Wesley Schultz (main vocals), Jeremiah Fraites (drums) and Neyla Pekarek (cello). The Lumineers are a great band and it’s hard not love the Americana style they display! 

We like their lyrical stories which transport us back to early 20th century Flappers, love affairs and war and strife (not over-weighing the hopeful romanticism of the former). They’re endearing,  likeable with substance sufficient.
Take a look at Stubborn Love from their self-titled debut The Lumineers

If you like what you’ve seen then book tickets to see them next month in the UK before they all sell out here

By Melodie Walter

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This week we have some Ye Olde English folk for you…


Some of you may remember Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit’s debut A Larum (2008) – a most notable album of the time. But it is Joe Flynn or rather, when collaborating with his other half, Johnny Flynn, who fronts the folk rock band.
Not only is Joe a rather adept musician but a very successful actor – a profession that he initially pursued in his teenage years when he attended the Bedales school. He’s branched out into music equally as he has acting, in fact, he juggles both careers. Just last year he performed in Richard III and Twelf Night at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and in the West End and found time to make a ten track recording for Brian Crane’s American indie film A Bag of Hammers. Impressive for having a newborn bubba and being recently married by age 29!
Watch Amazon Love from his second album Been Listening. What a beaut.
Joe has not got any live gigs planned currently however will be releasing his third album this year. We’ll have to wait patiently for our next instalment!
By Melodie Walter

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Forget about your woolly hats and scarves for a moment and launch yourselves into Best Coast’s world of sun, beach, babes and lazy bums.
Within seconds of hearing their patent surfer drones and electric guitars there is no doubt in our minds that Los Angeles based Bethany Cosentino (vocals, guitar) formerly of Pocahaunted and Bobb Bruno (lead guitar) are groundbreaking geniuses for reviving the surf pop genre.
Described as indie rock, lo-fi, surf pop music (a genre that became very popular in the 1960s in California).  We can definitely hear similarities in style akin to the renowned Sufaris Wipe Out and Beach Boys pinnacle Surfin’ USA.   
Surf pop bands of the 60s sang about surfing, cars and girls. Comparable, Best Coast claim that their music is “inspired by love, life and everything else”: though their lyrics centre on sun, babes, beaches and the laziness of life.
Here’s their latest video release from their second album The Only Place (2012) featuring the song Do You Love Me Like You Used To.
Keep free from stress with this carefree indie surfer band playing on your pre-Christmas day playlist.
                                               
Best Coast albums can be purchased on Amazon (makes a great and inexpensive Christmas present too!).

By Melodie Walter

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