I was invited to see Girlpool, a band I only knew in name, on my third week of living Berlin. I was invited by my roommate, and of course I said yes, because being in a new city means that you just say yes to more things. All I knew of Girlpool was that they were from LA, and had no drummer. So with my curiosity suitably peaked, we trotted off to Kreuzberg.
Held annually in Sweden’s second-city of Gothenburg, Way Out West and it’s late night partner Stay Out West, is fast becoming one of the must-go destinations for music lovers and musicians alike. Situated in the picturesque Slottskogen Park, the festival has boasted some impressive line ups in its short history, as well as being entirely geared towards a vegetarian and eco-friendly philosophy. This years event was no different; calling on a multitude of acts from an eclectic variety of genres who all made the three-day festival a wholly creative, stimulating and throughly brilliant experience.
It has only been nine months since Lorde debuted in London, and since then her success has skyrocketed at such a rate that it’s hard to believe she must have only been sixteen when she first graced our shores. Fast forward through the Grammy wins, enormous festivals performances, endless touring, and we arrive at one of two sold out shows in the capital, the second of which is at London’s Brixton Academy – a far cry from the two hundred capacity Madame Jojo’s where she made her London debut last year.
On April 7th, British-born, Vienna-based electronic musician Christopher Taylor, known primarily as SOHN unveiled his debut album Tremors. It’s likely you may already be aware of SOHN; he leaked several sterling tracks throughout the last couple of years, earning himself a place as one of the most intreguing producers in recent month. Plus his collaborations with other electronic up-and-comers such as Banks and Kwabs have made him a force to be reckoned with. With all this in mind, I got myself down to Village Underground in Old Street to see the man himself do his thing.
With only a couple of EPs available, over 100,000 fans (if Facebook has anything to go by) and all sorts of indie and mainstream hype, it was an easy decision to take the opportunity to see Banks on her first UK headline tour.
French music is actually pretty brilliant at the moment. From worldwide acts such as Daft Punk and M83, to Justice, Yelle and La Femme, Breakbot and Air, to name a few. The French are taking over and I’m perfectly okay with that. The only thing I am still on the fence about is French hip hop, but we won’t go into that right now. One of the biggest exports is Phoenix, an indie outfit with a touch of French class and a distinctive sound which brought the house down on Brixton academy on Wednesday evening.
Born from the ashes of the post-hardcore Alexisonfire, City and Colour has grown above and beyond anything Dallas Green’s ‘side project’ had probably anticipated. Since 2005, he has released four successful LPs, toured the world on more than one occasion, and is generally seen as a bit of an icon to those who remember him from his time with Alexisonfire and the early days of City and Colour. Last night he played to a sold out crowd the Eventim (Hammersmith) Apollo, and I was lucky enough to attend.