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July 2022

04Jul

THE FELICE BROTHERS

Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

The Felice Brothers first began performing on subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City in 2006. Within just a few years, they were playing Radio City Music Hall with Bright Eyes and appearing everywhere from the Newport Folk Festival to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble. The band shared bills with John Prine and The Killers among others, took their blistering live show to Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and countless other festivals across the US and Europe, and backed up Conor Oberst extensively in the studio and on the road.

 

The Felice Brothers manage to walk that delicate tightrope between timely and timeless, crafting a collection that’s urgently relevant to the modern social and political landscape without ever losing sight of the larger picture. Offering moral clarity and sober reflection through nuanced character studies and artful parables, the band tips their caps to the biting wit of Mark Twain and the keen observation of Woody Guthrie.

In the world of The Felice Brothers, the traditionally powerful—politicians, preachers, pundits—are comical at best, rendered impotent by their own narcissistic ambition, while those who traffic in kindness and generosity are larger-than-life heroes, cast as everyday saviors walking the streets of a thankless society. In that sense, ‘Undress’ (2019) fits neatly into a long tradition of American folk storytelling, embracing what came before it even as it offers its own unique 21st Century twists along the way.

 

05Jul

THE FELICE BROTHERS

The Fleece, Bristol

The Felice Brothers first began performing on subway platforms and sidewalks in New York City in 2006. Within just a few years, they were playing Radio City Music Hall with Bright Eyes and appearing everywhere from the Newport Folk Festival to Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble. The band shared bills with John Prine and The Killers among others, took their blistering live show to Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and countless other festivals across the US and Europe, and backed up Conor Oberst extensively in the studio and on the road.

 

The Felice Brothers manage to walk that delicate tightrope between timely and timeless, crafting a collection that’s urgently relevant to the modern social and political landscape without ever losing sight of the larger picture. Offering moral clarity and sober reflection through nuanced character studies and artful parables, the band tips their caps to the biting wit of Mark Twain and the keen observation of Woody Guthrie.

In the world of The Felice Brothers, the traditionally powerful—politicians, preachers, pundits—are comical at best, rendered impotent by their own narcissistic ambition, while those who traffic in kindness and generosity are larger-than-life heroes, cast as everyday saviors walking the streets of a thankless society. In that sense, ‘Undress’ (2019) fits neatly into a long tradition of American folk storytelling, embracing what came before it even as it offers its own unique 21st Century twists along the way.

 

09Jul

Peat & Diesel

ELECTRIC BALLROOM, LONDON

Stornoway-based three-piece Peat & Diesel first made a name for themselves posting their tongue-in-cheek folk-punk across social media before the release of their 2019 debut album, Uptown Fank. 

 

Formed by friends Callum "Boydie" MacLeod (vocals/guitar), Innes Scott (accordion), and Uilleam "Uilly" Macleod (drums), the trio started out playing songs to entertain themselves. Their mix of folk, punk, and rock -- with Boydie's tongue-in-cheek lyrics about island life -- soon found an audience when videos of them performing were posted online. After a handful of gigs, and the song and video "Western Isles" going viral, their reach soon spread throughout Scotland. 2019 saw them release their debut album, Uptown Fank and they earned the "Live Act of the Year " award at the Scots Trad Music Awards. They next released "Fairytale of Stornaway," their take on the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Christmas standard "Fairytale of New York." Peat & Diesel delivered their sophomore album at the beginning of 2020. Light My Byre entered the U.K. Top 30 upon its release and the trio went on their sold-out "That's the Way We Do It" tour in support of the release.

10Jul

M WARD

JAZZ CAFE, LONDON

I first heard Lady In Satin in a mega-shopping mall somewhere in San Francisco. I was about 20 years old and didn’t know much about Billie’s records or her life or how her voice changed over the years. Anyway, the sound was coming from the other side of the mall and I remember mistaking her voice for a beautiful perfectly distorted electric guitar - some other-world thing floating there on this strange mournful ocean of strings and I was hooked for life. Ten years later in 2006 I recorded an electric guitar instrumental version of "I’m A Fool To Want You" for my album Post-War. In 2018 I performed a concert in LA. of all the songs from Lady In Satin as a quintet and began preparing guitar arrangements for the recordings compiled on this record – Think of Spring. The title comes from a poem written in 1924 by Jane Brown-Thompson that eventually became "I Get Along Without You Very Well" in 1938 - the first song here. The conceit of Think of Spring is to filter the songs and strings from Lady In Satin through a single acoustic guitar using various alternate tunings and a minimal amount of textures and studio manipulation. most of the songs were recorded on an analog Tascam four track. Think of Spring is inspired by Billie Holiday, Ray Ellis, J.J. Johnson, John Fahey and Robert Johnson. Proceeds from this record will benefit Inner-City Arts & DonorsChoose via PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund.

25Jul

Mdou Moctar

Thekla, Bristol

With "Afrique Victime" the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter rips a new hole in the sky ­– boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

 

The music listeners are the beneficiaries of the staggeringly powerful do-it-yourself musical ethic of Mdou Moctar – the man and the band – who’ve worked so hard to bring the spirits of families and communities in Niger to the West. Afrique Victime sounds and feels like a Tuareg hand reaching down from the sky, and we are very lucky for this chance to get lifted.

27Jul

FRANCIS LUNG

The Lexington, London

Francis Lung's forthcoming second album Miracle is set for release via Memphis Industries on June 18, 2021. The album was produced by Francis in collaboration with Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, Matthew Halsall, Kiran Leonard), recorded at the idyllic Giant Wafer studios in rural Wales in early 2020, and finished from his home studio.

 

Miracle represents a period of introspection for Francis. Reflecting on struggles with mental health, substance (ab)use, and relationships, the record finds him facing his demons head-on, a cathartic process that largely contributed to his decision to give up alcohol. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle, is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’s earlier music, both solo and as a member of WU LYF, with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy, and Elliott Smith.

“For me, [Miracle] is about the struggle between my self-destructive side and my problem-solving, constructive side,” says Francis. 

Miracle marks the first full-length release from Francis Lung since his critically acclaimed 2019 debut, A Dream Is U which found positive reviews from Uncut, MOJO, The Times, Paste Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, and more. Miracle emerges as a much more focused and deeply personal record for Lung, it's cohesive and generous in what it aims to give, allowing for something which is as vital as it is vulnerable.

 

28Jul

We Are Scientists

The Globe, Cardiff

American rock band We Are Scientists debuted in the early aughts with the angular post-punk edge of With Love and Squalor, later evolving to incorporate polished synths and expanded atmospherics on efforts like 2016's Helter Seltzer, 2018's Megaplex, and 2021's Huffy. Although modestly popular in America, they were a hit in the U.K., where the group's sound -- part post-punk revival and part indie rock with a touch of '80s synth pop -- drew parallels to contemporaries like EditorsFranz FerdinandInterpol, and the Killers.

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