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Steve Earle coined the phrase ‘Hard-core Troubadour’ probably with one eye on himself and the other on Townes Van Zandt but it’s a tag you could easily stick into Scott Lavene’s bio. Yes he’s from Essex not Texas but there are plenty of trucks around Tilbury docks and his story in its own way fits …

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It’s mid-afternoon as I call Holly Ross, charismatic singer and songwriter for The Lovely Eggs. The phone rings out for a while, and just as I’m about to hang up, a slightly breathless Holly picks up. “Oh, we’ve just had 1,000 record mailers turn up at our house,” she explains in her dulcet Lancastrian tone, …

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Rosali’s close ties with Philadelphia were evident in the packed Johnny Brenda’s venue. A crowd of close friends, family and complete strangers combined for a magical yet comfortable atmosphere, complemented by the soothing voice of Rosali. Support came from the four-piece North Carolina natives, Verity Den. Rosali’s new record, Bite Down, is available now. 

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Two years ago Montreal producer Kee Avil’s debut for Constellation ‘Crease’ caused quite a rumpus with its avant-pop mosaicism, all intricate vocal, sound and instrument patterns set within an experimental glue and deceptive song structure. Bandcamp made ‘Crease’ album of the day and year-end lister, Mojo pinned on four-star acclaim and The Quietus were rightly …

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Does Bongo Joe Records have a signature sound? Well listen through the bulging rosta of releases since the label first output way back in 2015 and the conclusion would probably be a resolute ‘No’. But it does have a mission to give a platform to the extraordinary and less conventional, whether from the Swiss underground …

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To sum up multi-instrumentalist/producer Forest Law’s journey to this point as “Essex born, now London based” only hints at his musical story so far. Coming through Giles Peterson’s ‘Future Bubblers ‘artists’ development programme, earning a Brownswood EP release in 2020, being a key member of Esa Williams Afro-Synth Band then taking up an extended residency …

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Bridges are not just about the places and people they connect, crossing them is an experience in itself. Colombian singer/bassist and song-writer Ëda Diaz’s music is a thrilling reminder of the wonders such a journey can deliver. As a child she shuttled regularly between Paris and Medellin with her French Colombian family, absorbing the languages, …

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Goth Baby

Goth Babe has announced his inaugural Australian tour set to take place in October-November 2024. Goth Babe will take the stage at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, The Forum in Melbourne, The Tivoli in Brisbane and The Rechabite in Perth. Griff Washburn, widely recognized by his stage name Goth Babe, is an up-and-coming musician who …

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Percussionist and producer Ben Sloan’s decade plus as collaborator and contributor, drumming with the likes of Moses Sumney, Beth Orton, WHY? and The National, testifies that here we have a musician with an exceptional range, pedigree and rhythmic sixth sense. Still that’s not the whole picture. March ’23 saw him step out confidently from the …

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Powerhouse vocalist Joshua Roberts announces his debut EP, Good For You due for release on December 15th via Epitaph Records.  Already taking the world by storm with his band Magnolia Park, Roberts re-introduced himself last year with his debut single “Stay, Stay, Stay!” that launched him into brand-new territory. Previously known for uplifting stadium pop-punk …

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