Author: Lauren Patel

Live: Geraint Watkins and the Mosquitoes @ The Sound Lounge

It’s 3pm on a warm spring Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon and Tooting’s newest café-come-music venue The Sound Lounge is packed to all four corners with middle-aged hipsters eager to see Geraint Watkins and the Mosquitoes play their first show in 18 months. The show’s organiser, host and support act Niall Kelly kicks off the afternoon with an uplifting fusion of blues-folk-country packed with foot-stomping tracks from his second studio album Not Sleeping as well as new material that he hopes to release in the next year.  The latest studio offering features legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole on three tracks, and was aptly titled during the period following the birth of Kelly’s first child, a period to which I can...

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Live: Bear’s Den @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

It’s funny, I always think of the Hammersmith Apollo as one of London’s bigger, less personal, gig venues.  But last night Bear’s Den managed to make it feel like the back room of a smoky pub. Whether it was their particular brand of spiritual, emotive folk rock or the soft but striking set lighting I don’t know, but I liked it. Since Joey Haynes left the band last year, Bear’s Den don’t play alone. On stage with songsmith and lead vocalist Andrew Davie and singer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Jones, is Dutch session man Christof van der Ven on guitars and banjo,...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Troxy, London

What a great night. Before the enigmatic Band Of Horses adorn the East London stage, I’m not surprised to see that folk have arrived early to witness a warm-up from Israel Nash who would quite rightly on another occasion command a headline slot in his own right. The fellow American, whom RockShot Magazine met in Notting Hill last month, was joined on stage by friend and musical partner Eric Swanson for a stunning 6-song support set. Nash’s highly personal song-writing and powerful vocals compliment perfectly the headline act, and it is easy to see why he has joined them throughout the UK and European leg of their tour. Through a thick...

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Live: The Lumineers @ Brixton Academy

Hailing from Denver in Colorado, The Lumineers were born out of tragedy in 2002 when founding members Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion) came together to write music following the impromptu death of Fraites’ brother and Schultz’s best friend Josh aged just 19 from a drugs overdose. This pairing was to have a happier ending, and now joined by Neyla Pekarek (Cello, backing vocals), Stelth Ulvang (piano, banjo, and much more) and Byron Issacs (bass guitar, backing vocals) they have become a charismatic five-piece, flourishing in mainstream success across the globe. The band’s sound is...

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Live: Frightened Rabbit @ St John-at-Hackney

Frightened Rabbit live at St John-at-Hackney. Scottish indie folk quintet Frightened Rabbit are back. Three years since their last album, and a year in the making, Painting Of A Panic Attack was released Friday 8th April 2016. And with The National Producer Aaran Dessner’s input, it’s clear there’s life in the old rabbit yet. The band started life in Selkirk in 2003 as a solo project for lead vocalist, guitarist and song writer Scott Hutchison, named after a nickname his mother gave him as a child because of his chronic shyness. Over the years the original Frightened Rabbit has...

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Live: Travis @ The Lexington.

Live Review: Travis @ The Lexington. Travis are probably not the first band that springs to mind in 2016, but with their eight studio album, Everything at Once, set for release on the 29th April, the band are still exerting themselves on the music scene.  This week saw the BRIT award winners play two back-to-back shows on the same night at north London’s intimate The Lexington. It’s been almost 20 years since the four-piece, led by frontman Fran Healy on vocals and guitar, released their debut album Good Feeling.  Mainstream success quickly followed which drew both new fans and critics in...

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Interview: Flight Brigade. Standing To Attention.

Flight Brigade Interview. Standing To Attention! It’s been a great year for Hampshire septet Flight Brigade.  I met up with them at the aptly named Rainbow House on Portobello Road, designed by top Architect AB Rogers and featuring a rather crazy slide in the living room, before their recent gig at Notting Hill Arts Club where the band held their new EP Stealing Fire’s celebratory launch party. Formed in 2010, the alternative/indie collective comprises a mixture of family and childhood friends all with differing backgrounds and musical tastes.  Lead singer Ollie Baines is married to Miriam who supports her...

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Live: The Shires @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Shires @ Shepherds Bush Empire Hot UK country music duo The Shires lit up Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday evening for the final night of their headline UK tour.  The band, comprising singer-songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, met in 2013 through a mutual friend on Facebook.  Just two years on, who would have predicted that this chance meeting of music minds would be the catalyst for the revival of country music this side of the pond. With strong vocals and oodles of chemistry, it is not difficult to see how the pair have achieved such a rapid...

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Live: Flight Brigade @ Notting Hill Arts Club

Flight Brigade @ Notting Hill Arts Club Hampshire-raised septet Flight Brigade chose the intimate Notting Hill Art Club’s Nova presents…..Over & Over live music night to host the release party for their new EP Stealing Fire.  Offering delicious cupcakes to those first through the door, the band ignited the party atmosphere at the packed famous west London venue on Wednesday evening. Formed in 2010, the folk/rock collective comprises a mixture of family and childhood friends.  Lead singer Ollie Baines is married to Miriam who supports her husband with stunning harmonies.  Miriam’s sister Dorry Macaulay, who is a classically trained...

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Live: Roo Panes @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Roo Panes @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire Dorset-raised singer-songwriter Roo Panes joined Rae Morris at Shepherds Bush Empire on Thursday evening as the main support for the Blackpool singers’ debut album’s 12-night UK tour.  The classical folk singer, real name Andrew Panes, gained the nickname “Roo” as a child in homage to the fictional Winnie-the-Pooh character of the same name after falling in a river, a fate also suffered by the adventurous joey. Panes rose to prominence in 2011 after a chance email landed him as the new frontman and face of British fashion house Burberry’s winter campaign.  His chiselled...

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Interview: White Reaper. Rising.

Interview: White Reaper. Rising. It’s been a big year for Louisville punk-rock quartet White Reaper who are made up of singer and guitarist Tony Esposito, Ryan Hater on keyboard, and twin brothers Sam Wilkerson on bass and Nick Wilkerson on drums. Barely out of their teenage years they signed to Illinois based Polyvinyl Records in 2014 after ‘auditioning’ at Polyvinyl HQ.  A year on, they have a knockout self-titled EP under their belts, and a slot at SXSW to be proud of which has left them firmly cemented on promising new act lists across the U.S. However, their biggest...

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Live Review: White Reaper @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Louisville punk-rock quartet White Reaper opened the show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday night in support of Canadian indie-pop group Alvvays’ final show of their biggest UK headline tour to date. Storming through eight tracks from their debut full-length album White Reaper Does It Again, they warmed the early crowd with their high-intensity pace and punchy sound. The band is made up of singer and guitarist Tony Esposito, keyboardist Ryan Hater, and twin brothers Sam and Nick Wilkerson on bass and drums respectively. Growing up together, they eventually abandoned their college studies to concentrate on music, which...

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