Author: Rachel Lipsitz

Photo Story: G L /\ S S M /\ P S

One of the hottest, most oppressive days in London this summer made a trip to visit Joel Stein in Brighton an even more appealing prospect. Little did I know, this visit with Joel, formerly of Howling Bells, and now performing solo as G L /\ S S M /\ P S, would be one of the silliest photo sessions I’ve had in ages. Having recently relocated to Brighton, Joel and his wife Sandra, who came along were great to hang out with and allayed any fears I may have had about the dreaded ‘awkward subject’ a common species when you shoot...

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Photography: Moon Duo @ Heaven

Photographer Rachel Lipsitz went along to Moon Duo on Friday and got these exclusive pictures from their gig the cult London venue Heaven.   Moon Duo hail from Portland, Oregon and have made four albums so far. They have recently put together a BBC 6Music playlist and played live on the Lauren Laverne show. A lot of the recent attention that has been focused on them is because of this great track, Creepin....

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Sound Premiere: Bandini. Such A Night.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit with his individual blend of acoustic jazz and blues and distinctive vocals. His new single Such A Night, a version of the Dr John classic is released on January 13th at a special gig at one of the coolest places around, the wonderfully bohemian, Jamboree in London. Bandini will be playing with his...

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Live: The Wave Pictures @ The Dome.

One of the best things about The Wave Pictures, besides their impressive output (15 studio albums and countless EPs and singles in their 10+ years together) is David Tattersall’s distinctive voice. It will remind you of other bands while being utterly unique; a bit yelpy and undeniably earnest. He tells stories of awkward people and funny situations that totally draw you in. Their latest album Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon was produced and co-written by lo-fi garage-rock legend Billy Childish, who used to frequently play this very venue before forgoing live shows altogether (allegedly because modern sound systems don’t...

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Live: Courtney Barnett @ Electric Ballroom

“Sorry about that, I just needed a lie down” Courtney Barnett declares after playing the end of a song lying on her back for a couple minutes. Tonight is the second of two headline shows at Electric Ballroom, a considerable feat for a musician that just became known outside of her native Australia roughly a year ago. The audience in the front few rows adores her as much as you’d expect, frequently yelling out her name and “I love you!” but the singalong and clap-along that ensues during the sweetly downbeat Depreston is surprising for an album (Sometimes I...

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Live: White Fence @ 100 Club

Tonight’s White Fence show at the 100 Club reminds us how 60’s music will always be re-interpreted in new and interesting ways. Support bands Family and Ultimate Painting bring a  Velvet Underground and The Byrds tinged vibe to the proceedings. Ultimate Painting (former members of Mazes and Veronica Falls) really stands out with their two singers trading off vocals and harmonizing over evocative, meandering songs. Sporting a spangly, paisley top, but with an understated presence, Tim Presley is beloved by this crowd. A highly respected figure in the psychedelic lo-fi scene, his band (including Cate Le Bon on guitar...

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Live: The New Pornographers @ The Empire.

A lot of bands could take a cue from The New Pornographers regarding style over substance. At their recent show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, we see the Canadians showcase their talents with a minimum of fuss. Sprinkling old favourites The Laws Have Changed, Testament to Youth In Verse, Myriad Harbour amongst some of the new tracks off Brill Bruisers -– some of their best to date, New Pornographers are always capable crowd pleasers. The jauntiness of these extremely dense tracks are always fun to hear live. Kathryn Calder‘s voice is strong enough in its own right, so much so...

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Interview: Liam Finn. 67 Varieties Of Cool.

Rachel Lipsitz caught up with Liam Finn ahead of his 4 week Murmuration residency at The Lexington in London beginning 1 Sept. Thirty year-old Finn plays 67 (!!!) instruments on his recently released, third album, The Nihilist. His gentle voice belies the sheer fun and dynamism of his live shows. Often adding musician friends to the mix, and building into controlled chaos, he and his musical collaborator Eliza-Jane Barnes’ shows aren’t your usual affair. Finn effortlessly loops guitar lines, plays drums, commands a theremin like you haven’t seen since Jon Spencer, and sings–culminating in a uniquely ramshackle show that...

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