Album | Josienne Clarke – One Light Is Gone

Everything about Josienne Clarke’s music, whether live or recorded, is proper folk. Her debut album One Light Is Gone resolutely champions an authentic acoustic sound and instantly gained heavy rotation on this listener’s daily commute. Josienne’s songs are traditional and…

New Bands Panel | Sam Brookes

After winning an MTV talent contest with his old band The Volt, touring solo with Ray Davies, and a self-titled debut in the pipeline, the panel decided to check this rising star out… Tom White: The Devil has all the best…

Live | Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Beirut, The Vaccines, Owen Pallett @ Hyde Park, London, 30 June

Arcade Fire played a pleasing smattering of hits, the best for me being ‘Roccoco’ (lots of good ooh-ing from the crowd), ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’, which made me a bit teary, ‘Haiti’, ‘Intervention’, ‘We Used To Wait’, ‘Keep The Car Running’ and ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’. The band have written so many good songs, and seem to nail a half-disillusioned idealism that’s very definitive of music now, agreeing with Fleet Foxes in wanting to escape ‘the sprawl’ but not being sure if that’s possible. They’re also slightly in love with the dead shopping malls, the emptiness of the suburbs; their protesting edge is questioning, searching.

Album | BOBBY – Bobby

From the moment FFS first laid ears on the opening bars, something of an obsession not only with the song but with all things BOBBY has developed.

The loose musical collective was strung together by Vermont musicial Tom Greenberg – and features Molly Sarle and Amelia Meath from the delicious Mountain Man

News | Avi Buffalo on Tour

Dream-soaked Californians Avi Buffalo are in the UK this week, touring in support of their new single, ‘How Come’. If they’re playing near you, you’d be a prat not to see them.

Album | She Keeps Bees – Dig On

The highlights of the album were the moments that allow singer Jessica Larrabee to her vocals and her lyrics stand-alone and be appreciated. A brilliant example of this is present in the short, closing number, Burn. At first singing accapella before being accompanied by the sparsest of beats from musical partner Andy LaPlant, Larrabee almost challenges you to try and forget her warm, secure vocals and her well-spun tales…