No show for Emmy as Stars of Sunday League launch EP

Emmy the Great’s much hinted at appearance at The Stars of Sunday League EP launch show last night was not to be.

Stars of Sunday League’s Euan Robinson put on the show in conjunction with Platforms to launch his debut EP The Boy’s Got Prospects. And he used his contacts to create a stellar line-up of big names and new finds. Euan said on the night: “I asked a lot of bands that I like, but I had no idea so many would say yes.”

St Vincent to tour with Grizzly Bear this Autumn

Ed Droste has announced, via Twitter of all news conduits, that the forthcoming Grizzly Bears tour will be graced by the incredible, ethereal presence of St Vincent, whose latest album, Actor is utterly splendorous and one of our nominees for the Schmercury Prize.

Bloom Festival cancelled

We are distraught to announce that Bloom Festival, which we at FFS heights have been looking forward to for some months, has been cancelled.  The festival, which was due to take place at Chepstow racecourse from 14th to 16th August,…

Bloom Festival Cancelled

We are distraught to announce that Bloom Festival, which we at FFS heights have been looking forward to for some months, has been cancelled. The festival, which was due to take place at Chepstow racecourse from 14th to 16th August, has been called off due to a number of problems.

First Aid Kit Bandstand Busking this Sunday

First Aid Kit are the latest band lined up to grace the bandstand for a busk, this time at the Arnold Circus Bandstand off Old Street on Sunday, August 2nd. The free afternoon gig will also feature Micachu and the Shapes, David Thomas Broughton and TreeTop Flyers.

Jeffrey Lewis announces UK tour

Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard are returning to the UK for another tour, aiming to hit all the towns they missed out last time around. Although the guys are perhaps underestimating the width and breadth of our fair isle, they’re definitely giving it all they’ve got with this rather packed schedule

Conor Oberst to retire ‘Bright Eyes’, takes Monsters of Folk on the road

Conor Oberst, the man behind the wonderful Bright Eyes and in front of the not-so-wonderful Mystic Valley Band, has announced he plans to retire the Bright Eyes name.

Supergroup Monsters of Folk, in which Conor plays with Bright Eyes chum Mike Mogis, folk legend M Ward and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, are popping over to Europe in November, including a date in London on 17th.

Gideon Conn documentary on TV tonight

Manchester’s finest folk-hip-hop troubadour is to spread his sweetness on telly boxes all over the country tonight with a folkumentary on Channel M.

The fly-on-the-wall documentary is part of the series ‘Hitting Home’ produced by students at Salford University.

Album: She & Him – Volume One

She & Him are not a band willing to live by clichés. By all means, the first collaboration between a guitar-wielding bluesman and a Hollywood starlet should be equal parts dull and self-indulgent. Volume One breaks the formula effortlessly from the heartbreaking opening vocals by actress Zooey Deschanel, one half of a team completed by M. Ward. The key is the wide range of influences audible in every track – there is as much room on Volume One for the softer side of Motown as there is for the livelier side of Les Paul and Mary Ford. ‘Why Do You Let Me Stay Here’ takes its leaf out of the latter’s book, a charming and energetic track in which one can hear every ounce of joy that the band have squeezed out of putting together their album.

Album: Slow Club – Yeah So

Before this debut album arrived to review, I already had 12 Slow Club tracks on my iTunes, which gives some idea of how prolific they’ve been already. So here are 12 more (13 if you include the secret track), and, mostly, they’re a very welcome addition to the Slow Club cannon.

Album: Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

Stephen Wilkinson, AKA Bibio, is one hell of a busy guy, only six months after releasing Vignetting The Compost, his fifth release on Mush Records, he’s back on a new label (Warp) with Ambivalence Avenue a fascinatingly beautiful hybrid of folk and electronica.