Sazzie at the Camden Assembly

Last month Sazzie played her first solo UK show at the Camden Assembly. While England’s defeat to Belgium, shown in the downstairs bar, was nonetheless another step towards football coming home, the free show felt like a homecoming of sorts for Sarah McIntosh herself, returning to the UK stage for the first time since her brother Hamish decided to leave the synthpop duo Lovestarrs last year which set Sazzie on a solo course, with a new name and new management. After a break to visit America, and write music for trailers and adverts, Sazzie was back playing to her adoring audience in the city that launched her into the music business as a teenager.

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A Band Called Malice at The Half Moon, Putney

A couple of weeks ago, I saw A Band Called Malice at the Half Moon in Putney. Returning after a successful appearance in January, the gig had sold out in advance and South London was ready to experience the style, attitude and hits of one of Britain’s most enduring bands once again.

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Raphael Callaghan at the Islington

Hello!

After a few essays and an exam, here’s my first post for a few months! I’ll be posting more regularly over the summer, including the second ‘Albums of the Quarter’ (read the first here) – expect a distinctly European flavour this time with a look at new efforts from The Mads (Italy) and ABAY (Germany) among others – and hopefully a live review of Sazzie’s first UK headline solo show at the Camden Assembly at the end of the month – she’s signed to a new management company, released her first single with Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike, done some US dates and a ton of writing for herself and others since I last wrote about her. Whether we’ll get any Lovestarrs classics on the night remains to be seen…

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Preview: Raphael Callaghan at the Islington

Raphael Callaghan plays the Islington, London: Tuesday 10th April

Tomorrow, Raphael Callaghan heads to London for his first gig there for many years. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re making the trip down to see him or are considering going along…

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Young Fathers at The Roundhouse

Young Fathers brought their short UK tour to a sold-out Roundhouse last week. In an hour-long set they covered a range of material from their early career to recent release Cocoa Sugar and impressed with their dynamism and energy, effortlessly switching styles.

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Raphael Callaghan interview: “I do like a challenge…”

Liverpool-born blues singer-songwriter Raphael Callaghan will play his first London show for many years on the 10th April at The Islington pub. Callaghan has been making music since the ’60s but has flown under the radar ever since his first recorded sessions on harmonica in 1969.

His first fully solo LP Said and Done was released last year to critical acclaim, receiving airplay far and wide, including on BBC Merseyside and BBC Radio 2, plus a slew of favourable reviews in the British blues press.

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My Top 5 Gigs of the Year

Instead of listing my top however many favourite songs or albums as I’ve done previously, I thought this year I’d write a little about five of my favourite gigs I’ve been to in 2017, some of which I’ve blogged about previously and some of which I haven’t…

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