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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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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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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Spearmint close their latest chapter with a bang at The Water Rats

Spearmint triumphantly bowed out of their latest chapter at London’s Water Rats on Friday. The ‘jukebox’ gig, billed as the band’s last for a couple of years, saw the full span of Spearmint’s career covered in a set chosen by an online fan vote.

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Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson at The Half Moon, Putney – Review

Steve Pilgrim and Danny Thompson: no, not a new Viz cartoon, but a pair responsible for one of the most enjoyable musical 55 minutes of the year at Putney’s intimate Half Moon despite both being used to backing the stars at far larger arenas.

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An interview with Spearmint’s Shirley Lee: “I remember Joe Strummer talking about how the Clash did 30 killer gigs in a row – well we did two!”

Indie cult-heroes Spearmint play their last gig for a couple of years next month at London’s Water Rats. The setlist will be decided entirely by a fan vote on the band’s website. Frontman Shirley Lee told me about the unusual gig format, a recent trip to Paris and his eclectic current listening.

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