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The Comedy Club Chelmsford

The Comedy Club Chelmsford at Chelmsford City FC on Friday 28th November. 3 Top Comedians as Seen on TV.

Simon Feilder
"Highly Entertaining" TimeOut | "Compelling to watch" Chortle.co.uk
Simon first burst onto our screens as the in-house weather presenter for Channels 4's The Big Breakfast, where he swiftly graduated to fronting his own strand entitled Feilder's Dreams. This gave him the chance to; spend time with bands such as Aerosmith, The Offspring and even black metal gods Cradle of Filth; attend a dog wedding; feature in an episode of Friends in LA, and much much more...
Since diving headlong into the world of stand-up comedy, Simon has been a semi-finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

Kelly Kingham
:A classy, enjoyable act" The Stage
Kelly is a comedian and writer.
He performs across the UK for promoters including The Comedy Club, Glee, Off the Kerb, Komedia, the Stand and Gag Reflex. He was a finalist in the Leicester Sq Theatre New Comedian 2013 and came joint 3rd in the NATYS 2014.
He also performs at fringe festivals including Edinburgh, Brighton and Buxton.

Mike McClean
The Big Breakfast (C4) Mad For It (ITV) Shameless (C4) 'The Office' (BBC)
Mike McLean has hosted numerous television shows for the BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky1 and Nickelodeon and excels at live TV.
He originally trained as an actor, at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. However, after leaving college Mike gravitated towards stand-up comedy and quickly broke onto the circuit with a comedy magic act. He was soon spotted by a TV producer from Nickelodeon and went on to front several shows for the channel, including "Nick AM", a live daily breakfast show. He later joined ITV to present the kids game show "It's Not Fair", followed by 2 series of "Mad for It", a live children's show, he devised, for ITV. In 2010 Mike returned to his acting routes, playing 'Father Tony' in "Shameless".

Door Time: 7:30 pm
Last Entry Time: 8:45 pm

Artists / Speakers: Simon Fielder, Kelly Kingham, Mike McClean.


Booking: http://atnd.it/13720-0

Standard Ticket: £14

Friday 28th November, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


Chelmsford City FC Melbourne Stadium, Salerno Way, London, London

FeedMe Music presents...

FeedMe Music proudly present Collisions with support from Cyphar + more tbc
Collisions, Cyphar

"Collisions: Fast, heavy and in your face. One to watch for sure!"
M.D. Clayden ? Pitchshifter/This Is Menace

Forcing together elements of Melodic Metal, Punk, Drum and Bass and Dubstep,Collisions produce a distinctive and heavy sound that will compel you to move.

If comparisons need to be drawn, quotes of ?Skindred meets Pendulum? and ?Prodigy meets Arctic Monkeys? are uttered from the lips of stunned and sweaty gig goers leaving each show. Support comes from Cyphar + tbc

For full artist details please click on the EVENT LINK below where you can listen to tracks, watch video's and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/future-rock20140807

Event link: http://www.feedmemusic.co.uk/Events_Details.aspx?Event_ID=1369

Tickets: http://atnd.it/13509-0
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Category: Live Music | Gig

Advance: £8.00, Door: £10.00

Thursday 7th August, 2014 @ 7:00 PM


229, 229 Great Portland Street, london

The Local Presents Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner is singer songwriter, born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland. Signed to Sub Pop in 2013. Its just about her airy but rough voice and a minimalistic guitar picking.
Live: Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner

Mirel Wagner is singer songwriter, born in Ethiopia and raised in Espoo, Finland.Since age 16 she's writing gloomy Blues and Folk songs, stripped down to the bone. It's just about her airy but rough voice and a minimalistic guitar picking. Avoiding theatralic gestures effortlessly her music has a unique intensity and emotional weight.

update End of 2013 Mirel Wagner recorded new songs for a sophomore abum. This gonna be released August 2014, this tiime worldwide through Sub Pop Records.

Townes Van Zandt once said that there are two types of music.The blues and zip a dee doo dah. This falls into the blues category and a graveyard full of black metal guitarists couldn?t create anything half as heavy and raw as Mirel Wagners self titled debut album.In overall, this rugged, sad and beautiful blues folk album is simply amazing. It is able to travel into such deep and muddy waters that sometimes I can just barely see the surface, but I?m still fairly confident that these songs are more likely to heal me than drown me.(One Chord to Another)

Mirel Wagner is the real deal, an innovator among imitators. In a genre ridden with cliches she cuts through with the sheer the power of her lyrics and intricately fingerpicked guitar. And that voice.When I first heard her perform at an open mic night in Helsinki a few years back, it was THAT voice that blew me away. Deep and dark, it is the antithesis of how a young woman in her early twenties should sound.It has those world weary and resigned tones that make Bill.


Thursday 23rd October, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Rd, London

The Flatliners live at The Underworld Camden

The Flatliners plus Masked Intruder live at The Underworld in Camden Town on Saturday 23rd August 2014.
The Flatliners, Masked Intruder

If you spent every minute, every penny of your adult life on the road, you might make a record like Dead Language.
There s something that happens when four people have been playing music together, day in and day out, for ten years. In every basement, every colossal concert hall, every small European nation that would have them, the same four people playing the same four instruments.
A full decade of plane tickets and van repairs and hangovers and fast food. At some point, the interaction between instruments, between members, transcends the brotherly love of most touring bands and enters the terrifying realm of twin telepathy. The Flatliners aren?t just four dudes banging out riffs five hundred miles from home every night. They?re four dudes banging out riffs in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel just like the unsettling twin girls in the The Shining. You see what I?m getting at yet?
It?s been three years since Cavalcade (2010), The Flatliners most successful album to date. A behemoth of a record, it brought famous friends like A Wilhelm Scream and Dillinger Four into the fold for huge songs like Shithawks and Bleed.
Which is why Dead Language is the perfect response ? it s the brutally crisp sound of four people in a room, the sonic payoff of a decade of learning how to play as one fierce unit. Its strength doesn?t come from racks of guitars or bass drops, but from its sparse precision. The band?s songwriting chops are as honed as their playing, allowing them the freedom to bang out their point quickly (Young Professionals) or take their time to make an impact (?Ashes Away?).
The Flatliners? records have always been an accurate, honest portrait of where the band lived, from the youthful explosion of Destroy to Create (2005) to the nuance of blooming adulthood on The Great Awake (2007), Which is why Dead Language, the band?s most direct and vital record to date, is the monument to the honesty of ten years in the trenches that it has to be.

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End Time: 10:15 pm

General Admission: £13.00

Saturday 23rd August, 2014 @ 6:00 PM


The Underworld Camden, 174 Camden High Street, London, London

Earth Crisis at The Underworld Camden

Candlelight Records and Underworld presents... Earth Crisis
Live: earth crisis

Candlelight Records and Underworld presents...

Earth Crisis

plus support.

Price: GBP 15.00 adv.
Doors: 6pm
Curfew: 11pm


Earth Crisis is an American metalcore band from Syracuse, New York, active from 1989 until 2001, reuniting in 2007. Their most recent record, Neutralize the Threat, was released in July 12, 2011 through Century Media.

TIME: 18:00 - 22:15

Facebook: http://atnd.it/13626-0

Standard: GBP 15.00

Friday 10th October, 2014 @ 6:00 PM


The Underworld Camden, 174 Camden High Street, London, London

Boss Bass ft. LOUDPVCK (USA)
Friday 17th October 2014
Chinese Laundry, 1 Slip Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Friday October 17th, Soapbox Events & Chinese Laundry bring Boss Bass back for another cycle at BASSIC this time with trap heavyweights LOUDPVCK.

Since blowing up (almost over night) LOUDPVCK has only continued to grow. With a remix for NERVO getting added to the Deckstar Management roster, receiving serious playtime on BBC Radio One, and not to mention getting lots o? love and support from the likes of: Skrillex, A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Danny Brown, 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Flosstradamus, Baauer, UZ, DJ Carnage, AC Slater, DJ CRAZE, Bro Safari, Brillz and Paper Diamond to name a ?few?, these boys know how to thrown down.

So. . .What does LOUDPVCK sound like? Genre-pigeon holes aside, they have thrown down some of the most filthy, catchy jams out there, causing their popularity to rise in a massively short amount of time. You can be sure, when the beat drops, you will have your hands up!

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/loudpvck


Funny Women Present...Lucy Frederick and the Claw
Saturday 28th June 2014
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Pl, Greater London
Join Lucy Frederick (Funny Women Award Finalist 2012, Amused Moose Laugh Off Semi-Finalist 2013) for an hour of stand up about the tell-tale signs that you might not be as socially able as you thought you were?

"Strong, wonderfully light hearted and enjoyable" **** - ThreeWeeks

"Delightful" - Broadway Baby

"Great comic timing!" - The Stage

The Gallery Pres. Thomas Gold
Friday 27th June 2014
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, Elephant and Castle
The Gallery prepares for big room bliss and wonky bass lines, welcoming our very own Electric Dream Machine! Starting with Thomas Gold at the controls, whose wealth of party productions is bound to have the Box jumping! Signed to Axwells prestigious Axtone label plus other notable releases on Spinnin and Toolroom, it's this energetic formula which optimises the signature Thomas Gold sound. Its what rocked Ministry of Sound back in March, and led to other notable headline gigs in Asia and Miami this year.

Jay Hardway is the latest success story, from the renowned Dutch school of E D M. With productions endorsed by the worlds No.1 Hardwell and Martin Garrix, a 2013 collaboration with the latter arguably catapulted Jay to global stardom. Aptly entitled Wizard, it implies the magical presence which Hardway commands behind the decks. Boundless energy means an imposing stage presence, which amplifies his mix of fizzing riffs and crazy pitch bends into one devastating dance floor package.

Finally Ashley Wallbridge, well known to The Gallery after making his debut in 2010. August 2013 being his previous visit, Ashley has since successfully made a name in America with forward thinking, genre blurring productions that stay true to his trademark uplifting ethos. See reworks of the seminal anthems Greece 2000 and Airwave, plus more recently Lights and Thunder by Gareth Emery, for an indication of the carnage to ensue.

DNA lounge, 375 11th Street near Harrison in SoMa, San Francisco
Performing Live:

UNEARTH -- https://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial TEXAS IN JULY -- https://www.facebook.com/texasinjulyband CRUEL HAND -- https://www.facebook.com/cruelhand ARMED FOR APOCOLYPSE -- https://www.facebook.com/armedforapocalypse

With DJ:

Rob Metal

Unearth: Metalcore is a stubborn genre, and one that should never change. Luckily for tried and true death metal and metal core fans, we have Unearth to be its champion. For more than 15 years, Unearth has been staying true to the heavy metal genre that birthed them. Metal is their craft, and they do it with an attention to detail rivaled only by the dark brutality of their output. Part homage to legends like Pantera and At The Gates, part amendment to classic subgenres like Swedish death metal and early metalcore, and part uniquely Unearth, the band has never wavered in their grittiness, darkness, or their ability to excite the audience of headbangers (seriously, they've opened for metal legends Testament and easily held their own). Unearth features a death growling lead singer along with some stellar clean vocals and backing vocals from one of their two guitarists. They've got the low end down pat, solos galore, the soul of thrash metal egging them onwards, and enough stage antics for everyone. The band directly engages the audience (you will be sweated upon, front row) and leaps around the stage with wild abandon, antics that are true to the ethos of heavy metal, adding some levity to an already amped up live show. You get the feeling that these guys would be just as stoked to play someone's rowdy basement party as they would be opening up an arena festival -- they are genuine protectors of the faith (aka metal).

Texas In July: Emotional, earnest, raw, and truthful, Texas In July is a metalcore band from, you guessed it, Pennsylvania. Mixing soaring clean vocals reminiscent of emo-alternative rock of the early 2000s with guttural, growling lead vocals that shake your soul, Texas In July creates a moody yet fun blend of all things metalcore. Four boys decided to form Texas In July during their high school days and still have plenty of that youthful energy left to share with their fans. Constant touring has allowed these dudes to form a tight rapport and easy songwriting connection, despite a few line-up changes. Motifs such as transition, Christianity, and faith, mingle with the harder elements such as angry vocals, super powerful, forceful drumming, and in your face guitar. The band has got the technicality of the music down, both on record and throughout their aggressive live show, but also embraces groovin' out and jumping around on stage -- you can tell they're having fun and doing what they want to be doing. The crowd certainly picks up on the Texas In July attitude, and responds with unencumbered dancing. Every breakdown (and there are many) is a chance to jump up and waive your fists with glee.

Cruel Hand: From the tranquil wilderness of Portland, Maine, comes a decidedly un-tranquil band: Cruel Hand. Equal parts thrash, hardcore, and metal, Cruel Hand brings a devastating and brutal sound to every record and live show. The five piece haven't turned their back on fun, despite the deep heaviness of the music. Hair flies, sweat pours, and music pounds as Cruel Hand wails and growls. The band has played huge festival stages and small rooms with equal vigor - their energy, complete with rowdy stomping around stage and singing directly into the crowd, is big enough to capture any crowd. Dual guitars, excellent drumming, and lots of headbanging bring the audience some of the feeling from classic days of hardcore. Don't be surprised if their blend of thrashy hardcore inspires a mosh pit, just get out of the way.

Armed for Apocolypse: What exactly is Armed For The Apocalypse armed with? Heavy, heavy metal. You won't find any clean choruses or slightly happy tunes coming from this five piece from Chico, Ca. Hell, you'll only hear loud, aggressive, dark, and dangerous songs that rumble along at a dirge then switch to fast pace single chords and blast beats. Three guitars make for quite a heavy sound, especially when tuned down and pissed off. There's nothing more evil sounding than the growl emitted by Armed For The Apocalypse's singer -- as if he was calling some demons to his side. With dark lyrics and song titles that speak of demons, world ending, and, a personal favorite, "You Are Alive When They Start To Eat You," make no mistake: Armed For The Apocalypse is intensely, brutal, gory, and ready to explode your eardrums.

doors @ 6pm;
show @ 6:30pm.
all ages.
$14 advance;
$16 day of show.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/468004486679218/

Buy Tickets: $14: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54771 VIP Upstairs: $340: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54772 VIP Downstairs: $415: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54773 VIP Double: $680: https://www.dnalounge.com/order/?item=54774

Watch and listen:
Unearth: This Glorious Nightmare: http://youtu.be/MMI5bmlSrRg Texas In July New Beginnings: http://youtu.be/Vhz_7n1Nu9g Cruel Hand: Lock and Key: http://youtu.be/k44Y3DKBTtM Armed For Apocalypse Better Worlds The Road Will End: http://youtu.be/KuzhyK8YCas



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3 months ago
Middle East Unrest Leads To Cancelled Shows

image from www.celebrityaccess.comOrganizers have scrapped a pair of concerts set to take place in Israel in the wake of the violence conflict between Israelis and Palestinians taking place in the Gaza Strip. According to The Hollywood Reporter, scheduled shows by both Cee Lo Green and metal band Megadeth have been canceled. Megadeth was set to perform on August 6 at the convention center in Tel Avivi while Cee Lo was slated for August 19th in in Independence Park in Jerusalem.

Megadeth announced on their website that their show was canceled €œDue to an inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band and their gear into Tel Aviv in time for the show."

A statement from the promoter for Cee Lo's gig said that the current state of Israel, combined with a mandate that limits gatherings to just 1,000 people was the underlying cause of the stymied show. - Staff Writers

Marcus Intalex helms New York's Natural Selection
Drum & bass icon and Soul:r stable boss Marcus Intalex will make two rare New York City appearances this weekend on Saturday, August 9th and the following weekend as well on Saturday, August 16th. Influential UK-based DJ producer Marcus Kaye, known in recent years for crafting house and techno under his popular Trevino moniker, brings his classic, experimental drum & bass sound to Tammany Hall on Saturday, August 9th for the ongoing Natural Selection event, backed by Double Dragon and residents. Then, the following week, Natural Selection will also host the Metalheadz NYC party on Saturday, August 16th featuring labelmates Doc Scott and Bailey.

Trans Am - Volume X

Trans Am have always been a beautiful enigma of a band. The sort of band that feel like a great big secret when you first discover them, and for good reason €“ they seem criminally unknown. Until fairly recently they were not even on Spotify, making sharing the joy of their existence pleasingly difficult.

Volume X is their appropriately-titled tenth album and, although the press release talks about the title reflecting the physical volume of the music and the band's willingness to embody the mysterious and unknown, it also seems to suggest some kind of retrospective of their twenty-five year career. And, indeed, long-term fans will recognise classic Trans Am elements throughout the album. 'Night Shift' has the neon futuristic sound of Futureworld, 'Re-evaluations' has the tongue-in-cheek 80s homage of TA (an album hated by everyone except me, it seems), 'Ice Fortress', meanwhile, recalls the clean, melodic sounds of Sex Change, and both 'K Street' and powerful album-closer 'Insufficiently Breathless' suggest the experimental streak that marked 2000's acclaimed double album Red Line.

But the funny thing about Trans Am is that their 'typical' sound involves experimenting with all kinds of different sounds, often within the same song. So while Volume X in some respects feels like a nostalgic tour through albums past, such a tour could never be a simple rehashing of an earlier sound, thanks to the band's relentless desire to push their sound ever farther. Trans Am have always been about keeping the classics elements of their sound €“ dirty synths, vocoded vocals, guitars that flirt with the conventions of classic rock €“ while pushing them into exciting new genre experiments.

'Backlash' is an unexpected blast of full-on thrash, complete with ridiculous guitar solo. It's like early Metallica if they somehow discovered analogue synths. On the complete other end of the spectrum is surprising album highlight 'I'll Never', which is a full-on, plaintive electro-ballad that is reminiscent of Suicide's 'Cheree'. Over an echoey Phil Spector drum beat and mournful synths Nathan Means intones €œIt's true, I'll never get over you€ in a moment of self-reflection somewhat unknown in Trans Am lyrics. The fact that he does it while heavily vocoded and that it really works shows just how versatile a band Trans Am can be.

Leaving aside the songwriting, one other thing worth mentioning about the album is just how great it sounds. There aren't many bands who can get so many varied sounds and emotions out of their instruments and especially their synthesizers. Special mention must also go to Sebastian Thompson, surely one of rock music's most underrated drummers. His beats have always been possibly the most integral part of what makes Trans Am's take on electronic rock so special. Fresh from moonlighting with Baroness Thompson once again provides the backbone of the band, if you'll excuse the cliché. For example, the hidden menace lurking behind the dirty synth riffs of 'Anthropocene' are given extra vigour by his pounding, skittering fills, and all over the album he proves his worth, providing some of his most interesting work when the drums are heavily processed.

The only real potential downside to the album is that sometimes the songwriting feels a little flat. This was a problem that album no. 9, Thing, also suffered from to some degree. One can admire the shifting, beautiful instrumental experiments and the weird vocals for a little while but sometimes you just want the songs to pop a little more. The band sound oddly restrained at times; when it works, as on 'Anthropocene', it can add an air of swaggering, barely-concealed danger, but over the course of an album you might want Trans Am to focus a little less on the soundscapes and to focus a little more on rocking out, as they have before.

But, to look at it from a different angle, such feelings seem to point towards an album that improves and grows on subsequent listens and Volume X certainly appears to have more than enough subtle moments and hidden delights to ensure its longevity. Trans Am are a band who, in a quarter century together, have never shown any sign that they're happy to keep ploughing the same furrow. To complain about them not repeating they what did before seems downright churlish. May they continue doing their own thing for years to come.


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FKA Twigs - LP1

Pummelled continuously round the head by 24-hour news. Obliged to watch an entire DVD boxset per night so as not to get left behind as a cultural dinosaur. Plans for a costly high-speed rail network just to make the journey from one bustling metropolis to a similarly overcrowded conurbation thirty minutes quicker. Software update notifications every time you plug in your damned toaster. A Facebook feed bombarded by the constantly ageing faces of your friends€™ infants. The We Buy Any Car jingle playing on an involuntary four-hour loop inside your crackling brain. Ray Winstone€™s disembodied noggin interrupting all sports coverage every thirteen seconds to bellow the words, €œCome on geezer, put a fackin€™ monkey on the €˜orses, you soft bleedin€™ muppet!€ Contracting the inability to concentrate on any arts criticism that dares to be longer than 140 characters. Too busy working, networking, scrolling, sharing and clicking to have the time or energy to even skim through a fluffy airport novel, let alone make it past footnote no. 24 of Infinite Jest.

Let€™s slow the f=== down everybody. And listen to FKA Twigs.

Traditionally, the sound of youthful dissent has often been tied to pedal-to-the-metal acceleration, be it punk rock, thrash metal, grindcore, drum and bass, happy hardcore, or The Cuban Boys€™ yodelling hamster song. Well that stuff€™s old hat now and with the world rattling forwards at twice the pace of Technohead€™s €˜I Wanna Be A Hippy€™, the only real way to rebel in 2014 is to slow down, man, s-l-ow d-ow-n.

As Sean €œMr DiS€ Adams tweeted to his bazillion followers after seeing her live for the first time, Tahliah Barnett aka FKA Twigs is a €œdrone€˜n€™b, Aaliyah in a slo-mo daydream€. The comparisons to the blue-mood soul sound of Aaliyah are apt. Barnett€™s extraordinary voice also evokes the melancholic queens of trip-hop Martina Topley-Bird and Beth Gibbons, and Massive Attack collaborators such as Sinead O€™Connor and Elizabeth Fraser (not to mention various others from the 4AD roster).

Anyone who€™s already heard the single €˜Two Weeks€™ will testify to the truly astounding nature of Barnett€™s vocals. The track is an astonishing display of power and restraint. If those desperate X-Factor wannabes are kids running amok in an unguarded fireworks warehouse, letting off bangers left, right and centre and accidentally burning their faces off with their own unfixed Catherine wheel lungs €˜cos they think that€™s what Mariah Carey does, Barnett is an expert pyrotechnic with a remarkable control over her rockets, knowing exactly when to explode and how long to hold back for pace and suspense with little more than a sparkling whisper. With extra swearing. And slower.

Kylie Minogue€™s instructions to €œslow down and dance with me, yeah, slow€ come to mind, yet despite rocking mounds of rich, deep, funky, booming grooves, LP1€™s music is too slow to dance to really. Try slo-mo boogying to this and you€™ll risk looking like an aqua aerobics class that lost its swimming pool. Its disorientating, unsettling and claustrophobic ambience would be better suited to soundtracking a Netflix reboot of Nineties yuppie drama This Life. But don€™t let that put you off. It may be slow but Twigs€™ music is constantly swerving, shifting and splicing. While its glitchy beats, swathes of bass and woozy synths may soothe, they never bore. Its production is slick, professional and precise, but fortunately LP1 remains too out-there to put on at a dreaded dinner party (unless, perhaps, it€™s one of those mythically kinky dinner parties where you all put your car keys in a bowl and then make ((excruciatingly slow)) love to someone else€™s hubby). €œSlow love / So much better when we take it easy / Slow love / So much better when we take our time,€ as Prince once sang.

Pleasingly, FKA Twigs makes sex sound as awkward and nerve-racking as it€™s always been here in post-Victorian England where we might get Prince but we never really get Prince. Twigs€™ music is undeniably sexy, but in a somewhat distracted, apprehensive and paranoid way that flirts with being more frightening/frightened than sensual. It€™s like trying to calmly enjoy a snog on the steady ascent of a rollercoaster, or being seduced by someone who you slightly suspect may in fact be a phantom. Perhaps Barnett is a phantom. Or an alien, like Prince. Or an imaginary mutant r€˜n€™b superstar who€™s escaped from the radiator inside one of David Lynch€™s transcendental nightmares.

When Twigs sings about touching herself on €˜Kicks€™, she doesn€™t sound cringingly exhibitionist like Lady Gaga or Madonna before her, she sounds wounded and alone (€œI love my touch, know just what to do, so I tell myself it€™s cool to get my kicks like you€), yet still strong and defiant (€œI just touch myself and say, I€™ll make my own damn way€). Like other aching tracks such as €˜Numbers€™ (€œWas I just a number to you?€), €˜Kicks€™ could be a retort sung by one the many girls who€™ve been dicked over by the sexual shenanigans of The Weeknd.

In actual fact, some of FKA Twigs€™ ostensibly sexy-time lyrics are deeper than they initially appear. Barnett has explained that €˜Lights On€™ (€œWhen I trust you we can do it with the lights on€) is more concerned with personality than physical matters; it€™s about being comfortable enough with somebody to reveal who you really are. And it turns out that €˜Video Girl€™, which on first listen might come across as some seedy virtual sex narrative, actually documents the far grubbier experience of Twigs€™ former employment as a backing dancer in the video for Jessie J€™s €˜Price Tag€™ (the horror! the horror!).

Confidently frail and hesitant, LP1 is a refreshing reaction to, and a calm assault upon, the unfathomably fast-paced total noise of the current age. It projects modern anxieties, vents them, and forms a big warm blanket to protect and medicate you from them too. So maybe you should surrender to Ray Winstone€™s bloating, floating, gambling-promoting mug after all and have a flutter on LP1 winning the Mercury. Don€™t let that put you off either. This is no Well-Done Our Kid by Guy Garvey and The Elbows or James Blake€™s Overblown. This one deserves it.


Listen: Opeth’s new song “Eternal Rains”
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Listen: Nick Oliveri’s new song “Human Cannonball Explodes”
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Dubstep Varien – Gunmetal Black | The Music Ninja
The Monstercat native just unleashed an epic monstrosity to the world to which he takes dubstep to an entirely new cinematic level. Bringing in elements from the metal and hardcore genre, Varien's new track, “Gunmetal...

Mike Rivers

via Rec.audio.pro

4 months ago
Re: Windows Media Audio Vs. MP3 Vs. WAV
On 7/1/2014 5:24 PM, geoff wrote:

> If it sounded any good you may find that you can actually enjoy the music !

It sounds fine, and since I only load up my player with music that I
enjoy, I can enjoy it just fine even if THE FILE that it's playing from
is an MP3.

> I thought you got no joy (above) from music , only entertainment ....

I'm not sure I see the difference. I enjoy being entertained by the
music I'm hearing. If I was listening to thrash metal instead of
bluegrass, for examples, I wouldn't enjoy it and I wouldn't be
entertained. Some of this stuff comes off 78s, ferchrissake. Why should
I worry about quality.

> In my car I can easily tell when FM stations are playing {inferiorly)
> encoded music. Not all FM stations use mass-streamed feeds, and some
> play actual CDs or vinyl exclusively. They also tend to be the ones who
> treat their audio processing better.

I wish that was true, but even the classical station here buggers up
their music to some extent. Bluegrasscountry.org boosts the low end,
both on their on-line stream and on-air broadcast (which I expect comes
from the same source as the stream). But this doesn't trouble me.
Perhaps some forms of music which I don't listen to become more
offensive when processed for broadcast or on-line streaming (or
downloading), but then if I'm offended by the music when it's in good
shape, I'm not going to listen to it when it's buggered.

"A Song of Reproduction" - Flanders & Swann

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Jettblack live at O2 Academy Islington

JETTBLACK live at O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 12th October. Tickets > http://po.st/JettblackTW

JETTBLACK have taken their influences that lie in eighties and early 90s rock and metal and given them a fresh lease of life. Carefully crafted songs oozing with melody, power and unparalleled catchiness. This is rock and roll that will stand the test of time!!!!!

Facebook: http://atnd.it/13012-1

Category: Live Music | Gig

General Admission: 12.00

Starts: Sunday October 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Finishes: Sunday October 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Location: O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London

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