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Release Date
02 Mar 15
The gist Evans the Death return with a confident second album of pitch-perfect indie pop. The music The London-based foursome have once more created a sound both familiar and fresh, reminiscent of 90’s indie pop before it cleaned up, got a bit boring and bought a house in suburbia. They’ve certainly grown, as has Rory Atwell’s sound. Atwell takes on the producing again, bringing more variety and depth this time, including some joyful retro keys and audio clips on title track, “Expect Delays”.

Live at Lennon's, Southampton

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Surely Lennon’s stage is too small for Lola Colt. The six-piece band from London is big on personnel and sound, creating massive aural landscapes which fill the venue. It’s like the soundtrack to a mean and moody western, a dark wide desert populated with dangerous people, guitars swirling like dust storms. Contrasting with their un-Googleable support band, The Moon, Lola Colt clearly take their show very seriously. The Moon on the other hand, play with all the youthful exuberance of a bunch of mates who just stepped out of their parents’ garage.
Release Date
24 Jan 15
The gist Catchy, harmony-infused tunage, characterised by deft songwriting and an absence of irritating folky sincerity. The music British duo Chantelle Pike and Hannah Dean, also known as Eyes for Gertrude, have unveiled their first full length album and it proves to be a very listenable debut. The long-awaited self-release showcases the pair’s songwriting partnership, begun at Dartington College of Arts.

Live at St George’s Church, Brighton

Some venues are a perfect match for the occasion and this was the case with St George’s church. The 19th century listed building certainly provided a very intimate atmospheric backdrop for the evening’s music; American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten supported by blues musician Marisa Anderson. To say Anderson is an accomplished guitarist would be a gross understatement. She can take an electric six string and bring out such a big full-textured sound that it's almost orchestral.

Live at The Academy, Bournemouth

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A full house of nostalgic fans for The Specials with an interesting choice of warm up acts. An almost empty Opera House greeted Finnish band, The Scenes, on Tuesday as they opened for 2 Tone legends The Specials. The art-punk-rock outfit are little known outside their native land but their website claims their shows are “madly energetic, lights-out mayhem”.

Live at The Academy, Bournemouth

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The night was all about big hair, and bigger voices. Ella Eyre graced Bournemouth’s O2 Academy on Wednesday 15 October on her first headline tour. Her name may not be instantly recognisable yet, having only recently released her own tracks but her voice and song writing have been featured on a few chart toppers you will know. The support acts were good, building a cold and somewhat damp crowd into a suitable frenzy for the main lady. First up was singer-songwriter, Joel Baker, who was joined on stage by a drummer and a bassist. He’s got a bit of cheeky chap about him and a reasonable voice.

Live at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth

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It was not a gig. It was a rock spectacle. Billed as a Canadian, feminist, queer, cock rock cover band, I was unsure what to expect from Vag Halen. The write up concentrated mostly on the lead singer’s lack of clothing and the band’s politics-on-the-sleeve attitude. I mean, they have the word Vag in their band name. Grandma would be appalled. I was thrilled at the sheer subversiveness. The gig at the Old Fire Station was part of the local arts festival Arts by the Sea which puts on a number of performances, exhibitions and shows around Bournemouth every year.