Conor Oberst has never entirely nailed his colours to the mast in terms of producing music within any particular genre, but last year's 'Ruminations' showed him in an entirely different light once again. Intimate, stripped-back and laid bare, it's one of the most striking collections of music of his entire recording career.
As the worlds of music and art continue to collide, there are few bands who can admit to being a literal act project. Dream Wife are one of the select few, as they burst into existence performing as a, relatively tongue-in-cheek, girl band at the opening of an art gallery while they were all at university. Tonight, they've filled The
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011 with 'The Lateness of the Hour', Alex Clare has had an up-and-down relationship with the mainstream music media. Late last year, he unleashed 'Tail of Lions', a tremendous statement of intent which left the world with no choice but to sit up and take notice once again.
It's now over twenty years since The Atari's formed in Indiana in 1995, yet they remain a veritable voice of their generation. They were one of the first bands many of us at The Sound of Settling saw live and that helped kicked off a lifelong love affair with live music. Now the band are treating us to a rare UK full band jaunt.
The worlds of music and art often collide, but it's rare that a band can literally be described as a work of art. Dream Wife, as in many other ways, break the mold in that respect, as they formed as a 'fake girl band' as part of their art degrees. After performing at a gallery opening, word spread and, for the time being at least, they're a bona fide musicial outfit.
It's staggering to think that the rainbow onslaught of The Flaming Lips has now been powering through our speakers for three decades; managing to accumulate fourteen studio albums in those thirty years. Now, the band are back for the briefest of brief UK tours, playing a pair of shows in Manchester and London this week.