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By Mary Chang
on Friday, 14th October 2016 at 10:00 am
Header photo by Steve Gullick
Dalston punks Male Bonding have randomly emerged from the woodwork this week. With their reappearance, they have gifted us with a whole new album. And for free! Listen to and download any or all of the tracks from ‘Headache’ from album stream below. For our admittedly kind of old past coverage on the band – hey, they have been away for a while – go here.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 8th August 2016 at 10:00 am
Header photo from the Kendal Calling Twitter
I personally don’t need any further convincing. However, I realise you, the reader, might need another reminder that the greater Manchester area is just teeming with incredible talent. Stockport band Blossoms just released their eponymous debut album on Virgin EMI last Friday. (Read my review of Blossoms here.) Blossoms’ lead guitarist Josh Dewhurst proves the old adage ‘the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’. Josh’s father Robin is a professor of music at the University of Salford and an accomplished musician in his own right.
Just this past weekend, he’s made a track he’s collaborated on free for download for a limited time. If you never thought there could be a successful reimagining of Madness’ 1980 hit ‘Baggy Trousers’, it’s time for a rethink. Robin and Little Sparrow (aka singer/songwriter Katie Ware) were invited by the Tim Peaks FM team to perform live at the Tim Burgess‘ themed coffee shop at Kendal Calling 2016. This was where they unleashed their spellbinding new cover version, named by the Tim Peaks FM team “one of the best cover versions we have heard in years!” To read more about the collaboration, check out this article by the Manchester Evening News.
To grab the intriguing wistful cover of ‘Baggy Trousers’ with the elder Dewhurst on piano, Little Sparrow on vocals and Sarah Dale on cello, visit the Kendal Calling site here. We’re looking forward to more from Little Sparrow, and we can’t help but hope that Robin continues sharing his talents to the world outside of his classroom.
Hot on the heels of her new LP ‘My Wild West’, folk-rock singer Lissie is now offering up the video for album track ‘Daughters’, in honor of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. Inspired by Liberian peace activist and Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, the song is particularly appropriate to the cause, and the new video highlights one of the challenges faced by women in developing countries, namely obtaining clean drinking water for themselves and their families. The songwriter is upping the ante by offering a free download of ‘Daughters’, with an invitation to make a “pay what you can” donation to charity: water in exchange. You can find more information, along with the free download link, on Lissie’s official Web site.
If you’re not yet convinced, watch the compelling video for ‘Daughter’ just below. You can find our previous coverage of Lissie right back here.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 10:00 am
Since releasing her EP ‘S’ at the start of last year, anti-folk singer/ songwriter Emmy the Great has turned more pop, adding synths to her sound, a move that would have been unheard of in her 2009 ‘First Love’ days. ‘Second Love’, her third album following the release of the ‘Virtue’ LP in 2011, will be out next Friday on Bella Union.
Emmy is currently in the midst of an American tour, starting the West Coast leg of her time over on our side of the pond tonight, performing at the Bunk Bar in Portland. While on this tour, she’s been closing out her set every night with song ‘We Are Vanished’, which she says is a cover. While we can’t be sure that the act that goes by the name We Are Vanished doesn’t exist, Googling the name only leads you to Emmy’s own version of the song on Soundcloud, so our interest has been significantly piqued into who We Are Vanished is. Or are. Guess it’s a mystery that we’ll have to less Miss E Moss answer herself sometime. Until then, you can listen to and grab her version of ‘We Are Vanished’ for free from the Soundcloud embed below.
‘Second Love’ will be released on the 11th of March on Bella Union.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 12th February 2016 at 3:00 pm
I know, I know. It’s not the usual MP3 of the Day timeslot. But I didn’t want to leave you to yourself this weekend without an early Valentine’s Day present from us! Well, from Honne, really. Today, the London duo is giving away their track ‘Woman’ for the occasion. You can listen to the track in full below. If you like it, you can grab the track for your own for free from Honne’s Web site here in exchange for your email address. Easy peasy!
London producer and electronic musician William Phillips, better known as Tourist, has just unveiled the first single from his upcoming debut album ‘U’, along with a short list of live dates in the UK and Ireland for this spring. You can hear Tourist’s new track ‘To Have You Back’ for yourself just below the tour date listing. If you like what you hear, you can visit his Soundcloud to download the song for free.
Tickets for the following shows are available now. Leading into the summer festival season, Tourist has also announced a June appearance at London’s Field Day 2016. TGTF’s previous coverage of Tourist can be found by clicking right here.
Saturday 7th May 2016 – Dublin Academy Green Room
Monday 9th May 2016 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Tuesday 10th May 2016 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 11th May 2016 – London XOYO
Thursday 12th May 2016 – Brighton Haunt
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