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Only 25 Hours Late Here’s The Hot Five

April 16, 2014 Columns, Reviews, Single 2 Comments

By Tom Fake

April 16, 2014

The Hot Five – My favourite new tracks of the week, usually rounded off with a classic, obscure or alternate track from my music collection. Tracks usually concentrate on guitar-based music, but really focus on anything and everything that I come across. … Continue Reading

The Weekly Froth!

March 7, 2014 Columns, Reviews, Single 2 Comments

By Stef Siepel

March 7, 2014

The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy. … Continue Reading

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

February 20, 2014 Album, Reviews 2 Comments

By Lee Hammond

February 20, 2014

Few bands have the ability to produce beguiling brilliant music whilst retaining that original edge that drew you in. However, Wild Beasts do it almost faultlessly, from Hayden Thorpe’s awesome falsetto that graced the band’s debut Limbo Panto to Thorpe and Tom Fleming’s duelling vocals on sophomore album Two Dancers. Very little could build on this prior to the release of third album, Smother, which was nothing short of a masterpiece. … Continue Reading

You’ve Missed A Bit …

January 11, 2013 Album, News No Comments

By Hayley Scott/Kenny McMurtrie

January 11, 2013

Having not yet been caught out by any snow we here at Muso’s Guide have made up for it by neglecting a small slew of further albums coming out this side of Easter. To re-balance things we’ve set them out below. … Continue Reading

Latitude 2012: A Festival Review, Part II

July 19, 2012 Festivals, Reviews No Comments

By Sam Cleeve

July 13-15, 2012

Part I of our coverage of this year’s Latitude festival can be found here.

A little later on Saturday, and we return to The Word Arena to catch masked London beat-maker SBTRKT. It’s the rowdiest a Latitude crowd gets all weekend–as tensions begin to mount before Aaron Jerome and his right-hand man Sampha take to the stage, we’re flanked by an unprecedented number of Topman wife-beaters, and there’s a staunch smell of Lynx in the air. Predictably then, things get a bit boisterous. In a sort of pseudo-riot, tentative pushing‘n’shoving, middle-class kind of way. Regardless, the duo put in an electrifying performance–from opener ‘Never Never’ through to the likes of ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Pharaohs,’ the pair blast through SBTRKT’s eponymous debut LP with an unrelenting ferocity. … Continue Reading

Beacons 2012: A Festival Preview

July 19, 2012 Events, Features No Comments

By Nick Cowan

The 2012 Beacons Festival takes place at the Funkirk Estate, Skipton, 17th-19th August (website/tickets)

After being called off last year due to flooding, Beacons Festival is back for another attempt. However, what with the worst summer anyone can recall, numerous other festival misfortunes and that Mayan apocalyptic prophesy, the outlook for 2012 isn’t looking good either. But the Beacons crew are a determined bunch and thanks to a better, more flood resistant location in the picturesque Yorkshire dales, and affordable ticket prices (originally £60, now £84.50) along with a fine selection of music and arts to take in, Beacons 2012 will be worth braving the elements for. … Continue Reading

Latitude 2012: A Festival Preview

July 2, 2012 Events, Features No Comments

By Sam Cleeve

The 2012 Latitude Festival takes place at Henham Park, Southwold, June 12th-15th (website/tickets).

Latitude started out as something of an alternative to festival season’s mainstays – a little more gently pastoral than the post-GCSE armageddon of Reading and Leeds, a little less of the thrilling batshit-bedlam of Glastonbury, whilst altogether less embarrassing than getting caught doltishly gawking at a set from The Enemy at T In The Park. Luckily, that’s (largely) what it remains. … Continue Reading

Wild Beasts, Cardiff, Coal Exchange

March 20, 2012 Gig, Reviews No Comments

By Russell Warfield

March 16, 2012

As much as I love Wild Beasts, it’s the allure of hyper-promupstarts alt-J which entices me to make the trip to see my ex-homecity’s best exports for what must be close to the billionth time. There’s just a clutch of tracks circulating around the net in advance of their full debut (due later this year), but material as strong as ‘Fitzpleasure’ and ‘Breezeblocks’ is more than enough to get people rightly excited about this band. And, just a few days before the gig, I realise that I’ve encountered these chaps before – playing the back rooms of pubs in Leeds during my university years. Then called Films, they were incredibly arresting and promising even in that germinating state. Tonight, alt-J move through their songs with competence and style, even if somehow lacking a slight measure of vitality – there’s a little reserve to the vocals; the electronics sound a little canned; the components of the arrangements never quite meld together into a unified perfection. But these are quibbles – the tiniest chinks in the armour of a band who are still very much in their infancy, and tonight is a perfectly solid airing of an eerily accomplished set of tracks for material comprising a debut record – very, very encouraging. … Continue Reading

Muso’s Guide’s Favourite 50 of 2011 – 10-1

December 22, 2011 Articles, Features No Comments

We’ve spent the last two days unveiling numbers 50-11 in our top 50 songs of 2011, and now the time has come to unveil what Muso’s Guide’s hefty panel of writers nominated as their top 10 songs released this year. It’s been a pretty diverse selection thus far, and the top end of the chart is no different. … Continue Reading

Muso’s Guide’s Favourite 50 of 2011: 20-11

December 21, 2011 Articles, Features No Comments

Yesterday we posted numbers 50-21 in our Favourite Songs of the year countdown, and we’re edging ever closer to the Top 10. Today sees us revealing the bottom half of our top 20, which can be enjoyed below, in tantalising reverse order of course. … Continue Reading

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