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The Acorn @ Scala, May 12th.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , on April 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? The Acorn

The Acorn are Canada’s and perhaps North America’s hottest new alt.folk band. Some of you may have been lucky enough to see them on recent UK support slots with the mighty Elbow and Fleet Foxes. The band have three full lengths in the bag already, the first coming in 2004. Their latest offering, ‘Glory Hope Mountain’, their debut UK release through Bella Union (home to Fleet Foxes), has propelled them into the limelight. The band is a five piece but they have an extended family of friends and collaborators that they regularly perform with including the satin voiced Cacey Mecija who you can hear on one of their stand out tracks ‘The Lullaby (Mountain)’.
For Fans Of: Woodpigeon, Sufjan Stevens, Annuals.

Support comes from Satin voice Cacey herself and her band Ohbijou.

When? Tuesday, May 12th.

Where? Scala, Kings X.

How Much? £9.50

Tickets? ticketweb *MM * SOS

mp3: The Acorn – The Lullaby (Mountain)

mp3: Ohbijou – St Francis

Dead Confederate @ The Victoria, London. TONIGHT April 7th

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , on April 7, 2009 by musicmuleblog

What? Dead Confederate

Dead Confederate are straight out of Athens, Georgia, USA and they play their first ever UK headline date this evening near Mile End. I saw them last night supporting A Place To Bury Strangers and they were worth the entry price alone. They opened for REM recently. Don’t miss this chance to catch a band on the rise.

For Fans Of: My Morning Jacket, Nirvana, Radiohead, Drive By Truckers.

When? TONIGHT, April 7th.

Where? The Victoria, Mile End.

How Much? £5 / £3 if you print out this email

Tickets? Advance from Alt-tickets / On The Door

mp3: Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball

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Au Revoir Simone @ Bush Hall, May 6th.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , on April 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Au Revoir Simone / Cortney Tidwell

Hailing from Brooklyn, Au Revoir Simone are Annie, Erika and Heather. You may recognise them as the lush vocals on Friendly Fires’ hit from last year ‘Paris’. Their brand of synth-lead alt folk sends me to a soft place. You’d be forgiven for thinking the three of them were sisters but you’d be wrong. I’m not playing a White Stripes style trick on you, honestly.
For Fans Of: Camera Obscura, The Concretes, Tilly and The Wall.


Cortney Tidwell, Nashville Tennesee’s new female folk prodigy completes one hell of a hot lineup.
For Fans Of: Bjork, Lavender Diamond, Laura Marling, Micah P Hinson.

When? Wednesday, May 6th.

Where? Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush.

How Much? £9

Tickets? ticketweb *MM

mp3: Au Revoir Simone – Fallen Snow

mp3: Cortney Tidwell – La La

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ The Luminaire, May 15th.

Posted in Gigs, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on April 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog

What? The Asteroids Galaxy Tour / Official Secrets Act / David Gedge

A Danish ensemble from Copenhagen featuring the songwiritng talents of Lars Iversen and the unique vocal style of Mette Lindberg (think Joanna Newsom meets Lykke Li meets Billie Holliday) then add guitars, bass, trumpet, sax and drums to that and you have The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. They got a great reaction at SXSW this year from their energetic, colourful pop jams.

For Fans Of: Lykke Li, Dengue Fever, Those Dancing Days.

Support comes from London indie upstarts Official Secrets Act and David Gedge of The Wedding Present.

When? Friday, May 15th.

Where? The Luminaire, Kilburn.

How Much? £8

Tickets? wegottickets

mp3: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Bad Fever

mp3: Official Secrets Act – Girl From The BBC

Jenners Field @ The Windmill, Tues April 7th.

Posted in Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Jenners Field / Panda Obscura / Buddha Tears

Jenners Field are a South London 4-piece and when the Observers’s Will Hodgkinson met them earlier this year, he commented that their ‘sheer ability would fill me with rage, were they not such nice boys.’ They’ve been around since 2005 and are supposedly one of the most talented young bands about. Epic, soaring guitar lines, pulsating rhythms and vocal prowess beyond their years.

Support comes from Panda Obscura who are too cool to have a MySpace and the leftfield Buddha Tears.

For Fans Of: The Walkmen, The Temper Trap, Muse.

When? Tuesday, April 7th.

Where? The Windmill, Brixton.

How Much? £3

Tickets? On The Door from 8pm

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Stag & Dagger Festival, East London May 21st.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , on April 1, 2009 by musicmuleblog


What? Stag & Dagger Festival

East London’s mini version of SXSW. Over 50 bands playing across 18 East London venues ranging from small cafes to larger venues like the famous 93 Feet East. A great chance to check out emerging talent before they hit the big time and there’s always the promise of a Brick Lane curry on the horizon too. MMM. Here are some of my picks from the lineup so far: Ark People Casio Kids Phantom Band ExLovers Filthy Dukes James Yuill The Mae Shi We Have Band Wild Beasts

When? Thursday, May 21st.

Where? Various venues, East London.

How Much? £11.50 Super Early Bird Ticket Price Only Available till April 6th

Tickets? seetickets *MM

mp3: We Have Band – You’ve Had Band

mp3: Wild Beasts – Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants

mp3: The Phantom Band – The Howling

mp3: James Yuill – How Could I Lose

mp3: Ark People – All Eyes On Anthony

mp3: Casio Kids – groent-lys-i-alle-ledd

Review: Animal Collective @ The Forum, London. March 24th 2009

Posted in Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , on April 1, 2009 by oli

mp3: Animal Collective – My Girls

Animal Collective have been creating music for 10 years and first received quiet acclaim in 2004 on the release of Sung Tongs, however their uncompromising experimental sound, unable to be pinned down by writers and fans alike, kept them rooted firmly in the music underground. This is no longer the case it would seem, as a few days before The Forum show, Jo Wiley played My Girls, from their latest album Merriweather Post Pavilion on Radio 1. Initially, it’s a real surprise to hear them getting such mainstream acclaim but in their latest album, what they have created is an electronic, multicoloured extravaganza of dizzyingly beautiful melody and infectious dance anthems worthy of such recognition. Continue reading