The Wave Pictures
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The Wave Pictures
For a few years The Wave Pictures have played sporadically in the UK, France and New York, sharing shows with Herman Dune and The Jeffrey Lewis Band. They have also served as backing band for both John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Darren Hayman (Hayman’s old band Hefner being a clear influence, along with the guitar playing of Tom Verlaine). Think early Pavement, Galaxie 500, The Pastels, Jonathan Richman.
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Bea Munro is a singer songwriter from London. Signed to BMG, with debut album produced by Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) Bea is surely one to watch. She is heavily inspired by the sounds of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and adds a modern spin on that iconic 60's feel.
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The Fierce And The Dead
This trio (bassist/producer Kev Feazey and guitarists Matt Stevens and Steve Cleaton and drummer Stuart Marshall) produce lovingly crafted noise. Crunching, post-rock with big fuzzy grunge bass riffs, rupturing into audacious, offbeat time signatures laid underneath vast, catchy guitar riffing.
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Joseph & Maia
New Zealand based duo, Joseph & Maia, have been making music for some years establishing themselves as songwriters and a hardworking touring act. Influenced by the likes of Ryan Adams, Ben Howard, The Staves and Noah Gundersen, the pair have quickly developed a unique sound that is ‘Joseph&Maia’.
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Ylja was formed in 2008 by guitarists/singers Gígja Skjaldardóttir and Bjartey Sveinsdóttir in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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The Lords Of Thyme
From the Southern English Midlands come The Lords of Thyme. With an eye towards the crystalline acid folk of Pentangle and rougher hue of Trees. The Lords of Thyme were formed after Circulus alumni Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Kenneally decided to record together. Sharing a love of esoteric folk, psych and progressive music, the trio emerged from their sessions with a clutch of surprisingly accessible tunes recorded with sensitivity, humour and verve.
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The Kindling are a minimal alt-folk band from London.
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The frontman for Giant Sand playing loping, lo-fi peyote-laced songs from Arizona using soft guitars, a yellow key piano and a lonely moaning theramin to evoke the distant sounds of the desert.
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Some bands are just damned impossible to classify: a.P.A.t.T. are a 6-piece amalgamation of all that has come before & all that will slowly catch up in the end. Beyond genre defying: every instrument and style you can think of, mashed up together in jaw-dropping live performance. The experimental and chaotic beeps, buzzes and blips of a.P.A.t.T, (described on the BBC Merseyside website as sounding like “Frank Zappa having a fist fight with Mighty Mouse” ) have steadily built up a growing army of admirers.
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Drawing on influences such as Arcade Fire, Smog, Sparklehorse, The National and Elliott Smith, their sound is very much their own and something truly to behold!
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The Mae Trio
With their roots firmly planted in folk tradition, Australian award-winning band The Mae Trio are a breath of fresh air on the contemporary folk scene. Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these youngsters are on a rapid rise. The trio are Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukulele, guitar and vocals), sister Elsie Rigby (violin, ukulele and vocals and Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals).
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Expressive and sensitive British-Lebanese artist Nadine Khouri was an early devotee of shoegaze and the noir-ish melancholia of bands such as Mazzy Star and Low. Khouri began her career as an acoustic singer-songwriter in New York. A mix of folk and atmospheric indie-rock, her material ranges in influence from Leonard Cohen to dream-pop.
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Elliott Morris is a young guitarist and singer/songwriter prominent in the Lincolnshire, UK music scene who is known for his "unorthodox" style of percussive guitar.
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Formerly of The Delgados, Emma Pollock's voice is as mesmerizing, playful and sweet as ever. '…one of the most natural songwriters and bewitching singers around…' – Phrased & Confused
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Árstíðir is an Icelandic indie-folk band with classical, progressive rock and minimalist elements. Aside from the genre-mix in their music the defining characteristic of this band is that all four members sing.
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The Battles Of Winter
The Battles Of Winter are a four-piece post-punk, alt-rock band from London.
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You Are Wolf
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A four piece, female band who are based in London and Brighton. They have been described as 'possessed Bronte sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party', Collectress make melodic, experimental music and perform with strong visual play. Expect strings, keys, woodwind, voices, found sounds, custom software, and humour.
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Oreilles, DJ Jeanette Leech, Spectral Chorus, Annalie Wilson, Forced Random, Kate Jackson & The Wrong Moves, Victor Lovlorne, Frida Wallin