Caitlin Rose at Union Chapel

By Harry Bedford  The Union Chapel in Islington provides a stunning setting for a music concert, especially on a summer’s evening when the dimming sunlight shines through the stain glass windows and the chatter from the crowd resonates up to the rafters. The old wooden pews surround the stage allowing the entire audience a perfect view of the stage where the artists deliver their musical sermons. Tonight is the turn of country music songstress Caitlin Rose on the eve of...

Bobby Wellins at the 606 Club

Jack Peat reviews the musician’s musician at the 606 Club, Chelsea. There’s no better way of exposing the absolute mundaneness of everyday chart music than an evening with Bobby Wellins. Indeed, it is altogether impossible to fathom how such music exists when there is such a rich musical alternative readily available. Structureless in nature, but all the more intriguing for being so, tonight was the evening I fell back in love with jazz. The 606 Club in Chelsea is a...

Michael Jackson: An Alternative Top 10

By Jonathan Hatchman Not dissimilar to the assassination of JFK, it seems that everyone can recall exactly where they were when Michael Jackson was pronounced dead on June 25th 2009. Regardless of personal preferences and stances towards his music, there can be no denying that Jackson was, indeed, one of the most famous and iconic musicians to ever grace our planet. Dying tragically at the young age of just 51, it seems unbelievable that five years have passed. So tying...

Mason Jennings at Borderline

By Harry Bedford On a warm summer evening in the centre of London, just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden, you could be forgiven for not wanting to enter the underground cave that is Borderline, but you'd be making a big mistake. Mason Jennings, all the way from Bob Dylan’s home state of Minnesota, is due on stage at 9pm promoting the album Always Been that was released back in December. It had been seven years since he played on...

Gerry Goffin: An Obituary

By Harry Bedford Today we have lost not only one of the greatest pop songwriters, but also one of the most important. Gerry Goffin was the man who put the words to the music of two of the finest melody writers in pop history, his then wife Carole King and Michael Masser. His career began with his teenage wife in the early sixties. Their first stroke of genius came in the form of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, performed...

Cost of booking your favourite band

From Neon Nettle  Have you ever wondered what a private party with 50 Cent might cost, or perhaps a bash with Bruce Springsteen? A leaked list from a popular booking agency has revealed artist rates suggested by agents per-show, with acts from $1,000 to over $1 million a gig exposed. The prices are not carved in stone of course and are very much dependent on how high profile a gig is and the type of venue being used, but it gives a good indication...

Lake Street Dive at Bush Hall

By Harry Bedford  These days beats are generated on computers, voices are manipulated out of recognition and records end up sounding somewhat mundane. So I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to walk into Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush on a warm Thursday evening in May to hear Lake Street Dive perform. Lake Street Dive, LSD if you will, are a four piece jazz-soul-pop band from the east coast of America. Self-described as 'Motown and Beatles having a party',...

The Future for Digital Music

Phil Smith Founder http://www.soundtracktoyour.com It’s remarkable to consider what has happened to the business of music. From Apple reportedly buying Superstar Rapper, Dr Dre’s Beats, Headphone Company for $3.2Bn, to Lily Allen making mention of earning a very modest £8,000 for the John Lewis single ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. To news that artists like Rihanna earn huge sums of money for personal appearances and endorsements, - it’s rumoured that to get the divine Bajan chanteuse to appear at a fashion...

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