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Monday Blues – King Blues live at The Haunt, Brighton

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WARNING: Fan alert, my love for The King Blues knows no bounds, so please beware copious amounts of gushing ahead. I first heard them in 2011, ‘What If Punk Never Happened’ was played to me and I knew that I was going to have a long and beautiful relationship with whoever had made this record. Nothing has changed, the flame ...

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The Qwertys to reform for new album in 2018

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Announcement follows decades of speculation. New album and crowdfunding details announced. Full range of VIP options available for investors. I Need a Poo, the 1996 concept album by college rock group Qwerty Fuck Fuck, told the story of four hours in the life of Harold, a desperate man with a simple desire. His journey around a poorly signposted town centre, ...

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The Best Gig I Didn’t Go To

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The gig I didn’t go to will almost definitely become the gig I should have gone to. I’m always worrying that we are defined by the things we don’t have or the things we have lost, so this gig may be the most important gig of my life and I wasn’t even there. I was a bit under the British ...

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Folking Hell: Beans on Toast at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

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January came with its promise of a new year and we all blindly sang along to Auld Lang Syne clinging desperately to our hope for a better one. 2017 warned us not to go into the cellar in the suffocating dark, but we went in the fricking cellar and I am yet to find my way out. So now we ...

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British Sea Power think global act local with their upcoming album

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British Sea Power’s last original studio album, Machineries of Joy, was released back in 2013. In the interim, they’ve put out two albums of reworked tracks – a selection of instrumentals for a coast-related documentary and a collaboration with a brass band – and produced a couple of soundtracks. But while they are adept at crafting atmospheric mood pieces and ...

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Seven dystopian rock operas: the Qwertys’ unfinished project

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The American college band Qwerty Fuck Fuck, initially dismissed as attention seekers with no idea how to play, tune, or hold their instruments, later proved themselves to be talented composers. Their most ambitious project, a series of seven allegorical rock operas, was at the planning stage when the band broke up. The argument which lead to the Qwertys’ break up, ...

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Let me tell you about… Eddie Argos of Art Brut

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In this, our new series, our writers are telling you about artists that they love. This month it is the turn of the brilliant Maxine White, who is here to tell you all about Art Brut… Art Brut formed a band and then they wrote a song about forming a band, it’s arguably one of the greatest songs you’ll ever ...

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Two’s Up

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Welcome to Two’s Up.  Come in, sit down. If this is your first time then there’s a few things you need to know. So. The rules. The rules are you have to pick two songs and play them to the group, then they will play you two songs and then you will play them two songs and they will play ...

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Let Me Tell You About… Bombino

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In this new monthly feature our writers will tell you all about an artist they love. This month it’s Adam Rowden’s turn to tell you all about Bombino…. Bombino’s music moves your soul. It paints pictures of Saharan sunsets and people gathered around campfires on moonlit dunes. And most importantly, it makes you want to dance. Steeped in desert blues tradition, similar ...

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