IORA – Thieves’ Den

#NewMusic from Manchester, England

IORA’s good, so good in fact she made our list of ‘Must See Acts’ at Dot 2 Dot Manchester earlier this year. Her new single ‘Thieves’ Den’ dropped last Friday and with it our fandom for her sound grew. She says it’s a song about “bravado, frustration and tension that people carry around with them”. We say it’s a beautiful blend of her folky vocal delivery with tribal, Celtic beats. Have a listen, see what you think.

IORA ‘Thieves Den’ is out now.

5 Must See Acts – Dot to Dot Nottingham (2017)

#FestivalPreview Our ‘5 Must See Acts’ playing at Dot 2 Dot Festival in Nottingham

The third and final day of Dot 2 Dot previews and this time we’re going the extra mile and giving you “5 Must See Acts”. There are over 150 acts listed for the Nottingham leg of the festival which takes place on Sunday 28 May. Yep, you’ve guessed it, we listened to the lot. Here’s our selection.

Luke Peter Foster (@LukePeterFoster)

Yes we did do a review of his EP It’s Even When It Pours earlier in the week, and boy are we pleased to see that he’s bringing his mellow spoken word vibes to Nottingham.

Where: The Ned Ludd, 27 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 17:00

Cherry Hex & The Dream Church (@CHandtheDC)

Eerie, minimal electro-pop fronted with ever so slightly sultry vocals. Oh, and a xylophone.

Where: Rough Trade, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 17:00

Three Body Trio (@ThreeBodyTrio)

Stuttering beats, dub-style production and oh so much groove. If Dilla and Spacek had linked up more and invited Flying Lotus along to the party, it may have sounded like this.

Where: Malt Cross, 16 St James’s Street, Nottingham NG1 6FG
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 18:00

Patawawa (@patawawa)

Gloriously infectious disco-pop from this Matlock trio. You won’t fail to smile during their set.

Where: The Orange Tree, 38 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 18:00

Shelter Point (@_shelterpoint)

Joining the dots between dreams and nightmares through music that has both glass like delicacy and bass sounds that are bouncier than a trampoline.

Where: Rough Trade, 5 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ
Showtime: Sunday 28 May @ 22:00

Nottingham definitely looks to be offering up something different and with these guys all on the roster it’s sure to be a great closing day to Dot 2 Dot. As always, get out and support this awesome new music in all its live glory.

4 Must See Acts – Dot to Dot Bristol (2017)

#FestivalPreview Our ‘4 Must See Acts’ playing at Dot 2 Dot Festival in Bristol

Day 2 of 3 in our round up of “Must See Acts” at Dot 2 Dot Festival. Once again, we’ve joyfully listened through tracks by every act to bring you our pick of the bunch. Today it’s 4 crackers that will be gracing the stages of the Bristol leg on Saturday 27 May.

Stone Cold Fiction (@stonecoldtweets)

They describe their sound as “swampy-blues-rock”. That works for us! There are moments of intimacy and flourishes of intricacy peppered in between the high tempo riffage and smash-the-shit-out-of-the-kit drumming. This will be a fun gig.

Where: The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 13:30

Harvey Causon (@HCauson)

We’ve had an eye on young Harvey for a while after listening to some of his work through link ups with Maya Law and Cabrakid. Indie-pop over an ethereal bed of sounds and a voice that feels as if its pleading and pained, but that you cannot tear yourself away from.

Where: Fopp, 29-29 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TD
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 17:30

4th Project (@4th_Project)

Quite literally the first band we reviewed and we were sold from the start. Otherworldly ambience, shimmering guitar lines and a vocal that holds you in right until the last breath.

Where: BrewDog, 58 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QW
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 18:30

Milo’s Planes (@MilosPlanes)

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! How a band is able to pack so much power, energy and grunt into a 1:21 song is beyond us. Milo’s Planes however have that locked down. It’s noisy parcels of guitar, bass and drum based havoc that has to seen live.

Where: The Gryphon, 41 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AP
Showtime: Saturday 27 May @ 20:30

Different ends of the musical spectrum this bunch, but all mega in their own right. Don’t miss them if you’re there.

4 Must See Acts – Dot to Dot Manchester (2017)

#FestivalPreview Our ‘4 Must See Acts’ playing at Dot 2 Dot Festival in Manchester

Continuing with our festival previews me turn to Dot 2 Dot; a festival which takes place in venues across 3 UK cities on consecutive days over the late May Bank Holiday. Today we start with Manchester which will kick the festival off on Friday 26 May.

As well as some great headliners, nearly 100 local acts were also announced to play in many of the cities fine musical venues. We’ve listened to them all and here’s our short list of “4 Must See Acts”.

Larkins (@larkinsband)

We’re totally hooked on Larkins’ blend of tropical rhythms, funk-flecked bass, reverb soaked guitar and playful vocals. Super fun indie rock that has to be heard.

Where: The Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester, M4 1QB
Showtime: Friday 26 May @ 16:15

marsicans (@marsicans)

Stunning vocal harmonies, polyrhythmic guitar verses and tear out grunge laced choruses. Magic!

Where: Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF
Showtime: Friday 26 May @ 19:00

Iora (@IORAmusic)

Layers of gentle folk vocals over stripped back electronic beats and acoustic elements make for an absorbing listen.

Where: Tiger Lounge, 5 Cooper Street, Manchester, M2 2FW
Showtime: Friday 26 May @ 20:15

Corella (@Corellamnc)

It’s good time guitar led pop and sing along vocal hooks all the way from this Manchester quartet. We reckon their upbeat vibe will illuminate a live stage so well worth a look.

Where: Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF
Showtime: Friday 26 May @ 23:00

Manchester is a belting city for live music and we have no doubts that this lot will do it and Dot 2 Dot Festival proud. Get out and support their shows as well as the many other great acts.