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MFor Festival has announced two acts which may be familiar to the more discerning music fans in Swindon joining the main stage of their event on 27th July at Lydiard Park, both of which come with the BBC Music Introducing in the West seal of approval.

Talk in Code should be familiar to the local music community, having its roots very much in this town but over the last decade taken flight and toured the length and breadth of the land and shared stages with the cream of the indie and pop world. A pop band in the very best sense of the word, one that can wander from pastoral pop pathways to incisive indie cool to rocked out riffs to dance floor infused beats and back again without breaking into a sweat. Music both classic in its inspirations and influences, and forward thinking in its execution. Exactly what the modern mainstream scene needs.

Also joining the bill is stalwart of the DIY scene, She Makes War. Laura Kidd’s brilliant alter-ego is like little you have heard before, a mix of gloom-pop anthems and heart-stealing ballads, an exquisite blend of the dark, emotive and sultry and the anthemic, punk-laced and boisterous. Not for nothing is she to be found guesting with the likes of Tanya Donnelly, The Levellers and Viv Albertine! She Make War captures the sound of the underground in the most infectious and accessible of musical packages.

Worth the ticket price for these two acts alone in our opinion.

 

Info and tickets here – https://www.facebook.com/events/336793470209094/

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37782747_1883184831702720_7235865247637045248_nIt seems only a few weeks ago that the heating was on full blast, we were eating our tea in the dark and there was still a few of the Christmas Quality Street rattling about in the bottom of the tin. And in the blink of the eye here we are the other side of the bi-annual chronological re-alignments, summer is girding its loins and there’s more music to be had than unexpectedly heightened but tenuous analogy. Let’s do this….

A frequent visitor to the parish returns to The Victoria on 2nd May. Lewis Clark and The Essentials lace together deft acoustic threads, bluesy grooves and jazz jauntiness to create accessible tunes that link timeless singer songwriter sounds with European folk traditions. 

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maxresdefault.jpgT. S. Eliot wanted us to believe that April is the cruelest month but then he was never spotted down the front of a gig, lost in the rapture that only comes from experiencing a good live band. Had he done so he might have cheered up a bit and written naughty limericks rather than long, epic poems about cultural depression. Anyway, enough about him and on with the recommendations…

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1957678_404715793024462_9220940296262886703_oAs is often the way, we have to skip over tonight’s options, or lack thereof, and head straight on into Friday and to make up for such a gap in the calendar let’s start with something pretty special as Level III sees one of my favourite alt-rock bands of recent years hit the stage. Rewire The Time Machine (pictured) is a hard-hitting four-piece, weaving desert-blues and grunge intensity through dynamic and constantly shifting rock music. Doesn’t sound a bad way to start the week if you ask me.

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44355478_2024555787567157_6243720230233702400_o.jpgThat marvellous chap Jim Blair kicks off this week’s live music menu, a tasty starter blended from groovy acoustica and funky blues to whet your appetite and found at The Beehive, this very evening. 

If original acoustic music is your thing then you might also be interested in a neat little show this Friday at Darkroom Espresso, that wonderful little oasis of coffee, culture and craziness, and as is their wont the show is typically left field. It sees Ravetank’s wonky coming of age stories and scuzzy tunes spearhead the night with By The Day’s similarly warped deliveries acting as the perfect companion. Opening the night is Mat Caron and his intense and often downright bleak gothic folk meets sparse acoustic-noir narratives. If you want to support alternative venues trying something very original and unique then this is one to get behind.

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16641049_1044192879057669_1824159206035831504_nThe shock news this week is that of the sudden cancellation of all currently scheduled music at The Castle in Old Town due to a change of management at the venue. Audrey has always been a strong supporter of the local music circuit booking popular local cover bands, touring out of towners, well-loved original acts, strange cultish combos, tributes, soloists and everything in between and her departure leaves a big hole in the musical map of the town. So here is a heartfelt thanks for all her efforts over the years and I wish her the best of fortune in whatever the next chapter brings. 

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