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14695459_1288012621240845_7659761123584020282_nAs usual it is the end of the working week that provides the new and original music but there is certainly something for everyone as we head into the weekend proper.

Tonight at The Victoria, Songs of Praise offer up some interesting indie sounds. Opening the show is Luckless (pictured), a solo artist who ticks enough on-trend boxes as to make her cooler than the other side of the pillow. Originally from New Zealand, based in Berlin and pushing a musical agenda of raw, guitar soundscaping that references the likes of PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse and Warpaint. How cool is that? Also on the bill you will find local indie kids Horizon playing their last gig before announcing major changes within their ranks.

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13576874_832345986903046_7132549823957230697_oIt is strange observing the backlash you see on social media in response to people’s tributes to recently deceased musicians. The latest was over the loss of Leonard Cohen, an artist I came to fairly late but one whose blend of the profound and the profane, romance, religion, sex and heart aching emotion put to melancholic and minimalist music ticked so many boxes for me. I get that he is not everyone’s cup of tea and possibly like Dylan or Neil Young isn’t always the best person to deliver the brilliant songs he wrote.

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10350429_860852760613038_2339669657931546296_nYou often hear of young bands trying to get that mythical “record label interest,” find a manager, getting “discovered” or making music that is “radio ready” or “on trend.” They are probably throwing these terms around sat in the snug bar of the Kebab and Calculator after their third gig in as many months in their college hall. This isn’t the seventies, those days are gone and it basically comes down to two things. Write great songs and play them to as many people as you can. One person who is proof that this strategy works can be found at The Victoria tonight.

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13269298_1175762365815736_8729034887665700384_nI occasionally wander through the on-line pages of the NME just to check out anything new and intriguing (obviously I don’t pick up the print version anymore just in case someone sees me…the shame of it!) I knew things were bad, but I didn’t realise just how bad. In their top stories I learned that Barbara Streisand has asked Apple to correct Siri’s pronunciation of her name, Justin Bieber has been miming at his gigs and Arctic Monkeys are still not recording a new album. ( What…no Antony Burgess Arts Journalism Award nominations?) Remember the days when you could read a 10,000 word Clash expose or a witty character assassination of the latest new-wave darlings by the likes of Charles Shaar Murray. Even Paul Morley’s dense diatribes would be a welcome break from these lower sixth form warbling’s. Does an unchallenging music scene result in boring reportage? Discuss.

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