Music (UK)

The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie has died aged 53

Downie revealed last year that he was battling terminal brain cancer.<p>— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) October 18, 2017<p>Canadian rock icon Downie …

Canada

Sony Music commits to backing grassroots small venues

<b>Sony Music UK has said it will invest in small music venues in the UK.</b><p>The announcement came at Venues Day 2017, which is run by the Music Venue Trust, to discuss ways of protecting the UK's live music scene.<p>Music Venue Trust CEO, Mark Davyd, told Newsbeat: "We can make big changes if everyone pulls …

Ed Sheeran

Baxter Dury unveils cinematic ballad “Prince Of Tears”

The swooning ballad swerves away from the style of lead single "Miami", a swaggering opus stuffed with ego and depravity. Dury says the song is "a …

5 things we learned at Music Venue Trust's Venues Day 2017

Music Venue Trust’s fourth Venues Day event took place in south London today, where a group of industry experts – comprising MPs, venue managers and …

Venues Day 2017: UK Music CEO unveils new plan to protect grassroots venues

UK Music CEO Michael Dugher issued a rallying call to the grassroots circuit after unveiling plans for a new law to protect music venues threatened …

Stick in the Wheel New Album: Follow Them True

Regular followers of Folk Radio UK will be familiar with East London five-piece folk band <b>Stick In The Wheel</b>, headed by singer <b>Nicola Kearey</b>, and …

Albums

Jaz Karis’ magic realism-inspired debut reveals a fierce vocal talent

A shuffling vocal leads the track’s minimal guitar through a warming two minute exploration of love. Karis' approach to music, she tells Best Fit, …

Paulo Coelho

IDER reflect on an amazing 2017, unveil video for “Learn To Let Go”>

IDER reflect on an amazing 2017, unveil video for "Learn To Let Go">

Former Jocelyn Brown backing singer & new 37 Adventures signee J’Danna shares “All I Need”>

Starting off in a church gospel choir, J’Danna joined R&B legend Jocelyn Brown on backing vocals before rising to prominence with a guest feature on …

“I Feel Again” is a cool slice of ‘80s neon pop from newcomer Tallulah

Born and raised in Peckham, 23-year-old singer-songwriter Tallulah sits somewhere between Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner on debut track “I Feel Again”.>

Omar Souleyman speaks to us about his year so far ahead of Simple Things 2017 performance>

We catch up with Syrian artist Omar Souleyman as he gets ready to play Bristol's Simple Things Festival this weekend.>

Destroyer’s ken is Dan Bejar’s best since his masterpiece

Dan Bejar had been searching for a way forward since Kaputt. He found it in his first love, New Order, and the result, Destroyer’s new album, ken, is …

Phoebe Bridgers at Rough Trade East in London

The LA singer-songwriter and Best Fit fave plays a special instore show to celebrate the release of her debut LP, Stranger in the Alps. Photos by …

St. Vincent at Brixton Academy in London

The Line of Best Fit<p>Annie Clark shreds up South London as she serves up Masseduction to kick off the first European date on her mammoth ​Fear The …

London

MGMT are back with “Little Dark Age”, the lead single from their first album since 2013

Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift) and Dave Fridmann produce fourth album <i>Little Dark Age</i> alongside MGMT. The deliriously dark first single comes with a …

Meredith Graves goes fantasy record shopping at Le Guess Who? Mega CD and Record Fair

Which three records would you be on the hunt for at the Mega CD and Record Fair?<p>"Ornette Coleman - <i>The Shape Of Jazz To Come</i>;<p>Poison Ideas - <i>Feel The</i> …

Jazz

Ducktails shows cancelled in the wake of numerous sexual assault allegations

Most of Ducktails' upcoming North American tour dates have been axed following allegations of sexual assault by Matt Mondanile.>

Change in law proposed to protect music venues from closure

Send us a story<p>Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Britain’s live music venues could be offered a legal lifeline as part of a proposal forcing developers …

Aberdeen

Peter Knight's Gigspanner: The Wife of Urban Law

<b>Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – The Wife of Urban Law</b><p><b>Self-Released – 31 October 2017</b><p><b>Peter Knight</b> turned seventy this year, but the former Steeleye Span …

UK Music proposes law to protect music venues threatened with closure

<b>UK Music has revealed plans for a new law which will protect music venues threatened with closure.</b><p>The industry-funded body – which represents and …

Threatened

Who to see at Simple Things according to the UK’s music critics

1. Gaika<p>We put Gaika on the cover of our magazine last year because we like him that much. Somewhat brooding and somewhat mysterious with his …

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Death & The Penguin deal in jagged tonality and abrasive pop hooks on “Kill Saatchi”

Taking their name from a novel by Ukrainian surrealist Andrey Kurkov, Death & The Penguin juxtapose monstrous riffs and angular time signatures with …

Noga Erez airs her “Bakalda” visuals and reflects on a 2017 full of extremes>

Tel Aviv experimenter Noga Erez today debuts her new "Balkada" visuals and chats to us about a wild 2017 so far.>

Everything Everything at Gramercy Theatre in NYC

The Line of Best Fit<p>The alt-pop four-piece live in NYC in photos by Julia …

Eclectic music from the Arab world takes centre stage on Habibi Funk compilation

The label was set up to showcase eclectic sounds from across the Arab world - "a style of music that historically never existed as a musical genre", …

Funk Music

Idles frontman presses his mother’s ashes into limited edition vinyl version of Brutalism

"Our music has saved us in many ways," Talbot writes in a statement. "My old dear didn't have the luxury of finding something that could save her; …

The Soft Moon announces fourth LP Criminal and unleashes lead track “Burn”

The cataclysmic new industrial ode is the first taste of the follow up to 2015's <i>Deeper</i>. Maurizio Baggio is back to produce <i>Criminal</i>, which was …

Mysterious group Scent sign to Wichita and unveil bewitching EP KIM

The three-piece - only the second band to sign to Wichita following an unsolicited demo email - are keeping details to a minimum, describing …

T-shirts

On “Jewels” Camden rapper Awate proves grime is not the only thriving force in UK hip-hop

Bringing together elements of jazz and hip-hop from decades gone by, his new single, “Jewels” – taken from his debut album Happiness – greets you off …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Building Anticipation: Beck, Live in London

Though some took to Twitter to bemoan the ticket’s £60 price tag, many were happy to bite the pricey bullet, and quickly filled up the venue's …