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China Bears – ‘Meet Me in London’ stream


Guildford/Bridgwater four-piece China Bears have been turning heads since they formed in 2015 and have played countless shows all over the country with previous single ‘Hydra’ becoming a real favourite. New single ‘Meet Me in London’ is their most accomplished song yet. Opening with the commanding lines ‘Meet me in London, I’ll be there tonight.…

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McCafferty – ‘Finally’ stream


‘Finally’ features on Take This to Heart Records signings McCafferty‘s new split EP with Triple Crown’s Heart Attack Man. The pop-rock song is described by the Ohio band as a celebration of their love of alternative music and opens with some melodic guitars and a singalong burst of ‘Wa-oh, wa-oh, wa-oh-oh-oh-ohs’. Singer Nick Harktop opens…

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Top 5 Influences and Digs: Magana


Jeni Magana‘s ‘Golden Tongue’ EP was a hautingly beautiful listen that tackled subjects of loneliness and despair with real heart and soul. Available now via Audio Antihero, it’s an incredible listen for fans of Cat Power and Perfume Genius. We asked Magana to talk us through five songs that have influenced her work and five…

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Spectral Nights Top 5 live sets of 2017


We’ve had another fine year on the gig-going front with our local venues and promoters putting on exceptional shows. Among our favourites were a secret Marika Hackman gig supporting Me and the Moon and Jamie Lenman’s Christmas Jamboree at the Guildford Boileroom, Black Peaks, Souer and Muncie Girls at the Westy (Aldershot) and an all-too-rare…

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Sufjan Stevens – ‘Tonya Harding’ stream


Words by Joe Booley. Just two weeks after the release of Sufjan Stevens’ mixtape, ‘The Greatest Gift’, we are treated to a surprise release of the new single, ‘Tonya Harding’. With two versions of the track, Sufjan displays two sides sides of himself. In ‘Tonya Harding (in D major)’, we are greeted with the smooth…