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A vivid and gripping tour of modern life from the brightest new star of Britain's grime scene.

When Emily Mae Winters sat down to write songs for her second album, it would have been easy for her to follow a similar formula to that of her first: Siren Serenade.

Downbeat, synth-aided rock is fruitful ground for a fistful of first-person reflections and regrets.

Two bank-holidays and a big range of interesting events; there's lots to look forward to in May. Here's a run-down of six of the best things to do in Hackney and Islington.

Clark might once again bite off more than the average listener can chew, but bear with it.

Dance music icon Judge Jules is adding an extra dimension to his shows with a new concept arriving at Scala on Friday, April 12.

Islington music producer and therapist Jon Hall has been working with patients with acute mental ill health to make confidence boosting songs, raps and videos

Will third time mean the big time for the worrying pop-poet?

Album review: C Duncan - Health

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A contradictory concoction of electronica, club-lounge, disco-funk, lullaby-gospel and languid cool that works incredibly well.

London sure knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - we're mad for it. Let's get craicing (awful, I know) with six of the best events celebrating the Emerald Isle in Hackney and Islington.

North London songsmith heads for new ground on his eleventh studio album

Five great things to do during March

Thursday, February 28, 2019

From International Women's Day celebrations to alternative comedy nights and short-film festivals, there's loads going on in Hackney and Islington throughout March.

Album review: Broncho - Bad Behavior

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A slinky, slick and lascivious set from Oklahoma's Broncho that's part art-rock, part psych-pop.

"Going out with an orchestra would have bankrupted us," Bob Stanley says of Saint Etienne's 1994 heyday.

Pigeonhole-phobic Joseph Mount and friends sprinkle some sonic extras on their breakthrough record.

Seismic life events trigger new sonic adventures for this troubadour duo, with some exciting, propulsive results.

"The most rewarding part of this job is seeing people recover from serious mental health crises through the joy of music."

Tri-continental punk-rock trio show a bit of imagination can go a long way on this fizzing debut.

"These events will be an Espresso rather than an Americano; a short but intense experience of a concert."

The singer-songwriter from Hertford is hotly tipped as one of the most exciting acts to look out for in 2019. Ahead of his debut album release in April, Ten Tonnes will play a handful of live shows including a date at Scala in February.

Album review: Red Rum Club - Matador

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A grown-up, accomplished, funky and fun debut with added mariachi zest.

The Wireless Festival promoter has withdrawn its appeal against Haringey Council's licensing restrictions after an agreement was reached on sound level monitoring.

On what would have been David Bowie's 72nd birthday, we look back at his legendary performances as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, in 1972.

Kings Place is staging a year of concerts dedicated to often forgotten female musical talent

A famous jazz musician banned from performing with The Blockheads in Islington after accusations of antisemitism says the saxophonist who appeared wasn't him - it was Father Christmas.

Songworks Community Choir's winter concert was held at St Mary with St George, Hornsey Parish Church last Wednesday, December 12. Jo Trew was one of those in attendance…

Does anyone need another Neil Young live album? Well, yes as it happens…

While the big guy in red makes his list and checks it twice, check out a selection of the finest festive events coming your way.

Warm, accessible and poppy alt-folk set gets some worthwhile extras thrown in.

Preview: Orlando Weeks at Union Chapel

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks comes to Union Chapel in December for two intimate concerts which tell the story of his debut novel: The Gritterman.

WGC's central force bows out with a moving, cerebral set of alt-country fitting of his legacy.

Last year saw the successful return of classical music concerts to Kenwood House after a break of five years.

Union Chapel will host a programme of film screenings, carol singalongs and a Christmas market between December 3 and 9 as they bid to raise funds for their historic Sunday School Hall.

Wireless Festival promoters say reducing bass levels at the event and finishing half-an-hour earlier would put it out of business and is appealing Haringey Council's restrictions.

St Mary's Church will stage two Music for Peace events across Remembrance Weekend as they mark 100 years since the guns fell silent.

Whether you love it or loathe it, the spookiest evening of the year is fast approaching and there's lots of twisted fun to be had in our neck of the woods.

The Palace Music and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy puppetmaster offers a stripped-back revue of his work.

Wireless promoter Live Nation has been given the green light to carry on holding the festival in Finsbury Park after a licensing review - but extra security will be on the streets and artists will be "encouraged" not to swear.

Tight, polished disco-funk from the Australian upstarts shows adventurous promise.

Indie favourites take their Good Humor LP out the garage and into the British Library for a live outing on its 20th anniversary

Borne out of a travel blog, The London Jukebox brings a kaleidoscope of culture and musical styles to the heart of Islington

A set of skilled, expressive piano solos that are impossible to dislike

Ahead of Swing Out Sister's first London gig in six years, we speak with Corinne Drewery about the band's close ties with Islington

London Cocktail Week gets underway from Monday and plenty of local bars are getting involved. Here's five of our favourites

This Monday, a pop-up record and book store aiming to 'explore the positive connection between mental health and the arts' will open in Stoke Newington for a one week stay.

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