Ed Sheeran...I HAD To Blog This - Brilliant...


So, Ed Sheeran is doing a free gig at the Barfly in Camden on Tuesday April 12th 2011. 

He has just updated his status on Facebook saying that he is “thinking, if some of you guys don’t get into the gig, I’ll do the gig, clear the room, and let more people in and do the gig again, and just repeat this til we are chucked out, sound good?" 

Now THIS is a display of pure class, THIS creates positive emotional associations, THIS shows respect to his fans and by doing THIS he WILL get it, not just from fans but from anyone else who hears this story.

Gestures like these put certain artists to shame.


The Deep South Valleys: Henry's Funeral Shoe*

If you have not heard of the two-man-band, Henry’s Funeral Shoe (you soon will), think Black Keys meet White Stripes. Their blend of the thumping blues and the 70s punk is one of the main reasons they headlined our May gig. 

They ditch the traditional folk sound of the Welsh-language music scene, the popular american pop rock sound of the Valleys, and the alternative electro rock of the north and really head out over the pond towards this deep southern blues rock. 

The two brothers are geniuses on their instruments, Brennig (the drummer) even does a few tricks with his drumsticks, and I think it is safe to say that everyone at The London Welsh Sessions were blown away with the thumping psychedelic grunge! Like, seriously! They bring electricity to an audience, an energy that I have definitely not seen at The London Welsh Session yet.

They are far from a back garage band with a soundcloud page! They have an incredible album called Donkey Jacket (expect a few quirky names), but most of all, their brilliant single, Dog Scratched Ear (a song that is its own experience when watched live) was featured on the new Fiat advert starring Charlie Sheen. As a result they are now touring America this moment in time.

Get ready for them. 

Check out their website

* = TLWS Top Bands 2012

Musicians should say no to free gigs for 'exposure'

Musicians should say no to free gigs for ‘exposure’

If you’re a singer or musician, you will inevitably be asked to perform somewhere for some audience for free. In other words, the event organizer will say, “Come do the show; it’ll be ‘great exposure.’”

Exposure for what, I ask? I know friends who’ve played on stage with Stevie Wonder and opened for Sir Paul McCartney and they’re no more exposed now than they were before those ‘great exposure’…

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Gigs // 26th June - 2nd July


M. Ward - KOKO

Japanther - Birthdays

Metric // Chew Lips - Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The Tallest Man on Earth - Rough Trade East (Free - 7pm)

Dot Rotton // Big Cake // Haze - Cargo

Rich Aucoin // Vio/mire // Looking Glass - Electricity Showrooms

Parakeet // Traams // Honeyslide - The Old Blue Last (FREE)



Music Film All-Dayer - The Strongrooms

Garbage // The Jezabels - Brixton Academy

Badbadnotgood - The Barfly

Frankie Rose // Novella // Mickey Gloss - Brixton Windmill



Splashh // Death at Sea // The Summer Breeze - The Old Blue Last (FREE)

Bis // Ace City Rockers // McDonalds - Buffalo Bar (Sold Out)

A*M*E - Studio Spaces

Dems // Courts // Look, Stranger! // Tiny Dragons - Queen of Hoxton

Tribes // Grace and Control - Dirty South

Flash Fiktion // Safari - The Nest

Way Through // Flamingods // Halo Halo - Power Lunches



Cheetahs // Colours // Omi Palone - The Shacklewell Arms (FREE)

BIS // Ace City Rockers // No Cars - The Lexington (Sold Out)

V&A - Lates (FREE)

Kyla La Grange // Bwani Junction - KOKO

MJ Cole // Nightwave - The Lock Tavern (FREE)



Milk Maid // Honeyslide // Gum - The Shacklewell Arms (FREE)

Virals // Sserpress // Slaves - The Old Blue Last (FREE) (Vice Issue Launch)

Macy Gray - Jazz Cafe (Sold Out)

The Wet Nuns // Godzilla Black - The Black Heart

Saint Saviour - St Pancras Old Chruch

William // Breathe Out // YRRS // Playlounge - Power Lunches

Frankie Rose // Fear of Men // Death At Sea - The Lexington

Sunless ‘97 // Zebra Katz - Notting Hill Arts Club



Casiokids // Becoming Real // Sarah Williams White - The Barfly

AlunaGeorge - Sanderson Hotel (FREE)

Howling Bells // Steve Smyth - The Lexington

Science Museum - Lates (FREE)

Zambri // Plant plants // Crash & the Coots - The Old Blue Last (FREE)

Real Estate // Frankie Rose // Gross Magic - Electric Ballroom

Casiokids // Becoming Real // Sarah Williams White - The Barfly

Macy Gray - Jazz Cafe (Sold Out)

Saint Saviour - St Pancras Old Church

Faye // Azure Blue // Flowers in the Air - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

Alanis Morrisette - Brixton Academy

Nordic Giants // Monsters Build Mean Robots - The Queen of Hoxton



My Sad Captains // Race Horses // Teleman - The Shacklewell Arms (FREE)

The Lovely Eggs // King Twit // Sheen - The Social

Zambri // Paper Crows // Torches - Madame JoJos (White Heat)

Secret Headliner (Wavves?) // Vuvuvultures - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen

The Pierces // James Levy // The Blood Red Rose - Union Chapel (Sold Out)

The Minutes // Girls Names - Hotel St

Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee - London Coliseum

Saint Etienne - London Palladium

UMEZ // Bbblood // Star of the Kings - Power Lunches

Eugene McGunniess - The Lexington

Francobollo // Hella Better Dancer // Lucy Kitt - The Old Queens Head

Yesterday I saw the promo concert of a band from Milan, named Calibro 35. This is the second time for me to see them playing live. I’ve seen their concert last summer in Carroponte in Sesto San Giovanni. They were projecting an Italian crime movie from the seventies called “Milano Odia : La Polizia non Puo Sparare” in which the whole soundtrack of the movie was played live by Calibro 35. Total bliss.
That live concert confirmed me how cool they were that a chance like their free gig at fnac Milano was something I impossibly would miss *even if I arrived home catching cold*.

Calibro 35 was born in 2007 in Milan, and they play funk-jazz alternative rock genre, and adapted the style of 70’s typical soundtrack of crime/action movies. They also make the remake songs from the same era.

I love the beat played with strong bass influence, the organ, the funky flute and saxophone sound.

And when I’m in need of energy, I can always turn into some of the songs they play. It’s really pumping that power inside.

anonymous asked:

To the illustrator Anon: yeah sorry, but that's just how it works. There will always be people thst commission work cheaper than you. It's also pretty arrogant to shit on "fandom" artists as a whole when fan artists can easily take a couple thousand if they're lucky enough to get a spot at a large anime or comic convention. These same people are the ones who probably started out commissioning for 3 bucks or even for free to test the waters. People raise their prices as their work improves

Very true. Just like many musicians take free/cheap gigs at first until they get their name out there. I played free gigs for four years before people came up and said “hey, I like your style, want to play ____ for $X?”  Or when writers release works for free/cheap until their name carries weight. If you’re unknown, people will be less willing to drop serious dollars on you. And, at the end of the day, it’s no one’s fucking business what anyone else charges for their work.

-the Polish one