27 May 2015

Benjamin Booker extended music video and live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

 Benjamin Booker music video live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

 Benjamin Booker extended music video and live dates - O2 Academy, Liverpool

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can’t seem to settle. 

We've all got iPhones and are talking about taking people to Mars, but look at how much we haven't changed. The ‘future,’ a time when all this violence and hatred is looked at as barbaric seemed so far away to me.” – Benjamin Booker

In a new extended music video featuring the tracks “Slow Coming” and “Wicked Waters”, Benjamin Booker moves through a single day multiple times on a loop. Ann Powers at NPR Music describes the short film as “a kind of mash-up of Selma and Beasts of the Southern Wild, with Booker as an unwilling time traveler drawn into an incident of racist violence recalling both the segregated Deep South and current controversial police actions.”

Via NPR Music’s The Record you can watch the short film HERE and read the full QandA between Benjamin and Ann Powers about its themes.

"Contemporary issues that the video references are repetitions of events we have watched happen many times before," Director James Lees explained. "We seem unable, as a society, to break this loop."

Forthcoming Tour Dates
28th May – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
4th June – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
5th –7th June  – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball
11th - 14th June – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
8th July – O2 Academy, Liverpool UK*

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Even More Names Announced For Reading and Leeds 2015

Reading and Leeds 2015 festival line up

Mariachi El Bronx, The Bronx, Shura, Young Thug, No Devotion, Sunset Sons, Bo Ningen, Baroness Twin Peaks and many more!

With a huge bill topped by festival headliners Metallica, Mumford and Sons and The Libertines plus a supporting cast of some of the world’s biggest names in music including Kendrick Lamar, Alt J and Bring Me The Horizon, the already bursting Reading and Leeds Festival lineup is now bolstered by even more incredible names.

With the Main Stage lineup already providing a huge number of must-see acts across this summer’s bank holiday weekend, Mariachi El Bronx return to the prestigious opening slot to bring festival crowds their signature brand of traditional mariachi and feel good pop for a set that is sure to bring the sunshine. The LA punks, The Bronx, will also play The Lock up Stage.

Taking the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage on the Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds, The Struts will be making their RandL debut this year; treating crowds to their potent mix of indie and glam rock as found on last years ‘Everybody Wants’ LP. Having played support to The Rolling Stones last year, they are truly a world-class rock act.

Since forming in 2009 Chicago, Illinois natives Twin Peaks have continued to build on the buzz surrounding their furious brand of garage punk. Heading for Reading on the Saturday and Sunday at Leeds, theirs is a set not to be missed. 

To say that British songwriter and producer Shura has a bright future ahead of her would be a complete understatement. With standout headline shows under her belt and armed with tracks like the smooth electro-pop of recent Radio 1 championed single ‘2Shy’, expect huge crowds on Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds. 

Dance music enthusiasts can once again rejoice as the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage once again brings only the finest acts from across the world together under one roof.
Joining this year’s lineup are Australian hitmaker Hayden James, German deep-house wizard Ferdinand Weber, a very special live set from DJ Fresh, Irish favourites Riptide Movement, live electronic duo Maribou State, pop starlet Petite Meller and The Six. 

A host of exciting new names have been announced for The Lock Up/Pit stage, including The Bronx and Progressive metal legends Baroness. Japanese noise-mongers Bo Ningen will bring their visceral, undeniably unique sound to a mid-afternoon slot on Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Earlier in the day the gloriously destructive God Damn will be proving why so much hype has surrounded them in recent months. Vant will also be opening proceedings with Skinny Lister. Elsewhere throughout the weekend, No Devotion and As It Is join a mammoth lineup on Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds, further proving why The Lock Up / Pit Stage is one of the festival’s most exciting, diverse areas on site.

The Festival Republic Stage remains the area of the festivals with a focus on both emerging and established alternative talent. Having appeared on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist earlier this year, Sunset Sons‘ fresh brand of beachside indie has built a huge fan base who will no doubt pack out the tent Friday Reading / Saturday Leeds. Scottish synth-poppers Neon Waltz play Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds having drawn critical acclaim from blogs around the world whilst Spring King fuse visceral indie with modern pop charm.
Seether and The Last Internationale complete the current announcement, rounding off an incredible stage lineup that features the best alternative talent the world has to offer.

Further proving the vital place of Hip Hop and Urban music at RandL, more names have also been added to the hugely popular BBC 1XTRA Stage. Bringing together 80’s pop hooks with a 60’s aesthetic, Brighton’s Remi Miles will open the stage Saturday Reading / Sunday Leeds.
Fresh after collaborating with Jamie XX, unlikely rap hero Young Thug will also be making a rare appearance Friday Leeds / Saturday Reading, bringing a barrage of hits that prove impossible not to shout along to.
Sibling production / DJ duo Star.One also join the lineup, perfectly encapsulating the diverse and groundbreaking nature of both the BBC 1xtra Stage, and Reading and Leeds as a whole.

Tickets for Reading and Leeds 2015 are on sale now.
Weekend tickets £205.00 plus £8.00 booking fee + postage ● Day tickets Friday / Saturday / Sunday £59.50 plus £7.00 booking fee + postage ● Early entry permits £20 ● Campervan permits £75.00 ● Lockers £16.00 ● Reading car parking £10.00 ● Camping is included with weekend tickets only

Securing your ticket is even easier with the £50 instalment plan. To save a spot at Reading and Leeds 2015, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then pay the balance in monthly instalments. 

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online.

Credit Card line: 0871 231 0821
Calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges.

For a full list of national outlets, plus details of luxury camping options, please visit: /

Children 12 and under are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
Please note there is no separate children's area at this event.

Arbitraire release free download of single Adapted Air

Arbitraire free download single Adapted Air

Arbitraire release free download of single Adapted Air

Arbitraire is formed by Andrea, Adrian and Genji, each one with different backgrounds ranging from classic, jazz, hip-hop to electronic music.

The common intention behind this project is that there are possibilities, but no need for a must within musical expression.



MusicMafia presents Essex-based artist S J Denney

MusicMafia Essex-based artist S J Denney

MusicMafia presents Essex-based artist S J Denney 

S J Denney is an Essex-based artist with Britpop blood and a hard indie edge. He’s a familiar face on the London and festival scenes with a reputation for delivering powerful live performances.

S J’s songs are crafted with finesse and delivered with a punch that demands attention – this is not a passive soundtrack. Add to BrIndie the fusion of folk, grunge and shoegazing to get a real tour de force, captured on his new EP, The Waiting Room.

Support slots for Athlete, The Bluetones, the Inspiral Carpets and Modjo have been valuable stepping stones along the path that has built S J’s loyal fan base. The next 12 months will see the rest catching up and getting the message. And they’re going to like it. A lot.

Guti presents People Like Us @ Beachouse, Ibiza

Guti presents People Like Us Beachouse, Ibiza

Guti presents People Like Us @ Beachouse, Ibiza

After establishing numerous events in Berlin, London, Paris and Barcelona, People Like Us comes to Ibiza in 2015. Taking up a residency at Beachouse, the latest venue on the golden sands of Playa d’en Bossa, long time contributor Guti will be presenting the weekly events in June and September, curating a lineup of Ibiza favourites and newcomers alike, providing the perfect summer soundtrack to island life.

People Like Us is an infinite story. A story about young people and what they dream, sodden by smooth tape recorded music and a retro future mood. It is a story about fascination for electronic music and collaboration between like minded artists. We share the love of club culture, of the dancefloor, of beach life, of living life.

With early roots in the world of Jazz, Guti’s music crosses cultural borders. Curiosity, irony and creativity mark his fusion of musical genres and exploration into electronic music. It is this boundary blurring approach that brings the perfect musical harmony between Guti and People Like Us.

Summer 2015 is near. For People Like Us, People like you.

Event: Guti presents People Like Us
Dates: Every Wednesday in June (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th) and September (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)

Time: 5pm - midnight
Venue: Beachouse,  de, Ctra. de Platja d'en Bossa, 2, Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza

Season Opening: 03rd June
Fur Coat
Julian Perez
(free entry)

26 May 2015

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Saturday Review 

A warm and sunny Saturday greeted us for the 2nd day of Sound City Liverpool. First up on the viewing agenda was Sun God Replica on the Kraken Stage. The band strike you, straight away, as a band very much influenced by the late 60s/early 70s and their music tends to solidify that assumption. Very heavy riffs with the emphasis on the music rather than bogging people down with too many lyrics. Guitar solos aplenty here. A great set that left your ears ringing.

Speaking of ears ringing, next up on the list for us was God Damn. This is a band we have featured here on MusicMafia a number of times and it was great to be able to see them in action at last. Very reminiscent of Royal Blood with two band members playing the music of 4/5 members, lead singer Thom and drummer Ash make you stop whatever you are doing and look on in awe at the huge solid tunes and the full on, in your face sound. In fact the sound was so intense that next to us, the plastic water container was shaking and moving due to the heavy bass. The set, unfortunately, was way too short and they could have easily entertained for an hour more.

Dutch Uncles on the Atlantic stage had drawn a good sized crowd for their set. The new wave group led by Duncan Wallis, entertained the audience with possibly the maddest dancing I have witnessed. This along with their catchy, toe tapping songs made for a very eccentric set. At times they reminded me of Talking Heads, both lyrically and musically, which isn't at all a bad thing. 

The Membranes  on the Baltic stage, led by the ever youthful, John Robb, provided a fierce and frantic set which consisted of a lot of their new material from the dark energy/dark matter album, engaged the audience from the outset. Forever the front man John Robb manages to make you feel as if you are part of the band. Encouraging and enticing the crowd to sing, stamp and holler as much as possible. 

We decided to move along to the North stage for a bit calm down after that to see the Israeli trio Garden City Movement and it was just what we needed. Standing in the sun watching on with a cool beer in your hand, is a much recommended recipe and bring into that the warm yet upbeat dance-floor tracks being played then you couldn't ask for a better interlude before the main headliner. Judging the reaction of the audience, they felt the same.

The Flaming Lips probably don't need much introduction. The band seem to bring a huge smile to anyone who mentions them and this was certainly evident to the thousands that had come to play witness to the giant spectacle. 
Lead singer, Wayne Coyne, emerged on stage with a giant inflatable turtle attached to his back and dressed in a green lycra suit, he looked more like a human-amphibian hybrid than the leader of a 30 year old strong band.

The Flaming Lips manages to make everything look so easy. Moving from one crowd rousing track to another, they never let the energy drop and never let the energy levels of the audience drop. They take them on a mystical space journey and they are only to happy to follow. 

Using visuals to full effect, including a giant "FUCK YEAH LIVERPOOL" inflatable thrown into the crowd, they leave nothing to chance. Light shows, ticker tape and giant alien creatures are all part of the ride. Even a giant Santa Claus made an appearance on stage much to the delight of the many. 

The highlight as always is Wayne Coyne getting inside his giant inflatable ball to surf across the people and sing whilst being held aloft by many numerous and willing hands. A site that you can never get tired of seeing.

An amazing and enigmatic set. One the likes of Sound City has never seen bodes well for the future. As previously mentioned in Friday's review, there are a lot of things which need rectifying in relation to the site and transport, but for the first time on a new site and with the line up they have managed to pull together, the future bodes well both for Sound City and Liverpool as a festival city on the whole. 

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Friday Review

Soundcity Liverpool 2015 - Friday Review

Sound City Liverpool 2015 - Friday Review

This year the Bramley Dock site was what Sound City Liverpool 2015 was all about. Moving from multiple venues to consolidate the festival into one area of docklands north of the city centre is a gamble, but is one that had to be made to promote the continued growth of the festival and attract big name acts.

Getting there (or back) wasn't the easiest which has drawn some complaints from festival goers.

The laid on bus finished at 10pm so ignored the fact that thousands of people would be leaving after the headline acts finished, to either compete for a limited number of taxis, or start the half hour walk back to the city centre.

That aside once there the site was great the way it had been decorated and was easy to navigate with all the stages in a five or ten minute walk from each other, although this did give rise to some noise bleed across different performances. It could have been laid out slightly better and used more of the warehouse space as only the Baltic Stage was in one of the large structures, but then this may in itself have been detrimental as I think it was with YAK's performance. This loud rock outfit with a touch of psychedelia didn't struggle to get themselves heard as they filled the venue with their sound but possibly the acoustics of the gigantic warehouse they played in let them down.

Moving on to catch some of KOF at the Cargo stage, I found him to be engaging with the audience with his upbeat music. His alternative souls style is easy to listen to and he aims to spread a more modern message with his music. His backing band had one great character in the lead guitarist, but some of the others were a tad too moody which didn't compliment his performance.

Spector on the Atlantic stage tried to warm up the audience with their energetic enthusiastic performances of their Killer's­esq music, but this was marred with smatterings of pretentiousness.

Whilst singing “Celestine”, Macpherson (vocals) stopped the performance to try and rouse the audience more before restarting the song. This had little effect. When announcing “Chevy Thunder” a handful of fans, stood at the front, whooped with joy, understandably so as it is one of their better releases, but not all the audience were as receptive. It was a shame, maybe it was the time they were on, or the chill wind coming up the Mersey that sapped enthusiasm from the crowd.

Iceage on the Baltic stage, these Danish rockers were loud and moody, maybe a bit too moody. It may just have been this performance, but they finished early with the lead singer saying “that's all were doing tonight” dropping his mic and walking off.

Close Talker on at the Cavern Stage, an energetic 4 piece Canadian alt­indie/ rock group showed how friends who are gelled with each other can make great solid sounding music. Having formed in 2012 they gained more exposure through being finalists in a CBC competition for best Canada's Best New Artist in 2013. Seeing how good these guys were I've have see who they lost to to understand why.

Taffy I must admit was stumbled upon whilst passing The North stage and was one of Fridays best, if not the best, performing groups. Their faultless playing incorporated an excellent rendition of The Cures “Boys Don't Cry “ which captured many passers­by who paused and enjoyed these Japanese rockers. They also must have had the happiest drummer of the festival as he beamed throughout the set. The only downside was the vocals of lead singer, Iris, were drowned out, which went unnoticed by the sound mixer who was happily enjoying the performance.

Everything Everything on the Atlantic Stage I found their live performance although promising with their energy, was just not my thing, and did not live up to their recordings. In­between their plugs for their new album (‘Get To Heaven’ ) I found myself checking Facebook to pass the time before going for a wander.

Once The Vaccines hit the Atlantic stage the large crowd were ready for some high powered music. This was delivered to them with a professionally honed performance including tracks from the new album English Grafitti. One of the few bands to utilise the massive screen behind them they provided a visual experience to match the performance.

All in all not a bad first day of the Soundcity festival and aside from certain hiccups like the aforementioned travel, the long queues for the toilets (must have forgotten the urinals), plus overpriced food and drink that are commonplace for such events I would easily return to the location next year especially if they had a better transportation links. I would also advise people to get a weekend pass as that would also allow you free movement in and out of the site which is very handy when you can pop over the road to The Bramley Moore pub (which soon got crowded) for cheaper food and drink.

Review by Mike Stanford

Cult Auzzie Punks The Saints at The Kazimier Liverpool

Punks The Saints The Kazimier Liverpool

Cult Auzzie Punks The Saints at The Kazimier Liverpool 

One of the original punk bands, seminal Australian group The Saints visit Liverpool this coming Thursday. 

A groundbreaking act whose touchstone first single ‘(I’m) Stranded’ was released prior to The Sex Pistols’ vinyl debut, the Brisbane group were the first Australian punk band to break internationally. 

Touring in support of 2014s lauded King of the Sun/Midnight Sun LP which saw the band pair the 2012 studio original with a set of reworked back catalogue classics, Bruce Springsteen’s recent cover version of ‘Just Like Fire Would’ saw the group reach a massive new audience. 

Formed in 1973 and taking inspiration from The Stooges/MC5 the primitive, driving rock n’ roll captured on their 1977 debut LP (I'm) Stranded has been cited by Jesus and Mary Chain vocalist Jim Reid as a major influence. 

A sizeable inspiration on fellow Aussie Nick Cave, Saints founder Chris Bailey appeared on The Bad Seeds 2003 LP Nocturama. 

Moving towards a classic rock sound in the 1980s and developing an ongoing cult following Stateside, the band have inspired legions of musicians in their home country and beyond.



Tickets £12.00adv available in store from
Probe Records (School Ln) and The Brink (Parr St)
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