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That'll be Daughter. They're not like Macklemore.

That’ll be Daughter. They’re not like Macklemore.

One of the more surprising bits of feedback I’ve received regarding the freethinking movement came from a colleague of mine a couple of years ago. She attended one of the early freethinking nyc nights, and ended up becoming a regular ‘freethinker’. She came straight out with the feedback: ‘I now know the real James’. The […]

Dear Kate, thanks for everything, Love Florence

Dear Kate, thanks for everything, Love Florence

I’ll be honest, I’m a bit down on Florence. And her Machine. When I was first introduced to her, and her Machine, I was blown away. My initial reaction was to tweet that I’d just seen the offspring of Siouxsie Sioux, Bjork and Kate Bush up on stage. Her voice was primal – it deserved […]

The Go! Team: they will wear you out, but leave you happy.

The Go! Team: they will wear you out, but leave you happy.

Last week was a ‘two gig week’ for me. In keeping with the freethinking vibe, the concerts couldn’t have been more stylistically different. First up was the infectious Labrador-like charm of The Go! Team. I’ll save the second gig for my next post… The first time I properly came across The Go! Team (bar hearing […]

Kicking off a gig with the ultimate break up song

Kicking off a gig with the ultimate break up song

Break up albums can be borderline voyeuristic. As a songwriter exorcises the demons of a failed relationship, you’re exposed to some raw emotions. It can be deeply uncomfortable. On one hand, there’s the bleak lament of self loathing – Beck’s ‘Sea Change’ is hardly going to win any prizes for its life-affirming, upbeat attitude. On […]

Lee Fields: Better than Plan B. Fact.

Lee Fields: Better than Plan B. Fact.

I was waiting until today to write this post. On Friday I went to catch Lee Fields and The Expressions at the Bowery Ballroom. My intent was to hold fire until today before really writing anything about the gig, as it would afford me the opportunity to also build in a piece about Plan B. […]