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I’ve not heard of Jen Ghetto before nor her side project S for that matter either. This new track Brunch would leave even the most hard-hearted craving for more of her emotion charged USA indie-rock.

Taken from her forthcoming new album Cool Choices, it’s the second track to have hit after first single ‘Vampires.’ A classic break-up song, Brunch is so good that we can even forgive Jen for having a name that’s so ridiculously difficult to Google. Just in case you can’t be arsed to track her down yourself, you can find her Facebook page here.

Emma

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Gloriously sorrowful, Palace perfectly epitomised heartbreak with their bluesy release, Veins.

Their latest offering Bitter is equally indulgent should you be feeling in a blue mood. Somehow hitting the perfect melancholy pitch, their sound avoids sounding whingeing or cheesy so it’s little wonder that they’re already picking up plenty of praise.

They’re playing a couple of shows; an EP launch and another at St Pancras church on the 19th of October. But just so you really have something to feel appropriately glum about, both shows are now sold out. *sigh*

Emma

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You can be forgiven for thinking that the members of Ibeyi look similar. They are indeed twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz. Their new track River is a stunning tribute to Oshun, the river Goddess.

Tribal beats and moody backing vocals create the perfect backdrop to their gospel-like vocals. It’s little wonder it all works so well considering they’re daughters to percussion royalty, Buena Vista Social Club member Anga Díaz.

The duo are signed to XL and are in good company as the label has recently released LP1 by the gorgeous FKA Twigs to much fanfare. With sounds this good Ibeyi should easily follow suit.

Emma

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So it seems, in the blink of an eye, that this is the end of ATP promotions. After swallowing the ticket fees of thousands of fans, cancelling their Jabberwocky festival just days before and getting into public legal wrangles with ticket seller and PR firm, respectively. This episode has left a hugely bitter taste in the mouths of many, once loyal fans.

Furthermore, a raft of replacement shows have been hastily arranged and tickets panic bought by fans left short of satisfaction and entertainment. Some of the bands may have even been looking to secure a double payday, after receiving an advance for Jabberwocky and collecting sums for replacement gigs also, leaving music fans out of pocket and not getting anything like the experience they deserve.

Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz said on Twitter ‘@killquilty: (I’m) fairly sure most if not all bands were not paid their full fees for ATP. replacement shows only got back a portion of that guarantee’, following that up with ‘@killquilty: not even sure we broke even on the tour due to jabberwocky cancellation TBH. it was a huge blow. i know other bands are in same boat’.

But not ALL bands are ‘in the same boat’, seamingly. When Forest Swords was asked about the situation regarding replacement shows, he expressed ‘@forestswords: (I) Notice the only bands who didn’t do replacements were the larger ones? They’re the ones they’ll have paid. Not the smaller ones’.

But with Kurt Vile and Neutral Milk Hotel both playing replacement shows and featuring as headlining acts, does this mean they’ve been quick to cash in in the face of adversity. Have these two acts taken their fans to the cleaners? We can’t be certain but one thing is for sure - this is the end of trust and respect in the once revered ATP brand. Whilst the situation with the replacement shows and fans having to pay much more than they bargained for smaller shows is awful, the focus should remain on the mess ATP have made of this event and their lack of willingness to take ownership. We don’t care who the ticket company are, we bought ATP - we expect ATP and it is ATP who will suffer most from this mess.

Notes: Kurt Vile ignored our request for comment. We were unable to find a contact to question regarding Neutral Milk Hotel.

Ian

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This breezy summer beauty comes from Norwich via Brightoners, Native Sons.

With mathy, twinkling guitar and skittering drums, Humanise has a cool atmospheric build-up making the track a little bit lovely and a hell of a debut to kick things off for the now London based band.

Comprised of two brothers and a mate, Native Sons have certainly got us wondering what else they’ve got up their sleeve. We hope they go far!

Emma