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Skin Benshaw Interview: Dead Or Alive Preview

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Monday nights are usually best spent in quite reflection on the events of the weekend, a sort of weekly moment of clarity before beginning the whole cycle again. However, Dead or Alive are now giving you a reason to skip the weekly lull and extend your weekend to a four day extravaganza. The rambunctious promoters have taken over The Old Queens Head in Islington to bring you a night of intoxicating acoustic revelry.

One name slinking his way onto the bill is the supremely talented singer songwriter Skin Benshaw. What began in bands like Oursleepwalkinghero Skin has continued and developed into a burgeoning solo act that after several free demos and gigs across London will see him begin recording his new EP in the high summer. Those of you who get a kick out of Conor Obesrt, Leonard Cohen or Frank turner would be highly advised to head down to the Old Queens Head and catch this rising artist in the most intimate of settings.

In advance of Dead Or Alive we tracked down Skin Benshaw for a few appetite wetting words.
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Mothlite @ Twisted Licks Preview

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This saturday sees an extra special version of the Macbeth’s hottest monthly event, the superlative Twisted Licks. This months installment features an appearance from rising avant jazzsters Chik Budo as well as a rare outing from multi instrumentalist and one man renaissance Daniel O’Sullivan’s Mothlite project.

O’Sullivan is a London based composer and multi instrumentalist who will be known to may through his prolific CV which includes work with the likes of Æthenor, Guapo, SUNN O))), Ulver, Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses, The Big Pink and Grumbling Fur.
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Written by Jonathan

June 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Looking For Eric

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Looking For Eric
Dir: Ken Loach
Star: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop, Gerard Kearns
Cert: 15

It’s easy to forget. It’s easy to let the passage of time quell raw emotion into a fuzzy haze. Modern football has a short memory, superstars are quickly replaced, transfer records based daily and wages plucked from the sky. So it was a genuine surprise that one of the by products of seeing clips of Eric Cantona in his strutting, karate tinged pomp in Ken Loach’s new surrealist drama Looking For Eric was to experience the onset of genuine goosebumps inspired not just by football clips from the last millenia, but by clips of a Manchester United player!
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Stag & Dagger: Round Up

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My lord, festival season is coming thick and fast already this year, and with Camden Crawl, Great Escape, turning Point and various other flashes of pre summer brilliance setting the standard high it is with a sense of delirious expectation that a night roaming Shoreditch courtesy of Stag & Dagger ganders into view. Fortunately those sensational chaps in their booking machines at Vice, and Adventures In the Beetroot Field know their music and have assembled a staggering line up that is bound to cause numerous heart attacks and spontaneous indie boy combustions as people try and master the simply impossible task of seeing every hot band on offer over the course of one manic evening.
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Sparrow & The Workshop @ The Fly

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Deep in the bowels of The Fly there is something special taking place. Ridiculously early on a Friday evening three figures are on stage, laughing and joking, tinkering before launching into a swirling song that builds and swoops, seeping out from the stage into the crowd, unfurling along the cracks of The Fly’s low basement ceiling. The crowd start to nod in appreciation as the music takes hold, and then Jill O’Sullivan starts to sing.

Sparrow and the workshop

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Throwback : Cluster & Chromehoof

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Entering Rich Mix to see German electro-psychsters Cluster is an adventure in itself. The event is held on the fourth floor so we are ushered into lifts and emerge into a darkened, throbbing room that ebbs and flows with pulsing electro and scattershot blastbeats. This is Throwback and tonight we are in for a treat. The unique series of gigs is designed to show the original grandmasters live and then their sonic offspring by bringing together those from the cutting edge of a scene and those charged with starting it. Which is how we end up hidden on the fourth floor of Rich Mix looking forward to a rare live set from seminal German minimalists Cluster and the arch avant London orchestra Chrome Hoof.  Let’s get it on.
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Written by Jonathan

April 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

My Toys Like Me

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Another month has flown by and it’s time to head north of Hoxton Square again to The Macbeth for the mighty Twisted Licks monthly residency. This months edition featuring the helium sluiced stylings of My Toys Like Me.

It’s a strange week in London’s music world as many movers and shakers have hot footed it over to that Texas in order to swap buzz bands and 50oz steaks with the great and good at SXSW. As such the crowd is a little Spartan on arrival compared to normal, but by the time My Toys Like Me take to the stage it’s getting hard to swing anything let alone disgruntled felines.
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Written by Jonathan

April 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm