Month: March 2009

Nouvelle Vague season at the BFI

Nouvelle Vague, or the French New Wave to you and me, is being explored in a two-month long season at the BFI Southbank. In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s a small clique of directors set about changing the way film was made in France. Varda, Godard, Truffaut, Resnais […]

New band: Tommy Atkins

No, not the Billy Childish-influenced DJ at The Acid Gallery (that's Tommy 'Gun' Atkins), instead this is new mod revivalists Tommy Atkins. Formed early last year in London by Spencer Taylor, they blend Hammond organ with elements of soul, punk, and power-pop. The four-piece have not hung about and already have […]

Darron Connett band & free album

That stylish man-about-town you keep seeing around London is one Darron J Connett. Over the past couple of years his live show has been much in-demand. Now things have developed fast for him over the past few months. A new band line-up has seen him trading as Connett, and his […]

Motown Funk Brother Jones RIP

Uriel Jones, Motown musician and one of a trio of drummers of the house band The Funk Brothers, has died in Michigan following a recent heart attack. He was 74. He was brought into Motown in 1963 at the insistence of Marvin Gaye, and played on a string of hits […]

French Connection Roundaboat Dress

French Connection's recent designs have been steeped in vintage aesthetics, and they just keep coming. Specialising in classic design that's well made ans uncomplicated, this Roundaboat Dress is typical of the high street shop's recent output. The dress looks classically sixties, with a simplistic shift cut that's a perfect Mod […]

Mods Mayday event: final line-up

We previously previewed the upcoming Mods Mayday event in Birmingham, but here is an update on the line-up. The 17 bands roster previously mentioned has now expanded to encorporate 26 acts over three days and nights. Here is the line-up in full: Friday May 1st, 8pm-4am 9.00pm – NITE POLITICS 9.30pm […]

Limited Little Walter 5CD box-set

Much loved Chess Records harmonica man Little Walter has a new and comprehensive boxset anthology out now. The Complete Chess Masters: 1950-1967 is a limited edition 5CD set, covering all aspects of his recording career. Walter had fourteen top 10 R&B hits between 1952 and 1958, including the number ones […]

It's A Shingaling Thing! this weekend

A bit last minute, but if you're in the capital this weekend, you really should try and make it to It's A Shingaling Thing! It's on Saturday March 21st, with resident DJs Will Bourton, Mark Ellis, Jo Sadler and French Fred, joined by guests Ben Olins ( Stag ‘O’ Lee […]