Masego / Trinity Centre, Bristol | 2nd of June

Southern swagger, Jamaican blood, with a South African name, Masego is a Gumbo of culture and creativity. He will be performing at Trinity Centre in Bristol on 2nd of June.

Oshun / The Fleece, Bristol | 15th of May

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube (youtube.com/oshun), Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook (facebook.com/oshuniverse) alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They’ve also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their debut album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, a 2 month long tour of the US & Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

Before playing The Fleece in Bristol on May 15th, OSHUN will be playing Ghost Notes in London the night before. The UK end of the tour will finish in Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on May 17th.

 

 

Beans on Toast / Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool | 11th of May

This May, Beans on Toast will embark on a tour of UK venues. This tour, however, will be somewhat different. The aptly titled ‘SITTING ON A CHAIR TOUR’ will see the enthusiastic songwriter playing seated theatres and venues rather than pubs and clubs.

Too Many Zooz / The Marble Factory, Bristol | 10th of May

Too Many Zooz are a busking phenomenon born in the subways of New York City. Their unique sound somehow manages to smash together jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk and even EDM structures and house music.

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

Herbaliser appear at The Fleece, Bristol on May 7th, continuing their UK tour after playing Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff on May 4th, Ouroboros in York on May 5th Glasgow.

Vacations / The Lanes, Bristol | CRASH Exclusives

Vacations show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With new material on the way, it’s early day’s in the bands career. The new single Moving Out, shows promising future for this Aussie band.

Akua Naru / The Fleece, Bristol | CRASH Exclusive

Akua Naru will be appearing at The Fleece on May 2nd following her performance in The Wardrobe in Leeds on the evening of May 1st.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam

On Friday 6th of October we caught Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam.

This was the first time I have had the pleasure of witnessing the legendary gothic frontman Nick Cave, and the legend did not disappoint. Opening the set with Skeleton Tree’s Anthrocene, you could tell this was not just a greatest hits tour. They still are generating fantastic material that reflects well on their history as a band. Although was many times larger than what they would have been used to 30 years ago. Visually the band looked very small, yet everyone in the arena could feel staggering energy and massive presence of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

The band played through some of their more recent hits before moving towards classics they would have played on the smaller stage: From Her To Eternity and Tupelo.

While the set varied up and down from being instantly very tribal/industrial to what could have been a one on one serenade with Into My Arms. You were constantly engaged with the stage, not wanting to go to the toilet and risking missing one moment.

Gearing towards the end of the set, a couple of fans were seen being carried out after fainting inside the dense crowd of fans who were definitely past their moshing days.

For the encore we witnessed Nick walking through the crowd, and standing on the camera platform to serenade the crowd from within for The Weeping Song.

After a moving performance, he invited 30 or so fans to join him on stage for his groovy rendition of Stagger Lee. Most fans treated the performance with respect, while only a couple tried pushed to the front to try and dance with Nick, only to be let down by the man himself. And a word of advice for anybody who is ever invited on stage by Nick, please do not vape in front of the master, it looks very out of place.

As any fan knows, the key player in the Bad Seeds is Warren Ellis. Looking slightly Allen Ginsberg-esque, he doesn’t seem suited like he would be a match for the ex-singer of the punk group Birthday Party. However, without Ellis there would be no Bad Seeds, it would just be Nick Cave and his band. Warren Ellis spends the vast majority of the show conducting the rest of the group, leading them on with some of the most vicious violin playing I have ever witnessed.

Warren Ellis’s input adds a power that sounds like it combines John Cale, Swans and the more modern Fat White Family. Cave is known worldwide for his literary genius, but I feel that Warren Ellis needs to be held more on the same level of talent when talking about the Bad Seeds.

If you have not already seen them during this tour, it is rumoured they will be returning next year for another European tour. Whatever it takes, travel thousands of miles, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have not deteriorated, but have rather improved with age and will not let you down.

 

Set List:

  1. Anthrocene
  2. Jesus Alone
  3. Magneto
  4. Higgs Boson Blues
  5. From Her To Eternity
  6. Tupelo
  7. Jubilee Street
  8. The Ship Song
  9. Into My Arms
  10. Girl In Amber
  11. I Need You
  12. Red Right Hand
  13. The Mercy Seat
  14. Distant Sky
  15. Skeleton Tree

 

Encore:

  1. The Weeping Song
  2. Stagger Lee
  3. Push The Sky Away

CRASH Picks: Independent Labels (Part 1)

Independent labels work tirelessly, achieving great strides with very limited budgets. Here are some of labels that Crash think deserve recognition for their contributions to music.

 

Flightless

Flightless was founded by Eric Moore in 2012 originally to release material from his band, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard, of which he is the drummer. Every release under the Flightless label have since seamlessly sold out. Flightless now represents a handful of artists from the city of Melbourne including: Pipe-Eye, The Murlocs, Orb, Leah Senior and the Babe Rainbow. Flightless are possibly Australia’s most active and creative label, advancing from shipping records in pizza boxes to hosting the regular festival Gizzfest in just 5 years. It’s hard not to be a passionate fan to any of the acts under the Flightless label.

 

                                      Fat Possum

Initially created over 25 years ago in Mississippi, releasing predominately blues records, Fat Possum have now re-branded to sign younger indie and punk artists. Although being on the verge of bankruptcy throughout their reign, Fat Possum has managed to tick along with a continuously impressive lineup.15 years ago they released some of legendary Akron rockers, The Black Keys’ best work, Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory. They have since moved on to represent the best of the British scene in the US, signing the likes of Fat White Family and Temples. More recently, Fat Possum have   signed the super group Insecure Men (featuring Saul Adamczewski, Ben Robans-Hopcraft and Sean Lennon) proving that they are still at the height of their game.

 

                   Third Man

Back in 2001, White Stripes’ frontman (Jack White) purchased a building to store his music gear and thus Third Man Records was born. The Label was initially designed to reissue old White Stripes 45s, and today Third Man still primarily releases on vinyl. As well as representing many well loved artists from Seasick Steve to Neil Young, Third Man are set on re-releasing important tracks in music history. In 2013 Jack White purchased over 25,000 American pre-war blues tracks, and is planning on releasing it for ‘no profit’ on the label Third Man Records.

Third Man Records homebase, is the only live venue in the world with direct-to-acetate capabilities (so they can record an analogue master directly). Third man are probably the number one label when it comes to preserving music history.

 

                                   Burger

Another label which revels in preserving music traditions is Burger Records. Founded in 2007, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard started by self releasing 7-inch records. After getting hold of a cassette, they soon decided to start pushing the format with their own bands. Over the last 10 years they have become one of the key labels to frequent the format; releasing works from the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall and Fidlar. Recently, they have gone on to host critically acclaimed festivals such as Burgerama and Burger Boogaloo.

 

 

Let us know in the comments below if there are any other labels we should consider amongst the best independent labels.

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