This week in the Basement: a new box set of Scottish independent music of the '70s/'80s, new band Beauty Parlor featuring members of Fungi Girls, a new video from fictitious cult artist Mick Trouble, a tribute to late music writer David Cavanagh, and more.
Simple Minds, who released their 18th album Walk Between Worlds back in February, have just announced a fall North American tour. On all dates of the tour, they'll play two full sets that span their entire career.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up...
Some bands that aspire to arenas or have played them, can't recalibrate their show to a smaller space. The lead singer of an unknown band can look like a wannabe Bono when making broad gestures and playing to the back of the room when the back of the room is only yards rather than miles away...
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