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Hackney Wonderland In Photos

Now in its fourth year, Hackney Wonderland recently took over three Hackney venues to showcase great new acts alongside more well-known names. Running from...

Wolf Alice at XOYO: Why Less (Space) Is Best

Bodies crammed together in a tiny space, the air reeking with booze and heat. Your eyes wander across the room, catch a face, then...

Savior The Moment

Alexandra Savior looks nervous as she steps onto the stage in front of a sell out crowd at Oslo in Hackney. Her voice wavers...

Millennials United

With a general election looming, the Millennial generation looks set to be even further divided, even among ourselves. How different from the days when...

Vital Day For Vinyl Junkies

Barriers all the way up the street bore witness to the madness that went down in the early hours of Rough Trade's Record Store...

Flying Vinyl Soars To Musical Heaven

As the sun casts a daze, there is more than a spring vibe soaring in the air over Hackney’s Oval Space. The anticipation lingers...
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The Listener: Not Cramped For Style

With Blondie heading into London town again, a septuagenerian Debbie Harry is back on screen, and there is always someone going on about late-seventies...

Psyched Out

It’s becoming a recurring theme in the high octane world of psych, to release just about anything and everything a speed-driven psyche can conjure...

ISLAND Take You To A Place You Like

In this age where we are constantly logged on, the need for escapism is pressing. We’re searching for something to stop time, to make...

Crank The Amp: We Go Sløts For Sløtface

(Photos: Aurora Henni Krogh) Crank The Amp returns with a new earful from the musical world. Casey Cooper-Fiske and Aurora Henni Krogh head...

Waxing Lyrical About Record Shops

The record shops of Shoreditch have been a regular haunt for me during my time in East London, with three of my favorites all...

Flying Vinyl Line Up Goes Live

The Flying Vinyl festival is returning to East London this April, and today they unveiled an impressive line up. Following the success of last year's...

The Listener: Sometimes It Streams In February

"Maybe you're just like my mother, she's never satisfied": the words to Prince's classic 'When Doves Cry' might have been written in response to...

BABYMETAL A-GOGO

I have a confession to make. The Japanese band BABYMETAL is my current obsession. I know I'm not supposed to like them, but I...

The Listener: Oasis – Not Just For The Lads?

So you think Oasis are a bunch of lads with their tonsils sticking out, singing the kind of songs that other lads only use...

Hello 2017

Finally! 2016 is over and I made my way to The Old Blue last to check out DIY magazine's top picks for the new...

Crank The Amp: 2016’s Memorable Gigs

This week's issue of our Crank The Amp podcast features members of the Rising East Music team picking their personal gigging highlights of 2016. They...

The Year In Music: Take 3

5. Simplicity // JAWS The last remains of the B-town squad are still making waves with their sophomore album. Simplicity shows how much JAWS have...

The Year In Music: Take 2

David Bowie // ★  The album that summed up the saddest moment of the year - only David Bowie could leave us shrouded in mystery...

Crank The Amp: Album Of The Year 2016

Sunflower Bean came out top of our annual pile, but it was certainly a close run thing. Listen to us arguing it out (in...

The Year In Music: Take 1

Viola Beach // Viola Beach The self-titled first album was released in July, following the tragic death of all four band members and their...
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Wishing You A Very Indie Christmas

Here's a Christmas playlist from the Rising East music team, including bands such as Peace and The Maccabees making their musical contribution to the...

Iggy On Top

In March 2016 Iggy Pop released Post Pop Depression, his seventeenth solo record and possibly his most commercial album since Lust for Life almost...

J’Accuse: Sexism In The Music Industry

  Tits. Now that I have your attention – let’s get down to business. People will go a long way in order to make lame excuses when...

Excelling At Music Awards

Excel London is the venue for the BBC Music Awards ceremony which will take place on 12 December this year. Hosted by Fearne Cotton...

An Ode To Indie

“Welcome to indie heaven”, I thought as I entered Old Spitalfields market. I was there for, brace yourself, Hipsters, the Independent Label Market. Like...

The Listener: Gimme Danger

The release of Jim Jarmusch's Stooges biopic Gimme Danger, has prompted me to think about the lack of danger in modern music. I don't expect...

‘Night Thoughts’ From Twilight Zone

Night Thoughts is the seventh studio album by Suede, one of the original Britpop bands from the 1990s. It was released in January this...

Bastille Storm The Heights

Playing the O2 to promote their second album Wild World, around 9pm Bastille came out to a rapturous welcome - made all the more...

Some Like It Rough

Rough Trade. A beacon for the young hipsters and old nostalgics. An institution for the more reckless parts of English music, yet with enough...

Brexists Beware!

Brexit does not have to be Brexist! If Britain backs out of Europe, don't let it taint the atmosphere of what has been an...

The Listener: Is This It For Indie?

In 2016, what is the point of independent record labels. Do they still matter? It’s been nine years since Julian Casablancas started his Cult Records label and 40...

Raw Power

Yak frontman Oli Burslem looms over his synth, as Andy Jones' buzz-bass riff cuts through the air of London's Scala like a heat-seeking missile....

Oxjamming in Dalston with Flying Vinyl’s Finest

As the lights in the backroom of Dalston’s Victoria pub dim to red and Wolf Alice’s ‘Giant Peach’ blasts through the speakers, we are...

Sunflower Bean In Bethnal Green

The New York trio stays polished and keeps it real at the same time, reports Aurora Krogh. “Easier said than done”. Describing how it feels...

Dear Entertainments Officer, Book Us Some Magic, Please!

Aurora Krogh notifies the UEL students' union Entertainments Officer: what we want is The Magic Gang; when do we want them - now! The Magic...

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