GIG – Julia Holter at The Engine Rooms -Thursday 11th February 2016

julia holterJulia Shammas Holter (born 18 December 1984) is an American artist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer based in Los Angeles.

A CalArtsgraduate, she released her first studio album, Tragedy, in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012.

Holter also collaborates with other musicians including Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, and Michael Pisaro.

After joining Domino Records in 2013, she released her third album, Loud City Song, to resounding critical acclaim.

Her success has continued into her fourth album, Have You in My Wilderness, which was released in 2015.

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GIG – Steve Mason at The Engine Rooms – Wednesday 10th February 2016

steve masonSteve Mason is a Scottish musician, best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band.

Mason started his music career as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. According to Q magazine, after leaving the band Mason was so deep in debt at one point that he was forced to take a second job on a building site. The singer was also crippled by a depression that only recently lifted.

Mason released solo material as King Biscuit Time, including two EPs on Regal Records and one album on No Style Records, an imprint of Alan McGee’s Poptones record label. Mason has also worked under the name Black Affair, and has released one album under this pseudonym on V2 Records.

On 19 April 2009, The Sunday Times reported that Mason was working on a new album with the record producer, Richard X. This album, Boys Outside, was released in March 2010 and is the first album under Mason’s own name. The first single, “All Come Down”, was released as a download at the end of November 2009. Q gave the album a 4/5 rating. According to Rob Fearn, the album “relocates Mason in a grand tradition of indie boys doing idiosyncratic electronic pop, a line stretching back through Hot Chip, New Order, Talk Talk and Brian Eno”. Fearn argued that the album, “totally different from what he did in King Biscuit Time and Black Affair”, might be seen as a “welcome return to a stripped-down songcraft”. It is “…not just a work that can finally measure up to [Beta Band’s] The Three EPs, but is a sign of a “bold new start”, according to the critic.

In 2013, Mason released Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time. The album covers topics as diverse as his recent struggles with depression and loneliness, the suicide of David Kelly (former weapons inspector in Iraq) and the London riots. The Independent called it “his most rewarding release since the Beta Band”.

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GIG – We Are Scientists at The Engine Rooms – Wednesday 2nd December 2015

We Are ScientistsWe Are Scientists is a New York-based indie rock band that formed in Berkeley, California, USA in 2000. It consists of guitarist and vocalist Keith Murray, bass guitarist Chris Cain and since 2009 drummer and keyboardist Andy Burrows, who replaced Michael Tapper after he left the band in 2007.

The band’s breakthrough success came with their second album With Love and Squalor which sold 100,000 copies in the first 6 months. Their second success was with Brain Thrust Mastery which charted at 11 in the UK album chart, with two top 40 singles “After Hours” and “Chick Lit”. Their fourth album, Barbara, was released in the UK on June 14, 2010. Their latest album TV en Français was released on March 3, 2014. They have also starred in their own television short Steve Wants His Money.

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GIG – Gaz Coombes at The Engine Rooms – Friday 15th May 2015

gaz coombesGareth Michael “Gaz” Coombes  is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the English alternative rock band Supergrass.

He first entered the music scene aged sixteen as the lead singer of the band The Jennifers which featured Supergrass band mate Danny Goffey. Coombes was noticeable for his large sideburns during the 1990s.

The band released six studio albums in their 17 years together, each of them entering the UK top 20: I Should Coco (1995), In It for the Money (1997), Supergrass (1999), Life on Other Planets (2002), Road to Rouen (2005) and Diamond Hoo Ha (2008). They also released a singles compilation Supergrass is 10 (2004), commemorating the first decade of the band’s life.

On 12 April 2010 Coombes and the rest of Supergrass announced that the band was to split after seventeen years. Musical differences were cited as the reason. They played four farewell concerts before the split. Their seventh album Release the Drones remains unfinished and unreleased.

Coombes’s second solo album, Matador, was released on 26 January 2015. The album debuted at number 18 in the Official UK Album chart.