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Band of Skulls Exude Confidence On and Off Stage

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Summer rock favourites Band of Skulls were in town recently performing a host of shows around our country including the sought-after support slot for frequent touring buddies The Black Keys’ Rolling Green concerts. The Black Keys cancelled; but Band of Skulls decided the show(s) must go on.

Last Thursday, they played a very special limited capacity club show at the Oxford Art Factory, and our guest writer Helene Ly was there to capture all the action.

Words and photography by Helene Ly.

K.J Palmer: TellOurVision

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Smooth vocals sung over Intricate beats with ambient synths and clever songwriting that gets you thinking.

This is just a small dose of how I really feel about K.J Palmer’s new single, ‘TellOurVision’.

Read on to find out more and to listen to the tune while you’re at it.

Elli Ingram: Poetic Justice

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It’s quite clear that Elli Ingram is not your average singer.

At the age of 19, she has proven that there are deeper issues to be dealt with than the usual sex, money, drugs, etc. Her latest EP, Sober, is dripping with subjects that you wouldn’t think a 19 wouldn’t be going through.

From the EP, you’ll also find a fascinating cover of Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s ‘Poetic Justice’.

Placebo: Too Many Friends

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Are you a fan of interactive videos?

British band Placebo have released some interactive visuals for their new song, ‘Too Many Friends’, which comes from their upcoming album ‘Loud Like Love’.

Set in a not-so-distant-future version of Los Angeles, the video revolves around a 3.12 second scene in which a woman smashes a Champagne bottle over a man’s head. However, much like a Murder Mystery game, (which in this case has been given the title ‘Unfortunate Events’) all is not quite as it seems. Narrator Bret Easton Ellis takes us back through the scene in slow-motion, pointing out various other elements which could have lead to the attack.

What do you think happened?

Loud Like Love is Placebo’s 7th studio album and is due to be released on 16 September, 2013.

Daughter: Youth

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Sometimes a simple video is all you need for a song. Especially, when you know that song is already a great one.

Emotionally driven with heartfelt lyrics, ‘Youth’ by Daughter is a song that speaks for itself.

Laura Welsh: Cold Front

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Laura Welsh is one to watch in 2013, having already been compared to the likes of Jessie Ware.

Vibrant vocals against electronic beats with a catchy hook to boot? Yes please.

Watch the black and white video to Welsh’s ‘Cold Front’ and be prepared to start singing along to that hook in no time.

Eliza Doolittle: You & Me

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If you’ve never heard of Eliza Doolittle, it’s time for you to sit up and take notice.

Check out Doolittle performing a stunning piano version of Disclosure’s ‘You & Me’ which she also features on.