Washington trio Swings know all about their hometown heritage, but refuse to be burdened by it. From the same spring of crunching guitars, scattershot rhythms and DIY values that birthed Dischord Records and the still-revered early ‘80s DC hardcore scene, their upcoming debut album ‘Detergent Hymns’ – dropping on January 17, with a cassette release on Quiet Year Records – takes the gritty, inventive rock lilt of local heroes Faraquet, Fugazi and Beauty Pill and slurs it into something new.
Joe Cocker, a singer possessed of the sort of rough, gritty voice that could sandpaper any song he got his hands on into a bluesy classic, has died aged 70. A Sheffield lad who grew up in the 40s, Cocker first came to fame with a cover of a Beatles song at the tail end of the Sixties, and his classic 1970 live album 'Mad Dogs & Englishmen' featured his versions of everything from rock and folk classics by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen through to soul staples by Ray Charles, Sam and Dave and Otis Redding.
Move aside, Mariah! Scram, Wham! Spare a thought this festive break for the following lesser-known but genuinely awesome Christmas songs that are cruelly overlooked every time December rolls around.
In London this weekend (December 19) and fancy seeing stunning photography of recent music history's biggest bands? A new exhibition open at Hoxton Galleries on Kingsland Road collecting incredible shots of the Dr Dre, Bjork, Spice Girls, Oasis and more opened today featuring the talents of revered music photographers Harry Borden, Ian Davies, Grant Fleming, Chris Floyd, Pat Pope and Graeme Roberston. Here's a taster of the snaps on display at Bigger Than God.