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30 Bands You Need To Check Out At SWN

  • Childhood The dream-pop quartet masterminded by Leo Dobsen and Ben Romans-Hopcraft produced one of the year’s best single so far in ‘Solemn Skies’. Hear it in all its swirling brilliance as they head to Cardiff.

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • Radkey Fresh from supporting fellow sibling rock band Drenge on their headline tour, the brothers Radke play tracks from their recent storming EP ‘Devil Fruit’.

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    Added: 16 Sep 2013

  • Chloe Howl One of pop’s brightest new stars, Chloe Howl has only played a handful of live shows so far. Grab this rare chance to see her perform the likes of ‘No Strings’ and ‘Rumours’ before she gets massive.

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    Added: 16 Jul 2013

  • Radstewart They might be joining the legions of bands with terrible pun names but don’t write Radstewart off just yet. Underneath the moniker is a group who could be Britain’s answer to Parquet Courts.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Clipping Flying over from LA, this rap trio use glitchy, minimalist beats as the bed to their lyrics, forming something that sounds thrillingly experimental. They rarely visit the UK so see them while you can.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Telegram Booked for a BBC 6Music session before they’d even played a gig or put a track online, rising East London band Telegram quickly grabbed attention with their take on Gorky’s Zygotic Mynki and Super Furry Animals’ psych-pop. Find out what all the fuss is about at Swn.

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    Added: 03 Sep 2013

  • Crushed Beaks A duo formed by South London residents Matt Poile and Alex Morris, Crushed Beaks deal in rough and ready garage rock, as evidenced on their debut EP ‘Tropes’.

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    Added: 16 Sep 2013

  • Temples Usually found wearing something sparkly and looking like they’ve just stepped out of a time machine from the ‘70s, Kettering neo-psych quartet Temples add a touch of glam to the kaleidoscope with tracks like ‘Colours To Life’ and debut single ‘Shelter Song’.

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • Drenge Beloved by both politicians and the indie fraternity, over the past year Eoin and Rory Loveless have become renowned for shows consisting of sludgy and supreme rock, along with some of the best stage banter in Eoin’s bursts of scathing dry wit.

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • The Wytches The Hate Hate Hate-signed trio tackle the current psych trend and come up with something doomier, angrier and more terrifying. Let Halloween come early and shriek along with singer Kristian Bell.

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    Added: 19 Apr 2013

  • Fryars The solo project of Ben Garrett, Fryars makes tender piano-led electro-pop. Catch him to see recent EP ‘Radio Power’ played live, along with other highlights like the gorgeous ‘On Your Own’.

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    Added: 09 Oct 2012

  • The Yawns With a debut album recorded over a month last December, Glasgwegian five piece The Yawns sound as lethargic as their name would suggest, making brilliantly laidback garage-rock.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Gulp Super Furries’ bassist Guto Price joins up with Scottish singer Lindsey Leven to indulge in some Celtic psychedelia that the pair themselves have described as “cosmic-pop”.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Totem Getting in on the political endorsement game, Moshi Moshi signees Totem have been called “the best band in West London” by their local MP Andy Slaughter. Find out if he’s right as they play their jittery punk.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Money Money believe music should be sacred, which explains the often ecclesiastical feel to their debut album ‘The Shadow Of Heaven’. Live, expect their majestic sound to be even more nuanced

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    Added: 17 Jun 2013

  • Waxahatchee The project of Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee won hearts earlier this year with their debut album ‘Cerulean Salt’, featuring lashings of delicate and intimate lo-fi.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Nadine Shah The north-eastern singer-songwriter has been compared to the likes of PJ Harvey and, on her debut album ‘Love Your Dum And Mad’, backed those claims up with a record of dramatic, haunting indie.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Wolf Alice With the North London quartet hoping to record their debut album soon, their set should act as the perfect preview for what it could sound like. New tracks ‘Your Love’s Whore’ and ‘You’re A Germ’ are guaranteed highlights.

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    Added: 15 Aug 2013

  • Oliver Wilde Part of the burgeoning Howling Owl collective along with Towns and Spectres, Bristol based Oliver Wilde has gardnered acclaim for his debut album ‘A Brief Introduction To Unnatural Lightyears’. Unlike the rest of his peers, though, he’s leaving the ‘90s resurgence alone and marking himself out as a Nick Drake for the 21st century

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Sivu Produced by Alt-J collaborator Charlie Andrews, Sivu (aka James Page) makes far simpler music than his fellow Cambridge counterparts, opting for simplistic acoustic beauty over complex arrangements.

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    Added: 16 Jul 2013

  • Outfit Producing one of 2013’s most underrated albums in ‘Performance’, Liverpool’s dreamlike Outfit come with stories of playing house parties in mansions full of artists. Their set at Swn might not be quite as extraordinary as that but expect the songs to be just as luxuriously strong.

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    Added: 18 Jul 2013

  • Babe A supergroup of sorts, Babe are fronted by Gerard Black of Francois & The Atlas Mountains and come with additional help from Aidan Moffat, members of Chvrches and more.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Playlounge Making a case for punk that habitates the more pop end of the spectrum, duo Playlounge describe themselves as “sick since 2010” and tread the middle ground between twee-punk like Johnny Foreigner and the meatier sounds of No Age.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Cheatahs Recalling early ‘90s grunge and slacker-rock, Wichita-signed Cheatahs have supported the likes of Milk Music and The Cribs in their short time and released one of the finest EPs of last year in ‘Cored’. Get to know them now.

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    Added: 27 Sep 2012

  • Pawws Solo star-in-waiting Lucy Taylor is the next in line of great, honey-voiced electro-pop focused ladies. Expect her to perform new track ‘Outside’ with as much grace and elegance as on record.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Nai Harvest The Sheffield duo recall ‘90s emo like cult favourite Cap’n Jazz on their debut album ‘Whatever’. Expect intricate guitar hooks and big vocals.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Pinkunoizu After stumbling across them at this year’s Glastonbury, the Danish punks have had their praises sung by The Horrors’ Tom Cowan. With his band known for their impeccable taste in music, endorsements don’t come much better than that.

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    Added: 30 Jul 2013

  • Raisa K You might know Raisa from her contributions to Micachu and The Shapes but she also does her own thing, making experimental pop that’s as out-there and innovative as you’d expect.

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    Added: 16 Oct 2013

  • Dutch Uncles Playing tracks from their recent album ‘Out Of Touch In The World’, find Duncles (as they’re affectionately called by their fans) pulling out impressive dance moves, jerky oddball pop and maybe even a cover of Grace Jones’ ‘Slave To The Rhythm’.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 19 Apr 2011

  • Bo Ningen The Japanese trio have gained a cult following for their uninhibited live shows. If they’re not performing from the audience by the end of their set, something’s gone very wrong indeed.

    Photo: Laura Hernando

    Added: 18 Dec 2009