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Issue 65

April 2016
Issue 65 - April 2016 - OUT NOW

Issue 65 / April 2016 - OUT NOW 

Continuing our busy start to the year, our April 2016 issue is a 56-page beast that will keep you going well past April's dizzy heights. We're made up to feature a brand new artist on this month's cover too, in line with the spring ethos of fresh new beginnings. PURE JOY only sprang into our midst at the end of February, but this is a project that has been crafting it's Fresh Goods for some time with the members having formed from the ashes of several previous Merseyside acts. Their fizzing take on The War On Drugs-meets-Smith Westerns is coalesced into debut album Bang Flower, which is released on 1st April; Matthew Hogarth went down to their Birkenhead studio to find out a bit more about their world.

Issue 64 also contains a collection of features on three more fine local artists: Louisa Roach's SHE DREW THE GUN have been fine-tuning their album for the past six months, and now they're ready to unfurl its brooding trip rock majesty upon us; we step into St. George's Hall's Civil Courtroom with memory man NICK ELLIS to feed off some of the same history and atmosphere that inspired his new mini-album Grace And Danger, and we find a storied musician in fine form; and, ahead of our 21st April show with Pretty Green at Buyers Club, we speak with one of the acts performing on the night, THE PROBES. Interviewer Joshua Potts finds a group of young musicians who are helping to re-define Liverpool's heritage for cosmic guitar jamming. We also speak to Wild Rose SERIOUS SAM BARRETT ahead of his new LP and tour, which sees the skating Americana bluesman check in at regular haunt Bold Street Coffee (31st March) to coincide with an exhibition of artwork by illustrator/designer Sami Graystone, who also produces all of SSB's album artwork.

Elsewhere in Issue 65, Stuart O'Hara looks ahead to May's special edition FESTEVOL at Camp and Furnace (featuring Juliette And The Licks and Steve Mason), and we profile the 12 acts who've been shortlisted for this year's GIT AWARD prize. In the latest in his series of Soundtracking... features, Del Pike takes a closer look at the work of composer Carter Burwell and musician T Bone Burnett in SOUNDTRACKING... THE COEN BROTHERS, which investigates the intertwining of music and set-pieces into the work of the cult Minnesota filmmakers.

16th April 2016 marks the tenth edition of annual vinyl fest RECORD STORE DAY, where pilgrims for all things wax camp outside stores to get their hands on one of the limited edition or one-off releases produced specially for the day. With vinyl sales on the increase, RSD has been credited with fuelling the so-called 'vinyl revival' - but is the day a clever exercise in marketing or a real independent saviour? We asked two independents who've been involved with RSD from the word go - Manchester indie store Piccadilly Records and label Sonic Cathedral - to put forward their slightly differing points of view. Our special RSD spread also comes with a photo feature from Keith Ainsworth, who visited some of Merseyside's favourite vinyl emporiums to document the places that are the real homes of the RSD spirit. We also hear from Dig Vinyl in The Final Say, with their own views on why they're not participating in RSD this year; and we take a closer look at the activity that Jacaranda Records have planned for their in-store RSD celebrations. You can join Bido Lito! DJs at Arts Club on 16th April for Stylus's one-off RSD party as well. Send us your own thoughts on Record Store Day by tweeting us on @BidoLito.

This issue's reviews section is yet another wild and eclectic affair, brought to life with great dexterity and colour by our industrious team of reviewers and photographers. JOANNA NEWSOM's show at the Philharmonic Hall is lauded for its richness of quality by Philip Morris, while Rosa Jane delights in finding CAGE THE ELEPHANT in fine form - but do you agree? If you do or don't, tell us on Twitter. Elsewhere, we have reviews from shows by SAUL WILLIAMS, FLOWERS, HACKTIVIST, C DUNCAN, LIVERPOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL (featuring COURTNEY PINE and PASCAL SCHUMACHER and plenty more. There's also the usual array of news, previews and guest columns stuffed inside the pink pages to keep you entertained for the next month - enjoy!

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