Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

“I hadn’t played for ages. It was only when I met Stuart that I said, ‘I got a violin, you know. I could dig that out.‘” This was 1996 and the Stuart in question is Stuart Murdoch, frontman of Scottish six-piece Belle and Sebastian. Sarah Martin had, rather casually, joined one of the most prolific indie bands of the era. I spoke to her about their new album Girls In Peacetime Want to Dance.

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This is Nao

For Nao, the transition from backing singer to frontwoman has been both sudden and a long time coming. Nao—pronounced ‘Nayo’, no surname—first published her own music on Soundcloud last summer. Five months later, she finds herself in the middle of a European tour with Swedish electro outfit Little Dragon, playing stages like Brixton Academy. I spoke to her about fronting her own project and growing up around music.

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There's a Gig In My Living Room

Sofar Sounds is a project that brings gigs alive in people‘s homes. Since the first performance in a cramped North London living room in 2009, the event has spread all over the UK to places like Hamburg, Costa Rica, Miami. Tonight‘s gig is in Sandra Ciampone‘s flatshare in the east wing of a disused factory. The organisers have turned off the fish tank to avoid any wayward noise. There‘s just a faint murmur from the storm outside, and a trickle in the pipes. The room is dead silent, expectant.

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