And Now, Let’s Hear It For The Brits

Little Mix at The Brits - Uncredited - Best New Bands

London – Continuing Best New Band’s weekly round-up, last week was owned by the Grammys. This week the focus switched across the Atlantic to London where the Brit Awards were aired in a never more cavernous-looking London’s O2. Long gone are the days of Mick Fleetwood and Samantha Fox proving an unlikely couple in the

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Lanterns On The Lake Truly Light Up London

Lanterns On The Lake by Ruth Geraghty - Best New Bands

London – It’s unusual to begin a review with the punch line but after tonight’s London show by Newcastle’s Lanterns On The Lake I seriously doubt if there is another band playing quite such stately, elegiac and emotive music anywhere else right now. The austere grandeur of Islington Assembly Hall seemed wholly appropriate and it

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Pavo Pavo Finds a Second Home

Pavo Pavo by Maja Smiejkowska for Best New Bands

London – On its fifth London gig in the space of a fortnight, Brooklyn band Pavo Pavo could be excused for starting to think of the city as its second home, or at least by now might have memorised the London Underground map, in its North and East quadrants. The short European hop started with

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Arc Iris Proves Extraordinary

Arc Iris - BEST NEW BANDS

London – On its latest album, Moon Saloon, the Providence, Rhode Island trio Arc Iris, comprised of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, Zachary Tenorio-Miller (keyboards) and Ray Belli (percussion), demonstrated a shift away from Americana territory towards a more experimental terrain. Similarly, in a live set mixing songs from the recent album with some new material, there was

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