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44 INDIE / ROCK Sharon Van Etten 'Tramp' ALBUM OF THE MONTH GUESTLIST Issue 37 / MAR-APR 2012 RECOMMENDS BORN BLONDE The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter is back with a powerful third album, which is definitely worth a listen. Sharon Van Etten's powerful yet vulnerable voice first gained attention when she featured on the Antler's debut, 'Hospice' and went on to release her debut album 'Because I Was in Love'. She was then brought further into the indie limelight by The National's Aaron Dessner, who produced the entirety of 'Tramp' in his garage Despite the clichés of a dif- ficult second album Etten's second release 'Tramp' fully captures the emotional range of her songwriting output in a way that her first album does not quite reach. 'Tramp' is both powerful and melodramatic, but never steps over into bombast. Having The National's guitar- ist on board as a producer has certainly helped. Van Etten's soaring West-Coast guitar is minimalistic, com- plementing her vocals and songwriting abilities without detracting from them. With such sparse instrumenta- tion, she does well to convey emotion through the pure intensity of her voice. Sharon Van Etten's album is out now on Jagjaguwar Records. Verve-esque is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Born Blonde, not helped by the fact that their lead singer, Arthur Delaney, looks eerily like Richard Ashcroft! While there are undoubtedly similarities, Born Blonde have a sound all of their own. Their music is trippy, melodic rock and is extremely atmospheric where you can simply get lost in your own thoughts. Their EP 'Radio Bliss' is an example of their music mastery and along with their recent live sets, which has wet our musical pallets, EVENT PREVIEW Pulp live 31st March @ Royal Albert Hall we can't wait to get a taste of what is to come. They are currently in and out of the studio recording their debut album which is released later this year. The EP is available for free download from their tumblr. For more info about their upcoming shows and music visit: TOUR SCHEDULE NOAH & THE WHALE TOUR SCHEDULE Thursday 22nd March @ 02 Academy Sheffield Saturday 24th March @ York Barbican Sunday 25th March @ Portsmouth Guildhall The recently reformed band are performing as part of a series taking place to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. Sunday 31st March will be a night to remember - this will be a rare chance to see the recently reformed Britpop stars Pulp live at the Royal Albert Hall as well as several other British acts. In support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, they will be playing hits from their three albums, ´His N Hers´, ´This is Hardcore´and the Mercury Award winning ´Different Class´. This concert is part of several music and com- edy events for the Teenage Cancer Trust, including Paul McCartney, Jessie J, Jason Manford and Florence + The Machine from March through to April. The money raised will go to fund spe- cialist cancer units for the NHS around the country, so take this chance to support a charitable cause and to see some of the best music the UK has to offer. Monday 26th March @ Cliffs Pavilion South-on- Sea Wednesday 28th March @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton Friday 30th @ 02 Apollo Machester Monday 16th April @ Royal Albert Hall, London This British indie folk band from Twickenham have been making some waves on the scene right now. Having just released their new album 'Last Night On Earth' this month, make sure you catch the guys on their UK tour with their London date at The Royal Albert Hall on 16th April.

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