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The Single Girl: Adam Cleaver, “The Salt Mine”

Having previously been our Artist of The Week, we thought it only right to tell you a bit more about Adam Cleaver’s beautiful new single, “The Salt Mine.”

The track brings the listener in with gorgeously plucky guitar sounds before the rest of the instruments come into play to create an almighty roar of alternative-folk loveliness. Cleaver’s falsetto is on point throughout the track, and he also has a rather lovely low range going on as well.

The track itself is filled with dynamic shifts throughout, but as it comes to a close it reaches its climactic peak—filling the song with power and personality. The video is pretty cool too, check it out above.

“The Salt Mine” is released via Veta Records.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

Last week they took us to Canada, this week they’re ready to ROCK! It’s time for Episode 11 of the A Badge Of Friendship Podcast!

The gang are joined in the studio by Dave McLaughlin, deputy editor for Rock Sound, to discuss all things loud and dirty—you know, the good things in life. They also put their heads together and try to list their favourite rock collaborations through the years.

After the glimpse into the abyss that was last week’s “World Of Weird,” Ed brings things back to a happier place with this week’s “Pass The Cheese,” while Paul tells us exactly why he can’t get enough of DeSoto Records in “Label Love.” Claire takes us to the land of the rising sun with her “World Of Weird Choice,” which manages to blend two completely opposing genres into something that, actually, kinda works.

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UK Artist of the Week: Totem Terrors

Totem Terrors are no strangers to The Vinyl District, so it seems only natural for them to be our Artist of the Week this week. Having already released distortion-heavy, post rock singles “Big E” and “Narrowman,” Totem Terrors are set to release their second album Hard Science, out on June 29th.

Totem Terrors are a band with so much to give; Hard Science is overflowing with chanting vocals, distorted guitar riffs, and a whole load of attitude. If you’re into the likes of Big Black and Swans, Totem Terrors will not disappoint you.

The duo—Max Hicks (vocals, bass, and drum programming) and Rosie Smith (vocals, guitar, and synth)—have already picked up airplay from BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio and will be touring throughout the Summer.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here every Wednesday at TVD.

“Featuring tracks from Our Girl, Bad Suns, Bully, HOLY, and Martha Ffion. Sun Club Interviewed, Oscar on the bandstand, Even The Stars Tips…” —SZ

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The Single Girl: Outblinker,
“Pink / Blue” EP

The press release that accompanies Outblinker’s debut EP ‘Pink / Blue’ is like a punch in the face, only friendlier and with the added bonus that reading it meant that we couldn’t NOT listen to their latest release. And boy, they do not disappoint.

There are only two tracks on “Pink / Blue” and they take their names from the EP’s title. Opener “Pink” is like audio speed—there’s a little bit of a build up and then BAM—you are ears deep in synths making the kind of noises your mother told you to avoid, and noisy, driving guitar and drums pushing everything forward so urgently that you barely even notice the 11 min playtime. There are so many cheeky little licks throughout the song, that each time you hear it—depending on which instrument you decide to follow—there is something new to make you go “GodDAMN this is dirty!”

Now, if they were any other band, you’d use the second track to chill things out a little, maybe wind it down and show off their mellow side. Outblinker are not any other band. There is some respite in “Blue”’s build up, but once it peaks we’re dropped into a deliciously nightmarish John Carpenter vision of distortion and sweeping synthesisers.

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The Single Girl:
The Cadbury Sisters,
“Sarah” EP

The Cadbury Sisters have returned with a cool, new, alternative folk/pop sound and I for one am extremely excited about it. The trio’s latest EP, “Sarah” is a musical treat for the ears from start to finish; overflowing with gorgeous harmonies, emotive lyrics, and bold, anthemic sounds.

Title track “Sarah” is named after the girls’ mother, as an homage to how important she is to all three sisters. If I was Sarah right now, I’d be beaming with uncontrollable pride and probably shedding a little tear—but that’s just me. “Sarah” feels like it could easily be a Haim song; filled dark, ominous tones, and a deep, driving drum beat playing throughout creating the perfect radio friendly song.

Other tracks such as “Drifting” and “Doing The Same” give off more of an alternative/pop vibe that feels similar to the likes of Zero 7’s dark, edgy, electronic sound. Both tracks—actually all tracks on the EP to be honest—are beautifully finished off with clear-cut vocals and effortlessly tight harmonies.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

It’s Thursday. It’s NXNE. It’s a Canada special on Episode 10 of the A Badge Of Friendship Podcast!

The gang is going nuts for all things Canadian this week when they’re joined by very special guests Jay Baruchel (Robocop. How To Train Your Dragon, This Is The End) and Evan Dubinsky, one of the organisers behind NXNE festival. Like all Brits, they just couldn’t resist trying oot the distincitive Canadian accent, but all 3 of them are blown out of the water by Evan’s more than passable foray into the dulcet dialect that is “Weedjie” (that’s Glaswegian, to you and me).

Then, there are the features., Ed may have gone too far on this week’s “World Of Weird” and, thankfully for your ears we just can’t nail down a decent stream of AIDS Wolf‘s noisecrore magnum opus, “London’s Not Like Back Home.” Claire showcases the stellar Debt Offensive for her “Label Love” feature, and Paul does his very best to avoid Canada’s least favourite delinquent, Justin Bieber by giving Carly Rae Jepsen a spin. It was Bieber or Jepsen, guys—who would YOU choose?

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The Best of Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast here now every Wednesday at TVD.

“We have a Manchester tipster this week! Mike Emerson returns with a hot tip for us! On the bandstand this week, Little Comets talks support acts and more!

Brighton has a bit of a reputation for rock, right? Theo Verney is a shining light in both realms and he’s chatting to me on this week’s show about his forthcoming EP.” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week:
The Dirty Blonde

The Dirty Blonde are a Glasgow-based four piece who have got some serious, good old-fashioned indie/rock vibes going on and we love it.

Their latest single “Goodbye: Tiny Fractures” begins with a rather catchy, toe-tapping indie guitar jingle before it breaks out the distorted guitar in the chorus and the guys totally rock out. Lead singer Danny Gallagher’s voice suits the more rockier side of the track perfectly, with his voice not sounding far from the likes of Dave Grohl—there’s some serious grit and husky goodness going on.

The Dirty Blonde are formed of two brothers, Danny (lead vocals and guitar) and Paddy (bass and vocals) Gallagher (yes, we noticed it too). The lads came from a musically encouraged family and were surrounded by music from a young age. When Dean Canale (drums) and David Rybacki (guitar and vocals) came into the mix, The Dirty Blonde was born and the boys haven’t looked back since. After doing the rounds in Glasgow and around the UK, the boys were able to use the money they’d earned to set up their own rehearsal and recording studio and they are now ready to rock.

“Goodbye: Tiny Fractures” is out now via Two States Recordings. Keep up to date with the band on Facebook.

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

Is it Thursday already? It must be because here come A Badge Of Friendship with Episode 9 of their podcast!

They’re joined this week by special guest Rafe Offer from the legendary Sofar Sounds who gives them a great insight into how the global phenomenon came together. Things get a little ranty as the gang discuss the forthcoming TFI Friday Anniversary special and the supergroup formed for the occassion by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and former Oasis bad boy Liam Gallagher. They also discover that Boyzone’s Shane Lynch is selling personal Skype calls for £50 a go to fund his latest album.

Ed throws some shapes and reaches for the lasers when he spins an old school tune from The Prodigy in this week’s “Label Love,” Claire shines a light on Dive In for “Pass The Cheese,” and Paul… well, things get a little freaky with Paul this week when he unearths a classic Crispin Glover song that’ll either make your day, or send you running for the hills. Well, it wouldn’t be “World Of Weird” otherwise, would it?

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