5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (30/05/16)




Richard Lomax – Choose Your Own Adventure

A step away from his sometimes acoustic folk stylings, Richard Lomax’s upcoming single Choose Your Own Adventure (June 24th, through Sotones Records) is dirtier, grittier outing with bigger guitars and more haunting beats but keeps hold of Richard’s irresistibly  unique vocal. His bard like style of guiding us through a song has always worked but some how fits perfectly with distorted riffs and almost tired, relaxed style of this latest single taken form upcoming second album “Postcards & Love-letters (From Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of)”




DBFC – Autonomic

Hypnotic, enticing and simply cool are the only words to describe the latest single from Paris electronic group DBFC. A trance inducing beat, and slick pop melody fitted around a subtle wall of noise that wraps it self around you and won’t let go.


NO JOY – A Thorn in Garland’s Side

They’re Montreal Shoegaze band who’s bendy guitars and strategical use of dynamics in their latest single ‘A Thorn in Garland’s Side’ leaves your head bent, warped and wanting more. No Joy have been going around six years now and are currently playing shows in the Europe to so the rest of the world what they’ve been missing, catch them in the UK June 5th in guilford and 6th at Londons Moth Club, all building up to their Drool Sucker EP through Top Shelf on July 15th.




Gregory Alan Isakov – Liars

Some music stirs the soul in a way nothing else can, Gregory Alan Isakovs latest single does just that through his haunting vocal and gentle, exhausted guitar, in a song that layers it’s discreet, hidden melodies to perfection as it gradually evolves in to an epic show case of emotion through music in this cinematic barrage of beautiful noise.


The Record Summer – Prizefight

The first track in six years for The Record Summer, Prizefight is a laid out stopped back tune packed with relaxed summer vibes. Beautiful guitar and heavenly piano match the smooth vocal to create a stunning noise somewhere between The 1975 and Death Cab.



5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (16/03/15)

Here are the five tracks that have been flooding the shoplifters speakers this week! Got something we NEED to hear? Get in touch at Shopliftersuni@gmail.com or keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Red Light Runner – Just Might Find

The Kent based pop punk four piece just released their double A-side via Engineer Records. The release features ‘Lucky Thirteen’ along with ‘Just Might Find’, a track that’s powered forward with stunning guitars that span through a number of beautiful riffs and pounding beats. A stunning effort littered with melody.


Findlay – Wolfback

Due out in April Findlay’s latest effort is a little different from what we’ve heard from her before, it’s more beat heavy with a more electric feel. To put it short it’s blown us away. The Manchester native has been producing stunning, exciting music for a while now and this is no different, an exciting and catchy piece of work that’ll make you a Findlay addict, if you’re not already.


Justin L. Raisen, Jerry James, And Kitten – Big Dope Baby

This filthy pile of noise comes from producer Justin Raisen and he enlists the hep of Kitten and Jerry James. It screeches and whales like Karen O in her prime, like the sound of you exploding from all the shit you’ve put up with this week.

Check out Big Dope Baby Here!


Field Route – Bambi

You may know Matt Booth as the man who hits the drums on stage for Horsebeach, his side project, Field Route, takes him down a different path. This bedroom project is influenced by Davida Loca (Part Time), Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Ice Choir as well as his girlfriend’s artwork. Expect chill-wave vibes and an EP later this year.


Little Illusion Machine – The Shining

Starting off by taking notes from the Kubrick classic movie, The Shining is a well thought out track filled with intricate little surprises. It carries with it throughout, the feel of an Arctics track circa Humbug, like Indie rock and roll creeping out from a dark place. Spine tingling riffs and compelling narrative, this is a unique band with familiar features well worth keeping an eye out for.

5 Alternative Festivals You Need To Check Out This Summer

Author: Jake McGloin

It’s getting to the that time of year again, soon enough Glastonbury will give us a “surprise” shock headliner, tents and camping gear will flood the supermarkets and Reading & Leeds are recycling the big names from recent festivals, again. It’s almost time for festival season already and what’s not to love; your favourite bands, sitting round the campfire with your friends, that one dickhead who brought a guitar that only knows the opening to Wonderwall and drinking all night, these are the things that make our summers great packed into one muddy, sleepless weekend. But more and more what should be a celebration of music and good times is being invaded by lad culture (no I don’t want to buy a canister of laughing gas for £20), big sponsors (why on earth would I be thinking about buying a car at a festival) and quite frankly, dickheads (no you didn’t think this was your tent now drop my wallet). Despite all these factors the festival scene all over the world has boomed over recent years, which has paved the way for smaller and alternative festivals to blossom. So if you’re fed up of swimming through mud to get a £10 burger or just want to try something new, here are five alternative festivals you should check out this year:

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Liverpool Sound City (22nd-24th May):

In the heart of one of the countries best musical cities is a festival and conference that’s becoming a staple for music lovers. Gracing the stage are the likes of legendary psyc-rockers Flaming Lips, Manchester rising stars Blossoms and killer girl duo Honeyblood. Amongst speakers is The Falls Mark E Smith along with great networking opportunities. If you’re looking for an urban location festival with big names including The Vaccines, then this could be your best bet.

Catch The Flaming Lips headline the saturday:

Dot to Dot (22nd – 24th May):

Dotted across three cities,  Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol, and headlined by the brilliant Saint Raymond, Dot to Dot see an array of fantastic artists showcased across some of these cities best venues. Expect Prides, Best Coast, Swim Deep with a load more superb acts that aren’t even all announced yet. Now celebrating its 10th year prepare for a massive party across which ever city you end up in.

Don’t miss Honeyblood at Dot to Dot:

MIDI Festival (7th-9th May):

Fancy an over seas festival? This year held in the south of France, MIDI festival set across multiple venues, including a beach and an arts centre, see’s a great hose of artists including Horsebeach, Culture Ghost and The Garden. A musical holiday to the city of Toulon on the Mediterranean coast, I promise there will be less mud than Glastonbury.

 Jib Kidder is one not to be missed at MIDI festival:


Festival No.6 (3rd-6th September) :

In September the multi-award winning small festival celebrates it’s fourth year. Set in the picturesque Welsh fantasy village of Portmeirion its entertainment spans thought music, arts and culture and everything in between. This years see’s Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian headline the event, but also exciting sets from Mercury winners Young Fathers and one of music’s brightest prospects in the form of Kate Tempest. September may well be the end of the festival season but No. 6 will fell like the heart of it. It’ll be well worth taking those extra holidays to make it to “A Festival Unlike Any Other”.

 Ghost Poet is one of the most exciting acts at this years festival, not to be missed:

End Of The Road (4th-6th September):

Traditionally the last festival of the season, End Of The Road sees its 10th birthday celebrations kick off this September. Known for regularly hosting a stellar line up, this year is no different, with what promises to be stunning performances from headliners War On Drugs and Sufjan Stevens, but also lower down the bill Washington garage trio Ex Hex and Shoplifters favourites Alvvays will be making waves.

Don’t Miss Du Blonde to wrap up your summer:

5 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (02/03/15)

Here’s the five best tracks we’ve been sent this week. Think you’ve heard something we might like? send it over to shopliftersuni@gmail.com or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Lucy & The Caterpillar – Coming Back Home


After a brief hiatus and relocation to Manchester, Lucy & The Caterpillar stunned us with the beautifully heartfelt ‘Coming Back Home’. It’s the first single taken from the new EP and showcases Lucy’s beautiful vocal tone perfectly. Catch the EP launch this Sunday (March 8th 2015) at The Castle Hotel in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Ava Luna – Coat of Shellac

The new track from this Brooklyn band is riddled with cool. ‘Coat of Shellac‘ is so smooth, so slick that it becomes a perfect circle that feels impossible to take off repeat. The track has a mind of it’s own, but it’s just the snippet of what we can expect from the bands up coming album ‘Infinite House’ which makes it all the more exciting.

Orlando Seale and the Swell – Filthy Hope


The London collective unveil an epic masterpiece of melancholy and despair, Filthy Hope. It’s dramatic fusion of pop and orchestra that steals the heart for the length of the song. They release the track later this month as a double A-side single and mark it with two London shows at The Seabright Arms, redounded for their remarkable and vibrant live shows it wont be worth missing.

Wand – Reaper Invert

Bad mood? Need a nice tall glass of music to go with that? Gloomy garage rock tune ‘Reaper Invert’ by Los Angeles band Wand has everything you’re looking for, I promise. An angsty droneing spiral into madness filled with so many little quirks you notices something new every time. A master class in cool.

Demob Happy – Young & Numb

Brighton’s finest thrashers unveil their gruesome video for Young & Numb with a classic horror movie vibe. The eerie riffs and destructive drums top this killer tune that smashes through the walls and slinks off as if nothing happened. With a huge U.K. tour on the way this track just backs up what we already know, Demob Happy are ready to rule 2015.

5 Rock Acts Killing It Right Now

Author: Jake McGloin

It’s an exciting time for Rock music, after taking up a huge chunk of music sales last year (29% of total consumption stateside anyway) it became more listened to then Pop in 2014 according to figures from Music Business Worldwide. Becks recent Grammy win, only made controversial by Kanye’s antics, as well as Britt Award nods for Jack White and Royal Blood, who’s fan base seem to grow by the day, seems to imply Rock Music could be back on top. Here’s 5 Rock Acts You Need To Hear:

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Demob Happy (Brighton – England)

Combining destructive guitars and pounding rhythms that seem to channel the soul of Nirvana circa Bleach, It’s pure thrash at it’s finest. Seeping with angst and anticipation for the future, Demob are renowned for their energetic live shows so catch them as they head out on the road through March and April.

Check Out “Suffer You”:


Tricot (Koyoto – Japan)

Japanese girl band Tricot create complex, but familiar rock music. The three-piece take their influence from other seminal Japanese rockers Number Girl and Acidman. With their second outing on the way, and a successful set supporting rock gods Pixies at last years Eden Sessions, Tricot are proving rock is still alive and well in Japan.

Jesper Munk (Munich – Germany)

This former street musician is preparing to release his second album to the world after a successful debut that, at it’s core, was steeped in blues riffs and pure rock & roll. Don’t expect anything different from his next outing, “CLAIM”.

Pile (Boston – USA)

Boston’s Pile pound out awesome rock tunes by the bucket load. Their upcoming album, “You’re Better Than This”, released March 3rd, already has a lot of people excited, and rightly so. It looks to be filled with tension and riffs so sophisticatedly slick they should teach classes on it. These unsung post-hardcore heroes are on the road tearing up the States right up until May.


Findlay (Manchester – England) 

Natalie Findlay has been Manchester’s golden girl for years now, even after a move to London, but we always remember our own so much so that Mancunian juggernauts The Courteeners took her on tour with them. Findlay blasts out chug heavy, hard-hitting rock & roll with ice cold vocals that make Karen O look squeaky clean.

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