Heaven Adores You – Film Review


Heaven Adores You is as expected an emotional journey, packed with beautiful and intimate visuals. It’s a hard watch for anyone who has fallen in love with the music of Elliott Smith, but in essence, it could be much harder.

The film shies away from the darkened demise of Portland’s underdog hero. The man who was a closely guarded secret until he was nominated for an Oscar for the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting. This could be for the best though, images of the singers candle lit tributes coupled with his tear jerking intricate guitar work was perhaps enough to bring a few tears into the auditorium.

We’re talked through his musical movements through first hand accounts in interviews with his inner friendship circle, coaxed and lulled through those intricate acoustic pickings while images of a sun-glazed Portland, Oregon are beautifully shot, and still images of his first steps into music are narrated over.

The film is not so much about the dark details of the artists downfall, but it’s stinted with humorous and endearing accounts from his move to Portland during high school years. One such detail is where Elliott committed a full forty dollars to a jukebox in one night at a New York bar. It’s a poignant film that’s a testament to the legacy of Elliott Smith.

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Watch: Tamu Massif – Jejune / Selene video


Tamu Massif has just dropped a new video for his flawless, floating single ‘Jejune / Selene’. He’ll be playing at Dot To Dot Festival on May 23rd in Bristol. Watch the video right here:

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Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition Details Announced


Glastonbury Festival have announced details of the 2015 Emerging Talent Competition; a fantastic opportunity for unsigned artists across the country to win a prestigious main-stage slot at the event and a £5000 cash prize.

How can you enter then? From Monday 19th of January through to the 26th of January, the entry form will be available right here. All you’ll need to do is submit one song via soundcloud alongside one live video.

Your videos will be guaranteed to hit the ears of one music blogger within the UK (maybe even us!), who will help compile an overall longlist, which will then be heard by Michael and Emily Eavis.

Previous winners have included Stornoway, Treetop Flyers, M+A and The Subways, so you’ve nothing to lose, why not link a friend? It could be a life-changing opportunity.

Check out last years winners right here:

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2000trees Ticket Giveaway


is back this year with another superb lineup. We’re namely excited for some of our favourite acts in, Oliver Wilde, Slaves, DZ Deathrays and Turbowolf, but as ever there’s a host more to be excited about.

Taking the headline duties are Brighton heavyweights Blood Red Shoes along with Band Of Skulls and Frightened Rabbit.

We’re going to be giving away a ticket to this, you can enter by simply letting us know which act you’re most excited to see. Get in touch by tweeting us here or alternatively dropping our facebook page a line here. Winners announced early June.

In the meantime check out a slice of Turbowolf here:

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M+A Win Glastonbury Emerging Talent Final







London and Italian duo M+A won themselves a mainstage slot at Glastonbury Festival last weekend (5th) along with a £5000 prize from PRS Music.

The night saw many impressive acts take to the stage, with stand out names including The Black Tambourines, Hero Fisher and Izzy Bizu, but the ruthless nature and unconventional voice modulation of the winners helped bowl over both the crowd and judging panel.

Check out a video of the winners doing their thing here:

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Glastonbury Festival have announced a longlist of 120 unsigned acts who could get the chance to take a mainstage slot at this years event.

The list chosen by forty of the top UK’s bloggers will now be whittled down to a final eight, who will then be invited to play the live final at Pilton Working Men’s Club next month.

Furthermore as a judge we’re delighted to announce our three selections, Hero Fisher, Bloom and Hurdles.

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A brand new year, and everybody’s wondering which bands are going to be the Tom Odell, the Chvrches or the Sam Bailey of 2014. Only joking, I’m sure nobody cares who wins X-Factor these days; I even had to do a google search for the purposes of that opening line. Anyway, digression over, here’s the acts we believe will have a great 2014 (without the aid of a grotesque talent show).


Findlay is a stripped back, hard hitting, rock and roll extravaganza from Manchester, we should all check out this young lady in the coming year. Despite possessing a vocal style reminiscent of Karen O, I dare say that Findlay’s style is more visceral than even the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s raucous first album.

With an E.P, ‘Greasy Love’, out last year and a stonking Reading Festival performance behind her, we suspect Findlay could be coming to a sweaty gig near you.

Standout song – Your Sister (warning explicit!)


PAPA hail from that most plastic of all the American cities, Los Angeles. So where does this very British sound come from? Maybe this has something to do with drummer/vocalist, Darren Weiss’ fascination with the Clash, in particular their positive relationship with American culture. I guess these guys are like the opposite of the Clash then.

Confession time, we have cheated a little bit. PAPA released their first album, ‘Tender Madness’, last year. So even though they’re a bit of a 2013 band but we think there’s still more to come from the lads this year. Their sound is subtlety anthemic and perhaps we could see them illuminating the unsettling darkness of the UK charts in the next 12 months?

Standout song – I Am the Lion King

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Without question the busiest band on our list. During the last 12 months Catfish and the Bottlemen have been touring their brand of explosive and honest indie rock all over Europe. And making a name for themselves the good old-fashioned way, by spending outrageous periods of time living in their van playing to anybody who will listen anywhere.

It’s paying off and their van/house will be rolling into Bristol in late February for a gig at the Louisiana and we predict they could be moving into a more spacious van/house very soon.

Standout song – Pacifier

Well there it is. These are the three bands we’ve somehow chosen from the plethora of talent that are sure to have a great 2014. Even if these guys don’t have such a great year, they’re still sure to sell more records than Sam Bailey next Christmas.

Words: Chris Bilko – http://www.bristolbeatsclub.com

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