THE DESERT – Playing Dead EP

Bristol’s The Desert mix low key elements of alternative music, with elements of mellow acoustic pop, dream pop and even a few trip hop beats on their debut EP. Their music looks to the past, obviously, but somehow doesn’t sound like a complete nostalgia trip. In just four songs, they weave musical magic that sound absolutely superb approached on cold and dark winter nights.

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Smashing Pumpkins Reunion: Corgan to tour with core of original band

There were rumours flying last year that the original and classic line up of The Smashing Pumpkins were getting back together.  The rumours were fuelled by Billy Corgan himself who hinted at doing something with old and familiar faces.

It has finally been announced that Corgan, along with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will tour the US this summer.  It’s promised to be a show “unlike any [the band] have ever done”, according to Corgan, with material culled from the band’s first five albums.

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K7s – Take 1

What would happen if you took a member of the Bullet Proof Lovers, a member of Spanish punkers Los Reactivos and a member of the Spanish band Airbag and set them to work in the recording studio? You’d end up with K7s, one of the finest pop punk outfits to release an album since the genre’s glory days of the 1990s. Yes, the K7s’ debut is that good…and in in almost every way. It’s hugely indebted to days gone by when pop punk meant pop punk and not whiny music with an overdriven guitar riff, but that’s every reason why it’s great. Continue reading

Star Shaped Festival 2018: Official line-up announced

Just under a week ago, it was announced that the guys at StarShaped would make a big announcement on Tuesday 13th February.   Here at Real Gone, we had a couple of serious hunches with regards to this year’s festival line-up, so we offered those for discussion, alongside a couple of less likely contenders in an ultimate Britpop festival wish-list.

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