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08 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Mondays – The Maine

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With the gig downgraded from Academy 2 to Academy 3, the bands could feel a little disheartened but they don’t. Everyone onstage seems to be playing the gig of their life. With energy flowing and music playing, Academy 3 is electric.

Nick Santino’s set is rock’n’roll mixed with a country twang. Never have I seen one man and his guitar win over a crowd so quickly. He plays songs about love, loss and heartbreak – something we can all relate to. His voice sores around the venue, sounding like the perfect combination of broken glass and spun gold. As each song finishes, more and more people are watching in awe – with a few misty eyes spotted too.

For a band that are enjoying their first time playing here, Lydia certainly seem shocked by the amount of fans they have in the crowd. Leighton Antelman is an unlikely frontman but wins everyone over with his awkward charm and amazingly powerful voice. Keyboardist, Matt Keller, is a captivating man to watch. He seems to be playing like a man possessed. With ‘This Is Twice Now’, the crowd are completely hooked and singing along. This is a band that I cannot wait to grace our shores again.

With a crowd rushing towards the stage before you’ve even started, applauding the roadies, and generally becoming more impatient with every passing second, you know you’re onto a winner. The Maine are a band that have certainly grown with every album they’ve put out, and tonight’s show goes to prove it. Playing old songs with a new spin, showing just how much they’ve progressed. They are definitely a band that proves that you can stay true to your roots, without being scared to take chances and try new things. Unfortunately for the band, the venue’s sound quality starts off shaky and just doesn’t match up to their talent, leaving them sounding muddy in places – not that the rabid fans seem to mind, they’re clambering at the stage as if their lives depend on it – thankfully though, this seems to resolve itself after a few songs and it’s all good from there on out. The Maine are a band that really know how to captivate an audience. Everyone in the venue is dancing and singing along – even the parents waiting at the bar can’t resist tapping their feet along to the music. ‘Vanilla’ certainly has the crowd in the palm of their hand – even I can’t stop myself from dancing to it. Having played this venue 7yrs ago with The Academy Is…, the band play an amazing set filled with songs that other bands wish they’d written.

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By Megahn Keene, SSR Music and Creative Industries Student

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20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

New Music Mondays – Me Vs Hero

 

Kicking things off are Simmer who run into technical difficulties straight away. This leads to an atmospheric instrumental number to fill time. When things are up and running, the band struggle to gain the crowd’s attention but soon hit their stride, around the third song in, and the reaction to their set is pretty good.

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Next up are hometown boys, Landmarks (image on right) who show Sound Control exactly what pop-punk should be –loud, passionate and energetic enough to get the crowd bouncing. The vocal work between lead singer, Brad Shea and bassist, Adam Long is a beautiful combination of passion and power. The band manage to play catchy tunes without falling into the easy trap of sounding too much like every other band within the genre, bringing about a Set Your Goals feel to this side of the pond without losing their own identity as a band. With them taking to the studio in November to record their album, I have high hopes for what the finished product sounds like.

If I was giving an award for most energetic front man, Roam’s Alex Costello would win hands down. He’s a tiny powerhouse onstage and has the crowd lapping it up from the very get go. His stage presence reminds me of a younger Bert McCracken (The Used) with the way he blurs the line between band and fans. The band themselves bring out a different, little more aggressive , side of pop-punk with Charlie Pearson’s pounding drum beats shaking you to your very core (in the best possible way). Naivety seems to be a crowd favourite–with fans all clamouring to get closer to the stage. I just hope that when the band, inevitably, gain more exposure they don’t lose this intimacy with their fans.

Having released their long awaited second album ‘I’m Completely Fine ’just over two weeks ago, the Crowd is understandably raring to go when Me Vs Hero storm the stage. Sing-alongs, stage invasions and crowd surfers kicking the lighting rig (health and safety nightmare but the fan’s delight)….and it’s only two songs into their set. These guys show everyone just what the whole pop punk scene is about. A sense of community, of comradery, all wrapped up in a bouncy beat and a whole lot of fun.

Picture Credit: Ben Sheridan

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11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Barclaycard Mercury Prize

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Last night the nominations for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize were announced. The Mercury Prize is an annual music prize awarded to the best album in the United Kingdom. The shortlist is selected by an independent panel of musicians, music executives and journalists. All genres of music are eligible for the prize as can be seen by this year’s nominations which showcase a variety of different music.

There are seven debut albums shortlisted this year, and five more established acts. The nominated albums include artists such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Nick Mulvey and previous nominee Anna Calvi. If you want to take a listen to those up for the award have a listen to our PureConnect Playlist.

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08 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Bestival – The Summer Festival Finale

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This weekend played host to Bestival, one of the UK’s top summer festivals which takes place annually on the Isle of Wright. It’s seen by many as the finale of summer festivals and boasts a huge line-up. This year was no exception with a theme of ‘desert island disco’ which saw thousands of revellers don wacky costumes. With a multitude of live entertainment, dance stages and parades, Bestival really is a wonderful way to end the summer. Here were our favourites from the weekend:

Foals

Saturday night headliners Foals are recognised as being one of the UKs top live acts and they did not disappoint! Playing a steady 75 minute set, they hinted that their Bestival performance will be their last show for a while. Listen to them here.

Outkast

Legends of hip-hop Outkast also headlined at Wireless. They closed the main stage on Friday night, bringing out all their old hits such as ‘Hey Ya’ and ‘Ms Jackson’. The duo is considered one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, selling in total over 25 million records. Listen for yourself, here.

 

London Grammar 

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The melancholic London Grammar are relatively new in the music world with their debut album If You Wait released in late 2013. They have rocketed to success, their album selling over 356,000 copies and securing many spots in festivals all over the UK, including Glastonbury. They claimed their Bestival performance was the biggest crowd they have played for yet. Listen here.

 

Basement Jaxx

Electronic pair Basement Jaxx drew in the largest crowd with the audience taking up most of the field. They have been around for years, rising to fame in the 1990s and still going strong. They have just released their 7th album, Junto. Check it out here.

 If you’re missed out this year, don’t worry. We’ve have put together a playlist of all this summer’s top festival tunes so you can relive all the best moments of 2014.

What was your favourite festival song of the summer? Tweet us @PURE_insider, and we’ll pop it on our playlist!

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01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

No Devotion – Sound Control

Cardiff-based, Samoans start things with a strange but wonderful mix of prog and math-rock, a genre that emerged in the late 80′s and that was influenced by both the intricacies of progressive

and avant-garde rock – King Crimson, Frank Zappa and 20th century composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage. With intricate guitars and extensive drum beats, they sound something like the lovechild of

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With everyone gathered upstairs in Sound Control ,waiting with baited breath, No Devotion have a lot to live up to and even more to prove. With six amazing, accomplished, musicians it was never going to be a hard thing to  do. With this being only their second gig as a band, they start off a little shyly, but soon the nerves are shed and they play a tight set.

’10,000 Summers’ is hook central, and will certainly be one the fans will favour singing along to. The set does have some shaky parts, but that is to be expected with such a brand new project. With ‘Stay’, one of two tracks already heard by the public, Rickly spills his heart out to the world. The instrumental section really allowed the band to show off just how talented they are, with Luke Johnson drumming like part man, part machine. The band have strayed away from much of their older sound, but there’s still that catchy rock feel to them, bringing influence from The Cure as well as Rickly’s hardcore background. Everyone that managed to catch them on this tour should feel incredibly lucky, as I don’t see them playing venues this small again.Geoff Rickly is a solid frontman, having been around the scene for over 15 years, his vocals have a raw energy that just isn’t found in enough singers these days. Stuart Richardson’s pounding bass and the often, almost, duelling guitars of Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze sound like a harmonic war.

 

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01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Conor Oberst – Manchester Cathedral

 

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On first glance, Manchester Cathedral doesn’t look the most likely place to put on gigs. One girl in the queue actually asks, “would God approve of this?”, but with music bringing about a sense of belonging and community, it isn’t such a far stretch from religion in my mind.The crowd is an odd mix of people, ranging from middle class suit wearers just out of work, hipster students trying to outdo each other, and musicaficionados just wanting to hear the bands. But one thing does unite everyone, the love of music and the near desperation for Conor Oberst to play.

First at the pulpit is Dawes. Their soaring guitar solos remind me of ‘My Morning Jacket’. Although there are a few die-hard fans singing along, the rest of the crowd just doesn’t seem to be won over. This is a band with power and energy but they just don’t seem to be connecting with the majority of the crowd. Not sure if the lack of atmosphere is anything to do with the band personally, or if it’s down to the venue itself.

With the crowd so eager to see him, Conor Oberst has them in the palm of his hand before even stepping foot onstage. Within the first song he manages to whip the crowd into a frenzy. They clamber closer to the stage, clinging to each other, in hope of being nearer. His voice sounds like heart-breaking desperation, occasionally cracking on notes and tripping on words in his haste to get his feelings out. The feeling and presence is there in abundance though.

The atmosphere is almost tangible with the crowd swaying back and forth, singing every word at the top of their lungs. Some even begin to cry, overwhelmed by everything. This is clearly not just a gig but an emotional rollercoaster for some. Oberst himself plays like a man possessed, writhing around as if the music is too much for him to bear and must get it out in any way possible. The whole things seems suitably fitting for the venue; with the lighting bathing him in an eerie shadow, Oberst looks like a preacher commanding his congregation. His voice reaches every corner and echoes throughout the cathedral leaving everyone captivated.

‘Desert Island Questionnaire’ sounds akin to a battle cry, the words being almost spat out into the world for all to hear. With ‘Lua’ bringing the audience to a standstill with everyone silent as it’s delivered similar to a sermon. The members of Dawes, who are Oberst’s band for this tour, give the set such a grand and sweeping feel that it’s hard not to get caught up and go along with it.

His latest album, ‘Upside Down Mountain’, is out now on Nonesuch Records.

*picture credit: Butch Hogan

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06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pure and 7digital bring stereo back to the home

SXSW 2014 LogoSouth by South West (SXSW) is arguably one of the biggest events on the music industry’s calendar. The first conference was held in Austin in 1987 and ever since then has been a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop careers, to bring people together, to meet and share ideas. To give you an idea of how big the event is it started with 700 registrants with numbers now reaching 16,000.

Noam MeppenThis year Pure’s director of sales for the US, Noam Meppen, will be joining President of 7digital – North America, Vickie Nauman, for a panel to discuss the return of the home stereo.

The home is arguably the most natural listening environment for music, so how important is the return of the home stereo? As the digital age has advanced many technology innovators have prioritised connected mobile devices and services meant for people on the go. Households have found themselves neglecting their home stereo to make do with portable alternatives such as MP3 players, iPods and the like. However, as more connected speakers emerge, such as the Pure Jongo multiroom music system, listening is returning to the home.

As well as Noam, Vickie will also be joined on the panel by industry experts, Tim Grimsditch, Marketing Director for Spotify and John Hamm, CEO of Pono Music.

If you’re attending SXSW there are some great artists taking to the stage. As well as thousands of up and coming new acts and established artists, you can also see the likes of Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, London Grammar, Soundgarden, Pitbull and Keith Urban who are all playing the iTunes Festival at SXSW. If you can’t wait until then you can find these artists on Pure Connect now!

 

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02 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Jongo Bells, Jongo Bells, Jongo all the way……….

House party series – part 4

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The countdown really begins now that we have a matter of weeks to go until the Christmas season is upon us. Want to invite friends around and liven up your living room with a few heart warming tunes?

The Jongo multiroom system is the perfect companion for throwing a party. You can’t be in all the rooms all of the time rigging up a wired sound system for a house party- this can prove messy.NEW

If you have a pair of T2, T4 or T6 speakers, why not separate them and have one in the kitchen and another in the living room?  You can even control the volume of the speakers individually. For example, lower the volume in the kitchen where most people congregate to chat and play it louder elsewhere. No more will the host have to stand by the music system for the duration of the party and stop what they’re doing when a request is made. They can simply tap their phone and select a track from wherever they are in the house. Your phone or tablet is the remote control.

To blast out those Christmas favourites why not try Jongo’s built-in stereo pairing feature and take advantage of the perfectly synchronised audio? By adding more speakers into the mix, an S3 on the stairs, a T2 in the bedroom you can really get the party started. Of course the S3 is portable too so there’s always the option to take the speaker outside.

So come on –  IT’S CHRISTMAS……!

For 10 reasons to choose jongo check out our why choose Jongo page…

 

 

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21 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Stream sports coverage to your Jongo!

Are you a sports fanatic?  Always checking the football score? With our range of wireless multi-room speakers you can stream sports coverage to your Jongos  so you’ll never miss out!

Our latest additions to the Jongo range are the T2, T4 and T6 that come in different sizes with stereo pairing.  Simply connect the units to your wi-fi network for multi-room powerful sound around the home and garden.

Jongo S3 BBQWhether you love the Ashes or want to follow the  premier league, sports fans can use the Pure Connect app to tune into digital/FM stations such as  BBC radio 5 Live and Talksport to keep up with the latest results. With Jongo, you’re able to stream coverage from units dotted around in the living room to another in the garden so you can still listen in outside.

Key sporting dates left in 2013: The Ashes (20th-25th Aug), US Open (26th Aug-8th Sept), British MotoGP (September), and the Rugby League World Cup (26th Oct-30th Nov).

For hi-res images and sample requests, please contact  lena.palmer@pure.com

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01 May 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Enjoy the festival season with a Pure music system

festival campsiteThe summer is almost here which means that the festival season is just around the corner! If you are a  regular on the festival circuit, now is the time to start booking your tickets and compiling your festival survival kit. Whether it be Glastonbury or Reading where you are headed this summer, we have a number of Pure music systems perfect for bringing music to the campsite.

Move 2500

Move 2500

Move 2500
A compact, light DAB digital and FM radio, Move 2500 is ideal if you love radio on the move. The supplied ChargePAK rechargeable battery pack provides up to 15 hours listening per charge and it comes with 20 digital and FM presets. Also included are in-ear noise-isolating headphones – perfect to drown out the sound of noisy campers when you’re nodding off to sleep! SRP £79.99.

Move 400D
Move_400D_Sport_LifestyleDespite its compact size, Move 400D delivers surprising volume and audio quality via the built in speaker or using headphones. A compact DAB digital and FM radio, Move 400D is a go-anywhere radio with superb battery life. With support for all current European and Australian digital radio standards, Move 400D is the ideal travel radio if you’re off to any international festivals this summer. SRP £89.99.

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Jongo S3

Jongo S3
Jongo S3, our portable wireless speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offers an incredibly rich and vibrant sound  thanks to four speakers and an upward firing subwoofer for powerful bass. The S3’s versatility is unrivalled, with a range of audio profiles to suit your mood- switch to outdoor boost mode to hear the full effect of 360 degree sound. SRP £169.99.

One Mini Series 2
One Mini Series 2 has been engineered to provide punchy audio quality and volume. There’s  plenty of useful features including an input for your iPod or MP3 player, 16 presets and a headphone socket. This is a great sized radio to pack in your rucksack -available in satin-touch black or white finish. £49.99.

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One Mini II

Don’t forget you can still tune in and listen to live radio or catch up with podcasts and music using our Pure Connect service.

For hi-res images or samples, please email sarah.riley@pure.com

Festival dates for your diary:
Glastonbury (26th-30th June), Isle of Wight (13th-16th June ),  V Fest (17th-18th August), Reading ( 23rd-25th August ), SW4 (24th-25th August),Camp Bestival (5-8th September)

 

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