New Music: Lydiah – Holding Back

This blog very rarely takes its lead from other websites out there. But then again, this blog very rarely comes across a voice as a rarefied and powerful as Lydiah's. Oozing confidence and assuredness, the 20-year-old Liverpudlian's most recent effort is a stunning exercise in voice control. There is plenty of Laura Marling in there, [...]

New Music: Little Kid – Transfiguration Highway

Quite aptly, the latest release release from Little Kid sounds ancient. Right from album opener 'I thought You'd Been Raptured,' which creaks and groans with wistfulness, the record is simple enough musically but the lyricism tackles some pretty heavy subject matter with strong religious imagery. With Kenny Bootheby leading the way and supported by Megan [...]

New Music: Mella – Family Fun

On the face of it a jaunty synth-pop number, Peckham-based Mellah's new track 'Family Fun' is darkly subversive and brilliantly constructive. Mellah, aka Liam Ramsden, has been doing this a while now but with each track he gets more daring, more bizarre and more accomplished. He's clearly unhinged, but it's opened the door to brilliance. [...]

New Music: Stables – Marathon

Running a marathon is incredibly draining and difficult and time-consuming. Listening to the latest Stables release is not. The alt-folk duo, comprised of Keston Cobblers Club bandleader Matthew Lowe and friend Daniel Trenholme, return with a gentle but whip-smart homage to a London institution. With the famous race the latest casualty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, [...]

Live Review: Keston Cobblers’ Club at Islington Assembly Hall, 12/10/2019

Now four albums and ten years old, ultra-folksy Kent quintet Keston Cobblers Club brought their eight-date UK anniversary tour to a close at London’s Islington Assembly Hall to a rather fervent crowd pushing the 1,000 mark. Naturally, there is plenty of self-indulgence from the Cobblers throughout, but it is hard to begrudge them a second [...]

Preview: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 – Music

Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August. With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year's selection. For 2019, we are taking a slightly different tack and will be looking [...]