Ben and Daij- This Week’s Top 5

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, one of our favourite artists/activists Ai Weiwei has a film out! He faces a daily fight against censorship in his native China yet still manages to express himself through art and social media. A true inspiration to any creative or activist.  Directed by Alison Klayman, it is currently being screened at Sundance Film Festival but hopefully will get a UK showing.

New tracks this week include a new Minks song called ‘Painted Indian’. This track is a follow up to their album ‘By The Hedge’ from early last year, which included the amazing ‘Funeral Song’. This single is out on Captured Tracks which are home to Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing amongst other American indie pop giants.

Also released to the world this week was the closing track from Radar Eyes upcoming debut LP, the track itself being called ‘Side Of The Road’. Radar Eyes came to our attention with their song ‘Miracle’, which is great indie pop and the record is worth buying for this one track. Fortunately with this weeks new track we can now see that there are other great tracks on the record such as ‘Side Of The Road’, and ‘I Am’. The album should be out soon on HoZac records, an amazing American indie label who have bands like Wax Idols and Fungi Girls under their wing.

On Thursday night the only place to be will be the Old Blue Last who are hosting this months Vice issue launch. Live music is from one of our current favourite bands Novella, see our post from two weeks ago for more on them, and Weird Dreams who kicked up quite a buzz as 2011 was coming to a close, and deservedly so.  Both bands have singles to their name and their catalogues are bound to expand in the coming months. All of this excitement will cost you absolutely nothing, leaving you no excuse not to be there. Doors are at 8-10pm.

Other exciting news this week came from Field Day, the annual festival which takes place in Victoria Park is revealing more and more of its line up. With this weeks additions it is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer.  The announced acts which most excited us were probably SBTRKT, Gold Panda, Blood Orange and TOY who were announced earlier today. Keep tabs on line up updates by checking Field Day’s facebook page or website.

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