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Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Devon

With its beautiful surroundings, good food and facilities Soar Mill Cove Hotel may be more than enough for some visitors looking for a quiet break; but for those wanting to explore a little more the surrounding area provides plenty of options for excursions.

Owen Ashworth from Advance Base

Advance Base is the music moniker of Owen Ashworth, who recorded as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone until 2010. CFTPA released a number of albums, which were well received by critics and fans who appreciated Ashworth’s lo-fi electronic sound and microcosmic storytelling.

Drive by The Chevin

The latest video by The Chevin has just been unleashed onto the internet. ‘Drive’ is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Borderland.

The Miracals – Pretend

LA band The Miracals are big favourites of the Flush The Fashion music team. Their feelgood, summery melodies are just the thing to keep our mood upbeat, even on showery April days.

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three @Thekla Bristol

Influenced by ragtime, country blues, swing, Vaudeville and folk Americana, the St. Louis foursome Pokey LaFarge played an extended live set, including material from the award-winning Riverboat Soul, as well as the more recent Middle Of Everywhere release.

Los Campesinos! @The Thekla, Bristol

A couple of mosh circles and crowd surfers emerged within the narrow confines of the ship’s hull, and singer Gareth joined in the fun near the end, delivering most of the encore hidden within the effervescent crowd.

Dead Sea Navigators: Uncharted

For those wanting an intelligent and engaged record, combining moments of calm with a bold, dramatic approach, ‘Uncharted’ proves to be a very rewarding listen. Sometimes it’s worth going into uncharted territory.

Live Review: First Aid Kit – Thekla, Bristol

In addition to the songcraft evident on the album, the Söderberg sisters excel in translating their music to the live arena (or boat), charming the audience with their perfect vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship. A magical gig.

On the Radar: Young Buffalo

Young Buffalo started making music when the friends from Oxford, Mississippi were still at school. Now, just into their twenties, the band are making a name for themselves on both sides of the Atlantic.

EP Review: Slackerpop by The Xcerts

UK rock is in fine health if the latest EP from The Xcerts is anything to go by ‘Slackerpop’ sees the young band deliver a fine rousing bombastic lead track and alternative versions of four of their other songs.

EP review: The Miracals – Give Me A Chance

The cheery indie pop of the Miracals almost makes you forget that the summer is long-gone. Give Me A Chance is rammed with sweet guitar melodies, perky beats and harmonious vocals that evoke long summer days and nights spent with High School friends and childhood sweethearts.

The Juliets – Perfect Season Album Review

The Juliets hail from Detroit and it seems like the band are destined to receive increasing attention: the guitar-led opening track Loon has already been picked up the motor giant Chrysler because of its catchy chorus and tight percussion.

Live: The Maccabees Exeter Phoenix

The Maccabees took some time out from putting the finishing touches to their eagerly-awaited third album to play a sold-out gig at Exeter’s Phoenix club.