Performers and poets bask in the Latitude gratitude
Stars like Jack White, and Kings of Leon, and many cult acts, are starting labels. Why? Are their signings better than those to traditional companies? Elisa Bray looks at the small print
Still full of the joys of Spring
With Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale and Mumford & Sons among its alumni, west London's informal school of folk is known for regularly producing popular, talented young singers and songwriters. Members of the aforementioned bands used to play together at the Bosun's Locker on the King's Road, until that venue closed. For the last two and a half years, however, their regular meeting place has been the monthly Communion night at Notting Hill Arts Club.
A striking anthology of modern faith-based ruminations, some custom-built to fit the compilation's prescient brief, others sourced with impeccable taste from the likes of The Handsome Family ("Grandmother Waits for You") and Slint singer/guitarist Ryan Driver ("When Were You in Mexico").
Multi-taskers who keep it reel
Folk-pop quartet Noah and The Whale are embarking on a 10-date UK tour with a difference. Kicking off on 5 March in Norwich, the Club Silencio Tour promises an evening of film and music that harks back to the music halls of old. The film fanatics say the tour is inspired by the Club Silencio scene in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
Santogold [aka the American singer Santi White] is a real icon; amazing songs, fantastic style and she's innovative too. I'm really envious of her writing; especially stuff like "L.E.S. Artistes", which she wrote about all the posers in the Lower East Side of New York. The production on her [self-titled] album is brilliant and she's a great live performer. Talk about the whole package!