Liverpool Sound City kicks off tomorrow – a three day feast of music spread out across Liverpool’s famous venues. Last.fm will be there at the Leaf Café on each night hosting a fantastic lineup (which you can see here) but if you need a helping hand in who to see elsewhere, the fantastic We // Are // Animal (who play the Binary Cell at 9pm on Thursday night) have kindly let us know their five acts to look out for at the festival.
1. WHITE DENIM (Live at the Kazimier on Friday at 11pm) [Pictured]
“Main one that stands out for us are White Denim. They’ve been on our radar for a good couple of years now and are possibly the best live band I’ve ever seen. well worth a watch.”
White Denim’s latest album D was released in May last year and has so far contributed 387,142 scrobbles to their total scrobble count of 2,104,529. “Street Boy” is the most popular track not just from the album but for the band overall. Listened to by 856 unique listeners last week, it has been scrobbled 71,296 times.
2. DJANGO DJANGO (Live at the Red Bull Studios @ The Garage on Thursday at 11.30pm)
“We’ve played with these boys a couple of times and everytime we have we’ve been blown away by their sound. Their album is awesome as well.”
Despite forming in 2008, Django Django’s debut album didn’t see the light of day until January of this year but it seems like the wait has been worth it. Scrobbled close to one million times, the London folktronica group are creating quite a stir and it is of little surprise to see them highlighted as one to watch at Liverpool Sound City.
3. TALL SHIPS (Live at Screenadelica on Saturday night/Sunday at 1am)
“Tall Ships are another band we had the fortune of playing with while in Europe. I hadn’t heard much of their music before then but I personally was really impressed with the amount of energy they put into their live show.”
Formed in the South West of England, Tall Ships have released two EPs and, more recently, the single “T=0″. The single has been scrobbled 3,644 times since its release in April.
“Awesome band from closer to home. even if you’re not particularly into their math rock style of music, they will blow your brains out with how talented they are. They’ve got a new album coming out soon as well. I’ve heard some of the songs live and they’re awesome!”
The Gallops’ bio states that their music has been described as “cyborg soul music” and hey, who are we to argue? Almost 12,000 Last.fm listeners have checked out their experimental offerings with tracks such as “Miami Spider” scrobbled 9,280 times.
5. WILLY MASON (Live at Zanzibar Club on Thursday at 11.15pm)
“Really looking forward to watching Willy Mason! Caught the tail end of his set at last year’s festival and everything about it was awesome, good songs and a really cool voice!”
Willy Mason falls just short of White Denim’s scrobbles but with 1,937,018 of his own his set at Liverpool Sound City is sure to be a highlight. The American singer-songwriter hasn’t released an album since 2007′s If The Ocean Gets Rough but a slew of successful EPs have managed to build him a solid reputation, especially on the live circuit.
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