News featuring Nick Drake

The following news stories mention Nick Drake. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 11 hours ago.

’15 Jun 18 Thu

Thursday 18th June

  • The Aurian Haller Band – “Les orphelins”

    House of Words by The Aurian Haller Band Aurian Haller Band is comprised of various Quebec City musicians and fronted by Aurian Haller, an award-winning poet and singer/songwriter. With an expansive folk sound rooted in influences like Nick Drake and Daniel Lanois, the group’s arsenal includes elements like string bass, cello, and lap steel, touting […]

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’15 Jun 11 Thu

Thursday 11th June

  • Sarah Cracknell: Red Kite review – chic whimsy with a heavy heart

    (Cherry Red)

    The nervous energy of the after-party lingered amid Sarah Cracknell’s 1997 debut Lipslide – but her second solo album finds the Saint Etienne vocalist escaping the club for the countryside. Working with Edwyn Collins producers Carwyn Ellis and Seb Lewsley, these pastoral acoustic ballads are intimate and innocent; In the Dark referencing the shy solitude of Nick Drake or Colin Blunstone, as the foolish sorrow of 1960s girl groups haunt its lyrics. Infidelity and betrayal are ever present, such as on Hearts Are for Breaking (“You only wanted him because he only wanted me”) or the smoky album opener On the Swings (“She’s never going to stay in your arms / She’s only around for a while and then she’s gone”), while It’s Never Too Late and Underneath the Stars recall the chic whimsy of Belle and Sebastian or Stereolab. At its core is Cracknell’s airy, elegant voice;…

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  • Flo Morrissey: Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful review – keening and cooing


    Twenty-year-old Londoner Flo Morrissey was signed to Glassnote after a YouTube video caught the attention of company boss Daniel Glass. On Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, her debut album, producers Noah Georgeson and Philippe Zdar have cast Morrissey’s impossibly pure voice in a pastoral soundscape. The absence of electronic wizardry gives the album a timeless quality, and nods to the artists who have influenced Morrissey: tragic troubadours such as Nick Drake, Karen Dalton and Tim Buckley. True, Morrissey’s voice can sigh and plead with the best of them – but for the most part her songs are gossamer-thin. Occasionally she stops keening and cooing and reveals a more interesting voice, slightly plummy, like Vashti Bunyan. “I can’t be a part of this villainy,” Morrissey sings on single Pages of Gold, in a line worthy of her namesake. Tomorrow almost certainly will be as beautiful for Flo Morrissey as her album…

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’15 Jun 9 Tue

Tuesday 9th June

  • Cult heroes: how did Stephen Duffy's gold-plated whimsy not make him a star?

    He was the original singer in Duran Duran, before briefly becoming a teen heart-throb. But Stephen Duffy’s most memorable music is burnished folk rock

    There’s an argument to be made for Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy being the unluckiest man in pop history who hasn’t actually died. In 1979, aged 19, he quit as singer and bassist with the band he’d founded with a couple of Birmingham Poly mates called Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, just months before the ridiculously named combo – like, Duran Du-what? – signed to EMI with their new singer, Simon Le Bon. In the early 80s he became the very definition of a one-hit wonder, recording and releasing Kiss Me numerous times until the world stopped listening. And when his ship finally came in, on the day Robbie Williams chased him down the street to beg him to write the extra songs on his Greatest Hits…

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’15 May 18 Mon

Monday 18th May

  • Tomás Pagán Motta: Tomás Pagán Motta

    It’s inevitable that Tomás Pagán Motta should be tagged with Drake dictates, given the sad yet beautiful atmospheric set-ups that express his sentiments in such a stunning manner.

    Nick Drake has become an all too familiar touchstone for budding shoegazing singer/songwriters in the 40 or so years since his untimely passing. That’s not surprising; Drake practically invented the low-cast, emotionally wrought style that breathes so much vulnerability and sensitivity into every song he ever recorded. In that sense, it’s more than nostalgia that makes his music resonate so fully; indeed, he helped create as important a genre as any that’s emerged in modern…

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’15 Apr 25 Sat

Saturday 25th April

  • Dax Riggs adds shows, covering Nick Drake on tour (watch)

    photo: Dax Riggs in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

    Dax Riggs (of '90s sludge band Acid Bath and several other projects) will be playing some shows this spring. He's yet to announce a full tour, but a handful of dates have been revealed including NYC on June 13 at Mercury Lounge. That's a late show, starting at 10:30 PM, and tickets are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.

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’15 Apr 19 Sun

Sunday 19th April

’15 Apr 12 Sun

Sunday 12th April

’15 Apr 8 Wed

Wednesday 8th April

  • How can you make an opera about 9/11?

    Opera has always thrived on grandiose spectacle, but are the events at the World Trade Center a tragedy too far? The team behind ENO’s new work Between Worlds talk about dramatising a day on which more than 2,700 people lost their lives

    An opera set in the World Trade Center on 9/11? How is that possible? How can opera attempt to dramatise the thousand-fold tragedies of the twin towers? I’ll be honest. My first reaction to hearing about Tansy Davies’s Between Worlds was one of incredulity. Isn’t the whole notion of an opera set high on the north tower, above the impact zone of the first plane, recreating the last minutes of lives that ended in some of the most terrifying circumstances it’s possible to imagine, an operatic risk too far, which could trivialise the tragedy and fail to honour its world-changing impact?

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’15 Apr 7 Tue

Tuesday 7th April

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