News The Neu Bulletin (8th February 2012)

Your daily new music guide, featuring Father Sculptor and Young Unknowns.

Every day of the week, Neu gives you a choice show and a selection of new music tips, all in the name of exposing you to something new and exciting.

If there’s a gig that’s worth heading to, we’ll tell you all about it, and if there’s a song you need in your life, we’ll make sure it doesn’t fly under the radar. It’s the Neu Bulletin.

Kurtz, Young Unknowns, Forest, Netil - Old Blue Last, London

This is a strange coming together of bands, we’ll be honest. The Old Blue Last tonight for Young Unknowns, who bring their Brooklyn minimal pop (get acquainted here) to the capital tonight. But above them on the bill is the intelligent stop-start punk of Kurtz. Joining forces is the heady, hazy rush of Cambridge band Forest and the psych freak-outs of Netil. A strange mix, but an exciting one all the same.

Father Sculptor, All We Are, Winter Villians, Skeleton Suite - Sunday 10th February, London Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen.

Here’s a trick: If you go to Sunday night’s show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen and say ‘DIY’ on the door, you’ll be let in for £3 instead of £6. Headliners Father Sculptor are permanent Neu favourites. Joining them will be Liverpool’s All We Are, Cardiff-based six-piece Winter Villians and emerging group Skeleton Suite. The best part? This gig is being filmed by the Independent Artist Movement, so you’ll be able to catch you beaming face on the camera (beaming because you said DIY on the door and got in on the cheap. Remember that part).

Casual Sex - Stroh 80

Try liking these guys on Facebook without raising the eyebrows of a relative or an ex-lover. The best bet is to grab the debut Casual Sex track - released through the Moshi Moshi Singles Club - shun the internet for a few days, and take this with you during a few days of escape, preferably in Berlin. ‘Stroh 80’ seems to recall Bowie’s Berlin melodrama best, with hints of Franz Ferdinand’s angular, baritone-led rock also creeping in.

Melted Toys - Observations

San Francisco duo Melted Toys bring the jingle-jangle guitar sound that’s so easily dismissed into higher ground. This is startling, progressive stuff, the kind you’d refer to if your average snob said DIIV and all their contemporaries were dull somethings. ‘Observations’ is full of whispered vocals and sweet, sun-kissed guitars. Spring is calling, and it seems ever closer having listened to this.

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