Good Bands, Cool Stuff: Big Scary Monsters’ Cardiff Pop Up

After the success of their previous event in London last year, Big Scary Monsters are bringing their pop up to Cardiff for the first time. From April 11-16, residents of the Welsh capital can expect to see Duke Street Arcade filled with merch, beer, and lots of music. There will be an array of performances across the five day event, seeing the likes of Jamie Lenman and Sorority Noise’s Cameron Boucher take to the stage for exclusive acoustic sets.

Founded almost 20 years ago in Oxford by Kevin Douch, BSM has become one of the most important players in UK alternative music. Whether they’re championing the weird world of math rock or bringing the brightest lights of US emo over for a bit of a look around, they’ve helped to shape the scene that they operate in.

Their pop up will celebrate some of the names currently on the roster – from both sides of the Atlantic – while there will also be rare records, signed stuff, test pressings and even some free shit and giveaways to get your hands on. But get down quick – they’re not likely to stick around for long.

Orchards – April 12 @ 6pm

Describing themselves as a ‘glitter gateway drug’, alt-pop quartet Orchards are a breath of fresh air. The Brighton-based band have recently signed to BSM and will be playing at the likes of ArcTanGent, Truck and the Great Escape festivals thus summer. Their upbeat sound will bring a refreshing twist as they support Tiny Moving Parts on tour this April.

Jamie Lenman – April 14 @ 5pm

After taking a break following the split of his influential rock band Reuben and pursuing a thrash metal/folk direction, Jamie Lenman has stepped back into the post-hardcore scene. He recently reached the top of the iTunes Rock charts with single Mississippi and has since released a new album, ‘Devolver’. He will be playing an acoustic set at the pop up and signing records.

Nervus – April 15 @ 2pm

Nervus’s new album ‘Everything Dies’ details Em Foster’s struggle with the issues of non-acceptance in society by discussing gender dysphoria and addiction. The band give a voice to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community who has ever faced prejudice and their catchy songs make them sound good doing it, too. Recording every instrument (minus drums) in the comfort of Em’s bedroom, the four-piece have produced a great album with an even greater message. They will be performing before Slaughter Beach, Dog at the event.

Slaughter Beach, Dog – April 15 @ 3pm

Slaughter Beach, Dog began as a product of Modern Baseball singer Jake Ewald’s writer’s block. The solo project documented the tales of fictional characters from a fictional town, titled, you guessed it, Slaughter Beach. But now he is taking the reins again. His recent album ‘Birdie’ takes inspiration from John K. Samson, creating a folkier acoustic sound which details Ewald’s progression as an artist. He will be bringing the sound to Wales for the first time at the BSM pop up.

Cameron Boucher – April 16 @ 5pm

Member of Sorority Noise and Old Gray, Cameron Boucher is supporting the Wonder Years on Sorority Noise’s last tour before their hiatus. He will be taking a brief break to perform an acoustic set at the pop up on its closing day.

Big Scary Monsters’ pop up event will run from April 11-16. For more information head to

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This Week’s New Releases: The Decemberists, Snoop Dogg And Stone Temple Pilots

Spring has sprung and along with it has come a buttload of new records. The Decemberists have followed up 2015’s ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’ LP and ‘florasongs’ EP, Snoop Dogg has released a gospel album, and Stone Temple Pilots have put out their first full-length with new singer Jeff Gutt, who follows in the footsteps of the late Chester Bennington and Scott Weiland.

If none of that tickles your fancy head below to check out some more of this week’s new releases.

Alexandra Burke – ‘The Truth Is’ (Decca)

Black Foxxes – ‘Reiði’ (Spinefarm)

Casey – ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ (Hassle Records)

Creep Show – ‘Mr Dynamite’ (Bella Union)

The Decemberists – ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (Rough Trade)

Fat Boy Slim – ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ (20th Anniversary Reissue)(BMG)

Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’ (Polydor)

The Fratellis – ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Hot Snakes – ‘Jericho Sirens’ (Sub Pop)

JB Dunckel – ‘H+’ (Jive Epic)

Kim Wilde – ‘Here Come The Aliens’ (Wildeflower Records)

The Magic Gang – ‘The Magic Gang’ (Yala!/Warner Bros)

Mount Eerie – ‘Now Only’ (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

Nakhane – ‘You Will Not Die’ (BMG)

Scotty McCreery – ‘Seasons Change’ (Triple Tigers)

Snoop Dogg – ‘Bible Of Love’ (All The Time Entertainment)

Sorority Noise – ‘YNA_AYT’ (Triple Crown Records)

Stone Temple Pilots – ‘Stone Temple Pilots’ (Rhino)

Various Artists – ‘Love, Simon’ (OST) (Columbia)

Yo La Tengo – ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ (Matador)

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This Week’s New Releases: Depeche Mode, Conor Oberst And Pulled Apart By Horses

This week is a mixed bag to say the least. You’ve got Depeche Mode releasing their new album, ‘Spirit’, which was produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, Conor Oberst is putting out a companion piece to last year’s ‘Ruminations’ and Pulled Apart By Horses have finally followed up 2014’s ‘Blood’ with ‘The Haze’.

If none of that floats your boat there’s plenty more to choose from below.

Adult – ‘Detroit House Guests’ (Mute)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ EP (Rough Trade/Secretly Canadian)

Chilly Gonzales and Jarvis Cocker – ‘Room 29’ (Deutsche Grammophon)

Conor Oberst – ‘Salutations’ (Nonesuch)

Depeche Mode – ‘Spirit’ (Columbia)

Drake – ‘More Life’ (playlist) (Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records)

Frances – ‘Things I’ve Never Said’ (Capitol)

Julien Baker – ‘Sprained Ankle’ (Matador)

Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (Ignition)

Pitbull – ‘Climate Change’ (RCA)

Pulled Apart By Horses – ‘The Haze’ (Search & Destroy/Caroline)

Real Estate – ‘In Mind’ (Domino)

Rick Ross – ‘Rather You Than Me’ (Columbia)

Sorority Noise – ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ (Big Scary Monsters)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (Matador)

She Drew The Gun – ‘Memories Of Another Future’ (Skeleton Key)

Zara Larsson – ‘So Good’ (Black Butter/Epic/TEN)

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