The Monicans are a 3 piece psychedelic alt rock band based in Sheffield. Although, a Monican is the name given to the people of Monica from the MTV Aeon Flux animated series, Paul and Heather are from Australia with Lee the lone Englishman. (Alternatively, maybe the name is given to somebody from Santa Monica who doesn't believe in Father Christmas?)

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Empty Phrases, an unsigned phychadelic, dreamy, rock band, consist of music students at Umass Lowell which is the University of Massachusetts, near Boston, USA.

The debut 11 song release is currently being mixed and mastered and will be available this summer.  It is a spacey album recorded over a 9 month period loosely based on a male and female serial killer team and it contains a reprise which features a part of every other song on the disc. 

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Allan's Grand Day Out is a new two-piece indie/alternative band from South London. Members Zoë Klinck and Bryn White first met at Wimbledon Arts College, and have been creating their unique brand of melodic, electronic, alternative pop ever since.

Their debut E.P., entitled "Maastricht", has now been released and is completely free to download from here for a limited time. There's a nice balance between the acoustic guitars, electronic sounds and Zoe's haunting voice. Panada Tears in particular is a beautiful track which appears to be have been inspired by Four Tet, one of their acknowledged influences.

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Velvet Razor, an unsigned act from Weybridge, have released their debut EP, Rainbow Warriors, with 4 quality guitar based rock tracks in the classic mould.

Dave Kent is the visionary leader of the band, taking on roles as chief song-writer and lead guitarist, and he brings to life the Velvet Razor sound with influences ranging from the psychedelic 60’s and the melodic rock sound of the 70’s. This is all wrapped up amid some great modern compositions, beautiful melodies, thoughtful lyrics and high-class guitar work.

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Tomorrow sees the digital release of 'Mystery Pop' the new EP from the Alternative/Pop/Folk band The Beautiful Word.

Formed in January 2007 by front girls Emily and Megan, who began singing harmonies for each other's tunes – their twinkly pretty little songs hushed even the rowdiest of open mic nights. They have since grown into a big whack of beautiful sound with added punch from the noise boys – Nelson on guitar joined first, followed by Gruff on the drums and then Scotty on bass in early 2008.

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The Tiny Giants are a Leeds based three piece band formed at the end of 2009. Their sound of up beat rock mixed with blues and funky undertones, as well as their knack for penning songs with a catchy hook are reminiscent of Wishbone Ash (that's not meant to be an insult as I think that they were, and still are, a damn fine band). They claim, and I've no reason to disbelieve them, that they have built up a loyal fan base in an incredibly short period of time.

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Bottle of Evil is, despite sounding like a Death Metal act, a music project based on experimental electro acoustic ambient sounds overlaid with gentle harmonies.

They are two Lanarkshire (Scotland for the geographically challenged readers) musicians, Derek Bates (Evil Hand) and Steven McGilvary (Bottle of Steven). They have both been writing and performing with their own solo projects for many years, and Derek with his previous group, shoegaze noisters Genaro.

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Mark Kulmala is a Canadian and in the same program as Tokyo and Lauren - see review here. Like Dr Who he keeps regenerating - firstly from Heavy Metal to Chili Peppers and then to his current incarnation as an Indie acoustic folk singer. His stuff is pretty good (particularly the harmonies with Lauren) so catch them on his MySpace page before he's reborn regurgitating Nursery Rhymes.

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Lauren Campbell is a musician from Orillia Ontario and Tokyo is a musician from Aylmer Quebec. They met in September 09 at Fanshawe College in the Music Industry Arts program, and began jamming. Lauren's hippy folk melodies and easy flowing vocals mixed with Tokyo's calculated lyrics and eclectic production created a surprisingly fitting entity of its own. Lauren and Tokyo now have enough tunes to release an EP (any record companies reading this??)

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For centuries music has been used to protest, raise awareness or change attitudes. Lampooning Politicians, stopping wars, promoting freedom or protecting the environment have all had their fair share of musical sponsors.

Morgan La Civita is a little different . She's an unsigned artist with a home studio where she writes, records and mixes all her music with her Grammy winning husband Jake R. Tanner. Her debut album "From The Basement" was released in February 2010 and all proceeds from the album go to www.Ndss.org (National Down Syndrome Society) - a worthwhile, if not particularly fashionable, cause.

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The Trade are five young musicians hailing from the Scottish town of Forfar, who pride themselves on their stomping anthems that are 'fighting to get out' are releasing a new single 'Fight Club' on Monday 24th May .

The band are made up of Ross Milne on vocals, Bobo Martin on drums, Liam Moir on rhythm guitar, Craig Murray on lead guitar and backing vocals and Drew McLaren on bass and backing vocals. Having been together since 2008 they have established themselves quickly in the Scottish music scene and with extensive gigging they have fine tuned their music.

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