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Daily Echo: Arcane Roots Arcane Roots

AN idea that has yet to fully evolve, would be one way of describing Calm of Zero, a star crossed love-child, born out of the ashes of their former incarnation as Echobelly, could be another.

Either way, what has come to exist is an expression of honed songwriting energy.

Sonya Aurora Madan and Glenn Johansson are Calm of Zero.

Acoustic Sessions 1 is the title of their first musical outing, a mini album of six songs, recorded in London with a six string guitar, a twelve string guitar and the barest of embellishments.

The idea is to evolve into a full band, but they as yet have to do so. The idea is to record a full album, but they as yet have to do so.

Instead, here is a chance to hear the Calm before the Storm at The Railway in Winchester tonight.

n CATCH Arcane Roots at the Joiners on Wednesday.

Frontman Andrew Groves has a delightful ability to provide soaring vocals while also playing some serious riffs to back up a propulsive rhythm section from bassist Adam Burton and drummer Daryl Atkins.

Their hotly-tipped debut mini album Left Fire was released earlier this year to acclaim and they’re on a mission to include further elements from the world of post-hardcore, prog and pop in their records and powerful live shows.

n THE Cellar presents Canadian hip hop legend Shad on Sunday.

THE MC, on his first visit to Southampton, is a multi award winner including a Juno Award for Best Rap Recording of the Year.

Support is from rapper Tommy Eye and up and coming duo XIII Floor, featuring producer Tyler Comley and singer Tom Hansford.

n THE Groove Merchant Academy, Southampton Music Services popular music ensemble group, hit The Talking Heads on Tuesday.

This year the project offers two bands that will perform material from the likes of The Beatles, Adele, Bon Jovi, Queen, Toto and The Foo Fighters.

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