Live Reviews

  1. Green Man Festival

    Green Man 20-22.08.10

    The best music festivals in life do themselves an injustice by labelling themselves in such narrow terms. The best music festivals combine it all under one beautiful term: ‘culture’. You could probably call it a vibe, but that would sound a tad too hippyish for an event that essentially poured more rainwater into your lungs than African woodbine.

    Posted on Sep 1st, 2010

  2. Housse de Racket

    Housse de Racket @ The Lexington, London 12.08.10

    Tonight at the stylishly independent Lexington, Housse de Racket’s exclusive show in London before the UK release of their brilliant debut album Forty Love.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010

  3. A Hawk and a Hacksaw

    A Hawk And A Hacksaw @ The Harley, Sheffield 05.08.10

    As a virgin to the Harley, it proves to be a pleasant joint with an old, tattered Hammond organ in the corner of the bar - with their slogan of being “A Non-Profit Disorganisation” proudly slapped up on the doorway.

    Posted on Aug 17th, 2010

  4. Civet

    Civet @ Camden Underworld 09.08.10

    Topping the bill in place of Orange County’s punk outfit Agent Orange, Civet waste no time in staking their claim to the stage. With names like Suzi Homewrecker, Liza Graves, Jacqui Valentine and Roxie Darling, they clearly adopt a no-holds-barred approach to their style, cultivating the audio to match the hardline image, complete with guttural snarls and roaring riffs.

    Posted on Aug 14th, 2010

  5. 2000 Trees Festival

    2000 Trees Festival 16-17.07.10

    The UK market is currently saturated with medium size festivals all booking similar artists teetering on the brink of stardom. What is so refreshing about Cheltenham’s 2000 Trees festival is not only its compactness, but the awesomely daring line up.

    Posted on Aug 3rd, 2010

  6. Dum Dum Girls

    Dum Dum Girls @ Cargo, London 30.07.10

    Girl band paint-by-numbers, the Dum Dums play an almost immaculate set for Upset The Rhythm on Friday night.

    Posted on Aug 3rd, 2010

  7. Scoundrels

    The Scoundrels @ Notting Hill Arts Club, London 28.07.10

    In a sticky, sweaty, delightfully messy venue, the Scoundrels begin their set. Later than planned, but ready for anything and everything they plunge headfirst into their opening track ‘Just Cant See It Through’.

    Posted on Jul 31st, 2010

  8. Quack Quack

    Quack Quack @ The Lexington, London 27.07.10

    As far as band names go, Quack Quack has to be one of the strangest out there. Not least because it is so terribly fitting! The onomatopoeic sound that Mallards make out on the river breathes new life as the title of this northern trio, who deal in trip-some instrumental hedonism whilst being easy on the vocals.

    Posted on Jul 30th, 2010

  9. Bear Driver

    Bear Driver @ The Queens Head, London 22.07.10

    The cool and chintzy air of the Queens Head upstairs gig venue makes for a great setting for Bear Driver to front. Sandwiched between the synth-happy Dufflefolks, and the calm and quirky James Vincent McMorrow, their own brand of snappy, up-front indie pop spills from the PA.

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2010

  10. Lounge on the Farm

    Lounge on the Farm Festival 09-12.07.10

    Lounge On the Farm festival takes place on a cow farm just outside the historic town of Canterbury. It has been going since 2006, and in the past has featured the likes of Fuck Buttons and The Coral. As one of the crop of new and lower key festivals which have tapped in the British public’s inexhaustible appetite for summer music, it satisfies a whole range of punters with its pleasant selection of niche bands, quirky setting and organic food counters. The atmosphere is like a bohemian village fete, and the relatively small scale (there were about 4000 people attending) make it a very relaxing place to be.

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2010

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