Live Reviews

  1. Sissy and the Blisters

    Sissy and the Blisters @ the Boileroom, Guildford 12.07.10

    A local band in a small, cliquey venue always has the potential to be a raucous event. Guildford-based band Sissy & The Blisters delivered just this in a powerful headlining set, pounding the ears of their home crowd.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010

  2. Vessels

    Vessels / These Monsters @ The Hope, Brighton – 13.07.10

    These Monsters have been gaining notoriety for quite some time now, having played on the line-up with hip London promoters Playground, and due to play Wolves Fest later this month.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2010

  3. Memoryhouse

    Memoryhouse @ The Social, London 02.07.10

    After walking into the Social, albeit a tad late, the second band on the bill, How To Dress Well, was already standing behind Harley’s projected screen, opening with an a cappella. Singing to a backing track, it unfortunately appeared to be no more talented than a karaoke performance, and instead, the audience’s attention was fixated on the visuals - an intensely warming display of dreamy, antique family VHS tapes from the 70’s, or what they should look like.

    Posted on Jul 6th, 2010

  4. The Bronx

    The Bronx / The Ghost of a Thousand @ White Rabbit, Plymouth 26.06.10

    “It is officially hotter than hell in here”, Tom Lacey, vocalist of rampant punk upstarts The Ghost Of A Thousand, broadcasts, gasping for breath, to the throng of fanatics - mutually dripping with sweat and hanging off his every word.

    Posted on Jun 29th, 2010

  5. Band of Horses

    Band of Horses @ Camden Roundhouse 09.06.10

    The lights go down and the slightly bloated, slightly older, slightly more hirsute audience in the Roundhouse hushes. Not to be greeted by the American gentlemen we’re here to see just yet, we are instead subjected to the unmistakeable opening passage from Phil Collins’ 'In The Air Tonight'.

    Posted on Jun 21st, 2010

  6. Slow Club

    Slow Club @ The Cockpit, Leeds 29.05.10

    Having released their album ‘Yeah So’ earlier this year, Slow Club seemed to Bearded like a band who would play a calming, airy-fairy acoustic gig punctuated with little other than song announcements.

    Posted on Jun 20th, 2010

  7. Scout Niblett

    Scout Niblett @ Freebutt, Brighton 05.06.10

    This may be 2010 but any of the legendary blues old-timers would nod approvingly at the fiercely fabulous sound produced by Emma Louise ‘Scout’ Niblett and her guitar.

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2010

  8. Mi Ami

    Mi Ami / Islet @ Barden’s Boudoir 03.06.10

    Stoke Newington indie hangout Barden’s Boudoir hosted a gig that upended this critic’s expectations.

    Posted on Jun 8th, 2010

  9. The Wave Pictures

    The Wave Pictures @ Buffalo Bar, Cardiff 03.06.10

    One thing I’ve learned in the last few years is that it can be a little hazardous reviewing a band that you love.

    Posted on Jun 8th, 2010

  10. Seabear @ the Garage, London 17.05.10

    Seabear @ the Garage, London 17.05.10

    For such a small nation, Iceland has been musically punching above its weight for some time now. Defying the latest ash cloud from the mother country, Seabear dished out more transcendental folky loveliness

    Posted on Jun 1st, 2010

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