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On paper, Alice Cooper is a ludicrous proposition. A 62-year-old man with a woman’s name in leather trousers and ghoulish make-up, he sings anthems mainly concerned with adolescent angst ('I’m Eighteen') lust ('Feed My Frankenstein') and rebellion ('No More Mr Nice Guy').

Live Review: Guns N’ Roses, 02 Arena, London, 14th October

Twenty years ago Guns N’ Roses were the most dangerous, unpredictable band on the planet. Going to see them live was a gamble. You could witness one of the greatest concerts of your life, or Axl Rose, the band’s fiery front man, could storm off stage in a fit of rage.

Phoenix supported by James Yuill, Roundhouse, Friday 30th July

The iTunes festival pulled another spectacular performance out of the bag, within the ever-trendy walls (wall?) of Camden's Roundhouse. The ridiculously popular but rarely spotted French band Phoenix (who will also be playing at this year's Field Day, in partnership with The Independent) were supported by "folktronica" artist James Yuill.

First Night, Womad, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Live Review: Lovebox, Sunday 18th July, Victoria Park

Sadly I was only able to make one day of Lovebox this year, but either I picked the best day by far... or the whole festival must have been phenomenal.

Live Review: The xx, Somerset House, 13th July

The xx last night put on a thrilling and vibrant show within the ever-splendid and intimate backdrop of Somerset House.

Live Review: Plan B, Sound, Leicester Square, 19th May

As Kafka once described; "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous insect”, thus a metamorphosis of the self can definitely make a big change, be it for better or worse. With this in mind, Plan B, obviously failing at Plan A, has transformed into a giant insect that climbs walls for pleasure. Ah, not really, he’s just changed in to a male Amy Winehouse (which is similar to be a big insect climbing the walls come to think of it) and he’s managed to blow away critics with his new album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

Live Review: Lyrebirds, Camden Barfly, 5th May

In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.

Live Review: Doom, Roundhouse, London, Monday 22nd March

Spain's Sonar Festival provided a teaser of what they're essentially all about for a two-night residency at the Roundhouse in Camden, kicking off tonight, doing what no other promoter prior had done - book the enigmatic, cult underground hip hop icon, Doom. Granted, this was part of a short jaunt around Europe but the popularity amongst discernable hip hop fans cannot be overstated. For the past decade, Doom (real name Daniel Dumile) has an output of material cataloguing many collaborations such as DangerDoom with (you guessed it) acclaimed producer Danger Mouse, resulting in the applauded 2006 release, 'The Mouse and the Mask'. That's not to mention guises on names from Viktor Vaughn, MF Doom, to just plain ol' Doom.

Class acts but no surprises at last night's Brits

There was no mistaking that the crowd were in two camps - those of JLS and Lady Gaga - at last night's Brit awards. The former delivered a spectacularly thumping version of their ever-popular Beat Again, which took on a new dimension with a tougher bass, and the latter similarly delivered a brilliant performance, betraying a rather powerful and beautiful voice before her performance, that could easily lend itself to old-fashioned soul. Her main attraction though remains her ability to command a brilliant piece of stage theatrics, although it would be god to hear more from this softer side in future; this was one Lady definitely worthy of the three BRIT awards she took home.

Live Review: The Mars Volta, Somerset House, London, Monday 13 July 2009

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White Denim, Buffalo Bar, London

Among the 2,200 international bands playing this year’s South by South West, it was a band from the festival’s Austin base that emerged as one of the biggest successes. The New York Times and NME were just two taste-makers championing White Denim, and at the first night of a string of UK dates we have the chance to see what the fuss is about.

Redjetson, Luminaire, London

It’s not been a good couple of years for Essex/London-based Redjetson. Dropped by their label Drowned in Sound after releasing their 2005 debut album, in the midst of recording their follow-up this past year, one of their six members left. “It’s been about 12 months since we played a show,” singer Clive Kentish states.

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