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Live Reviews

The Twilight Sad, 100 Club, London

“It means a lot you came out tonight. We don’t expect it, a small band from Glasgow. We’ve been down a few times and you didn’t come then,” The Twilight Sad’s singer James Graham says wryly. Perhaps it’s the former Arab Strap Malcolm Middleton’s recent endorsements of the band that have lured the sizeable crowd.

Cut Off Your Hands, Barfly

Auckland quartet Cut Off Your Hands’ singer Nick Johnston has gained himself something of a reputation for onstage wildness, breaking his leg after falling offstage at a London gig – and carrying on anyway. But tonight, aside from whirling around the mic stand, Johnston leaves the antics to his audience as their energetic pop punk drives the crowd into a frenzy.

Broadcast 2000, Lock Tavern

It’s not often you get to witness an artist’s first ever gig. Tucked away at the top of the Lock Tavern, the very moment musician Joe Steer, aka Broadcast 2000, begins his beguiling acoustic set, if you close your eyes you are transported into a vast open space in summertime.

Elle s'appelle, Lennons

To fend off the bar-side chatter of a student populated nightclub is a challenge for any rising indie band but tonight Elle s’appelle manage just that. This Merseyside-based band came to notice with the deeply catchy disco-punk single “ Little Flame”, released last November by über-cool indie label Moshi Moshi.

Let's Wrestle, Old Blue Last

The latest band to emerge from Stolen Records, who brought us indie band Pete And The Pirates, is teenage trio Let’s Wrestle. The band rehearse in one of the 18-year-old’s parents’ north London garden sheds, and their live performance tonight – to launch their six-track EP In Loving Memory Of – is , reminiscent of their labelmates – infectious lo-fi indie.

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roundhouse, London

One of the bands at the forefront of last year’s new underage scene, Bombay Bicycle Club, were quick to make their mark in the summer when they stormed the Underage and Reading festivals.