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Thursday 24 April 2008
Tickets were available on the night for I Am Kloot's tour-opener in Camden – which just goes to show that there's no justice in this world. Quite why a band this good should go so under-appreciated is a bit of a mystery, but then again the industry likes categories, and I Am Kloot don't fall neatly into any of them.
Sunday 13 April 2008
Sunday 06 April 2008
If the Long Blondes' debut was written from the perspective of a "Fifties housewife" who wanted out, then '"Couples"' (the quotation marks are part of the title) is the testament of someone who's got out, and is making apprehensive steps back into cattle-market nightlife.
Tuesday 25 March 2008
The reunion bandwagon continues to plough its relentless furrow through modern music, but at least the latest stragglers to re-appear were once pioneers of their time. Pre-Britpop, Inspiral Carpets were central to the much-celebrated Madchester scene along with their fellow Mancunians Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.
Sunday 23 March 2008
You wait 10 years for an album produced by Erol Alkan, then two come along at once. The Long Blondes' imminent 'Couples' is beaten to the shelves, though, by the Mystery Jets' second effort.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
Thursday 06 March 2008
James Smith, lead vocalist of Hadouken!, the British new rave grindie band, stalked confidently on to the brightly lit and smoke-shrouded stage of Koko in Camden Town. Beer can in hand and head held high, followed by his four loyal band members looking equally as confident, he was ready to take on the challenge of winning over what can only be described as a bunch ofhyperactive and eccentric fans, bedecked with neon glow sticks and luminous attire.
Wednesday 05 March 2008
Outside of their Canada home base, Stars have yet to propel their literate, intimate melodramas in expansive song to Arcade Fire-ish levels of success. Tonight's show, then, sees the Montreal-based band occupying the territory of the little-bought but selectively, passionately loved indie band: no bad position to be in when a patchy gig calls for the kind of loving fan base who'll embrace you despite your faults.
Tuesday 26 February 2008
When Sam Duckworth – better known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – sidled, suited and booted, on to this Brighton stage, it was for the first time in 11 months. Duckworth has been busy writing and recording his new album, Searching for the Hows and Whys, and putting the legwork in to his own fledgling recording company, Mannequin Republic. The lack of recent live performances proved a stumbling block for Duckworth, as he scrabbled his way through the first few songs of his UK tour.
Sunday 24 February 2008
It's all about your temperament. You'll either find Los Campesinos! as irritating as a Jack Russell terrier, or you'll find them a rejuvenating blast.
Sunday 27 January 2008
Sunday 13 January 2008
Saturday 27 January 2007
Wigan are to try to persuade their fellow Super League clubs to cut the number of games to prevent wear and tear on players.
Tuesday 23 May 2006
Saturday 18 February 2006
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