Mogwai Live Review – 02 Academy Brixton

Friday 15th December 2017

Photo: Richard Gray

Mid-set at Long-Beach in 1971, Pete Townshend once famously spat, “This is a fucking rock and roll concert, not a fucking tea party!” But which of these shindigs, I wonder, is a Mogwai gig more akin to? Certainly, at the crest of their cochlea defying crescendos, the Glasgow band could make The Who sound almost polite – and yet, far from keeping company with the March Hare and the Hatter, the crowd is as deferential as a reception at the most mannerly of tearooms.

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Mac Demarco Live Review – The Coronet Theatre

Friday 17th November 2017

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“There are fewer more distressing sights, than that of an English man in a baseball cap’’; so quoth The Libertines back in 2004. And a preponderance of you city youts probably agreed, donning your sixpence and raising a glass to Pete’s perspicacious wit. But now the baseball caps are back in droves, sent to the Capital with bulk orders of Vans and plaid shirts – for Mac DeMarco and his band from British Columbia, Canada are playing three sold out nights at The Elephant & Castle.

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The Lemon Twigs Live Review – 02 Kentish Town Forum

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Photo: Imogen Thomas

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”; if there’s any festering sibling rivalry between The Lemon Twigs’ frontmen Brian and Michael D’Addario, it certainly doesn’t come through on stage. As all followers of the baroque-rock mullet revivalists will be aware by now, in their live shows lead guitar and drumming duties are divided equally amongst The Brothers Of Destruction, each member of this formidable tag team taking his turn beneath the spotlight and behind the kit by virtue of a tactical half-time substitution.

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The Orielles Live Review – DM’s Boot Room, Camden

Friday 30th June 2017

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes” – a guitar band is playing a gig in the back of a shoe store in Camden. Is someone, somewhere, trying to exhume the tired corpse of an old music scene? No, curb your cynicism – ‘cos the guitar band is called The Orielles, and they’re one of the best new groups to emerge from England’s dreaming this year.

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Neon Waltz Live Review – Omeara, London Bridge

Sunday 26th February 2017

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You might be excused for thinking that London’s railways have changed a lot since Paul Weller immortalised the capital’s “Cold and uninviting, partially naked” tube stations in 1978. For after leaving the refurbished and repolished London Bridge terminus, around the corner you might just find a new music venue tucked into a hole in the wall beneath the railway line.

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