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Two Door Cinema Club

REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club Tee Up an Exciting 2010 with Tourist History

Another pupil from the school of BBC’s Sound of 2010 shortlist, Northern Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club are set to smash the new decade wide open with their lively electro-indie pop debut album Tourist History.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2010

Marina and the Diamonds

REVIEW: Hollywood Promises Stardom for Marina and the Diamonds

Skipping down the yellow brick road of 2010 comes ‘next big thing’, and Britain’s own, Marina & the Diamonds. A flurry of Welsh and Greek, packed into a 24 year old bundle of bite and attitude, chomping at the bit of indie cool. And with her debut single out now - Hollywood, the BBC Sound of 2010 runner up is destined to clamber all over your attention.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2010

Iglu and Hartly

LIVE: Iglu & Hartly @ Ibar Bournemouth 08/02/10

Iglu and Hartly bounded onto the basement stage at Ibar on Sunday night full of energy and promising a performance of blood, sweat and tears.

Written by: Daniel Clark | Date: Monday, 08 February 2010

Editors

Editors Show Their Class At XFM's Live Sessions

Rare is it that a big UK indie band with three albums under their belt to play a small gig at the back of a pub in King’s Cross. So it was rather a special treat for the Editors to grace the boards at London’s Monto Water Rats, in aid of the XFM Live Sessions.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Thursday, 28 January 2010

Guillemots

Guillemot Man Fails To Shine At London's Scala

Scruffy charmer Fyfe Dangerfield pleased a packed London Scala last week. Busy promoting new album Fly Yellow Moon, the Guillemots man poured his soul out to the King’s Cross crowd. Aiming his guitar like a modern day cherub armed with a bow & arrow, Fyfe had upset on the mind and his heart on his sleeve.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend Wow With Their Wonderful Contra

Back and better than ever, US indie champions Vampire Weekend rock the roost with a second album that follows the same formula as their 2008 debut, but takes V.W to a higher plateau. Operation “Rule 2010” is in progress and Vampire Weekend look set to steal our hearts and minds.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Friday, 22 January 2010

Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs Is Back and Brilliantly Beautiful

After 2009’s mass success of the wonderful Dame Florence of the Machine 2010 looks to be another year of great female singer songwriters. Both Marina & the Diamonds and Ellie Goulding are set to blow the new decade wide open, and now US born Laura Veirs adds another string to that bow, with her beautiful new album July Flame.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Example

Example Pathes Way For Commercial Success

Following in the footsteps of Dizzee Rascal and his domination of Brit Rap on the commercial scene, comes Example. Fresh from his late 2009 tour with Lily Allen, new single out now and an up-and-coming Feb support slot with pint sized Tynchy Stryder; the Hammersmith born London rapper appears to have cut his corner with the same tools that built Dizzee & Tynchy’s empire before him.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2010

The Drums

REVIEW: The Drums - I Felt Stupid (Single)

Fresh from their UK debut shows to a packed out crowd at London’s Flowerpot venue and Camden’s Koko, The Drums bring their 80s trippy surf sound to our shores this December 7th. Second single I Felt Stupid is a hazy ride through a vaguely familiar summer memory. The single could almost play as a soundtrack to a photo montage from a lovely summer holiday you once had.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2009

Super Furry Animals

LIVE: Super Furry Animals - Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan, Nov 24th 2009

Ahh SFA, one of those bands that you never quite know what to expect when you go to watch them. As I’ve pretty much liked the band ever since they released the major debut Fuzzy Logic, I have grown up with them and watched them evolve from the young fresh faced happy go lucky Brit pop pioneers that they started out as, to these five middle aged men, who three of which have more hair between them than an entire army of Ewoks and two with less hair than Harry Hill.

Written by: Whitters | Date: Thursday, 26 November 2009

Alphabeat

Alphabeat Take London Crowd to Pop Heaven

Make no mistakes about it, Alphabeat make totally addictive, pure pop music. But Alphabeat are more than a guilty pleasure; simply because no one should feel embarrassed or guilty in liking or bopping along to these excitable Danes. Their sound is in your face; lights flashing, beats pumping and girl’s screaming at the top of their lungs. The question is, what’s not to like about it?! NME once described them as the best band from Scandinavia, bar Abba. And with a second album out now, The Spell, the British public are clearly enchanted by their magic.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Thursday, 19 November 2009

Motorhead

LIVE: Motorhead at Newport Centre - 13th Nov 2009

Another year and another circuit of Motorhead gigs, this time at Newport Centre, South Wales, on the second night of their current UK tour, the trio led their troops through another head-splitting set of the dirtiest Rock ‘n’ Roll imaginable – all with the amps up to ‘11’!

Written by: Jon Stickler | Date: Sunday, 15 November 2009

The Young Republic

LIVE: The Young Republic Offer a Mixed Bag at Cargo

The Young Republic are an American band who play American music. Hailing from the south’s musical hub Nashville, Tennessee, their sound is one that has grown from the dusty country roots of that area of the world. The 6 piece collective draw inspiration from all over, sweeping a net across country, bluegrass, jazz, rock and alternative to form their distinctive music. And it is one that definitely grabs your attention.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Paloma Faith

REVIEW: Q Awards - New To Q: HMV Forum Has Faith in Paloma

In the final of six shows for Q Magazine’s Sunday Awards ceremony, the HMV Forum in Kentish Town was home to an eclectic mix of 2009’s more notable new kids on the block. Q served up a selection of folk foot tapping beats, Kanye West influenced tunes and extravagant soulful sounds.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Friday, 30 October 2009

Wolfmother

REVIEW: Wolfmother Rock The London Coronet, But Band Of Skulls Lead Pack

Wolfmother entertained an expectant pack of music fans last week, hungry for rock and salivating for roll. Up for the first course were Band Of Skulls. And the Southampton trio, served up five Michelin Stars. Their sound was brash, overwhelming and bounced off the walls of the London Coronet, wrapping the audience in a bubbling cocoon of sound. If none of the audience knew them before, they most definitely made sure they did after. The musical coupling of the Kills-esque male/female singer provided an excellent balance of vocals, bathed in both thumping basslines and crashing riffs. After half an hour of pure sex and Americana, the pulsing audience were well and truly warmed up.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Voluntary Butler Scheme

REVIEW: Voluntary Butler Scheme - Trading Things In (Single)

Voluntary Butler Scheme is the precious creation of one man, Rob Jones. The Birmingham based solo band-man uses his home studio to create most of this music, making debut album At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea armed with an arsenal of instruments – including a kazoo and a ukulele; a man after any music lover’s heart, I think you’d agree.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Twin Atlantic

REVIEW: Twin Atlantic - Vivarium

Glasgow is a pretty exciting place for music right now. An upsurge of talent is starting to spew from the busy city, throwing us delights that rock and/or roll without losing the home grown twang, instead using it as an extra weapon in their musical arsenal. And emo-rock newboys, Twin Atlantic, are the latest offering from this creative city.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Maccabees

LIVE: The Maccabees @ Brixton Academy

The Maccabees are like that lovely fuzzy feeling you get when you’re in love. Their first, Colour It In, was fun, fast and full of youthful bounce, bursting at the seams with track after track of pure indie energy. Whilst their second, Wall Of Arms, is a more mature outing. Their songs immersed in more epic waters, built for bigger things, bigger venues, and a promise that this band are growing from strength to strength. The Maccabees music is quite simply, a joy to behold.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Friday, 09 October 2009

Stereophonics

LIVE: Stereophonics - Cardiff Castle - 3rd Oct 2009

Stereophonics, supported by the GLC, set Cardiff Castle jumping this Saturday afternoon when their special, one-off gig finally landed. Cardiff Castle is an unusual venue. It doesn’t seem that big from the outside, but when you pass through the huge, reinforced gates it all gets a bit Tardis. The fairy-tale buildings and battlements can’t help but add something special to a performance inside. It’s also a good job they knew how to build them sturdy back then, otherwise the Phonics and their fans would have done some serious structural damage.

Written by: Saard | Date: Sunday, 04 October 2009

Porcupine Tree

REVIEW: Porcupine Tree - The Incident

It’s difficult to imagine when Steve Wilson actually sleeps. The Porcupine Tree lead singer is not only the driving force behind PT, this year he produced his own solo album, Insurgentes; collaborated in No-Man, an experimental rock outfit; AND writes music with friend Aviv Geffin for their band Blackfield. He is possibly the hardest working man in music.

Written by: Matt Hamm | Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2009

 
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