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Extreme at the Forum | Live review

Extreme at the Forum
LIVE REVIEW

A sticky-floored Forum played host to one-time rock stars Extreme, performing their most successful album Extreme II: Pornograffiti in full, much to the delight of the packed house. Considering Pornograffiti was released almost 25 years [read more]

The Parades at Surya | Live review

The Parades at Surya
LIVE REVIEW

A quick Google search will tell you that The Parades are yet to gather the attention of the mainstream rock mob; without even a Wikipedia mention and less than 1000 hits on YouTube, the boys are still very much an unknown quantity. We [read more]

The Carnabys at the Barfly | Live review

The Carnabys at the Barfly
LIVE REVIEW

Richmond band The Carnabys won the London leg of the Battle of the Bands competition and has since been praised all over the Internet. They are now gaining a big following through frequent live shows, with a recent European summer tour and [read more]

Jack White – Lazaretto | Album review

Jack White – Lazaretto
ALBUM REVIEW

With chaotic melodies, slightly bizarre lyrics and a combination of instruments that no other musician would ever dream of merging, Jack White is an artist who knows how to cause a commotion in the music industry. Though some individuals [read more]

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie | Album review

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
ALBUM REVIEW

It would appear that with such acts as The White Stripes and The Black Keys spearheading the revival of classic rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream music scene, the general public have seemingly had their fill of psychedelic blues [read more]

Rock the Ballet at the Peacock | Dance review

Rock the Ballet at the Peacock
DANCE REVIEW

Rock the Ballet is not aimed at those who appreciate fine culture in fine salons: this is for those who are supposed to be phased into the world of ballet through this easily accessible show, with bright lights and three-minute [read more]

Blaue Blume at Old Blue Last | Live review

Blaue Blume at Old Blue Last
LIVE REVIEW

At some gigs you know exactly what you’re going to get: whether it’s an aged rock band playing a huge stadium show, an upcoming flavour of the month playing to a sea of new fans, or an established act playing a set of well-known hits. [read more]

Baby Strange at Camden Barfly | Live review

Baby Strange at Camden Barfly
LIVE REVIEW

Influences fly off the tongue when talking about Baby Strange. The Clash’s jangling reverb guitars and choral shouts mix with the raw power of early The Stooges and the speed and intensity of Ramones. In fact, when the Glaswegian trio [read more]

Teleman at Rough Trade East | Live review

Teleman at Rough Trade East
LIVE REVIEW

Although there is something dangerously derivative in the music of this London based quartet – for instance Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch-esque voice of singer Thomas Sanders, or a general sound taken from Pete and the [read more]

Howling Bells – Heartstrings | Album review

Howling Bells – Heartstrings
ALBUM REVIEW

As the title suggests, Howling Bells’ new album is meant to be emotional: the songs on Heartstrings are about love and loss. The distorted instrumentation throughout speaks of a troubled mind suffering through misery, but there’s also [read more]

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