Sunday, 13 August 2017

Lambchop - Leeds Brudenell Social Club, August 8th 2017 (live review)

Kurt Wagner’s strangely alluring and constantly changing collective Lambchop have been around for quite a while, shifting from a sound clearly defined by their Nashville origins yet always pushing against the envelope, absorbing new age, soul and jazz influences along the way...

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Holy Fuck 'Bird Brains' (EP REVIEW)

Including the f-word in your band’s moniker can prove attention grabbing whilst simultaneously sending the promoters fleeing for the hills. Despite this, Canadian electronica quartet Holy Fuck continue to make innovative music, now well into their second decade, fusing live instrumentals with boatloads of electronica, creating urgent and infectious grooves guaranteed to make even the most leaden footed of us start tapping away.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Gogol Bordello - Leeds Beckett University, 5th July 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

"...Gogol Bordello’s main set completes 80 minutes of high octane gypsy punk, clearly demonstrating their absolute mastery of the live performance, yet these guys still have something in the tank for a three song encore..."

Monday, 3 July 2017

Public Service Broadcasting 'Every Valley' (ALBUM REVIEW)

"...Using narrative largely hewn from historical newsreel footage, guest vocalists are also drafted in for the first time. Opening with the title track, we hear the dulcet baritone of Richard Burton, himself from a mining family, reprising his War of The Worlds narrative style in a musical setting informing the listener the reason every boy growing up in his valley wanted to be a miner..."

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Flaming Lips - Zebedee's Yard, Hull, June 24th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

"...Buoyed by his rave reviews from The Flaming Lips’ headline gig on Glastonbury’s Park Stage the previous evening, extravagantly dressed frontman Wayne Coyne seems well up for a repeat here as he eggs on the packed crowd during the protracted start of opener ‘Race for the Prize’ before an explosion of light, tickertape and balloons has everyone gasping..."

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Brewed & Reviewed: Wild Weather Ales

"..Wild Weather will freely admit they aren’t specialists in any certain style. Some breweries excel in IPAs, others in sours etc, but for Wild Weather they love all beers and brew all beers, the only philosophy they strive for is to brew ‘great beer’.."

Monday, 29 May 2017

Pega Monstro 'Casa De Cima' (ALBUM REVIEW)

Portuguese siblings Julia (drums/vocals) and Maria Reis (Guitar/Vocals) have been creating a glorious sisterly racket for half a decade with their band whose moniker translates as ‘Catch the Monster”, blazing a trail throughout the Lisbon punk scene whilst also creating their own record label Cafetra Records.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Amber Arcades 'Cannonball EP' (EP Review)

Whilst taking some well-earned time out mid-tour in New York last autumn, Amber Arcades nipped into Strange Weather Studios for a couple of days, enlisting the services of producer Ben Greenberg. The result is the Cannonball EP, a handful of songs, four of them originals, released again on Heavenly Recordings. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The Physics House Band - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, May 8th 2017

"..attention to detail clearly evident as complex arrangements, sudden changes of pace, not to mention the boatloads of instrumentation, are all navigated with consummate ease..."

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Live At Leeds Festival - April 29th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

"...Choosing between the evening headliners proves challenging, Wild Beasts, Rag & Bone Man and Slaves can count themselves worthy contenders but recent release by fake band turned real The Moonlandingz is an absolute revelation; meaning we’re off to Brudenell for a lunar themed double-header denouement as all-girl quartet The Big Moon are up first.."