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Live review: Squid, Falmouth, May 18th: who finer to bring us back to the live experience?

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LIVE: The Clashed at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (Tribute band)

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Live: EWAH and the Vision of Paradise, Altar, Hobart 14 March 2019

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The last time I saw Blixa Bargeld, the lead singer of Einstürzende Neubauten (literal translation “Falling New Buildings), he was moonlighting with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He was a gaunt, terrifying presence on stage with a piercing, eviscerating stare and dressed in a rubber butcher’s apron and battering, not playing, guitar. Here in …

There was a full moon, it was bitingly cold, there was siren-singing over loudspeakers at dusk with weird lights on the horizon across Hobart, the town at the edge of the southern world. The streets were filled with roaming packs moving from one art installation to another, amassing at the indulgent medieval Winter Feast and …

What’s better than a hometown band playing a hometown arena show? Pulled Apart By Horses dominate the stage early on. With I Punched A Lion In The Throat having the biggest impact early on, the anarchic punk rock vibes pack a huge punch. There isn’t a huge crowd down yet but the few numbers that …

Deep in the heartland of the (apparently) hipsterville suburb of Northcote in Melbourne and the hometown of the Underground Lovers: there couldn’t be a better place to witness the launch of the band’s second phase second album, “Staring at You Staring at Me” (reviewed by Backseat Mafia here). From the very start, it felt like …

Counterfeit have only been a band for just under two years. Having released an EP and just recently, their debut full length album, they’re making remarkable progress in their scene. Tonight, it’s the turn of Manchester’s Academy 3 to witness what they have to offer, after the release of their album, in the new phase …

PINS on stage at Broadcast Glasgow on 14 April 2017

PINS made a Good Friday great by bringing their captivating live show to a sold-out Broadcast. It’s been another exciting twelve months in the world of Manchester five-piece PINS. This time last year they were releasing the 10″ single ‘Trouble’ for Record Store Day. Since then they’ve released a new EP – the phenomenal ‘Bad …

In the early evening on a Sunday at the very edge of the world, a fitting place to witness an extraordinary performance from New Zealand band The All Seeing Hand. I had already recently noted the remarkable level of talent coming out of New Zealand in my recent review of Fazerdaze, and The All Seeing …

Parkway Drive are a force to be reckoned with. No matter your opinion of them, nor your standing on the metal scene- whether you know their songs or you don’t, catch them live and you’ll just know you’ve been in the presence of something special. Tonight it’s the turn of Leeds to be show what’s …

Desperate Journalist on stage at Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, 31 March 2017

Exhilarating, epic and exceptional – Desperate Journalist enthral with a grown up, but still fierce, performance at Glasgow’s Nice N Sleazy. After local band Life Model have dragged the crowd away from the bar and down into the cosy basement with their 90s brit/dream pop swagger, Desperate Journalist emerge and waste no time jumping into …

You Me At Six have, as lead vocalist Josh Franceschi puts it “done everything we wanted, and now we’re just doing it for fun.” Considering the band are set to headline Reading And Leeds’ second stage come August, it’s quite the bold statement in regards to the bands goals. They’re here for the fun and …