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Live Review: Super Furry Animals – The Leadmill – 26 April 2016

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Live: I Set the Sea on Fire. The Leadmill 08/03/2014

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CUSPING exploratory instrumental trio Mildred Maude, newly signed to that reliable imprimatur Sonic Cathedral and with their second album, the incendiary, (mostly) longform stylings of Sleepover (our thoughts on that here) newly in the racks, decided to come home for their album launch do; and not just to Cornwall, but to the venue where they …

Levitation have been savours during this pandemic. Offering escape and salvation through the means of live sets beamed into our homes, they’ve been a wonderful form of entertainment in a world where four walls have become the norm. From the sandstorm desert driller of a set from Oh Sees to the cosmic UFO space sounds …

It’s Thursday evening, April the 8th. Every day has suddenly felt like a month in itself, as we near the end of a year-long disconnection from the world. I feel the need to say this because : we need live music back. We need to share that magic created instantaneously when performers grace the stage, …

THE SNUTS’ performance at Stirling Castle on March 26th was more than just a live stream, it was a work of art demonstrating everything the band stand for – marvellous guitar riffs, timeless vocals and Scotland. As the timer counted down and The Snuts teased their entrance on the live chat, I felt a familiar …

BC, NR’s performance at London’s Southbank Centre was as much of a dense and vivid visual spectacle as it was an aural one: the album’s entirety given new life in a gorgeous live setting, whilst newer tracks were also displayed beautifully.

YOU HAVE to take your hat off to everyone at the Barbican – and, as we were told by Erland Cooper in the very first of these sessions – a mystery benefactor, who made a substantial donation, allowing this autumn series of Live at the Barbican shows to take place – there’s a whole variety …

TWO GIGS in one calendar week in 2020; this is unprecedented. Both live streams, maybe, but that’s just fine by me in a world which looks to have decided its wearing the garb of a bad Hammer or Amicus dystopia for the whole livelong year, and not just for Hallowe’en. Trick rather than treat, indeed.  …

TO THE Barbican, that beautiful, brutalist residential and cultural hub in London EC2: for a gig. A gig! Livestream or not, it’s a red letter day in 2020. Ah … gigs. Aren’t they wonderful, beauteous things. Okay, it’s a livestream event, but look at it out there; am I in a position to choose? Are …

A FRIDGE full of beers; pizza and chips in the oven, and a spread of crisps laid out: this is the ‘new normal’ for the live show experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The surreal element of watching a band from halfway across the world from the comfort of the living room will likely never actually …

Idle Ross at Record Junkee

Record Junkee’s snug first floor venue is the perfect spot for those bands on the verge of breaking into the big time and for those with loyal fanbases to comfortably sell out and create an electric atmosphere. The place is full early on and the inevitable surge forwards as the headliners come out only serves …