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.."

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Palace - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, April 6th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW & INTERVIEW)

With their debut album ‘So Long Forever’ (Fiction Records) deservedly garnering its fair share of critical praise, it seems the initial hype surrounding Palace is beginning to feel vindicated. Having first tripped over the dreamy languid splendour of ‘Kiloran’ a couple of years ago, the richly textured expanses of their first long player proves they are no flash in the pan...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Live At Leeds 2017 (PREVIEW)

Can it really be a decade since this unique metropolitan festival burst onto the West Yorkshire live music scene, creating a slew of imitators all over the world? Now in its 11th renewal, Live At Leeds has grown into a local institution, firmly established on the live music calendar, with this year promising to be the biggest and best of all, boasting over 100 varied acts to choose from, a carefully curated blend of local, national and international musicians meaning there is more than something for everyone.