Sunday, 15 October 2017

All Them Witches – Leeds Wardrobe, October 4th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

Descending the stairs into the Leeds Wardrobe immediately prior to the appearance of Nashville rockers All Them Witches, I’m greeted by the unmistakeably thunderous opening bars of Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’, together with its inevitable endorsement by several heads nodding in time to Iommi’s timeless riffage; one immediately realising an assault of good old fashioned heavy rock is just what the doctor ordered this evening.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Iron & Wine 'Beast Epic' (album review)

The majority of music aficionados normally associate the super cool and hugely influential Seattle based record label Sub Pop with grunge, punk and hard-core genres. For those not in the know, it may be a surprise to find out the label also launched the careers of Fleet Foxes and The Shins, both producing a sound far closer to the considered Americana purveyed by Carolina based singer songwriter Sam Beam, also known as Iron & Wine; a moniker gleaned from a dietary supplement Beam spotted on the shelf in a general store whilst shooting a film.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Holy Fuck - Leeds Belgrave Music Hall, August 12th 2017 (LIVE REVIEW)

Canadian quartet Holy Fuck, seem to effortlessly achieve the perfect blend of electronic geekiness combined with organic psychedelic rock. Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh share front man duties between themselves, both surrounded by a more bewildering array of electronic gadgetry than if they’d ram-raided a branch of Tandy right before the show.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Leeds International Beer Festival 2017 - Prize Giveaway

Poster: Drew Millward

The 6th annual Leeds International Beer Festival is nearly here. Thanks to some of the finest breweries in attendance at this years event, you can win a LOT of super stuff. 



Frankie Rose 'Cage Tropical' (ALBUM REVIEW)

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. In the case of singer songwriter Frankie Rose, the 18 fruitless months spent in LA trying in vain to piece together her fourth album, almost turning her back on music completely in the process, probably falls into this category...

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..."