Independent Venue Week: Our guide to the best gigs

Independent Venue Week kicks off next Monday, for its third annual instalment of supporting grassroots gigs across the UK. The collection of events aims to promote those who play host to up and coming musicians all year round; the venues who are in it for the sense of community and collaboration more than lining their own pocket, and act …

Gig Guides January 21, 2016

Live review: Dendera, Toledo Steel, Forgotten Shores

Dendera, Toledo Steel and Forgotten Shores played The Joiners in Southampton last week

Live review: Dendera, Toledo Steel, Forgotten Shores

Dendera, Toledo Steel and Forgotten Shores played The Joiners in Southampton last week

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December 22, 2015

Live review: Caravan Palace

Mark Butler delivers his verdict on a spectacular show from electro-swing band Caravan Palace at The Ritz in Manchester this weekend

Live review: Caravan Palace

Mark Butler delivers his verdict on a spectacular show from electro-swing band Caravan Palace at The Ritz in Manchester this weekend

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December 14, 2015

Live review: Alt-J

The unconventional four-piece showed no trepidation in the vast expanse of Glasgow's SSE Hydro

Live review: Alt-J

The unconventional four-piece showed no trepidation in the vast expanse of Glasgow's SSE Hydro

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December 8, 2015

December gig guide: This month’s must-see live music

Though December is typically brought grinding to a halt by Christmas shopping and lax public transport timetables, the live music touring machine is still in full swing. So here’s a round-up of what we’re looking forward to in the final month of 2015. From aggro rap/punk crossovers to a pop megastar, there’s something to suit …

Gig Guides November 30, 2015

Eagulls announce intimate March 2016 UK tour

Leeds post-punk group Eagulls have announced a series of tour dates across the UK at some of the more intimate venues. The band (not to confused with denim and moustache advocates The Eagles) have made waves on both sides of the Atlantic – combining the dreamy alt-pop sensibilities of The Cure and My Bloody Valentine …

Gigs Music News November 24, 2015

The Coral return with new album and UK tour dates

Nineties revival? Pfft, that was like so last week. The Coral are throwing fire on the early noughties vibes after announcing a new album and UK tour dates. The twangy Merseyside band are set to release their eighth studio album, titled Distance Inbetween, in March 2016 – a whopping 14 years since their breakout eponymous debut. …

Gigs Music News November 24, 2015

Live review: The Maccabees and Drenge

These two overlooked acts proved just why their omission from this year’s Prize was so headscratching

Live review: The Maccabees and Drenge

These two overlooked acts proved just why their omission from this year’s Prize was so headscratching

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November 23, 2015

17 music tours to check out this month

Gig season is upon us – of this there is no doubt. It might be getting dark by 4 o’clock, perpetually dank and foggy outside, and Christmas is still over a month away, but you can be sure of a warm embrace down at your local venue, and with this many great bands pootling up and down …

Gig Guides Playlists November 2, 2015

Live review: Father John Misty

Ben Johnson delivers his verdict on another bravura performance by Father John Misty, at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London Laconic Baltimore 30-something Josh Tillman has only got to the first chorus of tonight’s opening song – the title track from his alter-ego’s second solo album, I Love You, Honeybear – before he drops to his …

Live review: Father John Misty

Ben Johnson delivers his verdict on another bravura performance by Father John Misty, at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London Laconic Baltimore 30-something Josh Tillman has only got to the first chorus of tonight’s opening song – the title track from his alter-ego’s second solo album, I Love You, Honeybear – before he drops to his …

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October 29, 2015

Live review: The Cribs

Siobhan Smith found the Jarman brothers on brilliant form as The Cribs took to the Glasgow Barrowlands, playing music from their new album For All My Sisters as well as a selection of their cult classics A band like The Cribs are have a natural home in a venue like the Barrowlands. Both are slightly rough around the edges, and perfect …

Live review: The Cribs

Siobhan Smith found the Jarman brothers on brilliant form as The Cribs took to the Glasgow Barrowlands, playing music from their new album For All My Sisters as well as a selection of their cult classics A band like The Cribs are have a natural home in a venue like the Barrowlands. Both are slightly rough around the edges, and perfect …

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October 21, 2015
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