Mamas Gun Live Review


Mamas Gun – Water Rats, Kings Cross, London – August 4th 2009

It’s not often that you go to a gig and the energy from the band simply vaults from the stage and slaps you – but it happened on Tuesday. Make no mistake: Mamas Gun are a group who really love what they do. L-O-V-E love. This is evident from the theatrics they inject into their set, from their crisp, cool attire, from their tight band dynamic, but mostly from their music, a fusion of funk, pop and soul that oozes 70s but very much applies to right now…

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La Roux Live Review


La Roux, The Roundhouse, London – July 11th 2009

La Roux’s frontwoman Elly Jackson readily admits that live performing isn’t something she’s 100% nailed as yet, so we turned up to her gig on Saturday night with one eyebrow cocked. By the end of the evening though, it was lowered and in relaxed mode. Sure, the spiky-haired one might be short on dance moves and a tad awkward in flow, but her vocals and commitment to nailing every note deserve nothing but applause…

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Take That Live Review


Take That, Wembley Stadium, London – July 5th 2009

Take That have always put on a spectacular live show and Sunday night’s Wembley curtain down on their hugely successful Circus tour was no exception. Tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, tap-dancing soldiers and a giant £5m mechanical elephant were just some of the glitz slapped onto the concert facade, as the quartet paraded tunes from their two most recent albums with a sprinkling of older hits scattered amongst them. In such a huge arena where most fans were miles away the group also managed to plonk a party atmosphere on the Wembley pitch and its surrounds, ensuring that we all went away smiling, if still a little perplexed as to what the point of the elephant was exactly…

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Blur Live Review


Blur, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-On-Sea – June 21st 2009

The first time I went to see Blur in concert sometime around 1992, Damon Albarn was wearing a Fred Perry top. So when the still lithe and youthful-looking Albarn strutted onto the stage of Southend’s Cliffs Pavillion on Sunday in the same top, I wondered if it was a uniform of sorts: back in Blur, must dress appropriately. It did the trick though because the foursome were back on song in this Essex heartland, the old tunes coarsing through them and out into the auditorium, punching and licking the crowd in equal measure…

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Camden Crawl Live Review


Camden Crawl, Camden, London – April 24th & 25th 2009

Sunshine, spilt beer and an electric energy hit the pavements of North London over the weekend, as the Camden Crawl swept up everyone in its path in a magical musical tour. The annual city festival served up 150 acts in 40 venues over two thrilling days that sawMadness touring on their very own bus, love swilling around the Camden streets and the weather gods rewarding our enthusiasm with a splash of summer in the city. Armed with our Crawl passes, we roamed the sonorant streets and crashed as many gigs as we could in search of musical resurrection…

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Hockey Live Review


Hockey, The Flower Pot, Camden – June 2nd 2009

Nearly a month after playing the Camden Crawl, Hockey popped up on the hottest night of the year in Camden once again last week, this time to play a secret gig at The Flower Pot. Due to hit the (admittedly tiny) stage at 10pm, they instead shunned rock’n’roll etiquette by turning up sober and 25 minutes early, then cranking out their tight seven-song set to perfection. They’ve been compared to The Strokes, The Killers and LCD Soundsystem, but we reckon they have a style all of their own which mixes New York indie with a slap of glitter on the cheek…

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Lemar Live Review


Lemar, Royal Albert Hall, London – April 9th 2009

By the time Lemar took to the stage last Thursday, the crowd were already lathered up into a foaming frenzy by scream-inducing support act JLS: X Factor to the Royal Albert Hall is quite a feat for the buff foursome. However, the London lads need to work on their vocals somewhat to match the main act, who, seven years on from his own reality TV exposure on Fame Academy is showing that he can hold his own with some style, his soulful voice thrilling the packed venue with its power and range…

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Ben Harper Live Review


Ben Harper And Relentless7, HMV Forum, London – April 19th 2009

The Innocent Criminals are no more, but Ben Harper lives on with his new band Relentless7, formed last year and with their debut album White Lies For Dark Times inspiring this current tour. The sound is slightly rockier but still essentially underpinned with the folk-blues that Ben’s famous for, and a packed Forum was also treated to plenty of crunching guitar solos, jazzy basslines and Ben’s soulful storytelling a la Springsteen. While Harper is not quite The Boss, he’s certainly a foreman of sorts, kicking off his set with a flurry of gung-ho tracks heavy on the wah-wah-wah guitars…

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Paolo Nutini Live Review


Paolo Nutini, Wilton’s Music Hall, London – April 7th 2009

If all you’ve heard of Paolo Nutini is his radio-friendly 2006 hit New Shoes, seeing him live is set to be a revelatory experience. When he swaggered onto the stage last night waving a glass of red wine the crowd cheered; when he took his leave nearly an hour later he’d managed to reduce the tightly packed crowd to a quivering wreck with his brand of soulful, country pop…

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Frankmusik Live Review


Frankmusik – Dingwalls, London, April 1st 2009

Known for his angular cheekbones and hair, Frankmusik – aka Vincent Frank – is on the brink of pop stardom, so what better way to celebrate than with a single launch show at Camden’s Dingwalls? Drawing his inspiration from the 80s, he showed up on time and seemingly dressed as a children’s entertainer (see pic above). We have to say that while we recognise the batwing era in his music, we certainly don’t recall it being clothed quite as cruelly…

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