LIVE REVIEW: The Postal Service at Academy, Manchester, 18/05/13

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  Written for DIY Funny how things turn out. An electronica whizzkid and an indie rock savant make fun pop music as a little side project, and it becomes one of the biggest albums (within certain circles) of recent times. Then, ten years after the fact, they decide to actually tour the thing. One of … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: How To Dress Well at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 15/05/13

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Written for DIY “What a great place to have a concert,” says Tom Krell, taking stock of his surroundings. “It’s weird. It’s like we’re all grown ups.” The room of young and not-so-young hipsters laugh knowingly in their seats. Support tonight comes from a local duo who refuse to identify themselves – later outed as … Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: 2000 Trees Festival, Upcote Farm, July 12th-14th

Suzie’s is like nirvana in the middle of the muddy swamp Upcote Farm has transformed itself into. The humble burger van, parked between a Vegan cafe and a churro stand, with its cheap coffee like ambrosia, its breakfast baps the food of the Gods. Over-priced, but still. There was some music to enjoy, too. Entering … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Long Division Festival 2012, Wakefield

I learned a few things at Long Division, the day festival that takes plays across several venues in Wakefield. I learned that often when it looks like a band has a really impressive, elaborately choreographed light show, it’s actually just the incessant flashes of white coming from the digital cameras and iPhones of the hoards of serious-looking folk … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Johnny Foreigner at the Bodega Social Club, Nottingham 22/04/11

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  Written for Collapse Board Note: my gin consumption prior to the start of this gig was entirely professional and undertaken in the name of research because Johnny Foreigner are big fans of that spirit. I doubt if Johnny Foreigner would’ve survived their hour-long, perspiration-drenched set without any alcoholic assistance. By about the third song, … Continue reading