Reviews

Cage The Elephant LIVE @ Electric Ballroom 17.2.14

By the enthusiastic queuing outside, it was clear from the outset that this was to be a gig for genuine fans; this only became clearer inside, when the majority of conversations seemed to be a competition of who’s seen Cage…

The Strypes LIVE @ Birmingham Institute 16.2.14

Standing outside in the freezing cold, amongst a line that stretched the full length of the road leading to the Birmingham Institute Library, it was clear that the venue was about to witness a full capacity, tightly packed audience. Becoming…

Album Review: Simone Felice ‘Strangers’

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of Simone Felice. Initially curious of the folky, country genre as a whole, I listened to his album ‘Strangers’ and was pleasantly surprised. This is in no way my usual style or taste…

Phoenix LIVE at Brixton Academy 12.02.14

As I arrive at my local venue, I am greeted by something wonderful: Bipolar Sunshine opening for fabulous French new wave superstars, Phoenix. As a captivating wave of energy flows through the air amongst the Corinthian columns and high ceilings…

Track Review: Aeroplane Flies High – Growing

Who knew there was a UK underground grunge scene? I suppose there had to be somewhere, I mean, just look at the ridiculous amount of flannel being worn without irony these days. Yes, the sound of American disaffected youth in…

Frank Turner LIVE @ London 02 Arena 12.2.13

Who’d Have Thought That After All It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll? Dear Mr Turner, I apologise. An existing preconception (‘mis’ also being an appropriate interchangeable prefix here) for me until tonight was that, as a cynic still trying hopelessly to perpetuate…

The Family Rain LIVE @ The Garage 11.2.14

Ten minutes into The Family Rain’s headlining NME Awards Show gig at The Garage and all the rumours about the band sprawled over the internet suddenly come to life. Of course they used to be in a band called ‘Rock…