Mercury Rev : Cambridge Junction

Mercury Rev : Cambridge Junction

In the week that MR mainman Jonathan Donahue's one-time bandmates The Flaming Lips unleashed their latest masterpiece, it's easy to forget that this time last year all the salivating was being done over 'All Is Dream', the Rev 's excellent...

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Mercury Rev : Little Rhymes

Mercury Rev : Little Rhymes

Times like this, Mercury Rev must begin to wonder if their spiritual home isn't a remote homestead in the Catskills, but a dingy Portakabin backstage at some festival in the Low Countries. The mountain dew and stardust-dappled mystique of the...

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Mercury Rev : The Dark Is Rising

Mercury Rev : The Dark Is Rising

Ah yes, second-single-off-last-year's-album time. The likelihood of 'The Dark Is Rising' - a swashbuckling unreleased soundtrack to 'Mutiny On The Bounty' by the sounds of things - finding it's way to your local indie disco is so infinitessimally...

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Mercury Rev : London Shepherds Bush Empire

Mercury Rev : London Shepherds Bush Empire

Say what you like about Mercury Rev 's spooky, freak-show baroque'n'roll, they're no dummies. This two night residency at the grand old Empire is wisely lodged firmly between Halloween and Bonfire Night, and for once the lonesome howls and...

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Mercury Rev  :  All Is Dream

Mercury Rev : All Is Dream

When Mercury Rev astonished the world with the imaginative scale of 'Deserter’s Songs' in 1998, frontman songwriter Jonathan Donahue was seemingly poised between star-crossed reality and a seductive dreamworld. That album’s orchestrally...

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Mercury Rev : London Camden Electric Ballroom

Mercury Rev : London Camden Electric Ballroom

There's not many doubts that can't be dispelled by a red satin shirt and an outrageous messiah pose. If Mercury Rev have been troubled by following up the unexpectedly successful 'Deserter's Songs', or their flock concerned by the long wait for...

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London WC2 12-Bar Club

London WC2 12-Bar Club

After spending virtually an entire year tinkling ivories across the globe with Mercury Rev , one could excuse Adam Snyder a lengthy period of rest, recuperation and generally forgetting how to play the intro to 'Goddess On A Hiway' . Then...

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Mercury Rev : Opus 40

Mercury Rev : Opus 40

This is the kind of record you can imagine Super Furries making at some point in the future. A crescendous reverie of a song, a blissed-out hymn to an altered state of mind. Head-spinning images like "tears in waves, minds on fire... she...

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London Kentish Town Forum

London Kentish Town Forum

If you judge a band by the company it keeps, Mercury Rev are in trouble. You'd think that bedsitland would have spewed forth an army of lovelorn junkie loners to fill the Forum tonight but instead, the venue is full of greying, middle-aged...

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Dublin Mean Fiddler

Dublin Mean Fiddler

So this must be the next life. Three years after they served notice to see us on the other side, Mercury Rev reappear - to all intents and purposes, a new band. Of the six people onstage, only Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper survive the...

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