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Live review: Hole/Foxy Shazam/Little Fish

Which way’s it gonna go? The room heaves with breathless rubberneckers waiting for the crash, jostling for lines of sight with rabid 15-year-old girls...

Live review: Babyshambles/The Soft Pack/The Cheek

Eight bars into The Cheek’s opening song Rory Cottam tornadoes onto the stage – necklace and gospel singer-style handclaps flying around a great haircut...

Live review: Chapel Club

Chapel Club’s Lewis Bowman is a man of few words. Flanked by the decaying walls of an abandoned warehouse, lurching over his microphone, his...

Live review: The Courteeners

There are gigs that are much less about the music and more about the moment; that timeless convergence of band, fans and fate. And...

Live review: NME Awards Tour 2010 – The Maccabees/Bombay Bicycle Club/The Big Pink/The Drums

The last time this writer ran the NME Awards Tour Gauntlet – back in 2007, when New Rave was nascent and the headline act...

Live review: Annie Mac Presents

I t’s easy to forget, particularly when electronic music is enjoying a rich and exciting period of flux as it is right now, that...

Live review: British Sea Power/These New Puritans/Surfer Blood/Sparrow And The Workshop

With that name and a voice as athletic as frontwoman Jill O’Sullivan’s, Sparrow And The Workshop are going to be a target for the...

Live review: Laura Marling

Laura Marling doesn’t do hollers and cheers. She doesn’t scream and go whoop whoop whoop like shouty drunk Americans. So it’s pretty funny to...

Live review: Plan B

By now you’re probably aware of the 'he’s got soul, he used to be a suburban solider’ pitch. Yep, Plan B, who, charmingly, used...

Live review: These New Puritans

In the foyer, a book containing sheet music is being sold at the merch stand; onstage a formidable taiko drum and five-piece brass band...

Live review: Delphic

When Delphic are good, which they are tonight, sporadically, they sound like New Order. Not classic ‘Brotherhood’-era New Order – the processed rock...

Live review: Vampire Weekend

Just shows you, if you put in the elbow grease, you come up shining. Within days of completing the hectic promotional schedule in which...

Live review: Rolo Tomassi

The first of three new songs from soon-to-come second album ‘Cosmology’, ‘Party Wounds’ seems capable of creating the very grinning gashes that its title...

Live review: Memory Tapes

The all-powerful blogiverse can be a harsh mistress to a new artist. Plucking you from behind your PowerBook, she’ll nuzzle you in the night,...

Live Reviews: Two Door Cinema Club

This basement is packed with more Radio 1 luvvies than Fearne Cotton’s little black book. Squashed into Madame JoJo’s, we begin to sense ...

Live Review: Goldheart Assembly

We’re Goldheart Assembly… and as usual, everything is very disorganised,” announces singer James Dale disconsolately. Chaos is a general theme this evening; the cruel...

Live Review: The Drums/Surfer Blood

Try to put your muso aspirations aside momentarily and don’t worry about appearing cool to your mates for a second either; just answer NME...

Live Review: Esben And The Witch

The mercury might be heading towards zero and the radio crackling with dire warnings of apocalyptic snowfall, but in the heart of Soho the...

Live Review: The Courteeners

Various local talents have fuelled a manic atmosphere at tonight's mammoth 10,000 capacity sold-out gig/monument to Mancunia, from electro danceheads The Whip to old-school...

Live Review: ATP A Decade Of Destruction

Set the clichés aside for a moment: ATP's clientele is no more dominated by the bearded indie elite than it is by lairy Muse...
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