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Live: Taking Back Sunday / Marmozets @ O2 Academy, Oxford

There’s a moment towards the end of Taking Back Sunday’s set tonight which sums up the entire evening.  As the crowd sings back the ‘Why can’t I feel anything from anyone other than you’ refrain from ‘Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team), John Nolan – arguably one of the pioneers of the earnest, ‘I mean this, man’ check-shirt-and-eyes-closed emo pose – […]

LIVE: The World Is A Beautiful Place, The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, Posture & The Grizzly @ World Cafe, Philadelphia

This tour package had been something I was looking forward to for some time. TWIABP has been a band only rising in popularity, along with The Hotelier on the heels of their incredible new record, “Home Like Noplace is There.” These two bands have always been a staple in the DIY punk scene of basement […]

LIVE: Code Orange / Every Stranger Looks Like You / Soul Crusade @ The Old Blue Last, London

The world of heavy music is often a fickle place. Change can be frowned upon, scene points more important than the art being created, or who has the hardest breakdowns overshadowing technical prowess. Those successful enough to carve a name for themselves within the scene are then forgotten at the drop of a hat when […]

LIVE: Mallory Knox / FrnkIero and the Cellabration / Moose Blood / Fort Hope @ Electric Ballroom, London

Four bands, three weeks and a whole bunch of new records to try and squeeze into half-hour sets. Mallory Knox have hit the road with two of the UK’s hottest new acts and an old emo heartthrob to bring one final night of musical excellence to Camden’s Electric Ballroom. Kicking the night off in a […]

LIVE: The Wilde / Cardinal @ Surya, London

It’s November, it’s cold and it’s wet. But a small band from Yorkshire have travelled eight-hours from Glasgow to play in London this evening, so it’d be a little cruel not to attend. Having just released their debut EP, The Wilde have hit the road for just over a week to deliver their catchy choruses […]

LIVE: A Day To Remember @ The Barfly, Camden

Their UK tour didn’t get off to a fine start, with the first show being called off midway through due to a fan falling from the venue balcony, but that hasn’t wavered A Day To Remember’s performances thus far. Having dominated huge venues across the country over the past week, a few moaned there hadn’t […]

LIVE: David Bazan @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago

On November 7th, 2014 at 12:03am two things happened to me: 1. I just finished witnessing David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet play once of the most eloquent live performances I’ve ever seen. 2. I turned 28 years old. The latter isn’t important as much as it is shameless self-promotion for my boring and […]

LIVE: Rise Against / Pennywise @ Brixton Academy, London

Having managed to persuade the Millwall-loving Security guard at the Academy to allow me to come in with a Crystal Palace scarf in my bag (“I…er…I can’t let you in with that in there”), I made my way into the cavernous hall in time for openers Swimmers. Noone seemed to quite know who was opening […]

LIVE: Nothing / Milk Teeth / Fvnerals @ The Green Door Store, Brighton

Philadelphia shoegaze band Nothing have been riding a wave of success through 2014 since releasing their debut full-length ‘Guilty Of Everything’ earlier at the start of the year. The album has received rave reviews right across the board and will no doubt top many ‘album of the year’ lists, and was followed up this month […]

Fest 13 Day 3: Tacos Are Forever

Fest 13 Day 3: Tacos Are Forever When I woke up for the final day of Fest, it felt a little surreal. In some ways it felt like I had been Festing for an entire month (thanks to all the aches and pains and brutal hangover) and in other ways, it felt like I had […]

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