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LIVE: Enter Shikari / ROAM @ The Rose Theatre, Kingston

Enter Shikari have been about for 12 years, bothering the charts with all three of their previous albums. Tonight marks the start of the 4th phase of their band. Normally, The Rose Theatre in Kingston is used to host children’s plays and serious theatre shows. Tonight it’s invaded by music fans ready to welcome back one […]

Bring Me The Horizon / Young Guns / Issues / Sleepwave @ Wembley Arena

Friday, the 5th December. The day Bring Me The Horizon delivered on their promise to become one of the biggest bands in the UK. But first, Sleepwave, Spencer Chamberlain’s newest venture. Opening at the modest time of 6.45, they set the tone with a very bassy set. Chamberlain’s showmanship shines through, and shows why they’re […]

LIVE: Lost Years, Still Alive, La Armada, A Wilhelm Scream @ Subterranean, Chicago

When I heard that one of my favorite local bands (Lost Years) was opening for one of my favorite national bands (A Wilhelm Scream)–around New Year’s, no less–I was severely stoked. So, I saved some New Year’s cheer, put it in my back pocket, and patiently waited to ring in 2015 right, jumping around and […]

LIVE: J Mascis / Luluc @ The Haunt, Brighton

Dinosaur Jr. have been a staple of the indie, rock, and alternative scenes now since the late eighties, and many of today’s bands will still cite them as an influence. Their often shy and introverted front man J Mascis has been heralded by publications and fans alike as one of the greatest guitarists in the […]

LIVE: Fall Out Boy @ Islington Assembly Hall, London [14/01/15]

I just witnessed Patrick Stump faux-rapping. Those are the thoughts commanding my mind as I leave through the understated Islington Assembly Hall foyer following tonight’s ridiculously intimate Fall Out Boy album launch show. No, Stump isn’t channelling his inner hip-hop persona – one which I assume he does unleash at parties – he is delivering […]

LIVE: Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour (New Found Glory / The Story So Far / etc.) @ Forum, London

The 28th November marks the first night of the ‘Pop Punk’s Not Dead’ tour stint in London. With all the talk of rock music being dead, this sub-genre has proved that it isn’t dead at all. Opening proceedings were the excellent Dublin 4 Piece, Only Rivals. Arriving on stage to the sound of Stone Cold […]

LIVE: The Xcerts / Kagoule @ Boston Music Rooms, London

Rescheduled from mid-November due to their European Tour with fellow Scots Twin Atlantic, The Xcerts are preparing to showcase material from the third, and critically acclaimed full-length, ‘There Is Only You’. The album, in frontman Murray Macleod’s point of view, is their pop-opus – removed from the more experimental sound that dominated their previous ‘Scatterbrain’ […]

LIVE: Gnarwolves / Prawn @ Underworld, London

2014 has been one hell of a year for Brighton based punk trio Gnarwolves. Not simply content with releasing their well-received debut full-length proper, the band also enjoyed a mammoth slot on the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival as well as finishing the year with their biggest tour to date. Gnarwolves may not […]

LIVE: Twin Wild / Tides @ The Stillery, London

Camden Town is always buzzing. Shoppers, traffic, music. A lot of music. Tonight sees a free show for Twin Wild, a band on the up, taking place at the Stillery. First up are Tides to warm up the crowd. Sounding very much like Don Broco with a synth background (and a backing track at times […]

LIVE: Me First And The Gimme Gimmes / The Skints / Capdown @ O2 Academy, Brixton

Picture obviously not taken at Brixton Academy. Describing somebody as a “dad” comes with a bunch of connotations, perhaps implying a clumsy but well meaning figure who is past the point of fitting in. Capdown are a band fronted by somebody who could well have been a complete and utter dad, but Jake Sims-Fielding is […]

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