LIVE: Canterbury / Blitz Kids / Big Sixes @ Dingwalls, London [09/04/14]

Marking the end of their short stint around the UK, melody driven rockers Canterbury are about to grace the stage in front of a sell-out audience at Camden’s Dingwalls. With the release of their third full-length garnering critical acclaim, those patiently waiting in the snaking queue across the docks are seemingly buzzing with excitement. Although […]

LIVE: Architects/ Stray From The Path/ Northlane @ Solus, Cardiff [11/03/14]

Architects rock London Koko, photo by Graham Berry Tonight sees the mighty Architects hit Cardiff on their sold out UK tour. Their star is rising, and it’s obvious to everyone: whether it’s the hordes of teenagers waiting outside (at a time when most bands are desperately struggling to get people out to shows), or whether […]

LIVE: Yearbook / Brawlers / Gunning for Tamar @ Birthdays, London [07/03/2014]

There aren’t many things better than heading to a gig on a Friday night, after a long week of work. But when you discover said gig is free and the line-up boasts some of the best up and coming indie-punk bands of the moment, it’s an absolute no brainer. Taking over Birthday’s in Dalston were […]

The Lawrence Arms / The Copyrights / Elway @ Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Lawrence Arms, The Copyrights, Elway Thursday, March 06, 2014 at the Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA A cold and dreary Thursday doesn’t seem like a great night to go to a show, but the Lawrence Arms and Co.’s recent outing made it completely worthwhile for Philadelphia punks to come out of hibernation. Philly’s […]

LIVE: Them Howling Bones @ El Cid [24/01/14]

The sprawled out city of Los Angeles is home to some of the most diverse and influential music in the world. There is truly something for everybody here, but sometimes it is the lesser-heard sounds that ring the loudest. The latest trends in the Los Angeles music scene have been steadily bringing us back to […]

A Wilhelm Scream/Gnarwolves @ The Borderline, London

Some gig reviews get written on the bus home. Some are written in an orderly way, the following morning with a nice pot of the black stuff, with a marshalling of the facts, a prosaic and faithful transcription of the show. Some are hurriedly scribed on the backs of hands before being finished, in haste, […]

LIVE: Skindred/ The Blackout/ Hacktivist @ Newport Centre [08/03/14]

Tonight sees Newport’s finest reggae/rock titans Skindred return to their hometown, and it’s just as spectacular as expected. They’ve brought along some friends for the ride – The Blackout, Hacktivist, Feed The Rhino and Continents – and it’s very nearly an all-Welsh bill. Sadly we miss Continents and Feed The Rhino, due to early stage […]

LIVE: Taking Back Sunday / Lonely The Brave @ Koko, London [26/02/14]

Any band, regardless of their genre, are destined to divide opinion. It is testament however, to both their adoring fan-base and their frustrated fan-base that Taking Back Sunday can incite drastically contrasting emotions at the same time. Ask anyone waiting outside London’s Koko on this cold evening what they are expecting, and those who have […]

LIVE: Matt Pryor / Allison Weiss @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells [23/02/14]

Living in Kent for some years, it’s only natural to realise that the Garden of England is somewhat of a musical paradox. Defined by a rich history of alternative music, and spawning some excellent bands both old and new, it often defies logic that venues struggle to attract even a fraction of the punters commuting […]

LIVE: Expire @ Upstairs, The Garage, London [15/02/14]

This was always going to a sweaty one. And an early one. With a curfew at 10pm I sadly did not see Forsaken – and apologies to those guys. From what I heard from people’s reactions they were excellent, so it’s a real shame. Arrival did coincide with Coldburn setting up though – the tour […]

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