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The Black Keys / Black Angels

ABC1 (17/02/2006)

Black Angels – from Austin, Texas – are on first tonight, playing to quite a few early arrivals. Their bass-heavy electro-country-rock music is distinctly unmemorable, and despite the polite whoops and cheers from the crowd, they fail to impress the majority who are here for the more gritty, blues-inspired full-on rock that is The Black […]

The Long Blondes

Liquid Room (14/02/2006)

Two things are immediately obvious when The Long Blondes take to the stage tonight. The first is that their live sound is driven by the rhythm section, the bass and drums surging forward in a two-pronged assault. The second is that there`s something very wrong with Dorian Cox`s guitar playing

Badly Drawn Boy / Malcolm Middleton

Queen's Hall (14/02/2006)

To those unfamiliar with Malcom Middleton – and there will be a fair few on his tour with the wooly-hatted one – there must be unspoken thoughts. E.g.: is he really that miserable? Opening with ‘Desolation’ it`s not the cheeriest of starts. For those who do know Malcolm`s work, A Brighter Beat is of course […]

Brand New

Carling Academy (09/02/2006)

There`s a high chance that unless you were an emo kid about four years ago, Brand New may have passed you by but after the release of their new album `The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me`, they`ve started turning heads again. If you don`t know who they are, this is the band who […]

The View / The Automatic

Carling Academy (04/02/2006)

Unless you`ve been living in a coconut hide for the last few years, you`ll be well aware of just how quickly an act can emerge from the Clap n Parrot circuit and be propelled into the utmost echelons of stardom. From Enter Shikari`s math Metal Gabba outselling many a pop act live (having released virtually […]

The Sounds / Leatherettes

Westport Bar (24/01/2006)

It`s a game of two halves tonight` Dundee duo Leatherettes play sleazy, Kills-like rock `n` roll to an empty floor, the audience hiding in the shadows. Live they are a frustrating proposition, half irritating, half brilliant. Like the anti-heroine of Richmal Compton`s Just William books, when they are good they are very, very good ` […]