The Cribs

The Hold

Don`t know who The Cribs are? Hang your head in shame, and apologise to the band that have been vying to get you attention for years now. Touring the country relentlessly, creating two amazing records and then, remember the really dull NME Awards in 2006? The Cribs lead singer was the relatively unknown bloke who flung himself onto the Kaiser Chiefs table to half inch their award, impaling himself on a glass bottle in the process.
This is the effort they put in for you, and you don`t even care more… “The Cribs”

Adrian Crowley / Pumajaw

Cabaret Voltaire

The early start at this Venue, as it so often does, resulted in me taking my seat having missed the first act and some of Pumajaw`s. It was my loss. It did not take long to become engrossed with the rest of the set. The songs – some covers, most of them original – are tender folk ballads at the core more… “Adrian Crowley / Pumajaw”

New Young Pony Club

The 100 Club

Possibly London’s most famous indie venue resides at number 100 Oxford St. This is where the Stones would play to the those Carnaby Streeters in the London scene that didn’t dare venture west to leafy Richmond. Perhaps, more famously, the venue was host to the regular bare-pit that was a sex pistols gig in 1977 more… “New Young Pony Club”

Charlotte Hatherley

Oran Mor

I have to confess to something of an ulterior motive for my attendance at Charlotte Hatherley`s show at the Oran Mor: you see a couple of years ago, with something of a dearth of indie rock heroines around (Courtney Love was back in rehab and this was before the current breed of ballsy Beth Ditto types had anything other than the sort of underground recognition an NME reader would miss out on) I was half in love with the girl more… “Charlotte Hatherley”

The Black Keys / Black Angels

ABC1

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 Keys more… “The Black Keys / Black Angels”

The Long Blondes

Liquid Room

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 more… “The Long Blondes”

Badly Drawn Boy / Malcolm Middleton

Queen's Hall

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 just that – a lively and (comparatively) chipper affair, but for those doubters (and those involved in the counseling and therapy careers) things are – surely? – put in perspective with `We`re All Going to Die’. Malcolm is still not one for audience interaction, though he cracks a smile on stumbling over the lyrics of ‘Speed on the M9` more… “Badly Drawn Boy / Malcolm Middleton”

Brand New

Carling Academy

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 sold all those t-shirts that said `Mics are for singing not for swinging` on them more… “Brand New”