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TALL SHIPS / SILENT FORUM / SHADOWS INTO LIGHT | LIVE REVIEW

TALL SHIPS / SILENT FORUM / SHADOWS INTO LIGHT | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thurs 4 May When Funeral For A Friend bowed out last May after seven albums, they did so in some style, with a sold-out gig at the Forum in London. So it must be something of a comedown […]

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PART CHIMP + GREY HAIRS + TWISTED ANKLE | LIVE REVIEW

PART CHIMP + GREY HAIRS + TWISTED ANKLE | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thu 27 Apr In the build-up to tonight’s show, former Future Of The Left man Jimmy Watkins took to Twitter to urge punters to arrive early enough to catch the opening act. More fool anyone who saw but failed […]

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BRYDE + LITTLE RÊD | LIVE REVIEW

BRYDE + LITTLE RÊD | LIVE REVIEW   St John’s Church, Cardiff, Fri 21 Apr   Tonight’s gig – which takes place in a wonderful venue somewhat removed both geographically and spiritually from the main hub of the city’s music scene – is something of a two-part homecoming. First to receive a warm welcome is […]

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JULIAN COPE / PATRICK JONES | LIVE REVIEW

JULIAN COPE / PATRICK JONES | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 20 Apr Not for Julian Cope your bog-standard support act. Patrick Jones – poet, playwright and older brother of the Manics’ Nicky Wire – has been invited down from the Valleys and handed a platform from which to deliver his impassioned, stinging poetic […]

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THE DERI INN | FOOD REVIEW

THE DERI INN | FOOD REVIEW

Heol-Y-Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff. 02920 626237 / www.emberinns.co.uk     As with other establishments bearing Mitchells & Butlers’ Ember Inns brand, the newly refurbished Deri Inn is carefully – some might say cynically – designed to take on cherished independent locals at their own game: hearty pub grub, real ales aplenty, open fire. While it’s almost […]

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PINS + BABY IN VAIN | LIVE REVIEW

PINS + BABY IN VAIN | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Mon 10 Apr Unwritten Rule of Music #1: no band that sound like Black Sabbath can possibly be bad. Baby In Vain aren’t your average Ozzy enthusiasts, though, comprising three young women from Copenhagen whose unassuming appearance belies the grungy heftiness of […]

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IDLES + LICE + PEOPLE AND OTHER DISEASES | LIVE REVIEW

IDLES + LICE + PEOPLE AND OTHER DISEASES | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wed 5 Apr While misery loves company, misanthropy doesn’t – but the charmingly named People And Other Diseases have nevertheless drawn plenty of punters down early. The Swansea trio’s muscular, demonic boogie doesn’t really do justice to that moniker, […]

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AMBER ARCADES / TENDER PREY | LIVE REVIEW

AMBER ARCADES / TENDER PREY | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thu 30 Mar “They said these pyjamas were breathable, but I’m sweating like a prick. Pricks sweat, right? Donald Trump’s a massive prick and he looks like he sweats a fucklot.” Tender Prey aka Laura Byron, we like you already (though, in […]

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SACRED PAWS + SPINNING COIN + NEUROTIC FICTION | LIVE REVIEW

SACRED PAWS + SPINNING COIN + NEUROTIC FICTION | LIVE REVIEW   Undertone, Cardiff, Sun 19 Feb With the fifth annual Wales Goes Pop! festival less than two months away, promoters The Joy Collective and All My Friends have helpfully laid on a mouthwatering appetiser. All three bands on tonight’s bill will appear at the […]

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THE FALL / BO NINGEN | LIVE REVIEW

THE FALL / BO NINGEN | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 3 Feb “It’s nice for The Fall to have a decent support band for once,” comments one gig-goer on entering the venue. True enough – but ‘decent’ rather undersells Bo Ningen. Inviting the Japanese foursome, who formed in London, to open proceedings is […]