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SWEET BABOO / KID CARPET / FARM HAND | LIVE REVIEW

SWEET BABOO / KID CARPET / FARM HAND | LIVE REVIEW   Transport Club, Cardiff, Thurs 7 Dec “It’s always been a dream of mine to share a stage with Steve, and he hasn’t allowed it to happen tonight,” says Mark Daman Thomas of Stephen Black aka Sweet Baboo, gesturing to the amount of space […]

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OXIDE GHOSTS | FILM REVIEW

OXIDE GHOSTS | FILM REVIEW   Milk & Sugar, Cardiff, Tue 5 Dec Like many of us of a certain age, Michael Cumming had a bunch of old VHS tapes gathering dust in a box. Cumming’s, however, happened to contain hours and hours of unused footage filmed for Chris Morris’ cult comedy series Brass Eye. […]

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ROYAL BLOOD + AT THE DRIVE-IN | LIVE REVIEW

ROYAL BLOOD + AT THE DRIVE-IN | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mon 13 Nov Maybe it’s just early-onset senility, but with every passing day the world seems increasingly bewildering, baffling and downright incomprehensible. And little could seem more bewildering, baffling and downright incomprehensible to me than the running order of tonight’s bill. To […]

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SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW

SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW   Gwdihw, Cardiff, Thu 9 Nov For a gig that sees promoters All My Friends and Joy Collective teaming up together, it’s fitting that all three bands on the bill are collaborative ventures. First up are Lawndale High, formed from members of local outfits Pink Grapefruit, […]

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MUGSTAR | LIVE REVIEW

MUGSTAR | LIVE REVIEW   The Moon, Cardiff, Fri 27 Oct As resumés go, Mugstar’s is certainly one to make the mouth water and the ears prick up in eager anticipation. The Liverpool-based outfit have notched a split 7” with Mudhoney, a split album with Oneida (Collisions 2, released on Rocket Recordings) and a live […]

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DAVID HURN | PHOTOGRAPHY INTERVIEW

DAVID HURN | PHOTOGRAPHY INTERVIEW

With the opening of a new photography exhibition space at the National Museum Cardiff, Ben Woolhead and Jaydon Martin spoke to legendary documentary photographer David Hurn about his extraordinary life. Written by Laura Blackwell. “I would photograph every single evening and every weekend,” begins Vogue veteran David Hurn. “It was then that I discovered this thing about ‘doers […]

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NADINE SHAH + LIFE | LIVE REVIEW

NADINE SHAH + LIFE | LIVE REVIEW     The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 15 Oct If recent health problems end up bringing the curtain down on the musical career of The Fall’s Mark E Smith, he can put his feet up in front of Bargain Hunt safe in the knowledge that he’s left an indelible […]

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PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING | LIVE REVIEW

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING | LIVE REVIEW   Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Fri 13 Oct It’s only right that Public Service Broadcasting should be kicking off their UK tour here in Cardiff. After all, their latest LP, Every Valley, is an ode to the rise and fall of the coal industry in south Wales. […]

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN / CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN + CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Tue 3 Oct An unexpected bonus: my first glimpse of Cardiff’s Chain Of Flowers [below], handpicked by The Jesus And Mary Chain [above] to support in Bath last night as well as at tonight’s hometown gig. […]

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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN | LIVE PREVIEW

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN | LIVE PREVIEW Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Tue 3 Oct When The Jesus And Mary Chain imploded amid bitterness and acrimony in 1999, it seemed unlikely that Jim and William Reid would ever be seen together on stage again, let alone manage to stomach collaborating on the creation […]

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