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POP ‘N’ HOPS | FOOD + MUSIC INTERVIEW

POP ‘N’ HOPS | FOOD + MUSIC INTERVIEW

Ben Woolhead pays a visit to Cardiff’s first craft beer and vinyl shop. “I grew up in Neath and after 17 years in London, it felt like time to quit the rat race and ‘come home’”, explains Trevor McCabe, proprietor of new Cardiff shop Pop ‘n’ Hops. “The idea stemmed from my record label, Odd […]

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GNOD / MAI MAI MAI / SUNSHINE | LIVE REVIEW

GNOD / MAI MAI MAI / SUNSHINE | LIVE REVIEW   The Moon, Cardiff, Thurs 8 June On an election day marked by downpours of biblical proportions, a few of us do at least get a brief glimpse of sunshine – Sunshine the band, that is. But sadly even that brief glimpse feels like an […]

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MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW

MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 4 June “What are you doing, you prog rocker?” scoffs a smirking DC Gates. His bandmate Graf’s crime? Having the temerity to tune up between songs. Anything with the faintest whiff of prog may be strictly verboten in Gindrinker’s universe, but there’s not much […]

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THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW

THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tue 30 May There’s a point approximately 50 minutes into tonight’s performance when suddenly it all adds up and the penny finally drops. The Besnard Lakes’ frontman Jace Lasek has already mentioned that they will be playing two distinct sets; thus far, material from remarkable […]

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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 […]