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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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DEAFHEAVEN / YOUTH CODE | LIVE REVIEW

DEAFHEAVEN / YOUTH CODE | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Wed 26 Apr Deafheaven arrive for their first show in Cardiff on an unseasonably bitter April evening – the cold perhaps going some way to explaining the turnout, with the Tramshed half full/ half empty depending on your outlook. The crowd’s numbers are sadly not […]

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SHAKIN’ STEVENS | LIVE REVIEW

SHAKIN’ STEVENS | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Mon 24th Apr It seems almost cruel to have a support band for someone as iconic as Shakin’ Stevens. The crowd are here to see Shaky, no one else. And as J Lee And The Hoodoo Skulls launch into their set of muscular blues-rock, flinty […]

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THE WYTCHES / WEIRDS | LIVE REVIEW

THE WYTCHES / WEIRDS | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Mon 24 Apr Given the recent problems surrounding the future of Womanby Street, it’s comforting to see that the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach is a hive of activity tonight. There’s a gig in the bar downstairs, but the main room upstairs is buzzing […]

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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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BURY TOMORROW | LIVE REVIEW

BURY TOMORROW | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Fri 21 Apr As opening acts go, German metalcore band Any Given Day might as well have punched a hole straight through the cafeteria walls of this Students Union. Frontman Dennis Diehl’s roars were nothing short of monstrous as he stomped the stage, […]

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THE SELECTER / THE BEAT | LIVE REVIEW

THE SELECTER / THE BEAT | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 14 Apr I have attended many gigs over the last few years at the Tramshed and this is the most full I have ever seen it. It’s wall-to-wall people, young and old. A real mixture of the people who remember the initial wave […]

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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 SAW DOCTORS | LIVE REVIEW

THE SAW DOCTORS | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Mon 17 Apr Irish rock favourites The Saw Doctors returned to Cardiff for the first time since their gig in the Coal Exchange in 2012. Booked for the Tramshed late last year, the gig was rescheduled due to singer Davy Carton’s throat operation. Renowned for their […]

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MY VITRIOL | LIVE REVIEW

MY VITRIOL | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tuesday 11 Apr Nu-gaze rockers My Vitriol are back on the road, but their gig at The Globe can’t have been the triumphant return they were craving. Formed in 1999, the London band quickly established a cult following thanks to an exciting debut album, Finelines, and […]

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