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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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ELROW TOWN CARDIFF SINGER MORNING | LIVE REVIEW

ELROW TOWN CARDIFF SINGER MORNING | LIVE REVIEW   SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, Sun 28 May The Singer Mornings day festival in the SSE SWALEC cricket ground opened its gates to the brightly decorated attendees, all lathered in fake tan, body jewellery and enough cologne/perfume to punch a fresh hole in the ozone layer high above […]

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FROM NOW ON | LIVE REVIEW

FROM NOW ON | LIVE REVIEW   Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Fri 19 + Sat 20 May Into Chapter’s dark spaces and weird corridors for the fourth year running, and From Now On’s 2017 edition, which even in this year’s slightly slimmed-down version is a fine splurge of noise, ideas and music that jumps genres […]

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ECHOBELLY | LIVE REVIEW

ECHOBELLY | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Thurs 18 May Nineties Britpop band Echobelly are back on tour. I had no idea who they were until I saw them featured on a BBC show about Britpop recently. “Girl’s singing reminds me of Debbie Harry,” I thought. After punk and new wave, I didn’t go […]

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NOTHING BUT THIEVES | LIVE REVIEW

NOTHING BUT THIEVES | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tues 23 May Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves returned to Cardiff for the first time since 2015 to kick off their seven-date 2017 UK tour – completely selling out The Globe in the process. With the release of their new album Broken Machine this September, […]

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IRON MAIDEN / SHINEDOWN | LIVE REVIEW

IRON MAIDEN / SHINEDOWN | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Wed 24 May Defiance is very much the word for tonight. After the terrible events that took place in Manchester less than 48 hours ago, Iron Maiden’s first show in the Welsh capital for five years has taken on extra significance and has now […]

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C DUNCAN | LIVE REVIEW

C DUNCAN | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Tue 9 May I admit it, I’m a pushover for a pretty song, and C (short for Christopher) Duncan is already a master at them. This 27-year-old Glaswegian has already played Wales’ Festival No. 6 and opened for Elbow on their spring tour this year. […]

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IMELDA MAY | LIVE REVIEW

IMELDA MAY | LIVE REVIEW   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Fri 5 May Holy hot-rod! Yes, the commotion is true concerning Imelda May’s new look and album. Shock and awe. But has the queen really relinquished her crown? That’s what she says. I’m not quite so sure. While she has ditched her trademark two-tone quiff […]

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