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SWEET BABOO / ED DOWIE | LIVE REVIEW

SWEET BABOO / ED DOWIE | LIVE REVIEW   Transport Club, Cardiff, Fri 1 Dec As one venue dies, another springs up. Thanks to the tenacity of a small crew of DIY promoters (you know who you are), Riverside’s Transport Club has played host to a heap of exciting gigs this year. If you’ve not patronised […]

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MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW

MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 7 July This evening will go down in history as the night Grangetown played host to a living legend. Despite gigging for more than 60, years this was Mavis Staples’ first time in Wales, but she made up for it: her colossal voice probably carried to […]

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JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND | LIVE REVIEW

JIM JONES AND THE RIGHTEOUS MIND | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Thurs 26 Jan Jim Jones doesn’t like to let the grass grow under his feet. His musical career to date has consisted of several incarnations including Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Having released three banging albums as The Jim Jones Revue, […]

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KING CREOSOTE | LIVE REVIEW

KING CREOSOTE | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 24 Jan  Fife’s Kenny Anderson and his eight-piece band (including cello, double bass, bagpipes, accordion and synth) brought some much needed warmth and cheer to Riverside. During these tough times I’ve been living by the mantra “when life gets shitter add more glitter,” and it seems […]

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SHELLAC | LIVE REVIEW

SHELLAC | LIVE REVIEW   The Tramshed, Cardiff, Mon 30 May It’s a bank holiday Monday night and Shellac are glad to be in Wales. “It’s like England’s Canada,” comments frontman Steve Albini to a mix of laughs and bafflement before adding “No really – nicer people, better food…”. Playing one of three UK shows […]

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MEILYR JONES | LIVE REVIEW

MEILYR JONES | LIVE REVIEW

MEILYR JONES | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Fri 13 May Have you ever cried at a gig? A friend of mine was lucky to see Meilyr Jones’ very first show, and told me that those in the front row were in tears. She was clearly perplexed by this but it didn’t strike […]