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ONE LOUDER | MUSIC FEATURE

ONE LOUDER | MUSIC FEATURE

THE vast, vast majority of what is produced under the banner of ‘journalism’ in the modern era is a pointless waste of energy. You know this, I know this and we probably don’t need to be any more specific about the people involved, who also generally know this. Some of them know it profoundly enough […]

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SONGHOY BLUES | LIVE PREVIEW

SONGHOY BLUES | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Sat 23 Sept Forced from his native Timbuktu by a jihadist group who banned the most important elements of rock’n’roll, namely cigarettes, alcohol and music, guitarist Garba Touré relocated to Mali’s capital Bamako in 2012 and along with fellow (but unrelated) Tourés Allou and Ouma formed Songhoy Blues, purveyors of the finest desert […]

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NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA | LIVE PREVIEW

NORTH SEA RADIO ORCHESTRA | LIVE PREVIEW

Acapela, Pentyrch, Cardiff Sat 23 Sept While London’s North Sea Radio Orchestra are at root a classical music ensemble, there are many other styles within their orbit: pop, folk and avant-garde rock most prominently. Reading this, someone unfamiliar with the group might expect the results to be a watering down of the orchestral element, along […]

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STUDENT GUIDE: CLUBS AND LIVE MUSIC | FEATURE

STUDENT GUIDE: CLUBS AND LIVE MUSIC | FEATURE

CLUBS + LIVE MUSIC Selected by DAFYDD HAINE and HELEN PAYNE JACOB’S ANTIQUES Located behind the Central Station, and ironically surrounded by gleaming, everyday office blocks, Jacob’s Antiques is one of Cardiff’s most unique and beloved late-night spaces. A multi-floor emporium by day, at night the building is regularly co-opted by some of the city’s […]

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ONES TO WATCH: THIS | MUSIC FEATURE

ONES TO WATCH: THIS | MUSIC FEATURE

Our immovable style guide calls them THIS, my own sense of propriety is inclined to call them This, but this magpie-like rock quartet from south Wales’ valleys call themselves THiS. The song titles on Hoc Est, their self-released debut LP, maintain such a typographical approach, written as RHYTHM iN PiECES, STiLL and so forth. These idiosyncracies […]

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JOHN LEGEND | LIVE PREVIEW

JOHN LEGEND | LIVE PREVIEW

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Tue 19 Sept Following the release of his new album Darkness & Light last December, this effortlessly cool singer-songwriter is back for a 24-date tour starting in Glasgow this September. John Legend’s fifth studio album includes a host of different sounds from collaborators such as Miguel and the ever-in-demand Chance The Rapper. Whilst […]

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SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ADWAITH **** Lipstick Coch / Femme (Libertino) A step up from their more folk-based early singles, this double-A indicates why people are putting Adwaith in the ‘hot tip’ category. Lipstick Coch floats serenely, into a nice, almost dub outro, while Femme is the killer, a scabrous tearing apart of sexism that’s the more affecting for its wit […]

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SEPTEMBER DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

SEPTEMBER DEMOS | MUSIC REVIEW

THE PITCHFORKS facebook.com/thepitchforksuk Weirdly, just before writing this review I was googling for something else that took me to a regional blogpost about The Pitchforks from four years ago, when they were a covers band in the Rhondda. These days they “take inspiration from bands like the Arctic Monkeys!” and, with the help of the […]

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ÍMAR | LIVE PREVIEW

ÍMAR | LIVE PREVIEW

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais Fri 15 Sept Musical heritage. The guys in Ímar – Mohsen Amini (concertina), Adam Brown (bodhrán), Tomás Callister (fiddle), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes, flute, whistles) and Adam Rhodes (bouzouki) – have that by the boatful. The band’s name is taken from the ninth-century Norse king who ruled over parts of Ireland, the […]

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THE BIG TRIBUTE FESTIVAL | LIVE REVIEW

THE BIG TRIBUTE FESTIVAL | LIVE REVIEW

The Big Tribute Festival, Aberystwyth Fri 25 – Sun 27 Aug It’s been 10 years since my last festival and, with only hazy memories of portaloo problems and the sound of something that definitely wasn’t rain coming down on my tent, I felt I was ready to give them another go. The Big Tribute Festival […]

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