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ASTROID BOYS | INTERVIEW

ASTROID BOYS | INTERVIEW

With the release of their debut album, Broke after many years of gestation on the Cardiff scene and now an arena tour supporting Enter Shikari, Astroid Boys have gone from strength to strength this year. Peeking up over the underground, Buzz wonders if that’s had an impact on their music, going from bedroom producers to signed […]

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NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

NOVEMBER SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

AMOR **** Higher Moment / Amnesia (Night School) No real comedown from Amor, the Glasgow collection of heads whose last 12″ located its skewed piano disco halfway between the art school and Studio 54. Another two 13-minute workouts here, more fractured and distant for sure, but still blazing their excellent half-Buckfast, half-champagne path to glory. […]

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STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW

STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW

STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW *** Glee Club, Cardiff, Thur 16 Nov According to Steve Lamacq, there exist three ‘i’s in the world of the music fandom: infatuation, in which you love a band; infuriation, when you wonder why the rest of the world hasn’t heard of them; and […]

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CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS | LIVE PREVIEW

CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS | LIVE PREVIEW

Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Mon 20 Nov Californian singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet first rose to notoriety in the mid-1980s when he joined LA country rockers Green On Red for their second album, Gas Food Lodging. Having struck out on his own as a solo artist from 1990 onwards, Prophet has continued a successful career as a […]

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HAPPY MONDAYS: BEZ | INTERVIEW

HAPPY MONDAYS: BEZ | INTERVIEW

The world’s most famous maracas player talks to Ben Newman about the values of nostalgia raving, life in a reunited Happy Mondays and raving it up. “If anyone told me thirty years ago we’d still be out on the road, selling out shows, rock and rolling and still pulling off the same dance moves I […]

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RAT TRAP EXHIBITION | ART PREVIEW

RAT TRAP EXHIBITION | ART PREVIEW

Cathays Conservative Club, Cardiff Tues 17 Nov Rat Trap is an exhibition of some of the best work from both graduates and final year students studying fine art, graphic communication or illustration at Cardiff’s School of Art and Design. Students are encouraged to enter a maximum of two pieces into the collective, and from there […]

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BLONDIE | LIVE REVIEW

BLONDIE | LIVE REVIEW

BLONDIE | LIVE REVIEW **** Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, fri 10 Nov From the lighting to the line outside the Motorpoint arena last Friday night, Blondie’s return to Cardiff, as part of their tour for latest album, Pollinator, showed signs of pop, punk and promise. As Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke et al. burst […]

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AFRO-CELT SOUND SYSTEM: JOHNNIE KALSI | INTERVIEW

AFRO-CELT SOUND SYSTEM: JOHNNIE KALSI | INTERVIEW

2016 was a big year for Afro-Celt Sound System. Their 20th anniversary was marked by a first album in ten years, The Source. Speaking with Johnnie Kalsi, one of the founding members, we ask what the title means for a band with such diverse influences? “The Source was a new beginning to a new era with […]

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ENTER SHIKARI: ROU REYNOLDS | INTERVIEW

ENTER SHIKARI: ROU REYNOLDS | INTERVIEW

Breaking boundaries since 2003, Enter Shikari’s 5th album The Spark has been hailed as their most emotionally disclosed and thematically consistent work to date. Ffion Riordan-Jones spoke with frontman Rou Reynolds ahead of their November arena tour: What made you take this direction with The Spark? The last few years have been hectic, for me personally […]

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LANDING MANE | LIVE PREVIEW

LANDING MANE | LIVE PREVIEW

Cardiff University Concert Hall Tue 14 Nov Cardiff University, in collaboration with Jamo Jamo Arts founder and director of the School Of Music’s African Ensemble, Landing Mané, have put together a three-concert series of African music from two contrasting African musical traditions: Senegal and Nigeria. Mané will present his percussion-based folkloric ensemble, Jamo Jamo Arts, […]

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