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JUNIOR BILL | LIVE PREVIEW

JUNIOR BILL | LIVE PREVIEW

Cathays Community Centre, Cardiff Thurs 27 July The essence of Junior Bill is an amalgam of world and period influences: reggae beats, 80s punk delivery, Portuguese rap, great guitar work and electronic elements, often shared in the space of one track. Listening to each track of theirs is a genuine discovery, and through the sheer […]

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CARDIFF GUITAR FESTIVAL | MUSIC PREVIEW

CARDIFF GUITAR FESTIVAL | MUSIC PREVIEW

The best way to improve one’s talents and skills is to learn from the best, and this month’s Cardiff Guitar Festival provides the opportunity to watch and learn from some of Britain’s finest and accomplished players. A Festival Pass for advanced player provides access to three days of workshops, lunchtime concerts and a masterclass from […]

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MARTIN CREED: TALK AND SONGS | LIVE PREVIEW

MARTIN CREED: TALK AND SONGS | LIVE PREVIEW

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Sat 22 July Few musicians can claim to have had their work performed the length and breadth of the land in quite the way that Martin Creed can. The Wakefield-born, Glaswegian-raised artist’s snappily named piece All The Bells In A Country Rung As Quickly And Loudly As Possible For Three Minutes marked […]

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THE WELSH PROMS 2017 | FEATURE

THE WELSH PROMS 2017 | FEATURE

Alec Evans takes a look at the pomp and ceremony to expect at the musical extravaganza that is this year’s Welsh Proms. One of the highlights of Cardiff’s musical calendar, the Welsh Proms is back for 2017. A staple of the Welsh music scene since 1986, it provides the city with eight days of the […]

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GOLDIE LOOKIN’ CHAIN | INTERVIEW

GOLDIE LOOKIN’ CHAIN | INTERVIEW

Rachael Hutchings speaks with Goldie Lookin’ Chain’s Rhys Hutchings about their plans for a new record and touring. GLC have been so consistent in the past few years in releasing regular new videos and songs – what’s the plan for the follow-up album to Pill Communication? We have finished recording the new album and it’s […]

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HEALTHY MIND ALLDAYER | LIVE PREVIEW

HEALTHY MIND ALLDAYER | LIVE PREVIEW

Gwdihw, Cardiff Sun 16 July A fundraiser gig stretching from 2-11pm, Healthy Mind is splitting its takings 50-50 between the charity organisation Cardiff Mind, and the donations-run Hospital Radio Glamorgan. The lineup confirmed so far covers various experimental forms of genre. The main focus is groups of performers playing styles of punk (Nicotine Pretty, Falling […]

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JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY ALBUMS | MUSIC REVIEW

ALGIERS **** The Underside Of Power (Matador) Multi-racial band Algiers are currently supporting Depeche Mode on their stadium tour, and now seems like a good time to introduce them to a wider audience, as they are about to release their rather stunning second album The Underside Of Power. Algiers tackle socio-political themes head on within […]

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BETWEEN THE TREES | LIVE PREVIEW

BETWEEN THE TREES | LIVE PREVIEW

Rudry Parish Hall, Caerphilly Fri 7 + Sat 8 July Founded in 2016, the Rudry Festival is a community event which profits provide funds for the idyllic rural venue, Rudry Parish Hall, as well as the communities of Waterloo, Rudry and Draethen. This year, all profits from Between The Trees will also be donated to […]

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MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE PREVIEW

MAVIS STAPLES | LIVE PREVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Fri 7 July Words like legend are banded around all too frequently but in the case of Mavis Staples they hold true. Even the often used moniker ‘the queen of blues’ doesn’t really do justice to her musical status: she is living, breathing history. During her 60-plus years of making music – as […]

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JULY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

JULY SINGLES | MUSIC REVIEW

ABI FLYNN *** Ambiguous (Tru Thoughts) If you haven’t already heard of Ms. Flynn, you will. The songstress wows with old-school and nu-soul sounds on her debut EP. She’s fab doing smoky jazz and r’n’b to boot with dub/hip-hop flavours. Having more material than just different versions of the three songs would have earned a […]

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