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THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN / CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN + CHAIN OF FLOWERS | LIVE REVIEW   Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Tue 3 Oct An unexpected bonus: my first glimpse of Cardiff’s Chain Of Flowers [below], handpicked by The Jesus And Mary Chain [above] to support in Bath last night as well as at tonight’s hometown gig. […]

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THE XX | LIVE REVIEW

THE XX | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Fri 17 Mar Four and a half years ago, just a day after releasing their sophomore album Coexist, The xx played to a sold-out Coal Exchange prior to embarking on a huge European tour. Whilst their appearance in the Welsh capital may have been a surprise […]

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LOW | LIVE REVIEW

LOW | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Tue 2 Aug Low have spent upwards of 20 years demonstrating that ‘extremity’ in music, such as it is, needn’t be the preserve of loud or offensive or wilfully outrageous artists. Their extremity is one of minimalism: their songs, two dozen of which are played this evening, exist […]

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ALT-J / THE HORRORS / GHOSTPOET | LIVE REVIEW

ALT-J / THE HORRORS / GHOSTPOET | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Thurs 3 Dec At last, Cardiff gets a chance to witness Alt-J in action. Having played at Green Man Festival a few years back, the undefinable alternative band with a love of bleeps, loops and harmonies has been to Wales before, but […]

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PAUL WELLER | LIVE REVIEW

PAUL WELLER | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Sun 22 Nov With a back catalogue as vast as Paul Weller’s, it’s impossible to please everyone. Yet he gives it a gallant go tonight, with selections from multiple eras of his 40-year career. It’s surprising that some of his biggest hits are ignored though: That’s […]

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SLEAFORD MODS/Y PENCADLYS/GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW

SLEAFORD MODS/Y PENCADLYS/GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW

SLEAFORD MODS / Y PENCADLYS / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW   CF10, Cardiff University Students’ Union, Tues 10 Mar Cardiff duo Gindrinker are used to being the curiosity on largely alt-rock bills, but in Sleaford Mods have found such a well-suited kinship, they should be installed as permanent support for the entire tour. Like Sleafords’ […]

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BEN WATT TRIO | LIVE REVIEW

BEN WATT TRIO | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Sat 25 Oct   Ben, Ben, Ben: where have you been for a chunk of my mid-life, I mean, for the past 10 years or so?? Yes, we know you’ve been busy DJing and producing, but we’ve missed hearing YOU. We loved you with […]

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WELSH MUSIC PRIZE CONCERT | LIVE REVIEW

WELSH MUSIC PRIZE CONCERT | LIVE REVIEW   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, Wed 16 Oct   Do the folks behind the annual Welsh Music Prize have a secret fitness stratagem for Cardiff? If you were at the concert on Wed 16 then you were most likely up and down stairs as if you were inside […]

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ELLIE GOULDING | LIVE REVIEW

ELLIE GOULDING | LIVE REVIEW   Cardiff University Students Union, Thurs 10 Oct The first time I saw Ellie Goulding play in Cardiff was a few years back, before she reached the level of fame she holds today. A shy, unassuming blonde girl, hiding behind her hair as she played to a small pub crowd; […]

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LIVE REVIEW | DINOSAUR JR + THE COMPUTERS

DINOSAUR JR + THE COMPUTERS Solus, Cardiff University Students Union Mon 2 Sept The publicity spiel for this gig makes stark reference, as well it might, to the 20-year itch: the last time Dinosaur Jr played in Cardiff was in February 1993, also at this university, and promoting their Where You Been LP. Since then […]