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ROYAL BLOOD + AT THE DRIVE-IN | LIVE REVIEW

ROYAL BLOOD + AT THE DRIVE-IN | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mon 13 Nov Maybe it’s just early-onset senility, but with every passing day the world seems increasingly bewildering, baffling and downright incomprehensible. And little could seem more bewildering, baffling and downright incomprehensible to me than the running order of tonight’s bill. To […]

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THE CADILLAC THREE | LIVE REVIEW

THE CADILLAC THREE | LIVE REVIEW   Great Hall, Cardiff University Students Union, Sun 12 Nov There were a few cowboy hats and boots spotted around the Student Union on Sunday evening as Tennessee rockers The Cadillac Three kicked off their UK tour. Country fans united for a night of pure dirty Southern rock. Along […]

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SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW

SHOPPING / GAUCHE / LAWNDALE HIGH | LIVE REVIEW   Gwdihw, Cardiff, Thu 9 Nov For a gig that sees promoters All My Friends and Joy Collective teaming up together, it’s fitting that all three bands on the bill are collaborative ventures. First up are Lawndale High, formed from members of local outfits Pink Grapefruit, […]

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ROBYN HITCHCOCK | LIVE REVIEW

ROBYN HITCHCOCK | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 5 Nov For the last four decades, psychedelic powerpop folk icon Robyn Hitchcock has been making these wonderfully surreal solo gems. From The Soft Boys to the Egyptians, Hitchcock has a back catalogue of albums any music veteran would admire. In recent years albums such as Love From […]

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THE HEAD / THE BRWMYS / RUM PUPPETS | LIVE REVIEW

THE HEAD / THE BRWMYS / RUM PUPPETS | LIVE REVIEW   Gwdihw, Cardiff, Wed 8 Nov A rather chilly November evening failed to detract from the warmth within Gwdihw’s gaudy four walls, which found Atlanta-based three-piece The Head gearing-up to play their sixth stint on a 14-date UK tour. As first act of the […]

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MUGSTAR | LIVE REVIEW

MUGSTAR | LIVE REVIEW   The Moon, Cardiff, Fri 27 Oct As resumés go, Mugstar’s is certainly one to make the mouth water and the ears prick up in eager anticipation. The Liverpool-based outfit have notched a split 7” with Mudhoney, a split album with Oneida (Collisions 2, released on Rocket Recordings) and a live […]

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LITTLE MIX / JESSARAE | LIVE REVIEW

LITTLE MIX / JESSARAE | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Mon 30 Oct You’d think they’d planned it this way. One of the UK’s biggest groups, Little Mix bring the Glory Days tour to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena during half term, ensuring a massive crowd gets to line Simon Cowell’s pockets some more. Rising singer […]

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STONE FOUNDATION | LIVE REVIEW

STONE FOUNDATION| LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Thurs 26 Oct If the medium is the message then the message is undoubtedly feelgood soul when it comes to Stone Foundation. This Midlands-based eight-piece have been steadily gaining a grassroots following that has resulted in pure people power pushing their last album Street Rituals into the […]

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GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB | LIVE REVIEW

GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Sat 28 Oct Without a doubt one of the liveliest bands I’ve ever seen perform, after seeing festival veterans Gentleman’s Dub Club at Glastonbury this summer, I knew what was to be expected. Distanced from the carelessness you have at a festival, some clearly made sure […]

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GRAHAM GOULDMAN | LIVE REVIEW

GRAHAM GOULDMAN | LIVE REVIEW   The Gate, Cardiff, Sat 07 Oct Even though I was too young in the 60s to have attended a hootenanny, this gathering is how I imagine one must have been. Throw in a large dose of British Invasion modness, some art-rock and touches of remembrance and The Gate became […]

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