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SKINNY LISTER / BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW

SKINNY LISTER / BEANS ON TOAST | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Wed 6 Dec Stood on The Globe’s cluttered stage with no shoes and the scruffiest of beards, it’s easy to imagine Beans On Toast [below] has just rolled out of a tent on the last day of Glastonbury – or indeed, any […]

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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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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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NADINE SHAH + LIFE | LIVE REVIEW

NADINE SHAH + LIFE | LIVE REVIEW     The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 15 Oct If recent health problems end up bringing the curtain down on the musical career of The Fall’s Mark E Smith, he can put his feet up in front of Bargain Hunt safe in the knowledge that he’s left an indelible […]

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STRAY FROM THE PATH | LIVE REVIEW

STRAY FROM THE PATH | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Mon 9 Oct Leftist metallic hardcore group Stay From The Path have burned a fiery trail through the years. With their on-the-nose political tracks growing in intensity with every new album, the quartet’s latest tour took them back to their roots in small-capacity venues […]

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COCK SPARRER | LIVE REVIEW

COCK SPARRER | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Fri 1 Sept   Tricky to put this delicately, but by all good sense a capacity crowd for Cock Sparrer ought to be lower in number than, say, one of those teen-favoured YouTube sensations who occasionally play at this venue. Befitting the appearance of one of Oi! and […]

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COCK SPARRER | LIVE PREVIEW

COCK SPARRER | LIVE PREVIEW

The Globe, Cardiff Fri 1 Sept The name of Cock Sparrer precedes them and has done for some decades, which is why they can charge about the same for their gigs as The Damned, The Buzzcocks, The Undertones and other 1970s UK punk originals. You probably won’t have to be an especially dedicated punk fan […]

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THE SKATALITES | LIVE PREVIEW

THE SKATALITES | LIVE PREVIEW

The Globe, Cardiff Wed 23 Aug Had there never been a Skatalites, there most likely never would have been ska music, and if your thoughts instantly turn to the bad things done in the name of the genre, then it’s a trip to the re-education camps that’s needed for you, buddy! By ‘re-education camps’ we […]

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MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW

MELT-BANANA / GINDRINKER | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Sun 4 June “What are you doing, you prog rocker?” scoffs a smirking DC Gates. His bandmate Graf’s crime? Having the temerity to tune up between songs. Anything with the faintest whiff of prog may be strictly verboten in Gindrinker’s universe, but there’s not much […]

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THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW

THE BESNARD LAKES | LIVE REVIEW   The Globe, Cardiff, Tue 30 May There’s a point approximately 50 minutes into tonight’s performance when suddenly it all adds up and the penny finally drops. The Besnard Lakes’ frontman Jace Lasek has already mentioned that they will be playing two distinct sets; thus far, material from remarkable […]

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