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THE SELECTER / THE BEAT | LIVE REVIEW

THE SELECTER / THE BEAT | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 14 Apr I have attended many gigs over the last few years at the Tramshed and this is the most full I have ever seen it. It’s wall-to-wall people, young and old. A real mixture of the people who remember the initial wave […]

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JULIAN COPE / PATRICK JONES | LIVE REVIEW

JULIAN COPE / PATRICK JONES | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 20 Apr Not for Julian Cope your bog-standard support act. Patrick Jones – poet, playwright and older brother of the Manics’ Nicky Wire – has been invited down from the Valleys and handed a platform from which to deliver his impassioned, stinging poetic […]

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THE SAW DOCTORS | LIVE REVIEW

THE SAW DOCTORS | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Mon 17 Apr Irish rock favourites The Saw Doctors returned to Cardiff for the first time since their gig in the Coal Exchange in 2012. Booked for the Tramshed late last year, the gig was rescheduled due to singer Davy Carton’s throat operation. Renowned for their […]

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TINARIWEN: DESERT ROCK | INTERVIEW

TINARIWEN: DESERT ROCK | INTERVIEW

Fedor Tot speaks with the internationally renowned Tuareg group Tinariwen about their record and the spirit of resistance. How would you describe the new album Elwan? Elwan, which means ‘elephants’, is a metaphor directed to those people of influence in our country’s geo-political stage. Artistically speaking, we’re very pleased with this new album, and it […]

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MARK LERUSTE | INTERVIEW

MARK LERUSTE | INTERVIEW

Luke Owain Boult speaks with Mark Leruste – speaking at TEDxCardiff – founder of The Unconventionalists podcast about life, the universe and everything. What inspired you to create The Unconventionalists podcast? Just after graduating, I found myself in Lithuania gate crashing an MTV party, trying to interview Supafly Inc. To my surprise, they said yes. I […]

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WILKO JOHNSON | INTERVIEW

WILKO JOHNSON | INTERVIEW

Gwyn Thomas De Chroustchoff speaks to British proto-punk hero, Game Of Thrones hatchet man and cheater of death Wilko Johnson. Sitting at his home in Southend, Wilko Johnson is coming to terms with everyday life. “I’m only really happy when I’m playing, the rest of the time I’m just sitting here,” he says. “I’m looking out […]

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NME AWARDS TOUR 2017 | LIVE REVIEW

NME AWARDS TOUR 2017 | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Sat 25 Mar Opening this, the latest multi-band tour to traverse the UK under the NME banner, was Rory Wynne [below]. I was eager to see how he would fare live, but there was zero chemistry between him and the band, and the first three […]

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PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT | LIVE REVIEW

PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Fri 17 Mar Peter Hook has been busy since his departure from New Order in 2007. Spending his time between musical projects and writing tell-all books about his time in Joy Division and New Order, as well as extensive touring. Since performing Unknown Pleasures […]

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BLACK STAR RIDERS | LIVE REVIEW

BLACK STAR RIDERS | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 2 Mar A godawful rainy Cardiff night has not stopped a gathering of loyal rock fans converging on The Tramshed to check out Black Star Riders: a band who, whilst loyal to the legend of Thin Lizzy, are now making their own tracks in the […]

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DE LA SOUL | LIVE REVIEW

DE LA SOUL | LIVE REVIEW Tramshed, Cardiff, Sat 4th March   The fathers of alternative rap and the funkiest samplers known to the hip-hop genre performed to a sold-out venue on a night wholly focused on De La Soul’s three decades of recording and performing. The group take a lot of influence from jazz, […]

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