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Live: Cadillac Three @ Islington Academy

The Cadillac Three – O2 Islington Academy Singing along at a gig is a strange phenomenon isn’t it?  We all pay hard earned cash to go and see a band we like, and rather than listen politely and earnestly to them sing, we stand there and have a go at the songs ourselves (in my case generally pretty badly).  But having spent an evening in the company of The Cadillac Three and the “Islington Academy Choir” tonight it becomes obvious why we all do it.  At the end of the night there’s a bond and camaraderie created between band...

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Live: The Replacements @ Roundhouse

The Replacements took to the stage at London’s Roundhouse for the first of two reunion shows – their first UK performances in more than two decades. The band were in fine form, kicking things off with the Ramones-inspired surf-rocker Takin’ A Ride then segueing into such classics as Waitress In The Sky, Kiss Me On The Bus (substituting ‘bus’ for ‘tube’ in true London reverence) and Color Me Impressed. Featuring original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, and including new members Dave Minahan (guitar) and Josh Freese (drums), the band managed to rock without sounding too polished and maintained...

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Live Review: Kodo @ Lighthouse.

Comprising a breath-taking combination of athletic and electrifying drumming, exquisite musicianship, stunning visuals and pure theatre, Kodo – the legendary taiko drumming ensemble – returned to the UK for the first time since 2010 with their most ambitious production yet: Kodo One Earth Tour 2014: Legend. Hailing from the remote Japanese Sado Island, Kodo is the first and most influential taiko ensemble in the world, comprising a troupe of musicians and dancers who transform centuries-old traditional Japanese ritual and performing arts into exhilarating, contemporary stage shows. This is the first UK tour with new Artistic Director, Japanese icon Tamasaburo...

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Review: Darwin Deez @ The Empire.

The very individual and quirky presence of Darwin Smith and his New York band Darwin Deez arrived in dance formation at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and delivered a set of Zappaesque tunes. The gig began with the new cult hit YCBMG – You Can’t Be My Girl, which goes down well with the teenager to arty 30 somethings that make up the crowd. The delivery of the well thought-out line ‘I love you are horrible’ is met by showers of glow sticks thrown from the dance floor. What comes across immediately is that the band are great live and...

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Review: Todd Rundgren. State.

From the moment a friend showed me the gate-fold sleeve of “Something/Anything” I have been a Todd Rundgren follower. It is not always an easy journey, one moment a box of delights the next a Pandora’s box of annoyingly inane musical frustration. That is all part of the fun in Todd’s weird and wacky world. I don’t think I have ever listened to a Todd Rundgren release and liked all of the songs immediately. Some of those albums that at first I struggled with; “Initiation” “Hermit”, “Liars”, “The Individualist” and “Faithful” have become real favourites because I felt as...

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