Author: Thanira

Live: M O T H X R @ The Borderline, London

MOTHXR live at the Borderline The down to earth new-wave-soul-electronic Brooklyn-based band M O T H X R (formerly known as Mother) played a sold out gig on a cold Monday evening at Soho’s The Borderline. It’s the second time that London has seen them recently and now they have an even greater legion of listeners. Penn Badgley serving as frontman, with friends Simon Ocroft (guitar), Darren Will (keyboards) and Jimmy Giannopolous (bass) have great stage charisma and this comes across particularly strongly in songs Easy, Victim and Centerfold. Penn started the set with Stranger, an eerie and sensual song released this year...

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Live: Masters Of Reality @ The Garage

On the road since 1981, the Masters Of Reality swapped the city of New York for the desert. Chris settled in Joshua Tree, California, becoming the “Godfather of Desert Rock”, but he doesn’t want to take all the credits to himself, as he stated in a recent interview “I can’t make any claim at all to inventing desert rock, or stoner rock, or whatever you want to call it. I make rock n roll records, and hopefully try to make the listener feel like I did when I heard my favourite music.“ The Masters entered the stage surrounded by the...

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Live: Social Distortion @ Empire Shepherds Bush.

Al Capone is in town…. No, wait a minute, its Social Distortion, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1990’s self-titled album, on the last day of their European tour. The night promised a revival for those who lived in the nineties, mohawks, jackets and beaten jeans invaded Shepherds Bush Empire on a Sunday evening just before a lazy bank holiday. Although  punk had thrived in England in the middle of the seventies, it did spread to the USA too, arriving at Social Distortion’s door in California. They learned from hits of Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash, creating the...

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Live: John Garcia @ Islington Academy.

The evening promised the best of the stoner rock, and even before John Garcia and band entered the local quartet, Steak, came into action with the best of their repertoire. The band, which became one of the leading bands of the Desert / Stoner Rock scene in UK, recently released their debut album Slab City, on Napalm Records, which also has the participation of John Garcia. Kippa, the Steak vocalist is no doubt inspired by Garcia, but he has a rasper voice and interacts more with the audience talking in between songs and even going through the crowd while...

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Live: Blues Pills @ The Dome

Blues and Psychedelic Rock is still alive and kicking and very well represented by the band that triumphs today, Blues Pills. Going back to the 70’s with long haired folk, wah-wah pedals all over the place and psychedelic posters on the walls is the vibe of The Dome, the venue where the Swedish band thriving in Europe played their first solo show in London to a full house. The opening acts were the Bristol band Black Wolf and the Icelandic trio The Vintage Caravan. The crowd was a great blend of people gathered for a retro rock night, head...

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Live Review: Rival Sons @ Scala

The Rival Sons is the kind of band that doesn’t need you to be an extreme fan or for you to have all their albums or know all the lyrics to succumb to their charming rock alchemy, blues, funky & soul. The Californian band has been on the road since 2009, bringing strong influences from blues rock from the 60’s-70’s, particularly Led Zeppelin, The Animals and Free. It’s easy to compare vocalist Jay Buchanan with Jim Morrison. His sizzling and obscure performances and his incredible stage presence, are dramatised by a scene composed in  very low light and dry-ice. Guitarist and...

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Review: Desertfest London 2014.

The 3rd edition of the Doom/Sludge/Stoner rock festival (hosted in London and Berlin) The Desertfest 2014, which has been attracting people from all over Europe and beyond, happened here in Camden Town, London on the 25th 26th and 27th of April. With bands playing in three known venues to the Londoners, Black Heart, Underworld and Electric Ballroom. On those 3 days of celebration you would bump into all kinds of long hair and beards, the atmosphere was great. Friday, the first day at the Black Heart seemed almost too small for the amount of people trying to get in....

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Live Review: Brody Dalle @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen.

The singer from The Distillers and Spinerette, Brody Dalle has started touring to present her debut solo album. She played  an intimate show for a few people at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen last night in London.  The concert was set to start at 21:30 and with just a few minutes delay Brody entered the stage dressed in jeans and fluorescent orange shirt and presenting the thirsty fans with a mixture of tracks from her new album  Diploid Love (to be released later this year with no set date as of yet) and with songs from her old projects including...

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Live Review: Alice in Chains @ Ally Pally.

After two promising performances by special guests Walking Papers  with former drummer of Screaming Trees, Barrett Martin and bassist Duff McKagan and the eccentric on-stage presence of the Swedish band Ghost, the band that Dave Grohl played the magic wands on their cover of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette?” The crowd at the vast and chilly Alexandra Palace for Alice in Chains had  high expectations and anticipations and they were not disappointed. Vocalist William DuVall, who recorded the last two albums with AIC is charismatic and competent. Walking in Staley’s shoes is not an easy task, but DuVall  was energetic...

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