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Reconciliation Of Love and Fury:  Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Brixton Academy

Ex-Gallows and Pure Love frontman Frank Carter is one of the most exciting performers to witness live.  Never predictable, with hardcore punk band Gallows he was an explosion of vitriolic rage, lyrics streaming out of him to vent pain and nihilistic despair.  With Pure Love, the pendulum swung to the other extreme as Carter flirted with pop and found himself to be a brilliantly round peg in a square hole. Thanks to collaborator and band mate, former Heights guitarist Dean Richardson he may have found a successful carrier for his divided musical heart and a new sound.  With this...

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Benjamin Clementine Lays Down A Challenge At Brixton Academy

  Benjamin Clementine knows the conventions that live gigs follow. “I play, you clap,” he observes at one point during his Brixton Academy performance. So the hits from his 2015 Mercury Prize-winning debut, At Least For Now, get an airing. A generous selection of tracks from its ambitious, experimental follow-up I Tell A Fly, are slipped into the set. There’s audience participation. There’s between-song conversation. And of course there’s an encore.   But the self-described expressionist whose latest album started out as a theatre piece about two romantically entangled flies exploring the world, isn’t one for blindly following those...

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The Pretty Reckless Run Wild At Brixton Academy

The stage is what makes or breaks a band. There are no do-overs, no overdubs, no ProTools to iron out those imperfections. It’s just you, your songs, and (especially if you’re an opening band) an audience to win over. The Pretty Reckless, who’ve been doing this since 2009, know the score, especially when they’re playing to fans as rabid as Stone Sour’s. So, no time for ballads like You and House On The Hill. Instead, the 50-minute opening set is packed with a succession of their heaviest songs, each performed with a matter of life or death intensity rarely...

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The Evolution of the Neo-Numan:  Gary Numan @ Brixton O2 Academy

Opening with new song, the throbbing industrial Ghost Nation from hotly anticipated album Savage, Gary Numan is joined on stage by a standard rock band set up of lead, bass guitar and drummer as well as DJ decks and synths. His voice is clear and clean against the muted beats and dirty growls.  Topping and tailing every track is an explosion of rapturous applause from fans some of whom have shadowed him on his journey to bring an album from inspiration, to studio, to stage. Savage was produced using an advanced form of crowd funding: Numan reliably attended his studio every day to write and...

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Live: Richard Ashcroft @ O2 Academy Brixton

Iconic frontmen of once iconic bands are all the rage at the moment. Noel Gallagher’s two solo albums are an established part of the landscape. Tom Chaplin (voice of post-britpop housewife’s favourites Keane) played a blinding support to Jeff Lynne (another iconic frontman of another once iconic band) at Wembley last weekend. Hell, even Phil Collins joined the party with a headline in Hyde Park during the week. It seems entirely appropriate therefore that Richard Ashcroft, iconic frontman of The Verve – surely one of the most iconic bands of the last thirty years – should be getting in...

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Rock Show: Benjamin Clementine

London-born, Paris-based singer, songwriter and poet Benjamin Clementine has today unveiled his first new music since being awarded 2015’s Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now. Entitled Phantom Of Aleppoville the track was written, recorded and produced by Clementine and follows his recent collaboration with Gorillaz on Hallelujah Money. Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December 2017, including a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at the city’s prestigious Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5th. Accompanied by a video...

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Live: Nothing But Thieves @ Brixton Academy.

Finally Nothing But Thieves are getting their just deserts with a sold out headline show.  This band have been marked for greatness from the start, their talent has afforded them amazing opportunities and what they have lacked in experience they have made up for in fearlessness.  A lesser band may have been tempted to pause first in the hope of readiness, but this young band have been quick to take the challenges. They often admit on stage and social media how nervous and overwhelmed they are to be highlighted with radio play, to be invited to support bands like...

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Live Review: Pixies @ O2 Academy Brixton.

In a bizarre but welcome decision, Pixies chose to play a rotation of UK dates and then loop around again and play another round.  Each time this resulted in a sell out show, maybe not so bizarre? Gig goers are crammed into what feels and looks like an over capacity venue.  People are pushed up against the edges of the walls and are unable to move past without pushing the shoulders of bystanders and turning them like revolving doors.  Looking at the crowd tonight it seems like there is a large student presence, but this being 2016 it seems...

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Rock Show: Pixies Can’t Play Enough UK Shows!

Boston rockers Pixies can’t seem to play enough UK shows it seems, and their love of the Brixton Academy keeps them coming back for more. Following selling out six UK shows last month, including not one but two headline dates at London’s Brixton Academy, which they also sold out in July, the Black Francis-fronted quartet have announced a further three UK dates including an arena show in Cardiff and a stop at Birmingham’s Academy venue following yet another show at Brixton, making their tally at the venue four nights in 2016 alone! Pixies’ UK winter tour is in support of their...

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Live: Pentatonix @ Brixton Academy

Pentatonix may sound like a thrash metal band but they are, in fact, an American a cappella quintet that have been taking the US by storm following winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off reality TV show back in 2011, which resulted in the group winning a recording contract with Sony. They’ve since gone on to win multiple Grammy awards, release four well-received EPs and three further albums including last year’s eponymous US chart-topping effort. Comprised of Texans Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and counter-tenor Mitch Grassi along with Visalia, California-native Avi Kaplan on bass vocals and Owensboro, Kentucky-born...

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Live: The Lumineers @ Brixton Academy

Hailing from Denver in Colorado, The Lumineers were born out of tragedy in 2002 when founding members Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion) came together to write music following the impromptu death of Fraites’ brother and Schultz’s best friend Josh aged just 19 from a drugs overdose. This pairing was to have a happier ending, and now joined by Neyla Pekarek (Cello, backing vocals), Stelth Ulvang (piano, banjo, and much more) and Byron Issacs (bass guitar, backing vocals) they have become a charismatic five-piece, flourishing in mainstream success across the globe. The band’s sound is...

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Live: Weezer @ Brixton Academy

Los Angeles-based rockers Weezer made their live UK return with two dates, hitting up Manchester’s Academy venue followed by London’s Brixton Academy almost five years since their last time in London, on the very same stage. Famed for their interspersion of self-titled colour and named album releases, last week saw the release of well-received tenth studio album: Weezer “The White Album”. Returning to the Brixton Academy the Californian four-piece strolled onto the stage, their famous illuminated “W” sign behind them, to screams from their five-year patient London audience, tearing straight into White Album opener California Kids. Frontman Rivers Cuomo,...

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Live: Jess Glynne @ Brixton Academy

English soul-influenced popstress Jess Glynne played the second of two sold-out shows at London’s Brixton Academy in support of her debut album I Laugh When I Cry, both 5,000-strong shows reassuringly sold out. Bursting onto the scene in 2014 with hit single Right Here, following a collaboration with deep house producer Route 94 the previous year, she achieved further chart success from a collaboration with Cambridge-based electronic outfit Clean Bandit and eventually topped the UK charts with her following two singles, rounding out 2014 where I caught her last, on an all-star line-up at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire alongside Ellie...

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Live: Lianne La Havas @ Brixton Academy

British folk-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas closed out her UK headline tour in support of sophomore studio album Blood with the first of two massive shows at London’s Brixton Academy. “I’m going to be honest with you ladies and gentlemen” she said, a grin stretching across her face, “I’m trying very hard to remain calm and it’s really tough, but I find that the singing helps!”, headlining the Brixton Academy definitely a milestone for any band or artist, especially one that grew up on it’ doorstep. La Havas released her first single and subsequent debut album...

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Live: Laura Doggett @ Brixton Academy

Singer songwriter Laura Doggett opened as John Newman’s support act for his second London Brixton Academy date. You might be forgiven for not knowing who Laura is but you would certainly remember her afterwards.   She is fast making an impression on us with her soulful and sometime mysterious voice able to stun the hardest of hearts.   Later this year she has some headline shows of her own in London. I felt as though this was a great opportunity not just for Laura to get her work heard but also for people to discover her talent and want...

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