Tag: Indie

Live: Cabbage & Blossoms @ The Roundhouse

I like the Roundhouse. If you can accept the compromised sight lines and sound, there’s something kind of cool about watching a band in an engine shed. It’s run by a charitable trust, which means it’s looked after; your feet don’t stick to the floor. Tonight, the giant dome is hosting the NME Awards Tour 2017, sponsored by VO5 – a fact that single-handedly makes it sound the least rock ‘n’ roll thing to exist since Tony Blackburn. Gracing the tour are a triumvirate of artists from the North West: Rory Wynne, Cabbage and Blossoms. I’m primarily here for...

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Live: The Sherlocks @ Sheffield University Foundry, Sheffield

The Sherlocks were back in town on Friday night with their infectious good-mood beats and heavy riffs. It had been a while since I had seen them and like the sell out crowd, I was looking forward to their set and those of the supporting acts Oddity Road and Sundance.  Like a ray of sunshine, Sundance brought interesting new sounds to the Sheffield University Foundry with a mixture of 4/4 and 7/8 beats, combining fun alternative pop with upbeat bluesy reggae vibes. Although not expecting to play to such a large crowd – the sold out Foundry was filling up fast...

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Photography: Darwin Deez @ Shepherds Bush

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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