ron sexsmith – live review

[one from the archive] A lesson in positive pessimism Peel favourite and enduring underdog Ron Sexsmith has carved out his own brand of folk-pop you could call ‘positive pessimism’ – the bittersweet lament of the optimistic failure. He delighted 500 fans tonight with an intimate gig at the Komedia, but ultimately threatens to remain in… Continue reading ron sexsmith – live review

Ut, Trash Kit, The Sticks – live review

[one from the archive] The power of three: I am (re)converted Ah, the three-piece, the trio...the holy trinity of guitar, bass and drums. Tonight promised three-pieces cubed, which explains my excitement. Ut, for those old enough to remember, were three women who emerged from the late 70s/80s 'no wave' scene made famous by other New… Continue reading Ut, Trash Kit, The Sticks – live review

the antlers – live review

[one from the archive] The Antlers are a refreshing change on record from the spiky indie guitars and skinny jeans du jour. ‘Hospice’ was the album which brought this Brooklyn based three-piece to most people’s attention. The space and grace of the sound, the lyrical intelligence and the emotional impact of lead singer and chief… Continue reading the antlers – live review