king naat veliov and the original kocani okestar – live review

[from the archive] Eastern Europeans battle for your head & feet How does one dance to a Macedonian wedding band? That was the dilemma facing the good people at the Brighton Dome in the second half of this double bill of Eastern European folk. Although music of Romany origin is little known in Britain, film… Continue reading king naat veliov and the original kocani okestar – live review

everything everything – live review

[one from the archive] Everything isn’t all it’s cracked up to be Everything Everything has to be one of the most apt band names around. These prog indie (Prindie?) guys from Manchester via Newscastle, Kent and Guernsey want it all...twice. However, as last year’s long player ‘Man Alive’ showed, they want too much – cramming… Continue reading everything everything – live review

vivian girls – live review

Frocks n fringes Third album ‘Share the joy’ brings this Brooklyn trio of indie darlings to the Coalition for the first night of a UK tour. ‘Share...’ is a more subtle and melodic step on from the short, sharp 60’s influenced garage rock of their first two – critically acclaimed – records, so it ought… Continue reading vivian girls – live review

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