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High & Lonesome Festival 2015 @ The Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 23-11-15

The High & Lonesome team return with their best line up yet to warm up a cold and wet weekend in Hyde Park.

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Damnation Festival 2015 @ Leeds University

Posted by vibrations on 11-11-15

Now easing itself into its second decade, Damnation Festival has become one of the key stops on the annual festival circuit and an essential one for anyone wanting to explore the current state of metal...

Review by Steve Walsh

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Darkstar @ Headrow House, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 09-11-15

After the challenging week I spent trying get my head around Darkstar’s spoken-word-meets-electro album Foam Island last month, I arrived at Headrow House for their show tonight with wavering expectations. Working half an hour’s worth of recorded conversations with politically-disillusioned Huddersfield residents into even the most avant-garde of sets would be a tricky feat for the duo; cutting these out might allow them to perform the fluid kind of set they’re used too, but may also leave it lacking the social and political exploration that made the album so interesting.

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Those Delta Wolves/Negative Panda/Drax @ 360 Club, The Library, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 02-11-15

Werewolves, skeletons and half-arsed transvestites, a centurion, Chewbacca, Dracula and some sort of zombie lumberjack...

Review by Tim Hearson

 

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The Vitasounds Projects, worriedaboutsatan, Dean McPhee @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 01-11-15

I hadn’t realised Halloween had become such a big thing. If I’d known, I’d have worn a mask or something. As it is, I feel kinda out of place amidst the boys and ghouls… sorry, girls having scary fun in Wharf Chambers… until I realise I am that thing which chills the heart of even the sternest musician… a music journo…

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Eaves @ The Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 01-11-15

As I arrive at The Brudenell and make small talk with a few acquaintances, fireworks crackle in the neighbouring car park, quickly edging closer to the crowd gathered outside, who scarper and hurry indoors. Whether these were the result of some woeful pyrotechnics or a bunch of mischievous youths, it sets a nice autumnal, if momentarily tense atmosphere for the evening.

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The Sisters of Mercy and Black Moth @ Leeds Beckett University

Posted by vibrations on 01-11-15

Mothic rock + Gothic rock x dry ice = MASSIVE.

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Slug @ Headrow House, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 25-10-15

“Hello, I’ve come for the Slug gig – I thought it was free entry?”

“Yes, but only their performance. You’ll have to come back at nine twenty.”

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Vessels, Alex Banks, Will and Held, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 20-10-15

This is weird. I’m in the teeth of a full on rave, surrounded by a euphoric crowd with their hands in the air… and it’s a Monday. This is not normal Monday night behaviour, but then Vessels are hardly a normal band. And for that, I will be eternally grateful.

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Mercury Rev - Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 15-10-15

Jonathan Donahue bounds on stage like a Quentin Blake illustration scribbled over by Tim Burton while his bandmate Grasshopper resembles a more mature Scrappy-Doo gone flamboyantly bohemian and, for the next ninety minutes, they and their band proceed to beguile, charm and enchant the audience in the loveliest way imaginable.

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Sleaford Mods/Steve Ignorent’s Slice of Life/Mark Wynn @ The Irish Centre, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 13-10-15

A pleasing aspect of watching the headliners rise to prominence has been the way they consistently pick support acts for gigs and tours with strong individual voices of their own, mainly from marginal musics and the fringes of the mainstream. Another sign that they have no fear...

Review by Steve Walsh

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Nomasta/Amplifighters/False Flags/Groak @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 13-10-15

Some of Nomasta used to be in the much missed Canaya, but blimey when you get a band that can play at this level of furious intensity, who cares what came before...

Review by Steve Walsh

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Lonelady, Headrow House, 3rd October 2015

Posted by vibrations on 04-10-15

In the exposed brickwork of Headrow House, Nathan Barley’s “This place is well weapon!”  would not be an unexpected utterance. However, my companion spits the selfsame phrase out about twenty minutes into the gig as the ultimate put down of tonight’s almost wasted evening.

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Spiritualized - Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 28-09-15

How is it that, even after all this time, droning space-rock played at deafening volume against a swirling psychedelic backdrop can still work such wonder? It’s about ten minutes into the gig, Jason Pierce is crooning  “Sweetheart, sweet light,” repetitively over the closing bars of ‘Hey Jane’ as the band get louder and louder and that’s it- my spine goes all wobbly, I start vibrating and I’m biting my lip to keep myself from bursting into tears. It’s been a tough week but that’s no excuse. The cathartic ‘Lord Let it Rain on Me’ that follows nearly sends me over the edge. I probably need to talk to someone about this but for the time being this will do fine. Ladies and gentlemen, we are indeed floating in space.

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That Fucking Tank/Big Love/H. Morse @ The 1 in 12 Club, Bradford

Posted by vibrations on 22-09-15

These days, it seems, with That Fucking Tank you just have to accept that we’re just dealing with degrees of excellence...

Review by Steve Walsh

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Blacklisters, Post War Glamour Girls, Irk @ The Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 21-09-15

Amazing, isn’t it, what people enjoy. In the main room, a Smiths covers band is playing to a capacity crowd for not one but two nights. Each to their own, I guess. I am here for the unrelenting noise and chaos of three of Leeds’ most exciting and noisy bands, and I’m far from alone. Each to their own.

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Random Hand/Jake and The Jellyfish/Gone and Lost It @ The Maze, Nottingham

Posted by vibrations on 21-09-15

The night was bittersweet for all​ Random Hand​ fans, as after thirteen years of touring the band have decided to take a long break from the punk scene. Support bands​ Gone and Lost It​ and​ Jake and The Jellyfish ​kicked off the night and the crowd went mad for them.

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Lone Wolf, Napoleon IIIrd, Actor @ Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 14-09-15

It's not often that a wake is attended by the dearly departed, but that's exactly what's happening tonight. This is the last appearance of Paul Marshall as Lone Wolf, and though it is a sad occasion it is going to be some party.

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CentreStage No 4 @ White Cloth Gallery, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 13-09-15

Its pleasing to see this enterprise, which seeks to provide a platform to showcase female composers and musicians working in mainly challenging and innovative areas of contemporary music, reach its first birthday with this its fourth iteration...

Review by Steve Walsh

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The Lost Review - Young Fathers, Brudenell Social Club, 22nd May

Posted by vibrations on 08-09-15

This has been a long time coming, but finally this lost review has been recovered and will see the light of day... Behold, Young Fathers!

 

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