Monthly Archives: January 2011

Gig review: Double Dragon III, Oxford Art Factory, 21/1/11

Double Dragon nights are a unique beast in their musical diversity, go in with no expectations and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the creativity brewing amongst local bands. All bases are covered, from 80s pop to psych rock and every … Continue reading

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Record review: Wire, Red Barked Tree

There are innumerable bands that are clearly influenced by Wire; any indie rock band from Franz Ferdinand to Bloc Party pay their debts to Wire’s innovative play between obscure songwriting and part-punk/part-post-rock musicianship. The pared-down lineup of Colin Newman, Graham … Continue reading

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Interview: Foals

From Spanish Sahara to Sydney beaches, Foals drummer Jack Bevan is up for a sea change. When I manage to get Foals drummer Jack Bevan on the phone he’s happy, well-rested and just a touch confused. Asked where he is currently … Continue reading

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Record review: The Decemberists, The King Is Dead

The Decemberists continue their chameleon presence in the music world with their sixth record, an exercise in country folk narrative. The Portland-born band have always had a penchant for the pace and acoustics of country music, and their sound fits … Continue reading

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Gig review: Future Of The Left, Annandale Hotel, 5/1/11

The room was well and truly packed when Future Of The Left took to the stage, the intimidating yet entertaining presence of Andy Falkous igniting cheers from men and women alike. What ensued was an hour and more of aural … Continue reading

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Gig review: The National, Enmore Theatre, 8/1/11

I never thought moshing would be a concert activity for fans of The National. Sullen staring, sad singalongs, tears – all expected and awaited, but over 2000 fans jumping up and down, not so much. Therein lies the inherent beauty … Continue reading

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Gig review: Lightspeed Champion, Spectrum, 3/1/11

Standing in Spectrum’s tiny band room awaiting Lightspeed Champion felt like being part of a secret club. With barely a hundred people present, the support act Bleeding Knees Club received an enthusiastic response, though it may have been coming from … Continue reading

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