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Peter Gabriel Aberdeen AECC, 09.12.14

Pathfinder, popularizer and baldy Gabble-pioneer Peter Gabriel defies Scotland’s umpteenth weather-bomb for three-course run through the hits. The ‘So’ album played in it’s entirety from start to finish plus hits electric and quiet. Former Genesis frontman and fox-headed, chameleon flower-stomper Peter Gabriel put on a stunning show at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen on Monday night. In spite of initial appearances, it wasn’t a tough sell. The 3000 middle-aged fans who’d braved Scotland’s erratic  ‘weather-bomb’ remained in such an attentive Continue Reading

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Starsailor @ The Luminaire, London, 11.02.09

Able-bodied Northerners, Starsailor trim the mainsail and unfurl the spinnakers ahead of new album release, ‘All The Plans’ with low-key gig in London. Sh*tloads of photos and tour dates included Don’t ever go claiming that middle of the road, moisturised Coldplayers like Starsailor don’t suffer for their art. James Walsh literally took a shot up the arse tonight, he informs us, in order to play this low-key club comeback ahead of fourth album ‘All the Plans’ – OK, it was Continue Reading

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Elbow @ Brixton Academy, London, 15.04.08

Crud’s own seldom seen kid takes a seldom taken look at this year’s most seldom seen band. James Berry attends yet another Elbow gig. And who can blame him. New single, ‘One Day Like This’ out 02.06.08 It’s one of the great modern pop curiosities. Could we start the rumour now that Chris Martin has accumulated a kidnapped mass of Elbow fans, possibly in a cavernous bunker deep under his snazzy Belsize Park pad where they’re starved of daylight and Continue Reading

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The Raveonettes @ KCLSU, London, November 2007

Similar sounding retro rock standard after retro rock standard. Riding on the back of a rampant feedback serpent, The Raveonettes prove that pleasure really can be that straight-forward. It really doesn’t matter what The Raveonettes played tonight. Every song they did play was as painted-on tight, pitch and metronome perfect, bulbous, hip-shaking and as don’t-stare-straight-at-it-put-your-sunglasses-on-god-damn-it gleaming as the next. And indeed the last, and the one before that. And so on. And their back catalogue in itself (four albums old Continue Reading

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T-shirts, jeans, unfashionable haircut, modest, alt-rock strained and stretched – and that’s just Crud’s James Berry. Yo La Tengo – all present and correct. When rock histories are written in future decades (and indeed centuries) you get the feeling that, as now, Yo La Tengo will be sidelined somewhat, if not altogether. Their nearest peer, in terms of creativity, longevity and style, continue to be Sonic Youth – the revered, celebrated, deified Sonic Youth – who a matter of days Continue Reading

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The National / Annuals @ Astoria, London, 22.05.2007

Manfully bridging the divide between the uncomfortably withdrawn and absorbingly eccentric, James Berry recoils at the loaded springs of Annuals frontman Adam Baker and the momentous slow-burn of Arcade frontman, Mat Beringer Love Broken Social Scene but haven’t got the concentration to keep up with the every movement of such a twitchy many-limbed creature? Perhaps we could interest sir in a more manageable animal? Annuals, numbering six, are certainly a more tax-return-friendly size, but their productivity trails sparks and they Continue Reading

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Hot Chip @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh 2006

Claire Mapletoft holds a tentative banner aloft for the rigorous nerd-chic of chart-seeking missiles, Hot Chip. Cue lots of cymbal crashing miniature monkeys and weird, baffling techno malarkey. Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire is not made for short people. The stage and surrounding area are one the same level, and when there is a sellout (as there was Wednesday night), short people, like myself, often have a hard time even seeing over the crowd. As Hot Chip took to the stage, I Continue Reading

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Shout Out Louds @ The Cockpit, Leeds February 2006

He who shouts loudest, shouts the longest. As the video for the Shout Out Louds’ The Comeback is nominated for a Swedish grammy, Adam and his guitar hungry chums bait the Cockpit with a moog and some hillbilly-chic. You know it’s going to be a good night when the first band on (Leeds’ very own Being 747) forsake the usual ‘How ya doing, Leeds? I can’t hear you!’ for a sober announcement that they are here for health and safety Continue Reading

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Spiritualized @ The Roadmender, Northampton, September 2003

Inspired by the White Stripes, and a more direct approach to recording, the Spaceman took his unique chunk of spacerock direct to Northampton Roadmender. Natasha House has the details My eyes throb and fight intermittent blindness as I struggle to make out Jason Pierce’s silhouette, perfectly profiled against a blazing spotlight, adding a visual spectacle to the soaring space-rock psychedelia Spiritualized calmly lead us through. The Spaceman himself remains seated precariously atop an amp, face screened from us with his Continue Reading

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Carling Weekend Festival – Reading 2003

With a wailing ‘Ba ba ba ba ba bah bah fiiighhurrYEAH’ and a flailng ‘ooo-ooo-ooo-oo-o’ James Berry mops up the dregs spilled by this years’ Reading Festival. Prepare for disappointment Friday There is a popular phrase, ‘save the best for last’. There’s another, ‘start as you mean to go on’. And then, the slightly lesser known ‘water your audience with PASSIVITY and DISAPPOINTMENT and SHITE from the moment they walk through the gate and siphon off all their enthusiasm before Continue Reading