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Live Gig Video: We Are Augustines play ‘Philadelphia’ at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre

 
By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

We Are Augustines have released this live video from their performance Seattle’s Neptune Theatre in the spring. Performing one half of their current double A single ‘Philadelphia (The City of Brotherly Love)’ (the other A side ‘Book of James) now out on Oxcart Records, this video offers an up close and personal view of the performance. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFYhy8TV87c[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Florence and the Machine perform ‘Breaking Down’ at Coachella 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Florence and the Machine, aka Florence Welch and band, were filmed at this year’s Coachella festival, resulting in this part documentary, part gig video for ‘Breaking Down’. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Yf06sU-Hs[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Cloud Nothings perform ‘No Future, No Past’, part of ‘Live at Grog Shop’ 12″, live in Cleveland

 
By on Monday, 25th June 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings will be releasing a limited vinyl only, white label 12″ entitled ‘Live at Grog Shop’. Recorded live at The Grog Shop and mixed and mastered by James Kananen at Bad Racket, the release comprises recordings made at their hometown Cleveland show on the 5th of April 2012, will be limited to 1,000 copies and available from Carpark Records on the 17th of July. Each copy will feature a personalized, hand-drawn image by the band on the sleeve.

Another released planned is a live flexi 7″ of ‘Fall In’ from the same show that will be included for free with the purchase of ‘Attack On Memory’ on LP or CD. To celebrate the releases, the band is sharing a live clip from the Grog Shop show at which the 12″ was recorded. Check out the video of them performing ‘Attack On Memory’ opener ‘No Future/No Past’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3kj7oso4EI[/youtube]

 

(Great Escape 2012 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Grimes performs ‘Genesis’ on Jools Holland

 
By on Tuesday, 8th May 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Here’s a live video of Grimes performing what I imagine will be her signature song, ‘Genesis’, from her debut album ‘Visions’on Later Live with Jools Holland. The only distraction? An eyeball decal on her forehead. Not sure what that’s about, maybe protection? She didn’t need it, as she looks cool as a cucumber and completely in control, doing what she does best in this performance.

We usually post two videos from Jools Holland on artists we choose to write about, but sadly Claire Boucher was confined to performing one track while Norah Jones was allowed three (much to the dislike to the YouTube commenters, I might add). However, if you’re heading to Brighton for the Great Escape this weekend, you’re in luck. Grimes will be performing at the M is for Montreal/Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Great Escape on Friday the 9th of May at Brighton Digital, with a set time of 20.45.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aea0WMx8e7E[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Lianne La Havas at London Alexandra Palace – 28th April 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 8th May 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

They grew up just down the road. They’ve had two, well, three popular records, and their meteoric rise doesn’t show any signs of stopping tonight as Bombay Bicycle Club top the bill at Alexandra Palace. The atmosphere’s as friendly as the music in Ally Pally as Lianne La Havas comes on stage. Her rising star flying over her homeland tonight as her reception is immense. Ever since her appearance on Jools Holland, the singer-songwriter’s endearingly personal EP ‘Lost and Found’ has been played to a wide array of fans. Starting on her own and being joined by a live band a few songs in, Havas’ sound is nowhere near as small as you might imagine and there’s scattered polite singalongs accompanying her.

Half an hour down the line, Steadman and company arrive on stage behind a curtain as Apache: Jump on it blends into the opening purr of ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’. As it kicks in, the curtain comes down and tonight really begins. There’s a slight timidity about the 10,000 strong crowd tonight but quickly the band’s simple light show and stage set up becomes their stomping ground as they get into the swing of things. At points this evening, front man Jack Steadman casts off his quaint demeanour and becomes a rocker in his own right as Bombay’s sound is deepened by Lucy Rose on vocals for much of the evening and an appearance from a brass band.

‘Flaws’ tracks ‘Rinse Me Down’ and ‘Ivy and Gold’ split the night’s feel up a bit, but rather than Mumford-ing up for live response, the band instead add an almost Friendly Fires-style jovial samba to it, extending the tracks with small percussive dance parties. It’s a nice touch,  (especially the man in a Kigu with a spare snare) but you can’t help but feel it’s slightly unnecessary.  ‘Evening/Morning’ comes as if you’ve turned over a side on the band’s life and arrived back at one of their finest tracks. Its bass line and singalong “I am ready to owe you anything” sounds as big as the band ever will and the crowd agree.

At times it feels like a festival. Thousands of people are crammed in, standing under one roof. There’s people dancing on shoulders (Lucy Rose on guitarist Jamie’s shoulders is just one of many) and their silhouettes cut as if by sunset. It’s even raining outside! The only thing reminding you that this isn’t the case is the regal surrounding. That, and the choices of ‘Beggars, Still’ and ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ bonus track ‘Beg’ filling time in the set. They don’t make a huge amount of sense in the live setting, but with only two proper albums, they have to find a way of filling such a demanding space, and each track in its own right is at least well written.

Of course, the set is back-loaded for added effect as ‘Always Like This’ gets an incredible response from front to back and ‘Emergency Contraception Blues’ sets up for the encore. It was always going to end one way and as ‘Shuffle’ kicks in, everyone does. The band’s biggest track to date inspires everyone to get moving as their last chance is approaching. It comes in the form of ‘What If’: it’s poignant and powerful and it shows that given a bit more material, Bombay can challenge the top. Humbled, they leave the stage. They’ve not been the best show you’ll see, but in time, they could be.

 

(Great Escape 2012 flavoured!) Live Review: Dry the River at Newcastle Cluny – 28th April 2012

 
By on Friday, 4th May 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

London-based five-piece Dry the River are garnering all sorts of plaudits for their debut long-player Shallow Bed. Combining gentle, meadowy folk with grandiose post-rock wig-outs, seasoned with a peppery gothic tang, their sound simultaneously nods to decades past, whilst achieving a fresh slant on a number of styles which were in danger of becoming parodies of themselves. In an attempt to convey their sound in writing, all sorts of comparisons have been made, chiefly to contemporary populist folk revivalists Mumford and Sons; much the same point can be made by comparing a Big Mac to rare roast rib of beef.

Even at first glance of the band in the flesh, it is apparent that superficial comparisons to the Mumford mummy’s boys fall wide of the mark. There’s not a mandolin or waistcoat in sight; what there is is heavy tattoos, skinny jeans, and an AC/DC t-shirt. Singer Peter Liddle, barefoot and flame-haired, accommodates within his slight frame a voice which in its throaty delicacy displays an uncanny similarity to Jeff Buckley. The electric guitar undulates from gently overdriven picking to frantic power chords. There’s harmony vocals, a particularly animated bassist with an impressive beard, and as is becoming increasingly common these days, a violin.

Most importantly, there are songs – excellent ones at that. The set list is pretty much the entirety of ‘Shallow Bed’ (Luke’s review of the album can be read here) with the running order rearranged. Each piece is as strong as the last; the one-hour set doesn’t sag in the middle as is the risk with young bands. The songs kick in with memorable aphorisms, progress at a fine pace and never outstay their welcome. Impressively, the arrangements are both more delicate and yet carry more impact than on record. From the gentle guitar plucking and intertwining violin of ‘Shaker Hymns’, via the sweeping finale of ‘Weights and Measures’, to the mentalist noise that concludes ‘Lion’s Den’, the material works even better shorn of production fripperies, with the simplest of presentations. Most of these songs are proper pop tunes: ‘History Book’ for example, beautifully arranged and carrying quite some punch in its guitars, remains accessible and catchy as a frisbee.

They come back for one more song – the only one left that they haven’t played – and leave to rapturous applause from a genuinely appreciative sold-out crowd. A less manufactured-looking band it’s difficult to imagine, but if one had to combine several demographics – mum-friendly folk-pop, chewy chunks of teenage moshing, a touch of ’60s psychedelia, dashed with Stonehenge mysticism – this would be the result. A fascinating band who look to have a good year in front of them.

Dry the River are scheduled to play at 23.45 on the Friday (11 May) at the Corn Exchange at this year’s Great Escape.

 
 
 

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