Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cool For Cats: Call The Doctor, Montage Populaire & The Bon Vivants, Old Blue Last, 29 March 2011

Record label, Cool For Cats, aren’t releasing stuff at the moment. Perhaps they’re victims of illegal downloading, or perhaps they simply can’t be bothered. What they are doing, however, is showcasing bands at their occasional free entry nights at the Old Blue Last. Tonight they’ve gone for a bit of a French theme – with […]

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Flashguns, Pushing Hands, Lucy Rose & Bombay Bicycle Club DJs, The Lexington, 23 March 2011

By the looks of the crowd assembled here tonight, The Lexington is getting slack at checking IDs. Most of these kids look as though they’re about to embark on their GCSEs. But our first glimpse of Flashguns and main support, Pushing Hands, reveals them, too, to be about 18. It seems we are about to […]

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Read and Shout 2011, West Norwood Library, 19 March 2011

An increasing number of gigs have, for some reason, been taking place in libraries lately – with the likes of Darwin Deez playing in Westminster Reference Library last March and The Good Natured having recently done an entire tour amidst public bookshelves around the country. But Read and Shout 2011 is, as far as we […]

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Jimmy The Squirrel, Hootananny, 18 March 2011

The Hootananny is rammed tonight as Nottingham’s Jimmy The Squirrel climb up to the four foot high stage to tower above the audience. The smell of the jerk chicken-grilling barbeque outside fills the air and the vibe couldn’t be more upbeat. That is, until JTS kick it off with a seriously lively instrumental ska track […]

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The Hunt: Hoodlums, Patch William, Hares & Lilyphone, 17 March 2011

The Hoxton Pony looks way too posh to have bands playing in its basement. It’s one of those overly-modern cocktail bars where you expect to pay around £7 a drink. And yet, here we are, watching Denmark’s Lilyphone play bleakly unoriginal country music under a rainbow of intense UV strip lights. The audience are disproportionately […]

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Hoodlums on Barges, Beaches and Getting Back on Tour

  Since 2007, Hoodlums (some of London’s best purveyors of unconditionally happy indie-pop) have been perfecting their craft on the live circuit. For this band it was never about locking themselves in a studio and releasing over-produced, money-making albums. Their following has been picked up on tour. And quite a following it is. Hoodlums are […]

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The Vaccines, HMV, 14 March 2011

When a band plays music as energetic and snappy as Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra), there’s an assumption they’re going to be pretty raucous live. But if it kicks off in here, the result would be carnage. We stand in HMV amidst the shelves of CDs, with customers still attempting to squeeze through to browse […]

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