Monthly Archives: April 2011

The London International Ska Festival, Clapham Grand Theatre, 23 April 2011

In a room full of Doc Martens, tartan-lined Harrington jackets, pork-pie hats, braces and buttoned up Fred Perrys one would be forgiven for thinking they had done a Doctor Who and ended up in 1979 Coventry at the heart of the English 2 Tone ska revival. In fact, it was Saturday night at Clapham Grand […]

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Vintage Trouble, The Wheelbarrow, 23 April 2011

It’s all about sex. It’s true, sex is everywhere and it’s quite rare to find someone who can deal with it in a polite manner. Vintage Trouble is that someone: always sexy, kinky and a little bit malicious but never, never vulgar. In an overcrowded Wheelbarrow the gig performed by the Los Angeles-based four piece […]

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The London International Ska Festival, Clapham Grand Theatre, 21-24 April 2011

This Easter weekend marks the return of The London International Ska Festival – the first since 1988, when Two Tone was still ringing in the nation’s ears. Now re-launching the event with a new generation of ska-inspired acts, festival organiser Sean Flowerdew is hoping this year will mark the Dawning of a New Era. “We […]

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Record Store Day: Brownswood pop-up record store

With a generation of young people who have access to free (and largely illegal) music downloads, it is more obvious than ever how important record stores are in the lives of the music fanatics. They have different purposes: from kids placing adverts asking for fellow band mates, to being a place where you can listen […]

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Record Store Day: Rough Trade vs. 93 Feet East, 93 Ft East, 16 April 2011

Rough Trade took the Record Store Day celebrations into the night with a free party at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, featuring two rooms of live music and DJs. The live music was miscellaneous, to say the least. Rowdy Superstar lit up the stage like a disco ball in an outfit resembling a silver Power […]

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Record Store Day: Pete & The Pirates, Strange Fruit & Marcus Foster, Rough Trade West, 16 April 2011

It is noon on a vibrant Spring Saturday in Portobello Market. Outside Rough Trade West a queue to buy a selection of special CD and vinyl releases marking Record Store Day is spilling into the streets. On the pavement a modestly dressed chap with his guitar and a bottle of Ribena begins an emotionally dense […]

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Japan Calling: Punk Rock Festival, Underworld, 16 April 2011

While music connoisseurs and indie fans were rushing to small local stores and hot indie clubs for the Record Store Day celebrations, the mighty Underworld in the heart of Camden Town was hosting a more heartfelt event. Japan Calling: Punk Rock Festival was a charity gig to raise money for the eastern country stricken by […]

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