Monthly Archives: May 2011

Villagers, Shepherds Bush Empire, 21 May 2011

Having recently played the Camden Crawl and Great Escape, the Irish act Villagers were ready to entertain the London masses at Shepherds Bush Empire. The evening started with support from former Magic Numbers bassist, Michele Stodart, who performed a selection of folk-driven acoustic tracks. Entering the stage with a beautiful array of acoustic solo songs […]

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Stag and Dagger Festival, Shoreditch, 19 May 2011

The Stag and Dagger festival is Shoreditch’s showcase of new and upcoming British talent: a taste of what you’ll be listening to in a few months’ time. The Old Blue Last’s tiny upstairs stage was host to a roaring set from Mammal Club, who managed to entertain the small group of festival-goers and kicked off […]

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White Denim & Amber States, The Wheelbarrow, 17 May 2011

At 11.30am The Wheelbarrow made an announcement. “TONIGHT WHITE DENIM ARE PLAYING AT THE WHEELBARROW!!! FREE ENTRY!!! GET DOWN EARLY!!! RT PLEASE.” Minutes later, the buzz was all over Twitter: this is going to be good. All plans dropped, all work skived and all significant others dragged along, come 8pm The ‘Barrow is almost full. […]

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Everything Everything, Shepherds Bush Empire, 12 May 2011

Everything Everything are an eager bunch. It’s just after 9pm, and already they’re onstage, kicking off their first headline show in London this year with an amazingly tight, yet slightly stiff, rendition of Final Form. It’s as if the audience wasn’t quite ready for them, as stragglers try to hurry the bar staff and squeeze […]

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Peter Doherty, Shepherds Bush Empire, 10 May 2011

Billed as the final support act, Lipstick Melodies are finishing off a somewhat dull indie-country-blues set, presumably to make way for this audience’s beloved Peter Doherty. Pete is a performer infamous for, among other things, keeping his audiences waiting. The long pause in entertainment that precludes his arrival has come to be expected. But much […]

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Glasvegas & Kyla La Grange, Kentish Town Forum, 10 May 2011

Concern and frustration are the first words that describe Glasvegas’ poor performance at the Kentish Town Forum. Concern because of James Allan’s physical and psychological state, frustration because everyone knows how great the four-piece can be. Glasvegas was the best British debut of 2008, and was robbed of its Mercury Prize by Speech Debelle in […]

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