Alt-J, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, 08.12.2015

Reviewed by James Lavender

In recent years, there have been two alternative rock bands that have managed to reach mainstream audiences and who look like they are going to be staying around. They are Foals and Alt-J. Whilst the former are known more for rocking out, the latter have come up with some of the most original, challenging and intricate indie pop music of the moment. Ever since winning the Mercury Music Prize in 2012 for their debut album An Awesome Wave, they have gone from strength to strength. After a successful summer touring the festival circuit, the highlight of which being a slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, they have been doing an Autumn/Winter tour which has culminated in the final night at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.

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Rare Monk – Rare Monk EP

Reviewed By Andrew Scott


Very rarely does a band come along whose sound perfectly complements their subject matter. Rare Monk, from Portland, Oregon have crafted an epic sounding blend of indie rock that perfectly captures the grandiose themes of their songs. Rare Monk are a band with a message. The tracks on the newly released EP deal with the effects of global warming, namely rising tides, forest fires and drought and the lack of apathy for the Earth’s future.

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Lonely The Brave, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 19.11.2015

Reviewed by James Lavender

Readers, rather than giving you the usual review of a performance, I thought I would try something a bit different. Lonely The Brave had taken their latest tour to The Rescue Rooms, and supporting them were supported by heavy, rock riffers Black Peaks. Apart from the music, there was something which really struck me about the two bands, and that was the stage-presence of their lead singers. Continue reading