Adam Buxton Presents BUG Special: David Bowie 17-04-16

Reviewed by Joe Douglas

Last night, in the grand surroundings of the recently refurbished Albert Hall, Manchester, full-time comedian and part-time David Bowie worshipper (or should that be the other way round?) Adam Buxton presented a comedy-lecture on his thin white idol.

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Wolf Alice, Rock City, 23-03-16

We last saw Wolf Alice at Rock City for Dot To Dot Festival 2014. It would be interesting to see how the 4 piece from London, currently touring in support of their Mercury Prize nominated album My Love Is Cool, have progressed in the last 2 years.

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Foals, Manchester MEN Arena, 13.02.16

Reviewed by James Lavender

As mentioned in a previous review, I spoke about two bands being at the forefront of British alternative music, Alt-J was one, and now we focus on Foals. Whereas Alt-J have the arty kids, these guys attract the edgy rock kids and they were out in force in Manchester on a Saturday night.

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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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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

The Sunshine Underground, The Venue, Derby, 29.10.15

Reviewed by James Lavender

There are many indie bands out there who plug away and have a loyal fan-base to support them at every gig. These are the ones who are in it for the music and nothing more. The Sunshine Underground are one of them. Constantly touring, they have a new album coming out next year.

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Summer Camp, The Bodega, Nottingham, 04.10.2015

Reviewed by James Lavender

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Summer Camp are well known for their 80s influenced indie pop, which seems to be made for high-school movies of the John Hughes variety. In fact, one of their successes last year was creating the soundtrack for a documentary celebrating the genre called ‘Beyond Clueless’. So naturally, when Summer Camp came on the stage at The Bodega, lead singer Elizabeth Sankey looked every inch the high-school star.

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