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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 18:29 by Bren

“Who bought our last album?” asks Less Than Jake guitarist and frontman Chris Demakes, two songs into their set at the O2 Academy.  The audience response is mixed, but good humoured.  “Who downloaded it for free?” he follows up, this time the audience response is slightly louder. 

“Who doesn’t give a shit about anything after Hello Rockview?” The audience response is overwhelming, laughter filling a packed out venue as the banter continues back and forth between the band and their fans.  Despite the audience’s apparent preference for their earlier material, Less Than Jake continue on regardless with the first track off their latest album See The Light, as the horns kick in for the opening of “Good Enough”, and with that the tone for the...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 12:59 by Spindles

Amanda Fucking Palmer.

Three words that are pretty much all you'll ever need to describe this seemingly unstoppable force of an artist.

You need more than that? Okay...

It was back in 2007 that I was first introduced to her music. I'm not quite sure how it came about, but I think it was the result of Googling 'Dark Cabaret' as a musical genre and discovering Projekt Records' A Dark Cabaret album. It was on this collection of songs on which the first track was a little ditty called Coin Operated Boy by a band I'd never heard of called The Dresden Dolls. It was an amusing tune, musing on the benefits and drawbacks of an artificial partner over a real relationship, but it was the the inventive piano arrangement and an edge of dark power in her voice that sent me...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:32 by David

If the truth is stranger than fiction, then surely science truths must be stranger than science fiction?

In a cosy anteroom of Chelsea Old Town Hall we get a demonstration of this. Pop-Up Screens are treating us to a series of films with an analysis of their premise from a scientific perspective.

The event covers five films: Alien, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, Good Will Hunting and Shaun Of The Dead. All well known films, touching on various disciplines from materials science, mathematics, virology and others.It's a bright, sunny London afternoon, so it's obviously time for a bright, sunny London zombie film.

The format of the day comprises an introduction to the major scientific themes of the movie in the form of a discussion between interviewer Helen Arney,...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:36 by Spindles

First up tonight are local Bristolian boys, Tax The Heat, who recieve a very warm welcome indeed from their home crowd. It's easy to see why. These nicely turned out gents boast a sound that is equal parts Rolling Stones, Presidents of the USA and Bad Company. They belt out blues heavy anthems for a full fourty-five minute set to rapturous applause in what has very quickly become a packed out venue before ceding the stage to tonight's main event.

It's obvious from the outset that Reef are very at home in this venue as they launch into the first part of their set. They obviously have a history here as Gary urges the crowd to give new guitarist, Jesse Wood, a warm Locarno welcome, harking back to one of the venue's previous incarnations.

Now, before we get onto the gig...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 20:14 by Spindles

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The O2 Islington is one of my favourite venues. I love that you can choose whether you want to be down in the pit at the front, or take the calmer option of the mezzanine bar and watch the proceedings from on high. For me, it's the perfect venue for Skillet's first ever London headline show.

Tonight's sold out crowd is a good reflection of Skillet's popularity here in the UK. It's surprising that it's taken these guys so long to book a headlining tour of our fair isle, but, talking to lead vocalist, songwriter and bassist extraordinaire John Cooper before the gig, it's clear that they were of the opinion that they only had a small, hardcore following. This is, most definitely not the case.

The lights go down and we get a soothing...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 21:50 by Spindles

Reading's Sub89 is a fantastic venue. I've had the pleasure of attending several gigs there of late and I've always had a great evening. Granted the majority of the gigs I've been to have been nowhere near sold out, but there have always been enough people there to make it a good night. Tonight is no exception. As Nordic Giants take the stage, there's probably about seventy or so people there who quickly fill up the dance floor and prepare themselves to be blown away.

Having not seen Nordic Giants before, I was interested to see what they had to offer. The dual screens on the stage flicker into life and begin to weave a futuristic tale concerning the collapse of society accompanied by an intricate score from the heavily costumed duo that comprise the band. What follows is a...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 23:58 by David

I confess! 

Even without the aid of Cardinal Fang, Cardinal Biggles and a comfy chair.... I confess! 

I like Monty Python... 

Controversial eh? 

No.

There's a reason for this :

1969. The end of the 60's introduced us to a few things that altered the world around us, probably forever. For me - four things made the most impression :

Apollo 11 lands on the moon. 
Led Zeppelin introduce us to the heavy sound that will spawn a million riffs. 
A long haired, bearded and ragged man introduces a strange new comedy programme with the word "IT'S!", Liberty Bell played and there was PYTHON.
And l was born. 

NASA stopped going back to the moon in the early 1970's, Led Zep disbanded...

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 11:22 by Spindles

It's the perfect day for a gig at the Bowl, warm, slightly overcast and, most importantly, not raining. Just as the first band is due to hit the stage all the early birds who have staked a claim to their spot for the day recieve a surprise treat as Mr Vedder performs a solo, acoustic version of Porch to rapturous applause. This sets the over-riding tone for the day that, despite the size of the venue, the band manage to inject a wonderful feeling of intimacy into the proceedings.

Eddie calls up the first act of the afternoon, hardcore punk supergroup, Off! who rattle through a barrage of short, punchy numbers which easily get the crowd fired up for what is to come. Mike McCready then introduces Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the stage, who present an impeccable, if slightly...

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