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Hawkwind + Glass Mountain, Leeds University Refectory, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 28-03-17

Considering how ‘hazy’ the nineties were for me, it is surprising that I never went to see Hawkwind – possibly because of my long standing loyalty to Motorhead, but probably because I possessed the get up and go of a lump of inert carbon – but as I am now a spritely forty something, it is time to redress this oversight, and also get a look at a band from Leeds that I have heard a lot of interesting stuff about. Let the ritual begin!

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High and Lonesome Saturday @ The Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 27-11-16

As a fan of the Netflix eighties retro sensation Stranger Things, I have now declared that Saturday is a time for ‘coffee and contemplation’. However, being a father, I have realised that this is not always possible, so sometimes the coffee and contemplation takes place during Saturday evening, only the coffee is more often beer. So it is with contemplation and beer in mind that I approach High and Lonesome.

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October Previews

Posted by vibrations on 26-09-16

October is nearly upon us… how that happened, I am not sure… so grab some autumnal aural cheer and check out some major giggage before the witching hour…

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Living Body, Shield Patterns, Buen Chico, Mayshe-Mayshe @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 03-08-16

The sun is shining, I have no work tomorrow and the Brudenell is calling with a chance to see the debut performance of Living Body, a collaboration between Tom of Vessels, Sarah of Esper Scout,, Alice of Mayshe Mayshe and Jeff of Juffage. I whisper the word ‘supergroup’ and hope I don’t get sneered at. Let’s call it a collaboration of friends (superfriends).

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Radio Birdman @ Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 07-07-16

Today marks the day that Australian punk pioneers, Radio Birdman, return to Leeds for the first time since 1978 in a huge comeback tour.  It’s a great turnout at the Brudenell Social Club - the perfect place to welcome back the very first Australian punk band in history...

Review by Olivia Hale

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Manic Street Preachers and Editors @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 02-06-16

Earlier this year I dismissed an up coming Leeds band with an obvious debt to Joy Division with the observation that the last thing that anybody needed right now was another bloody Editors. A band, who when they really, really wanted to move away from the Joy Division comparisons ended up stealing from ‘Porcupine’ era Bunnymen. Perhaps unfairly, I’ve regarded them as a pale copy of better bands with bolted on U2 choruses.

However, it’s good to be proved wrong...

Review by Alan Stewart

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The Fall and Post War Glamour Girls @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 23-05-16

Towards the end of their set, Post War Glamour Girls’ James Smith observes that when they started out they wanted to achieve three things- put out a seven inch single, support The Fall and appear on Jools Holland. As a group they have now achieved this second long held ambition with their customary style.

Review by Alan Stewart

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Eagulls @ Brudenell Social Club

Posted by vibrations on 23-05-16

With high expectations at the juncture of what could have been the “difficult second album”, the band are keen to achieve a change of pace, which offers a breadth and dexterity beyond the relentlessly pummelling fury of the first. There is a definite progression to the sound tonight, and although the show doesn’t lack the band’s characteristic energy, the new music feels more considered and reflective, delivered by a band who are no longer running on hungry adrenalin, but instead valid self-assurance...

Review by Katharine Hartley

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Long Ryders @ The Wardrobe, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 16-05-16

In the few days since the unexpected departure of a certain Sexy Purple Motherfucker it’s fitting that tonight I’m watching The Long Ryders - part of the original 1980s Paisley Underground, a hybrid of West Coast country rock, post-punk, with a psychedelic twist thrown in for good measure. Prince even named his famous Paisley Park studio as a tribute to the influence the movement bore on some of his work.   

Review by Mike Price

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Live at Leeds Festival @ Various Venues

Posted by vibrations on 10-05-16

Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Live At Leeds not only set the template for all the one day urban/metropolitan festivals that have emerged over the last decade, but continues to develop and expand in ways that leave other similar events and imitators desperately struggling to keep up...

Intro by Steve Walsh
Live reviews by Katharine Hartley and Greg Elliot

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Mission of Burma @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 01-05-16

In comparison with other first generation indie rock luminaries, Mission Of Burma’s career has followed a bit of an inverted trajectory.  Whilst their peers stayed the course for decades before finally running out of steam (R.E.M., Sonic Youth), imploded early on only to reconvene later to dine out on the creativity of their early years (Pixies) or retreated into a state of principled inactivity (Fugazi), Burma ended a twenty year hiatus over a decade ago to resume the workmanlike habits of a fully functioning rock band....

Review by Greg Elliot

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Tasos Stamou/Bison/ Eli & Fergus/Dominic Deane @ Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 01-05-16

This was the latest gig put on by the LIME (Leeds Improvised Music and Experimentation) collective, the peripatetic sonic adventurers steadily carving a valuable niche for themselves in the margins of the city’s music community. The Hyde Park Book Club is a tiny venue, and, arguably, ideal for marginal styles of music that can only ever expect to attract small audiences. Ironically, the place is packed, which helps to generate a great atmosphere, although not so great if you’re squished at the front dodging trombone slides and double bass heads….

Review by Steve Walsh

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Fold, Stretch Trio, Tom Wynn @ Headrow House, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 28-04-16

When you’ve been in the whole Leeds music thing for as long as I have (and I consider myself to be a mere neophyte compared to some), you see a lot of changes… once upon a time, the go to place for new bands on the Headrow was The Vine, dubious and cheap as it was, and you’d see some good stuff there. Now Headrow House, wallet cripplingly trendy and so boho as it is, is the go to place on the Headrow, built in what used to be the place to go if you were sick of life or really liked getting stabbed or robbed…

Review by Rob Wright

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Neck Deep @ Leeds Beckett University

Posted by vibrations on 28-04-16

For anyone who thought that pop punk had died a death in the mid-2000s, it’s safe to say that it was alive and kicking at the Leeds Beckett University leg of Neck Deep’s current UK tour…

Review by Olivia Hale

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Submotion Orchestra @ The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 24-04-16

On first hearing that Ruby Wood wouldn’t be on stage for the sold out, hometown leg of the current Submotion Orchestra UK tour, admittedly my heart sank. Submotion without Ruby? Isn’t she the crux of their sound? Perhaps bravely, the band have taken the decision to work with two new vocalists, Aly Usha and Billy Boothroyd on the Colour Theory tour, who’d fill in for Wood whilst she is off tackling motherhood. What prevailed was a completely new dynamic within the band; a different experience to the Submotion we’ve come to know and love, but certainly not lacking, and in no way did they disappoint...

Review by Katharine Hartley

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Ritual Festival @ Canal Mills, Armley, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 18-04-16

It takes a brave man to set up a new festival in the already super crowded market of local, niche festivals. Although there’s no doubt the UK is awash with bands and artists from all genres eager to play them, these things stand or fall based on how many punters will actually pay to go to them, and the calendar is littered with casualties both big and small where the numbers just didn’t add up....

Review by Steve Walsh
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The Necks/James McVinnie and Tom Jenkinson @ The Town Hall, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 13-04-16

Tom Jenkinson’s new compositions for organ started gently, with lyrical looping melodies inspired by "rolling in space". As expected from someone who has spent the last 20 years creating demented drum and bass as Squarepusher, things soon started to fracture. Organist James McVinnie had mentioned in his brief intro the dubious word ‘virtuoso’ in relation to Jenkinson’s bass playing, and I took this to mean that things might get hectic....

Review by Mike Davies

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Refused @ Stylus Leeds University

Posted by vibrations on 09-04-16

Considering that the seminal album, ‘The Shape of Punk to Come’ is almost 20 years old, it’s safe to say that Swedish hardcore band Refused still retain all of the characteristic vim and vigour that has brought their live shows such accolade over the years. Having started life 25 years ago and following well-documented inter-band conflict, Refused have returned to play their first show in Leeds since the heady days of 1998...
 

Review by Katharine Hartley

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Arabrot, Cattle, Casual Nuns, Virgin Dad @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 26-03-16

What better way to round off Palm Sunday than a night of doom, sludge and black metal? I realise that there probably should have been some kind of feedline to that rhetorical question, but I thought it worked quite nicely as a standalone, as would any one of these bands (see how smooth that segue was?) in any number of circumstances, and it’s a line up like this that reminds me how myriad and varied any one genre, nay subgenre can be. Shame that a) it’s on a Sunday and b) the man demands that work should be done/got to on a Monday, so the crowd is… select.

Review by Rob Wright

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Wolf Alice @ The Academy, Leeds

Posted by vibrations on 22-03-16

Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey caused quite a stir last year with the release of the curiously sophisticated Wolf Alice debut ‘My Love Is Cool’ on an unsuspecting public. A bunch of festival appearances coinciding with airplay in all the right places then propelled the album all the way to the dizzying heights of #2, quite some feat indeed....

Review by Mike Price

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