Live Reviews | 2008

Live Reviews | 2008

John Grant & Midlake, Royal Festival Hall, London, 7th September 2011

John Grant has been caught up in a simple twist of fate. It's a well-known story now - a couple of years back he was on the verge of giving up on music and getting a full time translating job. The Czars had split, nothing much was working out, and then Midlake pretty much insisted he make an album at their studio, with them as a backing band. And suddenly the album 'Queen of Denmark'…
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November 2008

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band - Alban Arena, St. Albans - 3rd November 2008 Review by Jonathan Aird This is one of the weeks of the year where a plethora of bands I'd like - or might like - to see were playing gigs, mostly at the same time. Specifically on this day I had to choose between Mick Fleetwood and Lambchop at the Union Chapel. Now arguably that's a no brainer - and I guess…
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October 2008

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August 2008

Live reviews for Big Star, Steve Cropper & the Animals, Eliza Carthy and the Ratcatchers, Kim Edgar, Emmylou Harris with Kimmie Rhodes, Alex Cornish, Jen Chapin & Rosetta Trio, Angie Palmer, The Wilders / Robert Bray / Jane Taylor, and Sam Baker. Big Star - Shepherd's Bush Empire London - 28th August 2008 Review by Patrick Wilkins Big Star's early 70s records influenced a whole slew of performers in the following decades, REM, the Replacements,…
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July 2008

Review by Jonathan Aird So a wet Monday evening is lit by the beacon of Pentangle, oh god, this is so exciting - the original line up of Pentangle. This is an event of earth shaking fabulousness. I'm keen. I'm very keen. Sometimes I wonder if there has ever actually been a better time for live music than right now. Previous live reviews have attested that I'm a fan of John Renbourn. Bert Jansch is…
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June 2008

Gary Louris - The Borderline - 1st June 2008 Review by Andy Riggs Gary Louris is currently in the UK on a mini tour promoting his excellent solo record ‘Vagabonds’. Louris and Mark Olson were the driving forces of The Jayhawks, until ‘artistic differences’ split them. In addition to this was Mark’s decision to head off to the desert with this then wife Victoria Williams to create the Creekdippers. It would seem that hardened Americana…
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May 2008

Johnny Winter & Ollie Brown - Astoria, London - 1st May 2008 Review by Jonathan Aird Does anyone else find that gigs come in clusters? There's nothing much you want to see and then they are like buses and come along in two's and three’s? Or even several on the same day? So, off to The Astoria, for Ollie Brown (stage at 7:45), Johnny Winter (stage at 8:45), curfew at 10:20 to allow them to…
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April 2008

Reviews this month for Josh Ritter, David Ferrard and Friends, Alex Cornish, the Peter Donegan Band, Laura Bossinger with Josh Goforth, the Curst Sons, Karine Polwart and Chuck Prophet, the Mission Express with Wily Vlautin & Paul Brainard and Eilen Jewell / Southern Tenant Folk Union. Josh Ritter (full band) & Dawn Landes & Kate Walsh - Alban Arena - 5th April 2008 Review by Jonathan Aird Now, I must have had a good time…
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March 2008

Neil Young - Continental Tour 2008, Hammersmith Apollo - 5th March 2008 Review by Andy Riggs Part 1. Pegi Young with Rick Rosas, Anthony Crawford & Ben Keith. Part 2. Neil Young solo acoustic guitar, banjo & keyboards. Part 3. Neil Young with band Ralph Molina, Rick Rosas, Ben Keith, Pegi Young & Anthony Crawford In 1970 Tony Blackburn was hosting the Breakfast Show on Radio 1, and in amongst his Tamla Motown records of…
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February 2008

American Music Club - Birmingham Glee Club - 10th February 2008 Review by Alex Cleary Something strange is happening in Birmingham’s Glee Club. The house lights are still up and American Music Club founder and frontman Mark Eitzel just wandered onstage to a total lack of applause. No one seems even to have recognized him. This isn’t that hard to believe though. Dour and downcast, bearded and clad in stained trousers, he looks for all…
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January 2008

Steve Forbert and The Soundbenders/Southern Tenant Folk Union - Dingwalls, London 17th January 2008 Review by Jonathan Aird Having seen Steve solo a couple of times in the last few years I was interested to see what he'd be like with a full band. Hopefully it would help overcome what has been clearly an annoyance to him in the past - audience members being distracting. Arguably he should just put up with this and play…
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Electric Dustbowl

Doomsayers may offer conjecture around the solidness of online communities in the real world and the general state of Americana at the moment; on the evidence of Electric Dustbowl both appear to be in rude health, if a little inebriated. Jim Jones started the night off and soon had everyone mesmerised with some lovely tunes and cracked vocals. The least known performer there, he was a real revelation and his new album can’t come soon…
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