Author: Alastair Thompson

Dennis Hopper Choppers - Be Ready

Dennis Hopper Choppers - Be Ready

Ben Nicholls' current band Dennis Hopper Choppers have taken a long time to come to the boil but unlike many bands on the never-ending gig circuit, this is because the heat has only recently been...

Review posted on 17th October 2011

Rolling Stones - The Singles 1971-2006

Rolling Stones - The Singles 1971-2006

By 1971, The Rolling Stones had topped the UK single charts (it was still relevant back then) no less than eight times and, after the Beatles' split in 1970, they stood unchallenged at the forefront...

Review posted on 20th April 2011

The Whigs - Camden Dingwalls 23/02/11

The Whigs - Camden Dingwalls 23/02/11

Wednesday night saw Athens, Georgia take over Camden's Dingwalls for a musical assault on the senses. Sharing headline duties across their current UK tour, The Whigs and Dead Confederate put in scintillating performances that...

Review posted on 28th February 2011

Duffstep - Getting to Sirius

Duffstep - Getting to Sirius

Up until now the name 'Duffstep' has been hidden in the seedy underground of inner-city London, from which Jeremy Duffy has spent years plotting a possible escape route, with those in the know watching his...

Review posted on 10th February 2011

The Whigs - In The Dark

The Whigs - In The Dark

The Whigs recently released their third long player 'In The Dark,' the follow up to 2005's 'Give 'Em All A Fat Lip and 2008's 'Mission Control.' Having formed in Georgia, USA in 2002 they have...

Review posted on 27th January 2011

Simon Amstell - 100 Club, Oxford Street, 10/11/10

Simon Amstell - 100 Club, Oxford Street, 10/11/10

Simon Amstell made his name on Channel 4's Popworld, creating an onscreen persona that married ironic surrealism with a razor sharp wit. His style was his own, as he quite obviously didn't give a shit...

Review posted on 11th November 2010

Union Sound Set - The Luminaire 26/10/10

Union Sound Set - The Luminaire 26/10/10

The Luminaire in Kilburn is decked out with painted signs reading 'shut up, no one paid to listen to you talk to your pals.' It's an interesting slant on crowd control especially when joined by...

Review posted on 28th October 2010

Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown

When Kings of Leon were booked to headline the Friday night at Glastonbury 2008, those that had followed their career through three exquisite albums smiled and nodded that one of the greatest bands of the...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Underworld - The Forum, 16/09/10

Underworld - The Forum, 16/09/10

Apprehension is the buzz word on the short ride down to The Forum, as the latest chapter to the Underworld story, Barking, sits very close to the 'cheese' side of the deli counter. A series...

Review posted on 20th September 2010

Ex Libras - Cut(s)

Ex Libras - Cut(s)

Cut(s) is an acoustic EP from South London trio Ex Libras. They have taken the drums and distortion from 5 songs from their debut album, adding loops, samples and Ruth Campbell's cello skills to create...

Review posted on 16th September 2010

Drums Of Death - Generation Hexed

Drums Of Death - Generation Hexed

There is not much worth shouting about that comes out of Scotland these days. So when an album by a Scottish artist does get signed it is usually followed by an over the top furore...

Review posted on 15th September 2010

Kasabian - Brixton Academy 19/08/10

Kasabian - Brixton Academy 19/08/10

Kasabian's headline slot at V this weekend has taken something of a backseat with The Libertines impending reunion at Reading/Leeds the following weekend. Both booked in warm up shows in smaller than usual venues. Both...

Review posted on 20th August 2010

Mount Kimbie - Crooks and Lovers

Mount Kimbie - Crooks and Lovers

Dubstep or not to-dubstep? That's not even a question.In a post-dubstep world, possibly starring Denzil Washington, London duo Mount Kimbie, namely Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, have steadfastly risen to kings in waiting. Meeting at...

Review posted on 19th August 2010

Faithless - The Dance

Faithless - The Dance

Although this record has been out for a couple of months it has been made all the more relevant due to the band's slot on the Pyramid Stage, then at T in the Park and...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis

Midnight Juggernauts - The Crystal Axis

Music is one of the few things we still hold over Australia. The Aussies may have the climate, the beaches and the sporting pedigree to leave England shivering in driving rain, but musically they haven't...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Oasis - Time Flies 1994 - 2009

Oasis - Time Flies 1994 - 2009

Time flies. It certainly does. The first anniversary since Noel called time on the most infamous British band of the last two decades is nearly upon us. Three weeks on from its release, and having...

Review posted on 7th July 2010

James Holden - DJ Kicks

James Holden - DJ Kicks

Despite mastering his craft for over 10 years, James Holden is far from a household name. However, this is to his credit rather than to his detriment. Having chosen to remain loyal to his tastes...

Review posted on 10th June 2010

We Are Scientists - Barbara

We Are Scientists - Barbara

Having seen original drummer Micheal Tapper leave at the end of 2007 on the eve of a UK tour, We Are Scientists have used, Libertine Gary Powell, and later Adam Aaronson to fill in, before...

Review posted on 28th May 2010

Sage Francis - Li(f)e

Sage Francis - Li(f)e

Rhode Island resident and self-styled hip hop agent-provocateur Paul 'Sage' Francis returns with his impassioned new album Li(f)e, released on Anti-Records. Francis started as a battle champion and poet before 2005's 'A Healthy Distrust' made...

Review posted on 18th May 2010

Drew - Under the Weather

Drew - Under the Weather

Drew...

Review posted on 7th March 2003

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