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Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Melting Vinyl brought local talent to the fore as it showcased a set by Tokyo Tea Room on the day of their latest EP release, 'Dream Room'. In the Creative Quarter of Folkestone, The Quarterhouse...

Review posted on 3rd December 2019

Holy Moly and The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly and The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly And The Crackers made the journey down from their home town of Newcastle Upon Tyne, via Devon, to play in Canterbury, where incidentally they thought they'd be playing to three people! Now if...

Review posted on 2nd December 2019

False Advertising - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 20.11.2019 Live Review

False Advertising - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 20.11.2019 Live Review

With the joy and excitement of the recent release of their second album 'Brainfreeze' still minty fresh, False Advertising popped down to The Forum in Tunbridge Wells to showcase their incendiary live show. Jen, Chris...

Review posted on 25th November 2019

Squeeze - Leas Cliff Hall 19.11.2019 Live Review

Squeeze - Leas Cliff Hall 19.11.2019 Live Review

In celebration of the superb back catalogue that Messrs Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have amassed over their forty five years as the ever present backbone of Squeeze the pair came to the South-East coast...

Review posted on 21st November 2019

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.10.2019 Live Review

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.10.2019 Live Review

Although it may sound like you have a foot fetish when you let your family know that you're going to see Feet in Ramsgate ("What's so special about Ramsgate? Why do you have to go...

Review posted on 11th November 2019

Lucy Spraggan - The Booking Hall, Dover 18.10.2019 Live Review

Lucy Spraggan - The Booking Hall, Dover 18.10.2019 Live Review

On the whole, it is safe to say that Dover doesn't really have the x-factor. These days it's more readily associated with the Brexit factor, but on a squally Friday night, as the rain lashed...

Review posted on 23rd October 2019

Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking Album Review

Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking Album Review

Mark Lanegan's creativity continues to manifest itself on his latest solo album 'Somebody's Knocking'. After countless collaborative releases, numerous band projects and ten previous solo albums, Lanegan shows that he still has new avenues to...

Review posted on 21st October 2019

Mallory Knox - The Booking Hall, Dover 12.10.2019 Live Review

Mallory Knox - The Booking Hall, Dover 12.10.2019 Live Review

For the first, and almost certainly last, time Cambridge indie rockers Mallory Knox performed at The Booking Hall in Dover. Playing the penultimate gig of their 'Final Tour', the four piece band, that have only...

Review posted on 14th October 2019

Starcrawler - Devour You Album Review

Starcrawler - Devour You Album Review

One of the best live bands on the planet, Starcrawler follow up their eponymous debut with another magnificently manic onslaught on the senses with their second album 'Devour You'. Starcrawler's sophomore record comes just 22...

Review posted on 14th October 2019

Salvation Jayne - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 4.10.2019 Live Review

Salvation Jayne - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 4.10.2019 Live Review

Salvation Jayne brought the party to Folkestone on Friday night when they celebrated their third birthday at The Quarterhouse. As with most third birthdays there was a lot of dressing up, a rowdy, noisy atmosphere,...

Review posted on 9th October 2019

Pixies - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 12/09/2019 Live Review

Pixies - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 12/09/2019 Live Review

Pixies kicked off the European leg of their latest tour in the sleepy retirement town of Bexhill-On-Sea. On the East Sussex coast, in the Art-Deco magnificence of The De La Warr Pavilion, Pixies took to...

Review posted on 16th September 2019

Slaves - Dreamland, Margate 7.9.2019 Live Review

Slaves - Dreamland, Margate 7.9.2019 Live Review

Kent punk duo Slaves held up their pledge to headline a gig on the Kent coast this weekend when they once again took to the Hall By The Sea stage at Dreamland in Margate. Isaac...

Review posted on 12th September 2019

Slaves at Dreamland 2019 - Preview

Slaves at Dreamland 2019 - Preview

After a summer packed full of festival performances Slaves bring their incendiary set to the seaside as they kick off their latest headline tour. Laurie and Isaac are bringing their energy and immediacy to Dreamland,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 3rd September 2019

Emma Frank - Come Back Album Review

Emma Frank - Come Back Album Review

Buoyed by the success of last year's 'Ocean Av' album and newly signed to Justin Time and the Nettwerk Music Group, Boston-born Brooklynite Emma Frank releases her fourth album 'Come Back'. Unsurprisingly, given the results,...

Review posted on 21st August 2019

Yacht - Chain Tripping Album Review

Yacht - Chain Tripping Album Review

In terms of approach, 'Chain Tripping' takes some beating. To call Yacht's latest release conceptual would be underplaying its inspiration wildly. Before considering edits, production, instrumentation or any of the usual, or more traditional, elements...

Review posted on 13th August 2019

Neverworld 2019 Review

Neverworld 2019 Review

Whilst some parts of the country had to deal with flash flooding, roads collapsing and even dams near to bursting, Neverworld Festival bathed in its own micro climate of largely warm, sun-filled weather and combined...

Review posted on 8th August 2019

Gomez - Liquid Skin (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

Gomez - Liquid Skin (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

To celebrate twenty years since it was released, Southport's finest Indie band Gomez are re-releasing their second album, 'Liquid Skin'. The 2019 version contains a remastered original album, a live set (recorded at The Fillmore...

Review posted on 17th July 2019

Happy Mondays - Dreamland, Margate 13.07.2019 Live Review

Happy Mondays - Dreamland, Margate 13.07.2019 Live Review

Shaun Ryder and Bez took time out from their hilarious stint on Celebrity Gogglebox to join the rest of Happy Mondays as they brought their 'Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches' tour to Dreamland in Margate....

Review posted on 17th July 2019

Joan As Police Woman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 26.06.2019 Live Review

Joan As Police Woman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 26.06.2019 Live Review

It's always nice to just reflect sometimes, take stock of your life and look back on what you've achieved and where you are. As Joan Wasser approaches her 49th birthday she has decided that now...

Review posted on 3rd July 2019

Tears For Fears and ABC - The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 23.06.2019 Live Review

Tears For Fears and ABC - The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 23.06.2019 Live Review

At the KCCC, ABC and TFF came to delight a 5K audience. Two days south of the summer solstice, on a warm but cloudy evening, at the home of Kent's county cricket team, Tears For...

Review posted on 25th June 2019

Forest Live 2019 Live Review

Forest Live 2019 Live Review

In a week that had seen unprecedented rainfall, numerous flood warnings, evacuations, road closures, sink holes and even advice not to travel, "unless absolutely necessary", the prospect of spending three consecutive nights in a forest...

Review posted on 20th June 2019

Neverworld 2019 Preview

Neverworld 2019 Preview

Festival season is upon us again so it's time to apply the glitter, ready the face paint and prepare your costumes for some of this year's biggest parties. Returning for more fun and fantasy will...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th June 2019

Mattiel - Satis Factory Album Review

Mattiel - Satis Factory Album Review

Mattiel follow their stunning eponymous debut album with a bold and brassy second, 'Satis Factory'. The new twelve-track record is a confident and expressive affair littered with keenly observed lyrical detail and great hooks. The...

Review posted on 5th June 2019

Forest Live 2019 Preview

Forest Live 2019 Preview

Forestry England's now well established series of Forest Live concerts look set to be some of the best yet this summer. With weekend dates across June and July in seven of the country's most outstanding...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 21st May 2019

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel Hoi Yee Ng (Phildel) has gone back a step, in terms of her musical compositions, and returned to a style more reminiscent of her debut album from 2014, 'The Disappearance Of The Girl', with...

Review posted on 20th May 2019

Aldous Harding - Concorde 2, Brighton 15.05.2019 Live Review

Aldous Harding - Concorde 2, Brighton 15.05.2019 Live Review

To promote the release of her latest album 'Designer', Aldous Harding has undertaken an extensive European tour. On Wednesday night Harding played to a sold-out Concorde 2 in Brighton with fellow female antipodean Laura Jean...

Review posted on 20th May 2019

The Luka State - The Forum Basement, The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells 11.05.2019 Live Review

The Luka State - The Forum Basement, The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells 11.05.2019 Live Review

From the salt mining town of Winsford in Cheshire, The Luka State came to play in the underground confines of The Forum Basement, located in The Sussex Arms pub just off the famous Pantiles in...

Review posted on 15th May 2019

Finley Quaye - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 10.05.2019 Live Review

Finley Quaye - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 10.05.2019 Live Review

Brit Award winners and Margate do not feature too often in the same sentence but on Friday night The Ballroom at Dreamland in Margate played host to Finley Quaye, the Brit Award winner of Best...

Review posted on 13th May 2019

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

Rachel, Becky and Niopha; The Unthanks, 'Unaccompanied, As We Are'; returned to Kent in their latest incarnation to sing songs old and new in their purest form. Setting aside the need for orchestration or even...

Review posted on 30th April 2019

Stealing Sheep - Big Wows Album Review

Stealing Sheep - Big Wows Album Review

"It's just a big shiny wow with a hint of irony" is how Stealing Sheep have described their third full length studio album 'Big Wows'. The band's first album in four year follows 2015's 'Not...

Review posted on 23rd April 2019

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Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Melting Vinyl brought local talent to the fore as it showcased a set by Tokyo Tea Room on the day of their latest EP release, 'Dream Room'.

Upcoming releases: What's on our playlist for December 2019?

Upcoming releases: What's on our playlist for December 2019?

The Who, Stormzy and more coming this month.

Feeder - Rock City, Nottingham 20.11.2019 Live Review

Feeder - Rock City, Nottingham 20.11.2019 Live Review

For the Nottingham date of Feeder's Tallulah tour, you just know before it even starts that it's going to be a banging show.

Holy Moly & The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly & The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly & The Crackers journeyed down from their hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne to play in Canterbury, where they thought they'd be playing to...

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