Author: John McGee

Dan Deacon - London ULU

Dan Deacon - London ULU

Review of Dan Deacon & the Wham City Ensemble live at London ULU, 5 June 2009History is littered with examples of great minds stopping a beat to think 'Is it just me, or is this...

Review posted on 15th June 2009

Hadouken! - Myspace Bleep Bleep Tour - Hadouken!, Ali Love, Pull Tiger Tail, Leeds Cockpit

Hadouken! - Myspace Bleep Bleep Tour - Hadouken!, Ali Love, Pull Tiger Tail, Leeds Cockpit

Myspace's 'Bleep Bleep'€™ Tour: Hadouken!, Ali Love, Pull Tiger TailLeeds CockpitLive Review'Bleep bleep ah uh ah uh a yeah a wha a bleep bleep a bleep beep weeeeeeeeeeh' is the sound of tonight. In a...

Review posted on 26th March 2007

Idlewild - Sheffield Plug

Idlewild - Sheffield Plug

IdlewildSheffield Plug 30th November Live ReviewForgive me for tubthumping but I feel really spoiled by Roddy Woomble this year. The 24th of July saw the release of his warmly received and achingly lovely solo album...

Review posted on 7th December 2006

Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse

Divine Comedy - Victory for the Comic Muse

The Divine ComedyVictory for the Comic MuseAlbum ReviewAll the great dramas aren't about the plot, the setting or the content, they're about the characters and the way they interact with what is placed around them....

Review posted on 19th July 2006

Mike Rosenberg Band - Stray Dog

Mike Rosenberg Band - Stray Dog

Mike Rosenberg BandStray DogSingle ReviewNaming your band after yourself rather than trusting your own name smacks of anthemic MOR rock pap selling out sit down gigs at an American College near you. And Dave Matthews...

Review posted on 12th July 2006

Performance - Short, Sharp Shock

Performance - Short, Sharp Shock

Performance Short, Sharp ShockSingle ReviewWait there, whoa whoa, where's Tom Selleck, I'm hallucinating, is that man in the distance revving a Corvette? And who let Marc Almond do the soundtrack? Or is it Marc himself?...

Review posted on 12th July 2006

Catherine Feeny - Hurricane Glass

Catherine Feeny - Hurricane Glass

Catherine Feeny Hurricane GlassSingle ReviewCatherine Feeny has never, to my knowledge, presented a podcast live from her basement, which is a shame really as I think it would prove an apt marketing tool for whistful...

Review posted on 12th July 2006

Good Shoes - All In My Head

Good Shoes - All In My Head

Good Shoes, All In My Head, Single ReviewSo we've had disco punk, we've had gypsy punk, all fads the lot of them, you don't need glowsticks to enjoy a pogo, or fine crochet wear, pegs...

Review posted on 12th July 2006

Sigur Ros - Manchester Apollo

Sigur Ros - Manchester Apollo

Sigur RosManchester Apollo27th March 2006 Live ReviewIt should have been a happening. The flock had strolled for miles to hear them preach, the world, it's wife and their scenester daughter were all here. Here to...

Review posted on 4th April 2006

Breaks Co-Op - The Sound Inside

Breaks Co-Op - The Sound Inside

Breaks Co-Op The Sound Inside Album ReviewRich men with fancy toys really shouldn't be allowed out to play with the rest of us-there's always the chance we'll end up liking them...Trust me. I really...

Review posted on 4th April 2006

Gorillaz - El Manana/ Kids With Guns

Gorillaz - El Manana/ Kids With Guns

GorillazEl Manana/ Kids With Guns Single ReviewI'm pleased I've got to review this, because it gives me chance to vindicate what I've been saying all along. Love him or loathe him, Damon Albarn is the...

Review posted on 4th April 2006

Jose Gonzalez - Crosses

Jose Gonzalez - Crosses

Jose Gonzalez Crosses Single ReviewJose Gonzalez's success does genuinely make me feel like the world is a better place and that I don't battle in vain against the horror of Jack Johnson. This his second...

Review posted on 4th April 2006

Fields - Leeds Cockpit

Fields - Leeds Cockpit

FieldsLeeds CockpitMarch 11th Live ReviewHarumph! Sometimes you see things that are so clever they make you jealous you didn't or couldn't do it yourself, like when plonkers in bars nab girls by doing magic tricks...

Review posted on 21st March 2006

Dogs - Tarred & Feathered

Dogs - Tarred & Feathered

DogsTarred & FeatheredSingle ReviewAh Dogs, I like Dogs, they're the Razorlight it's alright to like, they've got something to say about life, they're great live, they like football. And they've had some great singles out...

Review posted on 3rd November 2005

Gemma Hayes - Happy Sad

Gemma Hayes - Happy Sad

Gemma HayesHappy SadSingle ReviewAdmission time. I once had a friend who went to see pinapple headed, yankee-doodle bore popsters Counting Crows- and I still speak to her. Only because of her (forced) admission that Gemma...

Review posted on 3rd November 2005

Elbow - Leaders of the Free World

Elbow - Leaders of the Free World

ElbowLeaders of the Free WorldSingle ReviewA great man, at least within his own biosphere, one Paul Hewson- Bono to you and me, once said that music could change the world. I guess it was a...

Review posted on 2nd November 2005

Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only

Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only

Test IciclesFor Screening Purposes OnlyDominoAlbum ReviewYou know those variety platters you can get at all good family restaurants? Well I tried eating a whole one once for a bet and I was nearly sick. It...

Review posted on 2nd November 2005

Rogers Sisters - Emotion Control

Rogers Sisters - Emotion Control

The Rogers SistersEmotion ControlSingle Review'Hello trades descriptions? Yeah right, well this here Rogers Sisters single's got a bloke singing on it, surely that's wrong?' 'Hi, is that missing persons? Yeah, is there anyone missing under...

Review posted on 2nd November 2005

Nine Black Alps - Just Friends

Nine Black Alps - Just Friends

Nine Black AlpsJust FriendsSingle ReviewRemember the early 90s, when plaid ruled the earth? Nine Black Alps do, and they also know what a 'lick' is judging from new single 'Just Friends'. Kurt n Keef would...

Review posted on 2nd November 2005

Johnathan Rice - So Sweet

Johnathan Rice - So Sweet

Johnathan RiceSo SweetSingle ReviewOh Johnathan Rice you poor boy. It seems the angel of bad serendipity has swooped down to piss James Blunt all over your tattered and heartfelt breakthrough. 'So Sweet' is exactly what...

Review posted on 2nd November 2005

Clor - Good Stuff

Clor - Good Stuff

Clor Good StuffSingle ReviewOnce, in the annals of time, there was this band called The Beta Band, they had this song 'Dry The Rain' which pretty much invented a new strand of indie music which...

Review posted on 14th October 2005

Protocol - She Waits For Me

Protocol - She Waits For Me

ProtocolShe Waits For MeSingle Review"Get me the Killers, I don't care how much it costs I need the next Killers." The scene is the office of every bedraggled record company CEO the world over. In...

Review posted on 14th October 2005

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The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll Album Review

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll Album Review

The return of The Offspring with Let The Bad Times Roll feels timely if not for the recent resurrection of pop punk, but for the absolute disaster of...

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What I am needs no excuses: Music to empower anyone to be themselves [Playlist]

What I am needs no excuses: Music to empower anyone to be themselves [Playlist]

JK Rowling is trending again, and the trans community needs support.

Royal Blood - Boilermaker Video

Royal Blood - Boilermaker Video

With the release of their third album 'Typhoon' growing steadily nearer, Royal Blood have unveiled yet another single entitled 'Boilermaker'...

Years & Years - Starstruck Video

Years & Years - Starstruck Video

Olly Alexander shows off his journey of self-love in the video for Years & Years' newest single 'Starstruck'; the lead track from his forthcoming...

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