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Twin Shadow – London – 11 May 2011

Having to write a live review on the fly, almost two weeks after it happened, from notes hastily scribbled, while packing to go to a festival will show us this is not the way to be. There's no time to go into great detail, to labour the point, to draw comparisons between George Lewis Jr's physical appearance (a little bit Prince, a little bit Morrissey), or the sound (a little bit Prince, a little bit Morrissey, albeit on a synth-sprung landscape). Twin Shadow, at least from this writer's perspective, has adequately filled the gap that LCD Soundsystem left by their absence, in making music that moves and is moving, that is confident without being arrogant, and is just too perfect for words.

By | 2015-08-10T05:08:27+00:00 May 24th, 2011|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Deerhunter – London – 31 March 2011

With each successive show played in London growing in size from venue to venue, it’s a clear indication of the steady rise of this beloved Atlanta four-piece, and with Shepherd’s Bush Empire being sold out, it's their largest capacity UK headline show to date. For the ardent, precious fan, Deerhunter aren't your band anymore. The era of slipping into town for a small club tour is over, but from the staid, somewhat bemused crowd, Deerhunter's roaming psychedelic-shoegaze and mutant folk-pop are still an acquired taste, one that’s seemingly unlikely to assail the upper reaches of the charts like label-mates, The National.

By | 2015-08-10T05:08:48+00:00 April 8th, 2011|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Pixies – Brisbane – 31 July 2010

A few nights before this Pixies warm up concert for Splendour in the Grass, I had a vivid dream. In it I was the tour manager or press officer for the band and they were being put up in a luxury hotel with a huge swimming pool which they were swanning around in and (in)famously not getting along and refusing to do the show. It ended with me giving them a “look all the great rock’n’roll bands are dysfunctional, but when you’re on stage for that hour and a half you come together, that's when you work, that's when you function!” speech. And then I drove them to the Zoo in a black hummer.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:01+00:00 August 6th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The Big Pink – London – 13 May 2010

An hour in the company of The Big Pink is a sensory distorting experiment, and one that also questions your sexuality. It’s not a glam/gay thing, but there is a certain amount of homoeroticism about The Big Pink. The obvious sexual nature of the band name notwithstanding, and their record sleeves are all chicks and tits, but I think that’s to throw off the thinly veiled man-love shared between guitarist/vocalist Robbie Furze and bassist Milo Cordell.

By | 2015-08-10T05:02:52+00:00 June 18th, 2010|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Camera Obscura – Careering (2010)

With their fourth album My Maudlin Career Glasgow's Camera Obscura shifted further away from their indie pop origins to create their own take on Bacharachian orchestral pop and '60s soul contrasted against sparse country melancholy. Keyboardist and backing vocalist Carey Lander talks about joining the band, meeting Lloyd Cole, the orchestral and country elements in their sound and how they came to cover the Boss.

By | 2015-08-11T02:22:45+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Various Artists – Dark Was The Night

North America's finest show their charitable side with this awe-inspiring collection. Just call it "No Alternative Part 2".

TV on the Radio – Interview with Jaleel Bunton (2008)

Having just released one of the stand-out (and Webcuts approved) albums of 2008 with the awe-inspiring brilliance of Dear Science, Static's Chris Berkley spoke to Jaleel Bunton, drummer of Brooklyn's roof-raising TV On The Radio as the band embark on their American tour. Webcuts was on hand recently to see TV On The Radio debut their

By | 2015-08-11T02:17:08+00:00 November 4th, 2008|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Deerhunter – Microcastle

4AD, 2008[rating:10/10] It's refreshing to listen to a band riding on a wave of no hype. No Myspace campaigns, no sycophantic hipsters attempting to crystal ball the next Vampire Weekend. Bradford Cox could probably walk into a bar anywhere and not get a second glance, and even then only for his rakish frame and elongated

By | 2009-02-28T05:19:58+00:00 October 28th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

TV on the Radio – Dear Science

4AD, 2008[rating:9/10] Brooklyn art/beat innovators TV on the Radio return with their third album, a soulful slice of inspiration and invention, moving away from the doom and desperation of 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain to give us their own potent and poignant sign o' the times. TV on the Radio's chief technician David Sitek once

By | 2009-02-28T05:21:11+00:00 October 13th, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Breeders – London – 4 September 2008

For a long time The Breeders seemed to go the way of the Pixies. As both Deal sisters battled their demons, Kim with liquor and Kelley with drugs, attempts at reviving their careers in the late '90s proved disappointing. Returning with Mountain Battles, their second album since their comeback in 2002, The Breeders bounced back

By | 2009-07-27T15:26:43+00:00 September 20th, 2008|Categories: Live Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Stereolab – Chemical Chords

4AD, 2008[rating:7/10] Stereolab were an essential part of the 90s and a flipside to the wave of angst-ridden guitar bands that characterised that decade. Influenced by obscure experimental and pop bands, Stereolab set about creating a post-rock avant-garde sound that would hold them in high regard with critics and music fans alike. Returning with their

By | 2009-02-28T05:27:09+00:00 September 3rd, 2008|Categories: Album Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tindersticks – Interview with David Boutler (2008)

We talk with Tindersticks keyboardist and founding member David Boutler about version 2.0 of The Tindersticks, the stunning new album The Hungry Saw, the re-issue of their back catalogue, Songs for the Young at Heart and more. It's been half a decade since the last Tindersticks album, Waiting for the Moon, a fine record and