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Living Colour – Sub89, Reading

Living Colour provided more than a simple exercise in nostalgia, but a true masterclass of how to put on an intimate live performance that demonstrates they are still one of the best in the business.

MONO • Emma Ruth Rundle – Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago

After the final waves of feedback and noise faded away I felt as I had just witnessed something incredible special; and even though I know they have put in hundreds of performances, the setting made this one almost transcendent.

Villette Sonique 2019, Paris – Day 3

Therein lies the magic of Miss Holter; hers is the voice of dreams, who effortlessly show the way through the majestic gardens of Alice’s Wonderland . . . as though we’ve always belonged in these strange new places.

VILLETTE SONIQUE 2019, PARIS – DAY 2

The second evening of our grim summer of love at La Villette Sonique switched things up with some cutting edge talent from the alternative hip-hop scene. Most exciting of all was the long-awaited return of the psychotic rhyme-clown known as Danny Brown, promoting the acid-laced fever dream that is Atrocity Exhibition. . .

GONG • ED WYNNE – THEKLA, BRISTOL

Top-notch psychedelic music abounds as Gong and Ed Wynne’s tour stops in Bristol, where even sound issues can’t dampen the vibe.

Villette Sonique 2019, Paris – Day 1

My first rendezvous was the lovely Cabaret Sauvage, set right along the Ourq canal running through the park, for an evening dedicated to ambient and experimental sounds. . .

Sœur • Trigger Thumb – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Sœur are an unconventional band (dual guitars and vocals and drums with no bass) with an unconventional approach to songwriting; however, it just all sits perfectly together.

Filthy Friends – Garage, London

Corin Tucker, Peter Buck and their Filthy Friends put on an Indie rock masterclass at North London’s Garage.

Kikagaku Moyo – Stereo, Glasgow

This is a living, breathing kaleidoscope, a swirl of colour, shape and sound. For a band who embody that on record anyway, tonight they have truly outdone themselves.

Cardiff Psych & Noise Fest 2019

Still standing after 25 bands and an inestimable number of beverages, Jamie Jones makes a definitive din for Cardiff’s second Psych & Noise Festival. . .

Ezra Furman – UEA Waterfront, Norwich

Ezra Furman is a spectacular performer and an incredibly humble and passionate musician . . . it is clear he can do it all when it comes to live music.

Ex Hex – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

The tunes tumble past at a pace, all short, sharp and shiny. There’s a few broken hearts and hurt feelings in there but Ex Hex aren’t really about the introspection, they’re about escape and the healing power of rock ‘n’ roll.

Green Lung • Deathbell • Juniper Grave – Our Black Heart, Camden

Green Lung storm to a triumphant album launch party at Camden’s Our Black Heart.

Test Dept – Studio 9294, Hackney

From the first track the music is controlled intensity, constructed to achieve an objective, form follows function. The crowd at Studio 9294 must be predisposed towards the message Test Dept are sending to be here, understand its importance, or they couldn’t endure this bombardment of the senses. . .

Desertfest London, 2019 – Sunday

The Sunday finale featuring Witches past and present, the Devil’s whiskey-soaked blues, and not-of-this-world riffage cement why we love this festival!

Riverside – SWX, Bristol

Riverside are a band on top of their game, turning in a top notch, professional trawl through their new album and back catalogue to a delighted Bristol audience.

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