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Amy Odell – The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

In one of the tiniest theatres, on one of the smallest stages, and playing to a diminutive audience, the petite Amy Odell played a tremendous gig with an intense passion. On the sea front in Margate, at the aptly named Tom Thumb Theatre, Amy delivered a gig in her adopted hometown worthy of a far bigger crowd, but, in the …

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Eyre Llew / In The Endless Zanhyang We Are – Carrier Split EP Review

After their success with debut album ‘Atelo’, Eyre Llew have returned – though in a slightly different way, evermore keeping fans on their toes. They’ve collaborated with Korean shoegaze band In The Endless Zanhyang We Are (with whom they hit it off at the Focus festival in Wales) for a joint EP entitled ‘Carrier’; if there was ever a band …

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O’Hooley and Tidow – Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

From the West of Yorkshire to the South-East of Kent, O’Hooley and Tidow once again journeyed to bring their particular blend of characterful folk to the people of Deal. In the century old Astor Theatre, the Huddersfield duo of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow took to the community theatre stage in the town with a rich connection to, and arguably …

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Joep Beving | Henosis Album Review

Riding the rising wave of neo-classical artists currently infiltrating an ever-growing public consciousness is Dutch pianist Joep Beving. Ever since the somewhat unexpected success of his debut release ‘Solipsism’ in 2015, Joep has become rather less of an advertising man (his day job) and more of a minimalist composer and performer of evocative soundscapes. His latest album ‘Henosis’ is an …

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Kristin Hersh – The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

One of the founding members, half a lifetime ago now, of beloved alt-rock band Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh brought her Electric Trio to the Quarterhouse on Mothering Sunday. Returning to the Kent coast exactly nine months to the day after her sold out show in Ramsgate, Hersh rocked up in Folkestone as part of her ‘Live And Loud’ tour.  Together …

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Lucy Rose | No Words Left Album Review

As Lucy Rose approaches her fourth decade she is releasing her fourth, and arguably best, full-length album: ‘No Words Left’. Following up 2017’s ‘Something’s Changing’, Lucy Rose Parton has indeed altered tack with her latest release. Her trademark characteristics are still littered throughout the album, and her vocal is as good as ever, but with ‘No Words Left’ she’s mined …

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Chai | Punk Album Review

Can Punk ever be cute? Can cute have a Punk attitude? The essence and manner of Punk has been applied to many things over the years but seldom has it been called cute or cuddly; surely that would seem to be the antithesis of what it’s come to represent. Or does it not matter how you dress it up if …

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James – Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

The last time I saw James play live, at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, they hadn’t even released an album. They’d probably, as folklore goes, sold more T-Shirts than records and if asked would probably not have expected to still be playing together some 34 years later. Way back in 1985, James were a relatively new band riding the indie wave …

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Self Esteem – Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

After spending more than a decade as one half of Slow Club, Rebecca Taylor has cast aside the shackles of a collaborative partnership to pursue her very own musical direction. Starting in 2017 with her break out single ‘Your Wife’ and through to her recently released debut album ‘Compliments Please’, Rebecca (Don’t call her Becky, you might get a rude …

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