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The Airborne Toxic Event (Acoustic Shows) / October 2010 UK Tour

By on Friday, 10th September 2010 at 9:30 am

The fantastic Airborne Toxic Event with the Calder Quartet will be playing a quartet of shows in the UK on October. Three of them are already sold out but there are still tickets available for the last date at Cardiff’s Millennium Music Hall on the 4th of October.

Their live CD/DVD documentary, ‘All I Ever Wanted’, will be released in the UK on 4 October. For a feel of what the show will be like, read Mary’s review of the opening night of their American acoustic tour. The trailer for the documentary is included below.

Friday 1st October 2010 – Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Saturday 2nd October 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 3rd October 2010 – London Union Chapel
Monday 4th October 2010 – Cardiff Millennium Music Hall



Live Review: The Airborne Toxic Event (Acoustic Set with the Calder Quartet) at 6th and I Synagogue, Washington, DC – Tuesday 7th September 2010

By on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 2:00 pm

The Airborne Toxic Event is a band that means an awful lot to me. They’re the first band I ever covered and wrote about online, having made their appearance in Washington in March 2009. Having seen them wow a massive crowd at the 9:30 Club last autumn, I was feeling quite unsure on how they were going to go over in the hallowed confines of Sixth and I Synagogue, known more for their folk and classical gig nights.

The show was even more unique as it was billed as an acoustic set and would feature the Calder Quartet, who would add classical string backing to the show. This might be unusual for any other rock band but not so for TATE: in addition to keyboards, TATE band member Anna Bulbrook also plays the decidedly ‘not rock star’ viola onstage and interestingly enough, Bulbrook’s brother Andrew plays violin in the quartet. Further, the band played a much-acclaimed gig with the Calder Quartet at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles last December: for those of you who might be interested and have not otherwise heard, the concert film of this date will premiere at London’s Raindance Film Festival on 30 September.

Still, I can understand how there could be some resistance to the new acoustic ‘version’ of TATE. Any of those complaints should be easily quelled by the actual performance. Rather than detract or soften the overall emotional and often riot-inducing effect of TATE’s songs, the Calder Quartet added a warmth and beauty to every number they joined in on. Frontman Mikel Jollett is an incredibly gifted songwriter; he’s able to write intelligent, sensitive couplets to catchy rock melodies. You definitely get the feeling that the sentiment he’s giving you from the stage is genuine. Pair that with four good friends who are excellent musicians in their own right and add in some additional soaring strings from four more friends, and you’ve got a recipe for something truly amazing.

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Video of the Moment #187: ‘The Magic of Christmas’

By on Friday, 4th December 2009 at 6:00 pm


HUNKS + Friends – ‘The Magic of Christmas’ ft. Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Slow Club + more

Normally, Christmas records are a load of crap. I’ve received several this year already, the vast majority are just depressing. However one has taken me by surprise – it’s mot pretending to be big budget, nor particuarly great, instead it’s just an exercise in fun. Featuring: (deep breath please…) Sky Larkin, Los Campesinos!, Sparky Deathcap, My First Tooth, The Airborne Toxic Event, Copy Haho, James Yuill, Sound of Arrows, and written by Bright Light, Bright Light‘s Rod Thomas, it’s fun, doesn’t pretend to be high quality and is just a good ol’ fashioned Christmas sing-along. The video isn’t half bad too – lots of fancy hat swapping.

It’s being released on Monday 14th December and all proceeds are donated to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).


Video of the moment #101: The Airborne Toxic Event

By on Friday, 14th August 2009 at 6:00 pm


The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight

Atmospheric SoCal pop rockers the Airborne Toxic Event are coming back to the UK in November. But you may not yet have seen the music video for the paean to lost love, “Sometime Around Midnight”, which involves singer/guitarist Mikel Jollett getting his angst on in what appears to be a Los Angeles flat while having flashbacks of his ex, and his bandmates are there too, incongrously playing their instruments in the same flat. A bit surrealistic, but we like it.


Airborne Toxic Event / November 2009 UK and Ireland Tour

By on Thursday, 18th June 2009 at 9:01 pm

Californian rockers The Airborne Toxic Event have announced a series of 7 UK and Ireland tour dates for November 2009 around the UK.

Tickets are on sale now, priced between £8.50 and £11.50 each.

Catch the guys at:

Friday 6th November 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 7th November 2009 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 8th November 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Tuesday 10th November 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Wednesday 11th November 2009 – Dublin Olympia
Thursday 12th November 2009 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 14th November 2009 – Oxford Academy


The Airborne Toxic Event / March and April 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 27th January 2009 at 11:21 am

The Airborne Toxic Event (side)Almost as soon as we mention The Airborne Toxic Event, they go and announce a trio of UK shows for early April and late March. Amazing. Now, maybe I should mention Stars, or The National and see if they come on over…

Tickets for the below trio of shows go on sale on Friday (30th January) at 9am I believe.

Tuesday 31st March 2009 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Wednesday 1st April 2009 – Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 2nd April 2009 – London KCLSU logoTo find tickets, we suggest you try using Needtickets. offers you the most comprehensive ticket service in the UK. With one click you can search every nationwide online ticket agent and as a result you can find tickets for any live music event that can be booked online. Every ticket is 100% guaranteed as only offers links to official agents.


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