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Live Review: The Coronas with the Kin at Red Palace, Washington, DC – 8th March 2011

 
By on Monday, 14th March 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Not including a short and self-described harrowing first attempt at touring Irish bars across North America previously, this current tour the Coronas are on is their first proper one. They stopped by DC’s Red Palace Tuesday night to my great excitement. The band just finished up touring Europe as support for the Script; now it was time for them to pull out all the stops. The mind boggles at the fact that the Coronas are a big deal back home in Ireland, yet they aren’t signed in the UK or America yet. While everyone else has gotten their knickers in a twist over the new Radiohead, Strokes or Arctic Monkeys, I yearn for music I feel that has more heart, and surely songs that sound amazing live. I already had it in my mind the Coronas must put on a good live show if their faithful fans keep selling out the venues they play, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The opening band for the night was the Kin, a pair of brothers from Australia (Isaac and Thorald Koren) augmented by a percussionist they found in the subways of New York City named SHAKEALEG (not making this up). I had read that they were a synth band, so I was prepared for a terrible mismatch like electropop Delphic being paired up with more straightforward rock band the Temper Trap last autumn. Synth band is a lazy description – Isaac Koren plays synths and keys, his brother Thorald plays guitar and this bloke SHAKEALEG plays an anything-but-normal looking drum set-up, sitting literally on top of what I think is a conga drum?

This band shows their versatility between pop, rock and soul. The brothers Koren have beautiful harmonies, showcased perfectly when they jumped down into the crowd and performed two songs acoustically. Both bands that night were good storytellers; the Kin told us a story about ‘Wind Over Southern France’ and how they got invited over by some French people to play that song over in the land of the song’s inspiration. They’ve got a lot of talent and I hope they do well.

The Coronas’ all too short set list was a nice mix of music from 2007’s ‘Heroes and Ghosts’ and 2009’s ‘Tony Was an Ex-Con’. Now, the title of the song and album is related to the aforementioned disturbing experience they had with unwittingly hiring an ex-convict named Tony to drive them around our great continent. Long story short, the truth was stranger than fiction and the band thought it deserved to be immortalised in song. I like the mix of slower ballads (‘Heroes and Ghosts’, ‘Someone Else’s Hands’) and faster, up tempo numbers (‘Listen Dear’, ‘Far From Here’). It was awesome to hear the whole crowd singing along to the song that singer Danny O’Reilly admitted ‘made’ them, ‘San Diego Song’. It also happened to be guitarist Dave McPhillips’s birthday, which was alluded to several times and the audience even sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him after they’d all left the stage.

I don’t know what it was about last week, but both live shows I caught had very energetic, almost bordering on mental dancing from their frontmen. Several times I was sure O’Reilly was going to accidentally land in a split position in the middle of the stage. He never stopped moving. And the band seemed really tight, really enjoying playing with each other, reveling in playing a town for the first time and getting a great reception. If the DC show was a good litmus test for the rest of the country, I think the Coronas have a very good chance of breaking America. And beyond.

More photos and set list after the cut.
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This Week’s Gonzo – the Vaccines and Ellie Goulding have a visit with Alexa

 
By on Friday, 11th March 2011 at 1:00 pm
 

So what’s on MTV Gonzo tonight? The Vaccines, the band you either like or cannot escape from, will be stopping by for a chat with Alexa. Also on the show will be Ellie Goulding, who will not only be talking with Alexa but will also perform a cover of Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl in the World’ (I didn’t see that one coming). American rapper Lupe Fiasco will no doubt be talking about his new Modest Mouse-sampling tune ‘The Show Goes On’ and will be fielding questions from the Gonzola.

Through the wonders of technology, Midwest alt-rock band Cage the Elephant will be filling us in what they’ve been up to since the release of their second album, ‘Thank You, Happy Birthday’, in January. In the weekly Director’s Cut feature, North London rapper Skepta walks us through his video for ‘Amnesia’. I guess it should go without saying that rappers tend to name-drop. Well, at least Skepta isn’t shy to do so, revealing, “Diddy invited me back to party at a pool with loads of girls and champagne!” If we were so lucky. New videos from the Strokes and Dr. Dre featuring Eminem round out the programme. It’s a good night to stay in.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

Bands to Watch #204: Islington Boys Club

 
By on Friday, 4th March 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Lately I have discovered a lot of fab London-based acts, and the quartet Islington Boys Club are on my list of great discoveries. They are a four-piece consisting of Andy Lovelee, Daniel Silvester Taylor-Lind, Drew J. Kennedy and Ed Pearson. This band’s name reminds me of the famous Salford Lads Club, although bassist Drew has denied that they are at all associated. The band members initially met through mutual friends through the London music scene. Since then, they’ve played with O.Children and Dark Horses and have gained quite a following.

Upon hearing only the intro of their track ‘Plastic 16’, I already knew I was in love. The immense amount of power that this band gives is easily felt through the thumping drum beats that opens the song. This song has been released alongside ‘Pristine’ as a double A-sided single; ‘Pristine’ has a rather retro feeling (watch the video for it below). Yet the sure-to-be-iconic guitar riffs running through it bring a relatively modern twist to it.

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And with such a defining and glamourous frontman, Islington Boys’ Club are not a band that will be easily forgotten. They will be playing a few shows in England in the coming days. Catch them playing in your town (on the below dates, they are supporting Ulterior).

Wednesday 9th March 2011 – London Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Thursday 10th March 2011 – Brighton Hope
Friday 11th March 2011 – Leeds Common Place
Sunday 13th March 2011 – Nottingham Bodega

The ‘Plastic 16’ / ‘Pristine’ double A-sided single was released on Club. The. Mammoth and is available now on 7″ here and on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Gonzo – Alexa is joined by Good Charlotte, My Chemical Romance and Hurts

 
By on Friday, 4th March 2011 at 11:00 am
 

On this week’s edition of MTV Gonzo, two heavy hitters of the American rock scene, Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance, both come by for a chat with Alexa. Also stopping in to the brown couch are band of the moment Hurts to talk about their recent successes. When asked about his immaculate hair, Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft answered, “my hair is made of Lego – I click it off at night otherwise it spins around”. Haha.

What else is on Friday’s show? MTV Brand New for 2011 winners Mona provide a bluffer’s guide, and new music from Plan B and Radiohead gets a spin. It all happens tonight on MTV Gonzo.

MTV Gonzo airs tonight (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.

 

WIN / Tix and Meet and Greet with I Dream in Colour at Camden Barfly

 
By on Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 11:00 am
 

TGTF new band favourites I Dream in Colour have been hard at work writing and recording new material the last couple of weeks, but they’re stopping long enough to play their first headlining gig of 2011 at Camden Barfly on Friday the 18th of March. We have a pair of tickets to give away. And we also have something very special for the winner – the winner and his/her guest will get to have a special meet and greet with the band before the show.

Keen? To be entered for this competition for the pair of tickets, simply leave your name and email address (so we can contact you if you’ve won), and tell us why you’d like to win. And we’ll choose the best answer from among all the entries. The winner of this contest will be contacted soon by the band.

 

Artrocker UK Tour Featuring the Chapman Family and O.Children / March 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd March 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Artrocker Magazine is presenting a special tour this month featuring co-headliners the Chapman Family (pictured above) O.Children. Support will come from the Tunics (dates 8 to 15 March) and John and Jehn (dates 17 to 23 March).

Tuesday 8th March 2011 – Lemon Tree Aberdeen (14+)
Wednesday 9th March 2011 – Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh (14+)
Thursday 10th March 2011 – Georgian Theatre Stockton (14+)
Friday 11th March 2011 – Fruit Hull (14+)
Saturday 12th March 2011 – Lock 42 Leicester (16+)
Monday 14th March 2011 – Fibbers York (14+)
Tuesday 15th March 2011 – Ruby Lounge Manchester (18+)
Thursday 17th March 2011 – Esquires Bedford (16+)
Friday 18th March 2011 – HMV Institute Birmingham (18+)
Sunday 20th March 2011 – Lancaster Library Lancaster (all ages)
Monday 21st March 2011 – Buffalo Bar Cardiff (18+)
Tuesday 22nd March 2011 – Coalition Brighton (14+; under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult)
Wednesday 23rd March 2011 – XOYO London (18+)

 
 
 

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