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Live Review: The Script with Joshua Radin at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 2nd November 2010

 
By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

While Ireland and the UK have welcomed the Script into their hearts, it took some doing for them to get noticed stateside: ‘Breakeven’ was released as a single to their self-titled debut here last September. They’re the kind of band that I usually wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, but last year a friend of mine who had similar musical interests suggested I have a listen. Also, thanks to effective placement on VH1 here in America (read: I would see their videos during brekky telly watching before work), I got to know their songs better and it appears so did the rest of the country, because these days it’s not uncommon to hear a Script song on a local lite rock radio station.

I had an idea this show was going to be well attended, but I did not think it would sell out (it did) and I did not expect a massive queue before doors opened (there was – the longest queue I’ve ever seen outside the 9:30 Club, going down the block and around the building). As expected, there were tons of young girls with parents in tow, but there were also a lot of older women and their husbands, the women presumably having heard of the band while driving their kids around in people carriers. Pretty sobering to walk a long time in the cold trying to find the end of the queue.

Once inside, there was a huge mass of people up against the barrier: no shock there. With my ‘professional’ earplugs I was okay at a spot in front of huge speakers, right on the end of the barrier, and didn’t get hassled all night. (Maybe it was because everyone there was a respectful yet mad fan of the Script, but that was probably the only show I’ve ever been to at the 9:30 where I haven’t been shoved or gotten beer poured on me in some fashion.) At 8:15 PM, the opening act Joshua Radin appeared first with one guitarist, and then as his set progressed, the rest of his band filtered onstage. He obviously has a good fanbase in DC, as appreciative punters shouted for their favourite songs as he flashed his smile.

As my companion for the night astutely pointed out, Radin must have worked his way up through the coffee bar / cafe circuit, because he was very much at ease talking to the us in the audience as if we were old friends. Based on what I knew about him, I expected a folky set, but some songs were retooled and made rockier and jammier than their recorded counterparts. Songs like ‘Brand New Day’ (written a year after Radin broke up with his girlfriend and had finally gotten over her) and ‘Today’ (a song he admitted was not written to be a love / wedding song but has become one because American tv personality Ellen Degeneres used it at her own wedding) showed Radin’s deftness with songwriting. When the club turned his microphone off (what?), which led Radin to rally his troops and do an entirely acoustic / a cappella number. Nice set to warm up the crowd for the Script.

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This Week’s Gonzo – Alex welcomes Britpop legends Suede to the Gonzo couch

 
By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

This week’s Gonzo is really quite jam-packed with great stuff. For those of you who lived the ’90s Britpop revolution (or you are a big fan of that era of British music), Gonzo has a great treat for you tonight. Britpop legends Suede are Alexa’s guests tonight. Brett Anderson relates a story about Klaxons to Alexa, but we’re not sure where this is going… “We left Jamie from Klaxons lying down on a curb last night…don’t worry, he had a smile on his face.” Guess you’re going to have to watch this episode of Gonzo to find out!

Practically a resident advisor for Gonzo, Kele stops by for a birthday celebration and chats about the success of his solo album, ‘The Boxer’, released in June. Thanks to the wonders of the internet (and really, the even more wondrous Skype), American indie rockers We Are Scientists reach Alexa over the miles to say hello all the way from Texas. There’s even a chat with Everything Everything about the director’s cut of ‘Photoshop Handsome’, their newest (and most likely creepiest) video.

For the sci-fi fans out there, current Doctor Who heartthrob Matt Smith pops over to recommend a favourite song. There’s also a special performance by Chapel Club of their fab latest single, ‘All the Eastern Girls’.

Watch this week’s MTV Gonzo tonight at 7 pm on MTV Rocks, with a repeat at 9 pm on MTV.

 

WIN / Tickets to see Goldfrapp in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle

 
By on Friday, 5th November 2010 at 11:00 am
 

We have two pairs of tickets for Goldfrapp‘s tour starting next week on the 9th in Bristol to give away to two lucky winners. Fancy your chances?

The tickets will be for their show at Birmingham O2 Academy (Sunday 14th November), Leeds O2 Academy (Tuesday 16th November), Manchester Academy (Wednesday 17th November) -OR- Newcastle O2 Academy (Saturday 20th November 2010) – winner’s choice. All you have to do is provide your name, which gig you wish to attend and your email address (so we can contact if you win). Entries to this contest must be received by Thursday 11 November, 5 PM GMT. Then we will choose two winners from the entries received. Good luck!

This competition is now closed. Winners will be contacted shortly.

 

Skint and Demoralised (Matt Abbott) / November and December 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 29th October 2010 at 5:00 pm
 

Singer, songwriter, spoken word artist, political activist, stand up-comedian, and generally all-around good guy Matt Abbott will be performing at a couple dates in November and December. Two dates in November will be as Skint and Demoralised, who you will remember from the oh so toe-tappy ‘The Thrill of Thirty Seconds’ and ‘Red Lipstick’. The long-awaited album from S&D is purported to be released sometime next year.

Friday 12th November 2010 – Wakefield Hop (Skint and Demoralised gig)
Friday 26th November 2010 – Sheffield Frog and Parrot (free; Skint and Demoralised gig)
Friday 17th December 2010 – Bradford Tokyo (spoken word)
Saturday 18th December 2010 – Manchester Night and Day (stand-up)

 

Egyptian Hip Hop / October and November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 26th October 2010 at 2:30 pm
 

Egyptian Hip Hop are currently on a tour of the UK. Catch them on the dates below.

Tuesday 18th October 2010 – Wrexham Central Station
Wednesday 19th October 2010 – York Fibbers
Thursday 20th October 2010 – Sheffield Harley
Wednesday 26th October 2010 – Glasgow Captains Rest
Thursday 28th October 2010 – Birmingham Flapper
Sunday 30th October 2010 – Bristol Cooler
Monday 31st October 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Wednesday 2nd November 2010 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 3rd November 2010 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast
Friday 4th November 2010 – London XOYO
Saturday 5th November 2010 – Portsmouth Drift

 

British India / October and November 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 26th October 2010 at 9:00 am
 

You heard it here first – the Australian music scene is definitely going to be one to watch closely. Here’s just one Australian band, a Melbourne quartet called British India, that we will be talking about on TGTF in the coming weeks. This band that self-describes themselves as sounding like Kaiser Chiefs, Interpol and Arcade Fire will be touring the UK – very shortly actually – on the dates below.

Friday 29th October 2010 – Coventry Taylor Johns House
Wednesday 3rd November 2010 – Bristol Croft
Thursday 4th November 2010 – Dublin Crawdaddy
Friday 5th November 2010 – London Borderline
Saturday 6th November 2010 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Wednesday 10th November 2010 – Leeds Well
Thursday 11th November 2010 – Manchester Night and Day
Friday 12th November 2010 – Glasgow Stereo
Saturday 13th November 2010 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

 
 
 

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