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Video of the Moment #1009: Tim Burgess

 
By on Wednesday, 17th October 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Tim Burgess, frontman of the Charlatans, released a new solo album, ‘Oh No I Love You’, earlier this month on O Genesis. Now he’s released the artsy video for ‘A Case for Vinyl’.

Burgess begins a tour of the UK tonight, starting in York. All the details of the tour are below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8puI1qsYJC8[/youtube]

Wednesday 17th October 2012 – York Duchess
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 19th October 2012 – Glasgow Oran Mor (sold out)
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute matinee show (sold out)
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute (sold out)
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Birmingham Glee Club
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – London Union Chapel
Friday 26th October 2012 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Saturday 27th October 2012 – Belfast Stiff Kitten
Monday 29th October 2012 – Liverpool Magnet
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – Hull Tower Ballroom
Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Newcastle University
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Scotland Dunfermline
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Brighton Coalition
Sunday 4th November 2012 – Reading Sub 89
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Manchester Cathedral (Music for Cities charity gig with Peter Hook and the Light and others)

 

Live Review: The Kin with Find Vienna at Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA – 9th October 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 17th October 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

The evening started off early for me this night. I was privy to a ‘musical robbery’ that the Kin was going to commit before the gig and I was poised to capture it on film. The band storms into an unsuspecting establishment like a diner, sings a song while pacing throughout the place, and then leaves. And not always on their own – they have been kicked out of more than one place! I had first learned of these 2 years ago when I saw them playing support for the Coronas. I have been wanting to be present at one ever since. With that in the bag (see the video at the end of this post), I headed over to the venue for the main event.

Opening up that night was a formerly local singer songwriter named Struan Shields. Odd name, but a lovely voice. He seemed very young up there just him and his guitar, but after joking that he felt naked, he had us all on his side. The second support came from Find Vienna (pictured above), a Philadelphia four-piece. Since I am originally from Pennsylvania, when they took the stage, I had images of ‘south Philly’ flash through my head – low cut vest tops, combat boots, and gold chains. However, when lead singer Patrick Mencel opened his mouth, it was more like an angel singing than the roughness I expected. Not to say this is an angelic band or anything, they have the full on indie rock sound one would expect. Their EP ‘In Flight’ is a delightful find.

My third time seeing the Kin play and I can still say that I have never been to a show quite like it. They can make it feel like you are the only one they are singing to. From writing lyrics that go directly to the heart of the matter to bringing the show off the stage and right down on the floor, they make every gig an intimate affair. Sometimes the band can get you to sing along, some can get an effective call and response going, and others even let the audience take over singing the lyrics. The Kin, however, can do all this, even when not everyone in the audience is familiar with the music.

Originally from Australia, brothers Thorald and Isaac Koren started this band, but it really came together with the addition of one-of-a-kind drummer Shakerleg. Seriously, ONE-OF-A-KIND. The man plays his entire kit with no sticks whatsoever, just taped up fingers. Ouch. Plucked straight out of a prime location on the NYC subway system, this former street musician has all kinds of street cred to get the place rocking.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQnXWjIrMhA[/youtube]

After about five songs, Isaac Koren leapt off the stage into the audience with his characteristic “Alright you lot!” and headed midway into the crowd. Thorald found him with an unplugged acoustic on his shoulder as they started into ‘America’, their tribute to their adopted country. Shakerleg soon joined them rolling a packing case into the circle, banging and stroking it like the true street musician he is. After three songs prowling, dancing, and singing with the crowd, the band reassembled on the stage to continue their set, peppered with yet to be released songs. The encore found them back out amongst us as the audience took over the singing of fan favourite ‘Abraham’. And, as gracious as they come, the band took their bows as we all belted out “When all is said and done, could we somehow be sons of Abraham”.

I have gotten the same incredible high from all the shows I’ve seen theirs. You come away from it feeling like you are part of it, like you really made a difference to the show. Musicians always say that they couldn’t do it without their fans, but it feels like the Kin really needs it. They do it for the punters and nothing else drives them as hard. They like to shake it up, they like to shock, and they will continue to do anything to get people involved. Their next album should be released early in the new year, and I hope they are back to tour it in my area soon.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmrrmLzAUCk[/youtube]

 

Live Review: The Temper Trap with the Neighbourhood at the Fillmore Silver Spring, Maryland – 13th October 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

There are only a precious few bands I will travel outside of DC for. Saturday night I got to see a band that I’ve managed to see in two different countries besides my own (the UK and Denmark) and were undoubtedly the stars of our stage at Liverpool Sound City this year, the Temper Trap. And this time, I didn’t even need to cross state lines. (This is when my wallet and bank account silently thank me.)

The original Fillmore venue in San Francisco is most famous to have played host to such legendary acts as Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead back in the psychedelic Sixties, but more recently, Live Nation has opened a series of similar venues in cities across the country, including Detroit, Charlotte and where I ended up this weekend, Silver Spring. It’s a suburb of DC that has in recent times undergone revitalisation with shops and restaurants crowding in, and an American Film Institute-branded cinema and this outpost of the Fillmore are part of that revitalisation. When you enter the place, it’s more reminiscent of the House of Blues Boston (also owned and operated by Live Nation) where I saw the Temper Trap play in 2010 than any of the other club venues in DC proper. Pretty chandeliers and what appears to be an attempt at a reinforced wood floor for dancing make this look a whole lot better than your standard concrete warehouse venue. It’s like the 9:30 Club’s more refined, suburban cousin. I certainly deemed it safe enough to invite the high school age daughter of a cousin to the show, figuring there’d be no stage diving. (For the record, there wasn’t any. To be honest, while the crowd was definitely into it, maybe they were a little too polite here in the suburbs? I kind of miss the crazy jumping that always seemed to happen at the end of all Temper Trap shows in 2010. But I digress…)

The opening band was the Neighbourhood, who also opened when Cheryl caught Maximo Park at U Street Music Hall last month. The bloke stood next to me thought they were awful, but as I was telling him in between the sets, I think this band’s success – at least at the indie level – is already assured, thanks to being one of the buzzed-about bands of the moment. Their Los Angeles neighbours (no pun intended) KCRW are already fans. While I can appreciate the sort of r&b vocal styling that will recall days of NKOTB (the singer was dressed the way Marky Mark did before he turned back into Mark Wahlberg) and a more thuggish 5ive, it’s not really for me. Think rap, but with a melody, just not a terribly poppy one. The vocals did remind me vaguely of Various Cruelties‘ Liam O’Donnell, but no comparison on the instrumentation there.

I actually really liked the guitars and drumming. I just didn’t feel the repetition of the words “fuck you anyway” in a song is really necessary, and considering who I’d brought along for the night, I groaned inwardly and felt like a terrible aunt. They ended with ‘Sweater Weather’ (official video below), which sounds like a strange title for a band in California who rarely need to wear jumpers, but turned out to be a decently catchy song that a good proportion of early gig goers knew. (Remember what I said, about them being a buzz band?) I’m wondering though, what’s with the British English spelling of your band name, guys? You made me think you were a UK band there. For a moment. Confusing. While I give them credit for not succumbing to the Best Coast / post-Beach Boys surf pop genre, maybe the comparisons to Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean made here explain why this style of music doesn’t ring my bell.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idj5_PwRl1k[/youtube]

The first time I saw the Temper Trap was at the 9:30 Club in April 2010. Crammed into the front for co-headliner Florence and the Machine to make sure I would be up front for the whole show, I breathed a sigh of relief when the Flo fans made a mass exodus once their goddess left the stage. In my head, I was insistent: while she might become famous, I was convinced the Temper Trap would be massive, with rock being where it’s at, not a bare-legged woman screaming. Watching the Aussies then to watching them to where they have gotten to now, seeing both their confidence and enjoyment in playing rise, has been an absolute pleasure. They started with ‘London’s Burning’, the edgy ode to the London riots of last year.

Instead of immediately launching into a well-known single, the band chose to offer up something they had never had before: the first live performance of ‘Never Again’. Considering they had played New York City the night before, I couldn’t help but feel a bit smug that we, not the New Yorker who get every single freaking band in existence coming through their town, had been granted something very special. From then on, it was back into familiar territory. I have sung and played along on my bass to ‘Love Lost’ so many times that I’ve committed to memory the melody and bass line, but it is the ending that always gets me: “our love was lost / but now it’s found…”, soaring above our heads and into the stratosphere. This night, I was shooting in the pit when they played it, but it still touched my heart the same way it did 2 years ago.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbeoGPB-a5Y[/youtube]

Punters’ arms were aloft and swaying back and forth during torch song ‘Trembling Hands’ (video clip above); ‘Science of Fear’ turned the energy way back up closer to the end of the show. ‘Soldier On’, though well known by Temper Trap fans, seemed to be an odd, somewhat sleepy choice to open the encore in my eyes, but this was quickly rectified with everlasting love song ‘I’m Gonna Wait’. And there should be no question what ended the night. Dougy Mandagi asked everyone to sing along to ‘Sweet Disposition’, and sing along the audience did. I don’t see the band ever changing the last song they play at a show, because this is *the* song to end a night with.

Fan favourite ‘Fader’, which was conspicuously absent at the DC show in March and from their set at Liverpool Sound City, reappeared on this night and to much applause. Here’s to hoping it stays on future set lists, because it gives the audience the perfect opportunity to pogo. I know I was doing exactly this, as I was so excited to hear it back in the set again. I was also pleased to see that Mandagi is filling the top of his drum for ‘Drum Song’ with water again, which of course leads to many a Kodak moment as the man pounds his sticks on the surface and water sprays in every direction, a physical reminder of the chaos in the song. Awesome.

Strangely absent Saturday night was recent single ‘Need Your Love’: surely you’d want to play another one of your singles released this year? Or maybe it was deemed too meek, too much of a power ballad? It should be interesting to see if it makes a reappearance later, and if shouty singalong ‘Down River’ comes back as well. And really, to be fair, the show could have been longer. I would have been happy if they went through the entirety of both albums and their debut EP. But part of being a band that’s in demand is to leave them wanting more, which is exactly what the Temper Trap did.

After the cut: the Temper Trap’s set list.

Continue reading Live Review: The Temper Trap with the Neighbourhood at the Fillmore Silver Spring, Maryland – 13th October 2012

 

Live Gig Video: Daughter perform ‘Youth’ for David Letterman

 
By on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Daughter made their American late night television debut last night on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch the video below of the band playing ‘Youth’. This follows Michael Kiwanuka‘s guest turn in June.

The band’s current single on 4AD is ‘Smother’; you can read my review of the single here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZy_vVAUej8[/youtube]

 

Preview: Oxjam Clapham 2012

 
By on Wednesday, 10th October 2012 at 9:00 am
 

The official festival season is over, and thousands of students, hippies and people with little else to do are once again left with nothing to look forward to except for that first pint on a Friday evening. But wait! Oxjam Clapham 2012 is here, fighting poverty and bringing some tasty new music to your ears.

The Oxjam concept began in 2006 and has grown and morphed into the ever sprawling mass of festivals UK-wide that it is today. Collectively, the festivals have raised over £1.75 million for Oxfam’s work in the UK and abroad: the equivalent of paying for 15,000 emergency shelters; 70,000 goats or 1050 classrooms. Have a think on that for a moment, if you will. Oxjam’s festivals raise money for worthy charities and you can participate simply by purchasing a wristband to this weekend’s event.

The best rock, pop and dance acts from around the Clapham area will be descending on six different venues including dub paradise The White House. Bands playing the festival include fun pop act Angry Vs the Bear, psychedelic rock act White Bone Rattle and South London DIY rockers The Deets, who are not to be missed if you want to have your socks blown off. For the full lineup, go here.

The event takes place this Saturday, the 13th of October, with wristbands for just £10 which gives you access to all of our venues from 12 PM to 5 AM the next day. More information on how to buy your wristband is here on the Oxjam Clapham Web site.

 

WIN / Tickets to see Labrinth at London O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 20th October 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 9th October 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Labrinth is making the rounds this month on a massive UK tour. He’ll be stopping by O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday the 20th of October and we have a pair of tickets for the show to give away to a lucky TGTF reader. Is that lucky reader you? You won’t be in the running unless you enter our contest below.

Fill out the form below with your name and your email address (we’ll use this to contact you if you’ve won). Then answer this question correctly: What is the name of Labrinth’s debut album? Be sure to get your entries in by 12 noon this Friday, the 12th of October. We’ll choose our lucky winner from all the correct entries received. Good luck! Please note that you must be a UK resident to win this contest.

This contest is now closed. The winner will be contacted soon by email.

 
 
 

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