The Jezabels – The Brink

Katie Harrison/ February 23, 2014

Uncomplicated, unaggressive and unexpected The Brink by The Jezabels offers a moment of calm in the storm of recent new releases. The Australian indie Quartet have managed to yet again weave together a number of non-dominating sounds to form a track that offers the perfect soundtrack to an afternoon with good friends and good music. Incredibly popular in their native

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Augustines – Augustines. Album Review.

Katie Harrison/ February 16, 2014

Augustines’ (formerly We Are Augustines) eponymous sophomore record has one fundamental strength and fundamental flaw. The writing on the album and the quality of the tracks is essentially very commendable and is its strength, yet the quality of the writing suffers the burden of over-production. The craftsmanship on Augustines suffers under layers and layers of different sounds, superfluous guitars, piano,

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Foy Vance @ Bodega, 24/11/13

Katie Harrison/ November 27, 2013

Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance came to The Bodega to showcase his new album, Joy of Nothing, during his worldwide tour which has seen him touring widely in America and the UK and onwards to Europe. With a collection of gorgeous tracks which are alternately heart-warming and heart-wrenching, he put on one of the best gigs I have been to

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The Staves @ Glee Club, 31/10/13

Katie Harrison/ November 14, 2013

The Staves, known for their gorgeous harmonies and ethereal tones, lived up to expectations, delivering a performance filled with witty exchanges with the audience and making it a simply lovely evening in general. It was Halloween that night, so when they came on stage they had to mention their lack of costumes; ‘Trust me, we feel pretty silly that we’re

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An Interview with Temples

Katie Harrison/ October 31, 2013

After their show at the Bodega in October (read the review here) show I managed to get hold of James Bagshaw and Sam Toms to ask them some questions about their music and live shows… Hey guys! Great gig! The last song you played ‘Shelter Song’ was pretty much everyone’s favourite and yet you could only play half the song! J- Yeah,

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Temples @ Bodega, 16/10/2013

Katie Harrison/ October 31, 2013

You know your band is doing well when you’ve been critically acclaimed by the likes of Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr before even releasing an album. This is exactly what’s happened to the self-acclaimed ‘glam-psych’ band Temples. Hailing from Kettering, the quartet is made up of James Bagshaw (guitar and vocals), Tom Warmsley (bass), Adam Smith (keyboard) and Sam Toms

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London Grammar @ Rescue Rooms, 22/10/13

Katie Harrison/ October 28, 2013

In his  interview for The Mic’s Freshers Issue, Dot told us that Rescue Rooms was his favourite venue in Nottingham. So, it was fitting that it played host to the band on their return to the city where it all started for them. Since leaving university, the band have really taken off. This summer was crammed with festival appearances,  debut album

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CHVRCHES @ Leadmill, Sheffield 12/10/13

Katie Harrison/ October 16, 2013

The trio from Glasgow brought their Scottish synth pop sound down to Yorkshire, more precisely to Sheffield’s Leadmill for the second night of touring their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which was released on 23rd September. The Leadmill, which somehow reminds me of a smaller Rock City, was already almost crammed full by the time support act

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Haim – Days are Gone

Katie Harrison/ October 7, 2013

There’s always that problem when you’re waiting for a band as painfully cool as Haim to release their debut record – is it going to be a case of style over substance? Since the release of second single Don’t Save Me at the back end of last year, the LA sisters are always on the radio and seemed to play

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Whack ‘em in Your Diary – Notts Festivals

Katie Harrison/ September 21, 2013

So, we’re already well aware that here in Nottingham we’ve got a shed load of venues that provide us with a constant stream of bangin’ club nights and gigs on pretty much every night of the week – pretty good, yeah? However, the city is also home to a few annual events, all of which are little gems, and help

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