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Live Review: Dog Is Dead @ Thekla, Bristol – 21 February

Standing in a sparsely populated hull of a ship is already an odd sensation. This is multiplied however when waiting to see a five-piece from Nottingham that operates under the name ‘Dog Is Dead’. Naturally with this kind of name one might expect a virile metal concoction to make your ears weep. Yet the noise that emerged was entirely different. I’d be lying if I said their sound wasn’t essentially poppy, with strong hooks and brazen melodies, but unlike much other cannon fodder around at the moment, they manage to dunk these tunes into a layer of simple synth and tasty harmonies you can sink your teeth into. Moreover, the versatility of this band meant they were able to produce a saxophone to delicately (and rather brashly at times) play alongside the riffs, giving them a slight edge in this indie dog-eat-dog world.

Live Review: Death in Vegas @ Thekla, Bristol – 14 December

Since forming on the very fringes of Britpop in the early 90s, Death in Vegas have never failed to challenge genre boundaries, foraying from their very organic, electronic sound into trance, dub and krautrock. It has been seven years since the duo last released an album and fans have been hungry for more of their menacing sounds; a hunger that was evident amongst the sell-out crowd at Thekla…

Live Review: Azealia Banks @ Hoxton Square, London – 6 November

“I’m a bit nervous, y’all a good looking crowd.” Despite this shy admittance (modesty being an uncommon trait in Hip-hop), Azealia Banks has little to fear. Beginning entirely acapella, her flow is seamless and visceral; she barks and bites whilst retaining an alluring coyness that’s utterly compelling. The beats are predominantly minimal, almost tribal, full of bitter wit…

Live Review: Monument Valley & Daughter @ Old St Pancras Church, London

Part-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, it’s no surprise that Communionare gaining quite a reputation for unearthing excellent folk and soul artists. Stamp The Wax has already featured Communion’s Michael Kiwanuka and Matt Corby, but two more are also deserving of our praise. In tune with the family feel of their label, Communion put on monthly music nights in unique venues around London. Given the success of the evening and the quality of music, it was therefore surprising to learn this was independently organised. Communion or no Communion, Monument Valley and Daughter are certainly worth taking note about.