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Jan 27, 2013

London gigs diary: 28 January – 3 February

THUMPERS launch their debut single, “Dancing’s Done”, on Thursday at Trinity Centre.

Plenty on this week, as usual – straight away Monday night serves up two free shows in Dalston, Dems and Only Real, that are worth your attention. Akira Records’ debut singing, Reuben Hollebon, plays for them at Old Queens Head on Tuesday night with some promising acoustic artists in support – notably Allman Brown. Wednesday night’s particularly busy, with 2008′s best band Smokey Angle Shades making their comeback proper at The Shacklewell Arms, and JAWS, who released one of our favourite tracks of last year (“Toucan Surf”) headlining a free show at Old Blue Last for the Hello 2013 series. The KIDS night at St Moritz is also worth checking out, with La Shark and Norther Irish brother-sister duo Southern on the bill. THUMPERS launch their paradYse released debut single with a BYOB gig at Trinity Centre, E8, on Thursday evening, with Music Week Breakout offering a blockbuster lineup over at Barfly, including Milo Greene and KHUSHI. Canadians METZ (Sub Pop) headline two nights at Birthdays on Friday and Saturday, and if you can’t get into that you could do much worse than head over to The Borderline to see a bill comprised of four up-and-comers on the indie/folk circuit on Saturday evening. And that’s not to mention the return of Communion on Sunday.

Monday 28 January

Dems @ Birthdays FREE
Only Real @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE
The History Of Apple Pie @ Rough Trade East
Biffy Clyro @ The Borderline (XFM)

Tuesday 29 January

Reuben Hollebon + Matt Belmont + Allman Brown @ Old Queens Head (Akira)
The Ruby Suns (NZ) @ Sebright Arms
Goaler’s Daughter + Good Dangers @ The Lexington

Wednesday 30 January

Smokey Angle Shades @ The Shacklewell Arms
La Shark + Southern @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Troumaca @ Birthdays FREE
Malpas + Hollow Giants + Prisms @ Bull Gate (Club Killing Moon)
JAWS + Superfood + Crash And The Coots + Deathbeams @ Old Blue Last FREE
Tropics @ The Waiting Room

Thursday 31 January

THUMPERS + Plaitum @ Trinity Centre
Milo Greene (US) + KHUSHI + Echotape + Blaise + Kimberly Anne + Leanne Robinson @ Barfly (Music Week Breakout)
Arlissa + Night Engine @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Black Cab Sessions)
Amusement + Carousels @ Old Blue Last FREE
Emperor Yes @ The Slaughtered Lamb
Passenger @ Rough Trade West (13:00) FREE
Passenger @ Scala
Polly Scattergood @ The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 1 February

METZ (CA) + The Wytches + Crushed Beaks @ Birthdays
Indians (DK) @ The Lexington
The Ghosts @ Koko (Club NME)
Amusement Parks On Fire @ O2 Academy 2 Islington

Saturday 2 February

METZ (CA) + Fair Ohs + The Wytches @ Birthdays (2nd night)
Roo Panes + Escapists + Winterhours + Casablanca @ The Borderline
Misty Miller @ Paper Dress Vintage
Tourist + Halo Halo @ The Nest FREE before 22:30

Sunday 3 February

Josh Weller + The Daturas + Natasha Haws + Garda (DE) + Alex Vargas + Lowell (CA) @ Notting Hill Arts Club (Communion)

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Jan 25, 2013

The Boys Are Back In Town… The Darkness Live Review and Photos from The Newport Music Hall

We sent a guest reviewer, Kyle McMullen, to cover The Darkness at Newport Music Hall last Wednesday. The following is his account with a few minor edits and some kickass pics:

I have to preface this review by saying that anything I write regarding what I witnessed last night will tragically fall short of the true brilliance that melted my face at the Newport Music Hall.

After a very energetic opening performance by Hell or Highwater, the classic rock began to pipe into the hall. As the roadies took the stage making the appropriate equipment changes and checks, “ironic” poetry blared from the PA: “Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say. But man, I still think them cats are crazy!”

At this moment, I prepared for a fistful of rock as all the lights went out and from the black, an angelic chorus. A few minutes of harmonies and synths, which will soundtrack my funeral, enter The Darkness from a seemingly divine light.

I immediately had visions of Freddie Mercury as Justin Hawkins donned a white and black striped jump suit exclaiming: “We are The Darkness … We are here on fucking business!”

This was most certainly the truth, as business was handedly dealt as the energy rode through the audience like a majestic holographic steed, galloping upon uncontrollable cheers.

As The Darkness played you could clearly tell that after their short respite to clean themselves up, the boys were indeed “back in town.” Although the performance, lyrics and mannerisms were brimming with humor, you could hear the fluidity, cohesion and love for their art with a sound as much gritty as glam.

Smooth bass rhythms pocketed with inescapable drums made ample room for dual guitar harmonics… GUITARMONY! Coupled with the high falsetto of Justin orchestrating each note, the band was fearless to stretch their comfort zone while keeping everything aligned with the expectations of THE Darkness.

Singing can be difficult right? Singing falsetto is more so. Singing falsetto while doing copious amounts of cardio, matching each ass cheek clench to the kick drum, standing on your head doing inverted jumping jacks, climbing the speaker tower of justice and being hoisted around the hall on the back of your band mate while rocking a guitar solo… IMPOSSIBLE?!

The heart of The Darkness is clearly alive and well, which comes as great relief because I don’t know if I can take another hiatus.

Jan 24, 2013

RethinkPopMusic Come Full Circle With Freelance Whales

The last time Freelance Whales were featured on RethinkPopMusic was in July of 2009 as winners of our “Put Your Music Where Your Mouth Is” competition. Say what?!

freelance whales @ crash mansion

Indeed, almost 4 years ago we were seeking artists to round our our Midpoint Music Festival showcase (Freelance Whales are now featured on the front page) and decided to hold a couple pseudo “battle of the bands” to join artists such as Ambassadors, The Aviation Orange and Hank and Cupcakes. However, unlike our counterparts, Freelance Whales were chosen by music industry experts from MTV, and yours truly… not ticket sales, applause or some other bullshit metric.

So when we heard they would be in Columbus playing The Basement on Sunday we sent our photographer to snap some pics. Looks like they grew up a bit since 2009 and according to Mike: “The show was packed to the rafters and filled with a Jonestown-like fervor.”


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Jan 21, 2013

The Walkmen Live Review… Kinda, Sorta

As previously stated, I had the privilege of meeting the flu last week and therefore didn’t have the opportunity to write The Walkmen live review at Newport Music Hall, which made me feel like this:

Especially since all accounts throughout the interwebs declared that the show was great, in their own quirky yet very consistent ways. And since necessity is the mother of all invention, welcome to a photo blog of The Walkmen at Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH featuring poached reviews from around and aboot

“Throughout the show lead singer Hamilton Leithauser controlled the stage with a dominating presence, draped in a fine suit like some kind of punk rock Michael Buble. The minimal lighting which consisted mainly of a powerful floodlight behind drummer Matt Barrick cast incredible shadows against the Danforth’s pale blue walls, adding a haunting vibe to the moodiness of the set which was well balanced between well worn classics and cuts from their latest effort.”

– Chris Cartwright – Toronto, ON

“Luckily, though, the Walkmen are better than some of the chatterboxes who adore them. They bring an air of professionalism to a forum that sometimes lacks it. They dress to impress, always play at a high level and respect audiences with humility.”

– James Ziegenfus – Chicago, IL

“These gentlemen belong on stage, and they act like it; not at all in a pretentious way, but rather by playing with a smooth confidence that can only be earned over time. The chemistry the band members share is clear, and has been captured in the sound and honed to perfection, every component fitting together right where it belongs. Leithausers’ dynamic voice soars above it all with straining passion, in the way that we’ve come to expect and love from him.”

– Hillary Sprecher – Madison, WI


Jan 20, 2013

London gigs diary: 21 January – 27 January

Los Angeles’ Milo Greene play their debut London shows this week at St Pancras Old Church.

2013′s now officially up and running in terms of London gigs – this week sees a slew of great shows it’ll be well worth braving the biting temperatures for. LA’s Milo Greene are in the UK for the first time ever, and the buzz around them has been so much they’ve had to add a second date at St Pancras Old Church (they’ll headline there on both Wednesday and Thursday). Thursday night is sure to have many of us scratching heads and throwing dice; highlights there include the exceptional Daughter playing at Hackney Empire, Paul Banks showcasing his solo material at Koko and Cavan, Ireland’s teenage rock ‘n’ roll prodigies The Strypes headlining a free show at Old Blue Last. Elsewhere, The BlackWhite’s promising demos should entice a crowd down to their gig at Notting Hill Arts Club on Tuesday, and the annual XFM X-Posure All-Dayer takes place at Barfly on Saturday featuring a whole host of ones to watch for ’13.

Monday 21 January

Gibson Bull + Norma Jean Martine (US) + Sophie Ramsay @ Blacks (Society Of The Golden Slippers) FREE (GL)

Tuesday 22 January

Blood Red Shoes + Rolo Tomassi + Wet Nuns @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Toro y Moi (US) @ Village Underground
The BlackWhite @ Notting Hill Arts Club
Early Ghost @ Power’s Bar FREE

Wednesday 23 January

Milo Greene (US) @ St Pancras Old Church
Ofei + Jade Hopcroft + Alex Burey @ Sevilla Mia (Pull The Plug) FREE (GL)
Syron + San Zhi + Brolin @ Old Blue Last FREE
Findlay + The Death Rays Of Ardilla @ St Moritz (KIDS)
Gentlemen @ The Shacklewell Arms FREE w/ TICKET
Swiss Lips @ Notting Hill Arts Club FREE before 23:00

Thursday 24 January

Milo Greene (US) @ St Pancras Old Church (2nd night)
The Strypes (IE) @ Old Blue Last FREE
Daughter @ Hackney Empire
The Soft Pack (US) + Novella + Primitive Parts @ Cargo
Paul Banks (US) @ Koko
Hudson Taylor (IE) @ Barfly
Emily And The Woods + Ebony Day + Pete Roe + Die Mason Die @ Hoxton Bar Kitchen (Smashing Blouse)
The Wolfnotes @ The Sebright Arms

Friday 25 January

Halflight @ Barfly
Sons And Lovers + China Rats @ Koko (Club NME)

Saturday 26 January

Little Barrie + Wolf Alice + Drenge + Temples + LULS + This Many Boyfriends + Nadine Shah @ Barfly (XFM X-Posure All Dayer)
Burial Club @ Underbelly

Sunday 27 January

My Bloody Valentine (IE) @ Electric Brixton

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