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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby pcqgod » 29 Apr 2016, 22:12

Now I got word that the Peter Murphy show is also canceled. My whole weekend just got nuked in two fell swoops.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 21 May 2016, 12:12

Saw Father John Misty last night at The Roundhouse - phenomenal. Great backing band, great sound and his voice was possibly one of the best live voices I've ever heard - you could have been listening to the record if you'd shut your eyes. Great performer too, really throws himself right into it. I was trying to categorise his musical style to someone who didn't know about him (they thought he was a blues artist!) when I mentioned the gig this morning but it's really hard. There was country, soul, rock. Randy Newman springs to mind for some reason but I don't know why as he's not in a similar vocal style to him at all.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 21 May 2016, 23:53

Jeemo wrote:Last night, Yes.

They played all of Drama and Fragile, plus Time and a Word, Don't Kill the Whale, Owner of a Lonely Heart and Starship Trooper. Billy Sherwood pulled off the near impossible, chanelling Chris Squire and playing fantastic bass all the way through plus singing backing vocals.

I get the reasons that some will hold against this line up. However they played a great show, looked to be enjoying playing and respecting their back catalogue.


Saw them at Liverpool and agree wholeheartedly with this.
Our own Jon K made the introductions and the Onward tribute to Squire was very well done. Sherwood played a blinder.

Last night The Unthanks at Sheffield Crucible.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby fire and fueryIre » 23 May 2016, 08:44

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I would write more but I'm typing on my phone on the way to work. He's coming to the UK. Pay the money.


I did 8-)


Me, too. Off to see him in Dublin on June 8. Looking at the setlists from his recent shows with POFTR and I can't wait
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Geezee » 24 May 2016, 08:53

Nuts wrote:Saw Father John Misty last night at The Roundhouse - phenomenal. Great backing band, great sound and his voice was possibly one of the best live voices I've ever heard - you could have been listening to the record if you'd shut your eyes. Great performer too, really throws himself right into it. I was trying to categorise his musical style to someone who didn't know about him (they thought he was a blues artist!) when I mentioned the gig this morning but it's really hard. There was country, soul, rock. Randy Newman springs to mind for some reason but I don't know why as he's not in a similar vocal style to him at all.


Saw him at Alhambra last night - I'd read your comments about Randy Newman before, and a friend of mine who was also at the Roundhouse compared the performance to Birthday Party-era Nick Cave...suffice to say I really wasn't sure what to expect! I'd completely agree about one thing - his voice is completely immaculate, I've rarely heard anything like it, so completely attuned to the performance and the record. I have to say his frantic stage persona grated with me a bit though, and accompanied with his sometimes too-clever-for-their-own-good lyrics it made for a bit of a conflicting experience. He was channeling some sort indie Jim Morrison (which was particularly noticeable here in Paris) and I'm not sure he has the chops to pull it off. He's confident, that's for sure, and he handled the crowd very well when the sound blew out towards the end of the very first song - gave an impromptu, note-perfect unplugged performance of (I think) an extended version of Holy Sht before launching fully into resuming Everyman Needs a Companion without missing a beat. And notwithstanding that issue with the sound, Alhambra has incredible acoustics, perfect setting for his stuff. But either way, I don't see anything like Randy or early Nick in the performance! :)

Special mention to the opening act Khruangbin, have a great groove and funky bass (who is also very easy on the eye).
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 24 May 2016, 10:39

Yeah, I know what you're saying about the Randy Newman comparison, not really sure why he comes to mind, I think it's more the storytelling aspect of the lyrics than his performance
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Postby Geezee » 15 Sep 2016, 08:53

Thee Oh Sees last night, with a inspiring opening act from Magnetix. Thee Oh Sees are pretty mighty - intense performance. Possibly the best mosh pit I've seen since about 1994. Although the cool French couple standing next to me were unimpressed by the hipsters in their 30s who would make a fool of themselves on the stage in front of the band after crowdsurfing - "C'est pas cool. C'est pas cool" they shrugged.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 15 Sep 2016, 09:36

Went to see King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard at the Electric in Brixton last week. Great performance with 2 drummers who were tight as a gnats.
Only downside was the price of booze in the venue. No beer/lager/anything on tap, just cans or plastic bottles. We opted for 2 bottles of Punk IPA which made about three quarters of a pint each. The price - £11.80. I think that's the most I've ever paid. The sad thing is, whenever I meet up with my mate to see a band in a relatively big (the electric was pretty small actually) venue, we tend to blow out the support bands as we'd prefer to have a decent, reasonable priced beer in a pub rather than get fleeced in the venue. It's about time these places wised up, I don't mind paying higher prices but not for shit out of a can or some crap fizzy lager.
Anyway, Graham Day & The Forefathers at the Half Moon in Putney this Friday, and they always have decent beers.
Then Spizz Energi at the 100 Club next Tuesday and that was only £1.50 a ticket!!
So I shouldn't complain.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Geezee » 15 Sep 2016, 12:53

Nuts wrote:Went to see King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard at the Electric in Brixton last week. Great performance with 2 drummers who were tight as a gnats.
Only downside was the price of booze in the venue. No beer/lager/anything on tap, just cans or plastic bottles. We opted for 2 bottles of Punk IPA which made about three quarters of a pint each. The price - £11.80. I think that's the most I've ever paid. The sad thing is, whenever I meet up with my mate to see a band in a relatively big (the electric was pretty small actually) venue, we tend to blow out the support bands as we'd prefer to have a decent, reasonable priced beer in a pub rather than get fleeced in the venue. It's about time these places wised up, I don't mind paying higher prices but not for shit out of a can or some crap fizzy lager.
Anyway, Graham Day & The Forefathers at the Half Moon in Putney this Friday, and they always have decent beers.
Then Spizz Energi at the 100 Club next Tuesday and that was only £1.50 a ticket!!
So I shouldn't complain.


Thee Oh Sees also do double drums. Worked very well.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jimbo » 20 Sep 2016, 14:37

We went to see Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals tonight. A protege of Dr. Dre, Paak is bit heavy on the "Get your hands up in the air!" and "Make some noise!" hip hop nonsense. Then again he has some less hip hoppy numbers which indicate he has the talent to be another Gil Scott Heron, Sly Stone or Curtis Mayfield. And his pianist is really good, sounding like another Donald Fagen. B
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 21 Sep 2016, 10:01

Spizz Energi at the 100 Club last night. Spizz was top notch as always but unfortunately we got there in time to see Tenpole Tudor as support act. He was even worse than the last time we saw him supporting The Damned. Why do people keep booking him? He didn't even do Who Killed Bambi this time!
Sad thing was, it was 40 years to the night that the Sex Pistols etc played there. The original gig was going to be Subway Sect, which would have been quite fitting as they were on the original bill, but for some reason they pulled out. I just thought it was a shame they couldn't have got someone from the original billing to make an appearance, or maybe The Damned to do a guest spot maybe. Missed opportunity I thought. There was also nothing outside on Oxford Street telling people what was going on. I would imagine they would have got a fair bit of interest from tourists passing if they'd informed people of the historical importance of that night.
Maybe they're waiting for 50 years!
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 21 Sep 2016, 18:04

Are Stinky Toys playing tonight?
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jimbo » 11 Oct 2016, 15:24

Just back from seeing Kurt Vile & the Violators. A Neil Young and Crazy Horse comparison is the best I can make to describe the sound. With just a few chords Vile makes some pretty good damn music. B+

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Postby Jimbo » 20 Oct 2016, 16:35

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Never really liked Primal Scream. I found them derivative and shallow. Now, having seen them live the best thing I can say about the band is that they fucking rocked. There was this 70s rock thing they did tonight that I appreciated. The singer looked the part. Too bad his voice is shit. But he has boatloads of devoted Japanese fans screaming "Bobby!" throughout the show. And there are some songs, the rockier less disco-y numbers that I liked. All in all, I had a good time and I like Primal Scream slightly more than before. B-.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Belle Lettre » 26 Oct 2016, 12:14

Just found out Killing Joke are playing here next Wednesday and have secured tickets.

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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 01 Nov 2016, 10:44

PJ Harvey at Brixton Academy last night. Absolutely blinding performance. The sound was spot on and so good that I think the soundman needs an award for putting together such a great sound for a ten piece band. Polly's voice was one of the best I've ever heard live and the whole thing was perfectly put together with no interaction with the crowd, apart from right near the end, a track from the latest album started up and Polly moved towards the mike and went to sing the first line but obviously had a frog in her throat and it all just came out wrong, she actually burst out laughing, the audience cheered and she turned to the band to carry on, she started again and sang it note perfect. I was looking forward to hearing some of the old tracks as I've not seen her live for many years but found that I actually enjoyed all the newer stuff much more than the oldies. It really was a stunning show and made me realise that she is almost indefinable, the songs and the way they were performed are like nothing else I can think of and it really is something, especially when you've been around as long as she has, to be able to create something fresh and new.
The only down side was the lack of beer. 20 minutes to get served when we got in the Academy (why do they shut 2 of the bars and only have 2 bar stuff at the one we were queuing up at? Do they not want to make money?) and then I didn't want to miss any of the gig fighting my way back to the bar so we didn't have another drink in there. It was only half 10 when we left so we assumed that we had plenty of time for a nightcap, only to find the nearest pub had decided to shut early and wouldn't serve us! It was Halloween too so you'd think pubs might open a little later - madness.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Darkness_Fish » 01 Nov 2016, 10:49

Belle Lettre wrote:Just found out Killing Joke are playing here next Wednesday and have secured tickets.

Get in!

I'm going to their London gig this Friday, which is apparently being recorded and released pretty much straight after. It's exactly the eleventy-twelfth time I've seen Killing Joke, I reckon.
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Postby Belle Lettre » 01 Nov 2016, 12:28

Enjoy :) ours is now a family outing as both my progeny were keen.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Jimbo » 24 Nov 2016, 14:53

Con Brio - Duo Music Exchange, Tokyo

One of the best live experiences ever! Take Sly and the Family Stone, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and String Cheese Incident and this is something like the evening we spent seeing Con Brio live. San Francisco psychedelic soul is how I'd describe the style. We'd seen them once before and they were the best band IMO at Fuji Rock. The front man is a soul singer, shouter and fun rouser with amazing energy and dances like a demon. Splits, slides, breaking and head over heels flips, awesome moves which add an extra kick to the musical experience, as if it needs a kick. It doesn't but what the hell. And the band, sax, trumpet, keyboards, drums, bass and on guitar it might have been Jeff Beck himself. 5 stars.
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Re: Return of the Son of Now Gigging

Postby Nuts » 24 Nov 2016, 16:33

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats at Brixton Academy last week - the wife insisted on seating tickets so it was a first for me. Don't know if it was because we were sitting upstairs or just a bad sound but it was a bit of a let down, very trebly. I would say that once they've done another album, they'll have a great live set, but at the moment there was too much filler for me.
Then Dinosaur Jr a few nights later. Brilliant as always with the added bonus of Black Mountain supporting. The Forum Kentish Town gets the award for most expensive drinks though, 2 bottles of London Pride - £13. Just getting ridiculous, to compound this, we got searched on the way in whereupon they found my vegi sausage roll which I was saving for the journey home. No, can't take that in (even though they don't serve food in there??) so I had to bin it. What they thought I might do with a sausage roll I don't know.
As much as I love going to gigs, I can't think of any other entertainment where they try and make it as annoying an experience as possible - you'd think these venues didn't want people coming in, they just seem to look for more and more ways to put customers off. Just don't get it.
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