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Taproot

Taproot + Pulse Ultra @ Mean Fiddler, London

by Vik Bansal

The visit of Taproot, one of America’s hottest up-and-coming rock bands, to a venue as cosy as The Mean Fiddler, has left many an unfortunate…



The Beta Band @ Ocean, London


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Incubus @ Wembley Arena, London


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The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster @ Garage, London


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Tori Amos @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


When this highly original performer floated onto the stage in a sea of blue chiffon and feathers wearing her jeans underneath, we knew it was...

Neil Halstead @ Arts Cafe, London


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Travis @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Travis, a bunch of nice blokes from Glasgow, turned up at the London Apollo. This big barn, with an all-seater layout, is always bizarre for...

Gabrielle @ London Apollo


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Hives @ Astoria


The Swedish five-piece, resplendent in matching black shirts with white ties, command the Astoria stage. They create an odd visual experience. Two of the band...

Neil Halstead @ ICA, London


“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, performing material from his debut solo album for the first time at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, please welcome one of...

Pulp @ Brixton Academy, London


I wish I had long fingers. You can do so much with them. Jarvis Cocker can turn his into birds, creeping plant tendrils and much...

Melys @ Dublin Castle


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The White Stripes @ Astoria, London


I have never, in all my long life, seen the Astoria hosting such a vast collection of bodies as I did on this White Stripes...

Lighthouse Family – Whatever Gets You Through The Day


Lighthouse Family, one of the late 1990s’ biggest-selling UK pop acts, introduced us to their new album by way of that tried and tested promotional...

The Divine Comedy @ NEC, Killarney


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Transglobal Underground @ Ocean


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The Cure – Greatest Hits


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Madonna – GHV2


It is about a decade since GHV1 – better known as The Immaculate Collection – was released. Greatest Hits Volume 2 picks up where that...

Natalie Imbruglia – White Lilies Island


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Hefner @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


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Elbow @ Astoria, London


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