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Review: Dead Confederate / Darker My Love / A Place To Bury Strangers @ KCLSU, April 6th.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , on April 7, 2009 by musicmuleblog

More often than not there’s a band that sticks out like a sore thumb when you look at a lineup. Not the case this evening. All bands are guitar heavy and loud, very very loud and luckily KCLSU has just the sound system for the job.

First up are Dead Confederate from Athens, Georgia (USA) who have been described as Southern Rock but there’s more to them than the big riffs of that whiskey drenched genre. Don’t get me wrong there are big guitars aplenty as are there rock out tangents but there’s a bit more introspection to it than all that. There’s a noticeably grungey side to the band too, especially in front man Hardy Morris and his Kurt Cobain like appearance and guitar style. Impressive facial hair on show from bearded guitarist Walker Howle and twirly moustached keyboard player John Watkins . They can play some too. Great slide guitar, haunting keys and driving beats make songs like their single, ‘The Rat’ a very special affair. They play The Victoria in Mile End tonight, go check them out for yourselves! I just hope their sound system can take it.

For Fans Of: My Morning Jacket, Nirvana, Soundgarden, BRMC, Radiohead.

mp3: Dead Confederate – The Rat

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A Place To Bury Strangers/Darker My Love/Dead Confederate @ KCLSU, April 6th.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , on March 23, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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What? A Place To Bury Strangers / Darker My Love / Dead Confederate

A Place To Bury Strangers have supported some great bands  – fellow Brooklyners MGMT, Nine Inch Nails, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to name a few. They play shoegaze/garage rock and they play it LOUD!

For Fans Of: Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Division, Crystal Stilts, My Bloody Valentine.

Just added first support comes from Californian’s Darker My Love. Loud, fuzzy rock on first inspection. Should fit in nicely. Download their album for free from Dangerbird Records.

For Fans Of: Black Rebel Motorcycle, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks.

Support comes from Dead Confederate who on word of mouth at least were one of the successes of SXSW 2009. They hail from Athens. That’s Athens, Georgia. That’s Athens, Georgia, USA! They play haunting, introspective, southern rock influenced guitar music. Excited about seeing these guys.

For Fans Of: Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Drive By Truckers.

When? Monday, April 6th.

Where? KCLSU, Embankment.

How Much? £11 but watch out for ridiculous £5 booking fee!

Tickets? reluctantly – seetickets

mp3: A Place To Bury Strangers – To Fix The Gash In Your Head

mp3: Darker My Love – Summer Is Here

mp3: Dead Confederate – Wrecking Ball

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Review: Ra Ra Riot @ KCLSU, Feb 17th 09

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Music Video, Tracks with tags , , , , on February 18, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Ra Ra Riot played their biggest ever London gig last night and one that lead singer Wesley Miles called their ‘most significant one’. In June 2007 the band’s co-writer, lyricist, vocalist, drummer and ‘lifelong inspiration’ John Pike was found drowned in Massachusetts the day after a gig and party. At that time the band were the talk of the music world after impressing at that year’s South By South West festival in Texas and were all set to explode into the public consciousness. As it happened Vampire Weekend stepped into their shoes and did just that as Ra Ra Riot understandably put all their plans on hold to grieve their tragic loss.

Almost two years later and the band have released their debut full length ‘The Rhumb Line’ to rave reviews and have begun to build on what was already a significant faithful fanbase. That’s why Wesley describes this show, which has been moved from its original location at the smaller Borderline, as their most significant London show yet. It’s a sign that things are getting back on track. On the evidence of their debut album, the band’s performance tonight and the reaction, they may even out last Vampire Weekend and many of their peers who got caught up in the buzz. Continue reading

Chairlift, Kings College, March 31st

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on January 30, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Chairlift, 229 Club, London, Nov 08 by musicmule

What? Chairlift

Chairlift were one of the best new bands to emerge last year from a Brooklyn scene that was haemorrhaging good bands! Their debut ‘Does You Inspire You’ is a great album which is part pop, part Portishead and always hard to pin down. It features the insanely catchy single ‘Bruises’ which has to be up there as contender for one of the songs of last year, you may have heard it on an iPod advert if it sounds familiar. They return for their largest UK headline show to date but I get the feeling not the largest to come. The above shot was taken when I saw them back in November, I can confrm frontlady Caroline is one of the best new voices around and she’s beautiful too. Bitch!

When? Tuesday March 31st

Where? KCLSU, Central London.

How Much? £8.50

Tickets? ticketweb

Chairlift – Bruises

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Ra Ra Riot, Change Of Venue & More Tickets Released, 17th Feb

Posted in Gigs, Tickets with tags , , , on January 23, 2009 by musicmuleblog

So Ra Ra Riot have been switched from The Borderline to Kings College Union and as a result there are more tickets up for grabs but they won’t be there for long!

So the info now reads:

What? Ra Ra Riot

When? Tues 17th Feb

Where? KCLSU

How Much? £8

Tickets? seetickets *SOS