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Golden Silvers @ ICA, April 24th.

Posted in Gigs, Tracks with tags , , on April 16, 2009 by musicmuleblog

golden-silvers

What? Golden Silvers

An East End three piece that run a regular club night called The Bronze Club at The Macbeth pub in Hoxton. They won the Glastonbury emerging talent prize last year so featured on the Other stage. Their music is synth/keyboard, bass and drums with charismatic front man Gwilym Gold’s Morrisey like voice belting out cheeky lyrics of love and life. Check out the new single and dancefloor hit in the making ‘True Romance’ below.

For Fans Of: Blur, Morrissey, FrYars.

When? Friday, April 24th.

Where? ICA, Pall Mall.

How Much? £8.50

Tickets? ICA

mp3: Golden Silvers – True Romance (True No.9 Blues)

White Light presents: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ The Lexington, May 15th.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , on April 16, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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What? The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

New York band of the moment Pains Of Being Pure At Heart play beautiful, blissful, distorted guitar pop gems. Their riffs sound like sunshine, their eponymous debut album is set to be a summer favourite for sure. I caught them supporting Vivian Girls back in December and can confirm they know how to deliver live too.

For Fans Of: Belle & Sebastian, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Vivian Girls, The Manhattan Love Suicides.

When? Friday, May 15th.

Where? The Lexington, Islington.

How Much? £7

Tickets? ticketweb *SOS   *MM

More dates? June 9th / June 10th

mp3: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – This Love Is Fucking Right!

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ Cargo, June 10th.

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tracks with tags , , on April 16, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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What? The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

New York band of the moment Pains Of Being Pure At Heart play beautiful, blissful, distorted guitar pop gems. Their riffs sound like sunshine, their eponymous debut album is set to be a summer favourite for sure. I caught them supporting Vivian Girls back in December and can confirm they know how to deliver live too.

For Fans Of: Belle & Sebastian, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Vivian Girls, The Manhattan Love Suicides.

When? Wednesday, June 10th.

Where? Cargo, Shoreditch.

How Much? £8

Tickets? wegotttickets *SOS (only 20 left online at last check)   *MM

More dates? May 15th / June 9th

mp3: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Tenure Itch

Levis Ones To Watch presents: Rogues @ The Macbeth, Hoxton. March 12th

Posted in Gigs, Hot Tickets, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 11, 2009 by musicmuleblog

rogues

What? Rogues

Hats off to Levis’ Ones To Watch series for picking the excellent Rogues for this showcase tomorrow night. These guys sound like they’re destined for the big time. Hugely catchy guitar riffs, a dancey drum sound and big vocal hooks. Doesn’t sound original when you break it down but believe me it sounds fresh. Be warned they do look like they’re trying to be a bit too cool for school though.

There’s also all this on the night: Very special live guests TBA, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly (DJ Set), Tapedeck, Fallout, James Theaker (NME Radio), Yes Sir Idol, All Good Granny, Toppy, ATL, Levi’s Ones To Watch

For Fans Of: The Temper Trap, Klaxons, Radio 4, Friendly Fires.

When? Thursday, March 12th.

Where? The Macbeth, Hoxton.

How Much? £5

Tickets? ticketweb *MM

free mp3: Rogues – Not So Pretty

buy: Not So Pretty 7″   Pure Groove

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Review: Wavves @ The Lexington, London. March 3rd 2009.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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Wavves – Beach Demon

California’s Wavves have been causing quite a stir since I first found out about them last year from Chris at Gorilla vs Bear. They seem to have made it over to the UK in record time even coming from an American scene that’s increasingly looking to Britain for its quick buck. On their incredibly lo-fi recordings that have been leaked all over the Internet the songs sound a lot more raw and distorted than they do live where the main priority seems to be volume.  The result is that the songs sound a lot more teen punky than I originally picked them out to be.

Wavves main man Nathan Williams on vox and guitar is backed up live by drummer Ryan Ulsh and on tracks like the eponymous ‘Wavves’ the simple surf punk energy works brilliantly as does it on ‘So Bored’. The quieter tracks, of which there are a few paraded tonight, I’d stick clear of, with Nathan’s voice bordering on the annoying when not at a shout. In my book they’re going down as a bit of a poor man’s Nirvana spliced with early Green Day or Blink 182 (thanks Joe). What you get is kind of similar to a Liger – unnecessary but a fun beast that kids will love to talk about.

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Review: Vetiver @ Cecil Sharp House, London. Feb 28th 09.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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Veitver – Miles Apart

‘It’s hard to concentrate with this jazz sexscape going on up here, in fact that’s going to be the name of my new jam band’ says Andy Cabic, Vetiver’s mercurial frontman. He’s talking about the bizarre mural spanning the width of this hall at Cecil Sharp House, the home of the English Folk, Dance and Song Society. The Society has opened its doors to this San Franciscan band for their sold out show this evening. Word of mouth going round the toilets is that the concert is the Guardian’s best thing to see in London tonight but for the record I’m pretty sure MusicMule recommended it months ago!

The band, as ever, seem to be in a relaxed yet musically focused mood. The first track I note is ‘You May Be Blue’ from Vetiver’s 2006 album To Find Me Gone (TFMG). It’s one of the jammier tracks, of which there are several, up Vetiver’s collective sleeve. It starts with a chugging guitar riff and slowly gathers steam for three minutes before eventually breaking out into a mini psych-folk rock out which is stopped, as always, with perfect timing. Continue reading

Woodpigeon + The Miserable Rich @ ICA,London. Feb 25th 09.

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Woodpigeon – Knock Knock

The Miserable Rich – Boat Song

It’s Wednesday night and I’ve had the Woodpigeon song ‘Knock Knock’ bouncing round my head all day as a lot of their tunes have a habit of doing but before I get to hear it there’s the support band to deal with. Who is this guy depriving me of my Woodpigeon goodness, standing in an almost Liam Gallagher, hands behind back, arched neck pose, staring out at me from the dimly lit ICA stage? His stance and glare are made less intimidating by the double bass, cello, acoustic guitar and violin that surround him but I’m still expecting him to pack some sort of a punch.

I’m talking about tonight’s main support act The Miserable Rich and in particular their frontman James Malplaquet, who grabs my attention this evening with the intensity and clarity of his voice. The music too is endearing but it’s his words that make the songs special. ‘Pisshead’, a witty tale of boozing, gets a laugh, starting with “I’m dead as a dodo, I’m flat on my ass” but as James continues a darker story of “fears and fevers” unravels. It’s engaging stuff as is ‘Boat Song’ another from debut album Twelve Ways To Count.

To avoid danger of proceedings getting too intense, an excellent, unexpected cover of Hot Chip’s ‘Over and Over’ is thrown in to break up the set nicely.  It’s only a brief change of mood though as it’s in a vocal driven intensity that The Miserable Rich’s strength lays. There’s evidently an intelligence and sense of humour to the song writing, demonstrated by ‘Poodle’, a track about the UK’s relationship with America. ‘Muswell’ is another highlight with James’ voice climbing and dipping athletically with the music. By the time the band play ‘Merry Go Round’ I’ve already been won over although listening at home today I’d definitely recommend the live experience over the recorded one.

Woodpigeon seem to have come from nowhere this year, fallen out of the sky even (couldn’t resist!). Signed to the increasingly impressive talent roster at End Of The Road label, the band officially released Treasury Library Canada only this month and already they play to a sold out crowd at ICA tonight. Not bad going. Continue reading