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Review: Post War Years @ The Delancey, New York. March 16th 09

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

Post War Years @ The Delancey, New Yprk by musicmule.co.uk

free mp3:Post War Years – Whole World On Its Head

Halle-freaking-lujah I have finally seen Post War Years (PWY). You know a band is going to be special when three other artists you adore (Wave Machines, Rod Thomas, We Have Band) have said they are ‘amazing’ over the past couple of months. Unfortunately I missed their early set before WHB the other night and a couple of weeks before that I tried to see a non existent gig in Hoxton much to my dismay! But those ghosts are behind me now. Time to rejoice in the wonder that is PWY! Continue reading

Review: We Have Band @ Pianos, New York. March 14th 09

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , on March 15, 2009 by nikkiridge

We Have Band @ Pianos, New York by musicmule.co.uk

free mp3: We Have Band – Oh

I have a hangover and blame We Have Band. Transatlantic mule and I saw the boy, boy, girl trio at Pianos in the Lower East Side last night and oh (oH OH) they were so brilliant we had to celebrate with rum.

The Londoners were playing their second ever US gig on their second day in the city so things, you can see, are going well. Masters of the synth and fans of a cowbell (hello Friendly Fires), We Have Band are drums and bass in the best possible way with collaborative vocals that bind it perfectly. ‘You Have Band’ and the single ‘Oh’ were particular highlights, and the cover of Pet Shop Boys, ‘West End Girls’ was a genius interlude.

‘Oh’ is their only single release to date but expect to see and hear a lot more from We Have Band in the coming months. They are, as the Americans say, ‘so hot right now’.

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Review: A Classic Education @ The Cake Shop, New York. March 14th 09

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tickets, Tracks with tags , , , , on March 15, 2009 by musicmuleblog

A Classic Education @ The Cake Shop, New York by musicmule.co.uk

free mp3: A Classic Education – Stay Son

For Fans Of: Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot.
It’s Saturday night in New York’s Lower East Side and the place is as buzzing as you’d hope it would be, full of ‘hipsters’ out for a good time. Tonight on Ludlow there are two gigs going on six doors down from one another. First there’s London based We Have Band at Pianos and then Bologna’s A Classic Education playing as support to locals My Teenage Stride at Cake Shop. Both foreign bands are, like me, on their way to SXSW in Texas and have taken the opportunity to come and dip into the Big Apple’s vibrant music scene along the way.

A Classic Education shouldn’t be as good as they are, I mean surely an Italian band with a Canadian front man = recipe for disaster? Not the case it would seem. They kick off at break neck speed with ‘Victories’, front man Jonathan’s voice due to poor (everything cranked up to 11) sound levels only just managing to rise over the formidable wall of sound of the violin, guitars, keys and drums around him. But the only way is up from there on in. During the infectious ‘We Can Always Run To Hawaii’, a love song we’re told, the band’s pop side shines through filling the long, narrow room with a warm wave of noise. The band throw in a daring cover ‘Radio Toi’, originally a French song translated years ago into Italian for a famous film (I missed the title I’m afraid) and now back into English by the band. Linguistic show offs! The song is a resounding success that indeed sounds like it belongs in A Classic movie.

There’s enough energy, depth and emotion in their songs to make this band a genuine success story. The perfect example of this is single and standout track ‘Stay Son’ with it’s soaring strings and beautifully delivered chorus of ‘Never mistake the fears rolling down your cheek, never mistake the tears rolling down your cheek’.

As long as they get a better sound quality I can’t see how they can fail to win hearts in Texas. Bring it on!

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Review: Tigercity @ Webster Hall, New York, Friday 20th Feb 2009.

Posted in Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by nikkiridge

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Today we have a special treat but one that I hope is going to become a more regular feature – a New York gig review courtesy of Nikki R. Thank you and take it away Nikki…

Tigercity – Are You Sensation

You can’t get much for $5 in New York but somehow that was the going rate at the Tigercity gig in Webster Hall last night. If you’re working on a pleasure to dollar scale it was by far the best gig I’ve ever been to. On any scale anywhere, it was definitely top-three.

First though, an honourable mention for London five-piece Operahouse who opened the night and went down well with tracks from their Muse-y, synth tinged EP ‘Escape from the Sun’. Frontman Johnny Lloyd held masterful control of their un-sound checked performance but the overall effect was kind of like eating Cadbury’s abroad- always a pleasure but nothing brilliantly new. That said, they’ll no doubt catch this Mule’s eye at SXSW next month and you folk can see them at Water Rats on 3 Mar.

But back to el Tigre. Bill (plus wonderful beard), Joel, Ainsley and Andrew looked a little weary as they set up, negotiated keyboard dramas and surveyed the chatty crowd before launching into ‘Other Girls’. Continue reading