Author: James Wilkinson

Skindred Review + Photoset – O2 Academy Bristol

➤   30 April, 2018, 22:00

Photos: Mediaembargo If you came here for some soothing soundscapes then you had better leave in a hurry. A sold out crowd was already heaving for opener Danko Jones. Well worn road hogs, Danko Jones are a...

Hinds – I Don’t Run

➤   11 April, 2018, 21:00

Any doubts about the ‘second album’ curse for Hinds are all shoved aside with the immediate opening double of ‘The Club’ and ‘Soberland’; all the elements that made us fall in love with Hinds on Leave Me...

Turbowolf – The Free Life

➤   17 March, 2018, 15:00

Let’s get straight to the point, this is Turbowolf. You are not here for a spew of Radio Beige mush. Let me repeat, this is T-u-r-b-o-w-o-l-f and you’re in for a loud, noisy and crazy good time....

Brian Fallon Review – SWX

➤   2 March, 2018, 13:30

What were you doing ten years ago? One thing I can distinctly remember is seeing The Gaslight Anthem for the first time a few roads down from tonight venue (SWX). Brian Fallon and The Gaslight were riding...

The Flux Capacitors – Courtesan

➤   16 February, 2018, 13:10

Of course it has to start with a snippet of Doc Brown, what more, even what less, would you expect from the fantastically furious The Flux Capacitors. ‘Melt’ does what it says on the tin via a...

Son Lux – Brighter Wounds

➤   11 February, 2018, 16:00

There are times when you can’t put your finger on why something works, it just does. ‘Forty Screams’ epitomises this ethos. It is ethereal without being discorporate. Shimmering and floating while riding on a Vangelis synth sliced...

Will Varley Review – Trinity Centre

➤   11 February, 2018, 14:20

Sometimes it’s worth making the effort to arrive at the gig early as you may catch someone as compelling as opener Sean McGowan. Armed with a well worn acoustic, a line of banter that if he wasn’t...

Will Varley Preview – Trinity Centre

➤   5 February, 2018, 21:00

So you’ve played the Albert Hall. Y’know that one, the one where Cream played, Last night of the Proms. The big one that’s posh but is always on the bucket list. Will Varley has been there, done...

SLONK – Losing My Mind On The Outside Of Everything EP

➤   25 November, 2017, 19:10

For his newest EP, Losing My Mind On The Outside Of Everything, SLONK literally closed his bedroom door for the weekend and stepped through his wardrobe to give us a delightful, raucous and infectious collection of songs. Clearly...

Jamie Cruickshank – I Can See Totterdown

➤   9 October, 2017, 18:00

I Can See Totterdown by Jamie Cruickshank Photo: Carolin Weinkopf I first listened to ‘I Can See Totterdown’ on a train in Northumberland. It was late in the afternoon on a perfect autumn day, the landscape was...

The National – Sleep Well Beast

➤   14 September, 2017, 16:30

For some of you (myself included) it has felt like a long four years since The National last graced us with an album. As with all of their releases Trouble Will Find Me kept giving and giving,...

The Kills – Ash & Ice

➤   3 June, 2016, 15:30

Extra curriculum spotlights of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart have meant that it felt like this album has been an awful long time coming. Then a side bar here, and whisper there and then we have The...

The Cult Review – Colston Hall

➤   1 March, 2016, 18:30

“You see that ass? Not bad for 54 is it?” said The Cult’s shaman/frontman Ian Astbury. Not that it was something that I would normally notice, but to these untrained eyes it looked a lot younger than...

Yuck – Stranger Things

➤   23 February, 2016, 18:30

A few years ago Yuck were heavily feted by the likes of NME, they hitched a ride on some big tours and dropped several wonderful fuzzed up gems such as Rubber and Getaway. Now three years since...

William McCarthy Review – The Louisiana

➤   12 February, 2016, 09:30

Billy McCarthy always wears good hats, however the hats never stay on his head for long with tonight being no exception – in either fine choice of headwear or lasting past the opening song; and what a...