Gigs of the Year 2013
Suuns – The Exchange, Bristol
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Fleece, Bristol
“So good they made me forget everything and just dance: hard and sweaty and without conscience”
How to Dress Well – Thekla, Bristol
“Krell appreciates more than most the importance of connections between people. Tonight, he communicates difficult experiences with the audience through his voice and through his music. Rather than being depressing though, it is an uplifting experience. It is about triumphing over adversity, about hope and ultimately about being alive.”
Extract from my review.
Atoms for Peace, Roundhouse, London
“Diiv deliver a superlative amalgamation of Krautrock, shoegaze and Madchester in the Faraway Forest. It is to their testament that they can generate a groove of such intensity in just a few minutes while packing a melodic punch.”
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
“Bradley’s time as a James Brown impersonator means that the transition to real deal mainstage soulman is no issue. With obscene dance moves, soaring vocals and a tighter that tight band, he is a revelation.”
Full Latitude Review here.
Kanda Bongo Man – Tunnels, Bristol
“Left in glorious hypnotic isolation, just at breaking point, Kanda offers a vocal flurry, a guttural skate or a staccato call that squeezes the last drop of funk out of the groove. Uplifting, life-affirming and impossible not to dance to.”
Read the full review for Spindle Magazine.
Darren Hayman and Jack Hayter – Vortex, London
Pantha du Prince – Simple Things, Colston Hall, Bristol
“The immersive nature of Hendrik Weber’s set, the precision with which he executes each movement, each incremental build and euphoric drop, is nothing short of breathtaking. The architecture of his minimalist techno world is brought to life with maximalist gestures.”
Read the full Simple Thing Review over at Gold Flake Paint.
Vessels – Simple things, Colston Hall, Bristol
Jessie Ware – 02 Academy, Bristol
Kate Tempest, Full Moon, Bristol
Super Squarecloud – Mothers Ruin, Bristol
Mount Kimbie – The Fleece, Bristol
Islet – Exchange, Bristol
Matthew E. White – Thekla, Bristol
“White’s funk is more the slow-shimmying heart-warming kind than the Funkadelic lose-your-shit variety. White and his music are quietly remarkable, understatedly brilliant.”
Read the full review over at Gold Flake Paint.
Martha Reeves – The Fleece, Bristol
babies vs rabies – Angel, Purton
Ebo Taylor, Start the Bus, Bristol
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