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Whippet Out – The Misfits + Goldblade + Dirt Box Disco, Glasgow ABC

Misfits620Call yourself a rock band? You ain’t shit without the stamp of approval from Howlin’ Whippet. How did this trio fare? 

I have to admit, the phenomenon of The Misfits kinda passed me by. I knew them from the huge amount of t-shirts that one sees around rather than for their music. That skull logo is iconic and seems to represents a whole slew of disaffected youth who love the band. But, come on, most youth are disaffected. That’s what they do. So are they any good?

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The Black Crowes – o2 Academy, Glasgow

You have to admire the beard

You have to admire the beard

The Black Crowes are back, and for anyone who likes their rock and roll with a dirty, whiskey-soaked tinge, this was intriguing. Always seen as a band for serious musicians, they enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a live act in their heyday. But how does the actuality measure up to the legend in 2013? Jericho Hill drum colossus Al Pritchard found out.

Not quite the two and a half hour, ‘there’s good rockin’ tonight’ nostalgia-fest that I was expecting. Rather a somewhat perfunctory and emotionless trudge through most of the back catalogue.

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Evan Dando and Julianna Hatfield – SWG3, Glasgow

Dando and HatfieldIf you were alt in the 90s, it wasn’t Ross and Rachel that was the big love story of the day; it was the first couple of bubblegum grunge who we all wondered about. 20 years later, Gail Richardson sees a reconciliation.

Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield can take a whole generation of people back to 1992 in the blink of an eye.   On Saturday night they attempted to do so at SWG3 in Glasgow.  It was the first time I had visited the venue and I really liked the industrial warehouse setup .

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Noah and the Whale – Birmingham, HMV

E-Streeter checks out the London folkers….

Not sure what I was expecting from Noah and the Whale but definitely not the upbeat, lively and convivial atmosphere which made Friday at the incongruous art deco HMV Institute in Birmingham such a joy. On record they are far more melancholy than they are in the flesh, the dapper Charlie Fink’s voice reminiscent of Lloyd Cole’s wobbly (and in my view hugely irritating) stylings.  Fink on record doesn’t go for ‘make you smile and laugh –’ until he gets in front of a crowd, apparently, when he turns into a crowd pleasing old school frontman. Who knew?  Continue reading

Age ain’t nothing but a number

Ah, maturity. Paul Weller sang about it on ‘When You’re Young’ all those years ago, which was odd because he was about 7 himself at the time, but still, we got his point. Music was a young person’s game. But all that’s changed over the last few years. The kids are still there, sure, but they are too busy having group sex and doing woof-woof or whatever it’s called to make a difference.  Now, it’s the grey pound everyone is after. Well, maybe not the grey one, but certainly the pound which is being considered to help buy a new stair carpet.

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The Gigs of Your Life

In a new feature, ELM writers look back at some of the shows which changed their lives. Kicking us off, Tom Joad shares with us some of his favourite gigs down the years…

Look, everybody does this. Sitting in front of a VDU, bored, distracted, worried about their mortgage, headache, hangover, partner, car, basic professional prevarication. Then a lightbulb appears: so here are reminiscences about three gigs, from the 70s, 80s and the noughties, which meant something to me or were particularly memorable.

Do’s and Don’ts – Gigging

Following on from last week’s article on noisy pups Twin Atlantic and their somewhat skew-whiff approach to playing live, we offer practical advice to any touring acts on how to get the most from being on the road.

DO – attempt to pick gigs which are suitable to you. If you are a Norwegian Death Metal band, that Katie Melua support is likely to lead to more hassle than it’s worth.

DON’T – overdo the visuals. Having an elaborate lightshow and Marshall amp stack is unlikely to be much use when playing the back toilet at the local student union.

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