Category Archives: Live Reviews

Thurston Moore – Exeter Phoenix

If you want a review that tells you what was played and in what order, look elsewhere. If you want a review that tells you which guitar was used and what effects pedals were pressed, ask the guys who were taking photos of all these things at the end of the gig after the band […]

Sleaford Mods / Animals And Men – The Cavern, Exeter

Two bands stumble onto the stage tonight. Both are a bunch of cunts for varying reasons. I saw one of Sleaford Mods leaving the venue as I came in. I now know why. Animals and Men come on stage, take off their raincoats and announce, “We Are Machines.” If they were, they’d be at the […]

Ben Watt Trio – Phoenix Exeter

          At one point tonight, Ben Watt talks of his songs as those of innocence and experience which is totally fitting for what unfolds tonight: intelligent enough to know he is referencing William Blake and self aware enough to know the album he made at 19, ‘North Marine Drive’, is the […]

Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends – The Cavern, Exeter

          The contrast between the sharp suited, sober, headliner Ezra Furman and the dishevelled, wasted, bottom of the bill┬áDaniel Lefkowitz could not be greater but it is the latter who transforms the former’s set by jumping on stage and haranguing the audience. But let’s rewind. The Cavern is not misnamed. You […]

Public Service Broadcasting / Stella Martyr Live at the Exeter Phoenix

          Imagine your dad, paunchy and grey haired, coming onstage in cheap plastic trainers and a bleached shellsuit that has been shat on by cancerous seagulls. That’s the first impression you have of Stella Martyr. The second impression is that this lead singer has vague memories of seeing Happy Mondays and […]

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