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An hour well spent on the edge of tears

An hour well spent on the edge of tears

Vanguard Online April 13, 2017 0

Seven young dancers take to a misty stage and roll in and out of each others arms for an hour at the Theater Royal Stratford East. Smother is a show about relationships, the ins and

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Heavy progressive rock with a nod to Oldfield

Heavy progressive rock with a nod to Oldfield

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Mutandis is an instrumental album, progressive rock one might say. It hops with gay abandon from Seattle grunge to 1970s psychedelia to soft rock and heavy rock and back again, though there is ultimately a bias towards

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Barry Manilow in the sky with diamonds…

Barry Manilow in the sky with diamonds…

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

In places Thomas Lang’s The German Alphabet is a bit of a blur. It can be like watching clouds crossing the sky, mesmerising, but leaving no distinct trace on my memory. There’s blues and sadness. Lang’s vocals are

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Sexy, funky, cool…

Sexy, funky, cool…

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Its no surprise that My Baby have decided to call their new album Prehistoric Rhythm because its strength are its rhythms. The rhythms like the band members are are sexy, very sexy. They are cool and atmospheric and

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Ben Marwood is like an Aston Martin that splutters to a stop

Ben Marwood is like an Aston Martin that splutters to a stop

Vanguard Online April 1, 2017 0

Ben Marwood is a singer songwriter with a guitar and potential. In his new album Get Found Ben preaches and moans, he’s a bit Del Amitri. His singing slows into talking quickly. There’s some nice chords, some gentle

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Intravenous progressive rock to make you feel warm and buzzy

Intravenous progressive rock to make you feel warm and buzzy

Vanguard Online March 28, 2017 1

I was never one for standing up at gigs unless I was wasted on vodka and it was all about moshing. The amount of vodka I used to drink though wasn’t good for the complexion, so

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Deadmau5 are a marketing project

Deadmau5 are a marketing project

Vanguard Online March 28, 2017 0

Deadmau5 is a weird name. Their logo is an illuminous outline of a freakish mouse with a demonic smile.  When I saw their adverts in Canary Wharf DLR station several years ago, I thought they

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Homosexuality, let me introduce you to Hip Hop

Homosexuality, let me introduce you to Hip Hop

Vanguard Online March 15, 2017 0

Has Hip Hop ever gotten into bed with homosexuality? I’m no expert but I’d expect not, although didn’t Eminem and Elton John once embrace on stage? Generally, the popular preconception, I would imagine is

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Eat Your Heart Out Jim Morrison

Eat Your Heart Out Jim Morrison

Vanguard Online March 14, 2017 0

City Preacher is a neat Doors-like track from Undskyld. What I like about it, in particular, which makes it sound fresh, is that it mutates mid-way through away from the Doors, and into a shoegazing

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Weird transition from alt-rock into trance

Weird transition from alt-rock into trance

Vanguard Online March 2, 2017 0

    Weirds have just released Valley of Vision. The track is accompanied with a nicely shot black and white video, featuring the band running slow-mo through a rain-sodden field. They’re not a pretty lot, but

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