Category: Photography

John Hassall and the April Rainers

Absent Kelly Presents…John Hassall & the April Rainers (photo-essay)

When I think of The Libertines, I think of two half cut blokes strumming guitars and stumbling about the stage in some shambling bromance. If you had asked me the names of the band members, I would have struggled other than to offer you Mr Barat and Mr Doherty.  John Hassall was/is the bass player in that apparently earth breaking garage […]

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London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London Live Music Roundup – June 10th to June 20th

London’s live music scene is thriving. Our photographers in London continue to get out to some of the best gigs in the capital, and here’s a round up of a few that Marcus and Paul got to in the last week.   The Wedding Present – Saturday 10th June – Roundhouse, Camden   Perennial jangle pop-rock, indie boys play their […]

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Northside Festival 2017 Review

Northside Festival 2017 Review

Over the last nine years, Northside Festival has grown from a small festival on the north side of Williamsburg to one of the largest music events in North America. It’s more than just music, though. Northside now has two components – Music, featuring over 300 bands this year, and Innovation, which is a blend of tech, marketing, and journalism based […]

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Tash Sultana warms up a chilly Wellington (photo essay)

Tash Sultana warms up a chilly Wellington (photo essay)

After coming off tour around Australia, Tash Sultana jumped across to the ditch to perform in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The 21-year old looping artist from Melbourne impressed the crowd with her beautiful voice and musical range. Sultana’s brother, Josh Cashman, opened the night playing some favourites, such as “Wishful Imagery” and “Running”. Cashman’s performance was the perfect build up […]

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – The Oval Space, London (photo essay)

Before I start, I have to confess to being a bit of a fan of !!! (Chk Chk Chk). They are one of those bands that gets everyone in the room moving. I last moved to their groove in London’s trendy Hoxton – in a converted Victorian warehouse full of beards, checkered shirts, and jeans that were turned up to […]

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High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

High Wire Brigade at Thousand Island, Islington (photo essay)

Hertfordshire-based High Wire Brigade let their music do the talking on Friday night, as they hammered through song after song to get the crowd going in the futuristic looking Thousand Island. A thirty minute slot didn’t give much time, but the songs were mostly quick, punchy and loud! The four-piece garage band were clearly well drilled, got the few words […]

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The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts made a rare appearance in London on 24 May at the small Finsbury Pub venue in North London – the perfect place to warm up for a European tour. On this night, they were supported by The Priscillas and Suicide Generation, who are both on London’s Dirty Water Records, who’s motto is the appropriate “Taking Music Backwards into Tomorrow”. […]

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Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Miya Folick Live at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

One of our favourites made her way over the pond, giving us the first opportunity to see Miya Folick in person. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter didn’t disappoint, treating the audience at The Lexington in London to a wonderful set. Armed with a film camera, she urged the crowd to pass it around and get some shots for her to get […]

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Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River – Bleach, Brighton (photo essay)

Up River can not be compared to anything I’ve heard before, as I don’t think I’ve ever been exposed to the raw power that they gave us during a short set on Saturday. Their performance was part of a Holy Roar Records showcase in their home town of Brighton. The band recently completed another European tour, where their brand of hardcore […]

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Astrid S

Astrid S headlines at Scala, London (photo essay)

It could have been a sad affair after the horrific incident in Manchester the night before, but the young fans of Astrid S at the front of the crowd were having none of that. Armed with pink roses, Astrid was showered with them as she broke into her opening number, “Bloodstream”. A beautiful moment that showed that nothing will break […]

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The Balconies

The Balconies Bring it Back to the Black Sheep Inn (photo essay)

Despite recommending The Balconies at Canadian Music Week, sadly I was unable to make their performance due to logistics. It took me just over a month, but on the weekend I was able to correct that oversight. The Balconies were formed in Ottawa before relocating to Toronto, so they retain a very faithful following in the area. According to frontwoman […]

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False Heads' Luke Griffiths

False Heads Brighten up a Dark Camden Assembly (photo essay)

Highly rated indie-rock band False Heads tore up Camden Assembly on Saturday night, as they headlined a busy night in the Camden venue. At times it was hard to see what was going on in the badly lit room, but there was plenty of action on the stage from vocalist Luke Griffiths who barely stood still for more than a […]

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Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

Mishkin Fitzgerald Album Launch Night at Hope and Anchor (photo essay)

I may have been close to falling asleep Thursday night after my fourth gig in four nights, but Miskin Fitzgerald’s album launch night kept me going right until the very end. Playing after wonderful support from Minnie Birch and Anna Rest Easy, most artists would have struggled to own the stage but Mishkin did just that with Hope and Anchor […]

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Showcase at 229, London

Absent Kelly presents….229 The Venue, London. 5 May 2017 (photo essay)

Five diverse bands, loosely connected by a rock/indie style, were brought to the 229 Club by music promoter Absent Kelly. These sorts of nights give exposure to grafters looking to get that big break – small venue, small crowd, large ambition. Bradley Donaldson Opening the night was Bradley Donaldson, a singer with an acoustic guitar. Songs were angsty and generally […]

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The Honest Heart Collective

The Honest Heart Collective Help Fans Say So Long to Zaphod’s (photo essay)

The rumours had been swirling for some time, but on May 3rd the official announcement we were all dreading was finally made – Zaphod Beeblebrox was going to be closing its doors as of May 14th. Zaphod’s is a club any music lover in Ottawa in the last 26 years is well aware of as they have played host to […]

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Garage Flowers

End of the Trail Records….live music at the Fiddler’s Elbow, London. 3 May 2017 (photo essay)

There seemed to be a lot of middle-aged women wearing leather trousers on the tube up to Chalk Farm in North London. On exiting the station, a tout asked me if I wanted to buy a Blondie ticket. Ah, of course, Blondie were playing at the Roundhouse – a legendary venue nearby. I walked past the long queue of peroxide blondes […]

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Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Andrew Keoghan delights the crowd at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

As I sat and watched Andrew Keoghan perform last Thursday night at Meow, eight words repeatedly flowed through my head, “He should be more popular than he is.” In a different era, the Kiwi citizen now Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would be a star. He’s a combination of Andrew Bird, Babyface, and Julia Holter with a voice that equally […]

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Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

For the past eight years, Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium has been a home away from home for many. Shea is a welcoming space with wonderful people and, always, incredible music. From its long stairway to the show space to the swordfish on the wall to the string light sculpture hanging above the stage, Shea had a unique charm. Sadly, after […]

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Frontman Connor Schofield

JAWS Sink Their Teeth Into Scala, London (photo essay)

A venue full of teens and a load of inflatables made for a buzzing atmosphere at Scala in London last Wednesday as JAWS had the crowd bouncing. Wonderfully warmed up by support acts Social Contract and Kagoule, the passionate fans of JAWS were singing along to every song being pumped through the PA system as the sound crew set up. […]

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Centre Excuse

Four-band showcase at Cargo, London – 27 April 2017 (photo essay)

Cargo is one of those trendy nightclubs housed in a Victorian, red brick, railway arch, in the now gentrified East End of London. In years gone by, it would have housed broken down trains, but now it boasts a stuffed lioness above the bar. Tonight, it welcomed a four-band showcase as part of the regular Upsurge event. Nadia Sheikh The […]

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