Category: Show Reviews

Big Wreck

Big Wreck’s ‘In Loving Memory Of’ Anniversary Tour, Ottawa (photo essay)

 Big Wreck exploded onto Canadian radio stations in 1997, instantly proving themselves to be a new force with their debut LP, In Loving Memory Of… The album enjoyed success on both sides of the border, though in Canada the band was especially embraced. The record spawned four singles, several of which are still staples on Canadian rock stations. With […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Austin (photo review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Live in Austin (photo review)

 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was one of founding bands that revived the roots rock genre. Their style combines dirty blues riffs and tones that give a fervor for rebellion. The band has kept up with that theme since the their debut work in the late ’90s and has developed a dedicated fan base. And that’s who showed up for the […]

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Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

Stables, Xsara and Rotem – Camden Assembly, London (photo review)

I had been warned that the Camden Assembly is a nightmare for photographing bands thanks to the back wall of light-bulbs and the now compulsory LEDs flooding the stage with purple light. However, I was intrigued to see what I could do, and also to meet the guys behind BeNuMu.com. BeNuMu put on two free gigs over the weekend to […]

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Marcus’ top pix of 2017

Marcus’ top pix of 2017

2017 has been a crazy year for photographing bands. I’ve managed to get a whopping 277 of them in front of my camera. I also had some firsts – first time in a photo pit, first time shooting at a festival, first time a photo has been published, as well as my first of 40 articles for The Revue. I’ve […]

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Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Sleep Party People at The Lexington, London (photo essay)

Occasionally you turn up to a gig and wonder whether that headache tablet you took earlier was something just a little bit stronger. Imagine turning up to a gig where the four guys on stage resemble a certain rabbit from Donnie Darko. Yeah, that’s exactly what happened at The Lexington as Danish band Sleep Party People headlined at the small […]

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Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex, Bad Sounds, and We Were Promised Jetpacks (photo reviews)

November was a busy month for London gigs. Many nights saw at least five bands playing in various places across the capital that The Revue would have loved to have covered. Here’s three of the best from the last couple of weeks. Cigarettes After Sex The Roundhouse I 20/11/2017 I No support act Cigarettes After Sex play at two speeds […]

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Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Rachael Yamagata live at Islington Assembly Hall, London (photo essay)

Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata‘s headline gig at the Islington Assembly Hall was a pleasure to experience. Her beautiful voice and her witty personality went down like a storm with the modest-sized crowd. Joking away with the audience throughout her set, it felt like a real personal performance. Opening with “Has It Happened Yet”, a song she wished was her saddest number […]

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Rock Against Violence – O2 Academy Islington, London (photo review)

Rock Against Violence – O2 Academy Islington, London (photo review)

The O2 Academy in Islington was given over to Rock Against Violence – a charity fundraising gig on behalf of Solace Women’s Aid. The charity provides shelters and advice to women who are the victims of domestic abuse in the UK. It supports more than 10,000 women and children per year. The annual event is hosted by Roadkill Records – […]

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The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace, London (photo review)

Alexandra Palace was built in 1873 and is steeped in history. The huge arched building on top of a hill in North London looms over the neighborhood. Ally Pally was the place where the world’s first TV was transmitted, and it has been home to some epic gigs over recent years. With a capacity of nearly 11,000, the main hall […]

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John Jacob Magistery

John Jacob Magistery perform Harmoney at Cafe Dekcuf

John Jacob Magistery first came to our attention in 2016 when they impressed us during a late-night set at The Rainbow. Their engaging lyrics and bursts of spontaneous energy on stage made them an obvious recommendation as a band to catch later that year at CityFolk Festival. The Montreal natives recently completed an EP, Harmoney, prompting a return visit to […]

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Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Pissed Jeans – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

A night of three faces of punk rock at Camden’s Electric Ballroom – from the haven of grunge punk to full on hardcore punk-rock with a diversion through the weird and wonderful, too. Saturday night in the heart of trendy North London could never be called dull. Scrap Brain DEMO by SCRAP BRAIN DIY grunge punks. Why write songs that […]

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The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic – Live at Dingwalls, London (photo essay)

The Academic The Academic. Remember that name because I think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them next year (and we’ve already covered their music for some time). The fantastic Irish indie band performed the perfect set on Wednesday evening at Dingwalls in Camden, London. Opening with their latest single “Permanent Vacation”, they had the busy crowd singing along […]

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Chk Chk Chk, Boxed In & Sink Ya Teeth – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Chk Chk Chk, Boxed In & Sink Ya Teeth – Electric Ballroom, London (photo review)

Regular readers will know me as an indie kid. If I was pushed to give you my favourite genre, I’d plump for indie-dance, so tonight’s three-band lineup, including the mighty Chk Chk Chk, was right up my street. Anyone who has walked along Camden High Street may have noticed The Electric Ballroom. The iconic North London venue sits between the […]

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Nite Jewel at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Nite Jewel at Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

Ramona Gonzalez’s project as Nite Jewel would make a fascinating Doctoral thesis. Like many independent musicians, her initial works flew under the radar, but her breakthrough came with 2012’s One Second of Love, which saw the LA-based artist go from lo-fi to ’80s dance clubs. The album was positively received (the album remains a personal favorite), and Gonzalez became a […]

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London gig roundup (photo review)

London gig roundup (photo review)

Been a busy couple of weeks for my camera and earplug combo. Here’s a sample of where I’ve been in and around London. Music is very much alive and thriving in our capital city. Everywhere you turn there’s a band waiting for my camera and cynical commentary. Hopefully this won’t disappoint. In alphabetical order: Desperate Journalist  The Dome, Tufnell Park, […]

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Debo Band – The Water Rats, London (photo review)

Debo Band – The Water Rats, London (photo review)

Anyone who reads my stuff on The Revue will know I tend to cover smaller indie bands, usually in Victorian pubs. However, a trip to The Water Rats in London’s King’s Cross gave me something very different to chew on. The Water Rats is a historical building. Bob Dylan made his UK debut in 1962 here, and Oasis performed their […]

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Alert The Medic

Alert the Medic : Sick fun at the House of Targ

Alert the Medic formed in Nova Scotia in 2006 and wasted no time in releasing their self-titled debut album later that same year. Soon after refining their lineup and sound, the band gained recognition with multiple nominations at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards. Their follow-up album in 2009,called We, the Weapon,  spawned four radio-played singles. Last month, they released their […]

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October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears – Live at Oslo Hackney, London (photo essay)

The Dears The Dears delighted their UK-based fans on Saturday night with 90 minutes of nothing but music. With barely a break for Murray Lightburn to let the band know he was ready for the next song, the Montreal duo had the packed-out London venue dancing and singing along to their packed out setlist. Opening with “Take It to the […]

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Racing at Meow, Wellington

Racing electrify Meow in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night, Auckland-based Racing brought their The Bass EP tour to Wellington’s Meow. It was the last stop of the band’s cross-country tour, and the quartet didn’t hold anything back, playing for nearly 90 minutes. Before describing the band’s music and show, it is important to describe Ed Knowles’ presence. Imagine for a moment that Dr. Frankenstein was tasked […]

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