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False London @ The Vanguard, 23rd Sep

“False London make thoroughly beautiful pop songs about some occasionally horrible experiences. I could harp on (again) about the quality of songwriting and musical skill here, but instead let’s just focus on this one thing. Anyone who can take something totally shitty, melt it down, and mould it back into something that other people will […]

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Grxce @ The Vanguard, 23rd Sep

“Grxce play something that’s in the direction of pop-punk, but in a way that remembers the important qualifier there is the pop. This whole set bounces and bops and bangs its way round the room and, by gum, each and every one is immediately one of those tracks you instantly like and want to dance […]

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The Cassettes @ The Vanguard, 23rd Sep

“Let’s do the the screechingly obvious bit first: The Cassettes sound, note-perfect, like The Strokes. It’s a hard thing to judge a band when they sound exactly like another one – but given that band are twenty-plus years deep by now, that’s a bit like judging The Libertines for sounding like The Clash. It’s bloody […]

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Help Street Band @ The Vanguard, 23rd Sep

Help Street Band have a roving, wandering sound, lost in deserts and on highways, gravelly in voice and stratocaster in tone. All that’s missing are unexplained tyre marks on the tarmac and suggestive screeching from the vultures overhead. Gallery Learn More Facebook | Instagram

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Human Noise @ Oxford Art Factory, 21st Sep

“Human Noise swerve, sometimes without warning, between Velvets-y chugging menace and full-bore plot-losing. There is a massive distance between each end of its own spectrum, but it’s all constructed so well it never seems jarring. This is a precisely constructed set of occasionally crazed songs, songs to trigger the firing of synapses or the dancing […]

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Gloomie @ Oxford Art Factory, 21st Sep

“Gloomie’s delightful set of songs are equally at home fluttering about in the treetops as they are clawing bits of your flesh off. It all might seem cute at first glance, but it’s got some serious teeth – just when you get comfortable with it, it goes right for the throat.” Gallery Learn More Facebook […]

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Night Diver @ Oxford Art Factory, 21st Sep

“Night Diver wonk and boing their way through a gem of a set tonight, Pavement-y notes with a dreamy aftertaste, all lazy afternoons and active imaginations.” Gallery Learn More Facebook | Instagram

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SoSo @ The Soda Factory, 11th Sep

“SoSo’s crystal-cut pop-punk shimmers and glints, a sparkling gem of a set for a Sunday. Chock full of sugar and energy and pumping blood vessels, it’s all the fun of the fair without ever being less than as sharp as the neck of a broken bottle.” Gallery Learn More Facebook | Instagram | TikTok

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Dysfunction @ The Soda Factory, 11th Sep

“Dysfunction are bassist-less tonight, so parts of the set end have to choose between having a drummer or having drummer on bass. Normally that’d be a dull detail to note, but the odd chance of hearing parts of a pop-punk set without any drums reveals some lovely details, not least a haunting and lovely Kelly […]