Wed 17 Dec
tbc + Kizzy Crawford
 + Lewis Olden + The Little Things
CABAN PRESENTS …Caban aims to bring fresh up and coming music from  Wales AND all around the UK to the London music scene. We launched on Tamesis Dock with Us Baby Bear Bones, Tom Morley, Swnami and Casi Wyn. The Dublin Castle will be Caban’s new monthly home in partnership with Bugbear. Expect lots of really cool bands with hot to trot credentials assured. Such as …..The Little Things- crafted and intelligent yet soulful pop reggae with supercool Japanese girl singer to the fore, set to stir a ew biz heads in 2015…. Lewis Olden- Dark Bunnymen shaped post punkery…’do you wanna, do you wanna wanna smoke some marijuana with me?!’ hahaha…quite like the cut of it’s gib. Gets on a nice and groovy baggy beat psych pop tip too… like a rather edgier Inspiral Carpets maybe. Lots of Stooges guitar wiggings outs and all and plenty of tres funny lyrics abounding….Kizzy Crawford- Young female singer songer outta Cymru with a sweet jazzy approach and  some lovely floaty melodies and raffish vibes aplenty. A delightfully adventurous thing mostly performed in her mother tongue.
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Thu 18 Dec
New Love Engine
 + Pretty Rascals
 + Zoo Harmonics
New Love Engine- Dream pop with some lovely glacial guitar and a vocal reminiscent of Thom York. Nice use of light and shade the heavier moments remind of Mew,  whilst the more reflective nod to Radiohead.  Pretty Rascals-Do a pleasingly clanging version of Come Together by the Beatles, a nicely noisey indie rock combo with plenty of attack and verve. Zoo Harmonics- Catchy upbeat and slightly emo-tinged pop punk experience, Blink 182 meets New Found Glory via Yellowcard. From Tel Aviv Israel.
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Fri 19 Dec
The Cortege-  Think early Kings of Leon but more downbeat and prowling, which isn’t to say this Cortege don’t rock…it does with gusto and shades of Black Keys type craft .WILDEBEATS- Kooky, exhuberant noise pop… sounds a bit like Devo on a grunge tip. Fuzzed up guitars thrashy drums and an un-hinged vocal. Good fun. Phil Black- One man art punk terrorizer supreme. Yelping in a Mark Perry/Billy Childish manner over some punkishly nigh on malfunctioning Cabaret Voltaire type electronica. BullyBones-Garage punk that really goes for the throat, clearly influenced by the rawer Nuggets bands but played with real passion and verve. And at a fair old clip. Good stuff. White Ape- the wonderful White Ape get a wigout White Apemas under way early doors tonight so make sure yous kids are lined up half 7 with yer ears primed for their unique kick of piratical punk, scattershot ska and grinding neo garage. On their second acclaimed EP now and beginning to turn some of them heads..
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Sat 20 Dec
Dog Gone-an interesting blend of counter culturally adrift late 60s into 70s progressive rocknroll and cheeky pop…something of Richard Thompson what with the lilt of folk in here and the clever guitar playing but it’s direct and garagey too…a bit new wavey in fact. Like it. Sort of The Soft Boys meets The Monkees in garage mode! Depot Day- The Blues.. with a groovy r n b infused rockabilly twist, quite garagey in places too a pretty unique sound. Amberland- Indie folk, with a bit more  bite than most in this genre  a mournful  vocal juxtaposed beautifuly with electronica and piano. Sort of The Velvet Underground meets Fairport Convention with a hint of Radiohead. Nick Aslam- folkishly inclined superb pop troubadour, Think early Chris De Burgh before he was a crock….Celtic  lilt aplenty here, beautifully hewn.
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Fri 9 Jan
Blue Motel-A dark brown croon over some odd little refrains played on guitar and keys – puts you in mind of Earland And The Carnival meets Black or something like Eyeless In Gaza meets Richard Hawley- nice baroque feel, slightly psychedelic and/or loungey but prone to burst into left field indie rocknrollings replete with wah wah freak out guitar soloing…then back to the oddball refrains…nice.. good players with ideas.Cats On The Beach-New wave pop with driving guitars and insistent melodies, bit like the Only Ones, but with a louche Pete Doherty-esque vocal and some well placed mournful trumpet on their less edgy slower tunes. Yipiok- if Flaming Lips were as ‘weird’ and psych as they are meant to be they might sound a bit like this….quirky little tunes fulla oddball colour…scrappy guitar, Arcade Fire‘s left over keyboard parts turned B.A.D -esque, outsider goofball vocals…sort of like a shiny eccentric pop take on Wall Of Voodoo... commercial and left field at the same time, an interesting combo. Some Kind Of Leader-Psychedelic pop from Wales with a nod to Americana, beautifully melodic but also moments of subtle heaviosity, references , , Rain Parade, The Chills, Flying Burrito Bros. This is great, really strong tunes, neat production and pretty much their own sound,
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Sat 10 Jan
Das Fluff-Dark, compelling electro rock with some striking analogue synth sounds and a Marlene Dietrich like lead singer. Palmetto-Blissfull electro pop with a decidedly 80′s feel catchy tunes with slick production, think Tears for Fears and Genesis Halcyon Days- Hooky danceable pop with  an electro interface reminisent of New Order and Electronica in places without really sounding like either
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Wed 14 Jan
Dead Circles-Highly melodic post grunge with a nicely overdriven guitar sound, big anthemic choruses and soulful vocals, sorta reminds of Kings Of Leon but an edgier more abrasive take on things. TurboWitch-Searing alt-rock with some nifty axe-work an impassioned performance along the lines of Queens of the stone-age, but throwing blues shapes too low slung sleaze rock with a tight Monster Magnet feel..Limb To Limb- crisp, economically performed hard rock like ZZ Top meets Back In Black era AC/DC on some serious navel contemplating narcotics.Whiskey Chaser- Low slung Grebo rock with a nod to yer heavier grunge bands and classic blues tinged hard rock like Y & T, there’s a nice crunch to the guitars and they dare to employ a cowbell in the rhythm section!
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Thu 15 Jan
Linda Em-A pretty unique singer/songwriter her music skilfully blends the traditions of Celtic narrative, smoky folk and contemporary blues. Her songs speak hauntingly of life experienced and truly felt; this is music for grown-ups. The Little Things- groovy whacked out dance music somewhere between The Avalanches, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Moby at his most perversely playful…and we’re reliably informed it flies live too..Valves- Alt-rock from Dublin, with a few post punk influences the edgy guitar lines for example and a rhythm section that recalls early U2, but rock all the same. Lively tunes played with plenty of conviction and verve.
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Fri 16 Jan
Ballin’ Jacks-Blues rock, oddly there’s a lot of this about at the moment, this stands out though, has an element of Funk and more than a bit of soul, Sounds a bit like Jim Jones’ pre-revue combo Black Moses via a less heavy Grand Funk Railroad. Big Brother And The Holding Company (without Janis) could be a touchstone too. All good Tim Woodbridge & The Wire Traps-A bright eyed strummily summery pop sound with touches of Americana and ’60s pop on a folk leaning tip…a touch of The Byrds but also some Smiths like indieness and a bit of plaintive XTC meets Sarah Recs fare. A nice feel all round, draws you in. Steve Bonham-Irish folkster with penny whistle flavoured backing but a conversational style that actually sounds quite English- Ralph McTell etc….actually something of Ray Davies here too, via a jollied up Fairports…  a nice lilting thing with a beautiful lightness of touch.
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Sat 17 Jan
Nome- Layered reverbed vocals and FX with a moody nay trippy realisation. Sort of in the Clanaad muso Romantic soul sense but then the songs pump along and it’s part Kate Bush, part Blondie, part Fleetwood Mac…plus tropicalia guitars! The female voice is definitely a bit La Harry a bit La Nicks but mainly Patti Smith-esque…neat . The Moscow Trip- ‘Imagine a 1950s funk band that recently returned from a trip to Moscow and who were heavily influenced by the compositions of Borodin and Shostakovich.’  Hmmm..ok..so yeah with a butch/macho Red Army Choir vocal and some techy funk backdrops this is odd but utterly alluring. Some whacked out Madness/Blockheads elements and even a touch of rockabilly…good god they’re mental…need encouraging then…DSC-Occupying a space somewhere between ‘60s Psychedelia and the pulsating sounds of future-clubs, Desert Sound Colony is both infectious and ethereal, shrouding the listener in a gentle, rhythmical canopy.The project’s debut EP, ‘The Way I Began’, is released October 13th on New York’s Scissor &Thread, the first release on the label from an artist not based in NYC. Desert Sound Colony’s second EP release is due out on the label in January 2015.Jackals Rose-Vocal is very Steve Ignorant/Crass… music in a more  post-punk Joy Division/Killing Joke vein albeit with some wigout lead guitar on top more akin to Paul Fox from The Ruts in Hendrixy mode..Great stuff..
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Sun 18 Jan
Evyltide-  London female-fronted metallers Evyltyde have released their second single “Killer” and it is currently available worldwide from all major online digital retainers. Tonite is the launch party. The sound of traditional, classic metal with a mix of killer riffs, searing power chords and melodic vocals. “Killer” is the follow-up to Evyltyde’s debut single “Fight To Be Free”which has since reached over 1,000 views on YouTube. It also includes a newly recorded acoustic version of the song as part of the release. Fireyed- Hard hittin’ heavy rock with some incisive riffage tight as the Gnats proverbial rhythm section and gutsy vocals harks back to N.w.o.b.h.m bands by way of Pantera, impressive stuff
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Wed 21 Jan
tbc + 111
 + The Flowerscents
111- Featuring John Doyle, superb sticksman for Magazine, 111 play female fronted wonky pop with pulsating post rock analogue bass synth, remember Whale? well this is Whale via a cooler version of Transvision Vamp, through a post punk lens.Quirky, enthralling… The Flowerscents- a lovingly lazy laconic indie rocknroll played with some aplomb …nice effete Ian Brown-ish vocal, overall though reminds more of early Teenage Fanclub…can’t be bad…
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Thu 22 Jan
tbc + The Bronsons
 + Alula
The Bronsons- pub rock revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe stylee, has all the joy and abandon and rockaboogie wigging out you could wish for. Alula- a lunge of grunge with emotive vocal sounds like the commercial peak of Smashing Pumpkins, uber intense stuff really impassioned playing….
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Fri 23 Jan
Jolanga-Perky Cat Stevens soundalike vocal via speedy pop mongous indie skiffle cum rocknroll. The spirit of Buddy Holly perhaps? Brilliantly executed, great harmonies, spirited playing and a nice lofi raw edge making it less MOR and more appealing. Tunesmiths for sure, decent.Corners Of The Earth- Brass fuelled skanking soul pop, pretty fresh and energetic you could well imagine ‘em storming a tent at Womad. Kinda like Les Negresse Vertes via Labrassbanda. Great stuff. Free Dub Press- 7 piece playing up-beat yet politically concious Ska-pop with a touch of Reggae and a fair bit of rap. Good stuff infectiously hooky tunes with a message almost certainly a decent live turn.
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Sat 24 Jan
The Beautiful Game-Exhuberent indie pop with driving punky guitars and insistent hooks and convincing singalong choruses, have been compared to the buzzcocks, which you can  hear, there’s deffo a new wave element to this but it’s more of an indie rock beast than a punk-pop one. Deadwall- Four piece from Leeds,  sometimes loud and sometimes quiet; toeing the line between beauty and brutality. Delicate falsettos are supported by wonderfully free guitar, ridged mellotrons and ruined, tape worn arrangements. They meander from glistening chamber pop to the shoegazer moments of college rock – described by the NME as containing, “glimpses of Big Star and the more stoned elements of Dinosaur Jr.”.The Actions-nice crisp pop feel with airy female vocal- puts me in mind of The Photos or Martha and The Muffins- a bit new wave-ish…see also Garbage what with the hifi techy edge and a smidge of No Doubt. A touch of Vampire Weekend style indie pop dynamics but via broader ideas encompassing arty dance music elements and Floyd-ish symphonics and loftiness. Nice songs, nice feel, good ideas, stuff going on here. Hudson Super Six- Superb blend of slinky QOTSA style grit n grind alt rock and shout em out quirky Britrock taking in a little old school Deep Purple groove. A fantastic low slung beast… you wont be surprised when you consider these guys have some roots in excellent UK math grunge pop wonders Cable
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Fri 30 Jan
Lach-  the founder of the Antifolk movement,  seven album releases under his belt, and more recently star of the BBC Radio 4 comedy show The Lach Chronicles. Lach’s first book of poetry, The Thin Book of Poems (Desert Hearts Pub.) has just been published on January 19th (Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday) and Lach is touring the UK to promote the book by doing readings during the day at independent book shops and rocking the independent clubs at night. Tonight’s performance is part of Independent Venue Week….if you haven’t yet checked out the radio series on BBC Radio 4 it’s a winner…has received the top choice radio pick from every major newspaper (The Times, The Observer, The Independent, The Telegraph and RadioTimes!). Lach himself ran several independent music venues for many years in New York City and recently in Edinburgh … as Dabster puts it ‘On stage he’s engaging, curious and dynamic. He recounts stories from behind his guitar, with a rockstar’s vision and a folk singer’s modesty….’ New Vinyl- Rootsy Americana infused indie-blues-rock with a bit of a nod to Kings Of Leon but it’s a gritty Northern indie take on things Top one nice one sorted….Recklings-Quirky but winningly catchy female fronted indie rock remids of Throwing Muses and has elements of the Breeders too, great stuff.
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Sat 31 Jan
Legendary Manchester band Dub Sex announce their first London show for over 26 years! In 2014 the band reformed for a limited number of shows and festival appearance including breath-taking performances at Kendal Calling and Manchester’s Sound Control. DUB SEX frontman Mark Hoyle: “The shows this year have been very special, Dub Sex are sounding better than ever. We always loved playing in London; we can’t wait for this one. It’s the only London show in the diary for the first 6 months of next year at least, so it’s a must come to show for our fans in the capital” DUB SEX are often cited as one of Manchester’s greatest “lost” bands. Formed in the concrete landscape of 1980’s Hulme they had a unique, raw and at times brutal sound all of their own. The band came to prominence in the late 80’s releasing 4 critically acclaimed EP’s, recording 4 John Peel sessions and performing on local and national TV (Snub TV and Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show, The Other Side of Midnight) with the release of the classic Swerve EP in 1989. DUB SEX never fitted into Madchester scene and disappeared in 1990 with members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar) and Cathy Brooks (bass) going on to form Dumb and guitarist Chris Bridgett going on to form Rude Club. Tonight Bug Bear are very peased to host this show as a part of Independent Venues Week 2015.
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Sat 7 Feb
Lem and the White Fire-A fusion of soul indie and pop, with some of their tunes (and hair styles) bringing Gabby Young & Other Animals to mind and some more indie pop oriented stuff – think Gossip meets Adele. Original and well done so hats off. Leader- Distill the esssence of emotive balladry and combine it with intense indie a-la Keane, or more likely Snow Patrol…and they do it very well, commercially astute you would say.Your Cat is a Landmine- Alt rock meets indie pop think Foo Fighters meets Biffy Clyro via Cage The Elephant. Dynamic tunes with plenty of conviction execution-wise. Article Ten- Metaled up hard rock with a twist of grunge.  Skid Rowmeets Black Sabbath with some early Metallica like guitar shreddings via a finely placed pop sensibility
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Thu 12 Feb
Simon Kent- A band rather than merely an individual it seems-  a good stab at turning the Coldplay style into something a lot more biting, care of a genuinely fresh and impassioned vocal style- coming on somewhere between Jon Anderson and Julian Cope a la falsetto…nice vocal, highly accomplished music played by top musician Julie Dano-Interesting- and very French- songstrel…forceful performances…think of Laetitia Sadier on getting all forceful and empowered. A bit of that French yea yea girls thing s but via perky show music and left field prog and new wave influences, great vocal performance. Kneel-Blues rock  with some beautifully fluid lead guitar and a swinging rock solid rhythm section, hints at mid 70’s R N B based pub rock but this is more on a Buddy Guy tip than a Dr Feelgood one
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Sat 14 Feb
The Systematics-Female fronted punky indie band form Manc- part Buzzcocks, part Blondie and some of the John Barry inspired filmic qualities of Magazine too…the guitar work is quite John McGeough like…can’t be bad… all via that Harryesque NYC type attitude n drawl of front chick Roxie…sound great. Manilow- Beefy punky kit with a hint of glam rock…a blend of Bauhaus, Wire and The Ruts and done with vigour and upfront charm…a bit of early Adam and the Ants n all.
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Thu 19 Feb
Amethyst Kyss – crashing heavy punkiness and a yelping female vocal- could be deemed metal or punk but the latter just about wins… a glorious racket with Pistols punch and Motorhead drums Contraband-Punk infused metal with a screamer of a vocalist sorta Rob Halford ona punk tip. In fact the overall sound reminds of the faster N.W.O.B.H.M bands like Raven and Tank Uberkill-Blues rock/metal with some pretty tasty lead and a vocal reminiscent of Rob Plant in places, Sounds a bit like April Wine via Nazareth an early 80’s metal sound
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Sat 28 Feb
Kitten Pyramid-  have garnered great reviews from The Guardian, Q mag, Prog mag and many more…take a Cardiacs type jaunty sound and combine it with some of the giants roughly Syd era Floyd whimsy and hard edged Crimson meets Tull passgaes , wig out Hendrix guitar, pastoral brass and a bit of Genesis too…but all played with aching originality and a contemporary indie noir edge…embrace the new prog! Cross Wires-Scratchy guitar and forceful vocals…somewhere between Wire and The Jam circa Sound Affects, have a bit of 1960s melodicism/harmonies that’s quite Who cum 1979 mod revival but thru a post punk lens and some funky as in punk funk guitars. Great delivery, class act.
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Sat 11 Apr
Special Kinda Madness
Special Kinda Madness are a Specials and Madness tribute band playing one set from each band. We don’t need to remind you of The Dublin Castle /Madness association! Basically as Suggs says, the DC is The Ancestral Seat Of Madness…and every ska act worth a skank has been through the doors too…as Phil Jupitus puts it, that’s a room with a lot of Mojo…This will definitely be a heaving heavenly happening, last year it sold out three months ahead so like the man said..Book Early! Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…
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