Thu 2 Apr
The Apartment- Snappy pop-funk like The Bar-Kays fronted by a female vocal with a distinct Northern Soul feel. Good work. Worry Dolls- Female fronted blues infused folk rock with a big sound…. sounds like The Band via The Waterboys with a possible nod to late ’60’s U.S.Acid Rock. Vocally, the singer really goes for it in a Janis Joplin kinda way. Neat. Dayflower- Formed accidentally in 2013, Dayflower pour their honey-drenched pop melodies over a collage of fuzzed-up synths, lo-fi beats, and jangly guitars. This is true. Add a smidge of St Etienne style retro dream pop come exotica and you’re with an alluring little blend that could really turn heads.Pre-Holiday- Korean electro pop sensations.
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Fri 3 Apr
Inherit The Stars- Blistering post hardcore with an impressively epic sound which nods slightly to the likes of Enter Shakiri and the like but still pretty much their own sound, well placed dub step breakdowns and anthemic choruses, Kerrang and Big Cheese dig ‘em too.Spitehouse-A grunge lunge with a twist of something more contemporary. Nirvana are obviously a big influence but they have some identity of their own to0..Montagues & Capulets-indie pop with sinuous  post punk guitars and a snappily funked up rhythm section,  interesting stuff Last Of The Shadow Puppets via Orange Juice maybe.
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Sat 4 Apr
The Electric Shakes- Fast paced hyper energetic Iggy oriented doings as heard on the recent Vive Le Rock (post Pistols edition) cover mount CD “Formed May 2014. featuring ex members of 80’s punk tikes (and John Peel faves) ‘Tours‘ and Thee Jenerators amongst a slew of underground bands over the past 10 years. Book em quick while they’re still breathing!” Got signed, Mimed. Toured. Got bored. Lived. Loved. Laughed. Grafted. Got shafted. Made sweet sweet music. Used it. Abused it, and had a bloody laugh doing it. Oebus- Super crunchin’ punk rock with bags of feel  and low slung groove. Ain’t no one way riff feature this…a smattering of cool covers and some gritty playing that makes you think Void Oids meets Rocket From The Tombs...a happening thing. Dancing Doors- happening rocknroll trio who have been plying their trade and earning their chops all over La Belle France. Londes a dit vive le rock med garcons.
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Fri 10 Apr
Head Of Light Entertainment- NE England based cheeky art poppers… nice skipping riddims and washes of colour care of interesting mixed instrumentation and a bright little indie folk pop vocal fulla pop chops…ah and here comes some Farfisa type organ….I’m sold and so too are you. Coming on like Belle And Sebastian as if re-imagined by The Colorblind James Experience for a Lionel Bart musical… admirers of Bear Suit might well enjoy this delightful H.O.L.E too… Retoryka- from the ashes of a certain Jacques Caramac…so -certain to be an arresting, artful, intelligent pop concoction..Z E R O-Solo female artist with underplayed/understated desert melancholy in the guitar and an upfront voice recalling Amy Winehouse had she gotten all deep country and morphed with the likes of Rickie Lee Jones or Neko Case. Great songs, well delivered.
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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… NB SECOND SHOW ADDED BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 3rd MAY
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Sun 12 Apr
The Lost Art- folk informed duo with harmonies..fresh faced young men sharing vocal duties…like a kind of boy band aesthetic for a rustic/bucolic setting, hence the imagery , toiling in rugged environments against life’s endless cycle …not half, beats working in a call centre…very good… Shockpowder- The Smiths meets Jesus And Mary Chain via Suede at their rockingest. An indie wet dream then? Well, not bad. Certainly a Mozzer-esque singer , and some raunchy end of Bernard Butler guitar.
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Thu 16 Apr
Bikini Faso- frantic three piece doing awkward squad indie rock with a noise element and a bit of odd syncopation via sexily squally atonal guitar. Bountifully  locked in rhythm section action that’s reet punchy, narrative vocalizations, artful meanderings…Czech Mates- Slightly daft name aside this is great stuff, referencing the Buzzcocks and Libertines in terms of hookiness, with the drive of The Strokes, simple but genuinely memorable tunes played with verve. Breaking Waves- 2 piece with a hard, gnarly sound- bass/drums/vocals- some Nirvana in there and of course Royal Blood will come up as a comparison but the vocal is less rawk based, more of a post grunge dymanic, a bit of Muse maybe…but thing is they sound real real good, the vocal is dynamic, the sound is raw but inviting, a winner. ‘Bass and drum music’….
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Fri 17 Apr
The Flow Brothers- Trio of sassy boys playing enjoyable/accessible indie tunes very well indeed with a bit of post Radiohead heft but overall a nice Bowie tinged dreamy pop taking in all sorts from The Verve to Blur.… Just back from playing in Brazil! Junkyard Choir- post punk meets backwoods grunge and just a little urban rocknroll.. Tom Waits via The Clash and The Meat Puppets…niceness. B-Movie Thieves- Fiery female fronted indie rock with a post punk twist a la the Yeah Yeah Yeahs meets Siouxsie and the Banshees via Angelfish. The British IBM- playing a honeyed music that has a rumbling ’80s indie feel hock fulla cool sunny retro-ism to enjoy thru an intense delivery with a nice keening vocal atop- like a lofi noisier Smiths with some MBV buzz and a bit of Ride and Blur buried deep within…about to launch their new long player at ya….
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Sat 18 Apr
Argonaut-Punky indie with tood, female fronted, noisy and ramshackle but made up for in intent and low slung old fashioned indie rock slouching bad ass ness…sounding like Huggy Bear meets The Fall via the Voodoo Queens..Great stuff. Debut LP out Nov 19 Criminal Recs Das Fluff-Dark, compelling electro rock with some striking analogue synth sounds and a Marlene Dietrich like lead singer  Frogbelly and Symphony- Folk, spoken word, post-punk, psychedelia and prog all thrown together, shouldn’t work but it does, a unique sound, can’t really be compared to anyone past or present though there’s maybe a whiff of Bongwater or Swell Maps. Really compelling and effortlessly cool, from N.Y.C. Bear Chest- 3 piece from Sheffield playing rumbling alt rock with punky attack and overdriven post Albini type shoutiness with infectious rancour- a bit like Slaves but less pop centric…sound damn good, as do a lotta Sheff acts right now. Gets a bit metally but punkishly malevolent and there’s some nice syncopation amidst the power splurging. Good band.
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Wed 22 Apr
Homeless Billionaires- Two piece rock/grunge band featuring a pretty pared back sound with just drums, guitar and vocals – haunting vocals at that leading as they do into some frenzied screams/ululation!About to release an album.
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Wed 22 Apr
Homeless Billionaires- Two piece rock/grunge band featuring a pretty pared back sound with just drums, guitar and vocals – haunting vocals at that leading as they do into some frenzied screams/ululation!About to release an album.
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Thu 23 Apr
Daria
 + Jessica Rhodes
 + Joe Jury + Alias Kid
Daria- Young powerful female performance- some funk/soul covers from school of James Brown etc but the marvellous voice also bestraddles the odd haunting original taking in a little bit of Alanis Morrisette, though with soulful sass. Jessica Rhodes- easy on ear and eye alike, a sultry performance but with a bit of tood too. Katie Melua shaped piano toting  smouldering boho fare… perhaps more Nora Jones in execution. Joe Jury- A sweet stab at bluesy folk, JJ has a  nice soulful voice and musically it’s Damien Rice via Ben Howard. Good of its kind.
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Fri 24 Apr
Scalper-  NZ based Scalper showcases the talents of ex Fun-Da- Mental performer Nadeem Shafi- here taking on Tricky type textures with a tougher edge…lots of psychedelic sound FX and samples from Asian musicsand other exotica as well as Eno meeets Aphex Twin type soundscapes… prowling slinky beats with a breathy vocal/rap on top. Good stuff that twists and turns into all kinds of dark and devious corners, sometimes getting really pretty along the way. Tonite is the  album launch show for the new Scalper record released on April 18th 2015 in France and EU on French label Jarring Effects…’Moody, gritty beats with introspective lyrics that conjure visions of epic proportions, and an electrifying live performance that demands attention. ‘- music.net.nz . Cardigan Jones- ‘voice of the faceless, face of the voiceless!’….breakbeat and electro pop via glitchy experimental electro and just a few nu rnb touches…the experimental end is very much kept up…interesting. Missa Watanabe Vs Space Traveler- the peerless live show where the bonkers Dr Suess stage set and his glamorous assistant collides with the maestro’s marvellous blend of breakbeat, dubstep, drum n bass and electronic oompah ska I shit ye not!  
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Sat 25 Apr
Empire Affair- a lot of emotion in the house, slowburning tunes that recall early U2 but with nice driving Strokes-like guitar. Winning formula.The Last Bugles- folk tinged rattling rocknroll with Faces/Stones nuances and some keening Beatles via John Lennon songcraft. Let it rip with much aplomb. The Bronsons- pub rock revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. Lady Grey And The Earls- Heavy rock thru alt pop  female fronted four piece that brings Evanessence to mind….or maybe a less operatic Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil). Gritty rocknroll but well and truly able to soar.
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Wed 29 Apr
Monica And The Explosion-  Monica and The Explosion is Monica Welander, an acoustic punk rock artist from Sweden. Since the release of her debut album in 2007 she has been touring all around the world, solo or with a band, and she has aroused great interest and repect for her dynamic live performances and her songs wherever she has been. The sound is best described as ”jukebox punk” – acoustic rock n’roll with attitude. “…the high energy gutsy songstress sings her heart out for 13 memorable short, sharp songs. There is a rush of adrenaline that explodes from her frantic strumming and a vocal drawl full of feeling and power which plays off against some of her tounge-twisting lyrics, radiating attitude and defiance.” (Vive Le Rock Magazine)  Album review: KEEP IT ALIVE! 8/10 Greta Narvik- Folk tinged indie pop with  post rock element  ..Ms Narvik also has a Sigor Ros vibe without really sounding like ‘em…. from Italy and rocking quite a unique sound with nicely undulating tunes and a bewitching female vocal. Luna Drive- spacy synth sounds, dynamic, clattering drums and a prosaic but punchy vocal… A funky nu pop thing with progressive tendencies v ia a commercial vibe. Julie Diano- interesting- and very French- songstrel…forceful performances…think of Laetitia Sadier getting all forceful and empowered (not that she isn’t but you know what I mean). A bit of that French yea yea girls thing s but via perky show music and left field prog and new wave influences…like a hip and happening Toyah maybe… a bit Kate Bush like too. Great vocal performance. Lejon- Synthy funky rnb chill-out type tunes with interestingly quirky but earcandytastic male vocals.
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Thu 30 Apr
Mangostone- beguiling power trio with an original spin on rock/metal sensibilities. Signal Flare- Blistering harcore infused rock featuring some pretty intense riffage, but tempered by memorable hooks and nicely melodic passages, Foo Fighters via Slipknot. V0id- Welsh alt rockers…Malcom Dome (Classic Rock/Total Rock Radio) digs ‘em, and it is indeed good stuff, the melody quotient is high and they’ve a polished commercial radio-ready sound, which nods to Manic Street Preachers at their commercial peak via Feeder but with a U.S. Stadium rock sheen without being in any way naff. Fine work. Wicked Faith- female fronted hard rock/metal..GnR type metal schockiness but the have sweet pop appeal too and a harder buzzing techy edge more akin to metal des nos jours. Nice. Alter Eden- Alt/rock band – technically accomplished and incredibly slick, as evinced in their videos. A smattering of covers from the likes of Muse and The Deftones and some arresting originals..    
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Fri 1 May
The Takes-Ramshackle indie rock with a nod to early Kings Of Leon but there’s also the rough hewn charm of Babushambles in the mix and at times The kinks Juke-A surprisingly mature and accomplished sound for a band so young and a pretty unique sound. It’s a bit like the more reflective side of Squeeze through an Americana lens or later post Attractions Elvis Costello. Great stuffn 5 Goal Thriller- indie rock mover shakers with elements of The Cure and Dinosaur Jr. Le BangBang-Punked up indie rock from Paris like a fired up Libertines by way of The Clash, raw garagey siund but plenty in the way of hooks.
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Sun 3 May
Special Kinda Madness
SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND! 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, with April’s date sold out three months ahead you need to make like Fred and book Early! Plus ska, soul and reggae DJ action til 2am…
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Wed 13 May
The Science of the Lamps-Are an 8 piece outfit of drums, bass, cello, keys, acoustic and lead guitar, plus vocal harmonies from ‘The Usherettes’. Their inspiration comes from vaudeville, visual art, early Hollywood movie scores, Nordicana, wine, flamenco, trip-hop, music boxes, Paris and whiskey bars. Yoko Syndrome- New wave pop, some nice swirling Stranglers like keyboards and there’s a Magazine vibe too, good stuff short sharp hooky tunes. Edward Rogers – Is from NYC but originally Brum- sounds a bit like Robyn Hitchcock, backing is alt country/nu folk with Beatlesy pop sensibility, interesting quirky and compelling tunes. ElleKaye- Angular uber indie insistintly hooky pop tunes with a post-punk edginess
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Wed 27 May
Ratboy-  up-for-it fuzzed up Outside Brit-hop with a punky edge, underpinned with some clever sampling, from Stone Roses and Happy Mondays to totemic film dialogue… It all gels well and nods nicely to the dubby end of The Clash. Could be compared to Jamie T at times but this is pretty unique stuff with lotsa pop hooks and totally holds the attention… Jordan Cardy is Rat Boy. He was fired from Wetherspoons. He was turned down by McDonalds. He’s never left the UK. He likes the Streets, the Clash and A Tribe Called Quest. He likes using old film samples, skating and making art. Jordan is from Chelmsford in Essex and once went to the funfair at Southend. He makes music, all the music, in his bedroom and sent it out to loads of people. No-one cared until one person cared and now lots of people care and soon everyone will care. A lot. His first mixtape has been in the NME and on Radio One, Xfm and 6 Music. There’s another mixtape on the way soon, that will be a total of 60 minutes of music in the time it takes most acts to ‘soft-release’ a b-side.
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Thu 28 May
RUSTED-Punchy classic metal from Canada with the swagger of Guns N Roses but with a U.F.O via Van Halen undertow, rousing anthemic choreses and some neat guitar work too. 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 the gritty vocal and general do frills approach works well. Guns Of Anarchy-Old shcool hard rock played with plenty of conviction in the vein of Guns N roses via Airbourne Seven7-Techy alt metal with intricate but heavy rhythms and eastern/oriental scales rendered on electric violin, which gives it a Led Zep Kashmir vibe. Touches on prog too highly melodic at times but retains the heaviosity.  Mastodons more recent stuff could be a touchstone Quite an interesting and unique sound.
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Sat 30 May
Terry and Gerry – They pulsed outta John Peel A LOT in the  1980s did Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin with their inimitably irreverent but tune laden take on cow punk and folk pop, and they are still as joyous a live experience as they were back then now they’re back together.. Rocking outta Brum with a skiffletastic riddim section making fabulous use of a washboard for percussion instead of a drum kit. Terry Lilley plays double bass. Gerry Colvin sings lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar and has one of the most disarmingly hilarious stage patters you could possibly wish for. With classic releases back in the day on both Robert Lloyd from The Nightingales Vindallo Recs and Marc Riley’s In Tape, it’s particularly satisfying they still have the chops ion their recently issued Dear John EP. Fresh from their tour supporting Status Quo no less!!
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