Wed 18 Jan
tbc + After London
 + Eskimos + Iridesce
After London-Dramatic and dynamic female fronted alt rock grunge guitars shored up by a string section, there’s a bit  of a Smashing Pumpkins*( Mellanchollie And The Infinate Sadness LP  in particular) vibe not that they really sound like em. quite an impressive and unique  sound Eskimos-indie pop moderne with big whooshing choruses and an all round stadia-slaying sound in the same ballpark as Bastille without really sounding too much like em, polished radio-friendly production too. Iridesce- slinky laid back fare with interlocking guitars settling into a blues tinged melancholic vibe with a nicely pitched aching vocal… stoned and stark with a hint of The Verve if re-imagined as a post Americana type affair…
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Thu 19 Jan
King Schascha-  second singer and force of nature in The Engish Beat, AKA the U.S based version of the band featuring Dave Wakeling, so in a sense Schascha channels Ranking Roger there- but he’s his own man stylee wise, with a roots reggae career of his own with recent records that include collaborations wth Sizzla and The Specials’ Neville Staples. Paper Chaser- Hiphop and reggae blended perfectly with crunching results. Nuusic DJs- A Dubplate a day keeps the doctor away say Nuusic posse…damn right, junglist rubadub moves between the live turns tonite.  Kareem Shabazz and the Ryddim Kings- Grooviliscious reggae/rock steady outfit, fronted by Kareem Shabazz, who’s recorded back in Jamaica witrh the likes of Horsemouth Wallace , doing their own hooky and danceable tunes with the odd soul cover, so it’s slick Brit Reggae of a sweet sunny disposition.
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Fri 20 Jan
Electrophonic Tonic- Barry Stillwell formerly of Quickspace and other tippertop hip and happening bands- well he’s back on stage ce soir fronting this winning blend of new wave artpop via 7crunching 1970’s rock. Boy From The Crowd- Oddly alluring vocals. Who said Howard Devoto on meth? Well can only be a good thing, luv Howard Devoto and er yeah meth….this really hits it’s rock out stride. Hendrix gets a sassy glam punk indie makeover. Good reviews from Louder Than War etc. Damn good ya see. The Commonjets- Storming Northern indie with rousing choruses, quite an epic stadia filling sound akin to Kasabian by way of Mansun, good stuff. Julia Russo- Upbeat snappy indie-folk, from the U.S so none of our homegrown navel gazing here, musically a mash up of Folk, indie, pop and a dash of Bluegrass, sounds not unlike a female Paul Simon in places, uplifting and engaging. The Ancient Unknown- Jangle and Anglo indie meets Americana… Daniel Johnson springs to mind but not so much on the ‘outsider’ vibe…Neil Young for sure…guitar motifs like Felt in the 1980s, difficult to pigeonhole but much allure.
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Sat 21 Jan
Thrust-  A Nottingham, UK, based full on glitter, denim and leather tribute to all good Stadium Rock and Metal from the 70’s power, groove and Majesty of bands like Kansas, Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath, throwing in a large dose in hair metal, glam, and OTT 80’s rock of Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Crue, as well as the likes of Maiden, Priest, Ozzy and Metallica, along with a sprinkle of the alternative of the 90’s. Forged out the fires of the Industrial East Midlands, Thrust features Ex ‘Jezebel’ members Marcus Parr and Tim Colwill, as well as Ex- NML Guitarist Steven Fernandez. Finally Den Matthews (Vocalist) completed the lineupThe result is a thumping tribute to Rock n roll and Heavy Metal with make-up, theatrics and several tongues in it’s cheek! Brace yourselves! A good thrusting is upon you! Sound Of The Suburbs- ‘seasoned’ musicians doing a retro pop rock embracing country, rocknroll, ’60s beat music and ’70s pop. Emphasis on tunes and hooks and there’s no denying the top drawer quality.The Hellfire Club- hard rock alterno grungateers outta Brighton. The Beast-.A more or less seamless welding together of ac/dc and led zep, actually there’s a bit more zep to this than ac/dc, it’s like zep played with the no-nonsense bar-room boogie approach of ac/dc. Also shades of ZZ Top on the slower on the slower blusier tunes, great stuff.
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Wed 25 Jan
tbc + Tale of Sand
 + Chalk + Foxgloves
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SPECIAL Tale of Sand-Darkly atmospheric gothic Americana rendered on stand-up bass, violin and guitar, quite a sparse sound but  compelling, really draws you in, shades of Mark Lanagen and Tindersticks. Chalk- Electro folk pop duo with intricate keyboard melodies samples, Strings and understated beats, sounds a bit like a Trip-Hop Tears for Fears re-mixed by Lemon Jelly, imaginative arrangements and decent hooks, fine work. Foxgloves-Shoegaze and desert psych with a Mojave 3/Cowboy Junkies feel.
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Thu 26 Jan
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SPECIAL Puppets To The Supreme Commander- a fine and fiery five piece dealing out pulsating pop-noire with an undertow of hooky alt rock. Drummer Ed Graham he of The Darkness has joined forces with Angus Duprey once of Goid, and lo there shall be happenings. Diomedes- Alt rock with an electro interface and some interesting Aphex Twin syle samples runnig through the sonic soup…It’s not all noise though, this gear has hooks, kinda recall Arcade Fire in places but also nosier coves like At The Drive In Witch Fever- All girl grunge punk band from Manchester with unhinged feral vox and a ramshackle approach yes, but supercool sonics, this band display an undeniable rough-hewn charm. The Garage Flowers- Cocksure indie rock n roll…. stylistically it’s late 60’s Stones via a glammed up Libertines, loadsa swagger and top tunes to boot.
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Fri 27 Jan
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SPECIAL Fitches- Searing punk blues from Dortmund, Germany currently on tour with Nashville Pussy, top tunes played with bags of conviction and aplomb. The Trusted- Are a young 4 piece band originally from Leigh On Sea in Essex. Coming together with a host of influences ranging fromU2, The Clash,  Catfish and The Bottlemen, to The Strokes, Elvis Costello and Muse  they quickly discovered a shared passion for crafting intelligent, rocking indie tunes evolving into a fierce but melodic indie rock beast with a reputation for high-energy live shows. The Crystal Clover- female fronted melodic rocknroll with a commercial, sunny side up disposition.
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Sat 28 Jan
INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK SPECIAL The Skatuessques- All female Ska/Rocksteady crew from Dublin, got a really nice lightness of touch, like a more erudite Bodysnatchers, do covers and origs all fabulously well. Brunk- Taking the wind instruments to the skanking, punk rock party is the groovy game here. Guys and gals with the full gamut of brass section and woodwind wonders up their sleeves, some big, fat grin inducing musical nods and winks to be sure.
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Wed 1 Feb
Henry’s Funeral Shoe Residency#1- HFS are 2 South Walian Brothers super swishly rocking the old drums n guitar template, so ok you have to mention Black Keys, White Stripes too but these two have a pretty unique take on things, it’s a lot more fiery and energetic than Black Keys and although they make a pretty unhinged racket everything locks together perfectly, the chemistry’s great and they’ve got hooks, hooks, hooks. More hooks than Peter Hook, Dr Hook and a hundred hookers fishing on the Hook Of Holland #Hooks… Their debut album “Everything’s For Sale” is a fun and raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues which reminds us that the U.K can produce more than great pop music, but also some amazing rock’n’roll.  SeN-SA-ShuN!-  A psychedelic blues rock ’n’ roll band formed by two Japanese and one Brazilian in London in December 2015. The band creates the sound containing the aboriginality of Flower Travellin Band, the new dimensions of Acid Mothers Temple and the deep psychedelia of Yura Yura Teikoku. Although they’ve been only active for less than a year, they’ve played with influential artists such as Bo Ningen’s side project, Xaviers. For Breakfast- Atmospheric post punk via noise rock, think God Speed or Explosions In The Sky shot through with stoner-noise rock, somewhat reminiscent of Terminal Cheesecake.
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Thu 2 Feb
Alba-Classy female fronted rock, with undertones of funk and soul sounds a bit like  a stripped down Doobie Brother at times, also shades of Hendrix, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and Led Zep.  Cloe Corpse-Blissful etherial dreampop, with a beguiling female vocal. quite sublime one tune reminds of latter period Cocteau Twins, though it’s not exactly shoegaze time, just has that vibe. Other material is a bit more rock-pop orientated, possible Garbage influence, fine work.  Lost in Watts-Piano led songs with close harmonies with a 60’s/70’s rock vibe and a hint of 80’s indie.If you want to hear some driven Rhodes, hard hitting harpsichord, pounding piano with fuzzy acoustic guitar look no further.The Blend- youthful trio doing effervescent organ fuelled punked-up mod, sorta Spencer Davis Group via The Clash, and also  hints at The Who.  
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Fri 3 Feb
The Irregulars- ska/reggae covers all sweetly delivered with some very souful playing…songs such as Marley‘s early banger Simmer Down are given a lovely warm treatment. They also dip into the material of the classic 2 tone bands…a great blend of reggae, ska and soul… Daddy Those Men Scare Me- Long standing punk pop ironists and wits who kick up a storm of new wave rave. Highly recommended for fans of Squeeze, The Stranglers, The Members and The ClashAnalog Bombs- Indie Ska at it’s bouncy, crowd pleasing best, with a pop sensibility and a soupcon of soul.
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Sat 4 Feb
Black Doldrums- Neo-Psychedelic band Black Doldrums official Album Launch for ‘People’s Temple’ …..After the successful launch of their EP ‘Exit City Lights’ in August 2016, Black Doldrums are here to launch their much anticipated album ‘People’s Temple’. The album features the band’s most popular nine tracks which will be performed in order on the night.  People’s Temple is due to be released on Vinyl, CD and cassette.  Released by label ‘Eggs in Aspic’ on cassette, where Black Doldrums are proud label mates with Cult of Dom Keller, Oulu Space Jam Collective and Grotto. Whilst Blue Moon Records are releasing People’s Temple on Vinyl and CD.  A psychedelic shoegazing night of three terrific bands: plus.. Siracuse-  Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll band from Bristol with a big following and even bigger shoegazey riffs. Spacey lad rock gone insanely good. If you like BRMC, The Verve, Oasis and Ride, you’ll be lining up for Siracuse’s album.  Terra Three- Three piece Psych/Metal band from London. With an emphasis on instrumental music, slow heavy grooved out riffing is at its root, with a jam like vibe and a hint of psychedelia. If you like Dead Meadow and Black Sabbath, then you will LOVE Terra 3. Terra 3 are opening for us tonight so make sure you come down early so not to miss out. Dj’s between sets and a night of psychedelic brit rock and rock ‘n’ roll after the bands!
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Wed 8 Feb
Henry’s Funeral Shoe Residency#2- HFS are 2 South Walian Brothers super swishly rocking the old drums n guitar template, so ok you have to mention Black Keys, White Stripes too but these two have a pretty unique take on things, it’s a lot more fiery and energetic than Black Keys and although they make a pretty unhinged racket everything locks together perfectly, the chemistry’s great and they’ve got hooks, hooks, hooks. More hooks than Peter Hook, Dr Hook and a hundred hookers fishing on the Hook Of Holland #Hooks… Their debut album “Everything’s For Sale” is a fun and raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues which reminds us that the U.K can produce more than great pop music, but also some amazing rock’n’roll. Jonny Halifax And The Howling Truth- It’s perfect psychedelic Stoogecore blues wailin’ with Jonny and his two compadres…marvel as they get stuck into killing the beast and then some..elements of Beefheart, Waits, Bob Log, Jon Spencer and Suicide mebbe but these guys dole out an intensified deep fried blues punk all their own, always a top night out.
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Thu 9 Feb
Scars From Rain-Classy hard rock with a nod to the likes of Alterbridge and Black Stone Cherry, but with more soulful vocals and, decent tunes and a polished production. Radio Cult- American hard rock with an entertainingly ironic cutesy pop punk edge. Slightly knowing if you know what I mean…. Runaways meets The Professionals…big chunking Steve Jones like guitars and nods to hard rocking classics from The Beastie Boys to The Stooges and AC/DC. Good shit. Accompanying Pure Ed on tour from the U.S Pure Ed- like a punky R.E.M..So there’s a Bob Mould element needless to say. Bit of Nirvana..Pure Ed has been rambling around the southeast of the USA for the last few years creating music, making new friends, and rocking out in some of the strangest places imaginable. Now on hand to kick the UK’s ass….Slip Digby- … Pacey blues infused Grunge rock with soulful vocals on a rockin’ Fu Manchu tip rather than yer Pearl Jams, good gutsy work.  
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Fri 10 Feb
Rude Mechanicals – Miss Joe Roberts renders forth startling vocalese as her merry men whip up a Beefheart meets Cardiacs artpop full of tempting twists and turns. Awkward and challenging  maybe…but actually lots of pop chops here. An ace piece of cerebral conceptual entertainment.  Landspeeder-Gritty indie rock from a bunch of old faces from the 1990s Britpop scene, ex-members of Reuben, Mandelbrot Set and F.O.N.D, have worked with Suede, Echo & the Bunnymen, Kingmaker, Cast and loads more in the intervening years. The Waterfalls-Indie pop classique, Smiths have gotta be an influence, especially on the vocalist, bit more to it than that though also nods to The Byrds and Orange Juice.
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Wed 15 Feb
Henry's Funeral Shoe
 + Honkyfinger
 + Bromide
Henry’s Funeral Shoe Residency#3- HFS are 2 South Walian Brothers super swishly rocking the old drums n guitar template, so ok you have to mention Black Keys, White Stripes too but these two have a pretty unique take on things, it’s a lot more fiery and energetic than Black Keys and although they make a pretty unhinged racket everything locks together perfectly, the chemistry’s great and they’ve got hooks, hooks, hooks. More hooks than Peter Hook, Dr Hook and a hundred hookers fishing on the Hook Of Holland #Hooks… Their debut album “Everything’s For Sale” is a fun and raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues which reminds us that the U.K can produce more than great pop music, but also some amazing rock’n’roll. Honkyfinger-Solo stylee Jonny Halifax outing, so sans his Howling Truth with greater emphasis on the country blues and Safe As Milk era Beefheart stylings perhaps. Raw and righteous. Bromide- Perfect alt pop with fantastic songcraft sensibilities taking in all manner of good kit from Big Star to Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub to The Replacements. Always a top tune,  a razor sharp riff and a probing riddim to hand. Their I Remember album out now on Scratchy Records is a gem, buy one!
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Fri 17 Feb
Superb FLEETWOOD MAC tribute covering all periods of the phenomenal Brit Blues Boomers turned L.A F.M pop rock titans. I Am Aquitaine -Female fronted, progressive pop, swagger rock, sultry blues and dancey grooves Mark Sullivan - is a well accomplished singer/songwriter from Hitchin, Hertfordshire with a massive voice and an ear for writing memorable and immediately familiar sounding songs. He is a Master of the loop pedal and expertly executed guitar solo
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Sat 18 Feb
Snappy 7 piece SKA covers act all yer 2 tone faves from Specials, Selecter Madness etc, played with verve and panache
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Wed 22 Feb
Henry’s Funeral Shoe Residency#4- HFS are 2 South Walian Brothers super swishly rocking the old drums n guitar template, so ok you have to mention Black Keys, White Stripes too but these two have a pretty unique take on things, it’s a lot more fiery and energetic than Black Keys and although they make a pretty unhinged racket everything locks together perfectly, the chemistry’s great and they’ve got hooks, hooks, hooks. More hooks than Peter Hook, Dr Hook and a hundred hookers fishing on the Hook Of Holland #Hooks… Their debut album “Everything’s For Sale” is a fun and raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues which reminds us that the U.K can produce more than great pop music, but also some amazing rock’n’roll.
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Thu 23 Feb
Neon Animal- poutingly perky attitude to the fore indie glam punkers with a David Johansen/Jagger informed groovy singer and some nice n gnarly strident riffing. At times Neon Animal take on the beautifully blousey indie glam grind of Suede, but also the punk rock punch of The Pistols or Primal Scream at their narco Stones-iest. Cain Rising- Americana infused blue collar rock with a Tom Petty vibe here and a Springsteen influence there, they have the chops and the singer can belt it out with much sass and soul. Occupy- A breadth of altpunk material done with gutsiness and bite…Stranglers, Jam, Radiohead and more….
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Fri 24 Feb
The Outfit
 + Bones Of The City
 + The Repeelers
The Outfit- Great to see Jeff ‘Stinky’ Turner back at the mic with a raw rocking band behind him again…but if you were expecting a Cockney Rejects kind of affair think again…to an extent…actually there are some wicked Bad Man manouevres in here but equally there’s a large dose of commercially astute hiphop of a post Plan B Brit street nature, as Jeff is joined by two more talented yooot dem mic manipulators at the frontline of the band. Also bits of Clash like musical sophistication blended perfectly with some righteous punk hop anger. Great stuff. Bones Of The City- Stooges meets street punk raw rocknroll. The Repeelers- South London old scool punk but with a Buzzcocks-like pop sensibility and the rough hewn charm of Johnny Moped
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Wed 1 Mar
Sound Of The Suburb- ‘seasoned’ musicians doing a right on retro rock embracing country, rocknroll, ’60s beat music and ’70s pop. Excellent stuff with emphasis on tunes and hooks and no denying the quality. Strange Brew- bluesy originals and cool covers ranging from ZZ Top to The Animals….The Grundies- Based in North London, and deliciously named after the very best slang word for underpants, The Grundies are an unabashed pub band covering songs from the Sixties onwards. Mod/RnB/ Punk/New Wave/Indie, all good kit then. By Starlight- Female fronted alt/indie rock with nice ’80s and ’90s undertones… Think Ladyhawke, via Courtney Love (Malibu era) through Garbage… great voice, attitude and above all CHOONES galore…..
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Thu 2 Mar
Silver Story-Infectiously hooky punk pop, nice driving guitars you me at six coud be an influence, solid tunes executed with panache, playing tunes from their up-coming album “Minores Lumina” 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 musicians and will sound sweet busting out of BBC Radio 2.Reece- Welsh trio dealing commercial AOR hard rock …done mighty well, with Oasis type choruses amidst Guns And Roses and Bon Jovi type pop metallings…more stadium than metal. In fact overall they’re more Floydy. Via Alterbridge.
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Fri 3 Mar
The Dirty Strangers- blues growly rocknroll with a hint of punk and late ’60s counter cultural stuff and groove rock..Some Hendrix in here too for sure..a Faces meets Heavy Metal Kids rocknroll happening. Hoodoo Operators- Blues folk with a righteous gospel feel to the tunes, which puts me in mind of Miraculous Mule, though this is mainly acoustic, nicely nicely. Owl Head- Female fronted blues rock, with an underlying funk element and some deft lead guitar evincing a possible nod to Big Brother And The Holding Company. Two PennyBlue- Lofi indie folk who hacve the gumption to do quite an interesting version of Abba‘s Lay All Your Love, Radiohead to Babyshambles are influeces.
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Sat 4 Mar
ELVANA – THE WORLD’S FINEST ELVIS FRONTED TRIBUTE TO NIRVANA! From the bowels of Disgraceland, Rock & Roll icons of the afterlife are raised from the dead! Rock & Roll meets Grunge as Elvis fronts Nirvana and gives the band the front man it’s been missing since ’94. Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged up sections of the king of rock & rolls finest moments, culminating in an audible orgasm of overdrive & old school Rockabilly. It smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o! Elvana’s short lifetime has already seen them support NYC titans ‘Tragedy: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees’, Drive Thru-Metal’s finest – LA’s ‘Mac Sabbath,’ as well as tearing up venues throughout the UK. VA Rocks-All girl grunge metal trio from Sweden,heavily influenced by bands like AC/DC, Danko Jones, Ramones and The Runaways. think Girschool via L7 decent tunes and bags of conviction,  
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Wed 8 Mar
The Sweet And Tender Hooligans- Formed in 1992 by lead singer Jose “The Mexican Morrissey” Maldonado, Sweet and Tender Hooligans have performed their tribute to Morrissey and The Smiths to sold out audiences all over the USA, UK and beyond. The band covers material from all of Morrissey’s career and have recorded Spanish language translations of his songs. Jose Maldonado even portrayed Morrissey in the feature film “My Life with Morrissey”. Sweet and Tender Hooligans have appeared in several documentaries about Morrissey’s Los Angeles Latino fanbase and each year at Hollywood’s House of Blues celebrate Morrissey’s birthday in grand fashion complete with a live string section and guest musicians. Morrissey has acknowled the band by jokingly announcing to his audience “Hello, we are the Sweet and Tender Hooligans!”Polar States-Soulful atmospheric and infectiously hooky indie rock with an impressive stadium filling sound, without straying into Coldplay/U2 territory, fine work.
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Thu 9 Mar
Rabid Young- Uber ’80s sounding and scintilating with it…they have that era’s throbbing electro sensibilities but also the pop chops of a Fleetwood Mac or T’Pau…female fronted big singalong radio friendly stuff with a big rush of positivity about it. Good tunes, nicely done.. The 1980s just keep on coming. A couple of them used to be in a band called Most Thieves –formed by some of The Killers’ road crew and supported them on a few stadium dates. Kape Kanaveral- edgy Post punk with nicely raw jagged guitar and a garage punk feel to the drums n bass, featuring an interesting vocal which has a David Byrne vibe without really sounding too much like him, simplistic but effective hooks… Retro Youth- proggy treated guitars and jazzily nuanced but thoroughly rock and roll vocals…sparky alt pop with an adventurous edge and a Muse meets boy band sensibilities feel..but it works..goodly.
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Sat 11 Mar
Nick Aslam-  The fine fettered folkish troubadour you say, and a great songwriter he is too….the Celtic  lilt is still very much in place but recently Nick has been working with producer and Killing Joke/The Orb force of cosmic nature Youth… so there’s a new sound less folk/country/indie… as Nick puts it he has decided to ‘wear the gritty bones of Rock and Roll’…  Great stuff.  Moonlands- Female fronted dream-pop with some nice sometimes glacial shoegazey guitar which gives way to subtly fluid guitar lines on the more reflective numbers. Nice vocals too, cool. I Drink Therefore There’s Darkness- got a Bunnymen, The Sound, Chameleons post punk thing going on and do it nice and tight with a bit of fire and some hard hitting guitar lines that uplift nicely- whisper it but this sounds a lot like ‘Boy’ era U2….Which us dogeared old post punkers all loved at the time so why not…bit of Bloc Party in here too maybe…neat. The Jangles – Dreamy indie pop with the requisite jangle (as advertised).. insistently hooky tunes with some deft harmonizing and a very busy almost Reni-esque drummer, lot’s of old school indie references in here Smiths, The Coral, La’s, Stone Roses,  scally psychedelia, Shack etc, all good then. The Extons- nice pulsating punky pop with an underplayed cool vocal – Saints, Buzzcocks, bit of Stooges maybe.  Guitars interweeve and wonk out a bit like Shelley and Diggle, some Strokes in here too. Swish.
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Fri 31 Mar
Lord Numb- taking Krautrock, the grinding and gritty end of punk rocknroll and goodly doses of Bowie and Iggy and attendant artcore pop nutrition, The Lord and his mighty men have been upping the heaviosity ante for some time now…it’s a blistering night out for sure with some real abdominally challenging bass and wigout guitar solos to boot. Ace tunes including a sprinkling of new wave classics, always a fab nite out, especially in The DublinSun Arcana- Impassioned Alt-rock on a Muse, Biffy Clyro or Oceansize tip…Partisan- vocally first you think King Creosote but then some big punky ass guitars kick in…and it’s like King Creosote fronting The Clash! Plenty of light and shade, some sophisticated songwriting and arranging and all in a powerful performance. A bit Skids like too…anthemic.
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Wed 5 Apr
Lewis Bootle
 + (Full Band Show)
 + Gecko + Luke Carey
Lewis Bootle- Wonderful new British talent championed by Frank Turner….delivering excellent material with a folkish estuary English twang, the resolute singer songwriterliness of which is topped off most attractively with moody keys and atmospheric tones and touches….Mr Bootle has a very strong vocal delivery and works up some very poetic words like a male Kate Tempest on a Dylan thru Jamie T tip. Winner of Best Unsigned Male 2015, his first release ‘Do What I Need’ was Track of the Week on BBC Introducing, featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Mixtape and has been getting airplay on radio stations across the UK. Lewis’s debut EP, ‘Friction in the Funds’ was released on the 5th October to rave reviews and reached the top 10 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.  www.facebook.com/lewisbootlemusic twitter/ insta: @Bootytunes www.spotify.com/lewisbootle www.soundcloud.com/lewisbootle   www.lewisbootle.co.uk Gecko- Excellent young solo artist with a cheeky chappie funk tinged indie pop angle on street rhymin’ culture…bags of charm will means mums and aunties will dig Gecko just as much as the girls next door .loads of pop appeal here and loveable for sure. Luke Carey- Acoustic singer/song writer with a Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Jamie T, Paolo Nutini inspired set of highly effective and affecting songs. Promising stuff.
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Sat 22 Apr
Unknown Pleasures- These guys and their primal, punky, poised and perky take on the incredible Joy Division canon have been doing the rounds as long as Buggerbear…we’re a match made in heaven, haha.  Always an ace night out…yes ‘Ian Curtis’ has adapted the trademark moves a tad since he ahem died and maybe slightly more padded than you recall, and Peter Hook seems to have transmogrified into a goff Yul Bryner etc etc but don’t watch that….a brilliant and lovestruck tribute to adore. Radio Generation- superbly augmented by these chaps..Rad Gen are our good friend Lord Numb in a new new wave, post punk and punk rock conceptualizing tribute scenario…the setlist will be a dream coz the guy has taste…there’ll be some Bowie I’d warrant…what else? Wait and see..it’ll be tremendous..
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Fri 28 Apr
Birdsworth
 + Coco La Funk
 + Grafted
Birdsworth – a GRAVY BASS collective. Have opened for The Milk, The Rifles & New Street Adventure. Their sound steals chords, beats and stage moves from P-funk, Bee Gees & Indonesian Psyc. Listen at www.gravybass.com Coco La Funk – a hothot cauldron  of pure unadulterated funk, with squirts of soul, reggae, dub and plenty of slap bass & saxophone to go round. Have shared bills with Smoove & Turrell, Eddie Piller and The Nextmen. Grafted – Slick chords, surf guitars, perfect songcraft and a heavy influence of Faithless thrown in for good measure.
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Sat 29 Apr
John Rossall's Glitter Band
John Rossall is a founding member of The Glitterband, the silver clad powerhouse behind the one we don’t need to bother with anymore…it’s all about these guys. What a primal, mould breaking, magnificent pop noise they made too in their 1970s heyday...Rock And Roll Part 2, Angel Face, Just For you…loads of ace numbers…so here’s reet treat for you all. The Glitterband playing all them fabulous numbers again, book early! Let’s Get Together Again….
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Fri 5 May
The Rainband- “Tipped for greatness by everyone from BBC 6Music to Rolling Stone Magazine, the Rainband’s sound is a noteworthy example of how the genre can manifest itself in pop music today. Calling on a medley of guitars, keys, smashing drums and Martin Finnigan’s vocal power, the powerful rhythms and epic melodies the band are widely acclaimed for have cemented their seat at new independent rock’s head table.”
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door
Sat 24 Jun
Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons- Pussycat in the Dublin is always immense, most definitely not to be missed. They just get better and better, the intensity of their very own brand of punk rock, the quality of the material, it’s all remarkably uplifting. The Stooges, Pistols, Stooges, Cramps and The Ramones all resonate but none of them guys had the confrontational but sympatico Puss up front challenging the audience at every whoop and yelp and delivering such monstrously cool songs. Why aint they massive part 94….. Army Of Skanks- Powerfully hewn girls to the fore (well the drummer is a geez) punk pop n roll with a Runaways meets Babes In Toyland feel. Excellent, what a night you lucky bleeders. The Black Bullets- Motorhead and the blistering kick ass end of The Damned flavours rubbed up together with Wildhearts and The Ramones and all performed with big, bruising punk bluster. Class. The Featherz- Danie Cox’s Bowie and glam informed punk rock passion play. Ace songs aplenty, she can definitely write em. A corrective aural attack on all things mundane and murky in a post Trump world.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance