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Lisa Hannigan – Bleu Lézard – 08.05.2012

It’s been more than eight months since I posted a gig review here. For that I can mostly blame moving from Amsterdam to Geneva (fewer gigs on tap) and becoming a father (fewer opportunities to go out). So I was really pleased to be able to go to see Lisa Hannigan in Lausanne this week, in a tiny venue that...

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Pete and the Pirates – Paradiso – 19.07.2011

The Kleine Zaal at the Paradiso was packed to capacity for last night’s gig by these not-at-all scruffy young chaps from Reading. The lead singer is remarkably well-spoken: I could imagine him leading a delegation from the UK Foreign Office to the United Nations. He sings well too, a little bit Bowie, a little bit British-version-of-Brandon Flowers. They play pretty...

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Ryan Adams – Concertgebouw – 28.06.2011

Wow, what a gig! Ryan Adams played for about two and half hours last night in the Concertgebouw, an unusual venue for a rock gig, but perfect for this acoustic set. Just him, his guitar (sometimes piano) and a bunch of songs that drew heavily on the Heartbreaker album; and not too much from his more commercial albums. He was...

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DeVotchKa – Melkweg – 23.06.2011

The hottest ticket in town tonight were the youngsters from Sheffield who were singing down the road at a packed-to-the-rafters Paradiso. I didn’t manage to get a ticket but it worked out rather well in the end as I got to see the Denver-based DeVotchKa at the Melkweg instead. I would have been sorry to miss out on catching them,...

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Mercury Rev – Paradiso – 24.05.2011 (Guest Post!!!)

My job required me to fly to be in Turkey this week meaning that I missed out on going to see Mercury Rev at the Paradiso. I passed the tickets on to my friends Christina and Mirko who kindly wrote the report below. (My first guest post – could this be the start of my online publishing empire?) Deserter’s songs...

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The Tallest Man on Earth – Paradiso – 18.05.2011

It wasn’t so much the tallest man on earth as the highest man on earth this evening at the Paradiso. It seems Christian Matson made the most of his day in Amsterdam before performing to a packed Grote Zaal. Fortunately it didn’t seem to affect the quality of the musical performance adversely; he was certainly more chatty than the last...

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Broken Records / Young the Giant – 14.05.2010 – Bitterzoet

I was keen not to miss out on an opportunity to see Broken Records again, particularly in the cosier confines of Bitterzoet. The last time they played Amsterdam was also a “double header” with Freelance Whales in the Melkweg. On that occasion more of the crowd had come to see the whiny pop of Freelance Whales, with the result that...

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Alela Diane – Paradiso – 04.05.2011

Alela Diane has a special voice – plaintive and strong, but sweet and gentle too. I quite like her album To Be Still, the only one with which I was familiar before last night’s gig. I was expecting lots of banjo and steel guitar, over acoustic fingerpicking and haunting melodies. What I got was Wild Devine, the band she’s touring...

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Ron Sexsmith – People’s Place – 29.04.2011

People’s Place is a private bar and event venue on the ground floor of the Tommy Hilfiger HQ building near Leidseplein. The folks at the Paradiso have started using it as an additional room for touring acts, but it’s not really a satisfactory space. A very wide column takes out the view for a significant part of the room, and...

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Timber Timbre – Bitterzoet – 18.04.2011

It was all about effects this evening. Between the very impressive one-woman-band Little Scream in support (more below) and the three-man Timber Timbre, the stage was awash with effects pedals of all sorts. I hadn’t been so impressed with Timber Timbre’s album but thought I might enjoy the music more if I heard it performed live. I was disappointed; so...