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Josh Ritter / Villagers – Motel Mozaïque, Rotterdam – 09.04.2011

Motel Mozaïque is a multi-venue festival that brings a reasonably impressive line-up of bands to Rotterdam each year. We didn’t catch Lykke Li, Belle and Sebastian, The Coral, The Bees, or any of the various up-and-coming acts that played across the two days. We did, however, see Josh Ritter (with his Royal City Band) and Villagers, two favourite acts of...

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Alexi Murdoch – Bitterzoet – 07.04.2011

There was a full house at Bitterzoet for what was apparently Alexi Murdoch’s first headlining gig in Europe. He seemed genuinely surprised to see so many people there and he also seemed like a good guy. Sadly, I found most of the music to be just a bit tedious. The songs all tend to start with a (beautifully played) riff...

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Bright Eyes – Paradiso – 21.02.2011

Following last week’s top notch Iron and Wine gig in the same venue, this was another case of an artist sometimes noted for his more gentle, acoustic-based songs whipping up a full-band musical storm. I’ve seen Conor Oberst live once before, but it was an altogether more countrified experience when he was touring his eponymous album. Last night was a...

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Iron and Wine – Paradiso – 15.02.2011

In my mind I suppose I was expecting a bearded folkster singing gentle songs with his acoustic guitar; what we got was eight brilliant musicians performing and reworking familiar songs in a style that veered between swampy folk, classic rock, African pop and jazzy jamming. Sam Beam led his band like a man who had complete faith in the way...

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Freelance Whales/Broken Records – Melkweg – 09.02.2011

This double-header took place in my favourite room for live music in Amsterdam, the Oude Zaal in the Melkweg. Both bands played for more than an hour and it seemed that there were more people there specifically to see Freelance Whales than Broken Records. This is a pity as, for me at least, the latter delivered a stronger and more...

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The Airborne Toxic Event – Paradiso – 08.02.2011

This gig was recommended by my American buddy Brad, who runs the Live Music Meetup in Amsterdam. He has admitted to having “concert stalked” this band back in the States and was pretty excited to find out that they’re playing every Monday night in February in the small room at the Paradiso. Interesting tactic. It was full last night, but...

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Eurosonic – Groningen – 13/14.01.2011

This year we finally made it to the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival in Groningen having wanted to attend for many years. It brings together more than 300 up-and-coming acts from around Europe, performing in 30 venues around a friendly university town in the far north of the Netherlands. It’s mainly aimed at industry types, with hundreds of festival bookers, broadcasters and...

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Bell x1 – Amstelkerk – 09.12.2010

You can’t really go wrong with the unplugged format. If (and I suppose that can be a big if) the songs are strong enough, any professional band should be able to pull off an entertaining set with just a couple of acoustic guitars, a bass and a sprinkling of piano. And yet I couldn’t help thinking to myself during this...

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Suzanne Vega – Melkweg – 05.11.2010

I saw Suzanne Vega in Paris around 2000 or 2001 and I recall being really impressed by her performance. Ten years later the set list was largely the same, as was the format – Vega on acoustic guitar accompanied by an electric guitarist (Gerry Leonard I think). It’s hard to tell after so many years, but I seem to recall...

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Yeasayer – Melkweg – 29.10.2010

About an hour after the gig we were having a few Belgian beers outside De Zotte, a bar just around the corner from the Melkweg, when a buddy and I got chatting to a couple of American guys. One of them was the lead singer of The Suckers, the band that had supported Yeasayer earlier that evening. We were talking...