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Villagers – Paradiso – 14.06.2010

Villagers could end up becoming everyone’s new favourite band. But I think first they (or he, as they’re really the musical framework around one Conor O’Brien) need to work out just what kind of band they are. I heard echoes of Conor Oberst, Bell x1, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, early Radiohead (thanks Nadine), Scott Walker and many more. I...

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Beach House – Paradiso – 26.05.2010

I really wanted to enjoy this gig, and I thought I would enjoy it, but I didn’t. Oh well. Beach House, from Baltimore, are described as playing “dream pop and indie rock”, but to me that just translated into an evening of long monotonous songs that didn’t really go anywhere or do anything. A little less dream and a little...

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Angus and Julia Stone – Paradiso – 05.05.2010

I had never heard of Angus and Julia Stone before my friend and colleague Christina invited me to use a spare ticket she had for this gig. A quick listen on MySpace didn’t put me off so I took her up on the offer. They’re a sister and brother duo from Australia – he looks a bit like a stoned...

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Flight of the Conchords – Melkweg – 03.05.2010

I got the distinct impression that Bret and Jemaine decided to start this tour, their first in over a year according to themselves, with a couple of nights in Amsterdam so they’d have an opportunity to polish their act before hitting bigger venues in Ireland, the UK and the US. It was very entertaining with some very, very good bits,...

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Mumford & Sons – Tivoli Utrecht – 26.04.2010

We were late in discovering that Mumford & Sons were playing in Utrecht last Monday, so we turned up to a sold out show without tickets. Fortunately we picked up a pair of tickets at face value (€15 each) from someone who’s ill friends couldn’t make it. Hurrah! The band was recommended to us by various friends last year and...

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Tunng – Melkweg – 20.04.2010

What an enjoyable gig! Tunng delivered a really tight performance in the Melkweg last night with interesting rhythms, hummable melodies and plenty of good humour. There were six people on stage, with up to five voices blending together in harmony at times. The combination of loops and samples with two live percussionists worked really well. (Apparently they don’t often play...

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Laura Marling – Melkweg – 05.04.2010

Finally some sense! Close to the end of her show in the Oude Zaal at the Melkweg last night Laura Marling explained that she would do two more songs and that would be it. She said that being a regular gig-goer in London she resented the fact that every single gig involved having to call the band back on stage...

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Tom McRae – Melkweg – 29.03.2010

We went to see Tom McRae at the Melkweg last night. I’ve been aware of him for quite a few years but never really got around to listening to any of his music. The gig was reasonably good – and very much enjoyed by the core of dedicated fans up at the front. His five piece backing band was pretty...