The Free Body English St George Ghetto Fun Jam Hippy Festival 2008

August 29th, 2008

Sunday 7th September 2008 @ St Georges Park, Easton, Bristol

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cLuMsY’s New Project

August 29th, 2008

Local hipsters and SY musical favourites cLuMsY have recently embarked on a mission to record a medley of their favourite TV show theme songs from their youth. They’ve worked hard and compiled 46 in total – yep, 46! – including Thundercats, The A-Team, Dangermouse, Superted and Inspector Gadget!

All the work that went into this musical medley was purely done through the love of the programmes themselves. The songs are being produced not for profit and will all be available for download in September along with a special TV themed night in Bristol in October.

www.clumsy.info

CD Review - The Goodness: The Shape of Things to Come

August 29th, 2008

Released: 06/06/08

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In Pictures: The Old Duke Jazz Festival 2008

August 27th, 2008

Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August 2008 @ The Old Duke

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CD Review - Spookboy

August 26th, 2008

Released: 08/08

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Album Review - Phantom Limb: Phantom Limb

August 26th, 2008

Released: 25/08/08

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Album Review - Roots Manuva: Slime and Reason

August 26th, 2008

Released: 01/09/08

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Gig Review - Black Kids

August 22nd, 2008

Thursday 21st August 2008 @ Thekla

Earlier this year, before they had released anything but a demo EP, Black Kids headlined the sold-out Vice Live Tour and had topped blogger’s ‘Ones to Watch’ lists across the web. This might give you an idea of the hype that has surrounded the young five-piece band from Florida, who formed only two years ago. Tonight’s show at the Thekla is predictably sold-out, but conspicuous by their absence are the hipsters who were present at the Vice Tour earlier this year. Does this mean Black Kids have lost their edge already?

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Gig Review - Go Audio

August 20th, 2008

Tuesday 19th August 2008 @ Academy 2

With Support From: Showing Off To Thieves, Paige

There’s a pretty impressive queue forming outside the Academy tonight for Go Audio’s sell out gig. The age of this queue is averaging at around 17. With a smattering of parental units accompanying many of the attendees, this gig was always going to be a strange one to review.

Both of the support acts, Showing Off To Thieves and Paige were very sharp and talented pop-rock acts; unfortunately neither sounded particularly original or inspiring to me. There’s something a little disheartening about hearing bands copy their influences so much it has actually become their own act’s style. Their influences from American pop-rock such as Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco have almost made both bands sound like tribute acts. This was made even stranger when the bands between song banter were in a regular British accent instead of sounding American as they do when they sing. Having said this both bands did a great job of whipping the young crowd into a veritable frenzy in preparation for the headline act.

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Gig Review: Bombay Bicycle Club

August 19th, 2008

Monday 18th August 2008 @ Academy 2
With Support From: Roxy’s Wardrobe, Rupert and the Robbers, Young Heart Society

It hardly takes a musical savant to recognise that The Strokes debut Is This It marked 2001 as Year Zero for opening group, Young Hearts Society. The fingerprints of New York’s finest are all over their set like a cheap suit, but when you’re as startlingly young as Young Hearts Society, imitation is the best place to start and besides, rock and roll has always looked its sharpest when dressed off the rack from the second hand shop. Suspiciously tight - they claim that tonight is their first gig - bass and drums hold the set, and the energetic interplay between the rhythm guitars, together. There’s no lead guitar and vocals are shared, but the groups high-cheek boned, real front-man rightfully stands centre stage, whirling his foppish hair around in the required fashion. Strokes copyists they may be, but they’re every inch as good as numerous more successful bands essentially doing the same thing.

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