Festival Preview - Encounters Short Film Festival

November 11th, 2008

Tuesday 18th until Sunday 23rd November 2008 @ Watershed

It might be cold and wet outside but over six chilly November days Bristolian film fans can let the magic of the silver screen thaw their hearts, thanks to the Watershed’s upcoming 14th annual Encounters Short Film Festival.

Rightly referred to as “the big thinking short film festival”, the Encounters schedule is packed full of variety again this year, from mini-set building for the under-fives to rare footage of Russia’s pre-revolution Imperial Ballet, along with celebrity guests, debates and awards. There’s something for anyone with a penchant for popcorn, which is most of us, right?

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Gig Review - Cage The Elephant

November 11th, 2008

Monday 10th November 2008 @ Thekla

Cage The Elephant are a rock band from Kentucky, United States. Tonight playing aboard Bristol’s Thekla, they were the most energetic rock band I’ve seen in ages, possibly even since I saw The Stooges years ago. The comparisons don’t end there, with singer Matt Shultz as lively, edgy and as much of an instant idol as Iggy Pop. The near sell out crowd were left speechless, slowly building up a mosh-pit as the At The Drive In-esque guitar thrashing took them over.
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Gig Review - Noah & The Whale

November 11th, 2008

Sunday 9th November 2008 @ Thekla
With Support From: Planet Earth, Sleeping States

If the idea of twee indie-folk with fiddle, banjo, beards and hand claps gives you the willies, then look away now. Unless you’ve been out of the country you couldn’t have escaped the incessantly catchy chart topper 5 Year’s Time. Tonight’s crowd have braved the cold and blustery weather to board the good ship for just that. In coming to Bristol, Planet Earth (not the best band name when searching for them on the net!) have apparently returned to their “spiritual home”. They’re a spectacle wearing family troupe with ditty little folk songs and expressionless faces: Nice, but nothing new.
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Gig Review - Flogging Molly

November 10th, 2008

Sunday 9th November 2008 @ Academy

With Support From: Time Again, Street Dogs, Skindred

A very exciting night packed full of punters waiting for a whole lot of fun. First up, Time Again, who opened with a good set and got the crowd moving – moving fast. They set off the whole mood of the night on a massive high which was maintained throughout.

Things started to kick off as Street Dogs hit the stage with their rowdy riffs that had the whole audience moving their heads to the beats! They even enticed a young guy on stage whose birthday it was and played a request which kept people up on the highest level! Front man, Mike McColgan then crowd surfed all the way to the back bar over the many heads that stood before him gawking as they watched him fly over! Read the rest of this entry »

Gig Review - Ron Sexsmith

November 7th, 2008

Thursday 6th November 2008 @ The Fleece

There must be something in the water over in Canada at the moment because from Rufus Wainwright to Feist, the country has recently produced a continuous conveyer belt of impressive folk-pop songwriters that could rub shoulders with any era (most of which seem to end up as part of Canadian super group Broken Social Scene). Of course, this all started with tonight’s headliner, Ron Sexsmith.

Though too bittersweet to ever achieve the commercial success of fellow Canadian Feist, he’s nonetheless a song-smith every bit the equal of Neil Young or Elliott Smith and in his career so far has supported the likes of Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. So not really a well kept secret, but certainly not someone who’s overloaded with MySpace friends requests.

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Win the chance to Support ‘From The Jam’ in Bristol

November 6th, 2008

Thursday 18th December 2008 @ Academy

From The Jam will be performing a nationwide tour during December and they would like to give a local band the opportunity to support them at their Bristol show! From The Jam legends, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, will judge the competition and choose the winning band to play before them.

The much anticipated return to the UK in December allows the band to build on their phenomenal touring success here in 2007 when Bruce and Rick first reconnected and reunited with their loyal fan base. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a local band to share the stage with two thirds of The Jam as they perform all of the band’s greatest hits like Start, Going Underground and That’s Entertainment.
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Cyan Arts & Second Look - Bristol: A Second Look

November 4th, 2008

Ever noticed the ‘secret door’ in the wall? Or seagull’s feet pitter-pattering above your head as if through grains of sand, as you dine in the Spyglass? Or the hues of vibrant skies silhouetting Bristol’s bridges or solid, angular buildings? Ever noticed - the man lying unconscious by your feet, as you wait for your bus home?

These were just a few of the many visual moments captured by 80 entrants in the recent photography competition, ‘Bristol: A Second Look’, organised by Second Look, a local photography collective masterminded by Lisa Furness, and supported by Cyan Arts, a local photographic art gallery created by Gillian Stewart and Jade French. Cyan Arts and Second Look are inspired by the same vision – for local like-minded photographic artists to be able to meet and exhibit their work.

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Gig Review - Vampire Weekend

November 2nd, 2008

Friday 31st October 2008 @ Academy

With Support From: Ra Ra Riot

It’s Halloween and they’re called VAMPIRE Weekend. Audience and band alike are in ghoulish fancy-dress. There’s a spooky synergy to tonight’s sold out show that promises great things. Vampire Weekend’s meteoric rise from preppy Columbia University boys to New York trend-setters and darlings of the international indie-press is well documented. Their debut album focussed pop’s forays into Afro-beat into a sharp original sound with mass appeal. Expectations are high.

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Gig Review - The Walkmen

October 31st, 2008

Thursday 30th October 2008 @ Thekla

With Support From: The Hosts

By all intensive purposes, tonight’s support band should be shit: The Hosts, a 5-piece from Sheffield, clamber onto Thelka’s low, sweaty stage all clad in smart, flared, black trousers below black skinny-ties under black waistcoats with large, black collars peeking over the top; and the real kicker is that they’re all in shiny black, heeled pointy shoes – the sort of footwear that requires an instant limb amputation.

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Gig Review - Bring Me The Horizon

October 31st, 2008

Thursday 30th October 2008 @ Academy

With Support From: Deez Nutz, Dead Swans, Secret Handshake

A cold, October night; a long queue of mixed ages and styles; and a pretty empty gig which got off to a slow start! Deez Nutz had a mixed response but managed to get things moving fairly quickly. Their crowd interaction wasn’t the best but they still put on a good show to please their fans.

Next up were Dead Swans who didn’t get the feedback they deserved; they played an outstanding set but people didn’t seem to react well at all! They had a very tight connection with each other which enabled them to play their breath-taking riffs that got everybody’s head moving.

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